UNVEILING THE GREATEST LIES IN CHRISTENDOM:
CHRISTMAS AND EASTER ARE SIMPLY BOGUS PAGAN HOLIDAYS
The True Meaning of Easter and The Passover
The History of Christmashttp://www.thebibleistheotherside.org/message6.htm
Lent, Good Friday and Easter are just catholic Man Made traditions
Sarah Palin Claims Jesus Celebrated Easter
In an interview with Fox and Friends this morning, the former Alaska governor promoted her new book about the left's "war on Christmas" and argued that all Christian holidays should return to the traditional versions practiced by Jesus.
"It makes me so gosh darn angry," Palin explained. "The liberal left in this country has targeted Christian holidays and is trying to secularize them right out of existence.
"When Jesus celebrated Easter with his disciples there were no Easter bunnies or egg hunts. There were no Easter sales at department stores or parades in the street. Easter was a special time of prayer and Christian activism.
"Jesus would gather all the townspeople around and would listen to their stories about the meaning of Easter in their lives. Then he would teach them how to love one another, how to protest Roman abortion clinics and how to properly convert homosexuals.
Gospel of PalinEaster is a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after he was crucified by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. It is the most important holiday for Eastern and Orthodox Christians, and also has great significance in the West.
Because Easter is a celebration of Jesus's resurrection from the dead, it is highly unlikely that he celebrated the holiday before his death. Its first recorded instance is sometime in the mid-2nd century. This seemingly obvious fact was not lost on the Fox and Friends team, who instantly challenged Palin's assertions.
"Sarah, you know that we love you," started co-host Brian Kilmeade. "I can understand if you think Christian holidays have become too secular and you want to return to the days of the early church. But you have to know that Jesus never celebrated Easter right? I mean you have to know that. What do you think Easter celebrates?"
"Well, Brian, Easter celebrates, you know, sticking it to all the liberal lefties out there who want to be taking our guns and our freedom," Palin responded. "It celebrates the rights of the unborn and the right to religious freedom, to not have government come in and tell you who to believe in and who not to ..."
"It celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus," Kilmeade interrupted. "It celebrates his death and resurrection from the dead. Now Sarah, tell me how can Jesus celebrate his own death before he died?"
Palin stared blankly into the screen for about 15 seconds, before co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck cut to commercial.
The True Meaning of Easter and The Passover
In this message I'm going to cover one of the most popular holidays known to man where the pews are noticeably filled up to capacity. Many programs are conducted through out the religious and church communities in celebration of this holiday, called Easter. Even many businesses like banks will close for three hours on Good Friday in honor of this holiday. The ACLU with it's anti-Christian and pro-pagan lawsuits has never challenged this federal holiday. Also in this message, I'm going to go over the true meaning of the Passover which began with Old Testament Jewish believers in the Lord.
Gallop estimates with it's various surveys across the nation that 100 million adults which comes out to be about one out of every two people in the United States attends an Easter service. The biggest surge coming from attendees who are 30 years or younger and are Roman Catholics.
Where did very popular holiday called; "Easter" originally come from and did the New Testament believers set a series of days in order to celebrate the Passover? Prior to 325 AD there is no record of what the modern era is now celebrating. In 325 AD at the Council of Nicaea, Emperor Constantine claimed being converted to Christianity but was still very much involved with paganism. His objective as the very first Pope was to unite both pagans, and Christians under his leadership. It's the same concept we see today concerning unity under the current Pope of Rome. In order to try an accomplish this objective, Constantine sought out to add festivals (see Christmas, click here) which appealed to pagans and adopt it into to church worship which would appeal to the church community who were making professions of faith in the Lord. So Constantine by making a degree at the Council of Nicaea, Easter became a holiday celebrated which was to be on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox.
