Nebraska Capitol to Have Atheist Display Instead of Nativity for Christmas
Secular organizations will place a group of displays at the Nebraska capitol that will remain up on Christmas day, effectively muscling out a nativity scene.
Dubbed the "Reason This Season", the displays come courtesy a coalition of groups that include Lincoln Atheists, Omaha Atheists, Omaha Coalition of Reason, and UNO Council for Humanist Thought.
"Reason This Season" will be at the rotunda from Dec. 19-26, taking over all the spaces reserved for displays by any group that applies. As a result, the nativity scene currently on display at the capitol rotunda will be taken down on Dec. 18....
"...they might want to consider whether or not the gospel is rightly served by perpetuating the falsehoods that go along with it. We are to be ready to give an answer as to the hope that is found within us in season and out."
I understand that many Christians are steeped in their traditions...much like or worse than RCs when it comes to this frivolity. Some,who are unaware,probably are very well meaning but,nonetheless,love necessitates truth. It is the preaching of the word alone wherein lies power unto salvation. If a Christian is getting their toes stepped on by the truth,they need to examine what it is that they love more-pleasing man or pleasing God. If someone is offended by that,take it up with the Holy Spirit.I haven't named names.
sc, I spent some time with an excatholic recently, and learned that they had no connection to protestant traditions and where they come from. they hear names of those who came before us and don't recognize them. they know not of the "protestant" (large term) that made history bringing the gospel nor their traditions. They only know RCC they grew up with and left it behind to follow Christ. And for this I rejoice.
So if you do not open the scriptures (Luke 2)during these days before friend and family I'll not judge you, you did not grow up in this tradition, but I'm no catholic and never was one. the ex Catholics on this site should respect that fact. its too bad to hear such criticism between brethren. but I know I will not change your mind, even if you look up to John Mac and he takes time with his congregation to remember.
your anger is misplaced and misdirected and is unnecessary. go on and on about santa all you want, the fake mass all that, I'll back you up, but to criticize the brethren is not the work of God but rather the accuser.
So Happy Advent to those who hold to traditions of the reformation and early Christians (despite false internet history) to lift up and proclaim the name of Christ to the world today....
If you have no problem with christmas,Jim,then you should have no problem with the RCC...at least not their mass. Even if it's not what that means to you. Such liberty is not given in the bible. I think that it's obvious that the world isn't moved by a plastic "jesus" in a nativity scene. And,I would think that if this is the only time of the year that Christians think that they are heralding the gospel,they might want to consider whether or not the gospel is rightly served by perpetuating the falsehoods that go along with it. We are to ready to give an answer as to the hope that is found within us in season and out.
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Gentlemen, we should be somewhat happy when Christ is pointed out to the secular world. So I have no problem with the Christmas holiday.
Isaiah 9:6¬†For to us a child is born, ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7¬†Of the increase of his government and of peace ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.---ESV
sc oh, I know you are a smart enough person to realize that during the time the gospels were written there were no "appointed holy days" or RCC. Your statement that I in anyway referred to the two "holidays" you discussed is not derived from anything I said.
What is apparent is your obsession with man made traditions, religion and "appointed holy days."
I spoke only of celebrating everything about our precious Lord Jesus Christ and all there is about Him. If in your thinking that means it is limited to just "assigned days" by a false religion that would be sad indeed.
We should be celebrating every aspect of the unsurpassed treasures of the altogether lovely One. There is nothing about Him that should be filed under no longer important, just a past tense event.
I pray your obsession will become about Christ and not the things of this world.
I pray with Paul's words, that Christ may dwell in your heart by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Glory ye in His holy name, let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord!!!!!
It might help you,no,to reread your post "......the early church never celebrated His resurrection???? What Bible are you reading? Reread the end of the gospels and see if the disciples agree. If your faith is nothing to you but a bunch of cold historical facts, I would doubt its genuineness."
I didn't have to use my imagination. And,the "cold facts" as you say stand too. If you read your Bible,you will find that there are no appointed "holy days" for Christians. Those are,rather,the invention of the RCC with the help of paganism.
To "no church" who says "...May you one day be able to comprehend the joy we have in all that is Christ!!"
May you be able to rejoice in Christ one day without appointed days.
I'm freer than you and I don't think on his resurrection one ever changing day of the year. And,of course,the event is past tense which is why I don't have to put Him back in the manger. And,if you don't know this already,you wouldn't be putting Him back in a manger this "special" time of the year either if it wasn't for the RCC. Are you RC? Or do you just adopt their blasphemous phraseology for the benefit of trying of making believe that it's a euphemism for something other than what it really is? And,if joining Christ with the wretched "mass" is okay this time of the year,then why not the other 11 months of the year?
Look in the book of Revelation and see the saints worshipping their Lord as the Lamb that was slain and Him that lives forever and ever. Referencing those "past tense" events of His death and resurrection.
