Carnival….Is it part of Christianity?!

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Being bad, never looked this good: A dancer from the Rosas de Ouro samba school performs in front of a demonic themed float at the carnival parade. Brazil 2014.

 Evil, demonic float at Carnival in Brazil, including scantlily clad females…is this a Christian ritual?

Commentary By:  Gordon King

What is “Carnival” and where did it originate from.  Is it part of Christianity?  Should Christians be participating in it?  These are some of the questions Christians around the globe should be asking themselves.

As I am finding out, it is difficult to find much information other than on Wikipedia.  The following excerpt is from Wikipedia:

“Carnival (see other spellings and names) is a festive season which occurs immediately before the Christian liturgical season of Lent; the main events typically occur during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up in masks during the celebrations, which is an overturning of the normal things of everyday life. The celebrations have long been associated with excessive consumption of alcohol.

The term Carnival is traditionally used in areas with a large Catholic makeup. However, the Philippines, despite being a predominantly Roman Catholic country, does not have Carnival celebrations.[2] In historically Lutheran countries, the celebration is known as Fastelavn, and in areas with a high concentration of Anglicans and Methodists, pre-Lenten celebrations, among penitential observances, occur on Shrove Tuesday. In Eastern Orthodox nations, Maslenitsa is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent. In German-speaking Europe and the Netherlands, the Carnival season is traditionally opened on 11/11 (often at 11:11 a.m.). This dates back to celebrations before the former longer Advent season or with harvest celebrations of St. Martin’s Day.

Rio de Janeiro‘s carnival is considered the biggest in the world with approximately two million participants each day. In 2004, Rio’s carnival attracted a record 400,000 foreign visitors.

The Lenten period of the Liturgical calendar, the six weeks directly before Easter, was marked by fasting and other pious or penitential practices. Traditionally during Lent, no parties or other celebrations were held, and people refrained from eating rich foods, such as meat, dairy, fats and sugar. In the days before Lent, all rich food and drink had to be disposed of. The consumption of this, in a giant party that involved the whole community, is thought to be the origin of Carnival.”    Read Full Post….

I have also read that Carnival is to celebrate Spring Renewal Rites.   Whatever the reason, is this celebration biblical and is it holy?  According to Wikipedia and other sources, it was the Catholic church which first instituted this holiday just before the beginning of Lent.

Pope float in Argentina, with scantily clad female dancers

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The Ara Yevi samba school performs with a float showcasing Pope Francis, their homage to the Argentine-born pontiff during carnival celebrations in Gualeguaychu, Argentina, early Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. The group is performing with two other schools during the carnival that continues throughout Feb. 28. AP

I will let you come to your own conclusions.  As for me, I see it as a secular celebration, not holy, and not from God.  I am posting some photos from various Carnival celebrations, some of which I will not post due to most of them containing mostly naked women.

What gods and idols are they celebrating?

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Carnival float in Brazil.

They seem to be celebrating sexual perversion.  Homosexuality at a Christian celebration?!

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Revellers take part in the “Cordao da Bola Preta” biggest street carnival band parade in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 1, 2014.    Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

She looks a little like Medusa from Greek mythology with snakes in her hair.  Are they idolizing Medusa?

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Carnival Brazil 2014.    Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

I’m not sure who this is supposed to be?  Looks like a demon with hair of flames.

Carnival float Brazil, 2014

Carnival float Brazil, 2014.   Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

This guy is definitely demonic!  In the name of Christianity?  I don’t get it!

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: A reveler dressed like a demon prowls the parade route. Themes of ghouls, demons and “evil” beings are common in pre-Lenten celebrations.

There are many, many more photos of Carnival on the internet.  Most of them are too indecent to post.  Naked people, satanic costumes,  tarot cards, homosexuality, idol worship, drinking, smoking, carrying on, etc.

So they say that this is part of Christianity.  That this is in celebration for Lent, or “pre-Lent”.  If this is the case then many people are greatly deceived. 

