Imagine, if you will, that it is just a day or two before Christmas and that you are downtown in a large city. The streets are festively decorated. Santa Claus' are in all the stores. Shoppers are desperately making last minute purchases. Recorded Christmas carols ring out. Every conversation ends with "Merry Christmas!" Everybody has the Christmas spirit.
Now imagine that Jesus is there on that street amidst all that bustle and activity. Imagine that you are right there near by so that you can see and hear what takes place.
Jesus approaches a shopper burdened down with packages. He inquires of her. "Would you tell me the meaning of all this excitement and commotion?"
Well, the woman continues to brush on past, but for some strange reason she stops and answers rather irritably what she feels is a foolish question. "Mister, this is Christmas!"
"Christmas?" asked Jesus. "What is that?"
Why she doesn't ignore this fellow and be on her way she'll never know, but she snaps back, "Listen, don't you go to church?! Didn't you ever read the Bible? Christmas is Jesus' birthday! December the 25th. That's when we celebrate the birth of Christ."
Well by this time a small crowd has gathered around.
"There must be some mistake," replies Jesus. "Don't you know the savior was not born on December the 25th?"
"What's the difference?! Why be so technical? The important thing is we're celebrating his birth. That's what's important to him."
"Oh, is that so?"
Noting that she was burdened down with packages Jesus asked her, "Would you tell me, what are all those packages you have?"
"These are Christmas gifts!"
"Are they all for Jesus?"
Oddly the crowd does not move, but more keep gathering around to hear the discussion.
"Are you trying to be funny?! You know he's been dead for more than nineteen hundred years. How could I give him these gifts?"
"Then who are they for?" Jesus presses an answer to his question.
Jesus' eyes pick out a pious looking man dressed in a black suit, and addressing him, says, "Surely, you could tell me whom all these gifts are for."
The pious man steps forward and clears his throat. He obviously wants to be seen as well as heard when he delivers his answer.
"Young man," he begins pompously. "Evidently you are not familiar with the principles taught by Jesus Christ. One of the greatest of them is that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Now that is what we do on Christmas. We give gifts to each other, thereby honoring the son of God."
"What an odd situation," returns Jesus. "Here you are having a birthday party for a man who you say has been dead for more than nineteen hundred years. You buy gifts but not for one in whose honor you are having the party. Rather the gifts are for you. How does that honor God's son?"
The man in black clears his throat and said nothing; and the crowd seemed expectant.
Now the department store in front of which they were standing had a beautiful Christmas display in the window, which depicted the familiar scene of the baby Jesus and his mother in the manger. The sheppards were there, the three wise men were there offering their gifts, and the glittering star hung over the crib of baby Jesus. It was a really lavished display, and must have cost a lot of money. But at Christmas time money is no object to Macy's Department Store when they honor Jesus, the messiah. In fact they are very much indebted to Jesus. The religious customs surrounding Christmas and Easter are responsible for their store making great profits. Yes, without them they might go bankrupt. So they probably agree with their mechanical window display Santa every time he gives out with a hearty "Ho! Ho! Ho!"
Again addressing the man in black, and pointing to the display, Jesus said, "I perceived you are a learned man. Perhaps you could explain the meaning of this display?"
Well the man in black was visually relieved. This he could do because he well knew the story of baby Jesus. So with a condescending look he took out a King James Bible from his pocket and began to read from Luke, the second chapter, and the first seventeen verses.
(1) And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (2) (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) (3) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. (4) 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:) (5) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. (6) And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. (7) 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.
(8) And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (9) 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. (10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
(14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
(15) 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. (16) And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. (17) And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
"Now wait a moment," said Jesus. "That said that God's angels announced the birth to the sheppards. Nothing is said of the star, and the wise men."
Well the man in black was not at all perturbed. He really knew his Bible. "That is not all my friend. The rest of the story is found at Matthew chapter two, which I shall read to you." And so he read from the second chapter of Matthew through the first thirteen verses.
(1) 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, (2) 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. (3) When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. (4) And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. (5) And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
(6) 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.
(7) Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. (8) 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. (9) 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. (10) When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. (11) 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. (12) And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
(13) 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.
"You overlooked some important bits of information here," said Jesus. "For example, Jesus is not a baby in this last account. This is not taking about his birth. He is called a young child and he is now living in a house. He could have been as much as two years old. The wise men were not worshippers of Jehovah, nor does the account say how many there were. They were astrologers from the east. Now let me ask you a question. If they were sent by God, and it was God's star that guided them, why did they first have to consult with Herod? And what was the result of their going to Herod?"
