The PAGAN Origins of Christmas?

Do YOU Want to Know?

I don’t know if you’re like me. it took me 46 years to finally want to know where our Christmas traditions come from. The closer I get to the Lord, the more I am uncomfortable about things I used to be comfortable with. In 2010, I started becoming uncomfortable and it took that long for me to finally face it and find some answers.

I found a set of three youtube videos below that really opened my eyes. For those of you who want to know more about how Christmas started and evolved into what it is today, read and listen on. Initially, I thought to write a hub for each video, but I will let you discover the revelation within them, as I did. However, I will give you a summary of what is covered.

The Date of December 25th

When Jesus Christ was born in September, 3 BC He came into a wicked world in need of a Savior. The Old Testament is filled with accounts of those who worshipped pagan, man-made gods (i.e. 1 Kings 18). The New Testament speaks of those who worshipped the creation, rather than the Creator (Rom 1:25). The video below will introduce some of these gods to you and show you how the Roman Catholic church’s decision to ‘adopt’ the customs of the pagans in order to expand the number of Catholic converts was the stumbling stone of all time. Is this still happening today in ‘Protestant’ churches as well?

Before Christ, what started out in Scandinavia as a 12-Day lawless festival of Jul (Yule), and what started out in Rome as a month-long lawless festival, honoring multiple gods during December’s Winter Solstice ended up becoming a week-long lawless worship of Saturn called Saturnalia (in 270 AD), which was later stamped as ‘Christ Mass’ by the church of Rome, deeming it the birthday of Christ. I find it interesting that since Jesus was born in September, He was conceved by the Holy Spirit in December, yet for centuries Roman Catholics have also deemed December 8th as the 'immaculate conception' of Mary, not Jesus! How many immaculate conceptions were there again?

Unfortunately, newly converted pagans carried their habits of worship over, too. Are you curious to know what those pagan practices were? Because of this, the English Puritans got ‘Christ Mass’ outlawed in England in 1652. That didn’t stop the public, however, as they continued to celebrate ‘underground’. After just four years, Christ Mass was reinstated by Charles II of Rome due to popular demand. The Puritans then left England to come to the New World, in an attempt to colonize America without this annual pagan observance.

German and Dutch immigrants had already implemented ‘Christ Mass’ in America in 1620. While the Puritans managed to outlaw Christ Mass in 1659, the strongest opposing influence came a couple hundred years later from several authors, such as England's Charles Dickens’ 1867 promotion of his book ‘A Christmas Carol’; Washington Irving’s ‘Bracebridge Hall’, which inspired Episcopalian minister, Clement Clarke Moore to write ‘A Visit From Saint Nicholas’ in 1822, later re-titled ‘The Night Before Christmas’ that graces the coffee tables of a multitude of American households still today. Do ANY of these books mention Jesus? These books, along with the American Sunday School Society helped solidify the vote to adopt Christmas as a national holiday in 1890.

Christmas Customs

The Roman Catholic church not only ‘adopted’ the pagan celebration of Saturnalia, renaming it ‘Christ Mass’, it also carried on the pagan practice of the 12-Days of Yule by changing the dates from 12 days before December 25th to ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’, beginning ON December 25th and ending on January 6th, known as ‘The Epiphany’.

The video below will tell you where the custom of Christmas lights started, as well as the origin of the beliefs and use of holly, evergreen wreaths, mistletoe and Christmas trees. Just as intriguing is the history of Santa Claus. His roots come from the pagan ‘hearth gods’ recognized by cultures all around the world. The Santa Claus we recognize today, once again, started out in Scandinavia.

Find out about Scandinavia’s hearth god, Odin, later renamed ‘Father Christmas’ who was accompanied by a horned goat. This legend evolved into the Roman Catholic’s fourth-century Saint Nicholas capturing the devil, known in Germany as Knecht Ruprecht. It wasn’t Saint Nicholas, but Ruprecht that was responsible for bringing gifts or switches to good or bad children. He even carried a sack on his back to haul away really bad boys and girls. Can you believe that over time Saint Nicholas faded and Ruprecht became the servant of the Christ child, renamed Weihnachtsmann, then Santa Claus? 19th century writer, Theodore Storm, put an end to that…but not in the noble way you think…Saint Nicholas came back on the scene, but this time as a darker figure, a strict disciplinarian that carried switches!

Naughty AND Nice

This final video talks about how our children receive gifts whether they’re naughty or nice. In fact, everyone does. The majority of Christians believe that God understands if we celebrate Christmas in these ways. Naughty or nice, He loves us all.