Today if the Pope of Rome would declare a holiday in which Christians should observe let's say for example, the celebration of the miracles of Jesus. How many non-Catholic churches would join in on the celebration? Would you say it would be as popular as Easter or Christmas among Protestants which includes Baptists? At first glance, the new official so-called holiday presented by the current Pope if he were to do such a thing, would be adopted by many outside of Catholicism. But also rejected by many others as well in the very beginning. Eventually those who had previously rejected the new so-called holiday will come around and adopt it into their own practices. The only ones left in the Christian community are the few who name Christ as their Lord and Saviour. They would continue against the onslaught of the many not celebrate any new holiday degreed by the Pope of Rome. This is exactly what happened throughout history concerning the two other holidays of Christmas and Easter.
Mark 7:7-9 Howbeit in vain they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
The Tradition of Lent
The traditions of Easter has bits and pieces of truth, but it also has many errors contained in them which are not biblical. The Lent tradition and practice is a typical example. There is no record of the Apostles nor Jesus celebrating 40 days of abstinence which means reframing from their normal worldly activities for a period of time. Basically it's a form of works to attempt to please God for all the other sins committed during the past year. So where did it come from?
Lent which means "spring time" was originally a pagan practice that was first invented by the Babylonians in honor of their "Queen of Heaven and Her son Tammuz". "He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz" Ezekiel 8:13,14. The reason why the women were weeping for "Tammuz" was because of his death. The belief also states, "Tammuz" comes back to life from the dead. Sound familiar? It should because it's a distorted belief of of what really Christ did on the Cross (Gen. 3:15) and His victory over Satan when He was risen from the dead. In reality, Tammuz never was really risen from the dead but used as an object of worship for many pagan cultures throughout history.
Eventually Lent was adopted by the Egyptians in honor of one their of gods which happens to be another version of Tammuz named; Adonis. Since there were variants of Lent in the way it was practiced by the ancient pagans, Catholic leaders at the time were in disagreement on how to celebrate the new tradition. It wasn't till the sixth century when the Pope made the official by calling the Lent celebration a 'sacred fast', and ordered the people to abstain from meat and a few other foods for a period of time. The Scriptures plainly condemn such a practice..."Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth" 1 Tim 4:2-3. Lent started out as 36 days, but later in 800 AD it was expanded to 40 days and it has been that way ever since.
Eating Fish on Fridays
Speaking of abstaining from meats, part of the Lent tradition was to obtain from meats on every Friday during the Lent season and fish was endorsed to be eaten. In honor of the ancient pagan god Freya who was the goddess of peace, joy, and fertility, the pagans would eat fish on Fridays. Now fish was known to the ancient pagans as having a high reproduction rate and was a holy symbol to their goddess. By the way, Freya is where we get the word; "Friday". Some Protestants have modified the tradition for Good Friday only but as we seen in 1 Tim 4:2-3 it is not a biblical practice when it comes to worshiping God.
The Easter Bunny
Many Protestants including Baptists who celebrate this holiday reject the Easter bunny although in some cases it's not a total rejection but rather contains some modifications. The bunny symbol originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons. Eastre or Astarte known in the spring festival as the goddess of fertility. Rabbits had high reproduction rates which the ancient pagans considered as perfect objects to sacrifice to their goddess.
The Easter Egg
The egg was a symbol of rebirth in most ancient pagan cultures. A peasant, would color brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers. The ancient Druids believed the egg was a sacred emblem of their idolatrous religion. In Hinduism, they honor the egg as with a golden color. In Japan it was brazen. In China, dyed or painted eggs are used on "sacred" heathen festivals. In America the Easter egg contains numerous colors as the society is mixed blend of different cultures.
And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
The True Meaning of Passover: Christ
A little surprise for some Christians, Easter and the Passover have nothing in common. Even thought the Bible uses the term, it still doesn't mean there is common ground which leads to acceptance of this holiday. The true Passover, is a memorial of the crucifixion of Christ. Passover for New Testament believers. And by the early true Church in the Old Testament it was a shadow of things to come namely Christ. It was not conducted on Sunday or any fixed day of the week, but a calendar day of the year. The day of the week varies from year to year as we shall see from Scripture.
