Everyone looks forward to Christmas. Children get so excited because Santa is coming to town. Parents think it is a good time to bake cakes and to go on a spending spree. Young people like to decorate their homes, and go carolling around the streets. It is a festive time- time for fun and food!
While Christmas is traditionally a time of joy and goodwill, there are some shocking facts behind our radtions of which most Christians have never heard. The Bible says: "Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil." 1Thess. 5:21-22.
So we need to see the truth as it is whether we like to accept it or not. As you read this message, think it over!
Most scholars doubt that december 25th is the true date of Christ's birth. There is no biblical support for it, and some against it. That date was decided upon by the Church in Rome in the fourth century. They had a specific reason for doing so.
Many of the earth's earliest inhabitants were sun worshippers because they depended on the sun's yearly course in the heavens. Most people held feasts at the time of the winter solstice (mid-December)-- a time when the days were shortest. They built bonfires to give the sun god strength and bring him back to life again. When it became apparent that the days were growing longer, there, there was great rejoicing.
Te fathers of the church in Rome decided to celebrate Christ's birth on the winter solstice. It was their attempt to christianise the popular pagan celebrations. But they failed to make the people conform. Instead th heathen festivities continued, and we are left with a bizarre marriage of pagan and Christian elements that characterises our modern celebration of Christmas.
The following examples will give you some idea of how much pagan customs make up what we know as Christmas.
To the Romans the month of December marked the Festival of Saturnalia (Dec.17-24). One of their most common customs during that festival was giving gifts to one another. As far as we know that is where the idea of exchanging presents came from. The evergreen wreath also derives from the Saturnalia festival, during which homes were decorated with evergreen boughs. The Druids of England gathered sacred mistletoe for their ceremonies and decorated teir homes with it. It is believed that the first Christmas tree was instituted by Boniface, an Englsh missonary to Germany n the eighth century. He supposedly replaced sacrifices to the god Odin's sacred oak by a fir tree adorned in tribute to Christ.Certain accounts claim that Martin Luther introduced the Christmas tree lighted with candles.
"Santa Claus" is a contracton of St. Nicholas, a bishop in Asia Minor during the fourth century known fo his extraordinary generosity. He was later associated with giving presents at the end of the year. St. Nicholas was adopted by the Netherlands as the patron saint of children. On St. Nicholas' eve, the children would leave their soes filled with hay for the saint's white horse. The simplicity of the birth of Christ is drowned in a sea of tradition, many being pagan in origin. (from the "Six ways Satan is stealing Christmas" by John MacArthur).
Some observations of the facts:
* Santa is no where in the Bible! Santa neve comes from
heaven bringing gifts!
The five-pointed star, inverted or upright which is seen hanging in many Christian homes and churches all obver the world, is in fact the symbol of occult and Satanic worship. Satan has skilfully manipulated Christians and "Christmas Star" manufacturers, so that his symbol is now being displayed by Christians.Many hang up the satanic symbol thinking it is the star of Bethlehem. It isn't!
* The five-ponted star is used in Satanic covens!
The Christmas tree is also an old tradition, but it is not a Christian practice according to the Word of God. It is of pagan origin. The custom came friom Germany and dates back to a time when primitive people worshipped trees- particularly evergreens. These trees do not die or fade in winter, and thus they were regarded as a sign of immortality.
In the Dark Ages, Christians turned from the Bible practices and started using pagan customs. In Denmark, Sweden and Norway where the forests are plentiful, people adopted the customs of bringing small trees into their homes at christmas time. Later the custom spread all over the world.
Many Christmas decorations used today are pagan symbols also. The Romans used flowers and leafy boughs. asaxons used holly, ivy and bay in their religious observances. The occultic Druids of England gave the world the tradition of hanging mistletoe in the house; the ancient Celtic priests believing the plant was a sign of Hope and Peace. The heathen practice of decorating trees with silver and gold is referred to in Jeremiah 10: 1-4.
* The Bible does not tell us to set up Christmas trees!
In many places people hang up a piece of mistletoe ( aplant with white berries) above their door. Pagans regarded the mistletoe as a very potent palnt which was capable of healing any disease or illness. An arrow made of Mistletoe wood was used to kill the Norse god, Baldur. And in Sweden the plant is still regarded as Sacred to the Thunder god, Thor.
The mistletoe also has a sexual symbolism which few people are aware of. In ancient times it's white berries were regarded as symbolical of drops of semen. The oak tree, on which the plant grows as a parasite, was regarded as a phallic symbol. The seemingly innocent custom of kissing under the mistletoe is a thinly veiled version of the pagan fertility rites practised under an oak tree. Think it over!!!
The Bible says: "You shall not bring an abomination into your house...You shall utterly detest it." Deut. 7:26.
Christmas is considered by many o be the most important festival on the Christian calendar. But actually, the word Christmas is not found in the Bible, and there is no command to celebrate the birth of Christ.
It may come as a shock to know that 'christmas' does not even mean the birth of Christ!
* The word "Mas" is derived from a Latin word
meaning "dismissal or death". Christmas then means Christ's
death (not birth). How can anyone wish a person "Merry Christmas"-
"Merry death of Christ"?* 25thDecemvber was not the day when
Christ was born (as we have seen above, it was only decided upon by
the people in fourth century). It was a pagan holiday devoted to the
sun god. When the Roman Empire was converted , the pagan holiday was
also converted into the birthday of Christ.
Every true Christan should rejoice in the fact that God sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world. But it is now high time that believers sifted the false from the true. It is our duty to proclaim the coming of the Saviour, not on a set "Roman Holiday", but everyday of the year!
It is time to go back to the Scriptures and examine everything carefully.
"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy accordin to the traditions of men, rather than according to Christ." Colossians 2:8.
"Do not be decieved, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." Gal. 6:7.
Let us do away with worldly celebrations and not put stumbling blocks in the way of our children. Let us refuse to shake hands with the devil!
We must confess our sins and repent of our pagan practices. yes, Jesus shed His blood for those sins on the cross of Calvary! Now God is waiting to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1John 1:9).
friend, "the promise is for you and your children." Acts 2:39.
The Lord Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6.
Let us teach the Truth of Jesus and the Word of God-- and not the tradtions of men!(Mk. 7: 6-8, 13).Amen.
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you FREE!." John 8:32.
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