In our eyes we believe that we honor God with certain events and practices.
A statue or picture of Jesus violates the 2nd Commandment-but somehow we manage to justify our choice to extol Him, even tho it's forbidden.
The same with today's Christian celebrations like xmas that are deeply rooted in ancient customs and pagan practices.
Encyclopedias, Google searches, history books all show the deep origins of holidays like xmas.
The sanctity of Jesus birth was mostly absent from the Apostolic church. The gospels of Mark and John do not even mention the event.
But on the matter of God's Holy days we see the Apostle's observing the Holy days given to mankind in the Old Testament forty years after Jesus' resurrection.
Didn't Jesus set the example for us to follow by honoring the Holy days Himself through out His ministry.
Where in the Bible were we authorized in clear language to abandon the Holydays.
These days were not Jewish festivals-they were given to all of Israel to be a model for us. for all mankind.
In prophecy and revelation God reveals that He will require the whole world to observe the Biblical festivals when He returns.
As someone mentioned the Holy days are a shadow of things to come.and as the NT reveals they are connected to the redemptive work of Christ and God's master plan for all of mankind. They are much more meaningful to the church today than they were for Israel's history.
In a nutshell over the last couple of thousand years traditional Christianity has laid aside God's Holy days and established its own holidays.
Don't you think we are overruling God's instructions by replacing His days with man's inventions?
Do you think it matters to God?
God's law versus ecclesiastical law -which one do you think you should obey?
The Jewish festivals are a part of the Mosaic covenant. Jewish is a synonym for children of Israel, so when you say Jewish, you are referring to Israel.
The Mosaic covenant is one complete covenant with a lot of commandments. Tradition says there are 613 commandments in the Mosaic covenant. Since the requirement is to do all that God said, ignoring a single law or breaking a single law violates the covenant. So, to pick and choose a few commands to do and ignoring the rest, is actually a violation of the Mosaic covenant.
In the New Testament, it was determined that Gentiles do not need to be circumcised, yet this is a commandment in the Mosaic covenant. In the Tenakh/Old Testament, circumcision is a requirement. Not one command can be altered in the Mosaic covenant.
You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
“Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.
So, to say that Gentiles need not be circumcised would be taking away from the Mosaic covenant, which is a violation of the Mosaic covenant. That means either the NT is encouraging a violation of the Mosaic covenant, or it is talking about a different covenant then the Mosaic covenant. The NT is actually talking about the New Covenant, prophesied in Jeremiah 31. Which is a different covenant then the Mosaic covenant and will be different.
The Jewish holiday of Passover included the Passover lamb. To partake of the Passover lamb, a person had to be circumcised. But the New Covenant has Gentiles included, and these Gentiles are not to be circumcised which again is a violation of the Mosaic covenant commands concerning Passover.
The holy days of the Mosaic covenant are strong and unique pointers to the Messiah. Jesus directly fulfilled the spring holy days, and re-applied them to Him and His work. While Passover was in memory of God's redemption of the Jewish people from Egypt, the NT Passover is in memory of Jesus death, to redeem Jews and Gentiles who believe in Jesus completed work. So while the OT commands Passover in memory of the redemption from Egypt, the NT changed Passover from a pointer, to be in memory of Jesus and His redemption offered to all people. It is a different holy day in the NT, as the command concerning the celebration is different. Physical circumcision is not a requirement, raising an actual lamb and taking it to Jerusalem, to the Temple is not required. Of course these changes would violate the Mosaic covenant, if this were part of the Mosaic covenant, but it is not part of the Mosaic covenant. Instead, it is part of the New Covenant with different commands. At the minimum, the commands are to drink wine and eat bread in memory of Jesus. I believe there is one additional command, that this be the Lords supper, and a thimble of wine and a tiny bit of bread is not a supper, but clearly most churches are celebrating the NT Passover at communion, although most don't know this.
The day after the sabbath during Passover was the first fruit wave offering. Jesus is the first fruit according to the New Testament, so this comes forward also, as it is the day of resurrection of Jesus. The church celebrates this NT Holy day and calls it Easter.
In the OT, starting on the day of the first fruit wave offering, the Mosaic covenant commands the Jewish people to count the omer, for 7 weeks of Sabbaths. On the 50th day of counting of the omer is Shavuot, a solemn assembly of the feast of first fruits. and is the day that God gave the Mosaic covenant and law to the children of Israel. This pointer to Jesus is also in the New Covenant but not like Shavuot in the Mosaic covenant. The 50th day is called Pentecost by the church, and is the day when the disciples received the Holy Spirit and the New law written on their hearts, receiving the New Covenant.
While the Mosaic covenant was a pointer to Jesus, the Mosaic covenant is not the New Covenant and the New Covenant is not the Mosaic covenant.
They are not " Jewish " feasts -they are God's feasts.
The sacrificial, ceremonial aspects of the Mosaic Law, are no longer needed for us since Christ's death and resurrection-true.
Circumcision was an issue but not the entirety of the Law.
Paul taught true Christians were those circumcised spiritually-the physical or outward symbols of the Mosaic Law were temporary.
even circumcised Jews had to be justified through the blood of Christ- Gal 3.
There is no indication in the Bible God's Laws or Holy days are to be ignored, but rather in the New Covenant understanding engraved into the minds and hearts of men and women.
We have a better relationship with God under the New Covenant.
Why didn't the Apostles tell us in direct words the Holy days were abolished?
Instead, Paul for one, was a devoted Holy day keeper. Acts 18:21
He defended and taught the Old Testament and God's Laws throughout his life-Acts 24:10-16
In the New Testament the Holy days were still being observed 1 Cor 5:8 but with a newer meaning.
Today, is the Feast of trumpets, the first of God's fall festivals-the trouble is 2 billion Christians around the world know nothing about it. But God promises everyone will keep His Holy days in the future when He returns.
Many first century false teachers started teaching that Christians could do whatever they wanted to without punishment.
Jude warned against such an attitude in Jude 1:4
Read the history of the mainstream Christian holidays and Constantine's corruption surrounding them and ask God for understanding and enlightenment towards His real holy days which portray the plan for salvation.
even if you think they are Jewish feasts and you believed all your life that the Law was nailed to the cross, why not start keeping them now?
Mankind will be commanded to keep them in the future-what do you have to lose, other than your ties with pagan myths and customs and futile worship.
We cannot serve two masters-your choice.