The Biblical Timeline of Christ's Death and Resurrection
This is one of the most amazing and exciting part while discussing the true meaning of Passover! It clarifies the confusion that this holiday called, Easter has promoted. How many people really believe Christ risen from the dead Sunday morning? Let's take a look from an example. Here are Christians, great defenders of God preserving His Word but take a look at answer regarding the account of "Easter"...
Luke 23:56 supports a "Friday" crucifixion in the light of verses 54 and 55. Luke clearly recorded that the day of the crucifixion was the day of "the preparation, and the sabbath drew on (near)" (Luke 23:54). The "preparation" was the preparation for the sabbath of the passover week (2 Chron 30:21-22, ie, the feast of the unleavened bread which lasts for seven days). The passover that Jesus observed was held on a Thursday evening, while "the preparation of the passover" was held on a Friday (Mark 15:42). Jesus was thus crucified and buried on Friday before the "sabbath day" (ie, Saturday) which was a day of rest. The women returned to the tomb on Sunday with their spices and ointments only to discover that Jesus is risen from the dead (Luke 24:1-6).
How many of you were taught this particular account when learning about "Easter?" How many churches know the truth about the real time line but are still going along with the holiday's time line by conducting an "Easter" or "Good Friday" service just like other so-called churches who claimed that Christ had risen on Sunday. What do the Scriptures say concerning this matter which is often times overlooked by those who believe in the false account but here lies the answer...
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Christ made a sign which signified Him as the Saviour. If this Scripture did not come out the exact way Christ said it would happen, then He wouldn't be Lord and Saviour over His people. Jesus said, he would be in the ground for "three days and three nights" which conflicts with the Easter holiday that claims Christ died on the cross Friday afternoon and rose again Sunday morning. There is little dispute here on how long Christ was buried even most scholars agree it was a 72 hour time frame. Moving on one of the most amazing event in the history of mankind!
Christ's Day Actual Day of Crucifixion
"And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!" John 19:14.
When it comes to Christ's crucifixion the Scriptures reveal this important aspect. All four Gospels refer to the day of Christ's dying on the Cross as the day which they were preparing for the "high day" Sabbath. In John 19:31, it says; "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away." What is a "high day" sabbath? Leviticus 23 tells us the Jews were to keep seven of these days, year by year. In verse two it says; "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts."
Those days were called; "holy convocations and my feasts" and they do not fall on the same day as Numbers 28:16-17 tells us: "And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the Lord. And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast." This feast was the first Day of Unleavened Bread. Matthew 26:2 says, "You know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified." We know for certain Christ was crucified on the Passover which is described in Exodus 12. The original Passover was when the Jews were taught to slay a lamb and put the blood on the doorposts which caused the angel of death to pass them by sparing their firstborn. It was a shadow of things to come namely the true Messiah which is Jesus Christ. So Christ was crucified on the exact day the lamb was being slain every year. This day then would automatically be a preparation day for the feast day, or annual "high day" Sabbath which was to begin almost immediately after His burial.
So what day did the Passover occur? Well according to the Jewish calendar, the Passover occurred on a Wednesday...This means that the annual Sabbath had to be one day later which would be Thursday! As this sabbath was approaching, required a quick burial of Christ's body prior to its arrival. The weekly Sabbath which occurs on Saturday, was to occur two days after that. So Christ was crucified on Wednesday afternoon. Now if one is to correctly understand Mathew 12:40 about how many days Jesus spent in the grave, this would put His resurrection on a Saturday afternoon. This also is the very reason why Mary Magdalene, and the others with her saw angels Sunday morning rather than Christ (Luke 24:6).
Christ's prophecy of the events that were to happen, did in fact happen in every aspect with no errors in His plan. Since we know from the Scriptures the true time frame, I ask again, why do many so-called churches continue with the Easter tradition? Even some Christian churches have been confused on this issue while claiming to know better (some Baptists assembles) but yet either have a "Good Friday service with a message or an Easter service with a message" but reject the "Lent" tradition. Their symbolic representation of the Lord's death and resurrection is faulty. Thus, it denies what the Scriptures reveal about it which all true Christians rejoice in and celebrate in remembrance of Him at the Lord's table. Revelation 17:2 points out..."With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. Verse 5, And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."
