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How come there has never been a month-long observance for Christians?

 
 
Sun 7 Mar, 2021 03:30 pm
Hi. I am just curious about this.

We have Christmas and Easter, which celebrate the birth and Resurrection of Christ, respectively, but these are both pagan holidays; i.e., they both have roots in paganism. They both started out as pagan festivals. Neither holiday is really Christian.

Easter is mentioned only once in the Bible.

Christmas was decidedly made Christian to appease the Christian church in Europe before it was brought over to North America and the Christian association with Easter came about from early Christians appropriating pagan customs.

How come there has never been a month-long observance honoring and recognizing the accomplishments of Christians?

Please help. Thank you.
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izzythepush
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 03:44 pm
@JGoldman10,
Don’t you know anything about your own religion?

Haven’t you heard of Lent?
JGoldman10
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:00 pm
@izzythepush,
I have heard of Lent but I don't participate in it.
izzythepush
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:04 pm
@JGoldman10,
You could, it fits in with life in an Agrarian society.

It’s supposed to be when you reflect on the time Jesus spent in the Wilderness.
lmur
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:19 pm
@izzythepush,
Suffering serious crisp withdrawal two and a half weeks into Lent. Bet Jesus snuck a few bags of Walkers into his rucksack.
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Rebelofnj
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:25 pm
There are already feast days that happen year round, which are celebrations of Christian saints and their accomplishments.

Today is the feast day of Perpetua and Felicity, Christian martyrs of the 3rd century.

It is hard to honor non-saintly Christians if their accomplishments were not seen as Christian. For example, I doubt you will ever honor the work of famed Christian author CS Lewis.
JGoldman10
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:35 pm
@Rebelofnj,
The Chronicles of Narnia is NOT a CHRISTIAN story and neither are the movies that are based on it. I was annoyed and offended when some people on CHRISTIAN TV were praising and identifying the book and the movies that were based on the book as such.

The official title of the first movie in the film series is The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Having "Witch" in the title is a red flag right there.
JGoldman10
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:37 pm
@izzythepush,
I don't know too much about Lent but I always assumed Lent was a CATHOLIC thing.

My family and I never took part in it.
izzythepush
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:43 pm
@JGoldman10,
What are you frightened of, eternal damnation for recognising the torments of Christ, all because Catholics may have a hand in it?
Rebelofnj
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:44 pm
@JGoldman10,
Wikipedia says Lent is celebrated by many Christian denominations.
Quote:
This season is observed in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, Moravian, Oriental Orthodox, Reformed (including Presbyterian and Congregationalist), United Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches. Some Anabaptist, Baptist and nondenominational Christian churches also observe Lent.

In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to replicate the account of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ's journey into the desert for 40 days;[7][8][9] this is known as one's Lenten sacrifice.[10] Many Christians also add a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional or praying through a Lenten calendar, to draw themselves near to God.


For a Christian with a mother who is a pastor, you are ignorant of a major Christian observance.
JGoldman10
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:48 pm
@izzythepush,
Don't get me started on Catholics. Roman Catholicism is a CULT.
JGoldman10
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:49 pm
@Rebelofnj,
They could have had something like a "Christian History Month" in the U.S. at least, but didn't.

I think the secular world should be aware of what Christian figures have done.
Rebelofnj
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:55 pm
@JGoldman10,
Lewis did also write popular Christian books such as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and Miracles.

Anyway, writers over the years tend to use fictional characters and worlds to spread the word of Christ, and to show that His Word is applicable in many settings.
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izzythepush
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 04:56 pm
@JGoldman10,
I don’t think you have any place calling other Christians members of a cult.
Rebelofnj
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 05:04 pm
@JGoldman10,
The US Government is secular, with no established state religion. There have been many legal cases regarding the separation of Church and State.

The government cannot promote a Christian History Month.

Plus, people are going to bring up some of the dark parts of Christian history, such as the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the prosecution of scientists (like Galileo) & the censorship of creative works by Christian leaders, and the recent scandals involving televangelists.
JGoldman10
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 05:21 pm
@izzythepush,
Sigh. Roman Catholicism IS NOT CHRISTIAN.

The Catholics abandoned God's laws and teachings in exchange for their own.

Jews did the same thing.

The Catholics have their own version of the Bible. They added to and/or took things out of it.

The Christian Bible clearly says NOT to do that:

"You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, so that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I am commanding you (Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Revelation 22:18)."

Also, Catholics do a lot of practices and have a lot of beliefs that contradict what's in the Christian Bible.
JGoldman10
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 05:22 pm
@Rebelofnj,
That makes sense.
Rebelofnj
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 05:34 pm
@JGoldman10,
So what is the point of this thread?

We established Lent as an 40 day observance celebrated by many Christian Denominations, not just Catholics.

We established there were feast days honoring Saints and their actions in the name of God.

We established that the US Government cannot promote a Christian History Month due to the separation of Church and State.

Other than that tangent on CS Lewis and Catholicism, it seems all of this could have been answered by several searches on Google and Wikipedia.
JGoldman10
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 05:43 pm
@izzythepush,
Jimmy Swaggart Ministries has a DVD series out about the truth of Roman Catholicism:

https://www.shopjsm.org/p-9164-the-truth-about-catholicism.aspx#.YEVk4GhKjIU

I believe I posted a link to this a long time ago.

I have a book that a Christian wrote about the truth about Roman Catholicism.
JGoldman10
 
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Sun 7 Mar, 2021 05:44 pm
@Rebelofnj,
I didn't know the U.S. government can't have a month-long observance for Christians.

Why is the U.S. government secular if it was once "founded under God"?

I saw a program on Christian TV a couple of years back in which they found physical proof that the Founding Fathers were Christians. There was a bunch of monuments, paintings and statues and other items they found in Washington, D.C. that established this.
 

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