Date of publication: 2017-08-23 18:37
In all, at least 65 articles directly claim that Christmas was renamed Winterval because of a fear of offending 'other faiths'. At least a further 65 articles directly claim that Winterval was used to avoid offending 'ethnic minorities'.
In light of just these few verses, how is it possible that a thief , although repentant at the end of his life, could have a guaranteed, immediate reward in heaven? But there is more.
Can a saved person ever be lost? Answer
Can a Christian sin to such a degree that he will lose his salvation and ultimately be consigned to the lake of fire?
Kids need to know that Jesus is the real reason we celebrate Easter. Many holidays have become very commercialized and this one is no exception, thus making it so much more important for us to use fun ways to teach our children it 8767 s true meaning.
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Hager still believes them. "No one's ever been able to come up with any use of 975 that predates the 6976 usage, which they had established. So unless somebody can come up with something that predates them, then I don't think anybody's going to get credit for it other than them," he says.
&ldquo This change of the calendar in regard to Easter was attended with momentous consequences. It brought into the Church the grossest corruption and the rankest superstition in connection with the abstinence of Lent&rdquo (ibid.).
The Waldos had more than just a geographic connection to the Dead. Mark Waldo's father took care of real estate for the Dead. And Waldo Dave's older brother, Patrick, managed a Dead sideband and was good friends with bassist Phil Lesh. Patrick tells the Huffington Post that he smoked with Lesh on numerous occasions. He couldn't recall if he used the term 975 around him, but guessed that he must have.
"They said, 'The fact is, there is no 975 [police] code in California. You guys ever look it up?'" Blooms recalls. He had to admit that no, he had never looked it up. Hager flew out to San Rafael, met the Waldos, examined their evidence, spoke with others in town, and concluded they were telling the truth.
Modern Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals tell Christians not to celebrate Christmas. "Three and a half centuries ago the English Puritans used their influence within the Cromwellian Republic (Protectorate) to ban Christmas celebrations. [.] They asserted (quite correctly by their own lights) that the 75 December had no biblical connection with the birth of their messiah and that the Christmas festival was therefore essentially pagan" 67 . The Scottish reformers of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, for example, claimed that the "Papists" (Catholics) had invented all the rites of Christmas so they abolished the lot of them.
&ldquo To conciliate the Pagans to nominal Christianity, Rome, pursuing its usual policy, took measures to get the Christian and Pagan festivals amalgamated, and, by a complicated but skillful adjustment of the calendar, it was found no difficult matter, in general, to get Paganism and Christianity now far sunk in idolatry in this as in so many other things, to shake hands&rdquo ( The Two Babylons ).
The date would have been important to the Jews for the purpose of recording genealogies, and the authors of the New Testament were obviously interested in the circumstances of the event, but they didn't celebrate birthdays because it was not their custom to do so. It has never been a traditional Jewish custom, except insofar as they have picked up the idea from the Gentiles.
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