This is nothing more then sin, rebellion against God, not in celebration of God!  Celebrating whatever it is that these people want to do or express.  Celebrating evil and sin.  The celebration of demonic spirits and evil, not the other way around.  Worshiping false gods and idols.

This is the world we now live in.  Evil, corrupt, wicked.  Anything goes.  Don’t be fooled or deceived my friends.  This is only the beginning of these things, as it will get worse!  Keep the word of God written in your heart, your mind on the things of heaven, and follow the Spirit, not the flesh.

God in heaven, be with us in protection, guidance, wisdom, and direction.  In Jesus Holy name, Amen

God bless and Maranatha!

14 thoughts on “Carnival….Is it part of Christianity?!

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more Gordon, all this is demonic to the core. The world is sold out to satan and going overboard to worship him, this in no way is celebrating God and Christ.

  2. Gordon, I’m glad I found your page. (Gods Page as I heard you explain this to Nath, by the way, I am proud of the way you handle him.) God Bless you! and Thank you, Glory Be to God, our father in Heaven. Jesus Christ is my lord and savior. Alleluia!

  3. Thank you so much Rose. Sometimes I get accused of all sorts of things, including teaching that Jesus Christ is Lord, the only way to heaven. Unfortunately Mr. Nath did not believe me. He was a difficult soul to deal with. The Lord tells us to respond to those who hate you with peace, love, and a mild answer, yet being bold and speaking the truth.
    God bless Rose.

  4. I thank GOD for this truth no matter were it orignated from canival! canival!! canival!!! Is demonic not from GOD

  5. Megan,

    You cannot see the things which are spiritual, you cannot see the things of God because you are not born again!

    Jesus said, A person must be born again to see the kingdom of heaven.

    1 Corinthians 2:14
    “The natural man does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

    Hebrews 9:27
    “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”

    God will judge all men and women, you will die then be judged by God. Where will you spend eternity? In heaven or hell? The choice is yours, whether you view it as stupid or not!

    As for me I choose heaven, I choose Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, He is who I follow, not the ways of the world. If you call me stupid then you are calling God stupid, do you really want to do that?!

    Don’t harden your heart to God, for if you do then He will give you over to a debased mind and to believe lies.

    God bless! May He soften your heart and open your eyes to the truth! Amen.

  6. Thanks for your comment Sharon Denise Phillips!

    I have had secular people tell me that I am crazy for saying such things, however I must tell it as I see it in my spirit. Carnival is a humanist celebration, it is not good, it is evil, it is Satanic! Like you said and well stated, it is likened to the Jews who celebrated and worshiped the golden calf. It is the worship of all that is not God, it is the worship of false gods and idols. And it is sad to say, but so many people who take part in it do not see it nor can they, for they cannot see the things of the Spirit of God!

    God bless! Maranatha!

  7. The carnivals showcased here have “very” interesting themes, but brazil presents a Highly different carnival. There are many carnivals in different parts of the world, but in the Caribbean our carnivals are a bit different. Caribbean carnival is a public celebration of Caribbean history which includes: slavery, the beauty of the Caribbean and its ppl (since as blk ppl we were made to feel undesirable and ugly) , culture, natural habitats and resources, the African diaspora… there are 2 celebrations, 1) jouvert and 2)”pretty” mas. This celebration is judged by a cultural heritage committee for who can present the best depiction of whatever area or theme they are representing.

    For us its not a display of lust or simple revelry, but a time to go to our roots and honor ourselves as a nation of ppl, our heritage and continue the story of our rich history. Americans (and others) do this same thing within their own national celebrations like The 4th of July, women were flag bikinis that some “could” say are a lil raunchy , ppl celebrate, drink excessively at bbqs, etc. Or at the start of the American new year the macys parade has its parade and floats of random things important to the American ppl. When ppl first began exploring Africa and the Caribbean, it was clear that we dressed different and simply were different. Which was immediately judged and then taken advantaged of. Sadly Black ppl are still judged till this day in a negative light, without even understanding us.
    But as Christians God said judge not lest you be judged. So maybe ask a masquerader who participates in carnival what it means to them before judging. I’m sure the first thing they will tell you is not of “revelry”, but first WHERE they are from, then they will start proudly telling you beautiful facts about their culture….Only God knows the heart. Maybe its the outsider that has the heart of lust and can’t control his thinking.. regardless I certainly don’t think playing mas will keep me out of heaven as much as not believing in Jesus Christ.

