Christians And Christmas
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” (1 Cor. 10:26).
It is often said that Christians should avoid Christmas and Easter because they have historical connections to pagan rituals. However, because 1 Cor. 8-10 tell us that it is OK to eat the meat that pagans have sacrificed to demons, it naturally follows that whatever the pagans have done in any other ritual should not influence us either.
Regarding the meat sacrificed to idols –
- 1 Cor. 8:8-9 say that we have freedom to choose whether or not to eat this meat because “food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do”.
- Also, 1 Cor. 10:25-26 say, “eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it”.
These verses quite clearly tell us that we are free to eat the meat that the pagans have sacrificed, however, a letter to the Gentiles seems to contradict this, telling them “to abstain from food polluted by idols” (Acts 15:19-21). The reason for this letter was to keep the peace with the Jewish Christians who, all their lives, had been under the law of Moses as v.21 tells us: “For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath”. The Jews had always followed the law of Moses, eating the meat which they had sacrificed on the Temple altar in worship to God. For this reason, they thought that if they ate the meat that the pagans had sacrificed to idols then they would be participating in the worship of pagan gods but Paul said that meat and idols are nothing (1 Cor. 10:18-19).
Eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols by other people is no problem. The person who eats this meat is simply having a meal but the pagan who personally offers up this sacrifice is worshipping demons (1 Cor. 10:20-21) just as the Jew who personally sacrificed on the Temple altar was worshipping God.
The apparent contradiction is further cleared up by 1 Cor. 8:4-13 and 1 Cor. 10:27-33 which tell us that we should not eat sacrificed meat if it upsets the conscience of a weak brother. 1 Cor. 8 says that stronger Christians, having the knowledge that idols are nothing, knew they had the freedom to eat this meat (vs.4-9). However, if a weak brother without this knowledge saw a stronger brother eating it then he may be led to think that he is taking part in sacrificing to idols and be encouraged towards idolatry; his conscience would become defiled (v.7) and he would be destroyed (v.11). For this reason, this meat should not be eaten in front of weaker believers as it can cause them to fall. Even though the meat is nothing but food to stronger believers, it may a stumbling block to the weak so we should avoid eating it in their presence (vs.9-13). So, the instruction not to eat meat sacrificed to idols, in (Acts 15:19-21, is for the sake of weaker Christians and does not contradict the verses which tell us that we have freedom to eat it (1 Cor. 8:4-9 and 1 Cor. 10:27-30).
So, regarding Christmas and Easter, it can be seen that what the pagans have done in the past, or are doing today, should not influence us and we should not fear these celebrations any more than we fear eating meat that others have sacrificed to idols. Celebrating Jesus’ birth and death by having a Christmas tree or an Easter egg is not participating with demons despite anything the pagans may have done throughout history. Christmas trees, like idols, are dead things; they are nothing.
Regarding Isa. 44:12-20 and Jer. 10:3-5, these verses have nothing to do with worshipping under trees; they merely talk about idols made from the wood of trees and men bowing down to blocks of wood. The issue is not about trees but about worshipping idols which happen to be made from trees.
From these passages, two things are clear –
(1) We have the freedom to choose in these matters and
(2) We should not allow our choices to cause a believer to stumble.
Rom. 14 tells us that nothing, including a Christmas tree, is unclean in itself but if someone regards something as unclean then it is unclean to him so he should avoid it. Also, this chapter tells us not to judge one another regarding eating, drinking or sacred days and rather than judge in these matters we should seek to be loving and peaceful. So, instead of being divisive over these disputable matters, v.22 says, “whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God”.
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This is a very important one, to understand how far we have fallen in our deceptions….
Churches for most are wealthy and should be regarded the way Jesus regarded the moneychangers in the temple….
Tithing..but its in the bible……Yes it is. Then study what the bible says, it is specific way of offering from your work to the temple for a specific period of time for a specific purpose of God.
Does it continue in the new testament churches, a huge NO.