The Scriptures Commands
In Revelation 18:4...
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
The Bible makes it clear we are not to 'Christianize' a pagan tradition even though it has some bits of truths in it. We are also "not to be partakers of her sins" and show appearance of evil by going along with this holiday known as Easter which symbolizes rejection of what Christ predicted about his death and resurrection from the grave. When we look at Old Testament believers, we didn't see any change in it's celebration like additional customs outside of Scripture. Nor did they change the Sabbath days either. For many hundreds of years before Christ came and died then rose again from the grave it was conducted the same way as God had instructed. Things did change in the New Testament as prophecy was fulfilled.
But the changes we see today go beyond the bounds of Scriptures as this holiday gives honor to a pagan god who's traditions are imbedded in it which of course wasn't happening with the old Passover practice. We as true Christians should rejoice in the Lord's great accomplishments, His great sacrifice, His risen from the dead, His unmerited mercy upon us, and ever being so thankful about it in our daily lives, while gleaning on the things pertaining to the Lord in order conform more to His Will.
He Has Risen! Praise Be To God!
The History of Christmas
This is without question, the most celebrated and profitable holiday the world has ever seen. It's popularity has grown by leaps and bounds into the mainstream over the course of hundreds of years. Countless people from all walks of life and different faiths even including atheists come together and practice various customs of the holiday in order to celebrate what is now known to be called; "Christmas" on December 25th.
Gallup polls from 1994 to 2011 consistently show that more than 90 percent of adults say they celebrate Christmas, including 84 percent of non-Christians.
2 Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them,
and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;
and I will receive you.
and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;
and I will receive you.
The very word; "Christmas" comes from two words; "Christ's Mass" which is a Roman Catholic teaching on the Lord's Supper. It's practice is represented by a priest, who offers Christ up for a sacrifice for the sins of the world each time the mass is performed. With a supernatural ability that is supposedly given to the Priest, he is then able to transform the bread and wine into the literal body and blood of Christ. Instructions of worshipping the wafer are given to their members in Catholicism. However, when it comes to plain and true biblical teaching, this is obviously contrary to what the Scriptures say in terms of the true meaning of the Lord's supper and Christ's sacrifice for the sins of His people (read; Heb. 9:12, 24-26; 10:10,12,14).
‘The baby whose birth we celebrate at Christmas is the Creator of the world! See John 1:1–5, especially v. 3: ‘All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.’ The world, you see, is no cosmic accident. This world was created by the Triune God, and through this Lord Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem.’
Dr Felix Konotey-Ahulu Interviewed in Creation Magazine
One of the more popular concepts of X-mas is viewing Christ as a "baby" so it is not surprising to see such quotes. But the concept which Dr. Felix Konotey-Ahulu like so many others advocate, distorts the true account contained in the Bible. Christ spent 33 years on Earth before He went back into Heaven. Does Dr Felix Konotey-Ahulu's family celebrate his birthday as a baby when he's an adult? Now I know many realize this including the distinguished Dr who is right about without God nothing is created and the trinity, and Lordship of Christ, but he still views Jesus as a little infant on the holiday. Certainly viewing my Lord as a baby again is not biblical. Another well educated theologian states...
"Although many scholars do not believe that Jesus was born on December 25, it could still be the date on which the angels announced His birth...It is not wrong to remember the birth of Christ on a day which is as close as we can come to His birthday."
John Rice (1895-1980) Should a Christian Observe Christmas?
