Why do people celebrate Christmas? Is it mostly family gatherings and the exchange of gifts? Is it decorating one’s house and putting up a tree?
Is there also a spiritual reason to do so? A tradition handed down in the Word of God? Why is December 25th the date? And why do folks call it “Christmas” in the first place?
We know from decades of experience that the western type of celebration has a religious component for millions. But what is the true history of this renowned holiday? Does it have any off-color elements, or even any hidden sinister purpose?
The Satanic occultic calendar
To understand the world in which we live and people’s motivations a basic knowledge of pagan holidays is needed. Why? Through the eons of time crop and animal fertility to peasant farmers and their rich landlords was of the utmost importance both for food and children to help with the family work. Thus, we have a yearly calendar that seeks to appease the base sinful instincts of these deluded folks.
You may observe here that Samhaim, or Halloween, is the high holy day of the year featuring human sacrifice. Yule is the next major holiday as the year progresses. Notice the satanic pentagram at the center of the calendar.
The beginnings of Christmas
Ancient folks thousands of years ago sought to make sense of the world in which they lived. Many were filled with fears and superstitions due to the sufferings they experienced, and were at the mercy of their corrupt leaders. Consequently, pagan legends were developed and embellished often pointing to the spirit world and the “gods” they thought controlled the world, the harvest, and their lives.
Food for basic survival was based on the planting-harvest cycle of spring, summer, fall, and winter. This was an obvious integral and vital part of daily life. The approaching winter season was frightening whenever the year’s harvest was substandard to poor. Famine was a constant fear, and a serious threat when it frequently appeared.
These superstitious pagans observed the sun gradually moving south in the heavens and the days growing shorter. They actually believed the “sun god” had died and the sun itself was departing never to return. They knew this was a yearly tradition, and they needed to act. These folks in their daily lives sought to appease the “gods” and “goddesses” for favor, and to reduce their unpredictable anger and capricious nature.
The people knew the sun and its “god” was probably the most important key for a fruitful harvest and to avoid famine and death. So, to encourage the sun’s return north, the sun god was worshiped with elaborate rituals and ceremonies in order to strengthen this winter sun god and bring him back to “life.” These included the building of great bonfires (“bone-fires” like Halloween), and decorating with large evergreen plants such as ivy, holly, and even mistletoe.
The longer the sunshine in a day the better they reasoned. The winter solstice is the day of the year when daylight is the shortest, the night the longest, and occurs around December 21-22. On those dates, the sun seemed to stand still in the southern sky, as if “dead.”
The date of December 25th
Although this trend toward darkness and the “death” of the sun frightened them, they hoped as mentioned the sun god would be “born again” if properly worshiped. These ancients believed that the sun god rose from the dead three days later as the new-born sun. So, when the pagans observed the slowdown in the sun’s southward movement, and then its stop, they believed that their petitions to the sun god had been answered.
In their thankfulness, a time of unrestrained rejoicing broke out, with revelry, drinking and drunkenness, and gluttonous feasts. Moreover, the people developed and engaged in terrible sexual fertility perversions they thought helped their appreciation of the sun god and was welcomed by him.
Then, when the heathen saw the sun moving northward again consistently, and within a week later were able to determine that the days were growing longer, a new year was proclaimed. This was their ancient religion, being the deeds they faithfully trusted and practiced. December 25th then was the “Victory of the Sun-God” Festival in the pagan Babylonian world. But December 25th was celebrated as a major holiday for centuries upon centuries long before Jesus was ever born.
Most of the ancient pagan religions can be traced back to ancient Babylon, or modern day Iraq in the middle east. Although their “gods” and “goddesses” came to be worshiped under dozens of different names, they all can be traced back to basically the same origin. Baal worship spread throughout the known world and can be considered a good basis for most all other pagan religions. The following are just some of the pagan gods that had “birthdays,” along with very dark occult festivals, on December 25th: Mithras, Horus, Attis, Dionysus the son of Zeus, Tammuz, Hercules, Osiris, Perseus, Helios, Bacchus, Apollo, Jupiter, and Sol Invictus (The “Unconquered Sun”).
