So did you have a Christian Christmas? As a Christian you have to know what is Christian about Christmas. Did you have an evergreen tree, mistletoe, red socks for the kids to be filled, miniature Santa Claus? Better still, did a dad, grandfather or an uncle dress up as Santa handing out everyone’s gifts? Brightly wrapped gifts of all shapes and sizes?
If so then you took part in the “spirit of Xmas” or “the spirit of the season”!
It is, however, not a Christian Christmas at all! In fact there is nothing about what I have just mentioned above that has anything “Christian” about it! Not even the gift giving. No nothing. Not Christian, but all about ancient re-enactment of pagan worship and idolatry from the worship of the sun god and the fire god during the changing of the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere and Asia!
Pure idolatry, I am afraid.
You have to ask questions as a Christian
You have to ask questions as a Christian about all the things you do (especially tradition) in order to make sure that it honors Jesus Christ, God’s Son and God the Father himself. Surely, you have to explain to your children your practices, or traditions? In explaining to them, for instance, that Santa Claus is not really who you told them he is, then how do you expect them to believe that Jesus Christ is really who you tell them He is?
I know I asked the specific questions about Christmas in about the 14th year after being born again into the household of God. Took me that long, I am embarrassed to admit.
It was exactly 30 years ago now. After another family get together at Christmas with the evergreen tree and all that goes with it as mentioned above.
Why ask questions about Christmas?
Because at some stage in your life you have to realize that all these symbols must have some meaning and origin. Why use them otherwise? You may also have learned, through the years, that Christmas does not necessarily mean “peace and joy”. In fact, it often means taking on credit card debt, family disagreements, arguments and disharmony. How does that honour Jesus Christ? Especially if some members of the family are not Christians but just there for the “merry xmas” of it all.
Discover the truth about the Christian Christmas
After asking the questions I started doing some research on the internet and yes, surprisingly, there were a lot of answers. Let me just say here, please do your own research. I am not going to give you all the details. In this post I am giving you the headlines of the truth about Christmas and its idolatry. As a stranger here you have to hate what God hates. You have to know God hates mixing pagan rituals and symbols in our worship of Him, the only true God.
I discovered the truth about Christmas. Also, that I am not alone in this world regarding the shunning of the whole concept of a Christian Christmas. No, I am not referring to the Jehovah’s Witnesses Sect and their beliefs.
I am referring to sincere, earnest Christians who, at some stage, started asking questions about Christmas as the “celebration of the birth of Christ, tradition”. They discovered the origin of Christmas is paganism.
This is what I discovered about Christmas
1. Christmas has nothing to do with the birth of Christ.
First let me get this out of the way: No where in the New Testament are we taught or told by the Apostles to commemorate the birth of Christ. No where. Jesus himself taught us to commemorate his death and the Apostles affirmed it. But never, never his birth. Why? Because apparently birthday celebrations are also from paganism. Ouch! Remember Jesus is a Jew and most of his Apostles were Jewish.
Furthermore, Christ could never have been born in December in Bethlehem when it was freezing cold often with snow on the ground. Shepherds in Israel were never out in the fields in winter.
Finally, if God wanted us to celebrate his Son’s birth he would have made sure we (and especially the Apostles) knew exactly when it was just as all the feasts God told the Jews to uphold.
2. Christmas grew out of paganism and idolatry
That is the short answer.
It has everything to do with the pagan celebrations and idol worship at and around 6 to 28 December during the winter solstice. These celebrations centered around worship of the Sun God (not the Son of God), fertility and the return to summer. The pagans decorated an “evergreen tree” with gifts and trinkets, weaving circles of mistletoe (believing it had magical healing power) and hanging it on their doors and tree branches.
In Asia it was all about the fire god (red god) who, according to ancient documents, came down the chimney at this time of the year to reward or punish the children for their deeds of the year. Sounds familiar? That is where “Santa Claus” comes from. Nothing like the “jolly santa” in the shopping mall. He was a fiery, fire god and you had to put a sock on the fireplace mantel hoping he would reward your good deeds.
Are you shocked to read this? Many Christians are ignorant regarding the origins of the symbols used around Christmas time. If you have spent time reading God’s word, Old and New Testament, even a cursory reading would have alerted you to the historical facts of ancient idol worship and pagan ceremonies ‑ all of which God warned His people against and to not partake of at all.
The decorated evergreen tree is even mentioned in Jeremiah 10: 2 – 6 …”Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen… For the customs of the people are vain: for one cut a tree out of the forest… They deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers that it move not.”
Very explicit – do not learn the way of the heathen!. Their customs are vain! God ‑ the never changing God ‑ has always forbidden His people to have any association with any heathen customs!
Are you part of God’s people? Are you part of God’s family? Then do what is right. Because God will not be mocked and ignorance is no excuse. “…Live no longer as the unsaved do, for they are blinded and confused…” (Eph. 4:17)
If you are the least bit stirred by what you are reading here you will go and do your own internet search about the paganism and idolatry of the origins of Christmas. You can also read my post on “the collective sins of idolatry and pagan practices” for more enlightenment.
3. Christian Christmas is a tradition
I find the answers of atheists amusing when I ask them why they are celebrating Christmas. Their standard answer is, “well it is a family tradition that we grew up with.”
Right. Tradition. Family tradition.
So that is what? Like a holy grail? Cannot be changed, tinkered with or what?
You have to start wondering when atheists, agnostics, humanists, Buddhists, Hindi and most other religions and people in Asia in general are now just as ardent supporters of Christmas as the Western Christian civilization itself! If all these people are comfortable with what is supposed to be a “Christian tradition” then something is very, very wrong!
