Christ in Christmas?

Merry X-Mas, Happy holidays, Season's Greetings, and the list goes on. Are Christians being attacked? Is Christ being attacked? Why all the different names? Our country was founded on Christian values. So why is Christ being taken out of Christmas? It's a Christian holiday right?

At this point, readers of this will split into three different groups. Some of you will fall under the "Spoon-fed" Christian category and get mad and not make it any farther than the next couple paragraphs. The next group will be the "Nay-sayer" Christians who are so hung up on traditions, they will ignore what they read and defend their tradition in-spite of truth. The third group will be the "Berean Christians". Those who read their Bible know that the Bereans were the ones commended by Paul who tested all things to make sure they lined up with scripture. Whichever shoe fits, well, go ahead and lace it up. Before I start, this is NOT going to be a history lesson in the origin of Christmas, but I will point six things out on it first, and then go to the meat of this article. The point of this is for you, as a professing Christian, to examine yourself.

Here are some brief facts on Christmas.....

1. The Roman Catholic Church brought about Christ Mass in order to attract the pagans into their new religious system. Without going into great detail, the Roman Catholic Church is the Harlot spoken of in Revelation. The thought was to have something that would attract these pagans to their church, and with the pagan winter solstice in this time period, Christ Mass served a dual purpose in trying to appease pagans and at the same time trying to appear to follow the One True God of the Bible by having the name Christ involved. Seems innocent enough, as many will say it was just a tactic used to bring them in to teach truth. Let us remember, this is the Roman Catholic Church. Truth is not there. They view the pope as Christís replacement on Earth!  Christ Mass was later shortened to one word, being Christmas.

2. December 25th is NOT the birthday of Jesus Christ. It was tax season in Israel as well as the shepherds in the fields and so forth. This gives an August time frame, nowhere near December 25th.

3. The Christmas tree is pagan in its origin regardless of those trying to dub this truth down by regurgitating the story of Martin Luther being the first one to do this back in the 1500's. The pagans were doing it LONG before that and it was a symbolism of reincarnation. It has nothing to do with the passage in Jeremiah, the fact is, it is pagan in nature and origin, and is coming in on a pagan holiday dressed in Christian clothing.

4. The Yule log was a ceremony from the pagans in which on December 24th, this log was burned in honor of the Yule father, also known as Thor, who was the father of the pagan gods. This was all part of a festival for the sun (which Yule refers to) during their winter solstice which happens about the same time as Christmas. When the Vikings conquered Britain, this became a tradition with them too and has passed through generations since.

5. Mistletoe was a source of magical powers to the pagans. The Druids believed it gave them access to the underworld. Still other pagans thought that it gave heightened sexual energy. Now isn't that just Christ-like to have on a Christian holiday? Mistletoe was once thought to resemble the genitalia of the god Zeus & the white berries represented his sacred semen. On the other hand, the red berries of Holly, symbolized the sacred menstrual blood of the Goddess.

6. The final points are these since, as pointed out earlier, Christmas rwas used to attract pagans from one of their holidays. What is that holiday? Yule Sabat. Remember Yule's description I gave earlier. Given Sabat's same meaning as Sabbath, I will let you put two and two together. Traditional Yule Sabat candle colors are gold, green, red and white. Traditional Pagan foods of Yule/Winter Solstice Sabat are roasted turkey, nuts, fruitcakes, caraway rolls, eggnog and mulled wine.

Now, these things in themselves were plenty for me to discern that I had no place for this in my life, yet, people hung on tradition continue to defend it. The first excuse I get is that it is a tradition. Their parents, grandparents, etc did this. Okay, about those traditions.....

Matthew 15:3-9

3But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

4For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

5But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;

6And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

7Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

 

Okay, so what next? Well, this is the point where people try to bring up the following scripture:

 

Colossians 2:16

16Let 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:

 

It is not talking about traditions of man! It is saying that Jesus Christ nailed to the Cross all of the ways of the Jewish people before. The observances, the rituals, and so forth. Paul did not want people tying holidays, meats, etc (the Laws) to salvation. Salvation is a free gift by the grace of God, through faith alone. That was the point. Not a free ticket to go wallow in the sin of the world. You have to read the ENIRE context, and when you do that, there is no possible way for you to interpret it as a green light to do as you will. Let's look at the verse above in context:

 

Colossians 2:14-16

14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

16Let 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:

 

That leaves us with the final, last ditched attempt that professing Christians use to try and justify taking part in something like this. It is also the crux of this article in which I wish you to examine yourself.

