Traditions

April 04, 2010

By: James Herschel Lyda

Mat. 15: 1 ∂Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

2Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

3But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

4For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

5But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;

6And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

7Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Tra-di-tion (noun)1. Custom or belief: a long-established action or pattern of behavior in a community or group of people, often one that has been handed down from generation to generation.2. Bodyof customs: a body of long-established customs and beliefs viewed as a set of precedents. 3. Handing down of customs: the handing of patterns of behavior, practices, and beliefs that are valued by aculture. 4. Accepted unwritten Christiandoctrines: CHRISTIANITY the body ofChristian doctrines that are accepted as the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles without written evidence.

Such as: going to heaven when you die; the immortality of the soul; the eternal burning of the wicked; the dead knowing more than they ever knew in life; once saved always saved. These all are found in tracts and documents everywhere and make up most of the doctrines taught by most religious groups, but is found nowhere in the Bible. But these all are the teachings of CHRISTANITY. That is one reason I am hesitating to call myself a CHRISTIAN. I try to live as close to Christ and his teachings as possible but I do not call myself a Christian because I donít want to be associated with these types of teachings.

CHRISTIANITY is so full of contradictions that are not supported by the Bible. If it is not found in the Bible, in easy to understand language, then reject it for it is a teaching of so called CHRISTIANITY and not that of God. I hope that we are not modern day CHRISTIANS but followers of Christ and doers of the Word.

Mark 15:3 Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Easter, is this a commandment of God or is it a tradition? Is the word Easter found in the Bible?

Yes! KJV Ac 12:4 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.

YLT Ac 12:4whom also having seized, he did put in prison, having delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him, intending after the passover to bring him forth to the people.

Easter

Originally a Saxon word (Eostre)(also known as Ostara or Ishtar, Semiramus as we know her), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honor of whom, sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover. Eostre also denotes a goddess of spring and dawn (hence the sunrise service). From this came the name that was given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, Easter, which occurred about the time of the Passover. In the early English versions this word was frequently used as the translation of the Greek pascha (the Passover). When the Authorized Version (1611) was formed, the word "passover" was used in all passages in which this word pascha occurred, except in #Ac 12:4. In the Revised Version the proper word, "passover," is always used.

So Easter is a CHRISTIAN tradition, not Biblical but pagan in origin and practice. So should we be keeping this ancient pagan tradition or should we be obeying the Bible in observing the Passover? The Bible says in Ex 12:17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

Ex 12:24And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

I ask of you, Should we keep a day that is only mentioned one time in the Bible and it is a mistranslation for the Passover? Or should we keep the day mentioned seventy one times in the Bible and is a direct commandment that we should observe it as an ordinance forever? ††††††

Ex 12:14And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

Ex 12:17And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. (600,000)

Ex 12:24And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

It seems to me that we should be observing an ordinance (law: a law or rule made by an authority such as a city government (or the ultimate law giver, God)) rather than a tradition named after some goddess who we know to be pagan and foreign. A so called goddess, Semiramus, who was a fertility goddess with symbols of painted eggs and bunny rabbits. Do we want to teach our children such lies when the Bible commands us to teach our children about the ordinance of the Passover?

Ex 12:24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

Let not me or my words condemn your traditions but listen to the true and undefiled Word of God. Mat 15:6 Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

Another point that I wish to make is; nowhere in the Bible does God tell or command us to observe the day of Christís resurrection. This does not belittle or make of lesser effect the resurrection of Jesus Christ but Godís emphasis is upon Christís pure and sinless life. The life that He freely gave as a substitute sacrifice for the eternal death with which each and every living human being was doomed to cease to exist. Christ through His selfless sacrifice gave each and every human the chance to be saved from this eternal extinction if we will only believe that He is the only born Son of God and keep his commandments until the end.

You think that this is the day of His resurrection, wrong! This day was set up as the day for Easter by the first pope of the Catholic Church at the Council of Nicaea, Constantine. God set up the true mark of time. The new moon closest to the vernal equinox (spring begins) begins the first day of the New Year and the month Abib. On the 14th day of the first month, Abib, of the new year was the day on which Christ was crucified. God gave this as a sign thousands of years before Christís birth. On the 17th day of the month, early in the morning Christ arose by the power of God the Father, not Jesusís own doing, but Godís. Christís resurrection was the glorification of God the Father, because the dead Christ had no powers while He was dead, but God the Father had the power of all resurrection. Christ was glorified in the selfless act of sacrificing Himself for all mankind. Therefore God commanded us to observe the 14th day of the month Abib and teach it to our children and our childrenís children as an ordinance (law) forever and unto all generations. The 14th day of Abib was last Monday from 6:00pm until Tuesday 6:00pm. The day Christ died. The 17th day of Abib was last Thursday; early in the morning of Thursday was when Christ arose. NOT ON EASTER SUNDAY. Man in all his evil ways has sought to obliterate all traces of God, Jesus Christ and His truths. Let us not be guilty of promoting the lies and fables of the so called CHRISTIANS.

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