If we never knew the Scandinavian roots of Odin, the “Jolly Ol’ Saint Nicholas” we know today began with Clement Clarke Moore’s book “The Night Before Christmas”, published anonymously in 1823. While Moore really wrote the story for his own children, once it was published by New York’s Troy Sentinel, the book took off like wildfire. The previous stories of Saint Nicholas were done away with. Now, Santa was a jolly old man endued with supernatural powers. The horned-necked Ruprecht was replaced with eight horned, magical reindeer. Moore became concerned that his story was deflecting from the celebration of Christ’s birth and would reflect poorly on his position as a minister. While he initially tried not to take credit for the story, when it became so popular and brought fame and fortune, he could no longer resist.

1 Tim 6:10 tells us, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” There’s only one account of the rage of Christ in the Bible. We know it well. To use God’s house for profit enrages the Lord (Mat 21:12). The whole idea of Santa bringing presents to children sparked a 50% rise in sales for merchants far and wide. Do churches bring Santa into God’s house for the same reason? Sound familiar? How did this all start again? Finding Christ in Christmas nowadays is like watching an hour-long documentary about His birth, bombarded with 55 minutes of commercials.

Conclusion

If you haven’t yet read my hub The Bible Reveals When Jesus Was Born! I invite you to do so. The birth of Christ was NEVER associated with the birth of pagan gods or the practices of those who worshipped them. Back in the beginning of the Roman Catholic church, true followers of Christ were persecuted and killed for not converting, while pagans and their practices were welcomed with open arms.

I’m certain the martyrs of those days recognized this horrible thing and for many reasons, especially this one, decided they would rather die than join that ‘religious’ movement. What difference was there between holy and unholy?

Lev 10:10 states, “And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean” and Isa 5:20 states, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

John 15:19 states, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” Compare this with Rev 18:4 “I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues.’”

Celebrating the birth of Christ is a beautiful thing. I pray we will celebrate it at the Biblically-revealed time (September) and know we don't need all the pagan lore to make it special; in fact, how much more of a clean conscience will we have? Love came to us in the gift of Jesus Christ. May we love God with all our hearts and love each other in His love. May the Holy Spirit guide each one of us to keep us in His truth and on His path of righteousness, for His Name’s sake (John 16:13; Ps 23:2).

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Comments 28 comments

hct 5 years ago

JD

Thanks for sharing the videos.

Many of my christian friends refused to change when shown that it is not a teaching of the bible neither did Jesus as us to celebrate,arguably said that it was nothing wrong to celebrate it. Now the truth is revealed.

The joy of sharing with family,relative and friends for years is so tempting on this occasion, I can understand it is no easy to discard altogether.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

I imagine I will continue to love and share in fellowship with my family and friends at this 'habitual' time of year. However, they will also know why I don't want to set up a tree or have wreaths on my door, or anything to do with Santa Claus. I will share that Jesus was born in September, at which time I will also display the nativity in my home. I may be peculiar, and this may challenge them over time, but I know they love me as I love them. May Christ be praised and His love reign.


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Jachda 5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

The truth is what is needed. I for one am amazed at the many different beliefs that have crept in (almost) unawares into the Christian community, and are just accepted without any real investigation.

Great post, my friend. I voted up, useful, and awesome on this one. Keep up the fantastic work. I am a big fan.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Jachda, you are such a blessing to my heart and no doubt, the heart of Christ. I was quite amazed, too, and grieved at the same time. We can only recognize blindness when our eyes are opened. I thank God He is the righteous judge, in that I know He loved me while I ignorantly celebrated Christmas all these years, and He still loves me now. He's called many of us out of this celebration and called us to get the Word out. So be it, amen. Love you in the love of our Lord ~ JD


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Gret hub! My question is, why are we worshiping Jesus in the way of pagans? God was very clear in Deuteronomy 12:29-32 when He said,

"The Lord your God will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. But when you have driven them out and settled in their land, and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods. See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it."

Voted up useful.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Such a perfectly applicable passage, Faithful Daughter! And this is the sin in when and how 'Christians' celebrate Christ Mass!! It's only been adopted into America since 1890, 120 years! That's infancy in America! This 'child' of offense to the Lord God is not for the child of God to play with! Thank you so much for contributing the root of truth regarding this issue here. Your comment is voted up and useful, sister! God bless you!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Excellent video resources.

It is hard for most to see what the big deal is about celebrating Christs birth like this because the overtly evil practices of the pagan celebrations don't largely exist in our cultural celebration of it. We can see them in our daily cultural practices in a more behind the scenes way.

