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Unscriptural Holy Days: Jewish Feasts and Holy Days

Daniel H. King
Nashville, Tennessee

Contemporary Jewish feasts and Holy Days include both canonical (biblical) and non-canonical celebrations. Moreover, even those days which were observed in Bible times have been in many instances altered to allow for the fact that the temple no longer stands and may no longer be utilized in the services rendered on such occasions. Although Judaism generally concedes that the Holy Spirit departed from Israel after the end of prophetic times, still allowances are made both for additional feasts and needed changes to up-date and modernize the ancient ones. Also, Jews generally consider their feasts as living memorials of historical events worth remembering, so they fear not to heap tradition upon tradition in expanding both the number of feasts and the character of those already in existence. In doing so, three things appear to be important to a greater or lesser extent: (1) The Biblical instructions; (2) The judgments of the Rabbis in the Mishna, Midrashim, and Talmudim; and (3) The contemporary situation. In this short article, we shall attempt to keep the discussion of the Biblical instructions at a bare minimum, since this information is easily obtainable in Bible encyclopedias and dictionaries, in order to focus upon the Holy Days as they are observed among the Jews at the present time.

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The Person of God

Hoyt H. Houchen
Aurora, Colorado

Much has been written on the person of Christ, but surprisingly, little has been expounded on the person of God the Father. This may be due in part to the fact that theologians are generally agreed upon the person of God the Father. More controversy exists with regard to the person of Christ. A study of the person of God the Father deserves our careful attention, not only because we need to be informed as to His person, but that we may be able to serve Him more acceptably.

God is more than an immovable force. In contrast to paganism and modern pantheism, God is a personality. He is not a mere inanimate object, nor an abstract idea. He is the one in whom we live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28). Several considerations support the proposition that God is a personal being.

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No Creed, But Christ

Chris Reeves

What separates the Lord’s church from man-made churches?1 There are many factors, but one major factor is the matter of “creeds.” There are many denominational creeds. There is the Baptist Church Manual, the Methodist Book of Discipline, the Catholic Church Catechism, the Lutheran Church Catechism, the Catechism of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Presbyterian Book of Church Order, the Episcopalian Church Book of Common Prayer, the Christian Science Church Manual, etc. Many denominational members do not even know they have a creed.2 In contrast, New Testament Christians follow the New Testament only; they follow no man-made creeds. We speak where the Bible speaks, we are silent where the Bible is silent. To better help us learn what is wrong with denominational creeds we will ask and answer four questions in this article. We will close with a fifth question relating to the current issue over so-called “creeds” among brethren today.

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Suffering For What Is Right

Joe R. Price

Pain and suffering exist in this world because of sin. According to Genesis 3:16-19, they are the clearly stated consequences of sin entering into the world. We have experienced the words of Job as he says, "Man, that is born of a woman, is of few days, and full of trouble" (Job 14:1). Suffering is inevitable because sin is present in this world.

The Bible reveals several different types of suffering. Here is a brief overview of some of them.

1. Punitive suffering results when one violates established laws. Whether it be the natural laws (like gravity), moral laws (such as do not murder) or civil laws (paying taxes), one cannot violate the laws under which he lives without experiencing some degree of punishment. We have sufficient incentive to obey law to avoid punishment (Rom. 13:1-4).

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What Saith the Scriptures About Faith and Works?

Steven J. Wallace

The Bible argues the importance of interlocking faith with works. To the contrary, much of the religious world argues for keeping only half of this "Biblical Marriage"  Faith. The Bible enforces that man most not sever what God has joined together (Matt. 19:6). If God has united two principles, then we had better keep them together, or else our relationship to him will be put asunder.

God, through the pen of his servant James, has joined faith and works together (Jas. 2:17). If someone has works and has no faith, the end result would be futile, because "without faith it is impossible to please him" (Heb. 11:6). The same scripture also stresses that, "he who comes to God must believe (have faith) and He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek (form of works) Him." The same outcome is true to the one who has faith, but has no works. A marriage is successful when the bride and groom work together. The marriage would be incomplete if only one part was working; likewise, "Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect" (Jas. 2:22). When the religious world teaches "faith only," it is divorcing the two elements that God has joined together. Consequently, it is a total rejection of divine knowledge, and a total rejection of divine law by which the Holy Spirit wrote in James 2:24, "You see then that a man is justified by works, and not faith only."

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