by Bryant Muldrew
Many devout christmas keepers would like to ignore the obvious pagan origins of the holidays they keep. When participating in any secular or religious celebration, be careful that you’re not participating in ignorance. We should always understand the history of things we participate in daily, monthly, yearly, etc.
Despite this point, many will still choose to ignore the history of their favorite holidays. We intend to do the same in this article. We believe christmas can be proven to be pagan without using its history.
Let the Scripture Speak for Itself
If we are going to ignore history and still take an objective view to discussing whether or not christmas is pagan, then we have to start with the scripture of the religion that keeps it.
First, let’s look at what Jesus has to say about worshipping in is His name.
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matt 15:8-9 KJV)
Jesus is quoting Isaiah as He was saying this. He is saying that there are people who draw to Him only with their mouth meaning they like to use His name and say good things about him; however, their hearts are far from Him. Think about christmas and how it has being given part of Jesus Christ’s name to give the appearance of being of Christ, but the holiday is really of gluttony, greed, and material. In the gospel, we see no account of Jesus ever exchanging gifts with anyone, especially not on His birthday (since it is not mention by date in scripture). In fact, throughout the four accounts of the gospel, Jesus is seen being only a giver.
So where did this christmas culture come from?
Did you know that we can find the answer to that question right in your bible?
“Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” (Jer. 10:2-4 KJV)
The christmas tree is a very important image and piece of the culture of this holiday. Here it is being described in the Old Testament before the physical birth of Jesus Christ. The symbol of this culture is not just being described in these verses; these verses are also telling us not to learn the way of the heathen. Is it difficult to realize that the custom of christmas is being described as a heathen practice that we should not learn? Yet there are hundreds of sects of Christianity that promote and keep christmas.
Think about the countless ministers who have gone to school to learn how to preach. Is it possible that they skipped chapter 10 of Jeremiah? What else have they skipped in theology school?
Assuming that theology school is very thorough about preparing ministers to lead, then there’s no reason to believe that the average minister doesn’t know about these verses. This would mean that flocks are being deliberately lied to about christmas.
In the gospel of Mark, Jesus says, “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.” (Mark 7:8-9 KJV)
Here again, Jesus tells us that there are some that worship him in vain teaching the commandments of men as the doctrine of God. This applies to christmas. There is no scriptural evidence for celebrating christmas. The story of Jesus birth cannot be used as evidence to keep christmas especially since there is no date mention.
Note: There are plenty of dates given in the bible. If it was even important to know the date of Jesus’ birth, it would have been mentioned.
Notice that Jesus Christ pointed out a simple tradition like washing dishes while making this analogy. It’s important to mention that Jesus is not saying don’t wash dishes. What is being said is that people keep every tradition of man from the greatest to the lowest while ignoring the commandments of God. Another example of this is the Sabbath. Many go to church on Sunday the first day of the week. This is the tradition of man. God sanctified the seventh day and called it the Sabbath yet we see that men will rather go to church on Sunday and shop on Saturday.
The Idolatry of christmas
Now we see that the bible does not endorse celebrating christmas because it is not of God. Though this holiday is not of the true God, it has many gods attached to its celebration. Because our premise is to ignore history we can only cover some of these gods.
So what does the bible have to say about other gods?
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” (Ex 20:3-4 KJV)
Christians are not to have other gods before God nor are they to make any graven images. Isn’t christmas proliferated with graven images of angels? The third commandment expressly forbids the making of graven images of anything in heaven.
Angels aren’t the only graven images made from things in heaven. Christians use the nativity story to justify the use of stars during the christmas celebration. Depending on whose christmas tree you’re looking at, you might find it top with the graven image of a star or an angel. Some may argue that this practice is completely harmless; however, it is in direct violation of the third commandment.
In addition to the graven image quality of the stars use for christmas, there is a less noticeable fact about these stars that most participates will choose to disbelieve. Look at the stars of christmas, most of these stars are perfectly symmetrical. This is an important fact. Anyone who is familiar with the use of stars in art knows that a symmetrical 5 point star is also known as a pentagram. Then it becomes clear that one of the major idols in christmas is a satanic symbol of worship! This is not an exaggeration. You’ll see why shortly.
The elf is another important image of christmas that is often used to indoctrinate children into believing the fables of christmas. The meaning behind this can be found in the use of a simple dictionary.
1. (in folklore) one of a class of preternatural beings, especially from mountainous regions, with magical powers, given to capricious and often mischievous interference in human affairs, and usually imagined to be a diminutive being in human form; sprite; fairy.
2. a diminutive person, especially a child.
3. a mischievous person, especially a child.
Notice the definition of elf doesn’t include the little magical toy makers. The definition does point out that elves are supernatural beings that mischievously interfere with human affairs. So then what are mischievous spiritual beings? They are demons. Take a second to think about this.
Because we’ve elected to ignore history due to common fears of the past, I cannot go into the history of Santa. Despite this fact, I must say that Santa in the name Santa Claus does not mean saint as some would like to suggest. This couldn’t be because it deliberately ignores the history of Saint Nicholas…
Simply put Santa Clause and Saint Nicholas are said to be one and the same but they are not. You’d have to study the history of the names. However, the history of the two has been intertwined.
Warning: The next point will come with a lot of disbelief, but read all the way through the point before dismissing it.
Santa is Satan. Santa is the word Satan cleverly rearranged in a manner that seems benign. But if we carefully consider all the facts around this point it will begin to make sense. The true god of christmas is not Christ. The god of christmas is Satan. Note that Santa is called the head elf. We’ve proven that elves are demons so then that makes Santa the head demon. Now consider the fact that there are pentagrams all over this holiday. Is it impossible to see that Santa can be none other than Satan?
It’s important at this point to summarize some things.
- · The custom of the christmas tree is discussed in Jer. 10:2-4 and forbade
- · Idolatry is rampant in christmas.
- · The common idols are angels, elves, stars, and Santa
- · Elves are demons based on definition
- · Santa is the god of christmas
- · Santa being the head demon would have to be Satan
It is no stretch of the imagination to come to these conclusions based on facts.
Christ tells us, “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matt 24:23-24 KJV)
He knew that people would begin to manipulate His name to get others to believe things that they ought not. This is what is happening with christmas. Even the Catholic brand of Christianity holds firmly to christmas despite the scriptural evidence against it. Mainstream Christianity has incorporated pagan practices in its beliefs which are not biblically sound.
Some believe that the church (what church they subscribe to) has the power to add additional days and doctrine. The Lord specifically speaks against this.
“Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” (Deut 4:1-2 KJV)
These verses are self explanatory.
If we would have opted to use history to explain the pagan culture of christmas, then this paper could have gone on for 100+ pages. Now with this basic overview, go do your own research of the origin of christmas. Start by researching the Saturnalia, Baal, and Nimrod.