I'm not here to tell you that people who celebrate Christmas are going to hell. They aren't(or at least not for that reason). I don't think that this is a salvation issue. But, I do think that this is something that can cause people to think twice about converting, and I think that this displeases God.
This holiday is a repackaging of Saturnalia and Yule, pagan holidays celebrated on December 25th (Yule in Germany and Scandinavia, Saturnalia in Rome). It is the celebration of the winter solstice and the birth of the sun god Tammuz. December 25th is the birth date of not only Tammuz, but also: Mithra, Horus, Sol Invictus, Hercules, Attis and Harpocrates. However, it is NOT the birth date of Jesus Christ. Jesus could not have been born in December. In Luke 2, it states that the Roman emperor Augustus put out a decree for taxing and for the people to return to their original cities. It also mentions shepherds tending to their flocks of sheep. In December, it gets pretty cold and wet in that part of the world. It would have been much too cold for the shepherds to be out with their sheep, and it would have been absolutely stupid for the emperor to require the Jews, who were already inclined to revolt, to make such a trip in the dead of winter. Jesus' birth is most commonly placed in late September or early October.
During the season of Saturnalia, sexual perversion, rape, mass intoxication, streaking, and human sacrifice ran wild. In the 300s A.D. the Roman Catholic Church "officially" announced December 25th as the birthdate of Jesus, allowing pagans to keep their winter solstice festivals while converting to Catholicism. But the early Church did not even celebrate this day until 440 A.D., when the Church in Jerusalem, following the lead of the Roman Catholic Church, began the celebration of Christmas.
The traditions of Christmas descend directly from paganism. The Yule log was, obviously, derived from Yule. As was the tradition of eating ham (the Yule boar) and caroling (Yule-tide carols). From Saturnalia comes the tradition of gift-giving (Martial Epigrams Book 14 is a series of poems based on likely Saturnalia presents), Christmas trees (sacred trees brought into the homes of pagans for good luck, and in the hopes of spring soon to come), and miseltoe (frequently given to human sacrifices as poison during Saturnalia). The traditional Christmas wreath is symbolic of the female sexual organ in pagan fertility rites. And the candles that are commonly put on the wreath for the Catholic "advent" is representative of the union of the male and female principles (you get the point).
The Bible also mentions the practice of X-mas trees: "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. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good
." (Jeremiah 10:2-5)
The words "Merry Christmas" can be broken down like so: "Merry", "Christ", and "Mass". "Merry", of course, means to be happy, joyful, etc. "Christ", of course, is in reference to Jesus Christ. "Mass" is a strictly Catholic term defined as "death sacrifice." If we put these words together, we get "Merry Christmas!" What it means if you put the definitions together is this: "Happy death of Christ!" When Santa Claus laughs and says, "Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas," he is mocking the suffering, bleeding and death of Jesus Christ. Is there anything funny or joyous about that? Santa Claus himself is a pagan, troll-like wizard character. He regularly uses witchcraft, dubbed "Christmas magic", to bring cheer to the masses. He also falsely is portrayed to have attributes of God. "He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good." And finally, look at the name. Santa. Move the "n" to the end of the name... This is made all the more apparent when we look at the characters for whom he is based. Santa (Satan) Claus is based on two characters from Catholic/pagan culture: Saint Nicholas and Krampus. Saint Nicholas was a Catholic bishop in Asia Minor. Krampus was the German "sidekick" to Saint Nicholas in folklore. He was depicted one of two ways, either as an anthropomorphic goat (which is where the magical reindeer eventually came in) or as a demonic creature. In Germanic folklore, the good children received trinkets from Saint Nicholas, while the bad children would get one of three things from Krampus: a whipping, a lump of coal (which is where that tradition originates), or they would get kidnapped.
A few reasons for not celebrating Christmas I liked from Let God Be True were:
- the LORD condemns using pagan religious practices in His worship (Deut 12:29-31)
- the LORD gave Scripture to perfect us, which does not mention Xmas (II Tim 3:16-17).
- the LORD abominates anything popular with the world and esteemed by it (Luke 16:15).
- the LORD endorses only apostolic traditions, and they never celebrated it (II Thes 2:15).
- it breaks the first commandment by having other gods - the sun god Mithra (Ex 20:3)
- it breaks the second commandment by having images - a Christmas tree (Ex 20:4-6)
- it breaks the third commandment by taking His name in vain - "Christmas" (Ex 20:7)
- it breaks the fifth commandment by promoting children's greed over parents (Ex 20:12)
- it breaks the tenth commandment by promoting covetousness to children (Ex 20:17).