But I am always horrified every time I hear of the practices involved in the worship of these "other gods" from which these holidays are founded, and can't seem to reconcile the two together. As with all things, we humans always like to delude ourselves into thinking we can take the goods of evil without being affected by the evils of it. I wish more knew or cared.

1 Corinthians 10:21 (New King James Version)

21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.

Also some have a hard time because it is the holiday that provokes much giving. I say how bout we be giving all year round why are we giving during one season a year.

What really bothers me most is that we celebrate Christianity for it's truth. How can this be reconciled when we celebrate over something we know is not true. If we know that Christ was not born on this day yet celebrate his birth then doesn't that rank him and our faith in what we are celebrating right up there with Santa Claus?

If we know that there are 3 days and nights between Christs death and resurrection yet go through the cultural Friday through Sunday religious ritual, what does this say about our faith? It kind of says we just go along with things because thats the way they are and we do not care much for what is true. We care for what is easy and what is most acceptable to those around us and will create the least amount of conflict for us.

I struggle myself as in my own home I do not celebrate the holiday nor put up a tree but as you commented above I will be going to my mothers on Christmas Eve. They know what I believe but I have conflict as to how far to go with my passion for the truth of this matter without being unloving and don't want to be pharisee like about it.

another great bookmarked resource.

Thanks.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Sister Tamarajo, I am 100% with you on this. We are not called to force others to change, just share the truth with them and apply the truth to our own lives. We are called to love and let God do the rest. Even the saved Gentiles in Colossai were told by Paul to observe the Noahide laws due to the Jewish culture and offensive attitudes of the day, in order to not be a major stumbling block to them and hopefully, lead them to Christ. We may get together with our family and friends that choose to follow the customs of the 'culture', but we do not have to partake in those that are attributed to paganism. Obviously, we are not alone. God has called several of us to this walk of obedience and witness. May we remain faithful to Him in this way. God bless you always!!


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

I am glad that you are considering celebrating Christmas.

Jesus said to remember His death till He comes. We are to remember His sacrifice to die on the cross for our sins. That is more important than His being born. If Jesus was born, and He did not die for us, what good would that be?

It's more than 2000 years since Christ was born, and yet man has not found out the exact date of His birth. Probably we are not meant to know just like where Moses was buried.

Jesus and God are one (John 10:30). God is spirit and has no father nor mother, so when is God's birthday?

Christ is a priest after the order of Melchisedek (Hebrews 7:3) .

Without father, without mother mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi einron, I will celebrate the birth of Christ in September, as there is quite a bit of biblical evidence He was born on Tishri 1, 3BC. I have a hub called "The Bible Reveals When Jesus Was Born" you may enjoy reading. Getting together with family and friends this time of year is just that. Should the birth of Christ be discussed, I will, of course share what I have come to know. Should family come to my home they will not see a tree or anything having to do with Santa Claus. However, in September, they will see the nativity displayed.

I'm glad you know Jesus is God in the flesh, who always was, is and is to come. God is one LORD; amen. His birth was announced by the angels to the shepherds, and later the wise men arrived after following the star to worship the Lord and bring Him laud.

I praise God for His birth, His life, His death and His resurrection ~ all for our salvation. He reigns within my heart. God bless you.


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TimeHealsAll 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

So many are caught up in the "magic" rather than the truth. Tradition can be addictive especially if it is filled with colorful lights and magical illusions. Believing in Santa Claus when there really isn't one. What kind of impact does this really have on our children except to show them later in life it was only make believe. Will they grow up believing anything you have instilled in them. Doesn't anyone believe in researching such practices before we instill them into our children or their children to come. You have done your research here and I hope (if anyone has value's) they will take a moment to uncover the truth and celebrate Christ's actual birth which was covered up/ignored and shuned by the pagans to gain worship of their gods. May we celebate Christ's actual birth in September and give Him the glory He deserves and not continue in pagan rituals/practices. Amen! Great 100th hub sis!!! I love you!!!


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi sis! The Spirit of the LORD gets through to those who are listening with spiritual understanding (Luke 24:45); praise Him!

I answered another commenter on my other hub "The Bible Reveals When Jesus was Born" and I felt it applicable here also:

I think of how the Israelites, under Aaaron, no less, made the golden calf to honor the God that brought them out of Egypt. Ex 32:4 "He [Aaron] took this [gold] from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, 'This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.'" We are not to use anything pagan to worship or attribute to YHVH.

It's not uncommon for those who love Christmas and deeply believe it is to celebrate Christ's birth (in spite of all the biblical and historical evidence to the contrary) to say those speaking up about the origins of Christmas are attempting to take 'Christ' out of 'Christmas'. I don't believe He was ever in Christmas to begin with, and frankly we're making an effort to take Christmas out of Christ. Man has made God fit his desires, and we need to change that to man fitting God's desires; amen!

