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By Jack Ryan
I see Black Friday witnessing is now a thing... and more appropriate for true Christians who aren't out showing materialistic greed.
By Bible Speaks
Giving Thanks? - Thanksgiving and Black Friday? - A Contradiction? ???
By Guest Nicole
"Throughout the world harvest has always been the occasion for many queer customs which all have their origin in the animistic belief in the corn [grain]-spirit or corn [grain]-mother. This personification of the crops has left its impress upon the harvest customs of modern Europe. .... Throughout the world, as Sir J. G. Frazer shows, the semi-worship of the last sheaf is or has been the great feature of the harvest-home. Among harvest customs none is more interesting than harvest cries; the Devonshire reapers go through a ceremony which in its main features is a counterpart of pagan worship." - pp. 231-232, Encyclopedia Britannica, volume 11, 14th edition.
Note what the publication Holidays Around the World, by Joseph Gaer says about Thanksgiving:
"Thanksgiving for the annual harvest is one of the oldest holidays known to mankind ... 'The Romans celebrated their Thanksgiving early in October. The holiday was dedicated to the goddess of harvest, Ceres, and the holiday was called Cerelia. 'The Christians took over the Roman holiday and it became well established in England, where some of the Roman customs and rituals for this day were observed ... "
"The Pilgrims, who in 1621 observed our initial Thanksgiving holiday, were not a people especially enthusiastic about the celebration of festivals. In fact these austere and religious settlers of America would have been dismayed had they known of the long and popular history of harvest festivals, of which their Thanksgiving was only the latest. .... The harvest festival, with its attendant rites, seems to have spread out from ... Egypt and Syria and Mesopotamia. The first or the last sheaf of wheat was offered to the `Great Mother' ... Astarte [equivalent to Ishtar and Eastre] was the Earth Mother of the ancient Semites; to the Phrygians she was Semele; under the name of Demeter she was worshiped by the Greeks at the famous Eleusinian Mysteries..." - pp. 271-272, Celebrations - The Complete Book of American Holidays, Robert J. Myers, Doubleday & Co., 1972
God has always demanded that our worship to him, no matter how small, must be pure and untainted. God Himself said:
"And God proceeded to speak all these words, saying...You must not have any other gods against my face. Because I Jehovah your God am a God exacting EXCLUSIVE DEVOTION." (Ex. 20:1-5)
By The Librarian
Are Jehovah’s Witnesses allowed to celebrate Thanksgiving?
- Julie, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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By James Thomas Rook Jr.
Today is November 18, 2017.
In about five days or so many in the United States will celebrate a National Day of Thanksgiving, and many of Jehovah's Witnesses will not.
Below is the complete text of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving day proclamation.
Please read it carefully, and tell me ... What's wrong with THIS?
October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State
I cannot find anything wrong with this ... nothing at all.
Do you see something that a sane, rational person should be seeing that I do NOT see?
By Bible Speaks
A melody. A song of inauguration of the house. Of David.
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. "I will exalt you, O Jehovah, for you have lifted me up;
You did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. O Jehovah my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me.
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. O Jehovah, you have lifted me up from the Grave.
You kept me alive; you spared me from sinking into the pit.
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Sing praises to Jehovah, you his loyal ones,
Give thanks to his holy name;
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Because being under his anger is only for a moment,
But being in his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may come in the evening, but in the morning, there is a joyful cry.
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. When I was untroubled, I said:
“I will never be shaken.”
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. O Jehovah, while I was in your favor, you made me as strong as a mountain.
But when you hid your face, I became terrified.
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. To you, O Jehovah, I kept calling;
And to Jehovah, I kept pleading for favor.
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. What profit is there in my death, in my going down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Hear, O Jehovah, and show me favor.
O Jehovah, become my helper.
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. You have changed my mourning into dancing;
You have removed my sackcloth, and you clothe me with rejoicing,
Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. So that I may sing your praise and not keep silent.
O Jehovah my God, I will praise you forever."
(Psalm 30:1-12) NWT