Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas part 1

It's been said that this is the most wonderful time of the year. Why is that?... What is December 25th all about?

"So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’s house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east. And He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger..." (Ezekiel 8:16-18)

Sometime during the forth century, church leaders in Rome decided to celebrate Christ's birth during the winter solstice in an attempt to Christianize these popular pagan celebrations. December 25th was the birth of, what many pagans call, the sun god (Tammuz, who is also known by other names). During this "holiday" season, the pagans did parties, games, gift giving and decorating the houses with evergreens. The church became unequally yoked with pagan traditions. Is there anything wrong with this? Even if the origin of Christmas is pagan, it still gives us the opportunity to be a light in the midst of darkness... right?

"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 10:2-5)

Yhwh says we should not learn/follow their ways/traditions. They are dismayed by the signs of heaven (astrology... worshiping the winter solstice). Yhwh even gives us one of their traditions as an example, just to further clarify one of the "holidays" He doesn't want you to learn/follow/celebrate. We do have the opportunity to be the light in the midst of darkness, but if we know that a particular day, and/or certain traditions comes from worshiping the wrong god, are we still suppose to celebrate/ take part in it? Let's look at another scripture concerning foods offered up to idols.

"... Concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one... Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled... for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak. For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. (1Corinthians 8:4-13)

If you are aware that a particular food or a particular holiday is from a pagan ritual to a god, and you continue to support it, then it will end up being a stumbling block. You will sin against your brethren, and if you sin against your brethren, you're sinning against Christ. It's not that you should be in fear of it... As if it will do something to you. It's just that we, as believers, should boldly take a stand as a witness of our belief.
"Abstain from every form of evil." (1 Thessalonians 5:22), and in God's eyes, following these Christmas traditions are evil. The devil knows that the believers in the real God would not openly invite him in their homes, so he works through deceit. He makes something look innocent, but the truth beneath it all is very wicked.

Every year, in preparation of Christmas, we (Christians) follow the pagans, taking the life of a tree and then decorate something that is now dead, to make it look good... We see that Yhwh is very much against those involved in sun worship and many other pagan rituals and doesn't even want us to learn their ways, but yet many believers still do it. Merry Christmas reminds me a little bit of the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve has nothing to do with the Federal Government. They deceive people into thinking it is. The same with Christmas. Christmas has nothing to do with Christ.... Nothing! Believers indeed can use this opportunity to bring the message of Christ to the lost, but you don't bring the message of Christ by disobeying His Word... And what does His Word say? Jeremiah 10, Don't follow the winter solstice sign, taking part in their traditions to the sun god... The hanging of the Christmas tree commemorates the rebirth of the sun god, and the gold and silver balls that we hang on the tree, originally represented Tammuz's (the sun god) testicles... Deck the halls with boughs of holly was to acknowledge the powers of the nature gods... The mistletoe represented the freedom of being sexually intimate with any and everyone; And the woman should not resist the demand to sexually give her body to another. Evergreen trees and the wreaths always represented sex and fertility in the pagan world... They cut the tree and bring it in their home to remember and worship their idol. The pagans also believed in the hearth god who would come down the chimney and bless the people. The burning of the log was in remembrance of burning the many animals and humans that were sacrificed to what they call the jul god. Decorating your house with lights was also a sign to let people know that you're a participant in celebrating the jul god...Exchanging of gifts were done in thanksgiving to the sun god who provides... I can go on and on but let's quickly look at SANTA. When you unscramble the words, you can easily find the real person behind this idol.

God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. Satan tries to play this Godly role through the use of this "Santa Claus" character...

"so you better watch out
you better not cry
better not pout
im telling you why
santa clause is coming to town
he's making a list
and checking it twice
gonna find out who's naughty or nice
santa clause is coming to town
he sees you when you're sleeping
he knows when you're awake
he knows if you've been bad or good
so be good for goodness sake..."

SATAN (SANTA) is trying to be GOD. This is why he's training our children to believe in this omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient character.Many parents lie to their children, teaching them to believe in Santa Claus. When the children grows up and learns the truth, they will subconsciously believe its okay to lie. They will also believe, that many other things they learned from their parents, were also lies...

To be continued...

For more details concerning the origins of Christmas, you can watch the following video, "The Unwrapping of Christmas."

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