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causalset

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Do you guys keep lent or good friday
« on: Thu Jun 14, 2012 - 16:53:46 »
I was always assuming that Easter is kept by both protestants and catholics while Lent is kept only by catholics. But recently somewhere I heard of protestants keeping lent as well. I was brought up Jewish and I started to believe in Jesus on my own by surfing the web. So I honestly don't have any real life knowledge on this stuff. I was going to Messianic congregations and they don't keep easter period, so thats why they don't keep lent either. But I guess now that I got to think about it, their whole argument that "easter is pagan" doesn't really apply to lent. In fact, lent is about self discipline so I actually feel guilty for not having kept it; on the other hand I don't feel any regrets regarding not keeping easter since easter is just about a good time. Anyway, going back on topic. The question is: do most protestants keep lent as well or do they only keep easter? I guess if most protestants only keep easter then I might as well continue keeping passover and be happy. If they keep lent, then I would try to keep lent as well cause I simply do'nt like an idea of eating meat when "I am not supposed to", regardless of what I think of easter or anything else.

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Re: Do you guys keep lent or good friday
« Reply #1 on: Thu Jun 14, 2012 - 17:17:33 »
I'm Protestant (low-church), and I observe Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, and whatever else I care to do. I have a Christ candle in my house which is lit when we're home.

"High Church" Protestants observe the Church (or Liturgical) Year; most "Low Church" Protestants do not. I am an anomaly.

As a self-developed Protestant, there are no requirements for you to "keep" or "observe" any of the Church Year.

Lent isn't about fasting as much as it is recollection and self-reflection. So, you don't have to fast.

Easter isn't about "a good time," but about the working of salvation, and the triumph of God in the world. Since Lent runs up to Easter, the theme is a sober reflection of your failings as a person made in the image of God that contributes to the need for Good Friday and Easter. To keep the season from being overly morose, it ends with the triumphant events of Easter, and then anticipates the pouring out of the Spirit on Pentecost.

So, you needn't feel guilty about not participating. However, you might enrich your life by doing so.

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Re: Do you guys keep lent or good friday
« Reply #2 on: Sat Jun 16, 2012 - 11:17:25 »
I am a "born again" believer in Christ following the Word of God only, so I do not keep any ordinances or rituals by men.  I don't think a Christian should be trying to follow religious traditions ----but I can allow anyone to practice or believe whatever they like to do.

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Re: Do you guys keep lent or good friday
« Reply #3 on: Sat Jun 16, 2012 - 18:48:51 »
I am a  member of the Church of Christ. Around here we are a very conservative bunch and don't observe Christmas, Easter or Lent. Our preacher doesn't even observe Christmas as a secular holiday although most of us do. Some liberal congregations, such as where HRoberson attends, do all the religious holidays. We are a confusing (or confused) denomination.

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Re: Do you guys keep lent or good friday
« Reply #4 on: Sat Jun 16, 2012 - 22:39:01 »
Two observations:

a. Church buildings are a religious tradition that most of us, even those who claim to avoid such, participate in.

b. There are three rules for "church:"
--You must be worshiping YHWH, not some other god.
--You can't do anything that would be sin in and of itself (i.e., no public sex on the altar).
--You can't do anything that would make the locals think you're crazy.

Other than that, you can do just about whatever you'd like - or not.

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Re: Do you guys keep lent or good friday
« Reply #5 on: Sun Jun 17, 2012 - 06:31:50 »
Too late for b3. The locals already dun thunk it. ::frown::

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« Reply #6 on: Wed Jun 20, 2012 - 21:33:30 »
I am a former Roman Catholic who is now a non-denominational Fundamentalist Christian.  Although I fasted occasionally when I was a new Christian, I do not do so now mainly because of a variety of ailments that require daily medication with food to protect my internal organs.

