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Christmas Has Nothing to do with the Messiah

NOTICE: At the end of this blog post are several resources: articles, videos and scripture verses in the footnotes. Study up! If you are a believer like me, make sure the Christmas holiday is something our heavenly Father wants you to observe. Below, I share my personal story.

One of the Biggest Hoaxes Ever

All my life I have celebrated Christmas.

For years I would emphasize that “Jesus is the reason for the season.”

I meticulously made a point to write Merry CHRISTmas when writing Christmas cards—

or on my Facebook Status as you can see from these pictures below.

I felt compelled to put the spotlight where I thought it belonged.

After all, God sending His Son into the world to die for our sins is one of the fundamental beliefs of my faith (John 3:16), and the real meaning of the holiday, right?

Sure, I knew America has commercialized this holiday. Sure, I knew there was a lot of focus on Santa Claus, reindeer and other secular foolery. Sure, I knew that Jesus Christ was not actually born on December 25th, but so what?

Despite knowing these things, it did not cross my mind much, if at all, to research this holiday.

Until this year.

Can’t we just “Christianize” the Holiday?

The Christinization of Christmas has taken place for centuries. Everything from declaring this pagan festival a holiday (or Holy Day) and renaming it Christmas (which means a mass or service for Christ), to the religious greeting cards we can find to mail to family and friends during this time.

We even created Christmas carols like Away in a Manager and O Come Ye Faithful, we buy special-made “Christian” tree ornaments and nativity sets to go along with this holiday.

We have done our very best to morph this festival into something different, many of us ignorant to the meaning of the wreath, mistletoe, Christmas tree, wrapped gifts, and many other pagan traditions or items that go with the holiday that we freely allow in our homes.

We even transformed the Yule log burning that honored a pagan god into the light that came from heaven when Christ was born. The Yuletide 12-Day festival that celebrated the rebirth of the sun also transformed into the 12-Days-of-Christmas that marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi.

“Happy Birthday, Jesus!”

Growing up my parents baked Jesus a birthday cake for Christmas. We would gather around a cake and sing the Happy Birthday song to Jesus. My family made the holiday all about our beloved Messiah. What’s so wrong with that?!

Isn’t it our “good intent” that counts? God knows our hearts, right?

Isn’t it OK to celebrate it with our own meaning?

Aren’t we “cool” to partake as long as we don’t embrace Santa Clause and his reindeer?

Our ways seem perfectly acceptable until we read our Bibles and see what the Most High has to say about “Christianizing” or repurposing a pre-existing pagan tradition.

The Philosophy of Many

One family friend & Bible teacher articulates it this way:

“Many individuals have a philosophy that acknowledges knowing where Christmas comes from, in terms of it being pagan, but feel they can celebrate Christmas in their own way.  They feel they can use this particular tradition and re-label it to put their own spin to it. They are not creating a new tradition but putting their own spin on another created tradition; i.e., the pre-existing tradition of Christmas that was created by someone else.”

Been there, done that.

I was among the many feeling “successful” in Christianizing the holiday.

I relished in my own personal meaning of the holiday with little regard to what the holiday means to the Most High.

Can we as children of the Most High truly Christianize or “make Godly” something that is so undeniably rooted in the worship of pagan gods and goddesses?

Based on the scriptures we will examine below, it would appear the Most High doesn’t even want us to attempt doing this!

Origin, Scripture & Resources

First, I’ll share the real shocking reason for the Christians season. Then I’ll share some scriptures for you to study, along with some articles & videos to review.

It is very important that you research this, and I encourage you to do so!

Don’t be like me and simply think this sounds absurd and wait years before taking a closer look. Or take the word of your pastor(s) without researching it yourself. Or conform to the pressures of “group think” which is rampant in some church circles today.

Rejecting this holiday is not rejecting Christ. If anything, it’s rejecting Satan! You’ll understand why I say this by the time you finish this post.

History of the Christmas Festival

Christmas was celebrated long before Jesus Christ was ever born.

