In my previous post, we investigated the two incidents in Israel's history involving golden calves and the perspective of the people who were worshiping the calves. I'll give a brief recap: From their perspective, they were using the calves to worship God, but from God's perspective, they were worshiping the calves. Also in both instances, they held "sacred" feasts to God (only God can declare a sacred feast). I also want to make sure that we are clear on the criteria for a golden calf.
The first criteria is that it has to be a direct violation of Exodus 20:4.
You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. [Exodus 20:4; NIV]
By the way, the word "image" in the Bible means any physical object with a form that is designed to look like something else.
Failing the first criteria, something will still be classified as a "golden calf" if (a) the pagans did the same thing to worship their gods (see Deuteronomy 12) or (b) if the object in question is part of the worship of God.
If the item in question is not a physical object, but rather a "sacred" feast, celebration, or fast that God has not ordained, then that also counts. Basically, any day called "holy" that God has not made holy, with holy meaning set apart to God. That is, any violation of Deuteronomy 12:32.
Now that we have the criteria defined, let's take a look at (hopefully) all of the golden calves of Christianity.
Depending on the denomination, there may or may not be statures of angels among Christians. This is a blatant violation of the 2nd Commandment and obviously meets the first criteria. Similarly, nearly all denominations have something called "manger scenes", which has a statue of Jesus as a baby surrounded by statues of Mary, Joseph, three wise men, and possibly a number of animals. Again, a violation of the 2nd Commandment. Also, the Catholic Church (which completely corrupted Christianity even to this day) has something called a "crucifix", which is a cross with a stature of Jesus nailed to it.
So that's all the things that I can think of that blatantly violate the 2nd commandment. What about Deuteronomy 12, which is the first part of the second criteria? We have many more things that meet this criteria that probably don't meet the first criteria in an obvious way. These still violates the 2nd Commandment just by being worshiped. And remember, it's your perspective vs. God's perspective on who or what is being worshiped. And guess which perspective is the one that matters. I only quoted the first part of the 2nd Commandment in this post. The second part, in verses 5 and 6, forbid us from worshiping anything other than God. And defines loving God as keeping the 2nd Commandment, and hating God as breaking the 2nd Commandment.
The first item on our list is the Christmas tree, which comes directly from the pagan practices that the Israelites were supposed to wipe out of the land that God gave them! This is shown directly in Jeramiah 10:3-5. Even the shape of the tree is the same, for they were cedars, as mentioned in Isaiah 37:24. Not that this makes much difference. The fact that the pagans used trees to worship their gods automatically means that using trees to worship our God is a violation of Deuteronomy 12. And even if that were not the case, it's still the case that it's the tree that's being worshiped, not God. The exact same thing goes for the star placed on top of the tree, the Easter egg, and Easter rabbit. All of which, by the way, are symbols of fertility associated with the pagan fertility gods and goddesses.
We have the same situation with the symbols of Valentines Day and Halloween. The symbolism of the Valentines Day symbols is yet another example of worshiping fertility rather than the One who makes people fertile. And the symbolism of Halloween doesn't even try to hide it's demonic origins. In a previous blog post, I pointed out the satanic origins of Halloween. What I failed to mention in that post is that the symbols were used to deter evil spirits and keep spells away. And also that "trick or treat" originated as a threat for the purposes of extortion. It still is that way in some parts of the world. And no, the Church has not, historically, celebrated Halloween as a celebration of Jesus defeating death and the devil on the cross (which doesn't change anything anyways).
Now, what about the holidays that are celebrated? Christmas was an instance of sun worship that happened on the Winter Solstice, which was on December 25 when Julius Cesar established his Calendar in 45 B.C. It was at this time that the pagans celebrated the birth of their sun gods. The Catholic Church hijacked this celebration to celebrate the birth of the Son of God instead to make "Christianity" more appealing to the masses. Even if the date was just a coincidence (which it is not), the fact that the pagans celebrated the birth of their gods means we are forbidden from celebrating the birth of our God. And even if the pagans did not have such a celebration, it would not change the fact that it is a man-made day to the Lord, which is a direct violation of Deuteronomy 12:32. Only God can appoint days to God.
Easter is even worse than Christmas, because even the name comes from the name of the pagan fertility goddess. In fact, the pronunciation is nearly identical to the name of the Babylonian fertility goddess (Ishtar). And its celebration is directly condemned in Ezekiel 8:16 (and that's just a sample of what went on during that celebration). What became the Easter celebration of Christianity predates the founding of the Catholic Church by more than 1,000 years! And by the way, this was also the day that the pagans sacrificed their infants in the fire to Moloch. Are you sure you want to be celebrating Christ's resurrection on this day?
A couple more notes about the celebration of Easter and Good Friday. The timing instituted by the Catholic Church was deliberately set so that the two days would never coincide with Passover and Feast of First Fruits. In fact, the Catholic Church outright replaced Passover with Good Friday, and First Fruits with Easter Sunday. So if Christmas is merely an addition to God's commands, Easter is outright rebellion against God! Jesus gave us something to remember his death by. Something that is in full compliance with all of God's commands. But even that has been replaced with a cracker and a one-ounce cup of grape juice!
Now, about Halloween. I already made a post about it on Halloween. But let's go into a bit more detail. First off, the word Halloween comes from the phrase "All Hallows Evening", which translates into "All Holy Night". That alone should tell you everything you need to know about Halloween, since God never declared the last day of any month holy. This is another celebration that was hijacked by the Catholic Church to make "Christianity" more appealing. What they did was they changed the day of the celebration to the last day of a month on their calendar that came closest to the last day of the month on the calendar that it was originally celebrated on. The new date happened to be October 31. The Catholic Church also added "All Saints Day" to the celebration, which was given the date of November 1, out of the need to remember all of their dead "saints" without completely filling-up the calendar. Then they added "All Souls Day" for November 2. In terms of the celebration on October 31, virtually nothing has changed except the calendar used to schedule the celebration, and the fact that some parts of the world now do it for fun rather than out of fear of evil spirits or being cursed with a spell.
How about Valentines Day? This is yet another pagan celebration of fertility which, by the way, is also linked to witchcraft and the superstitions surrounding the full moon (which is why it's in the middle of the month, which was originally a lunar month). The name comes from the name of a Catholic "saint": St. Valentine. On this day, the pagans made sacrifices to their gods so that they would remain fertile and to celebrate their fertility.
Finally, we have the Sunday Sabbath. This came about in direct rebellion to God's commands because the Catholic Church didn't want to do anything on the same day that the Jews did things on. The day has it's name because the pagans worshiped the sun in the sky on this day. The excuse that the Catholic Church gives is that Jesus rose on the first day of the week (in reality, he rose at sunset on what we would call the seventh day of the week). But God said to rest on the seventh day of the week. The purpose of the Sabbath has also been changed from the "day of rest" to the "day of worship". And a common defense of not observing the Sabbath on its proper day (which we call "Saturday") is that "cults worship on Saturday". Some of these same people acknowledge that Christmas and Easter originated within cults, which should tell you all you need to know about their motives. Regardless of which, God commanded that we rest on the seventh day of the week. And that those who deliberately work on the seventh day are to be put to death! Remember, the Sabbath is the only one of the Appointed Times that God commands all to practice! The whole world! For it was established in the beginning, and it was established for the benefit of all mankind!