Friday, 09 December 2011
I'm sure by now I've really made some people angry. I'm taking the Christ out of Christmas. But I feel that if we are truly followers of Christ, then we must be searching for the Truth. I can't sit aside and say nothing.
So what are we celebrating? What we're actually celebrating is a true American holiday. Don't get your panties in a bunch over that; I simply mean that the U.S. is known as the melting pot. Our Christmas holiday is a mixture of traditions from all parts of the world, brought together for your enjoyment.
Ancient Babylon: They celebrated the Feast of the Son if Isis on Dec 25. Partying, feasting, and gift giving were a part of this celebration.
Rome: The Winter Solstice, feast of Saturnalia (god of agriculture), Feast of Juvenalia (honoring children), and celebration of Mithras. Mithras you will find to be most interesting, I believe. He is the god of the Unconquerable Sun, born on Dec 25. It was their most sacred day of the year. Candle lighting, yule logs, mistletoe, and hollyberries were parts of his celebration.
In 350, Pope Julius 1 decided to blend the pagan celebrations with the worship of Christ. He thought that pagans would be more likely to convert to Christianity if they had similar festivals. So Mithras' celebration became the celebration of the birth of Christ.
St. Boniface is responsible, according to legend, for the first Christmas trees. He convinced the pagans worshiping Thor that the evergreen tree was a sign and symbol of Christ. They eventually became associated with the Paradise Tree, used in early plays about the Fall of Man (Garden of Eden story).
The story of Yahsua's birth is Truth. Was He born on December 25? No. But several pagan gods were. I can understand the early Christians' attempts at converting the masses. But that is also why we have the verse "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you." (Deut 4:2) If the early Christians would have followed that, our version of Christianity would be much different.
So now you know what we're really celebrating with our Christmas traditions. Pagan beliefs. Is there another way to celebrate it? You betcha. But I'll cover that in another post. Oh, and feel free to Google "The Origins of Christmas", if you don't trust what I've written.
Did you know that the day of Christmas and some of its traditions are pagan in origin? Does this make you want to change the way you celebrate Christmas?