Birthdays Of The Gods
While most Christians probably think of Christmas as being a first century Christian observance, it’s not. Even the originators of "Christmas," the Roman Catholic church's Mass of Christ, acknowledge this. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of Christianity. In fact, the word for Christmas has not been found in written documents until 1038 CE. It was, in late Old English, Cristes Maesse.
Further according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “Origen [a theologian from Alexandria in the late second to early third century], glancing perhaps at the discreditable imperial Natalitia asserts that in the Scriptures sinners alone, not saints, celebrate their birthday; Arnobius [a Christian rhetorician in the early fourth century] can still ridicule the "‘birthdays’ of the gods.” It seems that our 21st century Christian leaders have lost this ability.
Celebrating birthdays of the gods, who were creations of some ancient heathen's vain imagination, was, and is wholly a polytheistic pagan custom. This is why Arnobius could deride the birthdays of the gods, the ancient Roman Empire's mythical "super heroes," i.e., Apollo, Mars, Venus, etc. It's as if we believed the comic book Superman was "real," and therefore chose February 25th to celebrate his "day of birth." And later, Batman and Wonder Woman's "birthdays" were celebrated on the same day. Then centuries later, we lumped Jesus Christ into the fictitious February 25th birthday list with all the fantasy comic book super heroes. This is no different than Christians celebrating December 25th.
Despite the evidence that Christmas was not a first century Biblical practice, and the fact that the wise men from the east didn't show up with gifts until Christ was a young child living in a house, negating the entire "Nativity" story [see Mat. 2], "Christians" eventually succumbed to the deceit of celebrating religious birthdays.1 It took a few centuries [earliest estimates c. 320-330 CE] before the idea of celebrating Christ’s alleged birth date began to take hold. The apostles warned of the presence of false prophets beginning in the first century, who are around today, stronger than ever. [See the Feature article, Moving Forward]. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God because many false prophets are gone out into the world” [Greek, kosmos, 1 John 4:1]. In other words, have a love of the truth of the word of God. Today, people professing to be Christian believe that’s Christ’s birth on Christmas, December 25th, is stone cold fact. It’s just the opposite. It's stone cold myth. We’ve developed a love for this deceit, which for Protestants is a carry over from the Roman church. Why are we so steadfast in our dedication to a Roman Church practice rather than the truth of the word of God?
The Catholic Encyclopedia continues, “In view of a reaction to certain Jewish rites and feasts [these are the House of Israel’s roots of the true ekklesia based on the holy days, see Mat. 15:24, also the Feature article, And, It's Still A Mystery; Acts 2:36-38; the Sneakers article, The Context Of Prophecy, and the book, The Hijacked Elephant, now a complimentary PDF at the bottom of the Home page], Chrysostom tries to unite the Antioch church in celebrating Christ's birth on 25 December, part of the community having already kept it on that day for at least ten years. In the West [western part of the Roman empire], he says, the feast was thus kept, anothen [again] its introduction into Antioch he had always sought, conservatives always resisted. [It’s the exact opposite today]. This time he was successful; in a crowded church he defended the new custom." [See Jer. 10:3, 4].
The Catholic Encyclopedia continues, “The present writer is inclined to think that, be the origin of the feast in East or West [referring to the two divisions of the Roman Empire], and though the abundance of analogous midwinter festivals [birthdays of the gods] may indefinitely have helped the choice of the December [25th] date, the same instinct which set Natalis Invicti [pagan birth celebration of the "invincibles," their gods] at the winter solstice will have sufficed, apart from deliberate adaptation or curious calculation,2 to set the Christian feast there too.” Notice, this Roman church writer did not say the choice of the date was based on historical or Biblical evidence, but rather on religious expediency of the day in the Roman Empire. "All these other gods are celebrated on December 25th, so ....." Clearly, however, the beginning of "Christmas" wasn’t in Bethlehem, and it wasn’t in the first century.
