Yesterday when I was looking at news sites on the internet, I saw the same type story on two different sites. It a nutshell, the headline was Jewish leaders upset that Christians were celebrating Passover. Before opening the articles to investigate this further, my first thought to this was "Are they being protective over "their" holiday because we have Easter?" That concept seemed ridiculous. I mean, our messiah was Jewish. He would have partaken in the Passover feast. I have never been to a Seder, but I do acknowledge the Passover and don't believe any faith should be able to tell another "You are not allowed to believe in what I believe, because all our views are not the same".
Then I investigated further. What I found within the articles didn't really reflect what the headline did. In fact it mentioned that some rabbi's will hold a community Seder in which individuals of all religious backgrounds can attend and learn more about the history and traditions.
The headlines were more directed at Christians that have the Seder feast and take the other traditions with in the feast and mold them to fit a Christian perspective. Such as the matzot (used to symbolize the Jewish patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). The Christians referred to in this article re-purpose the symbolism to be representative of Jesus in the birth, death (the broken matzot), and the resurrection.
I do believe the Last Supper was a Passover meal (depending on the source may have been one day before). What I don't believe should be happening is taking the sacred traditions of a group and molding them to fit what you want it to. Christians believe in Abraham, Isaac and Jacob so why not let that symbolize what it was originally designed for?
What is your opinion on this? What side do you come down on?
*Disclaimer: I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus is the savior. That said, I also believe in the rights of every person to be able to persue the faith of their choice.
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