Who started this,? The catholic church needed more money for funding their killing sprees ‘crusades’ and payments to kings. People were obligated to pay for their salvation to the pope (church) as being obedient and ‘faithful’. Many widows were also harassed until they signed their wills for the church. This said many kings seeking favour of the one pope who appointed himself to be god, gave many properties for the church. Many thousands heretics and unfavoured folks where tortured and ‘confessed’ and had their possessions taken away.. this continues in a civil manner even today to feed the lusts, the greed’s and the ‘work of the gospel of churches’…….
When you tithe you do give it to the pastor for he controls and uses the money. The days are long gone when churches used to be transparent and declare and show financial statements. In fact a;; churches since 105 3 c are now regarded as corporations and subject to its laws and control, (a new world order agenda) over 75 000 churches in the usa have betrayed theor members by secretly handing over members details to homeland security and there seems to be factual evidence that many received money from fema for it. One day they will know who follows the bible faithfully and you are marked…..
Moneychangers…..you are silly. AM I? Churches and evangelists, its leaders make money and for most very much of it. I remember Jesus saying,
And again I say to you, It is easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God
but then who is listening, pastors, priests, evangelists and those who sell cd’s, dvd’s, books, magazines, musicians, gospel singers, films, christian entertainment businesses and more. Collection in churches for missions, for ‘the poor, plays, pagan christmas and easter celebrations…… wherever you look money money money….. the they go to the old testament specific for the levitic priesthood (take note here) and quote a verse or 2 and then even pray over it. For many they follow what other churches do, some in faith and adherence to contribute for their ‘works’ and sometimes the ‘mother’ church.
Jesus Christ came, lived as man and died and rose again on the third day.
Who replaces the priesthood? JESUS CHRIST. Good so far. Lets look at the early assemblies of the disciples and here is the key to tithing. They formed not churches, men did. They assembled and preached the ONE gospel of Jesus Christ to the assembly. For even God then spoke about an orderly assembly with elders and the conduct of women at the assemblies. God also spoke of the tares (followers) that satan placed in the assemblies to frustrate the gospel.
The key? There is not a single verse that teaches ‘tithing’ in the new testament assemblies, NOT one! A yes, Paul was a tentmaker, so he worked with his hands to support his many travels, parchments and ink. Mostly likely he received food from other believers in their homes. The other disciples where looked after similarly.
Now it get interesting. Paul wrote specifically as we read in: 1Co 16:2
On one of the sabbaths, let each of you put by himself, storing up whatever he is prospered, that there not be collections then when I come.
What was collected ? Clothing, food and blankets for taking with to the poorer churches
There are many verses for example the 70 that Jesus sent on a mission fieldtrip, they where commanded not to take money.
Ok, back to 21st century. The argument lies that buildings and pastors need money.
Let the elders apportion for the costs and a humble salary for the leader if it must be so.
Now to the person who tithes, what are you sowing you money into? Tithing is unbiblical. Churches should rely then on donations as ‘gifts’ from its members strictly transparent and accounted for.
Now comes the final line… is your church actually doing Gods work in teaching biblical (entirely perfectly biblical truth) or are they stumbling in the dark preaching darkness with the many other gospels that they preach….. and that is where you sow your money.
We all love the fellowship on sundays, but that’s not where it ends……we start with the so called ‘worship singing’ and the tithing and the sermon and go back home to watch football or send the kids to the friends.
Anyone poor and destitute asks me for food or clothes, I use my money to feed them or clothe them. …….
The question really becomes What is the truth about these festive days celebrated by christians and non-Christians the world over, and does God want us to keep them? Are we warned about these religious traditions of men in scripture? Answer is absolutely, Yes. Do these days have anything to do with God? Answer is absolutely, No. Why? The answer will likely astound and shock you. Lets focus for now on Christmas…. the pagan worship day.
Foremost there exist not a single verse in the entire bible, Gods Holy word which teaches nor instructs us to keep this day holy, nor celebrate it, in fact we are warned not to keep it.
We can study and research historical facts. When the christians grew in numbers in the roman empire, they became a very large and influential part of the society at that time. It is a fact that Constantine the ruler of the roman empire made a political decision to appease the christians and pagans people by combining their worship days around 312ad to embed his powerful position in the empire. It is also fact that originally the 25 December was a pagan holy day…which had been the day of pagan sun worship (son of baal), and how the influence of the pagan Manichaeism. Many Christians in Mesopotamia protested against this idol worship day but to no avail.