(You can read the full list of 120 Reasons against Christmas here)
For all of these reasons, and the fact that it NEVER says anywhere to celebrate this day in the Bible(and I'm pretty sure God would've given us the date if He wanted us to) I don't celebrate X-mas.
Many bring up Romans 14:5-6 and Colossians 2:16 to defend their stand on X-mas.
But, Romans 14:5-6 and Colossians 2:16 make no sense to reference with this day, because God never gave us permission to celebrate pagan holidays. These verses are in reference to the Jewish feasts outlined in the Old Testament(passover, feast of tabernacles, etc.).
This is the kind of stuff that I see get thrown at Christians this time of year. These types of images/cartoons are made by pagans(or unbelievers) that know that Christmas came from paganism. It's a documented fact. Then, they throw the baby out with the bath water and say that Christianity is just reformed paganism. I know, I was one of them. When I was in high school I practiced Wicca(white witchcraft) before getting saved. I used to say things like this all the time. They have entire movies "exposing" Christianity as paganism because of them celebrating Christmas!
Really, if no one would have revealed to me that the Bible bans practicing paganism in any way(including the holidays) and that the early Christians never celebrated X-mas--watch a good video about that here---(among other days, that I'll save for a future post more near the day), I may have never accepted Jesus as my Savior. I thought that I was so smart, and that all the Christians were just doing the same thing that I was doing under a different name. The sad part is, that they are. They are celebrating a pagan holiday in the name of Jesus. That is blasphemy.
I'm sorry if this post offends you at all, but this isn't really up for debate. It is wrong according to God's rulebook, The Bible. Feel free to comment below with your thoughts, but if you disagree with this post you must list scripture. You can't say that this day is ok without quoting scripture to back it up, that's not Biblical.
Thanks for reading!
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So, it's been bothering me lately that people seem to want to skip right over Thanksgiving.
We went to the grocery store after Halloween(read my post on Halloween here
), and immediately X-mas things started going up. There was one end-cap aisle of turkey items(not Thanksgiving, just "Turkey Day").
What is wrong with people?
Thanksgiving is a unique holiday all about giving thanks to God. This holiday is about how the Pilgrims gave thanks to God for getting them through the winter. Many died as a result of lack of food, and illnesses, and poor weather... but the ones who survived gave thanks to God for getting them through it. By historical accounts they didn't even eat turkey! They ate deer; which was in abundance, like it is today. So this nonsense about renaming Thanksgiving to "Turkey Day" not only doesn't make sense, it's insulting to the reason the holiday began in the first place.
Today, Thanksgiving seems to be just a gluttonous holiday where people stuff their faces until they get sick and then watch football. It sickens me.
Why can't people see what this holiday is about? Why can't they take the focus off of the food, and more of the One who gives them the means to buy the food? Why can't they see how blessed they are to live in a country that has so many freedoms that haven't been suppressed(yet)? Why can't they see all that God has given them?
They are so ungrateful, and I know that I am not blameless either. I have been guilty of overlooking His many gifts... I just wish that I could see more people that were happy with what portion they have received, instead of being greedy and coveting after more 'things'. I wish that I saw more people that give out of the kindness of their heart, instead of feeling like they have to or using their giving as a status symbol of how 'great a person' they are... Why do people only seem to be charitable this time of year?
Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 7:12But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
1 Timothy 6:6-8
This year I'm grateful for my son, my husband, our new home, my "job" as a stay at home mom, our full freezer, time to spend with family(especially out of state), the knowledge that God has given me on stewardship, and of course salvation through Jesus Christ my Lord. I'm sure that I could list many other things, but those are at the top of my list at the moment.
What are you thankful for this year? Tell me in the comments!
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This week was so COLD here in Ohio. We've had the heat on regularly, but only in Bobby's room at night. So, that saves some money.
I got a lot of discount meats at the grocery store. Ground beef for $2.30 a pound, and chicken breast for $1.60. Not bad for my area.
I received a lot of boys clothes from church for Bobby. They were mostly footed pajamas, which we really needed, so they were much appreciated.
I was accepted by Purex to do a product review/giveaway of Fels-Naptha. They gave me a free bar, and some coupons to giveaway. You can enter if you want at Dreaming of Deals.
I made granola bars, granola, and chocolate sauce. The chocolate sauce is for Bob, he loves chocolate milk. =)
We didn't eat out all week.
