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Gluttony is a Sin
Why do Christians celebrate Thanksgiving?
It has, in fact, become normalized in the Christian community. Many Christian families gather around this time of year to feast together in a fashion that the sin of gluttony is overlooked. How is this okay? Are Christians openly accepting this sin into their hearts, poisoning their minds and disobeying the law of God? Are they insane? Why isn't this a bigger deal and why has it gone on for so long?
Have we gone crazy?
The truth of the matter is that the Bible simply frowns upon any type of thanksgiving that annually focuses on any gathering once a year over a huge meal. However, this holiday has been celebrated for generations.
"Frowns upon"...? So, the Bible doesn't really like it, no matter the meaning behind it, but it's not enough to banish you into the pits of Hell. Correct...? Am I getting that right?
The Bible reads: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.." You can find this quote in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 18.
That doesn't sound too bad.
But it also says in Proverbs 23:21: "For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And slumber will clothe them with rags."
Now, that doesn't sound good at all.
The thought of spending eternity in Hell over a dinner with loved ones hardly seen seems a little excessive. Don't you think?
Is it Really a Sin?
Not All of us Agree
Not only am I an author on Hubpages.Com, but I received an honorary doctorate degree on Theology from thee Universal Life Church Monastery. I agree along with Brevard College professor, Mary Louise Bringle, when she says that it's the other 364 days of the year that we all need to be watching out for.
Gathering with loved ones that families rarely see on occasion showing love, warmth and support while giving thanks to God of the many blessings that we as Christians have. I see no harm in that. If it is gluttony... then it's a small one. I'm sure He understands.
Then again, if you still think the celebration of gluttony on Thanksgiving is a major sin wouldn't you think His forgiveness is in order? I mean, He is known for His forgiveness...correct?
How do you feel about it?
Let's Not Forget
The Christmas Tree was Once Considered a Pagan Symbol
That's right. The well known and recognized Christmas tree was once considered a Pagan symbol. Imagine that. How it became accepted is a whole other story. So if we can make one exception, couldn't we make another? For crying out loud, we celebrate Halloween and we all pretty much know what that's all about. Right?
Thanksgiving is a Fascinating Holiday
In short, Thanksgiving was celebrated with the Indians and the Pilgrims way back when is a true story. However, there's a lot more to the story than what is said (obviously). However, turkey was not the menu. Studies have proven that fish and wild game such as deer were the main course. If turkey was on the menu it may have been used in the stuffing and nobody noticed.
I find it interesting that not only was turkey probably NOT on the menu, but these intelligent birds are not only fast but can be mighty ferocious as well.
Thanksgiving is celebrated to give thanks to Him and all that He has provided for us. What better way to give thanks to the most Holy by gathering with loved ones in His honor?
© 2019 James Timothy Peters
Ashly Christen from Illinois on April 26, 2020:
I think God looks at the heart. If your heart is a gluttonous one, then he will see that. If your heart is to provide and collaborate with family to make a meal to feed everyone, split up leftovers between family etc etc. For most people it is a reason to get friends and family together, enjoy good food and each other's company. Now I don't agree with the tradition of people saying they are so grateful then running to the stores to splurge on black Friday shopping, when honestly the deals are not even that great. However, to each his own. One day we will all know the truth to these questions. & If your heart is trying to tell you its not right, then listen, God often speaks as that "still, small voice."