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Re: Do you guys keep lent or good friday
« Reply #7 on: Tue Jun 26, 2012 - 14:57:11 »
our church certainly celebrates the birth of Christ as a special day to be remembered.  We don't get into the argument concerning "is it the actual date of His birth or not?" This day has been set aside for many, many years now, and as far as I'm concerned December 25th works pretty well.  I would think all Christians would choose a day to celebrate the brith of our Lord and Saviour, but if they don't, that is certainly their choice.

Easter?  Is more correctly referred to as resurrection Sunday in my opinion, and it should certainly be celebrated.  We also do the 12 days of Advent, and we remember the crucifixion of Christ.  We celebrate Lent......However none of us are REQUIRED to celebrate/remember these days/events...........we do so because of our love for Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

I like to think of Lint as not being so much about what you "give up," but, rather what you "give out."  In other words, what you give to others, in keeping with the need to display a servant's heart.  But, that's just me.


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Re: Do you guys keep lent or good friday
« Reply #8 on: Tue Jun 26, 2012 - 15:53:04 »
Lent reminds us (those who observe it) of Jesus' 40 days in the desert.  It is not only for fasting, but also for prayer and almsgiving, and mostly reminds us of our need to repent.  Prayer and fasting help us overcome sin, which brings us closer to God, and makes us more like Jesus.  Almsgiving helps us foster a connection with the poor.  There is no reason why this should be limited to 40 days before Easter.  It's just nice that the liturgical year reminds us of the importance of these things on a yearly basis.  It is easy to get complacent in our spiritual lives.

Easter to Catholics is not pagan at all and does not involve chocolate eggs or Easter bunnies.  To us it is the most important day of the year, the Solemn Feast of the Resurrection.  We celebrate the resurrection each Lord's Day but Easter is the solemn feast.  Basically the three main feasts are Christmas (feast of the Son), Easter (the feast of the Father) and Pentecost (the feast of the Holy Spirit).

The word "Easter" is only used in English.  In more common use in other languages is a derivation of the term "pascha" which basically reflects Passover.  We view the resurrection as Christ's new passover, the fulfillment of the OT passover, where we are rescued from death.

There are Protestant denominations that observe Lent, those who are more liturgical sometimes do.  I know for sure that at least some Lutheran synods observe Lent.

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Re: Do you guys keep lent or good friday
« Reply #9 on: Sun Oct 21, 2012 - 13:29:30 »
I am a  member of the Church of Christ. Around here we are a very conservative bunch and don't observe Christmas, Easter or Lent. Our preacher doesn't even observe Christmas as a secular holiday although most of us do. Some liberal congregations, such as where HRoberson attends, do all the religious holidays. We are a confusing (or confused) denomination.

And Paul said to keep and pass on traditions.  I never understood how that is just brushed aside to a "Bible only authority Christian."

I'd like to say not in argument but contrast for those of delicate senslessibilities, that every day of the year is a pagan holiday.  That argument is such a red herring it's nearing silliness.  It's not the day you celebrate something, it's WHAT You celebrate that is relevant. 
Well thats  disinginous.
Jesus said for instance that "by your traditions ye make the Word of God enough effect"
So there are clearky the traditions of men as ther eare traidtions of God or the Apostles. The last beign of course one and the same.
The commandemnt of God in the Old testament  to "write these things down" was for a very good reason.
All the cunningly devised fables of oral traditions  and myths etc form an volume of traditions of ignorance  tha blind men to the truth.
Paul did NOT  say "keep and pass on traditions"  Which has no discernemnt in it at all..I would sugest to any one interested in the truth as to what was written  to go and find out forthemselves and then go and search out the word "traditions" in all scripture and there you will find what are true and what is false.
Thus accordign to that  saying ANY and ALL traditiopns  you should keep.
As to the authrority of referign to that which is written.I woudl then point you to the actions and words of the lord .
Who always refered to what was written.
Both in temptation a salso in challenges to his ministery.
In that regard a proper perspective as to his consistant drawign attention to what was written. and his opposition to the perceptions reasonings and traditions of the religios leaders is apparent to all who ahev eyes  and ears to see and hear.