WHY IS CHRISTMAS A PAGAN HOLIDAY?
Many celebrated the most popular annual holiday called Christmas. Unlike any other holidays like Thanksgiving or Easter Sunday. Most people in America know about this traditional holiday which mark on the 25th of December month. A time of the year when families and/or friends come in gathering to exchange gifts and/or cards. Some attend to the Church house to worship and/or listen the sermons and carols. Most people in their childhood time remember how parents have displayed various kinds of colorful decorations around the house - including the green pine tree stands upright in the living-room. With a full of the color flashing lights, mistletoe hanging above the ceiling, the nativity scenes outside, and the holly in some area in the house have been a popular traditional for long time now. Even a image of the Santa Claus (was known as Saint Nicholas) posted on the front outside doors house. I, Bro. Pouliot remember all of this and how excited I used to felt while I was also a confusing child. Who I thought was for real turnout as not and is a forbidden idea to do. WHY?
Saturnalia was a rowdy time, much opposed by the more austere leaders among the still-minority so-called Christian sect. Christmas developed, one scholar says, as a means of replacing worship of the sun with the worship of the Son. By 529 A.D., after Christianity had become the official state religion of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian made Christmas a civic holiday. The celebration of Christmas reached its peak—some would say its worst moments—in the medieval period when it became a time for conspicuous consumption and unequaled revelry.” This information
adopted December 25, celebrating MessiYah's birth on the earlier date and his baptism on the latter, but the Armenian Church celebrates his birth on January 6. Incidentally, the Western church does celebrate Epiphany on January 6, but as the arrival date of the Magi rather than as the date of Christ's baptism.
All this is how the bad infusion had caused the brainwash in the education world to actually have the younger generation to forget about it. How the education system in this world have changed over time that no longer apply to the way our heavenly Father expect us to follow. All the investigate I have done along with the historical facts, I’ve learned that YahuSha, our MesiYah wasn’t born December 25th. I have discovered four main reason to proof why he wasn’t born during the winter season.
1. Is it possible the Shepherds in the open fields who was looking out for the flocks happen during the winter season, who they later visited Mary, Joseph and YahuSha, the baby who was wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger?
2. Would you think the wise men who they would dare travel far off in the distance to find this baby YahuSha during the winter season?
3. Did you know that Roman had their first census events during the time Mary and Joseph came to register just before the time MessiYah was born. Would you think Caesar Augustus dare or had to force everyone on earth to travel far off distance to register for the first time happen during the winter season?
4. What did the Creator Father command us about idols or what is forbidden? What true name are we to call and honor our heavenly Father? First evidence, disprove about the December month which the paganism had marked the YahuSha's false birthday.
Is it realizable or wise enough for us to understand why the shepherds would NOT tend their flocks in the fields at NIGHT during WINTER season? Look in Luke chapter 2:8-12;.
“And there were shepherds in the same region, living out of doors and keeping watch, guarding over their flock by night. And an angel of the YHUH stood near them, and the glory of the YHUH shone around them, and they were terribly frightened. And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring good news to you of great joy which will be for all the people: that today a Savior, who is MessiYah, our Master, was born for you in the city of David. And this will be the sign for you: you will find the baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”
It is very common practice for the shepherd keeping their flocks in the open field between the month of April to October. It would not be wise for the shepherd or even the flocks to be in an open field during the cold winter season. During the winter, the shepherd are often likely kept their flocks in the shelter to stay warm all possible winter long during the ancient day.
One commentary would admit that, "as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, YahuSha was not born on the 25th of December, that is possible no flocks were out in the fields during that time; nor could He have been born later than September, as the flocks were still in the fields by night.” Clearly, it is not wise for the shepherds to have the flocks out in the open fields during the December (Tebeth) NIGHT.
The fact is, the month of December temperature in Jerusalem does average around 44 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) but can drop as well below freezing, especially at night. Just like winter season in any area in Unite State of America. Snow can occur for two or three days in Jerusalem or in Bethlehem. I am not sure how the ancient would practically travel or how often would people stay indoors during the winter season.
