Is the Savior “Merry” about
Some startling facts
Sometimes tradition is acceptable and perhaps even pleasing in the sight of our Heavenly Father.
But what about Christmas? Is it possible that Christmas is a tradition that honors the Messiah vocally, but actually is displeasing to Him?
Mark 7:9 - All too well you reject the commandment...that you may keep your tradition
He didn't like the traditions of the Scribes and Pharisees because they transgressed other commandments. So how did the Christmas observance get its start?
The following is a quote from the 2000 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 11 ; page 390.
"During the later periods of Roman history, sun worship gained in importance and ultimately led to what has been called a 'solar monotheism.' Nearly all the gods of the period were possessed of Solar qualities, and both Christ and Mithra acquired the traits of solar deities. The feast of Sol and Victus (open unconquered Sun) on December 25th was celebrated with great joy, and eventually this date was taken over by the Christians as Christmas, the birthday of Christ."
Notice how it says "both Christ and Mithra acquired the traits of solar deities?" Pardon, but are there any alarm bells going off here?
In ancient times, somewhere around 300AD, the Christians were apparently trying to get more converts so they tried to make the Messiah more like the idols found in sun worship---all under the guise of making Him more attractive to pagans.
Thus, they brought various elements of the December 25th "feast of the unconquered sun" into their worship by saying that December 25th was actually the Messiah's birthday, which was simply not true.
This is the origin of Christmas and this is why we have various pagan-rooted traditions accompanying this observance.
But we don't win the world by imitating the world; we win the world by imitating the Messiah!
When the apostle
Paul was writing to the Ephesians, a group of believers who were surrounded by
idol worship, he said:
Ephesians 5:11 - have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
So they should never have tried to copy idolatrous feasts. Rather, they should have exposed them for the fraud and lie that they were. Creating a new lie by saying the Messiah was born on Dec. 25th, the birthday of various sun gods, and having Him "acquire the traits of solar deities/gods" is not something our Savior would be “merry” about.
So when was His birthday? We can learn by studying the timing of the priestly course of Zacharias (Luke 1:5), John the Baptist's father, and adding six months to that time period (Luke 1:24-26). This would place Yahushua the Messiah's birth in either the spring or fall. The scriptures do not supply us with an exact date of birth, but it certainly was not in the winter.
We know the date of His death (on Passover). Scripture does tell us the time of many other important events in biblical history such as the founding of the temple (first day of the biblical year), the timing of the Exodus from Egypt (also on Passover), the date that the flood began and many other events.
But the date of the Messiah's birth? Scripture is silent. Even though He could look into the future and know that there would be billions of people who wanted to celebrate His birthday, He never told us when it was. If He wanted us to celebrate His birthday, He surely would have told us when it was.
The pagan customs associated with Christmas are clearly condemned in the scriptures. Here is one of them:
Jeremiah 10:2 - "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are futile; For one cuts a tree from the forest, The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. 4 They decorate it with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers so that it will not topple.
First of all, it says in this verse "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles" Don't even learn it, let alone practice it and incorporate it into the worship of Yahweh our Heavenly Father. After all, shouldn't the roots of our worship be in the scriptures, rather than paganism?
Secondly, it says that the Gentiles were dismayed at the signs of heaven. History tells us that when the sun began to go further away from the earth and the days grew shorter in the winter, the sun worshipping Gentiles were "dismayed", and feared that the sun would not return. So they held certain festivals just after the time of the Winter Solstice when it did begin to return. This return of the sun is why December 25th is the birthday of so many solar deities/gods.
One of the customs the pagans had was to decorate a tree that they had cut down and fasten it so that it would not topple. The evergreen tree seemed to not be bothered by the winter so it would have been a logical choice. We see the same copycat custom existing even today--called the Christmas tree.
So we are told to not to learn the way of the Gentiles. And here He even goes so far as describe a custom that is a way of the heathen. Since He tells us that this is a heathen custom and He clearly condemned the practice of it, shouldn't we avoid it? The placing of gifts under the tree is much like the heathen who offered various gifts to their idols, and then kneeling before the tree to receive them back again.
This is one of many other such customs, including the gift giving. Why on earth would we give each other gifts when it's supposed to be the Messiah's birthday? It isn’t our birthday, is it?
All of this has led to ridiculous commercialism, with various "Black Friday" sales in corporate America. But "Black Friday" sales are only a smokescreen. It may be the day when corporate America goes in the black, but most other Americans end up going in the red.
Biblically, it is wrong to take traditions of pagans and try apply them to the worship of the Heavenly Father. Proof of this is in how He dealt with the children of Israel when they were about to enter into the promised land. He said:
Deuteronomy 12:29 - ”...do not inquire after their gods, saying, `How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.'
Notice that it
doesn't say, "Let us serve their gods" but "how
did these nations serve their gods?"
Deuteronomy 12:31-32 "You shall not worship Yahweh your Mighty One in that way…
32 Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.
So He told them to not worship Him in the way of the heathen. He didn’t want them to take heathen customs and try to honor Him with it. He is not honored by them. He said that they should not add to His commandments, nor take away from them.
Christmas takes pagan festivals and traditions and applies them to the worship of our Creator. This is clearly shown to be wrong.
Think about it:
Would it be right to take an observance invented by Satanists and then
incorporate the customs from that observance into our worship of the Creator?
Do we realize that all paganism is Satanism? Satan is the one behind all pagan worship. And whatever god the idolaters worship, they (perhaps unknowingly) are actually worshipping Satan.
1 Corinthians 10:20 - Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons…
You cannot drink the cup of the Master and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Master's table and of the table of demons.
We cannot mix the profane with the holy, and we cannot mix lies with truth, and we cannot mix the table of our Savior with the table of demons. We must choose one, or the other.
The very premise
of the Christmas observance isn’t based on truth. The Messiah wasn’t born
December 25th. He didn’t ask us to celebrate His birthday, or tell us to set up
a tree in our house and decorate it or our houses with anything. Santa Claus
doesn’t exist. There are no reindeer that fly and he isn't going to come down
the chimney and leave any gifts. Everything is a lie. Is our Savior the
originator of this observance? Or is it the father of lies? Our Savior condemned
the leaders of that generation for teaching lies, and he said that the devil is
the father of lies:
John 8:44b - When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
If the devil is
the father of lies, and this observance of Christmas is marked with all kinds of
lies, who is the author of this 'holiday?' It seems to me that with all the lies
and the roots in idolatry, satan's fingerprints are actually all over it.
Revelation 22:14 - Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
If we want to practice a lie, we need only celebrate Christmas and we will be doing just that. So let’s abide in the truth, and forsake vain traditions which the bible speaks so clearly against.