It is better to help the poor and needy rather than give tithes and offering to a church and its priest or pastor. A contrite heart and a defender of the poor and less fortunate are the best tithes and offering one can give. It is more Christlike than tithes.
Your deep rational thoughts that seek to reason, discern and determine time, things and events contrary to truth are forbidden fruits.
Ever wondered why we have birthday celebrations or it is too obvious? Ever wondered how it started and if it is good or bad to celebrate birthdays. Birthdays were started to celebrate the birthdays for gods and idols. This was done through astrology . Despite its good intentions, birthday celebrations and worships such as Christmas can be evil. Ancient civilizations used it to to appease and even influence the stars for peaceful life on earth. A kind of star gazing.
5000 years before Christ, in Mesopotamia, man tried to bribe nature and created a cult by deifying the Spring Equinox. This cult was called Easter, goddess of fertility. Its worship glorify rebirth and fecundation. In AD 325, Easter was ignobly "married" to the cult and the fallacy of Christ being killed on Good Friday became prevalent.
The spring equinox is the beginning of spring. It is a time of rebirth, balance and fertility. To celebrate this magic and encourage it favourably, the spring equinox was deified as Ishtar (Easter) the goddess of fertility or queen of heaven.
Easter, goddess of fertility and queen of heaven, is one of the great deities of all times. It is a pastoral recognition of the Spring Equinox, and although a figment of the imagination, her incarnation is glorified in myths and legends. Predating Christ, the worshipping of Easter included cakes, ham eating, virgin sex and human sacrifice with eggs bathe in the blood of the victims.
Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday have both been dear to our hearts for years. The romance associated with Valentine's Day has allowed us to express love in many ways. The penance shown during Lent starting at Ash Wednesday, reminds us of our mortality and dependence on nature.
History, however is muddling this rosy picture of Valentine's Day and is suggesting that Valentine's Day is a mere continuation of Lupercalia, an ancient agrarian erotic fertility festival that was held near the Ides of February (February 13-15).
The death and birth of the Unconquered Sun (Sol Invictus) has for millenniums been worshipped on December 21 – 25, (Winter Solstice - shortest day in the year) as the source of our energy and life on earth. December 25 as such is revered as a festive season for the birthday of the Sun God Mithra (Apollo, Marduk, Ra etc) and .if we should make belief, for Jesus Christ, the SON, as well.
Words, belief and faith are part and parcel of being at peace with self, here on earth, in the mind and in the hereafter. However, all these are useless without Love for one another.