--The Sword Sermon
John Rice who was and still continues to be popular in certain fundamentalist circles has made statements like this one which are merely conjecture and very compromising in content. We know for a fact that Christ was never born in the winter, as Palestine's climate was cold during the months of December through February. Generally shepherds of Judea as a common practice watched their flocks no later than October. So the date is not close to Christ's birth as Rice says it is. Then why was December 25th picked as the official day of celebrating Christ's birth? It's was all about converting the pagans to Catholicism. There was a annual winter festival which was very popular among the Romans who observed the birthday of their sun god known as Mithras. The original winter festival of the sun god started from the Babylonian religion as they celebrated the birth of a son (Baal or Mithras as the Romans called him) from a mother-goddess who was deemed to be the "queen of heaven."
Many adaptations have happened as the result of the Babylonian religion even the Arabians celebrated the "birth of the Lord" which is their moon god. Lord moon, as they called their god was born December 24. Anglo-Saxons called the 25th of December "Yule day" -- in other words, "infant day" or "child's day" which was long before the Christmas tradition even stared. So under Constantine at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD the celebration known as Christmas was officially declared in place of the winter Roman festival. Constantine wanted pagans and non-pagans alike united under Catholicism so he adapted pagan customs with the the new holiday. By adapting various pagan practices by merely changing the name to biblical names caused it to be very popular among the heathen. Thus it was much easier to convert to Catholicism than ever before during that time period. Eventually many hundreds of years later it's appeal spread into most Protestant circles who once shunned the idea of having a "Christmas celebration". Nothing in their histories that reveal any origins of a day set aside for Christ's birth, but now many of these protestant assemblies (including Baptists and other non-Catholics) have not only accepted this Roman Catholic "holy day" but are united into attempting to put Christ into the holiday.
How Christians and others in the Past Viewed Christmas
A very well-known and popular Baptist preacher named Spurgeon once said, "I hold it to be one of the greatest absurdities under heaven to think that there is any religion in keeping of Christmas" (taken from The New Park Street Pulpit and was originally preached on Sunday morning, December 23, 1855). In the treasury of David on Psalm 81:4, we see more of Spurgeon's view about Christmas; "When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, 'Is this a law of the God of Jacob?' and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty."
In America's early history, a governor named William Bradford, who was a Puritan, tried hard to stamp out all "pagan mockery" during the Christmas season which includes the holiday itself. Oliver Cromwell preached against "the heathen traditions" of Christmas carols, decorated trees and any joyful expression that desecrated "that sacred event."
Quoting from a 12-23-83 USA TODAY article about Christmas: "A broad element of English Christianity still considered Christmas celebration a pagan blasphemy. The Puritans, Baptists, Quakers, Presbyterians, Calvinists and other denominations brought this opposition to early New England and strong opposition to the holiday lasted in America until the middle of the 18th century."
Henry Ward Beecher, a Congregationalist, wrote in 1874 of his New England boyhood:
"To me Christmas is a foreign day, and I shall die so. When I was a boy I wondered what Christmas was. I knew there was such a time, because we had an Episcopal church in our town, and I saw them dressing it with evergreens, and wondered what they were taking the woods in the church for; but I got no satisfactory explanation. A little later I understood it was a Romish institution, kept by the Romish Church."
The Customs and Symbols of Christmas
"I do celebrate Christmas, I get my Christmas tree. It's a secular holiday"
PZ Meyers--Author of a popular blog and Militant Atheist.
The Christmas Tree
Lets begin by taking a look at one of the most recognized and widely used symbol during the Christmas holiday season and that is of course the "Christmas tree." It comes in many shapes and sizes, decorated with the utter most care with lights, glitter, bulbs, angels, stars, and more. It all depends upon a person's creativity along with imagination on how deeply they go in decorating a tree for Christmas. It's style was later expanded to houses and yards even the United States government purchases Christmas trees for display which never gets challenged by the anti-Christian organization, the ACLU. This symbol is very common to see after Halloween through the first week of January. But what about the relevance and origin in relation to Christ's birth? Most Christians know there is no relevance when it comes to an evergreen tree in relation to Christ's birth found anywhere in the Bible.