So Jesus asked for the Bible and read verse sixteen.
(16) 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 inquired of the wise men.
Jesus continues, "Herod murdered about 20,000 young boys as a result of the information that he obtained from the wise men whose star led them to him. Do you think God cooperated in the death of those children?"
"The wise men did not have to be wicked, but who used them: God or Satan?"
The man in black still did not answer. Someone in the crowd shouts, "You sound like a liberal!" And another yells, "He doesn't believe in the Christ!"
Well now across the street in the park was the city's giant Christmas tree. Beautiful ornaments twinkled in its foliage, and many colored lights make it a wondrous thing to behold. And there was Santa Claus with a little child on his knee asking him what he wanted for Christmas.
Calling their attention to that scene Jesus asked, "Is all of that part of the birthday celebration? Who is that funny looking man with the beard, and what is he doing?"
"Why that is Santa Claus! Santa is the spirit of Christmas. It wouldn't be Christmas without Santa and his gifts to the children. And what would Christmas be without a Christmas tree?"
"While walking through your stores and your streets," said Jesus. "I saw many of these Santas; some of them begging for money, others were just saying 'Merry Christmas everyone!' And all I could hear some of them say was 'Ho! Ho! Ho!' What sort of a man is he? How can you say there is anything Christian about him?"
The man in black said in a voice that was not heard by the children in the crowd, "Santa is just a fable. The children like to believe in him, and that he gives them gifts for being good during the year."
"No, of course not. There really isn't any Santa."
"Then it's a lie isn't it? Is it part of your birthday celebration to tell lies to your children?"
Trying to evade the question the man in the black suit answers, "I don't have any children."
"You don't? I thought I heard some of these people call you father. Why do people lie to their children when God tells them not to lie? Furthermore what has that decorated tree got to do with Jesus' birthday?"
"It's the custom! It's a Christmas tradition. Everybody does it, and we all enjoy it."
Addressing the man in black Jesus said, "You're educated. Don't you know the worship of the evergreen tree was part of the worship of Nimrod, God's enemy?"
"What differences does it make?! The people don't know about Nimrod, nor do they care."
"Maybe Jesus does. Who are you honoring by having this party? It is Jesus, the people, or Nimrod? The answer is certainly plain enough. Everybody enjoys Jesus' birthday party except Jesus. Surely the words of Isaiah apply to you people when he said, 'these people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.'"
This is more than the man in black can take.
"Who do you think you are that you can insult us and our Christmas celebration like that?!" and off he goes in a huff.
The crowd has now become aroused and angry. A woman's shrilled voice screams out, "From the way he talks he thinks he's Jesus Christ himself!" And the voice of a tough guy yells, "If you don't like what we do then go back to Hollywood where they don't believe in God!"
It looks as though there might be some real excitement. The crowd is getting the mob spirit, and you're wondering if you shouldn't step in there and do something to protect this one that has aroused the anger of the people by telling them the truth. As you start to do so he's gone.
The shriek of a siren breaks up the crowd as a police car stops to load in a drunk. And as you walk on down the street you notice newspaper headlines telling how many people have died in accidents as a result of this Christmas holiday. And how many more are expected to die before it's all over. Other headlines tell of murder, suicide, crime committed, and more during this season of the year than at any other time. Why the police have to be out in full force to protect the people from criminals and drunks. People surely do look worried and with good reason. World conditions are so bad. There's terrible inflation, the crisis of the economy, food shortages, nations not being able to get along, and threats of war. How can they say "peace on earth", "good will toward men"?
Jesus didn't say we would have peace and good will on earth especially at this time of this old system of things. Instead he predicted all of the bad things that are taking place and how they are a sign of his presence and Kingdom rule that will soon bring real blessings to the people. Why don't people want to believe the Bible, instead of all that sentimental, philosophical, religious stuff, that isn't even true? Well I guess most of them want it that way. Perhaps they need it.
Look at that billboard. That pretty girl is saying, "For a Merry Christmas drink Hennessy Whiskey." And a lot of people get taken in by this one: "Make Christmas Merry and Easy. Borrow Money from the Friendly Finance Company. No payments until February." And another one: "Give the one you love lifeless cigarettes." Of course the sex angle has worked to advantage as usual. A perfume ad catches your eye. A sensuous woman is suggesting that her boyfriend would make them both happy if he would give her a bottle of intimate perfume for Christmas.
