Why dont Adventists celebrate/take part in: Christmas, Carnival, Easter etc ? any ideas?
Historically, my country has catholic regions right next to protestant ones. Churches on the border of these regions that consist of converted Adventists from both surrounding religions regularly tend to call each other names like "pagan" and "hung-up" once a year. Why? Because for one group Christmas is a happy time of family reunion and a time to remember God sending his Son to us for our salvation. They will teach their children the concept of thankful giving by making donations for the needy on Christmas. The other group has the catholic Christmas in mind, to them the holiday and the tree imparts nothing but a magical and spiritistic religion so they cannot be around it.
There are churches in my country that have broken up over this - and listening to the tone of words in this forum it is no wonder. By the love of God, other churches have found a way to deal with each other - even if they cannot agree on the other group's practice. One church puts up a tree but no decoration on it and only donation gifts under the tree. Another church puts up a decorated tree every other year.
Don't stumble over this in your walk, not for Christmas, not for Easter nor any other holiday.
If in your former life you have been enslaved by the observance of any law or holiday to achieve salvation - you need to stay clear of regressing to that behavior, that is what Paul states.
Also, are you aware that by the other times he mentions, Paul is referring to the Jewish festivities? He's not talking about heathen festivals here, nor is he talking about other gods.
That's beautiful! Paul fully encourages your practice and your beliefs as long as you do not judge others who in their walk with God are at another place. And Ellen White just might be one of them.
Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant?
Also, Will, would you be so kind to give the source of your bible quotations? It is helpful when reading your posts.
I don't know when Jesus was born. No one really does. It is doubtful that it was December 25. But, I think Jesus' birth should be a cause for celebration. I don't even like the term Easter as it directly derived from the goddess Ishtar who supposedly fell from heaven in a egg. That is where that tradition comes from. Neither am I happy with the Roman pagan fertility symbol of the Rabbit. Neither of which has the faintest relationship to Jesus whatsoever. I am, however, pleased that our Saviour, Jesus Christ, is risen from the dead and draws all men to Himself.
Some think they have a handle on certain observances while they reject the prophet of the Lord. They think they are saved by using certain name pronunciations. Those that say they accept the prophetic gift of EGW make her work of none effect by claiming it is grossly corrupted by the church. The same God that kept the Bible alive has keep alive the work of EGW.