You know I hear these hard care Christians who say you are not suppose to have an idol before God (In which I agree with) but isn’t by making a b9ig deal out of Thanks Giving having an idol? What Christian biblical significance is this holiday (I.e. Christmas=Christ Birthday, Easter=Christ Resurrection). If this is not a Christian holiday are we not on a fine line of putting another before God?
One can celebrate Thanksgiving and not be committing an act of idolatry (according to the definitions of idolatry in the Bible). But the point were some people get wrong is when they say and believe it is an event created to WORSHIP God and thus we do. Wrong.
Like CouturePopCafe wrote: it's an American holiday, not a religious one. Thanksgiving should be observed (by those who chose to) for exactly what it was originally intended: to give THANKS to God and man for helping us OVERCOME a hardship.
Any other additions will likely steer one off into vanity, blasphemy, or, yes-idolatry.
Leave it to you to point out legalisms...which is in itself very ironic. Quit hiding behind legalisms. God sees you where you are at! Hub pages doesn't need to referee answers to comments that you openly ask a reply back on. Answers can be interpreted in a variety of ways, my friend. Unless one knows all the facts behind the answers.
It has always been a custom that after a hard summers end and the harvest has been collected and stored that the family and friends gathered together possibly the last time before the cold hard winter set in. They probably compared who's' potato crop, corn, beans etc was abundant and who's was lacking; and necessary adjustments were made to ensure everyone's survival.
Though we are not all farmers, it seems like a worthy tradition to remember and carry on. It isn't based upon idolatry, but loving and sharing.
Any excuse for family and friends to gather together and be thankful for eachother is a good thing.
Yep it certainly is based on kristian loving and sharing.
I understand that it was adopted from the native Indians who helped the first settlers through the first winter, feeding them and teaching them how to farm etc. It was thanksgiving for surviving and it was the very native Indians who kept them alive that those same kristian settlers later slaughtered.
I don't think it was. It was an initial shared meal between the two cultures showing mutual respect and thanks for the protection they provided for each other against more aggressive tribes in the region. They had come to trust and rely on each other for this. Many people groups gave thanks to their creator over meals. To say this was stolen from indigenous people is incorrect.
If we were worshipping and idolizing turkeys, would we eat them? I think we would revere them and take care of them.
It's true, gathering together at the end of summer, to celebrate a successful harvest, is a human response to survival. Nothing to do with christianity really. We should all be thankful everyday, regardless of race, religion or creed. Namaste.
Absolutely, it was a custom that the settlers adopted from the native indians who kept the settlers alive through that first winter. Who knows how far back it went in their culture before it was destroyed ?
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