The bells in a nearby church peal out their Christmas tunes, and then from the loud speakers come a recorded carol. The words belie the true condition of things, as the song rings out: silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright. Yes, the people have the Christmas spirit, but is it the spirit of Jesus Christ? The one whom they claim to worship at this time? You know that it isn't, and you thank God you know the truth, and that the truth has set you free from being entangled in this false worship. (John 8:32)
Jesus could tell us many things about Christmas. He could tell us of the pagan origin of the Christmas celebration with its Christmas spirit. He could tell us how it began all the way back with Nimrod (Fig. 1.) whom the Bible tells us was the enemy of God (Genesis 10:8-9); Nimrod and his mother who were both responsible for the world wide apostasy from Jehovah's worship. Nimrod was the first human king and the first dictator. He was a great fighter, a warrior, a killer of animals, and a killer of men. He also became a great hero, and he encouraged people to live together in cities so that they could be controlled.
When Nimrod died his mother taught the lie that Nimrod had become a spirit god. The story was told of a full grown evergreen tree springing up overnight from a dead tree stump on Nimrod's grave. After being cut down in death the tree symbolized Nimrod springing forth to life as a god. (Fig. 2.) Yes, Nimrod became a god, and Nimrod's mother then became the mother of god, and thus began mother-child worship (see Mother-Child Worship Explored), which was to become so great that the pagan world idolized mother-child worship. God portrayed as a man-child, and the mother as the mother of god.
Nimrod came to be worshiped as a messiah, a divine son of heaven. Think how well he could fit in, he and his mother, into the prophecy of Genesis 3:15, which they knew about, were acquainted with, and perhaps wondered as the fulfillment. Genesis 3:15 says the seed of God's woman would destroy the serpent (Fig. 2.) or the enemy of the people. Yes, he became their protector. People believed that life and immortality proceeded from Nimrod.
Now after the confusion of language at the Tower of Babel the people scattered but took their religion of Nimrod with them. Which accounts have pagan similarities in worship world wide?
Semiramis and baby Nimrod
Isis and baby Horrus
Indrani and son
By many the never dying sun in the sky was considered the source of life and was worshipped. Nimrod worship and sun worship were combined. The sun came to be personified as Nimrod's divinity.
A modern example of Nimrod worship, which is also an ancient example of Nimrod worship, is the Yuletide celebration (Fig. 3.); common in Europe and all over the world. The Yule celebration was originally a great heathen celebration lasting for thirteen days. Afterward this was applied to Christmas. As it goes the Yule log is cut, symbolizing Nimrod being cut down in death, and with much ceremony is made into the Christmas Eve fire. After the burning of the Yule log on Christmas Eve what is standing the room the next morning? Why the beautiful evergreen tree! The symbol of the slain god, Nimrod, comes to life again!
Nimrod worship was especially worshiped during the time of the winter solstice, or the time of the year when the sun is farthest from the celestial equator. It is the shortest day of the year, usually around the 22nd of December. The sun gradually becomes weaker, the days become shorter. The sun was dying according to pagan beliefs. Right after the shortest day the days become longer and the sun becomes stronger and warmer. Pagans believe that the sun was reborn. Because they worshipped the sun as a source of life and because the sun was returning they celebrated the occasion with much joy. In pagan Rome this celebration was known as the Saturnalia or the Feast of Saturn (Fig. 4.). Saturn was the Roman god of seed time and harvest. He surely needed the sun to make things grow. So combined with Saturn's feast was the worship of the Roman sun god Mithras. The celebration was also called the Feast of Natalis Invicti which means "birthday of the unconquered".
Now if you were back in Rome during one of those celebrations, long before Jesus was born and knowing what you know now, you probably would say "This is Christmas." For here's what they did. According to the New Funk and Wagnall's Encyclopedia during the Saturnalia the courts and schools were closed and military operations were suspended so that the army might celebrate. It was a period of good will and jollity devoted to banquets, the exchange of visits, and the giving of presents. Does that sound like a Christmas celebration? Yes it does!
How did these pagan customs become part of Christendom's religions? Well in the fourth century Christianity had become a victim of the wolves that were prophesied at Acts 20:29, 30. Here Paul warned, "I know that after my going away oppressive wolves will enter in among YOU and will not treat the flock with tenderness, and from among YOU yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves."
Leaders of Christianity became apostate. Christianity became a powerful religion. It was combined with the pagan Roman religion and became the state religion. The apostate leaders of Christianity now turned to the political state. Rome began to conquer the world. Missionaries attempted to spread the Roman religion that was now a fusion of apostate Christianity and pagan worship. The missionaries were unable to intelligently teach and convert the people because the people were illiterate. The pagans already had Nimrod's sun worship customs and so these customs where merely taken over and given Christian names.
