I hope my third letter finds you well. When I last left you I was telling you about how we first met and then how we first got to know each other. I was explaining how I always had a group of close friends in my life, and how at that moment I didn't really have any. Your timing was perfect.
We decided to get together outside of work. My place had a pool so we agreed to meet there for a swim. You didn't drive so I had to come pick you up. Before we got together that day I scoured the Internet to prepare for this visit, reading both good and bad about Jehovah's witnesses. At the time I wasn't interested in reading peoples opinions I just wanted to read the truth about you. I found the official website for your people and started there. I can't remember what exactly I read about at the time. I just remember thinking how interesting it all was.
We swam for a bit, but mostly just floated around and talked. I didn't want to scare you, so I made sure my questions were easy for you. I asked you things about your bible, and how/why you have your own. I asked you things like what 1914 meant. You told me I wasn't quite ready to hear about that yet. The main thing that interested me though was your take on holidays, and how you don't celebrate them at all.
In high school some friends and I got into a debate about Halloween. Some of my friends argued that because of it's pagan roots it shouldn't be celebrated by Christians even though it had evolved into fun family traditions. An opportunity came up in my English class to do a research paper, and I chose this topic. My teacher told me just researching the history of Halloween probably wouldn't give me the 3000 words she was looking for and suggested I research all the christian holidays. It was the most interesting and memorable paper I'd ever written, and it changed the way I viewed everything.
I found out that the origins of every single holiday had pagan roots. These things that we do as traditions in our churches really have little to nothing at all to do with Christ and yet we hold these days so sacred. As a matter of fact most holidays origins can be dated back to before Christ even existed. I don't even need to get into it. I've written two blogs about it already. One Blog. Two Blog. Red Blog. Blue Blog. I'm sure I'll write more and more. This is a topic that NEVER gets old to me,and so it is easy to understand my ears perk up to a proclaiming Christian faith that didn't even think to celebrate Christian holidays.
For so long I'd struggled with what to do about it. If it wasn't really in the Bible, then why were we doing it? I figured for me it didn't matter. I struggled with weather or not God was even real for much of my young adult life thus far, so this certainly didn't matter.