Why don’t Christians celebrate the Jewish holidays and customs?

Posted by Vera Ferris on July 4th, 2010 and filed under Jewish Holidays | 20 Comments »

I mean,all the commands to celebrate the Jewish Holidays are in the Bible!
So why don’t they celebrate them too?

answer: those holy days were set for Jews. Christians have different holy days – Christmas, Easter (instead of Passover). They also don’t adhere to the 613 laws Jews were instructed to follow.

The Christians that try to overlay their religion onto Jewish holidays and rituals aren’t an answer either because they dishonor both religions and dilute both of them. Jesus celebrated Passover, he wasn’t PART of Passover. The holes in the matzo do NOT represent crucifixion wounds, etc.

20 Responses

  1. Peaches Says:

    Because these are two different beliefs
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  2. Selah Says:

    Some of us are not Jewish
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  3. Gruz Says:

    They are too busy celebrating the pagan ones, like Christmas.
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  4. Sarah Says:

    We will, as soon as Jews start celebrating Christmas -.-
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  5. Jordan Says:

    Good question we should probably start
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  6. Robert R Says:

    Christians are under the New Covenant. No ceremonial law applies to Christinans.

    Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
    Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
    Col 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
    Col 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
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  7. Crazy Pirate Says:

    christianity has worked hard to cut itself off from all things jewish
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  8. Kristevonne (SF Evangelical CU) Says:

    Because they belong to the old covenant in the old testament. Christianity has new customs that belong to the new covenant in the new testament.
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  9. Alice R Says:

    When Jesus died and came back to life it changed the way we relate to God, and a lot of the Jewish customs were designed to prepare people for Jesus, so they’re not needed any more.
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  10. Blue Foots™ Leia Says:

    Um, they’re Jewish holidays by definition.
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  11. Meghan G Says:

    Well I do because, I have a lot of Jewish friends and they invite me and my family over for the Holidays. And I will invite them over for my Holidays too.
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  12. going postal Says:

    We are not Jewish so we don’t celebrate their holidays. Same reason atheists don’t celebrate Christmas.
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  13. Confused Christian- 3 Weeks 2Go? Says:

    I think we should! I think it would be better for us to celebrate the Passover than Easter. Jesus died on the Passover, whereas Easter is a pagan fertility festival (hence the eggs and bunnies and other fertility symbols). I think most of the so-called Christian holidays are crap and not worth celebrating because they are actually pagan rites whose main characters have been given Bible names.
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  14. Gay Mormon Says:

    The Old testament is….old. Who needs God’s old rules when we have the new ones.
    What I want to know is why anyone bothers with the New Testament when the Book Of Mormon is the Newest and best book inspired by our heavenly Father.
    Joe Smith is the new Jesus!
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  15. www.ajewwithaview.com Says:

    They are in the Jewish Torah – but this was never meant to be part of the bible of another, separate faith!

    Our Xian friends are, of course, always very welcome to join with us in celebrating our festivals. But the Jewish religious laws and commemorating Jewish events and history are binding and relevant for Jews alone.

    Just as Muslim festivals are relevant for Muslims alone, and Hindu festivals relevant for Hindus alone.

    edit

    I have to correct what JOHN R says.

    No such thing as ‘judaic jews’. There are Jews. Period.

    And no Gentiles are being ‘grafted in’ to Judaism. The Xian bible does not get to decide or define who or what is Jewish or is PART OF Judaism!

    And any Jew who, as you put it, ‘learns the truth about jesus’ is, by definition, a PRACTISING XIAN.

    A Jew who converts to Xianity
    = a XIAN

    Gentiles don’t need to be ‘grafted in’ to Judaism. We are all equal, and we are all equally G-d’s children.
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  16. fodbar Says:

    The Catholic Church does indeed take much of the Jewish celebrations. The original Christians were Jewish. The birth of the Church happened on Pentecost. The Early Church decided what Gentiles needed to do to become a part. A new religion was formed called Christianity. The Catholic Church learns much from Jewish rituals and celebrations and holds them highly.
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  17. Ms Ash JPA Says:

    answer: those holy days were set for Jews. Christians have different holy days – Christmas, Easter (instead of Passover). They also don’t adhere to the 613 laws Jews were instructed to follow.

    The Christians that try to overlay their religion onto Jewish holidays and rituals aren’t an answer either because they dishonor both religions and dilute both of them. Jesus celebrated Passover, he wasn’t PART of Passover. The holes in the matzo do NOT represent crucifixion wounds, etc.
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  18. John R Says:

    Probably because – for centuries – the catholic church, from where all others are splintered from – tried to make the jewishness of Jesus and all His teachings (based on the Torah) disappear. They even changed some of the wording (they use "Australia" instead of ‘Kittim’, I believe, because it was too jewish). Don’t forget they were the main force behind the persecution of jews in Europe during Napoleon’s reign. He even ‘liberated’ jews trapped by edict in a city in Germany in where the Pope at the time had ordered them not to come out on punishment of losing all their belongings, and had demanded them to use a YELLOW bonnet (where do you think the nazis got the idea from?). Napoleon gave them a "Pas-the-Door" (hence the word Pass Porte", in french)document to leave the city at will.
    Fortunately – Yahweh has taken care of that and lots of "gentiles" are getting "grafted" into Israel, and vice versa. There are a large numbers of judaic jews learning the truth about Jesus (according to what it says in the scriptures, not what the ‘elders’ or the priests tell them) and are coming forward. In the past (and somehow still), every jew that saw the sign of a cross was like they saw the swastika. Could you blame them?
    It is extremely important to remember that all jewish festivities as they are in the Torah, reflect upon the Messiah one way or another (like the Sabbath, in which Jesus said "I am the Lord of the Sabbath"), and – although it is not a Law (you will not loose the chance to be given a resurrection) to fulfill as it was before, it’s still something we should be looking forward to, like the 14 Nisan’s Last Supper).
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  19. Nadine JPA Says:

    Since Christians believe that they have a new covenant with God, they don’t believe they have to adhere to the laws in the Christian Old Testament, and they use a different version of what the Jews call the Tanakh. They really are two very separate religions with not much in common. Christians do not celebrate Muslim or Hindu holidays; they don’t need to celebrate Jewish holidays. They have their own festivals and feasts and celebrations and we have ours. And that’s okay.
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  20. clusium1971 Says:

    Technically, we do celebrate at least one holiday that was originally a Jewish holiday. However, you probably are not aware of this, as the New Testament was written in Greek, rather than Hebrew.

    This particular holiday is called ‘Pentecost,’ by us Christians, but, is known as "Shavuot," by Jewish people.
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