However, to the ancient pagans, the evergreen represented eternal life because no matter what the season, the tree would always stay green. Pagans used it as a way to honor their god Adonis. The mythology of Adonis went like this, he was slain but was later brought to life by the serpent Aesculapius. Adonis dead body was the symbol of the stump of the tree, when the snake brought him back alive, the stump grew into an evergreen tree. Various other cultures adapted the tree, in Rome Baal-Berith, who was supposedly brought back to life by the same serpent on December 25th. In Egypt, this god was worshiped in a palm tree as Baal-Tamar. As far as Christ is concern, the Bible says nothing about this symbol representing Him or His birth.
After the pagans, the modern "Christmas tree" custom was later adapted by bringing it into the home and decorating by a man named; St. Boniface (675 - 755 AD). He would always cut down a deciduous tree in the presence of some newly-baptized Catholics. The tree was an oak -- once sacred to the former Pagans. It miraculously split into four pieces, revealing an evergreen tree growing from the center of the oak stump. This practice which is not biblical symbolized the death of Paganism and the establishment of Catholicism. Later on, Martin Luther helped the practice become more mainstream by cutting down a fig tree and decorating it in his home. What saith the Scriptures concerning this Christmas custom and practice? The Bible condemns such a practice which was done by the ancient pagans.
Jeremiah 10:2-4: "Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."
The Scriptures make it clear, we are not only to reject the beliefs of paganism but we are also to reject the practices which comes along with those beliefs, and not to do them ourselves.
Here is another very popular symbol or figure like the "Christmas tree" is Santa Claus or as some call him; "Father Christmas". Parents go as far as to lie to their kids about Santa's true existence in what they call the spirit of Christmas. Stores are generally packed full of little kids waiting to get a picture with whom they believe will give them presents. Even Christians who celebrate the holiday do have a problem with this concept of Santa Clause as it replaces Christ. Now does Santa Claus have a real history or just a tradition that parents make up? Yes! Santa Claus does have history, he was actually a Dutch Roman Catholic by the name of "Sant Nikolaas" or in English it's spelled; "Saint Nicholas." He was a Roman Catholic Bishop of the 4th century in Asia Minor who was known for giving out treats to the children of that time and later was regarded as a special friend and protector of children. After his death, he was promoted to the status of sainthood by the Roman Catholic Institution. The apparel that Santa Claus is known for came from the bishops of Italy who wore red.
"Kriss Kringle" is another name Santa Claus goes by and there have been cartoons and movies using this name but where did it come from or originate from? It's German for "Christ Child" and most Christians who celebrate the holiday are unaware of that fact. In paganism, they also their own "Santa Claus" which is actually where the concept first came from in the first place and later adapted into Catholicism by using another man's legend. The Santa Claus in paganism was called; "Bes" who lived at the north pole and worked year round making items like toys for kids who had good parents. Does that sound familiar? It should, because many parents and Hollywood movies and programs use the mythology for Santa Claus. In European countries it was expanded to traveling around the world seeking who is "naughty or nice." The reindeer which is another aspect tied into the Santa Clause mythology has it's origins in Babylonia and later adapted into the Norse traditions of the Yuletide season.
Divinity of Santa Claus in the X-mas Story
We come to the Santa Claus divinity or mythology as I like to call it, he has God like features for instance, he never dies, so he has eternal life. Santa has been labeled as the "magic" of Christmas because of his so-called ability to travel around the world in one night visiting billions of homes which no human being could really do in one night. He also judges the people of the world to see if they are bad or good. And rewards those who have acceptable behavior which is not a symbol of faith freely given of God without any merit, but a symbol of salvation by works. Some call this commercialism and would agree this should be kept out of the celebration, but it's more than "commercialism" of a materialistic world, it's a pagan deception which doesn't point in the direction of God or agrees with His Word, but points in the direction of hell and no Christian should have anything to do with pagan customs. And it's not only Santa Clause's mythology and the Christmas tree mythology but others as well, let's look further into some of the other practices of Christmas.
