Craig Clark,I believe your comments to be a fair representation.
Thank you for not insulting my faith, as the first commenter did, or for
accusing me of being insulting when I wasn't, as the second commenter did.
In Catholicism, Christmas is among a dozen or so feasts designated "holy
days of obligation" for which a Catholic is obliged to attend Mass. The list
varies between the Greek and Latin Rite traditions and sometimes between
countries. The Protestant tradition effectively abandoned the practice of such
observances. Puritans in England actually tried to suppress the celebration of
Christmas by legal means.Mormons celebrate Christmas and Easter but
there is no requirement to do so, just as there is no prohibition against
observing Good Friday if one chooses to do so. But if a Mormon in Sunday School
class suggested that Mormons observe Passover, some fellow ward members might
wonder if he was some kind of a nut.Live and let live. I believe
that respecting different religious traditions is implicit in Jesus'
injunction to judge not.
freedomfighter,In what way did I insult other Christians? I was
defending my own faith, which was under attack. I wasn't attacking someone
else's. I know that Catholics, Orthodox Christians and many others observe
weekly mass. I NEVER said they didn't. I was simply defending my own faith,
not insulting someone else's. I observe some non-Biblical, pagan flavored
'Christian' traditions like Christmas and Easter. But even if I
didn't observe ANY such non-Biblical traditions, that does not make me less
of a Christian. I attend the Mormon equivalent of Mass every Sunday, in
remembrance of the Crucified Lord. And that was my point. If you follow the
BIBLICAL mandate to weekly remember the Lord and the terrible price He paid, and
in reality if you remember Him ALWAYS, that is what makes a true Christian.
There is no such mandate to observe things like Christmas, Easter, Lent, Good
Friday, etc. So how does my non-observance of such make me less Christian?
Christianity's holy days are appropriated pagan feasts that were given a
Christian makeover. The Biblical proscribed days of observance celebrated by
Jews were never incorporated into Christian observance. Early Christianity did
celebrate Passover. But the Christian break away from Biblical law became so
strong that not even the Feast of Pentecost was held onto despite its coinciding
with a significant event in Christian history.
What is with the insult to other Christians? According to your logic we
shouldn't celebrate any Christian holidays (Easter and Christmas included)
because we should be thinking of him "always." You obviously don't
know many Catholics or Orthodox, as devout ones believe Mass is a weekly
requirement, not "a once yearly" thing. They have also held sacraments
(the eucharist) habitually since (they argue) the very beginnings of
Christianity. And please, do tell me, how ON EARTH Palm Sunday, Holy
Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are pagan holidays while Easter is not?
Breakfast of Champions,As a Mormon who believes in The Bible, I
strongly disagree with your comment. The Holy Scriptures, such as The Bible, are
the ONLY source of true Christianity. Pagan flavored holidays, while effective
at drawing some individuals' attention to The Lord, are neither Biblical
nor do they require my observance. A true Christian thinks about Christ, and the
unimaginable price He paid for our sins, ALWAYS. At the very least, they should
pay their respects and observe a WEEKLY communion, not a once yearly, weeklong
holiday. Mormons have held Sacrament services, EVERY SUNDAY, in memory of the
Crucified Son of God, since 1830. I don't mean to sound insulting, but I
totally fail to grasp how that could in any way be perceived as un-Christian.
Mormons have really got to start some movement to encourage people to celebrate
ALL of Holy Week, not just Easter. It confounds me to no end that we don't
observe all of what's considered the most important week in
Christianity,and then cry when people think we're not Christian! It would
be nice not to have to go to a Catholic or Orthodox church during Good Friday to
get any sort of mention of the day. And don't say the old "we like to
focus on the resurrection, not the crucifixion" argument. That's almost
blasphemous. Both are equally important. Both are central to Christianity.