Christ and Christmas
Here we find the prophesy of the destruction of Babylon, or as we know her today, Roman Catholicism. She is one who has affected all manner of people, nations, and kings. Yet, God says for His people to leave her. When God says to do something, we better listen close. This holds true of all her pagan ways, and abominable practices.
In exactly ten days the world will celebrate Christmas. I will not be a part of their practices, and today we shall see exactly why.
"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them." (Luke 2:1-20)
"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men." (Matthew 2:1-16)
During this time, and perhaps right now, the world is seeing or participating in plays and reenactments of Christ’s birth. Many so-called “churches” will have people dressed up to show what happened on the day of His birth. Many businesses and individuals have nativity scenes portraying what they believe happened. Yet, nobody ever cares what the Bible really says.
Notice, the world says that there were three wise men. The Bible gives no number. It might have been three, but there also might have been three hundred. God did not tell us, so we need not speculate.
The world says these wise men visited a babe in a manger. However, Jesus was not in a manger when the wise men found him. They visited the young child in the house!
The world says emphatically that Jesus Christ was born on December 25th. However, I have searched the scriptures and not one time does my Bible say that was the day He was born. The fact is, I did find some interesting information. According to Jewish authorities on the subject, it is winter in that part of the world during December 25th and the shepherds do not stay outside with their flocks…they would rather be in the caves to escape the weather. Also a complete census tax like the one that occurred would have been next to impossible to have in the middle of winter.
Yet, some will say to me, “Well we can fix the ‘minor’ problems with the Christmas story and even though we don’t know the date for Christ’s birth, Dec 25th is an OK date to celebrate it.” Yet, before you say or think that, let us dig a little farther.
Why the date? If December 25 is an unlikely date, then why was it chosen to be the day to celebrate Christ’s birth? Since December 25th is NEVER found within the Bible, we must begin to look at history. Search through Baptist history and you will never find it. But do a search through Roman Catholic history and it will be found, with roots that go back even before Christ came into this world.
According to what I could find, the year 336 seems to be the beginning place of celebrating Christ’s birth on Dec 25. This simply amazed me, because by that time everyone who knew Christ was dead already. Nobody who lived during the time of Christ ever celebrated His birth, according to the Bible. He did tell us the way to remember Him, though. (See Luke 22:19-20.)
Why did Rome choose this date, when it was probably the least likely of all dates they could have picked? To answer that question, we must go further back into history.
According to the article about “Christmas” found in Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia,
“Christmas originated in the 4th century as a Christian substitute for pagan celebrations of the winter solstice. Before the introduction of Christmas, each year beginning on December 17 Romans honored Saturn, the ancient god of agriculture, in a festival called Saturnalia. This festival lasted for seven days and included the winter solstice, which usually occurred around December 25 on the ancient Julian calendar. During Saturnalia the Romans feasted, postponed all business and warfare, exchanged gifts, and temporarily freed their slaves. Many Romans also celebrated the lengthening of daylight following the winter solstice by participating in rituals to glorify Mithra, the ancient Persian god of light (see Mithraism). These and other winter festivities continued through January 1, the festival of Kalends, when Romans marked the day of the new moon and the first day of the month and year. Although the Gospels describe Jesus’ birth in detail, they never mention the date, so historians do not know on what date he was born. The Roman Catholic Church chose December 25 as the day for the Feast of the Nativity in order to give Christian meaning to existing pagan rituals. For example, the Church replaced festivities honoring the birth of Mithra, the god of light, with festivities to commemorate the birth of Jesus, whom the Bible calls the light of the world. The Catholic Church hoped to draw pagans into its religion by allowing them to continue their revelry while simultaneously honoring the birthday of Jesus. The Eastern Orthodox Church took a slightly different course. By the end of the 4th century the Eastern Church in Constantinople had also begun to acknowledge December 25 as Jesus’ birthday.”
E. G. Cook, in his article “What Is Christmas” wrote:
“In Babylon, that great heathen Chaldean city, pagan religion reached its peak so far as ancient history was concerned. Here in Babylon the queen of heaven and her son had their beginnings in the persons of Semeramis and her son, Tammuz. When Belshazzar was slain (Daniel 5:30) and the Chaldeans defeated by Dailus, the Mede, it seems the capital of the pagan religious world was moved from Babylon to Pergamos. Later, at the death of Attalus III, Phrygia was given to the Roman Empire in 133 B.C. The Babylonian pagan worship was then removed to Rome where Semeramis and Tammuz became Fortuna and Jupiter. This queen of heaven and her son became the very heart of pagan, or idol worship throughout the world. They were called by different names in different countries. In Egypt they were Isis and Osiris, in India they were Isi and Iswara, in other parts of Asia they were Cybele and Plutus, but they were all the same queen of heaven and her son. All of these were dumped into Christmas under the new name of Mary and Jesus…Now with all the ingredients in Christmas, it is time to look for the reason why Christmas must be in December. Even back in ancient Babylon the birth of Tammuz was celebrated in our December. The heathen sun worshipers throughout the northern hemisphere all celebrated the rebirth of the sun at the time of its turning back toward the North, that is about December 25. Tammuz, Oriris, Iswara, Deoius, Plutus and Jupiter were all representatives of the sun in their respective countries. These heathen people had been brought into the Catholic Church, mainly through the efforts of Constantine the great. They were still just as heathen as they were before they were incorporated into the Catholic Church, and they were going to continue celebrating this great feast at this same time. It did not matter too much what their god was called. It was still a representative of their sacred god, the sun. But the time of their feast could not be changed, because the sun starts on his return toward the North at only one time of the year. Even old Satan, with the help of all his able efficient coworkers, could not change that time. Therfore, Christmas had to be December 25, whether the shepherds were out that night with their flocks or not.” (See Jeremiah 7:18)
So, this is the origin of the date. What about the customs surrounding it?