This is not some secret knowledge. This is not an attempt to undermine people's faith in God or anything of the sort. This information is available in any good encyclopedia. Here's what the Encyclopedia Britannica from 1957 has to say about these Christmas customs:
"Christmas customs are an evolution from times that long antedated the Christian period a descent from seasonal, pagan, religious and national practices, hedged about with legend and tradition. Their seasonal connections with the pagan feasts of the winter solstice relate them to the beginning of time."
"In the beginning many of the earths inhabitants were sun worshipers because the course of their lives depended on its yearly round in the heavens and feasts were held to aid its return from distant wanderings."
Now regarding the day of Jesus' birth and even the year it goes on to say,
"The exact day and YEAR of 'Christs' birth has never been satisfactorily settled, but when the fathers of the church, in AD 440 decided upon a date to celebrate the event, they WISELY chose the day of the winter solstice which was firmly fixed in the minds of the people and which was their most important festival."
"When missionaries were sent from Rome to the outlining providences in 601 their instructions given by Pope Gregory I (Fig 5.) made clear the policy of the church: let the shrines of idols by no means be destroyed, but let the idols which are in them be destroyed. Let water be consecrated and sprinkled in these temples. Let alters be erected, so that the people not seeing their temples destroyed may displace error and recognize and adore the true god. And because they won't sacrifice oxen to devils some celebrations should be given an exchange for this: they should celebrate a religious feast and worship god by their feasting, so that still keeping outward pleasures they may more readily receive spiritual joy. But as Christianity spread among the people of pagan lands many of the practices of Winter Solstice were blended with those of Christianity because of the liberal ruling of Gregory I the great, and the cooperation of the missionaries. Thus Christmas became both religious and secular in its celebration."
And it goes on and gives much more, which I won't include in this presentation, but you should take the time to investigate for yourself.
Now that this is true of Christmas is admitted by Catholic authorities. The Catholic Encyclopedia says, "The well known Feast of Natalis Invicti, birthday of the unconquered, celebrated on the 25th of December has a strong claim on the responsibility for our December date." that is dating the birth of Christ on December 25th. Furthermore the Catholic Encyclopedia says, "Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church."
Now this is interesting. After the Roman Catholic Church began to celebrate on December 25th, what they call the Mass of Christ, the Christ Mass, or Christmas, the Assyrian and Armenia Catholics accused the Roman Catholics of sun worship and idolatry. When confronted with these facts the clergy take the position of that expressed by James M. Gillis, editor of the Catholic World (December 2, 1945), who makes this candid confession: "It is a well-known fact that the popes and councils in the early Church deliberately placed a Christian festival on or near the day of a previously existing pagan carnival," For what reason? "...with the purpose of ousting the heathenish and generally licentious celebration." You wonder why they didn't believe the instruction given by their own Bible, which they had and they could read, in Deuteronomy 12:30-32.
Here Jehovah is instructing his people how they should feel about these pagan religious customs. "Beware lest thou imitate them," says Jehovah. " and lest thou seek after their ceremonies, saying: As these nations have worshipped their gods, so will I also worship. Thou shalt not do in like manner to the Lord thy God. For they have done to their gods all the abominations which the Lord abhorreth, offering their sons and daughters, and burning them with fire. What I command thee, that only do thou to the Lord: neither add any thing, nor diminish."
I'm sure Christmas celebrators would be insulted if they were accused of tree worship, but do they worship the tree? How many would say they had a Merry Christmas if they had no tree? How many honestly believe they are worshipping Christ with the aid of a tree, and what of others who make the tree the focal point of their festival without admitting any faith in Jesus at all? Just think about how this Christmas celebration has spread world wide in nations such as Japan. Japan, where Christmas is the main celebration of the year; of course strictly commercialized. For many the tree is obviously the most important, and more important, than Christ himself.