Things I continue to do:
- Line dry all of our clothes
- Go to the library for free entertainment
So, what did you do this week that was frugal/thrifty? Tell me in the comments!
I'm getting really tired of hearing the word "racist" when it doesn't apply.
For example, when I say that I dislike President Barack Obama, people scream "racist!" But, I don't dislike him because he's black, I dislike him because he has lied over and over to the country and has added more to the national debt than all other presidents combined(among other reasons, read more of his lies here).
Similarly, if you say that a black person who looks like he is in a gang is a "thug," people scream "racist!" No, I'm not being racist, I think that they look scary. I would say the same thing about a white person that looks like they are in a gang(which is more common where I'm from). Being a thug doesn't mean your black, being a thug means you look like you are a gang member(be it black, white, asian, or whatever).
It's just really bothering me, this racial tension that the media keeps trying to drum up. Like, when they are looking for a suspect in a crime, they don't normally tell you the race of a person... because that's racist?? I mean, really?! 'We are looking for a tall man, with brown eyes and black hair, with a tattoo on his right forearm. Suspect in a bank robbery on E. High Street.' Does that really give you any information? The man could be black, white, asian, indian, native american, etc. You don't know! You need to know the race of crime suspects to help!
Also, people tend to compare black to ignorance and white to intelligence. Like the saying, "He's the whitest black guy I know." What does that mean? More often than not, that means that the man is well educated. So, why do they put it like that? Because of the stereotype that black people are uneducated and have poor grammar. This is racism in a very subtle way. And, it's been promoted by the media. These days if a white man is in a gang or talks as if he never took an english class in his life, he is 'acting black'... Or if a black man goes to college or has a well paying career, he is 'playing white'.... Does anyone else see a problem with this??
Ignorance is not part of the black culture. That is a lie promoted by many facets of the media.
I'm just sick and tired of the word 'racist' being used when it doesn't apply(when you just don't like someone of the opposite race, you're a racist??), but it's not used when it does apply!
I know that this wasn't a very politically correct post, but really, when am I ever? This wasn't worded softly, because honestly, I didn't know how else to word it. If I offended you, I apologize because that wasn't my intent at all. And if you didn't like that I used the word black to describe an African American, please don't even comment because that's silly. I also used the word white to describe a Caucasian person. Thank you for reading!
Any other thoughts on false racism? Tell me in the comments!
This week I was so lonely. Bob may be losing his temp-to-hire job, so now we're praying for something to pop up if that happens(or at least for advanced notice). He's been studying his Locksmithing course a lot more, trying to finish it by the end of the year, because he wants to break into that field soon.
This week I baked 2 batches of granola bars.
Made Bob sweet tea twice, to avoid soda costs! He loves his soda, but sweet tea is a close second.
Ate dinner once at my mom's and once at a friend's. This not only saved us the cost of dinner, but also gave us fun time to fellowship with others.
We didn't eat out all week.
We went shopping at Aldi's. We bought 15 butters at $1.69 a box, that saved us $0.30 cents a box(so a total of $4.50). We also bought a ton of yogurt there, both greek and regular, because they sell it the cheapest we can find with good ingredients. We got 20 pounds of bananas there too, at $0.39 cents a pound, we ate some of them but a lot ended up in the freezer for baking.
My mother-in-law gave us a roll of paper towels that she got for free. She knows we don't really use them, but she thought that it might make things easier on us for a week or so. I appreciated the thought, and we're saving them for a rainy day.
Made a batch of pepperoni rolls for Bob's lunch. I used wheat flour, which was ok. But, next time I'll use unbleached white flour. He still likes them either way, and is having them for lunch all this week. I think the cost averaged out to about $5 for all 5 pepperoni rolls combined, so $1 a pepperoni roll which is really good!
Things I'm still doing:
- Line drying all of our clothes
- Buying gas near to home because it's cheaper
- Turning heat on as needed
- Not turning on lights until 4:30pm(it's getting darker quicker now, and we don't want to be sitting in the dark!)
So what did you do that was thrifty/frugal this past week? Tell me in the comments!
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So I keep running into these awful stories in the news. Stories that you think are so bad that they can't possibly be true. Like this video:
A man literally got tased and cuffed and put in the back of a police car for trying to save his 3 year old step son from a fire. Logic? Are these people crazy? I think that the man would've rather suffered burns trying to save the boy than be cuffed watching the house burn in the boy's inevitable death.
