The world is filled with counterfeits. Money is often counterfeited for the sake of quick material gain. Goods are often counterfeited in order to play on unsuspecting consumers’ greed to get something popular for a low price. In the end, though, the counterfeit is still a counterfeit. It is not the real deal.
It is also almost always cheaper than the real deal. By that, I don’t mean cheap as in “cost less” but in “shabby workmanship”. Often, counterfeit goods end up smearing, ripping, having glued on items fall off or other undesirable quality problems.
People get hurt from counterfeits. Cheap toys may contain lead paint. Counterfeit batteries may explode unexpectedly. Whomever gets caught with the counterfeit bill is out that amount of money. There may be additional civil or legal problems as well.
Christians are supposed to be virtuous. Christians are supposed to be honest. Christians are suppose to stand for the truth. So, why do some of them promote counterfeit holy days?
God laid out a series of festivals in Leviticus 23 that He said were “the feasts of the LORD”. He did not say they were the feasts of Israel. He did not say they were the feasts of the Jews. No, He even emphasized it by saying, “even these are my feasts.” So why do so many so-called Christian churches not keeping these days?
For everything God ordained, Satan, the archenemy, has created a counterfeit. God has a system of holy days, and Satan has an entire system of holidays. Over time, various heresies entered the Church, and by the time Emperor Constantine came along, the heretics outnumbered the true believers! They had already succeeded in counterfeiting many basic doctrines of the church and, with Constantine’s help, came to power and were able to enforce those heresies.
Most of the “Christian” holidays today aren’t Christian in origin at all! They were “Christianized” in order to water down doctrine and make conversion to “Christianity” more palatable. That’s why so many symbols in these holidays can be traced back to pagan fertility rites and symbols.
What does a bunny laying eggs have to do with the resurrection of Christ? What does decorating a tree have to do with the birth of the Savior? Why would Bethlehem even been so filled during midwinter that Joseph and Mary could not find anywhere comfortable to stay? Why does a holiday named after a Catholic saint have Cupid, a figure from mythology, as one of its main symbols? Was “Saint Patrick” even really a Catholic saint, or did they get that (intentionally?) wrong as well?
Have you ever also wondered why the year starts in the middle of winter? Did you ever notice that God told Moses, just days before the Passover, which occurs in the spring, that it was the beginning of the year?
All of these are counterfeits that the enemy uses to obscure what God is doing on this earth. God’s days, however, show that He is working in different phases in order to give everyone, past, present and future, the glorious opportunity to be in His family! That means that even the person on a faraway tropical island who never heard of Jesus has an opportunity to be saved! However, you would not know that from Satan’s counterfeits!
The real question, though, is why would anyone want the counterfeits over the real deal? If a Christian loves God, wouldn’t he or she want to keep the days God says to keep? Worse, why choose days that honor other gods?
Who is the person you like least in the world? What if your mother or father decided to hold your birthday party on the birthday of that person instead of your own? Would you feel honored? What if they held the celebration with that person’s favorite flavor of cake and ice cream instead of your own? Wouldn’t you protest even if a little? “But,” they might answer, “we’re doing it to honor you.” Well, are they really?
That is probably an understatement of how God feels about disobedient children willingly embracing the days that honor pagan gods rather than Him. After all, many people have done terrible things in the names of these other gods. No, it would be more akin to telling a Jew that you are giving them a birthday party on Hitler’s birth date rather than their own. Seriously.
Check out the articles in the Holidays section of “Holidays or Holy Days?” You might be surprised to learn just how counterfeit many of these holidays really are!