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Spirituality And The Holidays November 24, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.

Sitting here eating leftover turkey and stuffing, once again the holiday season is upon us.  Traditions that have developed surrounding holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas bring families together, encourage us and warm our hearts.  All good things.  These traditions, cherished though they are, come from the mind of man.  These are merely human traditions, they are no substitute for God’s instruction.  There is a danger for us because these man made traditions have the appearance of some sort of connection to God.  Unless we investigate carefully and clearly separate what comes from God and what comes from man we will be deceived into thinking that we have done some sort of religious duty when we have not.  Is this important to God or is this just my way of being a party pooper?  Remember the words of Jesus I have quoted before:

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”  And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions !…..  Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

Now don’t get me wrong I’m not knocking the holidays and if these activities spark people’s interests in spiritual matters then that is good.  But many mistake these secular celebrations for religious activity.  Religion should be all about following God and being one with each other as we grow to become one with God.  This can only be done by learning about and understanding God’s word.  Remembering the birth of Christ is all well and good.  But Christ gave us instructions on how he is to be remembered and these instructions have nothing to do with December 25th.  So once you become aware of the fact that possibly your holiday traditions really have very little to do with God, you need to look into the matter and understand what God’s will is.

The central theme of our Spiritual life should be all of us gathering together in accord with God’s instruction.  Human traditions have a natural tendency to wander away from God (I have indeed said this before).  So we need to look at what we are doing and make sure that we are following God’s instruction if we want to have any hope of being pleasing to him.  We need to understand especially that our human traditions are no substitute for the word of God.  We need to each get this straight and help each other to understand the proper relationship of Spirituality and the holidays. 


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