Christmas is not a Biblical holiday, in fact it is not even a Christian holiday and directly violates many Christian teachings.
Most of us have grown up year after year with Christmas playing a memorable part in our lives. It is a time of year that many look forward to, even long for, while some simply wish to
get it over with feeling that they are expected to keep the holiday and its traditions. Although it is known as a Christian celebration and holiday, Christmas is observed and celebrated around the world and whether Christian or not, many individuals and organizations, including churches, go all out with trees, decorations, programs, food, and community outreach programs. For many people Christmas is merely a time of abundant eating, of parties, of giving and receiving gifts, and perhaps an opportunity to have some time off from school or work. Beneath it all, and regardless of their personal beliefs, nearly everyone acknowledges that Christmas is the time Christians profess to remember the birth of their Savior Jesus Christ. The thought of no Christmas is incomprehensible to many people since Christmas has always been a part of their life whether they believe in Christ or not.
The Bible does not teach that we observe the birth of Christ, and for centuries after Jesus was crucified, there was no such observance in or out of the Church. Aside from the Roman Catholic religion, the observance of Christmas is a relatively recent event of less than two hundred years for most people. The fact that Christmas is of recent origins surprises many people but even so, relatively few of them ever do any research and study on the subject. Most readily accept the standard reply concerning how we came to celebrate and why we celebrate. Most people will tell you that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and they have no knowledge at all concerning the true foundation and roots behind what we today call Christmas.
For decades I was in many respects one of those who unquestioningly accepted and observed Christmas and took advantage of every appealing aspect of the holiday. In fact, even before I became a born again Christian I, like millions of others, thought of myself as a Christian and I saw it as somewhat of a responsibility to observe Christmas. To do otherwise would be a slap in the face of Jesus, or so it seemed to me. After I was saved and born again in 1993 (ye must be born again. ~ John 3:3-7) and became a sincere Christian according to the Word of God I became just as zealous as those around me about observing Christmas and the
religious aspects of honoring Christ. Shortly thereafter though as I read and studied the Bible, growing in knowledge concerning the things of God, I began to have questions and vague pangs of doubt, concerning some aspects of the holiday. Like many other Christians surely do, I pushed them aside and went head on into the festivities of the season as I did not want to be different and so I chalked it up to my being new in the faith and lacking knowledge. For the next couple of Christmas seasons, I was increasingly troubled by many things concerning Christmas that I had never given a second thought to in the past. What I was in fact seeing at Christmas time and in the teachings of Christmas traditions was nothing short of deception and outright lies. The list was long and it became increasingly clear to me that Christmas did not in fact honor God, Jesus Christ, or even those who were partakers and teachers of such events and traditions. This left me deeply troubled and in much prayer for wisdom and guidance from the Lord.
Some of those things I found that opposed Christian behavior and fidelity was the fact that adults were teaching innocent little children to believe the lie that there was a Santa Claus. Just as was told to me as a child, they were told that this Santa Claus whom adults represented to be real, lived at the North Pole, had magic reindeer that could fly across the sky and deliver presents to every house on the globe overnight. The gullible babes were taught that this same fat man went down chimneys and would eat the cookies and milk they left out for him on Christmas Eve.
More lies taught them that Santa Claus knew who had been good and who had been naughty that year, yet only God has the ability to know such things on such a scale. Children are led to believe that the North Pole has a big workshop where Santa Claus and his army of elves make most if not every toy that he delivers. Further they are taught to hang up a stocking so Santa Claus, who would come to leave them a present under the decorated tree, would also put a lot of fruit, candy and trinkets in their stocking. When the questions of children who had no chimney came up, their fears were soothed with more lies from the ones they trusted and looked to for truth. This has left little children thinking of, dreaming of, and looking forward to Santa Claus far more than they ever desire the Jesus of the Bible.
All good things come from God, not Santa Claus. Glory and honor belong to God and Jesus Christ, not Santa Claus. Hope comes from God and what Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross, not from a make-believe Santa Claus who encourages children to covet and lust after material things. Truly what we see here is Satan’s attempt to steal the hearts of the children with lies and deception while well meaning parents ignorantly aid him in his efforts. Lucifer once vowed, ... I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God ... I will be like the most High ~ Isaiah 14:13-14b. Can there be any doubt that God is being robbed of glory, honor, and trust because the most innocent among us have been sacrificed on the altar of fantasy and lies?
