IS CHRISTMAS A PAGAN RITUAL IN DISGUISE?


IS CHRISTMAS

A

PAGAN RITUAL

IN

DISGUISE?


My short answer is both a Yes and a No. The answer is YES, because there are many things that are indeed associated with the DAY December 25th which Christmas is celebrated that can definitely be seen in the pagan ritual of the winter solstice. One can do a simple search on the Internet and find seemingly countless evidence of pagan ritualism associated with December 25th.

And the answer is NO, because for most Christians in their celebrating of Christmas is TRULY about celebrating the JOY of our savior being born.


So then, seeing that the Christmas season is filled with so many of the things that the pagans used in worshiping their sun god should Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on the 25th of December? Or should they choose another day of the year to celebrate the birth of Jesus? Or should a Christian celebrate Christmas or the birth of Jesus at all? Is there ANYWHERE in the Bible where we are commanded to celebrate the BIRTH of Jesus? I think not. Is it WRONG or a sin to WANT to celebrate the birth of our Lord? I myself say NO! But on WHAT DAY should we celebrate the nativity of Jesus? And HOW should we celebrate the birth of Jesus? I mean if so be that a Christmas tree and giving gifts to your children is OFFENSIVE to YOU, then to ME the best solution would be for you to pick ANOTHER day of the year to celebrate the birth of Jesus. For ME I myself do NOT see ANY Christians or any in the world for that matter who celebrate Christmas having a Christmas tree and giving gifts who have the MINDSET of WORSHIPING pagan gods.

For example Almighty God himself placed the RAINBOW in the sky as a sign and promise that he would never again destroy the world by a flood. We ALL love the beauty of a spectacular rainbow. I mean years ago it was very popular for Christians to have and emblem of a rainbow on the bumper of their car. I myself had one ached between two clouds with the words BORN AGAIN across the rainbow. It was a Christians symbol used by many Christians. And then along came the gays who took the rainbow as their symbol and Christians stopped using the rainbow as their symbol. How sad that Christians can no longer ENJOY the rainbow because some group of people have taken it as their symbol, which we as Christians understand that this group of people are living in sin.

So you see it is NOT the rainbow that is wrong to enjoy. It is NOT the fir tree that is wrong to enjoy. It is NOT the giving of gifts that is wrong to enjoy. BUT if like the gays we use the rainbow to show SUPPORT fro the gays, then to ME that would be wrong.

So then, WHAT is you MOTIVE for have a Christmas tree? Are you worshiping a pagan god? If you are then to ME you would be sinning. But if you are simply ENJOYING life having a spirit of giving then I myself do not see a problem having a Christmas tree, a palm tree, or any other kind of tree or no tree at all.

Now if so be that you celebrate the birth of Jesus and have NOTHING to do with Jesus in your celebration, then are you truly celebrating the birth of Jesus. So for SOME Christians in name only any excuse for a celebration is all the need. So if this is YOU, then to ME you motive is wrong. I am not you judge I am just presenting to my readers and seekers of the truth my thoughts and opinions about celebrating Christmas and other holidays throughout the year.


For me personally I can not put upon or recommend or even suggest to another something that I myself am still sorting out. What I mean by this is that through all that I have studied about Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and the general celebrating of any and all holidays including birthdays I myself have not come to a rock solid CONCLUSION of being AGAINST any teaching of the many church denominations on this subject of celebrating Christmas and Easter and even Halloween having symbols used by the ANCIENT pagans hundreds of years ago. Now I myself have never personally been CONVICTED by the Holy Spirit for observing or celebrating any holiday.

For me, this question of pagan holidays began with Halloween, which again can clearly be seen as associated with many pagan rituals. A dear sister in the Lord had heard a sermon at her church and she shared with me about Halloween being a ritual to the devil. Therefore desiring to please God I did some research on my own and I then shared this information that I found with my wife and kids and when they were in agreement we as a family did away with the celebration of Halloween. Now BEFORE this decision to do away with celebrating Halloween we as a family celebrated Halloween for many many years WITHOUT every being convicted by the Holy Spirit. And this still to this day resonates in my mind as the WHY the Holy Spirit himself never once convicted me of celebrating Halloween if so be that it was a SIN?

