Why God Fearers Do Not Observe Any Traditional Religious Holidays

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There is plenty of information on the pagan background of traditional religious holidays out there.

The Purpose of this blog is not to rehash old information but to supply a fresh look at the situation. This blog will beginning to inform you why we God fearers do not observe the traditional religious holiday system around us, no matter where may live.

We have are forbidden by the Creator to observe them.

Genesis 2:16
“And the LORD God commanded the man…”

From this verse comes many if not all of our commands. In the first book of the Bible, we read that mankind was created and has a Creator. The Creator has the right to make demands of His creation. So one could say, He is our big boss.

The problem is that He is not taken serous or most just do not Know Him nor what is expected of His creation.

Prohibition of idolatry

In the English we have the word ‘idolatry’ which is translated from the Hebrew ‘ avodah zarah’ or strange service’

Our Creator, from the beginning does not only want us to not bring anyone else between us and Him; He does not want us to serve/worship Him from made up ways.

From the beginning, we see that there is no one or thing between us and our Creator. He, the Creator did not give the majority of mankind a system of worship – in other words, He gave us no Sabbaths, festivals or any religious rites to do.

In the creation week we learn that the Creator set great lights in the skies to separate day from night, week from month and festivals. The continuation of reading the first five books of the Bible will show that until the formation of the nation of Israel at Mount Sinai there was no days or festivals given.

When the service of the Creator is done with festivals or days that He has not given; a forbidden act of idolatry is performed.

One of our sub-laws under the Prohibition of idolatry is that we are not permitted to invent religions or ways to serve the Creator.

He only gives seven main commands to keep. Each one of main commands has more sub laws under them, meaning that we have seven major commands but we have many sub-laws under each one; each sub-law may not be a direct command but an intended action may be expected of us.

For us God fearers, the observance of traditional religious holidays violates the forbidden act of idolatry.

Honoring and researching the Creator’s commands is very important business for us.

The Seven Commandment of the Creator are:

1. Set up courts of justice
2. Prohibition of idolatry
3. Prohibition of blasphemy
4. Prohibition of murder
5. Prohibition of theft
6. Prohibition of forbidden sexual relations
7. Prohibition of eating meat taken from a live animal

Below is a list of resources for the Seven Commandments:

https://asknoah.org/7-commandments/locate-sources

The Divine Code by Rabbi Moshe Weiner
Guide For the Noahide by Rabbi Michael Shelomo Bar Ron

This list will get you started on your research toward understanding what the Creator wants from His creation.

Terry W. Hayes
12/2017

7 thoughts on “Why God Fearers Do Not Observe Any Traditional Religious Holidays

  1. Hrvatski Noahid

    > most just do not Know Him.
    The prohibition of idolatry has two facets: the command to recognize and know G-d and the prohibition against serving idols. The Oral Torah is the explanation of all the commandments. The Oral Torah explains who G-d is. He is the Primary Being who brought all existence into being. This Being is the G-d of the universe and the Master of the entire earth. He controls the entire universe with infinite power. This G-d is one. He is one with a complete unification that surpasses any of the types of unity that are part of the created realms. If G-d were to have body and form, He would be limited and defined, because it is impossible for there to be a body which has no limitation. Everything that has limitation and definition, by virtue of its body, also has a limited and bounded power. Since G-d’s ability and power have no limitation or boundary, His power is not the power of a body. And since He does not have a body or any form, He cannot be affected by any circumstances that can affect a body (The Divine Code by Rabbi Moshe Weiner, Ask Noah International, 2011, p 47).

    > One of our sub-laws under the Prohibition of idolatry is that we are not permitted to invent religions or ways to serve the Creator.
    Correct. After the commandments of the Torah and their explanations were given by G-d at Mount Sinai, people do not have permission from G-d to create any new religions (the same, p 194).

  2. Safek

    I understand that Noahides are prohibited from keeping the Sabbath and many specific mitzvahs related to Jewish holidays, but are you completely prohibited from celebrating Jewish holidays if you’re careful to obey those prohibitions?

    I would have a very hard time giving up all my Jewish holidays. To me, that makes keeping kosher, Shabbos, and other mitzvos actually sound like the easier path by comparison. It’s inspiring the way you really work hard to be an observant Noahide in a world that doesn’t seem set up to support it…yet. I like to think that when Moshiach comes, that all will change!

  3. Safek,

    When the moshiach comes there will even be changes to our laws. How do I know this, even after the Flood there was the laws given on eating meat. There is coming a time when Sukkot is added or we won’t have rain, we, of the nations will be commanded to go up to Jerusalem to keep Sukkot. That is then but now we are not commanded to do so.

    We can remember what the Jews are told to do on certain Torah holidays by doing a festive meal and in some cases we may light a candle but we are not commanded to keep any religious rites by the Creator. They are given to the priestly nation alone. This is how Israel is commanded to serve Hashem.

    Even we at this time are not allowed to add to the Torah we have been given.

  4. Hrvatski Noahid

    > When the moshiach comes there will even be changes to our laws. How do I know this, even after the Flood there was the laws given on eating meat. There is coming a time when Sukkot is added or we won’t have rain, we, of the nations will be commanded to go up to Jerusalem to keep Sukkot. That is then but now we are not commanded to do so.

    After Mount Sinai, it is impossible to add, subtract or change any of the Noahide Commandments forever. Until Moses, it was possible that G-d would let a prophet know that one of the commandments was nullified, or that a new commandment could be added. But once Moses arose as the greatest prophet for all time, no true prophet will ever arise to change, or add to, or subtract from them, forever (The Divine Code by Rabbi Moshe Weiner, Ask Noah International, 2011, p 33-34).

    1. As I have I stated The Divine Code is a great resource but I do not assign it the same authority as some others have. Could you explain Zechariah to me please, I know you are not commanded to but it tells of a time that all nations will be brought to Jerusalem for war. At the end of the story of all those who survive the war will be called up to Jerusalem to worship the King of Kings and keep sukkot. For those nations that who survive the war and do not go up they will not receive any rain

      What about the time when a new heavens and earth is made and ALL flesh shall appear before the Creator on Shabbat and New moon? This is after Moses as well.

      Again, there is at this time many voices coming from Israel, they need to get their house in order before ordering the nations around.

      1. Hrvatski Noahid

        > Could you explain Zechariah to me please

        According to Torah Law the first five books of the Hebrew Bible are the essence of the Written Torah. They alone contain all of the Divine precepts. Nothing may be added to them. Nothing may be subtracted from them. Even genuine prophets cannot alter anything in the Five Books of Moses. They are the ultimate criterion (The Divine Code by Rabbi Moshe Weiner, Ask Noah International, 2011, p 38). Zechariah is not the Five Books of Moses.

        > What about the time when a new heavens and earth is made and ALL flesh shall appear before the Creator on Shabbat and New moon? This is after Moses as well.

        The Divine commands are eternal.

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