Letter to the Editor

Boyd McNiel: Thanksgiving is no ‘Holy Day’

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Dear editor:

People may think there is nothing wrong with celebrating Thanksgiving by gathering together and having a huge meal, thanking the Creator for all of the favors they have received.

There are several issues that need to be addressed. The term “Holiday” implies that it is a “Holy Day," and the Creator is the one who established this particular day as holy. This is not the case.

Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789 and until President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," on the last Thursday in November.

My point is the Creator did not establish this day as a holy day, meaning it is a false, man-made holiday.

A genuine “Holy-Day” has three criteria. First, the Creator must establish it. Second, all true “Holy-Days” were established in the very first year of Creation. Third, they absolutely must apply to every man, woman, and child in the world.

Scripture says that Noah built the ark to save the innocent animals. It also says we are not supposed to kill. It says that we were all given every herb of the field and every fruit of the tree, and it shall be our food. All throughout Scripture, there are repeated references to the planting and harvesting of the garden. We are all supposed to be vegetarians.

We are not supposed to be killing and eating any of the innocent turkeys, chickens, pigs, or beef when giving thanks to our Creator. We were created from the dust, clay of the earth, so we should be getting our nutrition from the earth as well.

When Moses brought the descendants of Yacob out of pagan Egypt, he told them. “You shall eat unleavened bread for seven days.” When properly interpreted, what Moses actually told them was: “You shall not eat any defiled food from now on.”

Consider how good it is for all of those innocent animals when you do not kill and eat any of them.

You might want to consider how many other man-made Holidays are false.

Boyd McNiel

Pea Ridge, Ark., formerly of Cassville