So then, even though we gave up Halloween for several years I also add that, when my wife died and I remarried a couple of years after her death, my new wife was very much into Halloween. By this time in my life I had LONG come to the conclusion well before my first wife died, that if I personally was NOT celebrating any holiday with the deliberate intent of giving honor to a false pagan god, then for ME, I was free to partake or celebrate any holiday including Halloween. The reason I came to this conclusion was because while researching about Halloween I also learned that Christmas and Easter were celebrated on pagan holidays or pagan rituals as well. Therefore if I forsook Halloween based on its association with paganism, then I must also forsake the celebrating of Christmas and Easter. And this created much contention between me and my first wife.

The Bible teaches us that in order to walk together then there must be AGREEMENT. Well on this subject of eliminating Christmas and Easter along with Halloween, which we had already eliminated Halloween being in total agreement to no longer celebrate, but with eliminating Christmas and Easter there was absolutely NO agreement whatsoever. So now what, should I get a divorce because my wife refuses to give up celebrating Christmas and Easter? Should I FORCE my wife to BELIEVE as ME? Should I MAKE my children feel left out and out of place with their friends who still celebrated Christmas? Should I make my wife and kids hate me, when I myself was NEVER truly convicted by the Holy Spirit himself, but rather was just convinced by a man made doctrine?

As I searched for peace in this matter I continued to allow Christmas and Easter in our home to keep PEACE, but every year in the back of my mind I wondered, why the need for the Christmas tree and all the decorations. Why could we not as a family just celebrate Christmas by reading the story of the birth of our Lord and savior and let the world celebrate this day however they choose? Why the need for Santa Clause? Eventually Satan Clause was eliminated from our immediate family in the celebrating of Christmas as was the Easter bunny on Easter also eliminated as the kids grew older. However, we still gave gifts on Christmas and there was still candy on Easter, but our kids were made to know that the way the world celebrates these holidays took away from the TRUE meaning that we, as a family, truly want these holidays to mean to us.

So then, as a family we continued to celebrate Christmas and Easter, and as I said earlier, when I remarried, then the celebrating of Halloween came back into my immediate family, which is just my wife and I. My children are now grown and are starting their own families. Now as for my children they both hold fast to what I taught them about Halloween and they do not fully understand why I NOW allow it to be celebrated in my home, when I was so against it before.

In short, for me, it comes to this. I pattern or decide what is right and what is wrong for MY life, NOT my wife's life, NOT my kid's life, and NOT YOUR life, but rather after what the Holy Spirit is leading ME, NOT my wife, NOT my kids, and NOT YOU, as what to both DO and what NOT to DO.

Please read Romans 8:1-14 which teaches us as INDIVIDUALS to walk after the SPIRIT of Almighty God.


"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, WHO walk NOT after the flesh, BUT (WHO walk) after the Spirit.

2. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made ME free from the law of sin and death.

3. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4. That the RIGHTEOUSNESS of the law might be FULFILLED in us, WHO walk NOT after the flesh, BUT after the Spirit.

5. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9. But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.

12. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13. For if you live after the flesh, you shall die : but if you THROUGH the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.

14. For as many as are LED by the Spirit of God, THEY are the sons of God."



So then, basically it comes down to what the Holy Spirit is LEADING YOU to DO. As I said before the for ME, I have never been CONVICTED by the Holy Spirit for celebrating ANY holiday. I did PONDER and WONDER WHY that we as Christians have a Christmas tree and WHY we as Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th when I learned that Jesus could NOT have possibly been born on December 25th or even in the month of December. Please read the study " WAS JESUS BORN ON DECEMBER 25th?" for a deeper understanding from the Bible as to when Jesus was born. But I was never really convicted by the Holy Spirit that I was committing SIN for celebrating Christmas on December 25th with a fully decorated Christmas tree and the exchanging of gifts even while knowing that so many things were connected with the pagan ritual of the winter solstice, because in my HEART I had NO INTENT that this celebration of Christmas had anything to do with a pagan ritual for ME and my family.

The same was true for Easter. Now I will say that I did not like to see a Christmas tree in the church nor did I like to see the Easter bunny and hunting Easter eggs in the church building at the FIRST when I was first started learning of these Christian celebrations having many things connected with pagan ritual celebrations. Easter was less troubling, because I knew that the actual time of the year that the church celebrated Easter was very close the actual time of the Passover. I knew that the Bible teaches us that Jesus was resurrected on Sunday, so I understood why the church wanted to celebrate the RESURRECTION of Jesus on a Sunday as opposed to on the day AFTER the THIRD day AFTER the Passover that is observed by the Jews, which would NOT ALWAYS be on a SUNDAY.

But now that I think about it more the question arise as WHY do we as Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at all as an ANNUAL celebration seeing that many Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus EVERY Sunday or EVERY time we take communion. And some Christians who take communion DAILY celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus EVERY DAY of the year. 

