Origins of Christmas

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Pagan Origins

It’s interesting to realize that December 25th (Christmas) in the Roman Empire and prior – was the day people celebrated the birthdays for these idols / demons / pagan gods:

Apollo, Attis, Bacchus, Dionysus, Helios, Hercules, Horus, Jupiter, Mithras, Perseus, Sol Invictus and Tammuz.

If you investigate the ancient religions – you find that almost all of them have origins with Nimrod. The bible doesn’t say much about him – but mentions him (Genesis 10:8, 1 Chronicles 1:10, Micah 5:2).

Nimrod’s birthday was also celebrated on December 25th by many. According to the ancient Babylonians, Semiramis (who was believed to be both Nimrods mother and wife – also known as Astarte, Asherah, Ashtoreth, Isis, Ishtar and Easter) made the claim that after Nimrod died, an evergreen tree sprang up overnight from a dead tree stump. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod visited the evergreen tree and left gifts each year on the anniversary of his birth (December 25th). These beliefs were in circulation well before Jesus entered the scene of human history. Does this sound familiar?

Jeremiah – one of Gods prophets, who lived between 600-500 BC wrote of these pagan rituals saying (Jeremiah 10);

Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move.

For the first 300 years of Church history – Christmas didn’t exist. No one celebrated Jesus birth. However, many believers (though not under obligation) did celebrate the festival / feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles).

It’s almost unanimously agreed among scholars that Jesus was not born on December 25th. The bible describes how the sheep were in the fields (Luke 2) at the time of Jesus birth. This didn’t happen in the middle of winter when it snows. Also, Caesar Augustus decreed that all the world should be registered. This would have utterly failed if it had to take place during the coldest part of winter when the roads were treacherous.

Some have tried to calculate Jesus birth based on various details in scripture, alongside historical information and speculate that it’s likely he was born during September/early October – either during the feast of Tabernacles, or the feast of Trumpets (which makes sense).

Speculating Jesus Birth Date

Elizabeth (John the Baptizers mother) was six months pregnant when Jesus was conceived (Luke:1:24-26). John’s father – Zacharias was a priest serving in the division of Abijah in Jerusalem’s temple (Luke:1:5). Based on the priestly division cycles – Zacharias service would have been around mid June in that year.

Why June?

In 1 Chronicles 24 David organized the priests into 24 divisions (16 from the house of Eleazar, and 8 from the house of Ithamar). Abijah was assigned the 8th division. The yearly cycle begins on the first Shabbat of Nisan. All priestly divisions were required to serve during Passover and Pentecost (Shavuot) – which means Zachariah’s division would have been assigned the 10th week (June).

After he completed his service and traveled home, Elizabeth conceived (Luke:1:23-24). If John’s conception took place towards the end of June, then we add nine months and it brings us to the end of March. If we add six months it brings us to the end of September.

We don’t know for certain when Jesus was born – but we can arrive at an approximate time period. September is a speculation, but an educated one. What we do know, is that he wasn’t born on December 25th!

Charles Spurgeon’s Thoughts On Christmas

Charles Spurgeon, the famous preacher from the 1800’s said this about the observance of Christmas:

“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 Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. Superstition has fixed most positively the day of our Savior’s birth, although there is no possibility of discovering when it occurred. Fabricius gives a catalog of 136 different learned opinions upon the matter; and various divines invent weighty arguments for advocating a date in every month in the year. It was not till the middle of the third century that any part of the church celebrated the nativity of our Lord; and it was not till very long after the Western church had set the example, that the Eastern adopted it. Because the day is not known, therefore superstition has fixed it; while, since the day of the death of our Savior might be determined with much certainty, therefore superstition shifts the date of its observance every year. 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 Savior was born, it is the twenty-fifth of December. Nevertheless since, the current of men’s thoughts is led this way just now, and I see no evil in the current itself, I shall launch the bark of our discourse upon that stream, and make use of the fact, which I shall neither justify nor condemn, by endeavoring to lead your thoughts in the same direction. Since it is lawful, and even laudable, to meditate upon the incarnation of the Lord upon any day in the year, it cannot be in the power of other men’s superstitions to render such a meditation improper for to-day. Regarding not the day, let us, nevertheless, give God thanks for the gift of his dear son.”

Christ Mass

The Roman Catholic Mass (which is where the mass in Christmas comes from) itself is evil in the sense that it adds to the completed work of Christ on the cross! Mediation is made by a human priest between men and God, in contradiction to the clear teachings of the New Testament which tells us that there is one mediator between God and man the Lord Jesus Christ.  Scripture teaches that the Spirit of Christ dwells in us when we are born again, and that we need no man to mediate between us and Christ. We can come boldly before the throne of grace through the power of Gods Holy Spirit in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus to find mercy and grace in our time of need! God can hear our prayers! We don’t need a ritual to get right with God. Additionally, I’d like to point out that there are many ancient pagan and occult symbols that have been adopted and re-branded within the Catholic tradition and Church (which we won’t speak about now) as well as the merging of false deities that were renamed to saints – which to this day are prayed too within the Church. There are many problems with Catholicism – we’ll leave those for another day. This article is about Christmas.

Santa Claus

As adults we can overlook the serious problems of Santa because they don’t necessarily effect us directly. But what about our Children? Children are taught that he is a real man, who knows when they are naughty and nice, he knows when they are sleeping and awake. Does this characteristic sound familiar? God alone enjoys omniscience. This is a unique characteristic of God. Santa in one night travels the globe, stops time, and delivers gifts. He carries with him eternal like characteristics. Children write letters to Santa and communicate with this person they believe will answer their requests!

For a child – they genuinely believe in him. This is IDOLATRY! Not only do parents lie to their children, but they set up an idol for them to in a sense worship. There is no real difference between the relationship Santa has to a child, and the Hindu gods have to their worshipers. God tells us not to lie, yet many feel that Christmas is a time they will be overlooked, alongside Easter with the Easter bunny, or the Tooth Fairy.

Jesus didn’t hide from controversy, but rejoiced in the truth, which is why I am going to say this… Santa Claus is demonic!

Christian Response

The big question is – should we remember and celebrate Jesus birth on December 25th? Well firstly – it’s clear that we are under no obligation to celebrate Jesus birth! Likewise – we are under no obligation not too! But what shouldn’t we do? We shouldn’t practice paganism. Just as God wouldn’t like us to practice Yoga (a form of Hinduism), or wear pentagrams and occult symbols around our necks, or participate in demonic rituals – he doesn’t want us to join in with the evergreen ritual associated with Nimrod and Semiramis, or lie to our Children about Santa.

I don’t believe there is anything wrong with giving gifts to people, having a meal, and remembering Jesus birth. But as we do it – let’s not give any special reverence to the day itself, or to the pagan elements practiced by those around us (Christmas tree, Santa etc.)

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