What joy it will bring us to take all the wonderful, loving attibutes of Christ's birth and apply them to the right time of year ~ September 11/12th! As I've stated before, those outside of the faith look at Christmas as the celebration of just another birth of a pagan god born on December 25th.

Love you lots, sister! God bless you as you follow Him.


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

Wow Carrie, more great info and spirit-filled research... You go girl!

I was also myself led last night to write on this topic because of the season that is apon us. I've linked to your last few articles that provide all "the meat" on this subject.

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Tis-the-Se

Keep on praising Him and glorifying Christ's name!

Have a joyful and safe time over the holidays... Rev.Ted


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FriendofTruth 5 years ago from Michigan

You've done a great job on providing great information, it's such a blessing to see more brothers and sisters seeking the truth on these issues.

Just a praise report to share, our pastor, this past Sunday during service shared this truth and warning with the congregation about Christmas being pagan and how the calendar has been totally changed from God's timing and how we should be celebrating the birth of Jesus in the fall! A lot of my brothers and sisters were very upset with his announcement, but my prayer is that they too will listen to the truth and to the Holy Spirit on this...

God bless you Judah's Daughter.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

christ4ever, I am humbly blessed, receiving of the Lord's mercy and joy. My heart is heavy, as I'm sure you understand ~ I've felt so alone in my little world...yet, it's obvious God has already called many out of this and is continuing to call more and more. He's lifting the blinders and turning our hearts' desire from man-made worship to holy worship! I praise God He is bearing fruit through those of us and the increasing number that are being obedient to get this Word out, calling believers to come out and come into the true Light. God bless you abundantly, in His Name.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

FriendofTruth! WOWWEEE WOW WOW!! What a PASTOR, to be OBEDIENT and willing to put his position and the church 'tithing' on the line...to offend so many and risk losing them! May God have great blessing upon him!! It's so real, now, that the Holy Spirit is pouring out His truth upon multitutdes ~ and I'm thankful to be included! Right now I'm going through the grieving (really for soooo many others), so my heart is heavy. However, my heart is also encouraged. We are just a voice ~ on that beautiful September night, one baby's cry changed the world. May we send out a cry to the saints in these last days. Praise God!! Hallelujah!!


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lionswhelp 5 years ago

I'm Kinda late, but great Hub.


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PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

The truth will set us free. I wrote a similar hub called Santa=Satan on the pagan traditions of Christmas. This last Christmas I went through a hard time acknowledging my part in it. We know when something is an idol in our lives by how much we fight to get it back when it is taken from us.

I look forward to this next season because I am free from the burden of that oppressive spirit.

Thank- you Jesus for your truth and revelation.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

What a relief it is when we give up our idolatry, amen PlanksandNails!! My tree was set out to the dumpster!! Not only that, but how refreshing is it when we plow through our homes and get rid of everything attached to our past sin or that does not bring glory to the Lord? Just as our spiritual house must stay clean, so it is with our physical house. My family knows where I stand, and they that are Christians and celebrate Christmas with trees and all the lore have to be brought out by the Holy Spirit, just as we were. We can't force it on anyone, but we can make the decision not to participate in it (in these ways) for ourselves. Praise God!! God bless you!!


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Artin2010 4 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

Hello JD, I can relate to the discomfort in knowing we are following rituals or were following them.lol Jesus Christ , our Savouir was born and His purpose was clear to save all from transgressions since the time of Adam and Eve. Amen Merry Christmas late or early whichever way.


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Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi brother, Artin2010! I'm glad you have some discomfort, as do many of us, once we've come to understand how we've just been following the 'masses' on Dec 25th, stamping the message of Christ's birth and the gospel to it. Anymore, I am treating Dec 25th as a secular, traditional celebration, without claiming or celebrating the LORD's birth at this time of year. The latter is more offensive, in my conscience. The world has it all backwards. The gospel of Christ is timeless; His birth miraculous and worthy of celebration at the right time of the year. May His Truth reign in our hearts. God bless you!!


Lone Ranger 4 years ago

Dear JD:

What a blessing!!! I just now saw your HUB about the pagan origins of Christmas (December 26, 2011). Coincidently, I do not observe or condone the Christ mass tradition and have been trying to persuade other believers to be courageous enough to put truth above tradition, which is met with contempt in most cases.

In fact, I am so serious about doing the right thing that I do not erect a tree, display the naitivity scene, play "Christmas" music or even meet family or friends on this day. Truth be known, I also abstain from eating and drinking (except water) just as a spiritual protest.