It was not called Christmas back then. It was a pagan festival celebrated on the winter solstice, a “tradition of man” passed on through the generations.

Sun Worship

The so-called god Tammuz

Many are surprised to learn that the first Christmas started as sun worship.

Not son as in S-O-N, but sun as in S-U-N. Oddly enough, we will also see how “Son” worship is involved, too.

It all started with the first popular pagan family: Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz the Sun God who was born on December 25th.

If you are not familiar with Nimrod, he is the son of Cush and great grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:8). Cush & Nimrod were instrumental in the building of the Tower of Babel in the early  Babylonian empire. Nimrod’s mother, Semiramis, claimed she was never born and did not have parents, that she came to Earth in a huge Egg. <Side-eye.>

It gets weirder.

After Nimrod’s father Cush dies, Nimrod and his mother Semiramis marry one another. Hashtag incest. They proclaimed to be deities too. <More Side-eye.>

This sounds like pre-flood activity, but this actually happens post-flood!

After some time, Nimrod dies at the hand of Shem, one of Noah’s sons. Shem sliced and diced Nimrod into many pieces, delivering each piece to nearby empires to spread the message that Nimrod was not a deity, just merely a man.

Nimrod’s wife, Semiramis, did not let this stop her. This evil and crafty diva convinced her followers that Nimrod did not die but ascended to the Sun and was now the Sun God.

Thus, Sun worship began.

Since Shem was not about to tolerate any Sun God worship on his watch, Semiramis and her cult followers were forced to secretly practice their Sun worship of the Sun God Nimrod.

Some time after this Semiramis becomes pregnant and claimed the spirit of her dead son/husband impregnated her. She asserts the rays of the Sun God caused her to conceive. Did I mention Semiramis was a known whore? Of course she was not impregnated by the spirit of her dead husband and yet her followers continued to follow & worship her and Nimrod.

She eventually gives birth to another son whom she names Tammuz.

Let’s recap:

  1. Nimrod was now a Father, the Father God
  2. Semiramis was the Mother, the Mother God
  3. Tammuz was Semiramis’ son, God’s Son

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

The story continues.

Tammuz grows up and is eventually slain by a wild boar.

Semiramis claims that during the boar attack, Tammuz’ blood spilled on a nearby stump and an Evergreen tree instantly sprang up in that exact spot. She said this is proof that Tammuz lives! That he is now united with Nimrod, the Father Sun God.

She believed that Tammuz chose the Evergreen as a symbol to honor his birth at the winter solstice. It also became a tradition to eat a boar’s head during the winter’s solstice in memory of Tammuz’ tragic death.

This is the beginning of tree worship which eventually led to decorating an evergreen (Christmas) tree.

Ezekiel 8:14 actually mentions women “weeping for Tammuz,” which is called an abomination within the same chapter.

A little known scripture verse in the Bible, Jeremiah 10:1-5, actually references what seems to be the Tammuz tree.

Decorated Tree Mentioned in the Bible

Here is what Jeremiah 10:1-5 says.

Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.

Thus says the Lord:

“Learn not the way of the nations,
nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
because the nations are dismayed at them,
for the customs of the peoples are vanity.
A tree from the forest is cut down
and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
They decorate it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so that it cannot move.
Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
and they cannot speak;
they have to be carried,
for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them,
for they cannot do evil,
neither is it in them to do good.”

Did you catch that?

“A tree from the forest is cut down” and decorated with “silver and gold” and fastened with “hammer and nails so it cannot move.” 

What does that sound like to you?

If you bring one of these Tammuz trees into your home, at least try not to bow your head when you are reaching to pull out the gifts from underneath it.

Sure, this may seem like an isolated, ancient old story that has no merit or impact on us today. The reality is that this story was the start of polytheism.

The Core of Polytheism

Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz started the whole Father-God, Mother-God, and Son-God worship.

We see their story repeated over and over again in many cultures. It is the primary driver of polytheism, the worship of many gods.