It is interesting to note that John Chrysostom, a contemporary of Jerome, who lived from 347 to 407 CE, a false prophet and Roman church saint, doubled as the Archbishop of Constantinople, the capital city of the Byzantine Roman Empire [c. 330 CE], which was the 4th head of the Antichrist beast. [Dan. 2:40; also Chapter 5, The Blind Man’s Elephant, now a complimentary PDF at the bottom of the Home page]. This means that finally turning those in Antioch to celebrate Christ’s birth in the manner of pagan traditions, and on the winter solstice, did not become a spurious new custom there until the latter half of the fourth century, hundreds of years after Christ’s birth. This hardly supports the religious studies professor’s plea to leave Christ in Christmas especially when we recognize that it is not Biblical in origin. Its roots are firmly planted in pagan customs. Truth be told, it should be called Antichrist-mas.The 25th of December solstice [Latin, solstitium, Sun stopped] date was set by the emperor for the celebration of the Roman god Mithris [by way of the Persians, the second head of the beast, Dan. 2], and the Roman Sun god, Sol Invictius, which was the birthday celebration of the “invincible Sun god.” Natalis Invicti, birthday celebrations of the gods in general, by tradition, and Roman church archbishop insistence, came to include the alleged birth date of Christ as well. This connection may be why we see Roman church inspired religious paintings of Christ portraying him with a halo. Halos, of course, are not in the Biblical literature. Halos are representations of an orb, a disk, the Sun in particular. [Nativity Jesus Halo, Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome].
However, some religious folks, wanting to distance themselves from the fact that Christmas is a deceitful, non-Biblical custom related to traditional birth celebrations of non-existent pagan gods, claim the 25th of December solstice date was arrived at, not because it was part of a heathen winter festival time, Natalis Invicti, but because it was nine months after Christ’s conception on the 25th of March. Apparently they are claiming Christ was conceived on an Easter date, and was born on Christmas. Discounting what is surely a Guinness Book of World Records for circular reasoning, how they know this is beyond a mystery! [See the Sneakers article, Momma Maya, What's Next?!].
There is no consensus among historical scholars as to the year of Christ’s birth, which is thought to be sometime between 3-7 BCE, although it appears that 6 BCE is the accurate date. [See the Feature article, Easter, Babylon And The Antichrist, footnote 6]. And as the shepherds are not out in the fields at night with their flocks in December, we certainly don’t know the actual month of the birth either, although a late August to mid September date is the prime candidate when understanding the plan of God in relationship to the annual holy days, in addition to secular events such as the Roman census occurring between the two harvest times of the year, summer and fall. Obviously then, there is no way to pinpoint a conception that occurred about 2000 years ago in a small town in Judea on a specific date in the Julian calendar.
The holiday season is all fiction and a deceitful custom that has grown into the commercial retail circus of mammon, kicked off on the first century apostle's favorite day of the year, Black Friday. Rumor has it they would wear t-shirts emblazoned with "TVs For Christ" when mob rushing the local marketplace as soon as it opened. Sarcastic silliness, yes. But less so than what the false prophets have gotten "Christians" to practice in earnest today.
Recently, an on-line magazine published an article, "God With Us," which extols the alleged wonders of Christmas. Yet, they admit, "American culture has gone mad, with men who think they’re women and politicians who think they’re gods. Hatred and division are at historic levels, with some experts even predicting civil war. Western Civilization is genuinely in peril." In this they are correct. In fact, "Western Civilization" is the secular term we use, unknowingly, for the nations of the House of Israel, which, indeed, are in peril.
This article's statement is an incredible example of the prophecy in Micah 3 warning us in these end-times, but we don't connect the dots. "And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of the House of Israel [Western Civilization]; is it not for you to know judgement? Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron. Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings. Thus says the LORD concerning the [false] prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace ... Hear this, I pray you, you heads of the House of Jacob, and princes of the House of Israel, that abhor judgement, and pervert all equity. They [meaning us, the US and the nations of the West] build up [with military armaments and money] Zion [Zionist Israel] with blood [the Palestinians and other peoples of the Middle East], and Jerusalem with iniquity. The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? no evil can come upon us." [Micah 3:1-5, 10, 11; Judging For A Bribe].