  8. Thanks for your comment Zeta!

    Perhaps there are Carnival celebrations which are not like the one posted here, however the ones that I have seen are like the one posted here. You can see from the photos that there is much more going on here and is anything other than Christianity! The point is what and who is being celebrated? We must be very careful about what we celebrate for by doing so we may be not only celebrating but making for ourselves idols and worshiping them with this celebration. The same could be true for just about anything. I don’t know what you mean by “playing mas”, but it most definitely will keep you out of heaven if you are not born-again! Being born-again through the blood of Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.

    As believers in Jesus Christ we are warned about deception, especially in the end times. We are told to discern the spirits, to know right from wrong, however it is the “politically correct” thing to do to say “don’t judge”, but we all judge, we all make judgments in this world, we have to in order to survive!

    We must take what Jesus said in context of what He said, not out of context. He also said “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” How can we then do this if we do not judge? And He said ““Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” Once again we must judge in order to know false prophets and teachers, we must judge in order to know them by their fruits! Jesus knows that we are to judge, but not to judge in error or falsely, and by judging this does not mean that we are condemning, only God can do that.

    God warns His people of such things, and the ones that hear and see are to tell others so that they may not be harmed, just as the prophets of the old testament did. Did they not warn others about the evils in the world? And by doing so were they not judging? Of course they were, however it was what God told them to, they were not in error but in God’s will. God has absolute morals and values, they will always be right no matter what anyone believes. As believers in Jesus Christ we are to see things through the eyes of Christ, the way He sees them, we are to be Christ-like. In doing so we must make judgment calls, we must tell the truth, and we must not make evil to be good nor good evil. Many people in the world will not like it, they will tell us that we ourselves are evil for doing so, and this is how it shall be in the end times. Jesus was even told that He was casting out demons by Beelzebub, referring to Him as being from the devil.

    What I see in these Carnival Celebration photos is not from God, it is not holy nor righteous, you may see something entirely different. It is not for me to try and make you believe, only to tell the truth as I see it from God’s word. We are to put God first in “all” things, we are to love Him with all of our heart, mind, and soul, this is the first and greatest commandment of all.

    People do celebrate many things in this world, does this make them right? No. Does it make them wrong? Not necessarily. I am not the moral police or judge of the world, however I must tell things as I see them through the eyes of the Holy Spirit. You may not agree with me and that is your choice.

    God bless!

  9. Hey! commenting from Jamaica. I definitely agree that as Christians we should not be of the world.
    The carnival here in Jamaica are not like the “demonic” pictures you’re showcasing but despite this it is a secular event and I don’t think as Christians we should take part.
    Gal. 5:19-21…….

  10. Thanks for your comment Jordan Reid!

    My question is what is the reason for celebrating, just who and what are being celebrated?

    Not long after the beginning of the church after Christ’s ascension into heaven (approximately 300 years) the Roman government adopted (or should I say hijacked!) the Christian faith under the guise of Catholicism, they did it in order to bring the people together under submission, to unite the Roman Empire. And this is why we see so much of the Catholic faith intermingled with pagan ideologies and rituals, this is why we see so much twisting of the truth from the Catholic faith and the Pope. The bible doesn’t tell us to worship Mary or anyone other than God, it doesn’t tell us to pray to saints but only to God, I could go on, but the point is that the Roman Catholic church has hijacked Christianity and turned it into something that it is not, it has melded Pagan practices with Christian beliefs in order to appeal to the masses.

    We must be very careful who and what we are celebrating, who and what we place as idols before our Lord and Savior! These Carnival celebrations today remind me very much of the Israelites in the desert after they left Egypt, after Moses went up Mount Sinai to meet with God the Israelites made a golden calf idol to worship and celebrated it as their god!

    God bless! Maranatha!

    God bless! Maranatha!

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