According to the same degree on map, a distance from the equator where MessiYah was born in Bethlehem, is similar degree where it is distance from the central state of Georgia. The climate in central Georgia does often times gets cold and do snow. Central Georgia's temperatures in the winter time would average in the 40s, with lows averaging in the 20s. The low temperature would rage in 32 degrees or lower and can be expected in 90 to 110 days each year. Just remember that Bethlehem and central Georgia tell in the same distance degree from the earth's equator me that winter climate can occur in Bethlehem. It is very highly possible that the shepherd would not kept their flocks in the open field at during the winter night season.
Second’s evidence, let look into the book of Matthew 2:1-9. How this scriptures explain about the wise men (which didn’t say anything about three person)? How they had travelled many miles and met this angel who told them to follow the bright star which leads them where the Savior was born. “Now after Yeshua was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star at its rising and have come to worship him.” And when King Herod heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him, and after calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired from them where the MessiYah was to be born. So they said to him, 'In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet, ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for from you will go out a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
These wise men had travelled distance far off over 500 miles away from the east to Jerusalem to visit YahuSha. They came from Babylon where today is Iraq. Many people believe that they had visited where Mary haled a new baby YahuSha at night he was born wasn’t true at all. The wise men did not come to Jerusalem until after Mary had purified on the day 33 after the birth of YahuSha. It was at that point the star began to move slowly ahead of the wise men till it hovered over the place where YahuSha was located. This means that the star was not hovering over YahuSha the night he was born. The star shone over a house, not a barn or an inn.
"And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother" (Matthew 2:11).
It is never called "the star of Bethlehem", simply, "His star", no wonder people today do not realize. Only the shepherds were directed by the angel (not a star) to the manger of YahuSha the night he was born. The star led the "wise men from the east", who traveled so many miles to the house of Joseph and Mary. This trip would take at least 30 days after the birth of Jesus when you average 25 km per day travel time. After YAhuSha had been circumcised on the 8th day in the temple, and Mary performed her purification on the 33rd day, YahuSha may have been taken to Joseph's home in Nazareth and this is where the star led the wise men to: “And when they had completed everything according to the law of the YHUH, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.” (Luke 2:39). So far, at the same common sentence, as if these wise men had travel during the winter night as the shepherds wouldn't be out in the field during the cold winter season as well? Third evidence would point out to us about the Roman first census count. When Caesar Augustus had order entire world to be registered many of those who had to register, came just before YahuSha was born to date. Book of Luke chapter 2:1-7 point out the historical event:
“And when they had completed everything according to the law of the YHUH, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.” (Luke 2:39).
So far, at the same common sentence, as if these wise men had travel during the winter night as the shepherds wouldn't be out in the field during the cold winter season as well?
Third evidence would point out to us about the Roman first census count. When Caesar Augustus had order entire world to be registered many of those who had to register, came just before YahuSha was born to date. Book of Luke chapter 2:1-7 point out the historical event:
"And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered... So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem..., to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son..."
According to the dates in the scripture history, it records that the census time during the MessiYah's birth, Roman and Judean would think taking the census in the winter season would have been impractical or unpopular time to force everyone to come to register. Think of how he would be responsible of all the populations traveling from all parts of their natal districts, storms and rain or snow making their journeys both unsafe and unpleasant during the winter season?
According to the ancient history, census appeared have taken place after the harvest season, which is around September or October month, when it would not seriously affect their economy. The weather during that time are normally in a good shape for travelers. This Luke's account of the census and Messiah's birth would argue strongly against the December month or winter season as well.
At last, the fourth evidence. Scriptures often mention how Almighty forbidden any kind of idols made by man. I believe this Christ-Mass, Santa Claus or even a Christmas tree is an idolatry thing that our Father forbid.
Let's look in the book of Jeremiah chapter Ten to see why: Hear ye the word which the YHUH speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
"Thus saith the YHUH, 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. Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O YHUH; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee." Jeremiah 10:1-7
Some claimed that there is nothing wrong about Christmas trees, they would expect us to understand what the book of Jeremiah chapter 10 surrounding context really talking about. As how it was cut down to carved into a shape and then gold and silver is hammered onto it isn’t the Christmas trees. Even so, they would know how the practice is almost identical to the Christmas trees tradition today. They would mentioned that it is not necessary an idol worship. Why not? Because we must have the minds and practice of what Christians spiritual means, the Christmas tree does not represent a pagan holiday, but represents a time when they would still celebrate this idea birth of Jesus Christ and how he died for our sin. Using a idea of Christmas tree to reminds us how MessiYah died upon a tree (CROSS), so that we might become the righteousness of the heavenly Father. How they would explian about the decoration light of the star on the top of the trees points out to the HIM. It’s reminds us that HE is the Light of the world enlightening those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death etc...
