The Xmas Thread: Discussions on secular/pagan practices

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This thread is for the discussion of secular/pagan Xmas problems and thoughts. I used Xmas to differentiate this thread form the Christmas thread. To discuss the birth of Jesus please use the Christmas Thread.

good intentions

It looks like--in this post--your primary goal is getting it right.

Your method to make sure you get it all right seems to be playing it absolutely safe by the standards you perceive to be plainly spelled out.

Your plea that we follow this plan falls flat. "...if we want to be true to God we must follow His instructions to the letter. Yes, to the letter but with a willing spirit to do exactly as God instructs us."

Turn to the letter. Read it. "The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." This is not a minor injunction to be added to the rest. This is an abolition of the rest of the literal injunctions--Paul says that it is the foundation for the New Testament established in Jesus Christ.

That is the letter. Now--will you follow it? Exactly and precisely? The exact and precise instructions God has given to Christians is that they move beyond a dependency of exact, precise instructions and--through an indwelling connection to God Almighty--recognize the will of God even when it is not spelled out, or even when it is threatened by strict, cautious, literal application of something once expressed under finite circumstances.

If a person can not move beyond the literal, then they don't "have eyes to see" nor "ears to hear," and though they proclaim their love and devotion to God they fail to draw near to Him in their hearts.

"Getting it right" is a lousy, terrible plan if your technique is to be technically flawless. The separation between Religion and Spirituality is this divide--religious people master outward actions, while spiritual people develop a right spirit. One may be both at once, or one without the other; Jesus Christ was a Messiah who did not meet the scriptural mandates for a liberating Messiah; only if one is born again can he "see the kingdom of heaven"--only if one abandons literalism and enters into the Spirit can one even recognize Jesus as he presented himself to the world.

If you want to play it safe by not having Christmas trees or not celebrating Easter or locking your doors on Halloween, you are entitled. Perhaps it is best for you. But woe unto ye, who bind burdens on the backs of the people--freedom in Christ is the freedom to celebrate and live in Christ as the individual conscience allows. It is dangerous, though satisfying to the ego (I speak from experience) to lay down the law and tell people what they ought to do. But this is not ideal. Because we are not scribes and Pharisees preying on the fear and paranoia of the masses trying to get it right. We are Christians, bringing rightness directly to them.

Hopefully.

You search the scriptures;
For in them ye think ye have eternal life:
These are those which testify of me.
But ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
(John 5.39-40)




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