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2 Corinthians 6:14:16 ** Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God…..

The apostle Paul is addressing his Corinthian Congregation and the Congregations of all churches and synagogues to follow the rules as spoken by our Lord in Deuteronomy 12:30-32. “Take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them (other gods and customs), after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ “You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abomination to the lord which He hates they have done to their gods……..Whatever I command you be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it”.

Many people say we need to put Jesus back into Christmas. However, how can we put Him back into something, where He never was?  Nowhere in the bible does it say to celebrate His birth. Yet, the bible does tell us to celebrate His death as the Holy Lamb of God that shed His blood to wash away the sins of many. First Corinthians 11:23-26 describes the early Passover of the Messiah Christ Jesus when He gave to His disciples unleavened bread (Matzah) symbolic of the Lord’s body and wine symbolic of His shed blood. Verse 26 says, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”  ** Communion which Christians call the Lord’s Supper is Passover (Mark 14:14, Matthew 26:18-19 and Luke 22: 8-16). Verses 15 and 16 of Luke, Jesus said,”With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

 

We can no longer escape that Christmas is rooted in ancient customs and religious practices that had nothing to do with Christianity and the Bible. Christmas was never celebrated until about 300 years after the death and resurrection of the first born son of God. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Christian Holidays have, “undergone a process of desacralization and –especially Christmas--- commercialization. The Christological foundation of Christmas was replaced by the myth of Santa Claus” (15th edition, Macropaedia, vol. 4, p. 499, “Christianity”} 

 

In Colonial America, Christmas was banned and considered “an affront unto the grace of God”.  To turn Christmas into a purely religious holiday today would create uproar with merchants since it is deeply rooted in the marketplace. In the year 274 AD, December 25 was designated by non- Christian emperor Aurelian as Dies Invicti Solis, the Day of the invincible sun. The Norse added

 

12 nights from December 25 to January 6. This was feast of Yule (meaning “wheel” for the cycle of the year. The druids, Celts and Germanics also worshiped strange gods and cults, adding mistletoe and acorns. The Germans exchanged worshipping Odin for the Christmas tree, adorned to supposedly honor Christ. December 25 represents the winter solstice to many Pagans who worshipped the sun god as they claimed he came alive each year as the days grew longer.

 

Celebrating the birthday of the sun god and adopting other cults and customs clearly violates the instructions of our Creator when He, Himself, wrote the Ten Commandments two times in stone.

 Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.”  

 

Do you think our Lord is pleased when we are not obedient but break the first two of the Ten Commandments by worshiping and adopting pagan celebrations of their gods and goddesses?  First John 2:6 instructs us, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He (Christ Jesus) walked”.  Our Creator is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9). Humble yourself and repent! Turn away from the way of the world before it is too late!