I never really was big in to celebrating christmas and it always confused me why it was touted as a christian holiday because I was very well aware of the origins - I first discovered the truth as a child reading the encyclopedia. I am sure this was one of many things that caused me to be an atheist; I kept finding more and more evidence that proved professing christianity was a joke. In spite of all that, I did celebrate it a little as a family tradition thing but was sure to keep Christ OUT of it because for one, I knew it had nothing to do with him and two, I did not believe in God anyway. I remember a response I used to say, mockingly, to professing christians when they said, "Keep Christ in christmas!" ... "He was never in it to begin with!"
I will never forget the first year I officially stopped celebrating christmas - it was 2005 and we were living in Washington State. My grandma was going to fly over from Nebraska to hang out with us for a week or so and was excited to be there for the christmas season. I had to break it to her that we did not have a tree and were not going to celebrate. She got really, really upset with me. She was the only active professing christian in my family as far as I knew and was so excited when I started reading the bible and talking about Christ ... but her excitement did not last too long.
She never did get over the fact that I did not celebrate christmas. For her it was much more of an emotional thing than anything else and I believe that is the case for many who profess to be christians, know the pagan and occult foundations of christmas, and yet still choose to participate in it. For most it has a 'warm fuzzy feeling' associated with it and they do not want to loose that. They are so attached to this feeling or emotion that they are choosing it over the truth. Darkness is being chosen over light. Instead of losing ones life here on this earth, it is being saved on this earth with the false hope of still having it in the world to come too.
Is this what Christ taught?
A few years ago my dad took me, my brother and his wife out to eat during this time of year. As we were walking towards the restaurant I could hear the christmas music playing.
You better not cry
You better not pout I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
He's making a list
Checking it twice
Gonna find out who's naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
WHAT?! I had heard that song my whole life and even sang it but I never thought of what it actually said till I started following the Lord. Did you read that? Really? Idolatry. God hates this!
Today for the message Brother Kevn shared some thoughts on christmas and I really appreciated it. Nothing many of us [those we are in fellowship with] have not thought before, but still really good to be reminded. One is that nearly every single tradition associated with christmas is pagan or straight from the occult. The crazy thing is, it's not a secret. Anyone can look it up with hardly any effort at all ... it's all right there for us to see if we want to.
Christ calls us out of this world to follow him. He says we are to walk in the light. Light cannot abide with darkness. The Lord says we are to be holy in ALL manner of living.
Is it holy to participate in the occult? to have fellowship with darkness? What does the bible say?
Kevn pointed out Titus 2 where we are called peculiar people [God's own!], zealous of good works. Thinking of the pagan and occult foundations of christmas (that are still very much a part of the holiday), would God's own people, who are zealous of good works, participate in such things? And even worse, participate in such things and mix Christ with it?
After the message, as usual, other brothers shared too. One younger brother shared about how he hears people say things like "keep Christ in Christmas" but then for the sake of the christmas holiday they go about doing so many things Christ taught exactly against. Coveting. Storing up treasures. Loving the world. Greed. Hate. Lying. The list goes on.
While I believe one key "reason for the season" is SELF or FLESH, another key "reason for the season" is money. The commercial industries would be so upset if 'we' stopped celebrating this [unholy] holiday. This should be a huge black flag for us!
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Please come out from among them and be separate. Touch not the unclean thing. Do not practice the ways of the world: "Learn not the way of the heathen". Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbour as yourself.
Narrow minded? Praise the Lord!