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JESUS THE BIBLE AND CHRISTMAS
JESUS CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS
Christmas was not heard of for about 300 plus years after the death of Jesus Christ until Emperor Constantine came on the throne of Italy. He decided that he would welcome the pagans who did not believe in Jesus Christ and promised that he would let them keep their traditions if they became Christians. Thus he mixed Christianity with the traditions of the pagans.
When Martin Luther rebelled against the Church of Rome in 1517 with his 95 theses, he did not repeal Christmas nor Sabbath Day. The many churches that branched out from the Lutheran Church continued to keep the traditions of the church. The Bible is very clear that if you love Jesus, you must obey His commandments and His commandments are the same commandments given by the Lord God in Exodus 20. They are not repealed in the New Testament, but are forever.
Jesus said in 1 John 2:7:
- Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
- If ye love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15).
Jesus was asked by a lawyer trying to trick Him. The question was which was the greatest commandment.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30).
Question: Does Christmas satisfy all the three criteria?
A. Love in the Heart
1. Does loving God mean man can choose a birthday for Jesus? No. Jesus has a birthday, but it is unknown, so can man choose one for Him? No. Do you want man to choose a birthday for you? Is choosing an identical festival day of the pagans as Jesus' birthday an act of love? No.
2. Is it right for man to choose a pagan festival date as Jesus birthday? No. How can any one choose a birthday for Jesus when He is God in the flesh?
3. God detests pagan rituals and anything pagan. Will Jesus (God) accept December 25 as His birthday? No. How dare man dictate to God?
4. If man chooses what God despises and hates, how can Jesus accept Christmas when it is like a pack of lies? Lying to children in a make belief fantasy of Santa Claus riding in a sleigh across the sky and going down chimneys to give presents to children. Parents are teaching children to lie from young. Is that love in the heart?
5. Love is what God does for He allows us to have freedom to choose what is right for ourselves and not thrusts it down our throats.
B. Love in the Soul
How does the Soul love?
1. And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation (Psalms 35:9).
2. I rejoice in thy salvation (1 Samuel 2:1). The soul does not rejoice in worldly things such as objects, christmas trees, tinsel, cakes, etc.
3. The Lord is my light and my salvation (Psalms 27:1) The soul delights in spiritual things, not tangible things like gifts, food.
4. How can gifts, feasts satisfy the soul? The soul does not eat food or wear clothes.
C. Love with the mind
The mind is in your head and you can have feelings, but tangible things cannot touch the mind. It is not visible.
1. Can the mind be satisfied with tangible things such as christmas cakes, cars, toys, etc.? No.
2. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind (Ephesians 4:23). When you renew the spirit of your mind, it is not discernible but is a feeling for it acts on the emotions.
3. Whatever things are true,.. honest...just...pure...lovely...good ... report...virtue...praise..., think on these things (Philippians 4:8).
4. The mind is not satisfied with physical things such a food, clothing, etc. The Lord God would reject Christmas and all its trappings. Forget it because it is tainted from the very beginning, and seek God with all your heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30). God is spiritual and man must seek spiritual things to please Him. He will not accept physical gifts but all things that are good and virtuous.
Christmas is supposed to be the birthday of Jesus, though unfounded. Below is a list of customs that people do on Christmas and note what effects they have on our Lord Jesus Christ. It will be noted that Christmas has more effect on business than that of spirituality. Christmas time is a period of growth for many business. The sales for this time of the year contributes more than quarter of the sales for the year for some.
Wikipedia The popular celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations, including Christmas trees, lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas and Kris Kringle among other names, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.
The Babylonians celebrated the winter solstice as the birthday of Tammuz, the god of vegetation. According to legend, the god Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts behind. The festival was known as the Saturnalia (Jeremiah 10:2-4).
Learn not the way of the heathen ... (3) For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest ... (4) They deck it with silver and with gold;
God has provided trees for multiple uses. Every part of a tree is useful: the bark, leaves, roots, and wood. They provide food, clothing, shelter, shade and sources of energy, cosmetics, medication, detergents, etc. The Christmas tree is grown specifically to be cut down, displayed and destroyed in a short space of time after the Christmas season is over. What a shame! The grower can use his plot to grow other crops, but the demand is great for Christmas decoration. Business imakes money and money makes the world go round.