Now listen to what a man, who modestly admits he has been a student of the Bible for sixty years, had to say on the subject in a letter to the editor of the Sacramento Bee. The context is someone had included the tenth chapter of Jeremiah in a previously written reply to the Christmas tree, and his letter was in reply to that: "Editor of the Bee, Sir: As a sixty year student of the Bible I would like to say no Christmas tree can antedate Christ." Well that's quite a profound statement is it not? He goes on write, "the babe born in the manger, who later suffered and died on the cross for our sins, brought us our first Christmas. He was nailed to a tree and because of that tree we decorate trees in remembrance of him. In so doing we prove to the world that we're believers in him. I would suggest everyone have a tree if possible and put a cross on it in remembrance of Christ." Signed Henry C. It took Henry sixty years to learn that bit of wisdom. He should have read Proverbs 17:28 before ever writing his letter. It reads: "Even anyone foolish, when keeping silent, will be regarded as wise." But I tell you this to show you what a fine example of religious nonsense that people insist on believing during Christmas.
Tradition tells us that an evergreen tree appeared on the grave on Nimrod to symbolize that he did not really die but, as an immortal god, he had triumphed over death. There after the evergreen tree became part of the December pagan festival. In Egypt, where the pine tree was not available, the green branches of the palm were used (Fig. 6). In India they made an imitation out of straw, wrapped with rope, plastered with mud into which they stuck oleander twigs. They just had to have their tree. The pagan Romans likewise decorated their homes with green bows, but they also only added apples and other pagan associations. The holly was considered sacred by pagan sun worshippers. The ivy in ancient times was associated with feasts held in honor of Bacchus the god of wine (Fig. 7). The mistletoe, according to pagan druidic superstitious, was regarded as a divine branch that had come from heaven and represented their messiah. The kissing under the mistletoe was part of the mystic rights at the time of the winter solstice. The Encyclopedia Americana says, "The holly and the mistletoe are relics of pre-Christian times."
Well, what about the good cheer, the dancing, the drinking, the feasting, the athletic contests, the gifts, and the greetings, which are traditionally a part of Christmas celebrating, and some of it lasting until after new years? The religious historian Tertullian, writing about this in the third century in On Idolatry, chap. 14, said, "gifts are carried to and fro, new year's day presents are made with din, and sports and banquets are celebrated with uproar."
Candles are used in the Christmas celebration. An elaborate, impressive candle light services are held in many churches at Christmas time. This reminds us of their use by the Roman sun worshippers in their Saturnalia celebration. The pagans also sang hymns in their feasts to Saturnalia, which were the forerunners of the Christmas carols today.
Even the use of special dishes for eating had pagan backgrounds. The druids made cookies in the shape of humans and animals which were used to represent real humans and animals that they formerly sacrificed to their demon gods. Yes, they sacrificed virgin girls to their demon gods. In many European countries Christmas meat is usually roast pork. This custom finds its origin with the druids who sacrificed a boar's head to their goddess Freya at this season. In Scandinavian mythology Freya is the goddess of love.
It can safely be said that there is hardly a single Christmas custom observed today that does not have its origin in pagan or satanic religions. Now these questions must be answered. Do you think that the purpose of placing a Christmas celebration on the date of a pagan carnival was accomplished? Honestly do you think that the paganistic and generally immoral pagan customs have been replaced by any Christian practices? On the contrary paganism has come out the victor, and sadly the results show the real purpose of the savior is hidden from the people. It causes them to cling to many foolish and god dishonoring ideas and practices. Is it reasonable to believe that just pasting the name of god and Christ on pagan religious practices will make them Christian? Can you believe that Jesus would condone and justify such a practice? He didn't spare the religious leaders of his day who followed traditions instead of the pure worship of God. He didn't cover over their sanctimonious fraud, but he exposed them as the fakes they were. You can read this for yourself in Matthew chapter 23. But let me include parts of verses 25 and 26 for you. Jesus says to those religious leaders, "Woe to YOU, scribes hypocrites! because YOU cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of plunder and immoderateness cleanse first the inside of the cup and of the dish, that the outside of it also may become clean." Religious leaders have admitted the truth that pagan customs have been incorporated into Christmas celebrations, yet they try and gloss over it. They try using Christ's words to "clean the outside of the cup" by incorporating some Bible stories in their Christmas legends.
If Christmas is Christian then surely such an important event must have been advocated by Christ himself or at least by his disciples, who wrote the Christian-Greek scriptures. But no, NOT ONCE, was such an idea even suggested. Christians were instructed to only observe Jesus' death. That would constantly remind them of Jehovah's purpose in providing the savior. You see a birthday celebration only serves to blind the people to God's purpose.