This magazine article even makes the statement, "But far more important than merely knowing about the end times is knowing what the followers of Jesus should be doing about it." [See the Feature article, Our Corrupted Compass]. The answer to their question is rather simple. Ditch the corrupting Christmas heathen custom. If we think that getting away from the commercialization of Christmas and back to the warm and fuzzy maudlin traditions of the season, "making our shopping experience meaningful again," will make us better "Christians," then we are totally deluded. [Totally Deluded]. Those who allege to speak for God, promoting Christmas and the "traditional spirit of the season" are "the [false] prophets that make my people err."
Christ should never be associated with anything “Christmas” or the “Christmas season,” which theologically is the silly Santa season. So, let’s include Christ out of everything and anything Christmas, and get back to our true Christian roots from the first century as told to us in the Biblical record. Otherwise, it will be as Micah warned us, "Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings." [See the Book Excerpt, The Elephant Has Been Hijacked].
The United States and the other indigenous Christian nations of the West, the House of Israel, are increasingly suffering the evilness of our ways in the world championed by our enemy. The obvious is coming back to roost heavily on our heads in our lands exactly as the prophecies tell us. The only way out for us is to ditch the pagan traditions, and get right with the truth of the word of God. No president or prime minister can lead us out of our calamity, in fact it is quite the contrary, for it is the hand of God upon us. [Jer. 30:12-15]. Unless we, as the people of the House of Israel, get back to our LORD in great humility, and forsake the false prophets and their deluding practices that have led us into our worsening predicament, we are due to suffer the worst tribulation brought on any nations since there was a nation. [Dan. 12:1; also Eze. 7:8, 9]. For the details of the warning from our Lord and Savior, see the Feature article, And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor.
For Christians, Christ’s birth in the flesh is not what's important, rather it’s his resurrection, his birth in the Spirit, for Christ is our Redeemer to eternal life in the Spirit. His resurrection took place on the weekly sabbath, not a Sunday morning as the false prophets would have us believe, between the two holy days of Unleavened Bread in the spring [again see the Feature article, Easter, Babylon And The Antichrist]. “For those of the flesh [the spirit of man] do mind the things of the flesh; but those of the Spirit of God mind the things of the Spirit.” [Rom. 8:5]. It's time for us to mind the things of the Spirit of God rather than the spirit of Christmas folly, the birthdays of the gods, which lead us to perdition. [2 Ths. 2:3].
To read more about this, see the Sneakers article, Our History In Context, and the Feature articles in the Holiday section, Merry Christmas? and The Christmas Messages.
1 In the Roman Catholic church, for example, most of the saint feast days celebrate "the saint going to heaven" [the day they die], immediately after which they are "reborn" as "invincibles," immortals, in heaven, waiting to intercede on your behalf as did the lesser Roman gods in their day. [Minor Roman Gods Areas Of Responsibility]. This is a Roman church adaptation of the Roman natalis invicti, celebrating birthdays, of the "saints in heaven," rather than the gods on Mt. Olympus. See the Feature articles, Heaven Can Wait and Heaven Can Wait II.
2 Deliberate adaptation would reference the pagan practice of celebrating birthdays of the gods, thereby adapting the alleged birth date of Christ into the same familiar custom of the day. Curious calculation would refer to the idea of placing the celebration on the 25th of December, the winter solstice, with the idea to pull followers away from the celebration of their gods to the Roman church celebration of a fictional birth date of Christ, thereby “growing the church.” In either case, the observation of the Christmas festival is laden with pagan baggage and is not Biblical in its origin or in its practice. It serves only to take us further away from the truth of the word of God, though our current day false prophets tell us otherwise.
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