Not me. I am afraid that I do not have a lot of respect for the Jewish religion at this time in history. Yes, it prepared the way - 2000 YEARS AGO. Since the coming of Christ, Judaism is nothing more than "a synagogue of Satan" (Rev. 2:9), and the practicers of that religion nothing more than children of the Devil (John 8:44). This is why the Canons forbid us to have any contact with Jewish religious customs and ceremonies that have not been sanctified by the Orthodox Church. This does not mean that we practice intolerance when we refuse to participate in other religion's practices. I recognize the right of all people to worship God in the way they choose, and I would do nothing to prevent THEM from worshiping whatever they want to call a god. However, for me and my house, we serve the Lord. I don't need their idols or their symbols anywhere near MY house or MY family. What they do in their own house is up to them. And also, this is not "anti-semitism" or some other such rot. I have nothing against Jewish people as people and, in fact, admire the contributions that they have made to nearly every facet of science and art. I just have no use for their religion, and I don't want it thrust on me or my children as some form of demonic syncretism. I have no use for those who deny Christ, be they Jew or Muslim or Godless Communists. I believe Aserb acted correctly as a confessor of the Faith.
I find your sense of removal from the Jews from the above post quite powerful.
Todays Jews have very little to do with the Biblical people and their religion. Most people who refer to themsleves as Jews today have little in common with the people of scripture in every aspect. It is very very hard to see todays Jews as Jews. When I think "Jew" in all seriousness I can only imagine the 2000 years ago nation and before.
I donot agree with how you worded yourself but I think that if I understand what you mean we both may share the same Orthodoxy.
We must not become partakers with blasphemers and heritics. We must keep our faith pure and untainted as possible removing all aspects of worldy admirations lusts and concerns. WE are responsible to teach our children the same or face obsorbing their sin do to our negligence. We are not to be selective or palcative on this. Its not intented to hurt but to enrich us with a fullness of faith in God alone through Christ.
It is for our protection.
Be careful then...
Especially if you are like the large majority of people on this forum. Too many of us except the ways of "our" heritage and traditions MORE than the strict adherence to the faith of the Holy Church.
Do you have a big green tree in your house that you just MUST have to make the "holiday" cheerful and so that the kids can have a "good" expereince? How about a big snowman on the lawn and a wreath on the door? You have missle toe hanging over the door ways? How many times have you told your kids or some other kids about santa clause and the north pole? Do you sing or let your kids or somebody elses kids "frosty the snowman" or "rudolph the red nose reindeer"..?
These questions are not directed at you but I ask them to make a point and that is that WE reject the symbols of Jews and except tradition of heathens and pagans. (
NO offense. I know that everybody loves the "christmas" traditions I named to the point that most of these practices and symbols have been given honorary christianization. Even some of our priests support the activities. I know that they are time honored
But anybody who checks the background for any of these traditions will find that they all creeped into the church from local pagan and or heathen traditions NOT from the traditions of the Holy Fathers and that these traditons even today provide nothing except a since of fun and excitement regardless of what Holy thing they intend to mean or demonstrate.
And the poorer you are the less you are able to participate in these traditions.
SAD....Christ came to this world for the poor man, the down troden. It seems that many societies has started "toy" drives so that the "poor" can have a christmas. Oh!....toys are Christmas?
This tradition of toy drives are designed so that the rich and well off can feel good with all the gluttony and excess they indulge in at this time.
Its all sad and pityful.
The poor really need to know about God and His advent. His blessed birth from the Holy Virgin Mary mother of God. This is what we should be giving to the poor...all people. NOT toys and a turkey dinner. In my mind we should be giving these things everyday as our Lord taught us.
I want us to be pure on this. If we keep the Menorah from our children from reasons stated. Then we should keep the whole sale pagan images of trees, elvs, reindeer, the north pole etc. from them to. From the whole commercial industry of western christmas.
Which is worse?
At lease the Menorah has real biblical significance which can teach about the advent.
The trees, and snowmen and the whole situation we entrench our kids and ourselves in teaches absolutely nothing about our God and His salvation plan. Just nice christianized traditions with a pagan past.
If I had to choose I will take the Menorah over a tree any day as long as the subject is seriously about real religious "symbolism".
Love your neigbhor as yourself.
This does not mean be Jewish or muslim but struggle to respect those around us hoping and praying that we all may be one in Christ.
May God have mercy on us all..Amein