This plant has no practical purpose for man or animals because it's poisonous to both. However, the Druids did find a purpose for this particular plant. They used the mistletoe as a corrupted version of Christ as the "Man of the branch." The plant was a magical representation for the Druids as a Messiah (a false Messiah) coming down from heaven placing itself on a tree and growing from there. Symbolism was also and still is part of the mistletoe. It was used by the pagans as reconciliation between God and man. Since a kiss is considered symbol of reconciliation, the custom of kissing under the mistletoe began. It's so-called magical powers believed among the Druids which came to them from heaven by a mistle thrush carrying in it's toes, the magical powers, thus the name; Mistletoe came into being.
One of the most if not thee appealing aspects in the modern era when it comes to the Christmas holiday is purchasing and exchanging gifts. The vast majority of profits from retailers comes from this tradition of Christmas. Many think they are serving the Lord when they practice this concept of the holiday. While others think it's a materialistic concept that should have no part in celebrating the birth of Jesus. When look we back on the history of the event which is when Christ was actually born, the gifts were given to Christ, not the local population exchanging gifts among themselves. This is not a surprise since the roots of this holiday is not biblical. While it's true, there is nothing wrong with giving someone a gift for such things as their birthday or for no reason at all, but as an X-mas gift is something totally different.
Colossians 3:16; "Let the WORD OF CHRIST DWELL IN YOU RICHLY, in ALL WISDOM teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord"
There is no question or doubt when believers in the Lord sing hymns to God, they must be glorifying songs, not rock music, not rap music, or pop music and so on. But even if the style of the music does in fact glorify God, the content of the hymns must also glorify God as well. The two go hand in hand with each other. Let's take a look at various hymn content from the top Christmas songs.
HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
Charles Wesley, 1739
A very well-known song through out the years and normally only sung or played on the radio after the Halloween holiday. But it has many errors in it's content which doesn't agree with the Bible. For example, "herald angels" did not sing "Glory to the newborn King." The author John Wesley wasn't a Christian as he believed in salvation through infant baptism as he has stated; "By water then as a mean, the water of baptism, we are regenerated or born again: Whence it is also called by the Apostle; 'the washing of regeneration.' This statement is completely contrary to the plain teaching of the Word of God. Faith is a gift from God which doesn't come through water baptism (Eph 2:8,9) and then holiness follows as that person becomes a "new creature" as old things are passed away and behold all things are new. So naturally the hymn or hymns written by him would not have a true biblical foundation on the most important aspects of God's Word!
SILENT NIGHT! HOLY NIGHT!
Written by: "Father" Joseph Mohr, 1818 (Roman Catholic priest);
Tune written by: Franz Grüber, 1818 (Roman Catholic)
Another hymn which distorts the actual event itself. The angles were singing, also the shepherds were visiting, so it was anything but a "silent night." More distortions include: "all is bright" where there is no such description found anywhere in the Scriptures. The hymn also claims the Angels were singing "Alleluia" which is not found either in the Scriptures nor a light radiating from the baby's face or the star's light was a part of the scene. The Scriptures doesn't not even call that evening "silent" or "holy." A few phrases might appeal to a true believer who thinks they are singing to God, but in fact are singing a Roman Catholic tradition based on fictional elements which many people claim is morally acceptable during the holiday season unlike other times of the year.
JOY TO THE WORLD
Isaac Watts, 1719
Interesting enough and I believe many who sing this song for the holidays don't not realize it, but this hymn does not directly relate to the First Advent at all, but to the Millennium. More than likely this hymn was included in the Christmas carols by Protestants who had previously rejected the new holiday, but then decided to go along with the popular celebration. The hymn is actually a good one but not for Christmas.
There are many more popular Christmas Carols such as GOD REST YOU MERRY GENTLEMEN, THE FIRST NOEL, O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM, and AWAY IN A MANGER which have doctrinal problems or actual account problems concerning the Lord's birth. Which can be gone through in various degrees on certain verses of the hymns, however, I like to move on to more important issues at hand.