It’s different names or characters each time, but the same Father-God, Mother-God, and Son-God concept remains constant, the common denominator.

This is where the Madonna and child imagery comes from.

Seen those?

But it’s not merely a Roman Catholic image.

We see mother-god son-god imagery in every pagan religion as the chart above shows.

Tammuz was Born on December 25th

As mentioned earlier, this is a post-flood era. The flood had recently taken place. Shem was still alive to relay first-hand accounts and fresh memories of Ark-living & how God sent a flood to destroy all of mankind except his family because no one was living righteously.

In other words, it was common knowledge that God expected the people to worship him, yet incredulously there were people doing the opposite.  Specifically, there were people inventing religions that worship manmade Sun gods!

In fact, the Tower of Babel building project began to not only to reach heaven but to serve as a way to “escape” should God decide to flood the world again (even tho God can kill them any number of ways of course).

Tammuz was “Nimrod reborn” during the winter solstice, and the birthdate of Tammuz was recorded on our modern calendar as December 25th.

You read that correctly. December 25th!

Do your research and you will discover that Jesus Christ was not born in the last month of our Gregorian calendar; i.e., December. Many scholars say he was more likely to have been born during the Sukkot Feast time period for mounting reasons that this blog post will not detail.

To discover even more about Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz, watch the below video and also do research at your local library reading history books and encyclopedias. You can also do keyword searches in many online Bible tools such as the Bible Gateway or the Blue Letter Bible.

 

Sun God Worship Throughout the World

As already mentioned, the same Nimrod story you read above emerged in other nations in the world, just with different names.

  • In Egypt they worshiped the child of Isis and Osiris.
  • In ancient Persia they celebrated the Sun God Mirthra
  • In ancient Greece they celebrated Adonis.
  • In Rome celebrated Apollo.

Sun worshipers and nature religions held major celebrations at the winter solstice, celebrating the victory of the sun over the dark forces.

This is the background of pagan worship that took place worldwide in more than one culture on December 25th—long before our Messiah ever entered the scene.

The Constantine System

So how did Christmas come about? Let’s now fast-forward long after the death and resurrection of The Messiah to Year 274 AD.

Keep in mind that Rome, just like the other pagan nations, had their own form of Father-God, Mother-God, Son-God pagan worship. Their Winter Solstice festival based on this anti-God sun worship was called, “Saturnalia.” It included gift-giving and “merrymaking.”

It was in the Year 274 that Roman Emperor Aurelian who declared the god “Sol Invictus” as the official deity of the Roman Empire. He built a temple for this Sun God and set the celebration of the Sun’s birth to the date, you guessed it, December 25th. Sol Invictus became known as the “Unconquered Sun God” of the Roman Empire.

The cult of Sol Invictus was still at its height into the 4th Century when Constantine became Empower. In fact, their money bore the face of the Sun God back then, on their coins. The same way our coins show faces of U.S. Presidents, theirs showed the face or in some cases the entire body of the pagan god Sol Invictus, under Constantine.

Despite this, belief in Jesus Christ was spreading rapidly in the empire.

Pagan Worship + Messiah Worship = Unholy Chaos

Constantine the Great

Constantine observed the many Christians in his empire. He sought a way to win them over, for a more united and stronger empire. By claiming to be a Christian himself, he was able to convert all of Rome under an empire-wide religion he coined as “Christianity.” Several historians say his agenda was to squash the conflict between the pagans and the ones who classified themselves as Christians within his empire.

Constantine then meshed or blended Rome’s pagan beliefs with belief in the Messiah. The belief of Messiah was inserted as the Sun God reborn and Mary was the mother goddess. There was much gelling of beliefs that later formed the Roman Catholic Church, much of this done through the Council of Nicaea.

The Christian Church formed by Rome did not reject pagan practices and beliefs.

They permitted the complete mixing of the pagan belief system with the faith & beliefs of those who followed our Messiah. It was a blending of faiths if-you-will, and a (very bad, forbidden) compromise.

Christmas was then established as the birth of the Sun God reborn. But instead of using the usual Sun God names, they used the name Jesus.