It is common knowledge even without the news headlines, that the Christmas Season is a time of heightened depression, suicide, shoplifting, burglary, debt, anxiety, fatigue, short tempers, and rushing around. The dread of having to work long hours is painfully obvious on the face of many store clerks as they brace themselves to deal with short-tempered customers who bark, push and shove. People take out loans or max out credit cards so they can buy gifts to impress people, or appease the covetousness of their children, and, or, that of their spouse. Christmas is clearly a time of gluttony and drunkenness, when millions of revelers stuff themselves shamelessly with rich foods, and richer deserts while laughing and joking at their intemperance.
This is a far cry from the
joy we see in the Christmas cards, newspapers, magazines, and television advertisements and the emotion provoking movies so abundant at this time of year. Jesus is seldom ever mentioned in any way outside the occasional Christmas song and when He is depicted or mentioned it is as a helpless babe and not as the King of kings that He truly is. In those early days of my faith I could only wonder how God could be a part of such an unholy and trying holiday that deceives the children and takes advantage of their innocence and trust, plus throws so many adults into the depths of despair, crime and sin while misplacing glory and honor on Santa Claus. Surely, it seemed to me, if Christmas were founded on, and centered around the Jesus of the Bible, then those observing it, would be obviously blessed, and walking in joy and
the love of the season instead of the opposite that we see year after year. Actually, the peace and joy seemed to be only in the propaganda (cards, ads, movies, etc.) cranked out to get us to spend, spend, spend by a secular world that has no regard for Christ or His truth and honesty.
During the months that I was considering all of these facts concerning Christmas, I came across a verse in the Bible that really caused me to not only pray more about the issue, but to undertake to do some research and study about Christmas and it’s history.
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. ~ Jeremiah 10:2-4
While I have notebooks full of information and notes gleaned mostly from the library in the mid nineteen nineties, I will only present a brief summary of that research which reveals that Christmas time is actually the time of the Winter Solstice when Semiramis, the Babylonian queen of heaven and her incestuous son Tammuz were worshiped by the people. The Roman Catholic Church came to town and wanted to add those idolatrous heathens to their church and so they allowed them to keep their same gods and practices but gave them Christian names. The name of Semiramis then became Mary and her son Tammuz became Jesus. The Roman Catholic Church then declared
Christmas a church
holy day and declared it to be the birth of Jesus.
Ever wonder where the word
Christmas comes from and what does it mean? It is a compilation of two words,
Christand the Roman Catholic created word,
Mass. So Christ Mass is actually the Roman Catholic manner of crucifying Jesus Christ each time they hold Mass. If the bread and the wine were to actually be the body and blood of Christ, as they claim that it is, they would be causing Him to suffer all over again each time the Mass is performed. In Hebrews 9:24-28 we learn that Jesus Christ offered Himself ONCE for all for sin. Not many times, not over and over, but ONE time He suffered and died.
We do not know for certain when Jesus was born, some think it was sometime in September or October due to the shepherds being in the field, but it should be of no concern to us. If God wanted us to mark, or in any way commemorate Christs' birth He would have informed us and given us a date or season in which to do so, but He did not. One thing historians agree on and a careful reading of the Bible tells us is that Jesus Christ was NOT born on or near December twenty-fifth. It is just another one of many lies against the truth to say otherwise.
Having never been taught, many today do not know that Christmas was outlawed in the thirteen original colonies that eventually became a part of the United States. Movies and programs of today depict early pioneer families putting up a Christmas tree and otherwise celebrating Christmas in the seventeen and eighteen hundreds as though it were as common as today. It was not and even one hundred years ago in the early twentieth century such celebrations were far from commonplace. To engage in the celebration of Christmas would have been thought to be blasphemy because the pioneers and early Americans in an overwhelming majority were Bible readers and or followers even if they could not read, therefore they would have known better. It was at that time, common knowledge that Christmas was a Roman Catholic invention based on pagan sun worship.
