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Are New Year’s celebrations objectionable for Christians?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by t3gah, Dec 23, 2004.

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  2. No

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  3. I'm not sure

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  4. Who cares?!

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  1. t3gah

    t3gah Well-Known Member

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    (1 Peter 4:3, 4)
    3 For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. 4 In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you;


    (Galatians 5:19-21)
    Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Is New Year's Eve ok for Christians?
     
  2. Doodlebug02

    Doodlebug02 Active Member

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    This Christian has absolutely no problem with celebrating New Years celebrations. :) Remember, you can celebrate and still maintain your Christian morals. A New Years celebration doesn't have to be full of revelry, lust, and other things that the verses you mentioned say. Also consider this verse:

    (NIV) Romans 14:5 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

    In my opinion, this verse is basically saying that whether or not you celebrate a specific holiday is a matter of personal preference or personal conscience.

    God Bless,
    Holly
     
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  3. Scuba Pete

    Scuba Pete Le plongeur avec attitude...

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    Colossians 2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. 19 He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. 20 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: 21 "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? 22 These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

    'Nuf said.
     
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  4. Doodlebug02

    Doodlebug02 Active Member

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    That is a very good selection of verses. I especially like the first with is 2 Colossians 2:16.

    (NIV) Colossians 2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.

    Good post! I was thinking about this verse when I first made my post but couldn't remember it at the time.
     
  5. No*s

    No*s Captain Obvious

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    Well said ND. There's another we agree on.
     
  6. Feathers in Hair

    Feathers in Hair World's Tallest Hobbit

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    NetDoc, if I had continued to think that there was any point in responding directly to any of these posts, I would be using that verse in every single reply.
     
  7. Scuba Pete

    Scuba Pete Le plongeur avec attitude...

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    I seem to be quoting it a lot lately. :D
     
  8. Melody

    Melody Well-Known Member

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    T3...you're doing this deliberately to get a rise out of people, aren't you?
     
  9. Fluffy

    Fluffy A fool

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    Well compared to your other posts t3gah, I like this one so Ill offer my view in response to it. Aren't all the "sins" you are listing in those passages immoral at ALL times. They aren't being applied to this specific time of year and, although it is true that perhaps some of these happen more in New Years celebrations, it is perhaps irrelevant to attach this moral code to a particular time of year.
     
  10. t3gah

    t3gah Well-Known Member

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    Yeppers.
     
  11. Melody

    Melody Well-Known Member

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    T3,
    Sounds like you party with a wilder set than I do. Even when I was single, my New Year's celebration didn't include any of the above!

    Melody
     
  12. Fluffy

    Fluffy A fool

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    Are you of the opinion, T3, that desire is the root of suffering/sin? (sorry to go off topic but I am curious).
     
  13. anders

    anders Well-Known Member

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    This quote might have interested me more if I had been studying ethnology. Never the less, I would like to know which "places" and/or countries and/or religions or whatever you refer to, and how you substantiate your claims.
     
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    fromthe heart Well-Known Member

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    I don't think about bringing in the new year as religious in any way...I see it as a new begining, a place in time to start something fresh,or to turn from an undesirable behaviour to a fresh new perspective on life if one chooses to do so. I think everyone has their own way to celebrate...celebrations for me do not consist of the things you mentioned.:)
     
  15. jimbob

    jimbob The Celt

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    of course they are okay. New years eve doesn't go against any christian doctrine.
     
  16. Economist

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    I accidentally clicked "No," in response to the title of the thread, rather than the actual poll question. But I do not think they are objectionable at all.
     
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