Rome chimes in too with Saturnalia
Saturnalia was celebrated in the pagan temples and typically characterized by gift-giving, gluttony, raucous singing, drunkenness, and lots and lots of debauchery, sexual and otherwise. The sacred priests of Saturn, called dendrophori, would carry wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession.
The date of December 25th in Rome was a celebration of the Italic god, Saturn, and the rebirth of their sun god. Again, this was done way before the birth of Jesus. Leading up to December 25th in ancient Rome, a festival known as Saturnalia was one of the biggest celebrations of the year. This pagan holiday began on the 17th of December and lasted all week until December 23rd.
But…there were still too many “birthdates” for the all the empire’s other religious sun gods. So, the pragmatic and savvy Romans began holding a new consolidated “birthday festival” called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, which means “birthday of the unconquered sun.” Guess what day the leaders chose? You guessed it: December 25th. Problem solved: one “born again” sun god holiday throughout the whole empire.
The Roman church makes it painless
The Roman Empire through Emperor Constantine “legalized” Christianity in the early 300’s, and created the Roman Catholic Church. They desperately wanted pagans to turn into “Christians.” Why? Always follow the money, dear one. One scheme was infant baptism, a sly and clever way for the authorities to record the births of the newborns for tax reasons and other financial schemes. Sort of like the modern day US Social Security number.
Another scheme was to adopt the pagan holidays. Around 350 A.D. the Pope at the time, Julius I, just up and proclaimed that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on December 25th from that year forward. There you go: painless compromise and conversion to Catholicism by pagan Romans. They simply “adopted” a pagan holiday and kept most of the same pagan traditions. What a great growth strategy. It would even make the modern mega church proud.
Obviously, the word “Christmas” doesn’t appear in the Bible. And it didn’t appear until a thousand years after Christ, as declared by the Catholic Encyclopedia: “The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, was first found in 1038.”
The “Mother & Child”
Ancient art across the world depicts a “goddess” holding a child and spawns from multiple legends using the same basic story. Nimrod (or Osiris, etc.) impregnates Semiramis (or Isis, etc.) who gives birth to Tammuz (or Horus, etc.) which is Nimrod (or Osiris, etc.) “reborn.” How many times have you seen Madonna holding the Christ child in Catholic art with Joseph nowhere to be found? Now you know where this originates.
The tree, wreath, holly, mistletoe, and modern nation-states
The modern Christmas tree originates in ancient occultic Egypt and Babylonian as a part of their perverted sexual fertility worship, and has been passed down to this day. The tree (or pole), balls, and tinsel represent male reproduction: penis (phallus), testicles (testes), and semen. The wreath is always fashioned in a circle to represent female reproduction: the vagina. Holly, in some cultures, was offered to fairy people of the forests as refuge from the winter. Mistletoe, which is poisonous, has white sticky liquid thought to be the semen of the gods, was thought could ward off evil spirits, and eventually morphed into kissing under a tree loosely based on ancient Norse ideas of peace.
Today, unbelievably, the Satanic rulers of the world hide these sexual perversions in plain sight. The three independent nation-states that rule the world are Washington DC (military), the Vatican (religion), and the two acre City of London inside London (finance). They all sport the Egyptian obelisk (phallic penis), with DC and the Vatican also showing off the dome close by (vagina).
Even Martin Luther weighs in
Martin Luther was a converted Roman Catholic priest who only “reformed” a little bit of theology. He kept the priesthood, now known as the unbiblical “pastor.” He stayed up too late Saturday night getting drunk and couldn’t sober up to meet until Sunday until 11:00. He called the book of James an “epistle of straw.” Oh, he also wrote “On The Jews and Their Lies” which included such phrases as “full of feces” and Christians being “at fault for not slaying them.” Hitler used this in part to justify the Jewish Holocaust.
Luther, in his failed attempts to reject all Catholic influence, did forbid the observation of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) to his followers. But they invented their own flamboyant Christmas symbol, Kristkindl, as Luther looked the other way it seems. It was described as a “blond, radiant veiled child figure with golden wings, wearing a flowing white robe and a sparkling jeweled crown, and carrying a small Christmas tree or wand.” Can anyone say Kris Kringle, please?