The world loves Christmas, they dream of it, plan for it, glorying in it and the material gain and carnal pleasure it brings to them. They love the festive atmosphere, and for many it is a constant round of parties with music, eating, drinking and frivolity. In essence it not only pays tribute to a pagan god it glorifies the flesh and greed of man, it is
highly esteemed among men and is therefore an abomination in the sight of God (Luke 16:15b).
Please do not misunderstand me, I am well aware that there are many good and worthwhile activities and gestures of compassion at this time of year, but
good deeds can never dictate or usurp Biblical truth and fact. Many families and individuals feel blessed, and have a rewarding family get together, while making lasting memories of warm fuzzy moments at Christmas time. That in and of its self is not a bad thing, but what does it have to do with the Jesus of the Bible when the foundation of the whole season is based on lies and deception? If we think about it we get the same kinds of blessings at a family reunion, or a neighborhood pot luck supper but we don’t base them on deception and lies, nor do we try and attach the name of the Holy One of God to those events.
The Christmas celebration is in fact every bit as much, or more demonic and blasphemous, as is Halloween which celebrates death and demons. I ask you, is it not blasphemy of the worst kind to attach the good name of Jesus the Christ to something born out of the opposite of truth and honesty? I think it is soul endangering blasphemy against all that is holy. Jesus Himself told us:
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. ~ John 8:44
Clearly Jesus taught that ALL lies come from the devil. Folks when we tell our children and grandchildren something about Santa Claus we are lying to them and that makes us liars.
...and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. ~ Revelation 21:8b
The Bible admonishes the Christian to Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22), and so for the Christian to have any kind of celebration or observance at this sun worship/Christmas season could easily be misunderstood by the any observer, especially the impressionable new Christians, leading them down a path of blasphemy as they assume others approve and endorse such deception.
When presented with a message such as this one, it is an unfortunate fact that many people become angry. I've even seen some become enraged, when they feel their ability to blindly follow the crowds and guiltlessly partake of the festivities at the Christmas season are threatened. Folks who love Christmas more than the truth have a sentimental (carnal) attachment to Christmas and all that it brings, whether food, family, laughter, even the smells. How is that different than the alcoholic who was
attached to his liquor before conversion? How is it different from any other sin or ungodly thing many of us were
attached to, fond of, even loved, before the Truth of Jesus Christ set us free? Christ commands we grow in knowledge and separate from those sins, to forsake them.
If there be a threat it is the threat of light shining into darkness and that leaves us all faced with the need to make a decision. For some the decision will be easy because they are still in love with this world and it's ways, and to those in that condition we would only expect them to continue as they always have. For those who claim Christ as Savior yet only pay Him lip service it will be equally as easy for them, but no longer done in ignorance. But for the serious Christian attempting to be pleasing in every respect to their Lord, and to glorify Him, it is not so quickly resolved perhaps. Remember what Jesus said;
If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~ John 8:31b-32
In your prayers and deliberations on this subject please consider the words of Peter:
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. ~ 1 Peter 4:1-5.(emphasis added)
We have only briefly touched some of the historical roots of Christmas and there is an abundance of information both in your local library and on the Internet that could be considered. However, the best teacher is a knowledge of the Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God who promised to guide the sincere seekers into
all truth. (John 16:13).
May the Lord lead and guide you is my prayer. ~ Jim
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. Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. ~ Colossians 2:8 ; Mark 7:13
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God Keep All of You Protestants
(to the tune of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen")
God keep all of you Protestants
From walking in the way;
Of heathens and idolaters
To celebrate this day.
You resurrect this Romish mass
For you have gone astray.
O, I know that it's just a popish ploy,
Yes, I know that it's
just a popish ploy.
You celebrate the birth of Christ
Though God did not command;
This service of idolatry Is from an evil hand.
You wed the devil to the Son
When Christ-Mass you demand.
O, I know that it's just a popish ploy,
Yes, I know that it's
just a popish ploy.
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Song Words © 1995 by
James Dodson (with a "d")
Permission granted to use freely with or without acknowledgment.