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Nebankh wrote:
>

> (i) Is 'Ash Wednesday' Biblical, is it or 'Lent' in the
> Bible?
> For those who don't know what "Ash Wednesday" is: It
> is a day that marks the beginning of mainly Catholic
> holiday. On Ash Wednesday, the Catholic layperson receives a
> mark on their foreheads made of ashes by a priest, they are
> to where that mark until it wears off (all day).
>
> And NO, Ash Wednesday is not Biblical. Below is a
> short excerpt we had in our files. The only thing we could
> add to it is that forehead marking is seen among the
> heathen. We have all certainly seen the Pagan Eastern
> Religions marking their foreheads. Women of the Hindu
> religion for instance wear a Kumkum which is a red or black
> powdered forehead mark.
>
> Within the Catholic tradition, the forehead is marked
> by a Catholic priest once a year at the beginning of Lent,
> and that mark is composed of the ashes of the prior years
> Palm Sunday palms that are burned. The Bible knows nothing
> of such a practice but rather it is a tradition of man that
> much like the Catholic Confessional, necessarily places the
> Church between you and God.

Hi Jaq,

I do not have a problem accepting evolution of certain practices from prehistory (thou I have made no study of them) it is fine for me to accept that people would make themselves more comfortable in their religion by doing things their culture is already familiar with. For me it is a redundant argument to suggest a practice is not legitimate simply because it at some point existed in another preexisting culture.


>But we as Bible believing
> Christians know that we do not need to go through a man
> (priest) to interact with our Heavenly Father for any reason,
> confession or otherwise. These type of things are just
> Catholic manipulation tactics by which they control their
> congregants by supposedly dispensing the graces of God which
> are not theirs to dispense. After all, they would say, if
> the people don't need us to get to God who will pay our
> salary, pensions, and other bills?

Jesus started the preisthood. It is not a Catholic creation. Christ recognised that the great masses of humanity would require guidance He also recognised that a steady hand and calm spiritual leadership would be required.

Regards,

Paul




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Subject Views Written By Posted
Lent: Ash Wednesday 493 Paul Mallon 25-Feb-04 19:57
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 167 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 03:38
Mod Comment 171 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:14
Re: Mod Comment 150 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 06:49
Re: Mod Comment 159 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:56
Thanks for that, too! n/t 217 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:14
Thanks for that, Stephanie. n/t 210 Saorsa 26-Feb-04 08:13
Christian fundamentalism? 174 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:45
LOL! Teasing, Kees? 203 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 10:38
Dead serious Mark 152 Kees 26-Feb-04 11:16
Re: Dead serious Mark 140 Mark Staab 26-Feb-04 18:25
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 157 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 149 ArmchairObserver 26-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 148 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:41
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 162 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:33
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 156 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:10
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 164 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 17:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 294 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 18:18
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 172 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 07:56
Mod remark 163 Kees 26-Feb-04 08:47
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 169 Shawnzi 26-Feb-04 17:12
Mod remark 164 Kees 26-Feb-04 17:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 168 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:46
Mod remark 160 ArmchairObserver 04-Mar-04 16:35
Re: Mod remark 156 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:16
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 178 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:05
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 261 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 13:15
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 195 Paul Mallon 04-Mar-04 10:54
Memes, Creeds and Needs 175 Thirdwave 04-Mar-04 12:18
Re: Memes, Creeds and Needs 160 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:13
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 151 Paul Mallon 26-Feb-04 17:42
Re: Lent: Ash Wednesday 160 Ahatmose 04-Mar-04 21:21
Hey, moderator!!!!! 179 Archietype 05-Mar-04 06:08
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 157 ArmchairObserver 05-Mar-04 06:43
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 136 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 10:07
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 156 Ahatmose 05-Mar-04 13:14
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 205 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:25
Re: Hey, moderator!!!!! 138 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 13:29
Historical fact: 156 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 13:56
Re: Historical fact: 169 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 14:50
Re: Historical fact: 161 Paul Mallon 05-Mar-04 14:56
Re: Historical fact: 162 Lee McGiffen 05-Mar-04 15:09


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