It appears that Christians did not observe this day until satans church of old, the catholic church in the 4th century AD made it a day to be officially observed by decree. Satan got to work. To embed the doctrine to worship mary in place of Jesus, the birth of Jesus became a ‘holy’ day, by the wicked decree of the ‘mass of christ’ which outwardly is the ‘celebration of his birth’ and inwardly in truth was the celebration that Jesus was crucified… pure wickedness and evil in design. This came enhanced by the ‘saint Nicolaus’, the santa claus, the elves, the mistletoe and the bearing of gifts. This has become now the largest ‘christian’ festival commercially the world over till today…
Now according to scripture Jesus Christ was born either 3 or 4 BC in the first week of October. That not being enough what about the traditional presents. King Herod, a wicked king sought to kill the baby Jesus he heard would be born and sent his 3 wisest men with customary gifts to seek the baby child and have it reported back to him. We know Gods holy spirit intervened and after the 3 men encountered the baby child went on their journey and returned not to the king. So much more proving the farce of this ‘christian worship day’.
There is a tragic ‘cherry’ on top in its evil design, it gets people (as created by the evil catholic church) to brake one of the commandments of GOD. Consider a young christian newly married couple telling their child (ren) about Christmas. When these children reach a certain age they learn their parents have lied to them! Whilst going to profess their beliefs, their Christianity, their importance of their faith …. the children learn their parents are hypocritical liars and cause much pain and confusion on the entire christian belief; us putting aside it is a purely religious tradition and has nothing to do with the GOD Yashua of the bible.
Each time you say ‘merry Christmas’ you celebrate the killing of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ…
As a believer and professing to follow Jesus Christ, I sincerely hope anyone reconsiders these verses very carefully, in case you reject all I state above:
GOD says here in Mar_7:8 For forsaking the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men: immersings of utensils and cups, and many other such like things you do.
Col_2:8 Watch that there not be one robbing you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ.
Now understand very carefully if the Lord wanted us to celebrate his birth it would not have been hidden from the believers!
Let us thus now know what did Jesus Christ who is GOD actually teaches us do to in such remembrance of Him, there is a verse in holy scripture which says the following from the mouth of GOD where we read in 1Co_11:24 and giving thanks, He broke and said, Take, eat; this is My body which is broken on behalf of you; this do in remembrance of Me.
This is what GOD tells us even 3 times! so we don’t get it wrong…. What are you doing with your will of worship…. follow the world or follow Jesus Christ? YOU choose wisely my beloved.
Amen and Shalom.
The pagan traditional day was ‘the day of the sun’ as celebration of the death and return of the sun, and was suggested to become to make Christian theology more acceptable to Pagans and the date of the first sunday of the spring equinox. This became the dates set to appear to the christian people to be the day the Lord was resurrected.
Most reliable appears to be originally the celebration of Ostara the fertility goddess of those days. So what is the origin of pagan easter? About an ancient god tamuz, (a story about never-ending cycle of life without direction and purpose) and this god died every year beginning of winter and was resurrected by the goddess ishtar in spring. Note ishtar and easter?
What will astound even more is that this worship day is nowhere to be found in scripture.
Why do you observe such things?
Ponder on this verses, which say:
Joh 4:24 God is a spirit, and the ones worshiping Him must worship in spirit and truth and Jesus says further here Mat_15:9 But in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.” Isa. 29:13
Mar_7:7 and in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” Isa. 29:13
and finally Jesus says here in conclusion
Mat 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do many works of power?
Mat 7:23 And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; “depart from Me, those working lawlessness!” Psa. 6:8
With much love and care and hope, may the truth set you free…Amen
I have covered many aspects of the faulty doctrine of an eternal burning hell, logically pointing out that the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23) and how Yeshua came and suffered that very penalty. I have also logically argued that in the end of time God will have a perfect creation without sin, which could not be so if he were to sustain an eternal penal colony of lost souls roasting in a “hell”. Such lost souls would be sustained sinners and not reconciled by any sane definition! I need not rehash here every aspect of the faulty doctrine of an eternal burning hell!!!