Thousands of people line the streets to see the Santa Claus parade each year in many cities. Millions are spent on gifts for children. Sometimes the parade end up in a company selling toys and gifts for the young and adults. It is a ploy to get people to spend more and more.
Churches are also encouraging the public to believe in Christmas and even countries like Japan who are not Christians are also caught up with all the hoopla. Some Christians who go to church on rare occasions count Christmas as one of the three times they go to church in a year.
Many churches set up a crib scene of the birth of Jesus. The first scene was set up by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century in Italy and the custom had spread to other countries. Why is it important to set up the nativity scene year after year on Christmas and sentimentalize over it? Jesus said to remember His death till He came in 1 Corinthians 11:24-26. This is done by many churches to remember His death during the Holy Communion.
1 Corinthians 11:24-26
- For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
Nativity Scene in Rome, 2011
I watched the celebration of Christmas in Rome yesterday with the Pope leading all the other priests in the cathedral and blessing the people as he walked across the length of the cathedral. Another priest accompanied the Pope carrying the replica of the robust baby Jesus with golden spikes emanating from his head. I do not know whether the baby was supposed to bless the congregation or not. Are the congregation blessing the baby as the replica was carried through out the church? Is this not worshipping an idol or not? The baby was supposed to be baby Jesus.
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
An important part of the celebration is the Christmas Dinner which differs from family to family and also from country to country. The meal may include turkey, ham, lamb or roast beef with special treats eaten at Christmas. The Christmas plum pudding is served as dessert. Many people bake their own pudding, but others buy them from bakers. A traditional pudding is baked six weeks before Christmas and left tied up in a cloth. A silver coin would be stirred into the pudding to bring luck to the person who found the coin.
Why should Christians be superstituous and put a silver coin into the pudding to bring luck? We trust God completely and not be superstituous at all. Everything we have is from God, our food, clothing and shelter. We owe ourselves to God. Superstition is from the evil one.
Santa Claus supposedly comes on Christmas Eve on his sleigh driven by reindeer through the chimney into houses and bring presents to children. The English tradition is to hang up stockings in front of the fireplace. Modern day children receive more expensive presents and have the presents in a pile under the Christmas tree.
1. Why are children taught to believe in falsehood about Santa Claus riding on a sleigh across the sky and going down the chimney to bring presents to children? Modern apartments or houses do not have chimneys. Children learn from what they are taught. If from young, they are taught lies, they may not get out of the habit. They would think that lying is OK.
- Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Matthew 5:37; James 5:12
- But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
2. Why are children taught lies that all good things come from Santa Claus for he brings gifts?
3. Has Santa Claus replaced Jesus/God as the central figure? If Jesus is the central figure, why is Santa playing the main role of giving gifts?
4. What gifts have Christians brought to Jesus? They are busy buying gifts for everyone and attending sales before and after Christmas buying gifts for themselves and friends, and not Jesus?
5. Some Christians are getting loans to buy gifts because they do not have the money to buy gifts.
Another Christmas tradition is the sending of cards to friends and relatives Children are again lied to by writing to Santa Claus in the North Pole. Thousands and thousands of children are taught lies by their parents. Is it a wonder when they grow up, they may tell lies as well for they were lied to when young. They write what they wish to get for Christmas. They get into a habit of demanding this and that.
Christmas has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ. He was born, but did not leave a trace of the date. If God wanted us to celebrate His birth, there would be evidence of that in the Bible. Jesus before His death told His disciples to remember His death till He returned. The churches already do that in the Holy Communion. It has already been two thousand years ago and man is so smart that he can reach Mars, and made many inventions. but unable to find the birthday of Jesus.
The death of Jesus is more meaningful for us because He gave His Life to save mankind. He suffered very much for the sins of the world. The death of Jesus is more meaningful than the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is nothing more than a commercial event for business and living in fantasy for many.
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Jesus The Bible and Christmas
Do you know that Jesus' birthday is not Christmas?
Do you realize that Father Christmas does not exist and is a fake?
Ask yourself why you still celebrate Christmas when you know it is of pagan origin. Do you still celebrate?
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