No scripture found to command observance of either Ash Wednesday or Lent.
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#1 Feb 13, 2013
Throughout my many years of studying the Bible, it has been discovered that there is no scripture anywhere in either the Old or New Testament that commands the observance of either Ash Wednesday (including when people have crosses drawn with ashes on their foreheads) or a 40-day annual fasting period (which Catholics call "Lent"). While the word "Lent" does occur several times in the Bible, the Bible uses "Lent" as the past of "Loan" and "Lend". No where does the Bible even hint of "Lent" as meaning an annual 40 day period of fasting, penance, and such.
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#2 Feb 13, 2013
Explain that Lent is the 40 days before Easter in which Catholics pray, fast, contemplate, and engage in acts of spiritual self-discipline. Catholics do these things because Easter, which celebrates the Resurrection of Christ, is the greatest holy day of the Christian year (even above Christmas) and Catholics have recognized that it is appropriate to prepare for such a holy day by engaging in such disciplines.
(Archbishop Fulton Sheen noted that the Protestant attitude is summarized by the line, "First comes the feast, then comes the hangover," while the Catholic attitude is "First comes the fast, then comes the feast.")
The reason Lent lasts 40 days is that 40 is the traditional number of judgment and spiritual testing in the Bible (Gn 7:4, Ex 24:18, 34:28, Nm 13:25, 14:33, Jon 3:4). Lent bears particular relationship to the 40 days Christ spent fasting in the desert before entering into his public ministry (Mt 4:1-11). Catholics imitate Christ by spending 40 days in spiritual discipline before the celebration of Christ's triumph over sin and death.
Fasting is a biblical discipline that can be defended from both the Old and the New Testament. Christ expected his disciples to fast (Mt 9:14-15) and issued instructions for how they should do so (Mt 6:16-18). Catholics follow this pattern by holding a partial fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Abstinence from certain foods is also a biblical discipline. In Daniel 10:2-3 we read, "In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks." Catholics use a practice similar to Daniel's when, as a way of commemorating Christ's Crucifixion on a Friday, they abstain from eating meat on that day of the week during Lent. The only kind of flesh they eat on Friday is fish, which is a symbol of Christ.
Even the Ash Wednesday practice of having one's forehead signed with ashes has a biblical parallel. Putting ashes on one's head was a common biblical expression of mourning (1 Sm 13:19, Est 4:1, Is 61:3; see also Est 4:3, Jer 6:26, Ez 27:30, Dn 9:3, Mt 11:21, Lk 10:13). By having the sign of the cross made with ashes on their foreheads, Catholics mourn Christ's suffering on the cross and their own sins, which made that suffering necessary.
#3 Feb 13, 2013
So? Your real point? Why not just get to your real point, instead of being vague...
Does it also mention observing Xmas? Good Friday? Easter Sunday?
#4 Feb 13, 2013
Things not found in scripture
Command to observe:
Bowing to crosses
among other things.
#5 Feb 14, 2013
Communion can be argued - Jesus did say, "Do this in memeory of me."
#6 Feb 14, 2013
#7 Feb 14, 2013
How else would you get a good portion of christians to actually go to church. A lot of the christians I know only go to church during Christmas, Ash Wednesday, and Easter. If they didn't do the pointless ceremonial stuff, there would be a large group of people who would never go. Many more may even stop going just because there are no special days that mean something because religious says so. After all, why do you think they adopted the pagan holidays in the first place.
#8 Feb 14, 2013
because a religious leader says so.
#9 Feb 14, 2013
I love how we proof read after we submit. lol.
#10 Feb 14, 2013
Wasnt he talking to his disciples though?
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