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         The author of this article has changed his mind a couple of times about this issue, due to the scripture in the red box to your bottom left (Romans 14: 5-12). Ultimately, the author has found this scripture unrelated to the subject of Christmas. However, I have provided this scripture to let you know that the author has taken it into consideration.

My iconoclastic friend wrote the following letter to me, after I asked him the following question:

Why Should Christians Not Celebrate Christmas?

          You can look into any encyclopedia to find out that no one is absolutely sure of the exact date of Christ's birth. Most say that, well, Christ was born near or around Dec. 25. But lets look at Jerusalem historically; animals were traditionally held in mangers because of the rainy season, which in Jerusulum occured around October and November. Now we all know that Christ was born in a manger, so what were the animals doing in the manger with our Lord and Savior in December when the rainy season was over? I'm here to say that Christmas has absolutely nothing to do with Christ and that we are not obligated to celebrate it. How many people have ever questioned the customs and traditions of their parents, grandparents, or great grand parents? Where did the Christmas tree come from? The Yule loge? The mistletoe? Christmas lights? Do many people who celebrate Christmas know that there is an international religious holiday celebrated all over the world that falls on Dec. 25 and predates Christmas? The predominant religion before Christianity was sun worship that started from the Babylonians, who forced all the people of the conquered lands to accept their religion. After the Babylonian empire broke up, the people of those lands still held on to the religion of their conquerors. They continued to worship the sun and other pagan doctrines that somehow found its way in modern day Christian churches.

          Now one might ask what does sun worship have to do with Christmas? Christmas, has always been a celebration of the belief that the days will become 1 minute longer. Dec. 21 is the shortest day of the year falling on the winter solstice. The Druids, Egyptians Syrians, etc. believed that the sun god was responsible for the days becoming one minute longer. They believed that he/it was responsible for bringing back vegetation, where people could start growing crops that year. In the purest sense, people worshipped astrology. They had no idea that it is the planetary evolvement of the earth around the sun that brings about the changes in the climate and the day length. Now I will explain where the Christmas tree came form. The druids and other religions saw evergreen trees as a promise that vegetation would return. That's the history of the Christmas tree. Most people would say, but what's wrong with having a Christmas tree, its good for children. To understand how God feels about paganism, see Jeremiah 10:2-5.

Jeremiah 10: 2-5 (In Bold):

2.   Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; (Could he be referring to astrology?) for (just because) the heathen are dismayed at them. In this verse, God is commanding the Hebrews to not accept the customs and traditions of pagan cultures.

3.    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 ax (or saw, chainsaw, etc).

4.    They deck it with silver and with gold (Christmas ornaments, lights, stars, angel, etc.); they fasten it with nails and with hammers(Christmas tree stand), that it move not.

5.   They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not they must needs be born, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

          Most people would interpret this verse to justify putting a Christmas tree in their home or office as O.K. because the verse says to not be afraid of them for they cannot do good nor evil, but verse 2 says to not accept the customs and traditions of pagan religions. So a Christmas tree must be frowned upon by Jesus Christ! The mistletoe was handed down by the Druids and probably borrowed by the Romans during the inquisition period. The Driuds, on Dec. 25 in honor of the sun god, would form a circle in a cave and slay an ox; they would then pass around mistletoes and embrace the person next them, thinking the are under some magical spell. The burning of the Yule log came from the Vikings on Dec. 25 when they would burn a Yule log in honor of the war god Thor. Christmas lights came from the Druids and other pagan religions where they would light candles all over the hillside at night in honor of their sun god. Is not surprising that Druids and other people of pagan religions laugh at Christians? I won't begin to describe the history of the Easter rabbit, bulbs, and eater eggs in this letter, you can read about them for yourself in any encyclopedia and wonder why churches today hold the annual Easter egg hunt and the Easter sun rise service. Read Ezekiel 8: 15-18.

          What about a Santa Claus. When I was a child, my parents told me about a Santa Claus, a fat man with a beard dressed in red who would ride a slay with reindeer, and bring gifts to little children who were good. Most people I talk to say that it pleased God to know that little children are made happy believing this. This act violates one of the 10 commandments: "Though shalt not lie". I dont care how you put it or try to go around it to justify it. They will say that he is symbolic to some way of thinking, or some spirit this or spirit that, but a lie is a lie is a lie! As I was growing up in my church, there was a Christmas Eve party where some man would dress up as Santa Claus and I and other little children would sit in his lap and tell him what we wanted him to bring us for Christmas. My parents and the preacher would say he is Santa claus. Also, there is a man who dresses up as Santa claus at the mall and rings a bell outside representing the salvation army. Any parent who would tell his/her child that he is Santa claus is violating the commandment "though shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor". Santa claus is an invention of merchandising. That's what Christmas is all about anyway, merchandising. How did Jesus Christ feel about people doing business in his church? He chased the money changers out of his church with a cat of nine tails (a whip) and overturned a table.

          Another excuse people will use to justify Christmas is gift giving. They related this to the three wise men who gave gifts to Christ after his birth at the manger; they adorned Christ with jewelry. Notice what was going on, it was an Asian custom for people to give gifts to kings. Jesus Christ is definitely the King, but you and I are not. Even using the word Christ in Christmas could be violation the commandment "Though shalt not take the lords name in vain". Look at the history of America. Santa Claus started in New York from the Dutch, but the Puritans in the early part of Americas history made it illegal in their colony to celebrate Christmas saying it is a secular holiday and one caught celebrating would be fined or imprisoned. The law was eventually repealed, but it was not until the mid 1800s that it became widely celebrated.

          Even if Christmas is a time of sharing and family and friends, did you know Christmas is statistically the time of the year when the following is at its peak: Drunkenness, depression, drug use, suicide, drunken orgies, husband/ wife swapping at office parties. Those problems date all the way back to England in the 1700s when the Puritans made it illegal to celebrate Christmas for the above reasons. What does the word mass mean in Christmas? It is the Greek word for death. So where do you get the birth out of it? One last thing, for those of you who still think its all right to celebrate Christmas, I challenge you to find in the Bible where Christ gives the authority to celebrate his birthday. I guarantee you wont find it anywhere! I know that what I have written down may offend some people, possibly anger some of you who have fond memories of the holiday. But I challenge any one who reads this to look into this matter. Don't take my word for it, find out on your own. Do a little research. Go to the library and try to prove me wrong. I am an open minded individual who has been turned off by organized religions based on what I have found. I believe in Jesus Christ and believe that the Bible is the written inspired word of God. I understand the sincerity of gift giving and family and friends getting together, yet, I have in the past blindly accepted customs, traditions, and cultural attainments handed down from my ancestors with out asking WHY we blindly follow the religious holidays and ancient practices.

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The Twin Festivals of December 25th

by David J. Smith

Paganism In The Church 1

by Joe Crews

Paganism In The Church 2

by Joe Crews

Paganism In The Church 3

by Joe Crews

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