Today’s Yule tradition comes to us in part from Scandinavia, where the pagan sex-and-fertility god, Jule, was honored in a twelve-day celebration in December just like the modern “12 days of Christmas.” A log was kept in the fire for twelve days, and each day for twelve days a different sacrifice was offered. In essence, only the names have changed.
Effortless adaptation but some refused
Let’s ask the vital question: why did all these obvious pagan occultic Satanic customs effortlessly find their way into contemporary Christianity? In a word…compromise. Jesus Christ taught a lot about the traditions of man vs. the traditions of God. We can’t observe both, but either sin or holy living. Real Christians, “little Christs,” are to avoid every appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5.22), and walk worthy to please God in every respect (Col. 1.10).
Some serious Christian folks saw right through it and acted accordingly. As far back as the 3rd century, Tertullian, the renowned early church father wrote, “On your day of gladness, we [Christians] neither cover our doorposts with wreaths, nor intrude upon the day with lamps. At the call of public festivity, you consider it a proper thing to decorate your house like some new brothel. We are accused of a lower sacrilege because we do not celebrate along with you the holidays …”
The Puritans in England, and later in Massachusetts Colony in the US in 1659, outlawed this holiday as witchcraft. The English Parliament abolished Christmas in 1647. Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, rightly noted in 1871, “We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Saviour; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority.”
Spurgeon went on to declare, “Where is the method in the madness of the superstitious? Probably the fact is that the holy days were arranged to fit in with heathen festivals. We venture to assert, that if there be any day in the year, of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which the Saviour was born, it is the twenty-fifth of December.”
Many object that God can use Christmas for His purposes. Yes, He can, but in a severely restricted way. And He also works in Asian whore houses everyday too but we shouldn’t frequent them! This objection smacks of the logical fallacy of the Appeal to Normality. Christmas is not Biblically normal.
You notice we mentioned nothing earlier about the fat man in red…Santa Claus. No need to do so. If you or I can’t obviously see Satan’s feeble but effective attempt to replace Christ with this demonic impostor (“he sees you…he knows you…”), then we have little if any discernment in the truth.
Moreover, many are caused to stumble away from Christ during the Christmas season. How? With all its sinfully gross humanistic materialism, tumultuous family problems, and worshipping a false baby manger Jesus vs. the risen and triumphant King of Kings and Lion of Judah who will slay all His enemies by the breath of His mouth at His Second Coming (2 Thess. 2.8).
Why not just do what Jesus commands and give our money and gifts to those He directly specifies, not ourselves who need virtually nothing? Who is that, you ask? The poor, blind, lame, widows, orphans, the prisoners…you know, the hurting multitudes of disenfranchised in the world.
In addition, the only two celebrations of tradition in the Bible are the eternally perpetual Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14.16) and the full meal Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11), the love feast (Jude 1.12), to “remind” Jesus to come back for His children and celebrate His resurrection, never His birth.
If you’re still dead set on this pagan holiday, why not celebrate June 15th? Or February 3rd? You do so because of the powerful tradition of man for December 25th. Why not just meet with other Christian believers once a year since the Word of God only states “when you meet together (1 Cor. 11)?” You do so because of the powerful tradition handed down by Paul in the Bible (1 Cor. 11.2) based on the first day of the week to take up a collection (1 Cor. 16.2). We’re to avoid being taken captive by “empty deception” through the traditions of men (Col. 2.8).
As an aside, there’s an excellent argument by a noted Christian author and Hebrew scholar than Jesus was born on September 3rd. Besides, the shepherds never would have been in the frigid winter fields of Palestine during December evenings.
Those who refuse to obey
God proclaimed a conditional, not unconditional, message of peaceful love at the birth of Jesus Christ. The King James mistranslates that main verse by omitting the condition of God’s pleasure. Here is the accurate translation in Luke: “And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
The apostle Paul sternly warns in 2 Thessalonians 1 the fate of those at the Second Coming of Christ who refuse to obey: “…the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”
Let us all help and not hinder the Lord’s eternal purpose, building the Kingdom of God, by walking in holiness as the apostle Peter declared: “…but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
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