THERE IS MUCH ABOUT CHRISTMAS THAT has nothing to do with Christ and is
actually of pagan origins predating the birth of Christ. Take a look at
these historic facts:
The date, December 25th is handed down from
Rome and was a celebration of the god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun
god. Gift giving and celebrations filled the pagan temples.
The infamous Christmas tree, the evergreen,
was used in Germany in worship and celebration of the yule god, and to
observe the resurrected sun god. Much gift giving and celebration took
The red holly was used by witches and pagans
as a symbol of the menstrual blood of the goddess Diana, also known as the
queen of heaven. The holly wood was also used by witches to make
Ever wondered where the tradition of the
mistletoe came from? Would you believe the white berries were believed
by pagans to be symbolic droplets of the semen of the sun god and were hung
in doorways of temples and homes to invoke the powers of fertility in those
who stood beneath it and kissed. They also believed that by doing this
that the spirits of the god and goddess would enter them.
The bottom line is that Christmas is nothing more than the merging--the marriage
of paganism to Christianity. We cannot "Christianize" Christmas anymore
than we can Christianize a pentagram. Giving Christian symbolism and terms
to pagan customs does nothing to make them "Christian." The internal
nature of these are still pagan and unconverted.
HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT CHRISTMAS...
I have to admit, if I could have my way, there would be no celebration of the
birth of Christ as we know it today. Instead I would continue to
commemorate the sacrifice of his suffering and death which he commanded us to
remember, not on a yearly basis, but as a part of life.
But here's the good news I find about Christmas...
It appears that the whole world--saint and sinner--celebrate this year together
with gift giving, parties, and great feasts (this unifying of saint and sinner
should make us stop and think). It offers an excellent time to talk about
"Christ" with those who may not normally talk about him. Even as Halloween
draws great multitudes of people together offering a great opportunity for
sharing the gospel, so does Christmas offer a greater opportunity.
During this time of year, let us not forget the message that Christ came to give
for every day of the year...the message of liberty and freedom and hope.
He came to offer...
Great happiness to the poor, because God's kingdom will be
Great happiness to the hungry, because one day they shall
never go without food.
Great happiness to those with great sorrow, because one day
they shall have eternal laughter and peace.
Great happiness to those who suffer at the hands of others,
because one day they shall live in peace and fellowship in God's kingdom.
You have the eternal message that is much needed in our temporal world today.
Let us not forget that our message is not a yearly commemoration, but one that
is to be proclaimed from the housetops to every creature wherever you are.
During this year's end, let us remember that God's concern is with saving people
from the eternal grip of the Devil and his hell. Wherever you are, there
are people. Wherever there are people, there is ministry.
Let us be diligent in proclaiming the good news of the gospel 365 days in
whatever we do and wherever we are.