 

Romans 14:5-6

5One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

6He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

 

Once again, this was in regard to days of worship and so forth. Paul did not want people getting hung up on the Sabbath being only able to be observed on Saturday, since Christ is our Sabbath. We take a day, and esteem it to the Lord. If another chooses not to, then that is up to him. At this point, a smirk rolls across the face of many readers saying, "Gotcha! I esteem it to the Lord. I celebrate it for Him. I talk about Jesus. I have a manger scene. I sing songs like 'Silent Night'." And the list goes on. Well, if one truly esteemed it to the Lord, then I would have no problem...but let's look.

This day, if it is truly about Jesus, then when is the last Christmas, that when you woke up Christmas morning you began praising God and thanking Jesus for His sacrifice? Some of you will say, "Oh, I say Happy Birthday Jesus!'. Wonderful, but then you spend the rest of the day without speaking His name again except to say a quick prayer to eat a meal. Sometimes it is a well worded prayer and you impress people with your words, and other times, it is a namby-pamby ritual chant of a children's prayer like the "God is great, God is good" prayer that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside that you did your duty to say something at all. How many times before you open all those presents, is the Bible opened and the story of Jesus Christ's birth read? You can fool yourself if you want to, but on the morning of December 25th, a parent's first thought is getting their kids up to get their toys, and the kids think of nothing but ripping wrapping paper off of the boxes.

I ask you....where is Christ in Christmas? How are you esteeming this day to the Lord???

People prepare at least a month in advance buying presents, decorations, and the like, yet how much time is actually looking forward to a celebration of Christ? Some will comment how they have a Christmas cantata, but most of the people are there to put on a show and get recognition for themselves, and the cantata happens before Christmas is even here. Get a picture of Johnny in his angel costume...hey it's all about Christ! One of the most revered days of the year for professing Christians, and many of the churches find their doors shut. Those that have them open have very few show...even if Christmas falls on a Sunday. Why? Because people want to spend time with their family and open presents. But I thought this was about Jesus!!! I don't care if it is a Monday morning, if it is about Jesus, you should find yourself in worship of Him the moment you wake up. Your worship should not end after you punch your Christianity time clock after an hour service at church either. Paul said to esteem the day, that means the ENTIRE day, to the Lord.

I ask you....where is Christ in Christmas? How are you esteeming this day to the Lord???

We have a fat guy in a red suit that has some reindeer that can fly that brings toys. His name is Santa. In ancient times he was known as "Christ on the Wheel" to the Scandinavians...a title for the Sun God who was reborn at the time of the Winter Solstice. Ask most kids what they like about Christmas, and a resounding majority will say Santa and toys. But I thought this was about Jesus! There are a few songs sung that talk of Christ's birth like Silent Night, but the majority look to Santa and toys. Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, Frosty the Snowman, 12 days of Christmas, All I Want for Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus, O Christmas Tree, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Sleigh Ride, Up on the House Top, and the list goes on. But it's about Jesus right? And we give gifts because of the three kings right? The magi did not even make it there at Christ's birth. READ your Bibles, don't be spoon-fed!! It was well afterwards, and they brought gifts fit for a king, because they understood who Christ was.

I ask you....where is Christ in Christmas? How are you esteeming this day to the Lord???

Traditions of men were condemned by Jesus Christ, Himself, not me, so take it up with Him. A lukewarm Christian will look to the Bible and try to find a loophole just to hang on to traditions. Why? To be like the rest of the world and resist ridicule. It's hard to be a Christian; it's hard to follow Christ's commands. If you are liked by the world, in a world that hated and despised Jesus, the same world Christ said would hate us even more than Him....then what Jesus do you follow? Many readers never made it this far because it makes them feel uncomfortable. God's truth, laid out in scripture, reminds you, just as it does me, how imperfect we are, and how sinful we can be. That is its purpose...not to make you feel good....but to make you walk right with God.

 

Hebrews 4:12

12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
 

Jesus warned us about the exact things we have seen come from the harlot spoken of in Revelation. What you do with that warning is between to you and Him. It's easy to say that you'll just have to answer for it when you see Him. Wow. That makes God so small. It puts Him on a shelf and makes Him into an idol because you do not fear Him. Heed Christ's warning.

 

Revelation 18:3-5

3For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

4And 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.

5For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

 

In His Grace,

       Mike Harris Jr.

 

 

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