A Sincere Heart


Today I was reading online about a billboard that was recently put up in Times Square by athiests. This billboard is saying to remove Christ from christmas and many christians are in an upheaval about it.  Personally, I agree with the atheists.  Let’s let the world have their holiday and not have anything to do with it.  Let’s stop mixing truth with lies and mixing light with darkness.  Why should we be appalled that pagan ways are celebrated on pagan days?  It is simply a continuation of history. Instead, believers should celebrate the days that their Creator has asked them to celebrate in the ways He directed them.  Very distinct days and ways.  Very meaningful and beautiful celebrations.

Here are some historical facts to back up the atheists claim that Christ is not part of Christmas:

  • December 25th has been a pagan holiday since the time of Noah’s grandson, Nimrod.  Encyclopedias and other historic references all attest to this.
  • In the 4th century, Constantine and the catholic church decided to mix the pagan dates and ceremonies with the new religion they were promoting and they chose the date their “sun god” was born to celebrate the birth of the “son of God”, knowing it was not the date He was really born. They brought over their gift giving, decorating, evergreens, yule logs, etc and mixed it all together to form a day that eventually became christmas. They did not prostitute the truth in this case, it is syncretism.  They intentionally mixed light with darkness.  The darkness came first.  They were trying to make their new christianity more acceptable to the pagans so they mixed the two.
  • Between 1600 and 1800 christians in America were aware of the facts of how christmas came to be and made the celebration of christmas illegal.  Famous preachers such as Spurgeon and AW Pink spoke against it even in the late 1800s and the 1900s.

So when WAS Y’husha born?

Y’husha was born in autumn – based on the account of the birth of John and when his father, Zacharias served in the temple and  most likely it was 5BC, if we subtract 33.5 years from the time that he died.

Does YHWH have anything to say about this?

  • YHWH asks His people not to look at the way the heathen worship their gods and try to worship Him in that way.  Deuteronomy 12:29-32
You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. You shall tear down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and burn their Asherim with fire. You shall chop down the carved images of their gods and destroy their name out of that place. You shall not worship YHWH your God in that way. But you shall seek the place that YHWH your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. And there you shall eat before YHWH your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which YHWH your God has blessed you.
“You shall not do according to all that we are doing here today, everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes, for you have not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance that YHWH your God is giving you.

 

  • He does not want His people to do things the way the heathen do them.  Jeremiah 10:2-4
Thus says YHWH:
Learn not the way of the nations,
nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
because the nations are dismayed at them…
  • We are not to leave the commandments of God and hold to the tradition of men. Mark 7:6-8
And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,
“‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
You leave the commandment of God (Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles) and hold to the tradition of men. (Easter and Christmas)”
We are never told to celebrate Y’husha’s birth or resurrection, nor is there any example of it until Constantine and the Catholic Church instituted it… but we ARE told to keep YHWH’s feasts and to remember Y’husha’s death when we eat the bread and drink the cup at Passover.  Why is it that believers have stopped eating lamb and celebrating the Passover which he commanded in honor of his death and instead eat ham (which YHWH calls an abomination) and celebrate his resurrection (which he never commanded), on a day that is pagan in origin?
  • Our Father has asked His people not to take pagan days and then say they are for Him.  Exodus 32:1-10
When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to YHWH.” And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.
And YHWH said to Moses, “Go down, for your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them. They have made for themselves a golden calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’”And YHWH said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.”

The Israelites made YHWH very angry when they tried to do this.  They used their old pagan ways from Egypt and proclaimed it a feast to YHWH, even bringing burnt offerings and peace offerings, but YHWH didn’t see it that way at all!  

Cain too.  He did not offer the sacrifice the way he was told to, but instead sacrificed the way he wanted to and it was rejected by YHWH.  I’m sure he was very sincere in bringing it, but that didnt change the fact that he wasn’t doing it the way he had been instructed.

So…

  1. we know historically without a doubt that the origins of December 25th and Easter are pagan and evil.
  2. And we have seen the evidence that Y’husha was born in the Autumn.
  3. And it is clear in Scripture how our Creator feels about taking pagan ways and using them to worship Him.
Can we therefore say that none of this comes to bear in our thinking? 
The pagan origins absolutely should come to bear because they offend our Creator.
Can we just ignore the pagan aspects of December 25 and say that is not what it means to us? 
How do WE have the authority or power to change the origin and meaning of a pagan day that YHWH hates?
Can a pagan celebration be redeemed by OUR choice? 
We do not choose what is acceptable to YHWH.  We must worship Him in the way HE says He wants to be worshiped, which according to Scripture would be NOT using pagan ways or pagan days.
Can we just divorce the meaning of the original holiday from the part we have now tried to make Christian? 
Since the original days of Halloween, Christmas, Easter and Valentines Day were completely corrupt and evil way before the catholic church embraced them, the days cannot be divorced from those meanings and the pagan origins, they are historically bound together.
Can we simply worship Him at Christmas with a sincere heart and hope that He will overlook the pagan history?  
Since when does sincerity determine truth?  In many religions the people are very sincere.  YHWH does not overlook our disobedience just because we have a sincere heart.  We can see examples of that in the Scriptures listed above.

Questions to ponder:

  • Why do Paul or other authors of ancient writings never speak of celebrating his birth or resurrection or do so by example for 100 years during their writings?
  • Why did the early believers in the first centuries, REFUSE to participate in Christmas?
  • Why was it illegal to celebrate Christmas in England and America in the 1600-1800s?
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