The chill is in the air, and that means the Winter Solstice celebrations, err I mean Sun god celebrations, whoops! I mean Christmas celebrations, are right around the corner!
Most people in the world, “religious” or not, obviously enjoy Christmas because it is the #2 most celebrated holiday behind New Years. But what are the roots of Christmas and who is the “He” in the quote “He is the Reason for the Season” – so let’s set aside our assumptions and do some fact finding…
December 25 is not the birth date of Jesus
Let’s just start off with a biggie. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25 even though most history scholars agree that he was NOT born on December 25. Historical documentation suggests a September birth. Luke 2:7-8 gives us some clues on timing.
7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
A baby would have been in more than swaddling cloths in the month of December and shepherds do not watch flocks either during this time. Judea is cold and rainy during December. Need more? Reference 1 and Reference 2 will help.
2. December 25 was the birth of Nimrod the Sun god.
The strongest anti-Christ figure mentioned in the Bible was Nimrod, and a foreshadowing of a person that will once again attempt to rule on earth. December 25 was the celebration of the Sun god, Nimrod. Nimrod also appears as Tammuz/ Bacchus/ Adonis/ Osiris and his mother-wife Semiramis a.k.a Ishtar (Easter for a future post!)/ Diana/ Aphrodite/ Astarte/ Rhea/ Venus.
There are other various pagan gods of old that hold December 25 as their birth-date, but most are modeled after the ultimate nimrod himself. Sun god worship also involved human sacrifices and laying presents at the feet of the evergreen tree. Need more? Reference 1 and Reference 2.
3. Christmas was celebrated BEFORE Christ’s birth.
Because Nimrod came before Christ in an earthly birth, the celebrations around Christmas had been going on long before Jesus arrived. That should be red flag enough to stop Christians in their tracks and question the holiday’s true meaning. Need more? Reference 1 and Reference 2.
4. Does the Bible forbid a Christmas tree?
1, 2, and 3 alone should have you questioning everything at this point. But why stop? Let’s keep going! Jeremiah 10:1-5 says something of interest… Thus says Who?
10 Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2 Thus says the Lord:
“Learn not the way of the nations,
nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
because the nations are dismayed at them,
3 for the customs of the peoples are vanity.
A tree from the forest is cut down
and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
4 They decorate it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so that it cannot move.
5 Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
and they cannot speak;
they have to be carried,
for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them,
for they cannot do evil,
neither is it in them to do good.”
5. The meaning of wreaths and the evergreen
Evergreen usage (wreaths, trees, and garland) were used by pagans to keep evil spirits out of their homes among other things. I don’t know about you but I really have to wonder why they needed help keeping evil away from them?
6. Christmas was illegal in the United States
Wow, just wow. Seems the forefathers escaping persecution and originally settling here in the US knew a little something before people started forgetting (as usual). Need more? Reference 1 and Reference 2.
From 1659 to 1681, showcasing one’s holiday spirit in Boston could cost you a fine of as much as five shillings. That’s right — Christmas used to be illegal. It’s somewhat surprising, then, that the same puritanical minds also created the first American batch of eggnog at Captain John Smith’s 1607 Jamestown settlement. (The word nog comes from the word grog; that is, any drink made with rum.) Christmas was so inconsequential in early America that after the Revolutionary War, Congress didn’t even bother taking the day off to celebrate the holiday, deciding instead to hold its first session on Christmas Day, 1789. It took almost a century for Congress to proclaim it a federal holiday.
– Time Magazine
7. If the world loves Christmas, should we?
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2
And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. – Matthew 10:22
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. – John 15:18-19
8. Santa Claus is a lie
Well that one was easy and I am not even going there. If you are a Christian, lying about a magical man bringing gifts to children at night and giving those same children an idol to focus on rather than Jesus Himself is a known no-no. No references needed, you know better.
You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.. – Exodus 20:3-5.
9. Who said Christmas was ok for Christians?
Nowhere in the Bible is Christmas celebrated and the Catholic church had the most hand in transforming pagan celebrations into Christian celebrations.
The extrabiblical evidence from the first and second century is equally spare: There is no mention of birth celebrations in the writings of early Christian writers such as Irenaeus (c. 130–200) or Tertullian (c. 160–225). Origen of Alexandria (c. 165–264) goes so far as to mock Roman celebrations of birth anniversaries, dismissing them as “pagan” practices—a strong indication that Jesus’ birth was not marked with similar festivities at that place and time. As far as we can tell, Christmas was not celebrated at all at this point. – Bible Archaeology Society
Perhaps this is the same Catholic church filled with centuries of abuse and on record for changing most of the Bible to suit them, and that even today’s daughter churches follow by? Yes, that would be them. Need more? Reference 1, Reference 2, and Reference 3.
10. Who might think Christmas is not ok for Christians?
Knowing Christmas is filled with pagan practices being used in worship to the one True God. Does the Bible say anything about His thoughts on it?
When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations whom you go in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it. – Deuteronomy 12:29-32.
Even after reading all of the above (and trust there is MUCH more to make a 50+ reason list) – many Christians will still say – “but that is not why I celebrate Christmas, God knows my heart”
So let me ask you this? If your best friend hates clowns, and you throw them a birthday party that is clown themed and even have a clown show up to hand out balloons, and then invite them over to celebrate with friends and family – how do you think your friend would feel?
Think about your friend’s feelings and what they would like. That would be the natural party theme to go with, and not clowns, right?