Come on! Think about that for a minute!
What the Bible teaches about traditions of forefathers
As Christians we should know what God’s Word, the Bible says about “traditions of forefathers”, “precepts of men”. In case you do not, or perhaps have forgotten, let me refer you to –
In Matt. 15: 8 9 Jesus said “…you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. …rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you saying, “this people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me. But in vain do they worship Me. Teaching as their doctrines the precepts of Men.” (emphasis mine)
1 Tim. 4:7 – “Have nothing to do with worldly fables (godless myths) and old wives tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.”
1 Pet. 1:17 – 19: “And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” (emphasis mine)
We were redeemed (delivered) from our futile way of life inherited from our forefathers. Did you get that? Are you still following the futile way you inherited or are you following the narrow way Jesus spoke about in the Gospels?
Make a decision to do God’s good, pleasing and perfect will regarding this matter.
We cannot be set apart when we conform to the patterns of this world, in all its facets including, and in particular, its pagan worship and idolatry. We are supposed to be “strangers and foreigners” in this world.
4. The Roman Catholic Church turned pagan celebrations into “Christian celebrations”
You have to ask, who turned pagan celebrations into Christian celebration?
The Roman Catholic Church did that around 350AD.
Why? The Roman Catholic hierarchy was appalled that Christians would wander off at around 6 to 28 December to partake of the villages’ pagan sun god and fertility worship festivities. So they had to make a plan to keep them away from drunkenness and immorality.
So guess what? They decided that they would change the worship of the sun god into the worship of the Son of God’s birthday! Yes, I kid you not! There is more to it but that is the truth short and sweet (or bittersweet).
They wanted to control the excesses around the pagan worship of the sun god by introducing Jesus Christ’s birth as 25 December with the focus on “nativity scenes” and plays.
Obviously it did not work, except for the lie we have about Christmas. Slowly the Roman Catholic Church’s “Christmas” looked very similar in appearance, to the Roman Empire’s paganism, except for the nativity plays by children.
So Christians still carry on this lie and falsehood by the Roman Catholic Church and call it “tradition”.
Kind of sick, don’t you think?
But then there are other idolatry and falsehoods Protestant Churches kept after breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church that are also still practiced. But that is a discussion for another day.
These four points I make are enough to get you going in your research as there are other, even more sickening revelations waiting for those who want to know the full story.
Protestant/Evangelical Churches are complicit
Protestant Churches are complicit with this fallacy as nowadays the pagan idols and symbols are being displayed on the stage close to the pulpit. This was never seen in Protestant and Evangelical Churches 20 years or so ago.
Protestant Christian leadership used to warn congregants against the excesses around Christmas time. Now they are silent and actually succumbed to having decorated evergreen trees on the church platform near the pulpit with “gifts for the poor children”. That way, you as a church member cannot protest – surely you want the poverty stricken children to receive your charitable gifts?
God’s people are being led astray by church leadership (shepherds of His sheep) by allowing symbols of pagan worship into the places of Christian worship during December month. Read Jer. 23:1 and Acts 20:28 about shepherds and leadership who are leading Christians astray.
We need leadership that will stand up and say, “this is wrong. This is not related to the birth of Christ”. But no, the shepherds are enjoying the “fat of the land.” May God have mercy on them!
You say, “surely gift giving is a Christian practice?”
Really? Why is gift giving perceived as a “Christian practice”? People from time immemorial, long before Christianity, gave gifts at special occasions to special people. Just from reading your Bible you will know that is true.
What is not true is that people gave gifts to everybody else except to the one in whose honor the “special occasion” was!! The wise men from the East brought gifts to Jesus, not to Mary, Joseph and the shepherds.
So yes, totally senseless to overspend on credit cards buying gifts. But yet, it is done all the time and really what is Christian about that? Going into debt to uphold a “tradition” is against the will of God.
The Spirit of Xmas
Why the abandonment of caution over December? I believe it is because of the pagan evil spirit called “the Spirit of Xmas” or the “spirit of the season” Office parties where excessive drinking take place and often end up in adultery at a time when we are supposed to commemorate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
The spirit of Xmas is a spirit of excessive indulgence in spending, eating, drinking and general recklessness. It is disguised in the mantle of “merry making” and “generosity of giving gifts”, fooling many Christians into thinking it is “a good spirit”.
But it is in fact a very evil spirit and its manifestation dates back to pagan times of worship of the sun god and the solstice period marking the end of winter in Europe.
Good natured, kindhearted Christians turn into reckless spenders on unaffordable gifts, masses of food and drink (including alcohol), trinkets, lights and symbols. Everyone gets into the “spirit of the season” in December every year.
They do whatever they can to “please the children” unknowingly sowing the seed of idolatry in the children’s lives. This is how tradition goes from generation to generation.
What about the Holy Spirit?
What about the Holy Spirit that Christians should listen to? John 14:15 – 17 “If you love me, obey me; and I will ask the Father and he will give you another Comforter, and he will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit who leads into all truth.”
Christians should listen to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth.
Paul writes in Galatians 5:16 – 17: “I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions. … then you won’t always be doing the wrong things your evil nature wants you to.”
Christ will reward us
Christ will reward us for our good or bad deeds. Not a pagan fire god dressed up in red as Santa Clause! Teach your children the truth!
2 Cor. 9 – 10 “So our aim is to please him always in everything we do, whether we are here in this body or away from this body and with him in in heaven. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged and have our lives laid bare before him. Each of us will receive whatever he deserves for the good or bad things he has done in his earthly body.”
Lord have mercy on us, Christ have mercy on us. Amen
(all emphases in the post are my own to highlight importance).