Last night I prayed for something new to point out and shortly thereafter noticed a new point. It stood out with new luster. I started to study about the fact that God is “longsuffering” in Numbers 14:18. In the Hebrew this is “long-faced” [Strong’s H750 and H639]. The Hebrew is concrete in this case pointing at the sad long face of a suffering personality. I also wanted to see how the Septuagint translated this and found the Greek word, “makrothumia”, which means “long-endurance” of pain and being patient with others.. [see Strong’s G3115]. The Hebrew and Greek work well together in touching all bases on what God experiences. He suffers with his creation!
There has been a debate on just how much God experiences pain. Under Greek philosophical influence the early church often held that God does not suffer and is basically above it all. The term “impassable” has often been used to describe God in this regard. God is supposedly “not emotional” or does not feel pain. Many theologians will label any verse that describes face, eyes, hands, and suffering of God “Anthropomorphisms” and “Anthropopathisms” (emotions). In other words, God is described with human features (physical and mental) to help us understand certain points about the divine. I am persuaded when God is described with hands and face, for God is spirit, but not persuaded about God not having certain mental and emotional attributes. If God is without emotions than God would be less understanding and could not see things fully. God is “passable” not “impassable”. He truly loves the created world and all his creatures!!!
To wrap this up, because God is both omnipresent and omniscient (all knowing) he is both above his creation and within it. God is within everything, every single atom and particle. God sees out our very eyes and is in our very nerves. In him we move and have our being. God suffers what we suffer. God knows each of us better than we know ourselves, something required for a perfect and devine judge. NOW if God were to sustain unredeemed sinners in and endless fiery hell God would suffer with them because he would be sustaining them. Remember anything completely separated from God has no existence. God will have a perfect creation in the end where all is completed and reconciled, which cannot be so if God as well as most people suffer in hell forever. God would suffer with them and to some extent the redeemed would also knowing that their loved ones did not earn salvation..
It is time to put the unbiblical and illogical Traditional view of Hell in the catagory of fables where it truly belongs.
Pastor S. Zomok (note: The above post is found on several other sites and has several thousand views. I hope to get the popularity of this site up…)
One of the most perverted verses in the bible Matthew 16: 18 Unbiblical: On peter I will build my church….
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The catholic church builds its foundation and many other churches followed the interpretation of this verse.
In fact in the basilica there is a black statue whose toes must be kissed of supposedly of peter but in truth it is actually a idol of the roman god zeus, a form of masked sun worshipping, or satan worshipping. This became what is one of the most perverted verse in scripture by wicked men to establish the foundation for man’s church doctrine as authority over man.
How on earth did man get it so wrong. Jesus Christ will never build His assembly of saints on a man, even peter.
Lets get a biblical truth from Gods word the bible which harmonises with the rest of scripture:
We read here in
Mat 16:14 And they said, Some say John the Baptist, and others Elijah, and others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
Mat 16:15 He said to them, But you, whom do you say Me to be?
Mat 16:16 And answering, Simon Peter said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And answering, Jesus said to him, Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven.
Mat 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against her.
Mat 16:19 And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven. And whatever you bind on earth shall occur, having been bound in Heaven. And whatever you may loose on the earth shall be, having been loosed in Heaven.
The question here is a discussion with the disciples when Jesus asked them who do the people say he is. Some say John some Elijah etc. he then asks them who they think he is and they say he is Christ the son of God. Then Jesus looks at peter and says you are peter. Full stop! the original word which is καί and here comes now the true meaning, Jesus stops the refers to verse 16:16 you are Christ, … (and koi) … then continues his teaching that Christ is this rock upon this rock (Christ) the assembly of saints will be built. NOT PETER….This harmonizes because Jesus teaches he is the cornerstone and all others that become saved will follow him, or be built on Him, Christ, the holy spirit to build the new Jerusalem the spiritual ‘city’…….
Be deceived by no means my friends, when a verse makes no sense or appears to make sense it has to harmonize perfectly with the rest of the bible else we interpreted it falsely…
the ‘church’ is the body of true believers not to be confused with the churches as we know them from the church of rome, the mother harlot of churches to our churches today, which are mere buildings and instruments of religion, not of GOD.
