I am glad to be in your corner (I know some of my posting is raw and demanding–I hope you understand that my effort is to shock you into continuing in the Faith and seeking the Truth–consider my effort as that lifeline to a person neck-deep in water… it has to be stern, flexible but unyielding, for the rescue to succeed).
…again, flawed teachings… there’s nowhere in Scriptures that speaks against celebration of any festivities (nor about ‘the evils of gambling’); the lack of information on the lives of Jesus, His Apostles, and the early Church is not due to God’s Commands to refrain from doing so (if this were to be true than that would mean that Jesus [and everyone else] could not tell how old He was, never took a shower, never used the bathroom, never chew-the-cud (had conversations outside of Proclaiming the Good New), never yawned, used drugs (there’s a mention of medic/doctor but no mention of what was used–instruments prescriptions)… and, if we follow their logic, one must believe that Jesus and the Apostles (and all of the people around them) must have eaten only fish, bread, grain, and olives and only drank wine.
The reason why things are mentioned in Scriptures (the wedding at Cana and Herod’s party…) is this:
20:31 These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name. (St. John)
So trivial things do not matter since they are not conductive to the Salvation Narrative. Yet, it does not mean that things did not take place or that God forbade them:
20:30 There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. (St. John)
You see?.. not even all of the things that Jesus said or did were Written–these were left as part of the Oral Teachings!
…just look at this example:
17:24 When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the half shekel came to Peter and said, ‘Does your master not pay the half-shekel?’ 17:25 ‘Oh yes’ he replied, and went into the house. But before he could speak, Jesus said, ‘Simon, what is your opinion? From whom do the kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from foreigners?’ 17:26 And when he replied, ‘From foreigners’, Jesus said, ‘Well then, the sons are exempt. 17:27 However, so as not to offend these people, go to the lake and cast a hook; take the first fish that bites, open its mouth and there you will find a shekel; take it and give it to them for me and for you.’ (St. Matthew)
This passage seems almost inconsequential… but there are chunks of Teachings in it:
- Jesus Claims Sonship.
Jesus demonstrated that He was Isaiah’s Suffering Servant.
- Jesus procured the tax fee through a supernatural way.
- Jesus paid His and Cephas’s, the rock upon which He Built His Church.
- Cephas was fully obedient to Jesus.
There are things that we cannot know because there’s no mention in Scriptures; yet, it is because only pertinent matters to the Salvific Plan was Taught through the Oral and Written Teachings of the Apostles.