Also I am wondering that IF SO BE that an ANNUAL celebration is indeed desired, then should it be celebrate BEGINNING ON the actual Passover day according to the JEWISH calendar, and then CONTINUING to celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and savior all the way through the full three days and the full three nights that Jesus was in the heart of the earth, and then continue to celebrate this ANNUAL Easter until SUNRISE on what ever DAY it happens to land on year from year. And also should the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus even be called EASTER at all.

Perhaps we all have questions and concerns, but in reality are we going to CHANGE the way the main stream church has chosen to celebrate Christmas and Easter? Is leaving the church as answer? Is causing strife and division and answer? Is starting a new denomination an answer? Is remaining right where you are and try sharing your questions and concerns an answer? These are all answers, but WHICH answer should YOU chose? That answer is between YOU and God as the Holy Spirit leads YOU into all truth.

As for ME, here is what I myself have concluded. So long as MY HEART is right before God and there is NO INTENT of ME worshiping idols of false gods, then MY conscious is CLEAR an GUILTLESS before God.

We read in 1 Corinthians 8:1-13


"Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies.

2. And if any man think that he knows any thing, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.

3. But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

4. As 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.

5. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)

6. But to US there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

7. 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.

8. But meat commends us NOT to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.(Paul is teaching us that WE as Christians are free to eat meat that we KNOW has been offer to IDOLS so in the same way if our HEART is TOWARD Almighty God and his Son Jesus then, to ME we are FREE to CELEBRATE ANY holiday, so long as our LIBERTY does NOT cause a weaker brother to stumble. So then, if YOUR faith does NOT allow you to celebrate Christmas of Easter, then YOU must follow what your HEART is leading you.)

9. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.

10. For if any man see you which has 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;

11. And through your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? (In other words, if YOUR heart KNOWS that it is NOT a SIN to celebrate ANY holiday, then you should do your best to TEACH those around you to KNOW what YOU know. For you see if THEY truly believe with all their heart that it is a sin to celebrate holidays that have any connection whatsoever with a pagan ritual and they go ahead and celebrate those holidays because they see YOU celebrating those holidays, then we cause those WEAK in faith to stumble)

12. But when you sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

13. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world stands, lest I make my brother to offend."


Now I know that I MYSELF believe in the ONE TRUE God Almighty God the Father, and that I MYSELF do NOT have any thought or intention of celebrating Christmas or Easter as unto a pagan deity. I MYSELF do NOT associate the Christmas decorations with any thing that has to do with celebrating the JOY of knowing that Almighty God my Father in heaven sent his word to be BORN of a woman to become the savior of the world from the bondage of sin. But if MY celebrating Christmas or Easter would happen to offend a WEAK brother or sister in the Lord that DOES have the intent of worshiping a false pagan god, then for those weak brothers and sisters in the Lord for their sake I will NOT celebrate Christmas or Easter in their presence that MY liberty cause them to worship false gods.

On the other hand I will NOT be brought under the LORDING over me by another brother or sister in the Lord trying to place upon me a LAW of their OWN mind that the Holy Spirit HIMSELF is NOT placing upon me. This is WHY I teach others that they must walk AFTER the LEADING of the Holy Spirit as the Holy Spirit leads THEM, and for them not to fall into the condemnation of others trying to place upon them something that they PERSONALLY are be LED to DO or LED NOT to DO by the Holy Spirit.

And as for those who want only to STRAIGHTEN OUT or CORRECT their brothers and sister in the Lord, I am quite sure there is yet something that the Holy Spirit is STILL working on in THEIR life that they have NOT YET YIELDED to follow and OBEY COMPLETELY. What does the bible say, make sure you have the BEAM in your eye removed before you try to remove and little bitty tiny speck out of another brother's or sister's eye.

One last point that I would like to make is that many Christians are driven away from the faith, because TOO MUCH, or TOO MANY things are being placed upon them at one time by well meaning brothers and sisters in the Lord. Let's be honest with one another and consider the OVERWHELMING reality of trying to do EVERYTHING at the SAME time. Thing about what I am saying here. What if someone was coming to your home that was important to you and you had a multitude of things that needed to get done before you were ready for that person to come into your home. Could you cut the grass, do the dishes, make the beds, sweep the porch and do all the many other tasks that you felt needed to be done ALL at ONCE. No absolutely NOT! You would need TIME and you would DO what YOU felt LED to do FIRST, then and when you got to the rest of the things that want to get done you would do them as well if time permitted. You would not be controlled by what your neighbor thought you should do FIRST or not do at all. So how are spiritual things any different?

