There are a lot of arguments going both ways for a multitude of topics. You’ll hear people saying that homosexuality isn’t condemned in the bible, or that eating pork is off limits. I’m here to tell you what the bible actually has to say about these topics. All of my verses will be coming from the English Standard Version of the bible.
Christmas & Easter
Believe it or not, Christmas may not necessarily be a Christian holiday. The pagans know that Christmas borrowed a lot of customs from their Winter Solstice celebrations, but is Christmas even a legitimate celebration for a Christian? Easter has the same story. Let’s look at the verses.
This website lists 120 separate reasons for ditching Christmas, all backed by bible verses (mostly), but I just want to talk about some of the main ones. I’m letting you know now that half of the ones on that site are bogus and taken out of context, so I’m going to try to pull some of the ones out that actually make a case.
“29 “When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations whom you go in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, 30 take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ 31 You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods.”
Okay that’s pretty straight forward. We’re not supposed to pick up Pagan traditions.
Well Christmas is fun and innocent, right? Kids love Easter!
“32 [a] “Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.”
Easter is ONLY found in one verse, in the King James Bible:
“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.”
The only problem with this verse is that it’s mistranslated. The word used in the KJV to represent “Easter” was actually “Pesach,”which is more correctly translated to “Passover.” There are no references to rabbits, eggs, or chicks (Pagan fertility symbols, by the way) in the entire bible.
Christmas isn’t mentioned in the bible as a holiday to celebrate either. In fact NO holidays are talked about. Holy days are specifically mentioned, seven of them actually. These are the days that Jews celebrate.
Passover (Numbers 9:1-5)
Feast of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 23:15)
Pentecost/Feast of Harvest (Leviticus 23:16-21)
Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:23-25)
Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-27)
Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:29-43)
The Eighth Day (Leviticus 23:33)
They all fall on different days every year because it’s not based on our Gregorian Calendar (from the Catholics by the way).
Also, God didn’t really like Christmas Trees.
“Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2 Thus says the Lord:
“Learn not the way of the nations,
nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
because the nations are dismayed at them,
3 for the customs of the peoples are vanity.[a]
A tree from the forest is cut down
and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
4 They decorate it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so that it cannot move.”
That seems pretty straight-forward. Some people argue that Christmas trees are different because it’s not the physical tree decorating that’s an issue: they say it’s the intent behind it. Pagans cut fir trees and decorated their homes with them to remind them of the coming Spring. Let’s face it, there’s no connection between Jesus being born and fancy trees.
So if the bible says we shouldn’t adopt pagan practices (like putting up Christmas trees or pagan fertility symbols), and we should keep particular holy days, but also we shouldn’t add or subtract traditions from the bible, is Christmas or Easter appropriate for a Christian? I’m going to say no.
“18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who tarry long over wine;
those who go to try mixed wine.
31 Do not look at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup
and goes down smoothly.
32 In the end it bites like a serpent
and stings like an adder.
33 Your eyes will see strange things,
and your heart utter perverse things.
34 You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
like one who lies on the top of a mast.[a]
35 “They struck me,” you will say,[b] “but I was not hurt;
they beat me, but I did not feel it.
When shall I awake?
I must have another drink.””
WOW. That’s pretty intense.
“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price “
I’m going to say getting drunk is bad, but an occasional drink is probably fine. God just didn’t like people getting plastered or addicted to it, or at least that’s how it appears.
Basically the entire chapter of Leviticus 11 talks about clean and unclean animals. It’s the diet book that God said you should follow. I’m going to go ahead and list the main points for you guys so I don’t have to type the entire chapter up:
- You can eat split hoof animals that ALSO chew cud
- No animals that chew cud without split hooves
- No animals with split hooves that don’t chew cud
It specifies that you can’t eat rabbits, camels, rock badgers (whatever those are), or pigs.
You can eat fish, but they have to have scales and fins. Sorry, no catfish allowed.
Here are the birds you can’t eat (it’s very specific):
- Little Owl (not to be confused with the owl)
- Great Owl (also not an Owl, or a Little Owl)
- White Owl
- Carrion Vulture
You can eat locusts, crickets, and grasshoppers, but not any other four-legged, winged insects.
Other things you can’t eat:
- Great Lizard
- Sand Reptile
- Swarming things
- Belly-crawling things (snakes)
- Animals who walk on fours
That’s a lot of rules. What did Jesus say though?
“14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”[a] 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?”[b] (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
So we’re good now. Eat what you want.
This one is touchy for people because they say there aren’t any references in the New Testament for it, only the Old Testament. I am going to show you why that’s not exactly correct. First, here’s the Old Testament references:
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.”
“If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”
Now some New Testament references:
I Corinthians 6:9-11
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
“5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved[c] a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire,[d]serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.”
It’s cool if you’re gay or if you support gay rights. It’s not biblical though, and we need to be honest about that. It’s not right to say that the bible doesn’t condemn homosexuality; it’s much more honest to say that you don’t agree with the bible.
This post is getting long. I have more to share, but it’ll have to be saved for another post, another time.
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