Amen and Shalom
Is this verse not a clear and direct command?
1Ti_2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
When I brought this up on another site, I was scathingly attacked and eventually the post was deleted, perhaps to unpopular and against world view. I am not here to please man, but God……
God has a established a natural and spiritual order, can we just go and do as we please even use his beloved name as a cover…. Will those that teach biblical truth against churches and the Christian religion eventually be silenced by the delete button….
This has nothing to do with world made rights of equality of women. Lets follow the bible as authority.
Christ is the high priest, Man the head of the house and family and the woman the caregiver subservient unto the husband…
Now it gets interesting if you study the Hebrew letters in this regard actually the woman completes the man in marriage to become the head of the house…. and part of the God family. and then the two become one spiritually…. assuming always all is done in Gods favour and will and love………
This has nothing to do with equality issues and agendas, nor be demeaning to women in general.
When it comes to a woman preaching or leading a church, that is against God’s word, the bible.
In heaven there is no male or female, we all just are ‘sons of God’ in perfect harmony and love.
Why ..Christian churches totally desolate of biblical truth… false gospels everywhere….
The big question each one must face is: Do I have such a fear of God that I tremble before Him if I suspect a doctrine I hold may be contrary to the Word of God….
To say it another way, if I discover that a doctrine my church teaches is not faithful to God’s Word, do I tremble in fear? We must remember that any doctrine we hold that is not faithful to the Bible is a lie. It is something developed by men. Therefore, to believe that this doctrine is true, when in actuality, it is not true to the Bible, is to place our trust in men rather than in God. Actually, it is a sin equivalent to that committed by ancient Israel as they worshipped God in Jerusalem but also worshipped other gods at the high places. This was such a serious sin that God finally destroyed Israel in 709 B.C. and Judah in 587 B.C.
What is the desolation spoken of by Daniel and Matthew 24. When we study (watch the seasons and time) we discover that God set a ‘church age’ until the time of tribulation and finally the great tribulation. We have entered the end time days where GOD has withdrawn the holy spirit from the ‘churches’, as true believers where driven out or left by themselves. This started about 30 years ago widely accelerated by the charismatic movement initiated by the freemasonic power, such as billy graham and others. We also read that very few will become saved in this time.
This is a final testing on believers. God further teaches us that He allows satan to take rulership in each and every church in the world.
We also need to understand that the ‘church age’ started 33AD at Corinth and we read when we study carefully that satan got very busy planting as God explains the nature and the ‘wheat and tares’. Two thirds of the new testament accounts for that.
In fact GOD commanded, go and preach the ‘Gospel of Jesus Christ’ and what do we have today hundreds of differing gospels by self ordained preachers, pastors, leaders worldwide. God calls them unrighteous teachers, coming with tongues, self salvation doctrines, ‘worship’ music, signs and wonders and wickedness abounds unabated.
It gets better, GOD tells us in the last days (what?) in the last days ‘The whole world wanders after the beast’ (that includes all the Christian churches). WHY are you surprised? In fact the gospel taught by the disciples is so rare to find like a grain of sand on a big beach.
Why is this so, …well two things come to the fore here, one is that the ‘great tribulation’ time is also judgement from God, in fact what we consider judgement day is actually biblically a period of 8400 days or 23 years. Today we have the blind leading the blind worldwide, including most Christians.
What is the good news? Well we have God telling us that the 2 witnesses (that where killed (silenced) will rise again to amazement of the world and preach the true gospel when then millions will become saved, in fact close to 200 million will be saved and children, woman and men will hear and speak the true gospel…
the one and only true ‘Gospel of Jesus Christ’ as taught by the disciples.
I put this to you, ask yourself ,is your church leader a picture of Jesus Christ?
Trust only the bible, God’s word for man, heed his warnings and commands. Compare scripture with scripture, study, pray to the holy spirit, forsake Christian idoltry and carefully check translation of modern bibles. Pray to Jesus Christ who is GOD,… have mercy on you and seek him high above, He loves you and me….. Amen
Glad to share and will gladly provide verses to prove above summarised statements. Shalom and love.