Christmas Tree: From what I have seen of the holiday, the Christmas Tree seems to be the main attraction. If Christmas is a Christian holiday, then what does it have to do with Christ? Absolutely nothing. Fact is, the tradition of cutting down a tree and decorating it is found within the Bible. Notice this passage from the Bible:
"Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 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 axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men. But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation." (Jeremiah 10:2-10)
Apparently, this is yet another heathen practice that Catholicism incorporated into their religion.
Santa Claus: Catholics and Protestants alike are telling their kids that Santa Claus is coming to bring them all presents. He is a fictional man who is described as one who knows all. He supposedly travels all night long bringing presents to kids everywhere, all over the world. Last time I checked, lying is a sin. Yet, parents are lying to their kids right this very hour. You may say, “It’s only a little harmless white lie.” Really? Where does the Bible say that it’s ok to lie a little? You are raising your kids to fear Santa…when they should fear God. (Proverbs 9:10) Have you noticed how that Santa spells Satan if the letters are rearranged. Not a coincidence, if you consider Isaiah 14:12-14.
Mistletoe: It is said that if two members of the opposite sex meet under the mistletoe, they must kiss. This comes from a Druid superstion Mistletoe was held sacred by ancient peoples. It was forbidden to fight in the presence of mistletoe. Eventually the tradition carried through as the Christmas slogan "Peace and Joy. “Mistletoe was held sacred by the Norse, the Celtic Druids and the North American Indians. The Druid priests would cut mistletoe from an oak tree with a golden sickle. The branches had to be caught before they touched the ground. They then divided the branches into many sprigs and distributed them to the people, who hung them over doorways as protection against thunder, lightning and other evils. The folklore continued over the centuries. It was believed that a sprig placed in a baby's cradle would protect the child from goblins. Giving a sprig to the first cow calving after New Year would protect the entire herd. ” (http://www.didyouknow.cd/xmas/mistletoe.htm)
Holly: “Holly was the sacred plant of Saturn and was used at the Roman Saturnalia festival to honour him. Romans gave one another holly wreaths and carried them about decorating images of Saturn with it. It was used as folk medicine for toothache, measles and dog bites. To avoid persecution during the Roman pagan festival of Saturnalis, the early ‘Christians’ (Catholics) decked their homes with Saturnalia holly.”
Gift Giving: Christmas is a time of giving gifts. Many want to claim it was because the wise men gave gifts. This is true, but they gave gifts to Christ, NOT to each other. And, nobody honors the Lord by their gift-giving. Don’t believe me? Work retail for a while, and you will find that the most ungodly actions occur when people are shopping for Christmas. Perhaps this is the reason why people love Christmas, because they can get a lot out of it. If it was found in the Bible, then the world would not love it (John 7:7; 15:9)
Some verses to remember when considering Christmas:
"This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matthew 15:8-9)
The celebration of Christmas is a doctrine of man, taught as if it were a commandment of Christ. The world will laugh at you or try to figure you out because you do not bow down to their command. They are not as Godly as they want you to think. Christ says “their heart is far from me.”
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." (Colossians 2:8)
Someone says, “Well I don’t want to be called an odd-ball or a Scrooge so I celebrate it like the world does when I am out there.” This is not what God expects. You can be the best testimony by staying out of X-Mass, by keeping your family out of it, and by not even associating yourself with this mess. We ought to be different, according to 1 Peter 2:9 which reads, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:"
"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." II Corinthians 6:16-18
Idols and the child of God have nothing in common! God expects us to be separate from them!
"A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" (Jeremiah 5:30-31)
There are many so-called preachers speak lies to the people. And, what is sad, God’s people love it so. Remember what Jeremiah 10 said “Learn not the way of the heathen…”
When you read a billboard that says “Keep Christ In Christmas” or when you hear someone say it, remember: Christ was never in Christmas. Its like coming back from somewhere you’ve never been. Can’t do it. Christ was never in Christmas, and praise be to God He’ll stay that way!