How could this world wide pagan celebration, supposedly in honor in Jesus Christ, possibly gained such an acceptance by the religions of Christendom? Perhaps the Bible can help us to understand this. Do you believe what the Bible tells us at 2 Corinthians 11:14, 15 that Satan can appear as an angel of light and fool even perhaps the elect if it were possible? Do you believe what was written at 1 John 5:19, which reads "the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one"? Do you believe 2 Corinthians 4:4 which tells us Satan is "the god of this system of things" and he is preventing many from understanding the good news about the Christ by keeping them blinded so that they can't know the truth? Sometimes it's difficult for people to break off old habits. Even though some religious people know the truth about Christmas customs and how it has been so commercialized say, as many clergyman have, "Let's put Christ back into Christmas!" Have you ever heard that?
If you've read this far you can safely exclaim, "Christ was never IN Christmas!" Never does the Bible even hint of such a thing as a mass of Christ.Others may reason like this:
If we are Christian and we put Jehovah's worship ahead of everything else then we should want to protect our children from false worship. Their everlasting life is worth more than sentimental Christmas celebrating. Gifts are fine to give and receive, and gifts should be given to the children, but why wait until Christmas to make it appear to them as though it is a Christmas gift? What is the greatest gift you could give to your child or receive for yourself? Romans 6:23 reads "the gift God gives is everlasting life." John 17:3 reads: "This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ." Isn't this the kind of gift your child deserves? Can they get this gift for Christmas? So parents help your children. Using the Bible explain to them about Christmas. You can strengthen and fortify them so that they can face that world outside confident that they are doing the right thing. Jesus himself made an apt illustration. You'll find it at Matthew 7:9,10. "Indeed," said Jesus. " who is the man among YOU whom his son asks for bread - he will not hand him a stone, will he? Or, perhaps, he will ask for a fish - he will not hand him a serpent, will he?"
Can we possibly observe Christmas in a non-religious way? You could reason, "I don't believe in all that stuff!" but you go ahead and do it anyway. Well if we want to be guided by the Bible let's turn to 1 Corinthians 10:21. These are God's feelings about it. "YOU cannot be drinking the cup of Jehovah and the cup of demons; YOU cannot be partaking of "the table of Jehovah" and the table of demons." Turn over to 2 Corinthians 6:4-18 and we'll include excerpts (but feel free the read it in its entirety). There it tells us, "Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship does light have with darkness? what agreement does God's temple have with idols? "'Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,' says Jehovah, 'and quit touching the unclean thing'" "'And I shall be a father to YOU, and YOU will be sons and daughters to me,' says Jehovah the Almighty."
Does all of this mean as a Christians you must do away with Christmas so that you are pleasing to Jehovah? That's the question you will need to answer for yourself. In the meantime perhaps this Christmas story will help provide the answer. Consider it seriously. As you do ask yourself "what would Jesus really say about Christmas?"
|Christmas Customs||Pagan Customs / Nimrod worship||Similar?|
|Christmas||Mostly from Saturnalia (Roman paganism B.C. 217), also called Feast of Natalis Invicti ("birthday of the unconquered")|
|Suspended military operations||Saturnalia|
|Devotion to banquets||Ancient Egyptian pagans ate Goose for Winter Solstice. Ancient Roman pagans feasted for Saturnalia. Ancient Greeks held feasts to assist their god Kronos.|
|Eating roast pork for Christmas in Europe||Pagan druids sacrificed a boar's head to their goddess Freya at this season. In Scandinavian mythology Freya is the goddess of love.|
|Special dishes for eating||Pagan druids made cookies in the shape of humans and animals which were used to represent real humans and animals that they formerly sacrificed to their demon gods.|
|Exchange of visits||Saturnalia|
|Giving of presents||Pagan gift-giving was a key part of Saturnalia; slaves ruled over their masters|
|Candle light services||Pagans lit tapers and burned them during Saturnalia for Saturn, God of harvest|
|Christmas carols||Pagans sang hymns in their feasts to Saturnalia|
|"Ho! Ho! Ho!"||Roman pagan greeting "Io, Saturnalia!" Io (pronounced "e-o") being a Latin interjection related to "ho" (as in "Ho, praise to Saturn")|
|Yuletide||"Yule-time" (Germanic paganism A.D. 730)|
|Holiday wreath||Pagan sun worship|
|Mistletoe / Kissing under||Pagan druidic superstitious. The kissing under the mistletoe was part of the mystic rights at the time of the winter solstice|
Based on the body of evidence how can the churches of Christendom, who claim to follow Jesus Christ, celebrate Christmas when it has been thoroughly exposed as a pagan celebration? The answers to that question can be found in the December 2010 issue of the Awake. Download a free copy. Please visit Watchtower.org for more information.