Pagan Holidays In The Bible

Human society has had a great impact on the religious beliefs and practices of many ethnic groups. Each group has been influenced by the major religious forces in its own environment. Since religion is a core issue to all people, the spread of major religions such as Christianity has had societal effects that are yet to be fully understood.

As the interest in paganism grows, so does the desire to find information on pagan holidays. Some of these holidays are common, some you may have never heard of if you are not a pagan or witch, but looking beyond the knowledge that Christians have been given in their religion is always good. That’s where this article can help.

Many modern pagan holidays are derived from traditional celebrations that were practiced in Europe and Asia. Although the names of these celebrations have changed over the centuries, many customs observed by modern pagans can be traced directly back to their historical roots. Surprisingly, pagan observances have made their way into the Christian Church in quite a few ways. In fact, the Church has incorporated many pagan feasts and fasts as holidays, or allowed them to continue as such.

Pagan holidays have managed to infest American society. Two examples of these holidays are the Halloween holiday and the Christmas holiday. Both of these holidays are taught as recreational and not religious occasions in America. But, is that really true? Are these pagan holidays Americanized or Christianized? Let us examine the evidence for ourselves to see what the answer really is.

Pagan Holidays In The Bible

Using Christmas as an excuse, men have added foreign beliefs and practices to the worship of God the Father and Jesus Christ. They have combined pagan ideas, beliefs and practices with Christianity without examining whether God approves.

This implies presumption by the syncretizer. Presumption is “an attitude or belief dictated by probability.” Facts play little part in presumption, just probability and likelihood. Its first synonym is “assumption,” followed by “arrogance,” “boldness,” “impertinence” and “imprudence.” Presume, its verb form, means “to undertake without leave or clear justification; to expect or assume especially with confidence; to suppose to be true without proof; to take for granted.”

When combining the concepts of syncretism, presumption, and the Israelitish characteristic of misguided zeal for knowledge (Romans 10:1-3), it is easy to see why a holiday like Christmas could become and remain a practice in modern Israel. The Israelitish people—especially the sons of Joseph—seem to be imbued with a spirit of zeal that is both a blessing and a curse. It is almost paradoxical that Israel’s zeal for God is often its greatest hindrance, as it retards true righteousness that comes by faith and submission to God. Virtually all of Israel’s religious zeal is wasted because it stampedes in the wrong direction.

Pagan Holidays In The Bible

Jeremiah 10:1-4 ESV / 44 helpful votes 

Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. 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, for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move.

Colossians 2:8 ESV / 39 helpful votes 

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Jeremiah 10:2-9 ESV / 32 helpful votes 

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, for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move. Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.” There is none like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is great in might. …

John 8:32 ESV / 24 helpful votes 

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

1 Corinthians 11:1-2 ESV / 18 helpful votes 

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.

Colossians 2:16 ESV / 17 helpful votes 

Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.

Romans 14:1-23 ESV / 17 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

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