Unfortunately, many "believers" do not want to accept the mass of Christ for what it is and they think they can justify the offensive pagan rites and rituals by saying "Jesus is the reason for the season." If one were to consider that the Roman Catholic's "mass" is symbolic of Christ's victimization and cruel death on the cross, then the phrase "Merry Christmas" literally means "Happy victimization and death to Christ"!

Please note that the mass does not, in any way, reflect or remember Christ rising from the dead...it only reflects His innocent, bitter, suffering and death (as a victim) on the cross. This is to say that the "mass" should be a somber occasion, not a joyous one. A dead Christ does nothing for the Christian cause, but an ARISEN Saviour not only proves His Divinity but puts the last nail in Satan's coffin while granting the believer absolute assurance of eternal salvation.

I think one must also keep in mind that pagans, atheists, wiccans, agnostics, Mormons and a whole host of other cults and anti-christs not only observe Christmas, but they celebrate it with fervor! In my mind, this should send up "red flags" everywhere and should be a stern reminder that if the world sees nothing wrong with a "church" tradition and, in fact, holds it near and dear, then something must be terribly wrong with the tradition.

Best wishes to you and yours - L.R.


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Judah's Daughter 4 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Wow, Lone Ranger!! I was not raised Catholic and it was very enlightening to me to understand that the 'mass' really does focus on the crucified Christ. Afterall, He's not off their crucifixes, is He????!!!! Exactly! Christ-mass is less offensive if we DON'T associate Christ with it!! It's not about Christ whatsoever.

I admire you that you have pulled yourself away from even family gatherings in PROTEST and fast on that day as well! You have most of us non-Christmas observers humbled and have given us a greater challenge. I've shared my convictions with my family, yet they still observe it with trees, gifts, etc. Why are some Christians convicted of this and the majority NOT? It's about LOVE alright ~ I can't tell you how hard it was for me to throw away my Christmas tree and get rid of all my Christmas stuff. Only in that can we come to the realization of how much we love the tradition. Rather, my pain was deeper to KEEP that stuff, so I knew then I chose to love the LORD first.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your testimony!! Praise God for YOU!!! May more Christians turn away from this pagan practice/tradition and stop claiming that "Jesus is the REASON for the season"!! He's NOT!!! Halleluyah!!


Lone Ranger 4 years ago

Dear JD:

I just want to tell you that after getting kicked around by the world a bit, it really is nice to come home to your Hub and get a good word from you and a pat on the back. Thank you for being so supportive and encouraging in the Lord!!!

I have been visiting Jackie Lynnley's "Christmas is Christ" Hub for most of December trying to inform her and her readers about the heretical aspects of Christ mass.

Unfortunately, my efforts seem to be in vain and even though she claims to be a Christian her love and emotional connection for the Christmas tradition seems to be stronger than her desire for truth.

I am not at all surprised because the Roman Catholic church has stated that church tradition is as important as church doctrine. I wonder what it will take for the world to rid itself of such powerful delusions?

I am not sure if Jackie is a Catholic, in fact, I do not know much about her at all, but I just want people to know the truth and to be able to love the Almighty and His Son, not according to our desires, but according to Their's.

Best wishes and warm kudos to you on a cold winter's eve. - L.R.


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IphisIanthe 2 years ago from Indiana

While I may not agree with everything on this article, I do agree that Christians should celebrate Jesus' birthday on his actual birthday. Thank you and happy holidays.


Lostsheepfound 23 months ago

I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. (Isaiah 42:8 KJV)

For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another. (Isaiah 48:11 KJV)


ff 8 months ago

If Jesus is the Father, how is it that the Father is greater than he is?


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Judah's Daughter 5 months ago from Roseville, CA Author

ff - as the Son of Man (Jesus called Himself this over and over again), He was made physically weak in the body of man (tiredness, hunger, thirst, being tested as we are - look up the word "tempted" and see the meaning is "tested"). God cannot be "tempted" with evil, for the temptation comes from the man, as or after he has been tested by God or Satan (James 1:14). The Spirit dwells in full in Jesus, the Son of Man, but He said Himself, that His body was a "temple". God is Spirit and is omnipresent. He is not confined to a body of flesh, giving up His Almighty power over all the universe. That's just common sense. However, Jesus had all the power of God in Him and He did the will of "His Father" as the Son of Man - to set the example for us, the sons of man, the sons of God by faith. In the flesh, He was "the last Adam" and everything He prayed and did in subjection to "the Father" was to set the example for us.

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