In a way it's been Satan's holiday from its inception a day to indulge the flesh Ghosts and bones both contrast with the Chrsitian views of salvation and resurrection
Faith, it's kids asking for sweets at doors.
T'weren't always so though, that's a very new version of it. And my point was that the imagery and intent of Mardi Gras (indulging the flesh) and Halloween as well as Dia de los Muertos (ghosts and bones/skulls) shows that they are not Christian in spirt, that's all, they are pagan. Today few remember much about their origins. (see Message 6)
Passover was given by God to the Israelites some 1500 or so years before Christ, and since the New Testament is to be our source of understanding of the Old Testament, we know that Passover was always a messianic prophecy. It was finally fulfilled by Jesus on the cross as our sacrificed "Lamb of God" who "takes away the sins of the world," removing our sentence of death under the Moral Law, just as the blood of the original Passover lamb painted on the door frames protected the Israelites in the house from the angel of death.
Pentecost is indeed modeled on a harvest theme, the "first fruits" of the harvest, understood in the New Testament to be symbolic of the spiritual baptism of Christ Jesus' followers, as the Holy Spirit was given to the Church on that day.
In any case both are in scripture as God-given observances, and all the rest on your list are later traditions.
You always manage to assert something that contradicts the entire history of Christian theology as developed by the best theologians. Nobody should pay the slightest attention to anything you say about Christianity, it will only mislead them, but at EvC unfortunately you can get away with it.
since the New Testament is to be our source of understanding of the Old Testament, we know that Passover was always a messianic prophecy
Where in the New Testament does it state this?
The New Testament shows more than it actually says, it's subtle and sophisticated in its teaching. The Passover is implied in calling Jesus the Lamb of God for starters, as John does frequently in his wriitings, also in any mentions of His blood as shed for us.
In 1 Corinthians 5:7 Jesus is literally called "Christ our Passover."
At the Last Supper, Jesus tells His disciples "This is My body which is given for you. Also, " For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. "
All these identify Jesus as the Passover Lamb. Along with the fact that he was crucified on the Passover itself and so on.
He was the fulfillment of ALL the animal sacrifices for sin made throughout the OT, but most particularly the Passover Lamb. Hebrews 9:12-14 describes Him as the ultimate sacrifice:
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Heb 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Again, those are all examples of after the fact fabrication to create a perception of some fulfilled prophecy, not of any actual fulfillment.
I'm gonna call you on this one. Who did the fact checking? How do we know that the textual critics have ulterior motives as well? How solid is their case and who are they?
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