The Christmas That Never Was
by Jean Marlow
This is a 'sad truth', sure to put a dent in your feeling of good will toward men. Because it is 'truth', it must be told. I'm rocking the boat named 'Christian' here. If you don't hold onto the Main Mast, The Lord, you might get thrown over board. There's an important point to clarify here. Christianity is pure, and untainted in every way. The true church is pure and untainted. That doesn't mean members of the church don't stray. They do.
The organized church, any denomination, is a polluted cesspool. It has been polluted from shortly after the time when Jesus walked upon the Earth.
Most atheists use the facts that I'm about to give you as reasons for being atheist. They point out that the story of the Sun God, is the same as the story of Jesus. They are wrong! There is no way to convince them that they are wrong. Don't even try. Just remember, God chose you, from the beginning, to be His. If you are a believer, it is because He destined you to be a believer. "He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time" 2 Tim 1:9
That's what 'grace' is, and it is amazing. "For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession." Deuteronomy 7:5-7"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you." John 15:15-17
Satan is the great imitator. Keep that in mind as you read. He laid the groundwork for all of what the World holds near and dear. It started in the Garden, before the World was a reality, but the first giant step in the World was at the tower of Babel. It was here that Satan made himself known as Tammuz, the son of Nimrod, now to be known as Baal, and his esteemed mother-wife Semiramis.
This is the un-holy trinity. This is Satan's gift to the World; the first Christmas. The un-holy child, Tammuz, was cause for great celebration. His birthday was on the day of the Winter Solstice, the day we now call December, 25th. The Winter Solstice falls on Dec. 21 or 22 each year
This day honors the babe, and his father, because it welcomes the re-birth of the Sun, who is their god, as the days begin to lengthen. The people of Earth celebrated. They partied hardy for the next several thousand years, at the time of the Winter Solstice.
Eventually, their rituals and gods became enticement to the Israelites, and many abandoned the Law of Moses. Some even went so far as to sacrifice their children. The Jews became a part of the World scene about 3,500 years ago....at Mt. Sinai.
21 “‘But the children rebelled against me: They did not follow my decrees, they were not careful to keep my laws, of which I said, “The person who obeys them will live by them,” and they desecrated my Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in the wilderness. 22 But I withheld my hand, and for the sake of my name I did what would keep it from being profaned in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out. 23 Also with uplifted hand I swore to them in the wilderness that I would disperse them among the nations and scatter them through the countries, 24 because they had not obeyed my laws but had rejected my decrees and desecrated my Sabbaths, and their eyes lusted after their parents’ idols. 25 So I gave them other statutes that were not good and laws through which they could not live; 26 I defiled them through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn—that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the LORD.’ Ezk 20:21-26 "Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem? The Children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven the great mother goddess of fertility; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods in order to spite Me. Do they spite Me?, declares the Lord. Is it not themselves they spite to their own shame? Therefore thus saying the Lord God, Behold My anger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground; and it will burn and not be quenched" Jer.7:17-20
Some of this Biblical statement is facts that you might have skimmed over, or missed, while reading. Many Christians don't get into the Old Testament; that's why I have included it here. I want you to realize that the celebration that we call 'Christmas', has been going strong for more than 5,000 years. Jesus is not the reason for the season.
1. Christmas Tree: The Pagan Romans decorated their trees with bits of metal and replicas of their god.They also placed 12 candles on the tree in honor of their sun god. Their mid-winter festival, Saturnalia, started on Dec.17 and often lasted until a few days after the Solstice. This is only one of many 'origins' that exist.
2. Yule Log: The Yule Log came to us from the Vikings. It was the biggest log that could be found on a persons property. It was never purchased. 'Yule' refers to the Sun. The Yule Father is the sun god....our friendly false god of old. The Vikings called him 'Odin'. The Yule Log burned during the 'Twelve Days Of Christmas' to celebrate the Winter Solstice, and to bring good luck. This tradition came to us through the British, who got it from the Vikings, when they invaded England in 1066, A.D.
3. Ginger Bread Man: I have read a few different 'origins' of Gingerbread Men. They seem to be of Pagan origin. One legend tells us that gods were made from heavily spiced dough, and had raisin eyes. After they were baked, they were hung from the branches of a fir tree in order to honor the Sun God and his cohorts. Another story tells us that at the time of the Winter Solstice, 'Death' came and took away all of the spirits of people that had died during the course of the year. People were frightened of being mistaken for a dead person. In an effort to make sure they wouldn't be snatched up by 'Death' they chopped down a fir tree, because fir trees would stay green, and alive all winter long, and put it in their house. They made ginger and spice men to hang on the tree. The tree symbolized 'life' and the spiced men would ward off 'Death', keeping all that lived in the house safe for another year.
4. Santa Claus: This jolly, round, old man with a white beard, was the Nordic Pagan 'God' Odin, also known as Thor. This 'god' lived in the North Land, in a palace among the icebergs. His element was fire, and his color was red. He deemed the fireplace of a home to be sacred, and when he entered a home, it was through the chimney. Thor drove a Chariot, high above the tree tops. There were two goats leading the chariot; by name, Cracker and Gnasher. Through the centuries, and through other lands, there was an evolution of this personage, Sinterklaas, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus. They're all the same guy. The tired old 'Sun God, Odin', messenger of good holiday cheer!
Before I end this article I want you to think about something. Suppose a spouse regularly commits adultery and justifies it by convincing him or her self that it's just a little fun and doesn't mean they don't love their marriage partner. How would you feel if you were the other spouse? I know how I would feel! Remember, the people of God are in a marriage relationship with Him. That's what the Bible says. Christians are The Bride of Christ.
Every year....at the time of the Winter Solstice....what will you be doing?