This is the condensed version of how Christmas came about.

The early church did not celebrate this holiday.

Interesting to note, America did not celebrate it either in the 17th century. In fact, the holiday was banned in 17th century America because too many settlers thought it was an insult to our Messiah to celebrate his birth on the same date so commonly associated with paganism.

Slowly but surely, generation after generation after generation began accepting Christmas while never questioning or checking into what it was all about. The holiday was further popularized by the American church once infiltrated by Freemasons and The Black Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

Pastors and churches over time slowly began to embrace this pagan holiday attempting to make it all about Christ’s birth.

Today, ironically, people look at those who did not celebrate Christmas as blasphemers, instead of the other way around!

The entire holiday is not biblical by any stretch of the imagination and completely surrounded by paganism.

This, sadly, is how Christmas reemerged with a vengeance. So much so that people thought the birth of Jesus was the original origin of the holiday and that America tried to secularize it with Santa and reindeer. Although, don’t get me wrong, Santa and reindeer are indeed very secular. Look it up!

Does Our Savior Care if We Celebrate What Used to Be a Pagan Holiday?

Our Opinion Does not Matter, only God’s Opinion

What supersedes what you and I see as right or wrong is what our Father says is right or wrong.

It’s interesting how we as believers come up with all sorts of things to do that aren’t in the Bible (e.g., Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day) and don’t do the very things The Father tells us to do in the Bible (such as keeping the Feast Days).

I’m reminded of the Children of Israel who were rescued from Egyptian captivity. They got impatient waiting for Moses to return from his mountain meeting with the Most High, and long story short, they began worshiping a golden calf as “their own way or form of worshiping God.” I’m sure some of them had the best intentions in mind.

God Himself did not like what they were doing, not even a little bit. He was furious and was about to wipe them all out if it were not for Moses pleading their case (Exodus 32).

We are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.

If we all truly understood the history of Christmas as believers, we would stop celebrating it.

Satan is the Reason for the Season

Based on all of this, I can no longer say that Jesus is the reason for the season.

Tammuz is the reason for the Christmas season. Tammuz is a pagan Sun God, so we might as well say Lucifer is the reason for the Christmas season! The occult can be traced back to the days of Nimrod’s family, especially when you study the origin of all the many elements of Christmas (e.g., the Yuletide, wreath, etc, etc. I don’t want to make this blog post longer than it already is! But definitely do your research on those things).

When you are celebrate Christmas, keep in mind it’s the same day that devil worshipers and pagans have celebrated their false Sun Gods for ages before us. Even if it does not mean that to us, what does the day mean to God? Keep in mind that His memory is everlasting, as to Him a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day (2 Peter 3:8).

Ephesians 6 tells us about the “spiritual realm” that exists. That “Christmas spirit” people feel around the holidays is probably legit!

Call me strange, but I certainly don’t want to observe a hybrid or re-purposed pagan holy day!

Why must we feel compelled to do what the world does but “do it in our own way?”

We are called to be holy as our heavenly Father is holy. What does “being holy” mean? Great question. The word holy, according to Strong’s H6918, means qadowsh or Set apart. He wants us to be set apart, not joined at the hip with pagan festivals or refashioning pagan festivals into a new way of worshiping Him. Read: don’t invent your own golden calf.

I don’t see an exact scripture that says, “Do not celebrate Christmas” (a word that was not invented until the 4th century), but I do see many scriptures that tell us not to participate in the traditions of men or the pagan festivities of other nations or any celebrations or customs meant for other gods. Our God is a jealous God!

I need a better reason to celebrate Christmas than, “Well, our family has done this for years.”

Mark 7:13 tells us to repent and remove these false traditions from our worship of God.

Celebrate the Messiah Everyday

As one YouTuber eloquently put it,

“Celebrate him everyday. Celebrate his birth every day. Think about him every day. Be a blessing to others every day. Reject traditions of men and follow traditions given in his Word. Do not be of this world but be set apart. You don’t need ChristmasDday to do this. You can still share a meal with family on other days and visit with them other days and start new, fresh family traditions, such as making all of December the month of random gift-giving that is in no way associated or tied to the Christmas holiday or traditions.”

