Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Christmas Litmus

I have numerous friends who rant at secular humanists for trying to remove "Merry Christmas" from the American vernacular. They charge that certain Jewish powers would eradicate Christ from our national heritage by doing away with Christmas verbiage and iconography. I think perhaps the charge has substance, but I also think changing "Merry Christmas" to "Happy Holidays" might be a good thing. Before you call me infidel, please hear me out.

The Bible tells us that to deny Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah is to be his enemy. David, under God's inspiration, tells us that God converts Christ's enemies into footstools for him, low seats for resting the feet. In other words, God drafts Christ's enemies into Christ's service. Therefore, we can expect Christ-deniers ~ regardless of whatever personal motives may be driving them ~ to serve the will of God. Remember: it was Christ-deniers that made the crucifixion succeed as the mechanism by which all repentant sinners have been brought into the family of God. God uses the ignorance and hatred of his enemies to carry out his purposes.

Christian historians are now fairly certain that Christ was not born in winter, but indeed in the fall, and that Christmas is nothing more than the delightful pagan Saturnalia repackaged in Christian imagery. If this is so, then the institution of Christmas is the work of lying tongues, which God despises.

Persuaded of this, and also that scripture discourages commemorating birthdays at all (in fact, the only two birthday celebrations reported in the Bible are associated with grisly death), I became convinced a dozen years ago that Christmas-keeping was paying homage to a lie. An enquiry into biblical languages informed me that the very term "Christmas" in Greek signifies "Christ-detester" (Christ-miseo); in Hebrew (Christ-m'ss') gives us "Christ-trial" in the sense of "Christ-testing of men" or "the Christ test." Christmas litmus. The word seems to be telling us that if we buy into the messiah's birth on December 25, we buy into haters of Christ and sing and preach and pray with a lying tongue. By our own demeanor we prove the Christ we adore is the fake one. And this would be a sin to confess and repent of.

So I approve of efforts to expunge Christ from the season of winter solstice. I consider separating Christ from Christmas a work of God preached and administered, like the crucifixion, by his enemies.

And how do I observe the season? Well, I enjoy the Saturnalian tradition of partying, decorating, and gift-giving ~ let one and all take respite from an otherwise dark and dreary time of year. But the baby Jesus stuff I regard with benign disdain, in the spirit of "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

I look very carefully at how people handle the above information. Do they seek validation with a willingness to repent? Or do they crucify the messenger? That's the real Christmas litmus.

13 Comments:

Blogger Michael J. Farrand said...

Good piece. Thought you might like my poem on the topic: "The True Spirit of Saturnalia".

11:22 AM  
Blogger Tim Richardson said...

I too have been saying for years now that removing the true Spirit of Christ from the pagan, commercialized partying, could be nothing but God's will, and therefore by simple definition, a good thing. So let the blasphemers and idolaters have there way. In fact, PLEASE don’t stop there, by all means get the words “In God We Trust” the hell off the fake money too. -- Tim Richardson

11:34 AM  
Blogger resistance said...

So just don't celebrate or acknowledge the birth of Jesus or his death and resurrection at all? You say this is God's way, not to acknowledge birthdays?

Any holidays okay at all? 4th of July? Thanksgiving? Anything?

We do have Sunday once a week. That's kind of a holiday, and commanded by God.

The Jews have holidays they are commanded by God to celebrate, for the purpose of remembering what God has done and as a testimony to the world.

I'm torn about this question of whether or not to celebrate Christmas and Easter, knowing the pagan influence of the customs that go into the holidays.

7:48 AM  
Blogger resistance said...

So just don't celebrate or acknowledge the birth of Jesus or his death and resurrection at all? You say this is God's way, not to acknowledge birthdays?

Any holidays okay at all? 4th of July? Thanksgiving? Anything?

We do have Sunday once a week. That's kind of a holiday, and commanded by God.

The Jews have holidays they are commanded by God to celebrate, for the purpose of remembering what God has done and as a testimony to the world.

I'm torn about this question of whether or not to celebrate Christmas and Easter, knowing the pagan influence of the customs that go into the holidays.

7:49 AM  
Blogger DW said...

Tupper,

Good to see your new blogs. Got a heads up from our friend Larry B.
I concur with your assessment of the Christian/pagan holidays and do my best to not "buy into" the reason for the season. It is all Godless, merchantile, fascism designed to "fleece the flocks" through anticipation and dissapointment.

I am still at it here on the left coast and wish you the best as always and keep those blogs and letters coming.

Dennis
California

4:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Richardson said...

Scripture does NOT have us to celebrate anyone's birthday. However, we ARE to celebrate and gather at His appointed times, called feasts. We are do to this forever.

You'll find that if you DO celebrate the feasts, that your "need" for pagan holidays such as celebrating the fertility goddess Esthar (Easter) won't be needed or wanted any more. God gave us everything we need, including holidays which He fixed.

Read your bibles people, it's all there.

1:53 PM  
Blogger The Aardvark said...

WOW!

That Neither Jesus, nor his Apostles were inspired to provide for Christmas doings is telling.

God was not shy about commanding celebration of the Lord's Supper on the first day of the week, f'rinstance, so He seems eminently capable of getting His thinking on a matter known.

As tim said, read your Bibles.

Especially the parts you have not underlined yet.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Jesus declared himself "Lord of the Sabbath" which is, and always has been, the seventh day. I see the Lord commanding us not to foresake the assembling of ourselves together, but find it an unscriptural stretch to see this as a command to have "church meetings" every Sunday morning. The Sunday tradition came from Rome, not the Bible.

Additional intemperate thoughts at stevekerp.blogspot.com

4:29 PM  
Blogger Brownshoe Silor said...

Resistance said- "We do have Sunday once a week. That's kind of a holiday, and commanded by God."

Who is this God Person Anyway?

8:14 PM  
Blogger TRUTH459 said...

“Christmas: Santa or ‘Truth’ – 101” …Blog.
http://truth459.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-santa-or-truth-101-blog.html

*** (Luke 17:10) So likewise you; when you shall have done “All” the things “Commanded” you, say; We are unprofitable servants; for we have done what was [only] Our = ‘DUTY’ To Do.
*** (Isaiah 6:8) And I [Isaiah] heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for “US?” [Genesis 1:26] Then I said: –> Here am I: –> send me!

7:54 AM  
Blogger Eternity Bride said...

If the root is of evilness and unholiness, we are called to have absolutely nothing to do with any of them. "Putting Christ back into Christmas" just to make it more "godly" or more "holy" when the root origin is Saturnalia, it absolutely does not make it acceptable to HOLY God and holy Jesus Christ. Without holiness, no one can see holy God. If we put an evil and unholy wolf into sheep's clothing absolutely does not mean it is no longer a wolf. It is still a wolf. We are called to be sanctified. To separate ourselves from all evilness and all unholiness.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Eternity Bride said...

Roger. Christian.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Eternity Bride said...

"If anyone desires to follow Me, let him DENY himself and follow Me......"

12:00 PM  

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