Or like this video:
A daycare worker threw a child to the ground so hard that it caused a head trauma resulting in the poor girl's death, and for what? Because she wouldn't put on her coat?...But, I think the worse of all was this:
Many media outlets reported the new definition inaccurately over the weekend, claiming that the APA had redefined pedophilia as a “preference,” but the APA put out this statement to address the issue:
In the case of pedophilic disorder, the diagnostic criteria essentially remained the same as in DSM-IV-TR. Only the disorder name was changed from “pedophilia” to “pedophilic disorder” to maintain consistency with the chapter’s other disorder listings.
“Sexual orientation” is not a term used in the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder and its use in the DSM-5 text discussion is an error and should read “sexual interest.” In fact, APA considers pedophilic disorder a “paraphilia,” not a “sexual orientation.” This error will be corrected in the electronic version of DSM-5 and the next printing of the manual.
APA stands firmly behind efforts to criminally prosecute those who sexually abuse and exploit children and adolescents. We also support continued efforts to develop treatments for those with pedophilic disorder with the goal of preventing future acts of abuse.
)Child molestation treated as a sexual preference(or sexual interest), and is to be treated similarly as a mental disorder. Are you kidding me? Wanting to molest a 3 year old could be seen as a preference? That's insane. And, sadly this will only get worse. With the age of consent steadily lowering from 18, to 16, and in some states less... I hope I never see the age of consent abolished. I'm sure NAMBLA would love that....Sick.So on the one hand, I'm glad that God will eventually judge these people for their wickedness. But, on the other hand, I don't want any of them to go to hell. I want them to repent and accept the knowledge of Jesus as their savior.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...
Acts 16:31Seen anything in the news that's bothered you or lifted you up? Tell me in the comments.
This week was hectic, and I've felt like I haven't had much time with Bob all week. It's really sad. He's been working so hard on finishing his schooling, that I feel like we can't spend much time together. At least he'll be done with it by the end of this year at this rate. =) Ok, enough complaining...I bought a sweater from a thrift store for Bob for $4. It was from Macy's originally, and still had the tags on it. He loved it!We didn't eat out all week.We were at friend's houses a lot of this week, so that saved us on electricity at home and gave us something to do.I made a batch of blueberry muffins for breakfast. They stuck to the pan(sadly) and looked terrible, but tasted great. I also made a batch of granola for snacks.I won a skirt for free off of Listia. It's like a free ebay where you earn points for getting rid of your stuff, taking simple surveys, and connecting on social media. If you want to join through my link
you get 250 bonus credits.I got a free tea sample in the mail. Unfortunately, I caught Bobby eating it a few minutes ago. I had to rush to get it away from him(it's green tea and he's hyper enough!), and he cried. Then I had to wash out his mouth and his hands.... It was kind of funny in a weird way. =)Got a refund from AT&T after switching to Time Warner(we had to, AT&T doesn't service our new town). It was only $3.68, but it felt like free money.Things I continue to do:
- Line dry all of our clothes
- Not turn on the lights until Bob get's home at 5:30
So, what did you do this week to be thrifty/frugal? Tell me in the comments!This post is linked up at these amazing link parties! Disclosure
- Use heat when needed only(keep it 65 in Bobby's room at night and not freezing in our home!)
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This week was a bit less exciting than last....I made granola bars twice, they were great for lunches and snacks.I saved some leftover pasta sauce, from our dinner on Monday, to freeze for a later meal.I didn't turn on the heat today. And, I've been using heat sparingly for the past week. It's been so cold that I had no choice but to turn it on, but I made sure that we were dressed warmly to keep it low. Got a fixed rate on electric. I did the 'apples to apples' comparison and saved us some money with that. It will only be a few dollars a month, but it's worth it.Got a coupon for a free medium drink from Dunkin Donuts, no purchase necessary. Bob plans to use it this Sunday for a hot chocolate, since I drink the coffee offered at morning Bible study. I got muffin-pans in the mail the other day. We didn't have any, so I ordered some nice cast-iron ones off of ebay for a good price. I can't wait to start making muffins(which will save us money, because normally we'd buy them at the store).
Things I continue to do:
- Not turn on the lights until Bob come home at 5:30pm(recently we've held off until 6-6:30pm)
- Go to the library for books we want
- Line dry our clothes
- Only use the washing machine for full loads
That's all I did this week. How about you? What did you do that was thrifty/frugal this past week? Tell me in the comments!This post is linked up at these amazing link parties!