The Christmas tradition has absolutely nothing to do with Christ or his birthday. Not even a little bit.

Make no mistake that Christmas is forevermore pagan. You will see this plainly once doing even a very light study or research into this tradition.

We are to keep the Messiah’s commandments (John 14:15). The very first of the Ten Commandments says, “You shall not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.” We are also admonished by the Apostle Paul not to conform to this world (Romans 12:1-2).

We are not to re-purpose other faith systems, traditions, customs into worship to our God (Deuteronomy 12:29-32; Deuteronomy 7:5; Deuteronomy 12:3; Exodus 34:13).

Before you say, “Well, that’s not what it means to me,” well, aren’t you more concerned about what it means to God? I mean, He said it, not me. God clearly hates idolatry and paganism. There are examples in the Bible of people being punished for trying to re-purpose paganism for God (Exodus 32).

Leviticus 18:2-3 is more specific about the dos and don’ts pertaining to holidays or festivities of origin elsewhere.

“Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, I am the Lord your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes.”

The Word tells us plainly to steer clear of adopting pagan festivals. Our heavenly Father in heaven is emphasizing that we are not to copy and follow the pagan ordinances or rules observed in Egypt where the Children of Israel were just recently delivered from. Do not copy the people who live in that area.

Leviticus 20:22-23 says,

“You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them.”

Matthew 7:22-24 says,

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.”

Let’s zero in on verse 23, this time I’ll share it in the New Living Translation (NLT):

But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Yes, we are as believers are saved by faith through God’s grace, but clearly here God also wants us to do what he says. 

John 14:15 says, “If you love me, keep my commands.”

I’m not sure why this is a difficult concept for us to grasp. What God detests is spelled out in multiple places. Proverbs 6:16-19 is one of many passages.

There are also many scriptures I could quote, but I challenge you to do your own research and Bible study.

You may have to pull out some history books in addition to your Bible for this one, but any local library can help you confirm the truths in this Blog Post.

The Awakening to the Pagan Practice of Christmas

I’m late to the party. Droves of Christians have stopped observing Christmas over time from quite some time now. Wow! Who knew? In addition, many other faiths, cultures and religions do not have anything to do with the world’s pagan Christmas holiday.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally knew about the Jehovah Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists who did not celebrate the Christmas holiday. Plus the Ashkenazi Jews. Turns out that Quakers, some Muslims, the Church of Christ and many others (I’m sure I’m missing many from my list here) also do not observe it.

My family learned of the origin of Christmas several months ago from a friend. We did our own research and the truth was undeniable.

I’m so grateful to have this information! And since someone was kind enough to share it with my family, I thought I’d share our research with you.

As I get time, I will build out my footnotes section at the bottom citing all of my sources, hopefully before next Christmas rolls around ;-)

Articles & Videos That Explain the Origin

Meanwhile, while I’m working on my footnotes, I’ve compiled a list of articles & videos for you.

DISCLAIMER: I do not necessarily endorse the ministries represented by each video or article. These resources all have some good nuggets in them, but as with anything, chew the meat and spit the bones. My goal was to list articles & videos with various lengths and styles so that everyone can find a type of video style they like.

Feel free to comment if you have any questions after watching any of this content.

I pray for you as you embark your journey into the full truth (and nothing but the truth) concerning Christmas!

 

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2 Comments

  1. joshuainfantado on Dec 25, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for adding my link here, June. Indeed, Christmas isn’t Christian. It obscure the truth revealed in God’s word. I do hope more and more Christians would wake up to this truth and ultimate learn the truth written in the Bible.

  2. Badia Miller O'Brien on Sep 10, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    This is an excellent post, June! Thanks so much for sharing in a way that’s palatable for the Most High’s chosen people, who are really serious about pleasing Him alone!

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