Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Palm Sunday/Good Friday Traditions

Part 1

Part 2


Sam said...

I'm sorry, but I think this kind of stuff is a waste of time. So Palm Sunday wasn't on a Christ's death, burial, and resurrection not worth celebrating, even if we will never know the day? It's the same for Christmas. If we take the time to celebrate our own birthdays, how can it be wrong to set apart a day for the remembrance of the events of Christ's life?

I am not a Catholic by any means, but I think many of my brethren throw the baby out with the bath water--they get so scared of Rome that they throw out many traditions that are harmless and that are deeply meaningful for many Bible believing Christians.

Philip@ReformedVoices said...

Hi Sam,

I'm not sure what you mean by it being a waste of time. I happen to find it interesting to look at where our "religious" traditions come from, be it Christmas, Easter, or ecclesiastical. No one is being told what to do or not to do, they can do what they wish with the info.

I am curious what "baby" (biblical truth or precedence) is being thrown out with the "bath water" (tradition) in these instances?

Bruce said...

I think it's awesome to see that once again Scripture proves Scripture! In this post modern world we live in with the Rob Bell's of the church telling us that the Bible is a "human product", we can rest assured knowing that every jot and tittle is exactly what it says it is. When Jesus said that He would be in the earth for 3 days and 3 nights...that's exactly what He did!

For years in my Christian life I have tried and tried to shove a round peg in a square hole with the theology I was handed. All the "election, predestined, chosen, Jacob I loved, Esau I hated, etc. etc." that was explained away a million ways to Sunday was so frustrating for me! I was trying to know who this Christian God is yet I wasn't supposed to take His Word literally or be able to understand??

I don't think it's a waste of time to know that God's Word is true ALL the time. Sure, we'll celebrate Easter Sunday, but in my mind now...every Sunday is Resurrection Sunday! Glory be to God for opening my blind eyes!

Sister Cin

Pastor Jim said...

Sam and Sister Cin,

I appreciate your input. The reason I spend time on these subjects is precisely because I insist that the Bible is true in all respects. So many traditions have clouded that fact and made the Bible seem inconsistent.

I can only speak for myself, but growing up as I did in the Lutheran church, I came away confused, with a head full of conflicting notions and no real ability to defend the Bible as the source of my faith. As an adult, it has been my dedicated goal to present the Bible as trustworthy, internally consistent, and worth defending. And that's the purpose for addressing these subjects.

As David asked his brothers, "Is there not a cause?"

I think there is.

Grace and peace,

Jim Mc