27 Nov Christmas is Not of God
When Christians think of Christmas, we think of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We think of the season for giving, joy, gift giving, feast, and spending time with family. Just like Easter and Halloween, Christmas also has pagan roots.
Origin of Christmas
Christmas word came from the word Christ Mass which means a mass or gathering for Christ. This was established by Constantine, the emperor of Rome between 306 AD – 337 AD, in hopes of blending both Christianity with Roman pagan celebrations. At the time of his ruling, the pagan celebration in December was called Saturnalia in which they celebrated the birthday of the sun god, Sol Invictus (“Unconquered Sun”). This is the same sun god worshiped in ancient Babylon, Tammuz, whose birthday is on December 25th. This sun god is mentioned in the Bible.
Tammuz in the Bible
Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them. – Ezekiel 8:14-18
Celebration of Saturnalia
Each Roman community would select one person whom they forced to indulge in food and debauchery. At the end of the festival the Roman authorities brutally murdered this innocent person. People decorate their homes with candles, wreathes, branches, incense, and idols. People would partake in gift giving, partying, drinking, orgies, rape, going house to house naked and other debauchery. People would also partake in human sacrifice, making blood pudding, making human shaped biscuits, and making dolls with the remains of their human sacrifices. People would stop working to celebrate this event every year. It was known during the Roman Empire times as the best time of the year.
What About Santa Clause?
The name Santa Clause comes from two words from two different languages. Santa is a latin word for sancta which means “holy”. Clause is the German nickname for Nicholas. The actually person St. Nicholas, was a saint who rescued girls from prostitution by dropping a sack of money through the window of their house each night for 3 nights so their father could pay a dowry for them. After he died in December, the Dutch celebrated him through events in which people would
However today Santa Clause is depicted as a fictional character who has flying reindeer and keep midgets as slaves in a factory on order to make toys for all the children in the world.
Should We Celebrate Christmas?
No we shouldn’t. Not only does Christmas has pagan roots but Jesus Christ was not born in December. The Bible made it clear that when he was born, shepherds were outside with their flock (Luke 2:4-18). In Israel it can get as low as 6°C (43°F) at night during December. So it would be unlikely that Jesus Christ was born in December. The early churches never celebrated Jesus Christ birthday but broke bread in remembrance of him (1 Corinthians 11:23-30).
What about the children?
Our children does not need a fictional character called Santa in order for them to behave throughout the year. Just like the Tooth Fairy, telling your children about Santa Clause and portraying him as a real person will do more harm than good. Not only are you’re lying to your children, you’re letting them partake in fantasy.
Living your life without Christmas is not the end of the world. Alot of people around the world does not celebrate Christmas or think it is a big deal. Christmas should not be the only reason you give to other or act nice towards family members that you have problems with. Jesus Christ called us to be the light of the world and the salt of the Earth.