Scriptural Support and Basis For Not Celebrating Christmas
In Deut. 12:29-32, God tells His people if there is any pagan worship to be found in the "promised land" to destroy every part of it. God did not want His people to worship Him in the same manner that pagans were worshipping their gods. Not even in the slightest degree, did God want such worship of Him. In 1 Sam. 15:1-3, 7-9, 21-23 -- Saul rebels against the prophet sent to him by God, and decides to worship God his way. Isn't that what we see in the Christmas celebration being man's way in worshiping God?
Here are some more points to consider...
Thou Shall Not Make Yourself Any engraved Images
Pictures of Christ, nativity scenes, Christmas cards with "pictures" of Jesus, etc., all violate this command.
"God has given us His Word, not images as there is no real description of His appearance. But rather to teach us about Christ.
(1 Peter 1:23)
(Det. 4:12, 15-19)
Thou Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me
"The god of X-mas" is idolatrous!"
Looking to the Christmas season for happiness, joy, and fulfillment, absorb in picking of gifts, putting lights on a tree or in the yard, rather than through a pure, personal, and Biblical relationship with Jesus Christ, is idolatry.
Thou Shall Not Take the Lord's Name in Vain
"Christ" and "mass" are two words that are totally opposite from one another, and to connect the two is to blaspheme the name of Christ.
"By taking a pagan celebration, "Christianizing" it and calling it a celebration of the birth of Christ, is most certainly taking the Lord's name in vain.
Thou Shall Not Covet
Christmas brings out sinful behavior on how people and children should drool over the gifts of excesses from Santa Claus, parents, friends, and so on.
If they have little money then the focus is more on the cheaper gifts.
This practice has no value in worshipping God or remembering Him.
(1 Timothy 6:6-10
A holy day has dawned upon us.
Come you nations and adore the Lord
Come you nations and adore the Lord
--Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas message on December 25, 2007
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days (Colossians 2:16).
Christians are not instructed to observe Jewish holy days even though these "holy days" were given to God's people to do back in the Old Testament. Neither can a government sanction them again as a biblical practice. And Christians certainly do not have the liberty to create a day not found anywhere in the New Testament to observe every year and then in the process using pagan customs to practice it.
The Apostles in the Lord who later would walk with Jesus and be taught by Him never created a special day set aside to celebrate his birth after His accession into Heaven. There was also no such record in the Scriptures of a special day to celebrate the Lord's birth when He was living on Earth. It's like calling Jesus a "baby" when He is not. While the birth of Christ in itself was important, factual and historical, it doesn't make 'Christmas' biblical with a celebration that the world loves not hates. The Scriptures in fact have more focus on the miracles of Christ than His birth. So I posed this question; Why are people not setting a special day for the miracles of Christ?
“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exod. 23:2)
Some like the X-mas holiday because it brings people into the assembly or makes them more in the mood to talk about the Bible. Another reason people try to justify this holiday is the fact that families get together. As Christians know, there is nothing wrong with getting together with the family, around the holidays even though one is not observing the X-mas holiday. But if people were able to add things to the worship of God like holidays which would just focus in on certain events, it would make the Bible look incomplete and encourage sinful behavior. Believers are to worship God in all things of what the Lord has commanded upon us to do, nothing more or nothing less, and encouraging Godly behavior and practice in the process.
“Be not conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2)
No true Christian should ever celebrate Christmas for it is man-made worship who's customs come from a pagan god in various cultures and pagan religions through the ages. We are not to be conforming God's Word to the worldly celebration but we are ourselves are to be conforming to His Word on a daily basis. Christians should leave the practice of Christmas, as Revelation 18:4 would say, come out and do not be partakers of her sins!
Italian archaeologists in 2007, uncovered a pagan shrine only a few steps away from what many call a 'church' building (but the real meaning of "church" is the assembly of saints ) which was built under Constantine who had declared the first Christmas on December 25th 325 AD. More on story, click on link above.
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