Neta - I mean no disrespect here. Passover is by far my favorite holiday, I've celebrated it for 23 years before I came to the Messiah and 15 years with a Messianic perspective.
I have used many symbols on the plate that may represent different things. Many of the symbols, such as the afikomen being broken in half, wrapped in linen, hidden and found again out after the 3rd cup of wine is very symbolic of the Messiah to me. The unleavened bread takes on the appearance and symbolism of an unspoiled being who has been striped and pierced. The three matzohs wrapped in cloth is symbolic of a tri-une entity. These symbols where had no meaning to me when I celebrated Passover as a non-believer.
I understand that others may or may not share that view and I don't have a problem with that.
I am not protesting in any way that a certain fruit or vegetable be used, or a certain meat, bone or non-meat be used during the Seder.
I am not trying to "tell" others how to run their Seder.
I know that all seders are different, Jews are different, we are not all the same. You would probably see nothing untraditional at a Orthodox Seder, and many untraditional things at a Reformed Seder.
I just have an issue, and I feel it is scriptural, and not only my own view, that when symbolism other than the Lord, or the original reason for the meaning Passover is changed in such a way, it isn't right.
I feel that I have a right to express my view as Amy asked. And Amy, I appreciate that you have not called me or my views ignorant even though you may strongly disagree.
I am not asking anyone to agree, but I appreciate those who allowed me my view.