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a.) Is the Messiah man or deity?  
Where does scripture support the

b.) If the Messiah is deity and is Jesus,
then why did the people who saw him
not die? Exodus 33:20-23 
And He
said, Thou canst not see my face: for
there shall no man see me, and live.

c.) Does scripture in the Torah and
Old Testament support the Messiah as
being man or God?

d.) How do the definitions of The
Messiah differ between the Old
Testament and the New Testament?

e.) How have different translations of
bibles add to or subtract from the
original text?

f.)  If Jesus "is, was, and will be" ... are
we prepared for him to be Jewish?

g.) Given that Jesus is Jewish and
spotless and blameless, as stated in
the NT - which means he kept the Law
that includes being kosher - why do we
eat ham on Easter?

h.) Is the New Testament in the
category of 'added to' scripture?
When was the New Testament

i.)  When God states a commandment
is 'perpetual' , is it 'subtracting from'
scripture to state the Law is dead in
the NT?  How is it that the NT teaches
that a perpetual commandment
replaces and ends with a new

h.)  In the OT, when God added a
commandment did it abolish another

1 Timothy 6:16
Questions to think about an

Jeremiah 10: 3-5
"Their customs are foolish and futile.  
They cut down a tree from the forest
and deck it with silver and gold; they
fasten it with hammer and nails".

Centuries before Christ, cultures
brought evergreen trees, plants, and
leaves into their homes upon the
arrival of the winter solstice, which
occurs in the northern hemisphere
between December 21st and 22nd.
Although the specific practices were
different in each country and culture,
the symbolization was generally the
same: to celebrate the return of life at
the beginning of winter's decline.

Egyptians particularly valued
evergreens as a symbol of life's victory
over death. They brought green date
palm leaves into their homes around
the time of the winter solstice.

Romans had a public festival called
Saturnalia, which lasted one week
beginning on December 17th, and
included a variety of celebrations
around the winter solstice. Curiously,
the Roman winter solstice was marked
on December 25th on the Julian
calendar. These celebrations are
thought to have merged with pagan
practices of hanging mistletoe and the
burning of the Yule log.

In Britain, the Yule log was originally
seen as a magical amulet, and
eventually made it into the hand's of
Father Christmas. In Italy the Yule log
is still burned for the "Festa di Ceppo".
In Catalonia, the log is wrapped in a
blanket until Christmas Eve, when it's
unwrapped and burned for the custom
of "fer cagar el tio". And in Serbia,
families bring the Yule log (known as a
"badnjak") into their homes on
Christmas Eve to be burned along with
prayers to God to bring happiness,
luck, and riches.

Druid priests in Great Britain also used
evergreen plants and mistletoe in
pagan ceremonies, and the mistletoe
plant was the symbol of the birth of a
god. Celtic Druids and Norseman of
Scandinavia also used mistletoe in a
mysterious ceremony just after the
winter solstice.

In the mid 1500's, Germans began
using evergreen trees as a symbol of
hope for the coming of spring. This
practice is likely to have gradually
evolved from pagan rituals of past, and
merged with the celebration of
Why didn't our Pastor's teach
us that the Christmas Tree
came from Pagans?
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