May you one day be able to comprehend the joy we have in all that is Christ!!
Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
Rom 6:4-5 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
2 Corinthians 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
1Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
...the early church never celebrated His resurrection???? What Bible are you reading? Reread the end of the gospels and see if the disciples agree.
If your faith is nothing to you but a bunch of cold historical facts, I would doubt its genuineness.
What is not worth celebrating when we think of the Lord Jesus Christ? We celebrate His birth, His life, His death, His resurrection, His high priestly work, EVERYTHING about Him brings joy unspeakable to the soul.
Lincoln Journal - Star wrote: A swarming mob, angry protesters and a group fighting its way to the doors of the Capitol building. That‚Äôs kind of what Chris Clements pictured Saturday morning at 10 would be like. But when the clock struck 10, there was no mob, no angry protesters and Clements had no issues getting into the Capitol. The picture he had in his head didn‚Äôt match reality at all. ‚Äú[I had] illusions of grandiose,‚ÄĚ Clements said as he and several other atheist and humanist groups unveiled their displays in the rotunda of the Capitol, previously occupied by a nativity scene. Clements arrived on the steps of the Capitol with a small group, all affiliated with atheist or humanist organizations, and no protesters in sight.
excerpt from [URL=http://journalstar.com/news/local/atheist-captiol-display-unveiled-without-a-hitch/article_dbcc0d68-365d-5155-8c0f-11b6a5d81923.html]]] Atheist Captiol display unveiled without a hitch [/URL]
They may have had a different result if they tried this in a Catholic country! [URL=http://www.chick.com/bc/1999/popevisit.asp]]]"Rome when in minority is as gentle as a lamb, when in equality is as clever as a fox, and when in the majority is as fierce as a tiger."[/URL]. We're all lucky to be living in America
Hi SC, that's right Christ was from the beginning and always was, was just reading through John 1 yesterday. And He humbled Himself to come in the flesh, while we were still His enemies. The darkness did not know Him but Christ is King.
Here's a link to the biblical sources of Joy to the World...
Penny, "... after early churches celebration of Christ's resurrection." ??? To what are you referring? No church in the Bible celebrated Christ's resurrection. To you know, ...nothing wrong with the argument. Your reasoning fails. It's because,Christ died and was risen (past tense) that we don't have to put him back in the manger. Plus,Christ is the Word and the Word always was. His beginning was not in his incarnation. That's right. Mary carried Him but is not the mother of God as the RCs say.
Beautiful story with a truth in it, just like the parables Jesus spoke. Something new for me, that the year of our calendar is based off of Christ's coming. Interesting about you only hearing the gospel was at Christmas. How true of so many children today, also.
Dolores wrote: Wouldn't satan just love to have all mention of Christ eradicated, totally, and using any means he can to do so.
as a child, the few times I heard the gospel was at "Christmas". The gospel is written firmly and deeply into the old hymns. There's also within it the question of response to us, as the dark world knew Him not.
Was reading a traditional baboushka story the other day. it is said the wise men came by her house to bring her to the Christ child. (the awaited King that these Gentile Kings would bow to) and she said she wanted to go, but must clean her home, so she stayed up all night cleaning her home and working herself to the bone. Next day she went out to find the wise men but the snow had blown over their tracks and now she wanders forever bringing gifts to children. No this is not scripture, but it makes me think about the scripture of "redeeming the time" and that salvation is "today". she is too busy and misses her moment of visitation. how many have brushed off Christ through the years, even because they were busy doing "good things"? (is that not common in apostate churches)
another fact that is amazing to me is that the year of our calendar is based off of Christ's coming.
Beautifully and sincerely said, pennned, never thought of it in that way as a loss for the children and that is the saddest of all. Thanks for sharing those thoughts, You know..writes, always amazing to me how God gives us thoughts to post, each in a different way. Wouldn't satan just love to have all mention of Christ eradicated, totally, and using any means he can to do so.
penny wrote: 1. standardized calendar is that the main points of the faith and biblical history are taught throughout the year
2. the nativity scenes .. They represent an event in history that changed the world forever .. This is good for children to see
3. Instead now they are singing commnst style songs, the old words are being changed for the self to be lost in the greater good, .. So these generations will be like the soviet children, "what is GOd? I've never heard of this"
Some considerations only
1. A 'standardized calendar' belongs to the Old Covenant, not to the New. The Jewish year revolved around a calendar of feasts, yet the NT teaching is not framed around such idea. Only about the second century AD Christians unnecessarily began to hold special days to remember particular events such as Christ‚Äôs birth, baptism, death, resurrection, ascension or pentecost.
2. 'nativity scenes' pertain to the realm of the 'visual' derived from RC religiosity. Biblical practice does not ride on visuals. The 'just shall live by faith' and we walk by faith, not by *sight*. Faith that relies on visuals ends often in a defective mode.
3. The teaching of our children belongs to the church not to the world. The world teaches their own.