December 20, 2010

The Modern- But Still Pagan- Winter Solstice Celebration

All of the blog posts and web articles disputing the origins of and modern reasons for celebrating the season always come to the same conclusion- that there's really not one; At least not one that will be agreed upon. There are always people on both sides in the end.

Because of this, I usually completely avoid the internet around this time of year. But today I think that I need to tell some of what I know of this season. So here it is.

My belief is that no; Scripture does not specifically say "Thou shalt not observe the day, December 25th, as a celebration for any reason." However, if we really study Scripture, and history from the perspective of Scripture, we can see where YHWH is either opposed to us observing a pagan holi-day- collectively with other things- or rebuking His people for having done it. We can also see that our Messiah was NOT born on or near X-mas day, as well as when He WAS born if we choose to look for it. The problem is that most people have hardened their hearts to the truth and thus refuse to look for the Truth in Scripture.

In Leviticus 18:3-5, YHWH says, "Do not do as they do in the land of Mitsrayim, where you dwelt. And do not do as they do in the land of Kenaʽan, where I am bringing you, and do not walk in their laws. ‘Do My right-rulings and guard My laws, to walk in them. I am יהוה your Elohim. And you shall guard My laws and My right-rulings, which a man does and lives by them. I am יהוה."

And again, in Deuteronomy 12:30-32,"Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto יהוה thy Elohim: for every abomination to יהוה, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”

YHWH says not to follow after the abominations of the lands where they came from and where they are going to. One of these is the worship of His Creation rather that the Creator Himself. This is what Jeremiah 10 refers to- the tradition of cutting down trees for use as idols. From this tradition comes that of the Christmas tree- simply a sanitized version of an Asherim tree.

Here is where I refer you to another article, which explicitly states the pagan worship of and sexual origins of the tree. This article is by Lew White and based on his research of the subject: http://www.fossilizedcustoms.com/asherah.html

I just don’t feel comfortable saying some of the things that he says- for somewhat obvious reasons.

The modern celebration of Christmas comes from the mixing up of the various religions and pagan practices within the Roman Empire. This was in an effort to unite the very large empire, similar to the efforts of the Greeks and Babylonians. The difference being that the Emperor, Constantine, didn’t assimilate the peoples into the Roman religion that was already there, he made up his own religion- and then forced it. Constantine called his new religion “Catholicism”- meaning “Universal(ism).” 1 Everyone’s religion was assimilated into this one religion, so now everybody can be one and be happy- or at least that was the theory.

December 25th, the official date of the X-Mas celebration, was taken from the Jewish or Hebrew holiday of Chanukah. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Biblical month of Kislev according to the rabbinical calendar- or the 25th day of the 10th Month according to the Biblical calendar. Constantine took this day of the month and applied it to the month wherein X-mas is celebrated; a date within the same week as the Pagan Winter Solstice celebrations, while also enticing the “Jews” to give in.

The name “Christmas” is a combination word, made up of the Greek word “Christos,” which means “anointed,” and the Latin word “Mass,” meaning “depart, dismissal.” Together this means “anointed dismissal.” 2 What that has to do with the Sun-worship holy-day, I’m not sure. I’m just telling you what the so-called name means.

How did the Nativity get put into all of this? Simply to sanitize pagan rituals and make them more acceptable to those who believe in the Messiah, so that these people can be assimilated into the empire with all the others.

According to the Encyclopedia Americana, 1956 edition, “Christmas…was not observed in the first centuries of the Christian church, since the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth…a feast was established in memory of this event [Christ’s birth] in the 4th century. In the 5th century the Western church ordered the feast to be celebrated on the day of the Mithraic rites of the birth of the sun and at the close of the Saturnalia, as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ’s birth existed.” 3

The Catholic Encyclopedia (under the heading of “Christmas”) confirms this twisting of Scripture, as does the Encyclopedia Britannica (15th edition, volume 10, pg. 1062-3). So do many newspaper articles on the subject, such as this one: “We owe a lot to Druids, Dutch”, by Alan Edmonds, of The Toronto Star, Dec. 1894: “The Reformation cast a blight on Christmas. By then, of course, clever ecclesiastical politicians had adopted the Pagan mid-winter festival as the alleged birthdate of [Yahshua] of Nazareth, and thrown in a few other Pagan goodies to make their takeover more palatable.”

The Catholic Encyclopedia also says that the popular Nativity Scene/Crib was made popular by the Catholic saint, Francis of Assisi. 4 “It was during Christmastide of this year (1223) that the saint conceived the idea of celebrating the Nativity ‘in a new manner’, by reproducing in a church at Greccio the praesepio of Bethlehem, and he has thus come to be regarded as having inaugurated the popular devotion of the Crib.”5 Before Francis of Assisi’s idea, I cannot find record of the Crib being used.

Finally, here is an interesting quote from the aforementioned Catholic Encyclopedia: “…there is no month in the year to which respectable authorities have not assigned Christ's birth.” 6 So not only is X-Mas acknowledged to be a holiday of mixture, but it has also been admitted by the people who did the mixing, not to have anything to do with the celebration of the Messiah’s birth. The Nativity is nothing more than a charade, a disguise. Period.

And because of their anti-“Jewish” indoctrination, the “early Christian fathers”- those believing and/or teaching the false doctrine of Constantine and his cohorts- couldn’t or wouldn’t look at Scripture through the Hebraic perspective that it was written in. If they had, they would have known that the date of Yahshua’s birth can be known to those who search it out. If you are still reading, and interested in learning when Yahshua’s birth really was, read the article below. It does well to state some of the biblical evidence for Yahshua’s birth without being very technical about the math. :-)
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1- “Catholic”, according to the Oxford English Dictionary: http://oxforddictionaries.com/view/entry/m_en_us1231358?rskey=gSqt1H&result=2#m_en_us1231358.002 .
3- Encyclopedia and news quotes taken from this website: http://www.thercg.org/books/ttooc.htm.
4- Catholic Encyclopedia reference can be read here: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03724b.htm.
5- Catholic Encyclopedia reference to Francis of Assisi: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06221a.htm.
6- Catholic Encyclopedia reference can be read here: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03724b.htm.

4 comments:

  1. Shalom, You have so much discernment, knowqledge of Scripture. I know you are a studier and and I am certain YHVH approves!!
    Miss you my special girl,
    Mamma

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  2. Read this again this morning!! 12:12am:) Will follow up on the links another time. It is way past my bedtime!!!:0)
    This time of year can be frustrating for me. I taught the lies of the church system really well to my family. So, keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
    I admire the way you searc things out. You are a Blessing to me.
    Love you,
    Mamma

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  3. In second to last paragraph, are you saying that different respectable authorities have said, "Oh, maybe Yeshua was born this month" for every month of the year?
    If so, wow, they're ridiculous.

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  4. Yes, Lisa. Not only are those my words, but that was an actual quote from the Catholic Encyclopedia. It is available in it's entirety online. The reference link is as mentioned at the bottom of the post:

    6- Catholic Encyclopedia reference can be read here: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03724b.htm.

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