The TRUTH of the matter is that each and every one of us must work out our OWN salvation with fear and trembling before Almighty God and NOT before MAN. We are NOT to be a MAN pleaser. We are NOT to COMPARE our walk with the Lord as being BETTER or more perfect that our brothers and sisters.  And at the same time we should not be WORRIED or FEARFUL if our own walk with God is as good as our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord. It should ENCOURAGE us to press on to make our walk better, but we should not come under condemnation if our spiritual growth is not to the level of overs. It will get there as you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide YOU into all truth. Also do not allow yourself to be brought under condemnation by the teachings of man unless of course the Holy Spirit is already leading you in this area.

There is a movement in the church today that some call the Hebrew Root Movement. Those caught up in this movement place so MUCH FOCUS on the OLD Testament and the LAW of Moses that they are BLINDED to the TRUTH of the NEW Testament. I myself see the FEAR in them of NOT pleasing the Lord unless they KEEP the WHOLE LAW to the letter. These teachings of MAN place Christians in BONDAGE of FEAR. I see this FEAR among the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Seventh Day Adventist, the Mormons, those in the Hebrew Roots Movement, the Roman Catholics, and in those who WRONGLY have been taught to stop celebrating all holidays that have any connection with some pagan ritual.

Yes, it is true that the preaching and teaching of the whole word of God will bring conviction to us on things that we may have not thought about, but let the Holy Spirit lead you to as when HE wants you to work on that area of your life. This is the only way that I have found PEACE in my own life that is FREE from CONDEMNATION, because I MYSELF KNOW that I am following what the Holy Spirit is teaching ME. In the book of Acts, I believe the 15th chapter, we see that the Apostles had a debate as to what to do concerning placing things on new believers, so they decided to write and tell these new believers that it would be well for them to abstain from meats offered to idols, and to avoid fornication and then placed nothing more upon these new believers. I think there is WISDOM here to NOT place too many burdens at one time upon believers and let the Holy Spirit lead and guide them into all truth. Hold forth the word of TRUTH and let the Almighty God give the INCREASE. A true believer KNOW when he or she is sinning or is about to sin. The Holy Spirit is working in them as he is in us. We must TRUST the Holy Spirit to lead and guide not only us but our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord. Like a parent cannot ALWAYS be with their children so a Pastor cannot always be with their flock.


Philippians 2:12-16


"Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your OWN salvation with fear and trembling.

13. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14. Do all things without murmurings and disputing:

15. That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world;

16. Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain."


When ever I began to wonder if I should do more in the area of teaching my flock over the Internet about whether of not THEY should observe Christmas, Easter and Halloween, I thought about the RAINBOW that Almighty God placed in the sky as a sign to us that he would not destroy the world ever again by a flood. And then I thought of how the homosexual community have taken this sign of the rainbow as their OWN SYMBOL. So does this mean that I MYSELF can no longer ENJOY the beauty of a RAINBOW whether in the sky or in a painting just because MAN has associated it with something that is NOT of God?

I am resolved to believe that it is what is in our HEART that God sees far more than what MAN tries to make something to be. So if YOU yourself KNOW in your HEART that something is a SIN, then for YOU it is SIN. Work out your OWN salvation with fear and trembling. This does NOT mean that that your should FEAR EVERY thing that you do, but rather that your salvation is a SERIOUS things and therefore you should NOT take things lightly that YOU truly feel that the Holy Spirit is prompting YOU to do or not to do.

As for ME and MY house WE are going to ENJOY all the holidays of the year without FEAR of sinning, because seeing that we as Christians are FREE to even eat meat that we KNOW has been offer to idols of FALSE gods, which we KNOW WAS a sin under the OLD covenant but NOW under the NEW covenant is NO LONGER a sin. So then how is having a Christmas tree or taking your kids to see someone dressed up like Santa Clause, or hunting Easter eggs, or giving out candy on Halloween a SIN when the Holy Spirit HIMSELF does NOT convict you of sin?

Thanks for reading. May you find PEACE and JOY in life and be FREE from FEAR and the BONDAGE of the LAW. I pray that you do NOT drive your children away from God like so many Jehovah's Witnesses have done. have you ever considered the suicide rate among Jehovah's Witnesses for DENYING their children the JOY of celebrating holidays. FORCED RELIGION never works. If the LAW could save us, then WHY did God himself make a NEW COVENANT to save mankind?


Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Mark

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