The problem here is how brainwashed talk are they saying. It still sound as they are worshiping it things anyway??? They are still blind to see what Jeremiah 10 says "For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter," This scripture does not seem to support the idea of those who done any kind of the trees decoration but how it does point out to an idolatry even so it may not condemning about the Christmas trees! Notice how Jeremiah 10 actually explained against any kind of idols or made of such wood, plated with silver or gold the same as what the book of Deuteronomy 4, Isaiah 40 or 44 or Leviticus 26 would says. Our heavenly Father abomination these thing like Santa Claus which is an idolatry as well! Just as the so-called CROSS, like the statue or the necklace of the cross people admire to wear it to memorial or to worship are all still such idol?
Looking to the Princely Leader and Perfecter of our belief, YAHUSHA, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the stake, having despised the shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of Elohim.
"For consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and faint in your lives."
It is foolish for those who teach people the symbolism about the CROSS or even the Christmas trees, because it is all wrong. Even the book of 1st Corinthians 1:18 explain that as well.
"For the word of the stake is indeed foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of Father in heaven."
The reason why the ancient nations were cut off (remove) of Yisrael. They have invariably been worshiped idols too often. The masses needed the heavenly Father near at hand—and this meant those that could be seen. So, in part because of the environment in which they lived, before heavenly Father could instruct Yisrael how to properly worship Him, He first had to show them how not to worship Him. In Exodus 20:4-6 records the Second Commandment. Here is what HE explicit directive once again:
This commandment is a very broad, sweeping, explicit prohibition intended to cover every form of false worship involving every other kind of supposed “god,” and representation of such, that human beings with creative human reasoning could devise. Like any parent whose children chose to come home to a different house and parents after school, the Parent who made all human beings—His children—would certainly be jealous if they went off after idols and false gods.
YAHUAH had specifically clearly defined why it is forbidden ways to look into or worship the idols. He realized human nature’s tendency to justify loopholes around His instructions. The First Commandment forbids having other gods before the true Creator ONE. The Second Commandment forbids using an image to represent the true Creator ONE or any false god. This commandment deals specifically with using physical images for worship or as representations of anything related to worship. This does not condemn the existence of statues or pictures in general—only their use for worship. Therefore, using any statue or picture to represent the Creator ONE is expressly forbidden. Man is to worship, bow down to and serve the Creator ONE. YAHUAH does not allow man to transfer this same honor to an image representing Him. He strongly warned Yisrael of this danger.
Please notice again how or why YAHUAH specific instructions to Moses: “You shall not make with Me gods of silver, neither shall you make unto you gods of gold” (Ex. 20:23). These were the YAHUAH’s first words to Moses after giving him the Ten Commandments! Again, notice verses 5-6: “… for I the YHUH your Creator ONE am a jealous Creator ONE, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.” If people persist in idol worship, YAHUAH will not only punish them, but also their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. No other commandment gives such detailed implications.
Plainly YAHUAH actually hates idolatry—and directly equates it with hating Him! However, YAHUAH have promises to bless those who love and obey Him! Individuals who choose to obey HIM will not be punished for their parents’ disobedience.
YAHUAH does not want us to make up such fiction in vain about what the scriptures (Biblical) teach. Why do some churches use the 25th December holiday name or a song in a blaspheme way? Why have we kept on changing for the better when we shouldn’t? Did you know we have change YAH’s law and time in vain?
“He (unbeliever) will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.” (Daniel 7:25)
One of the most startling things about this power is that it would “think to change times and laws” (Daniel 7:25) Here’s a man that sets himself up as equal with the YHUH, and dares to tamper with His law – the constitution of the universe! With blasphemous audacity he does his work. So the truth in past history, Roman Catholic did change YHUH’s law by teaching their own way for many generations and yet the scripture never disparate.
"Keep my commands and follow them. I am the YHUH. Do not profane my holy name. I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the YHUH, who makes you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your Creator ONE. I am the YHUH." (Leviticus 22:31-33)
Here are few of what our heavenly Father had warned people about the law.
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18)
“Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the YHUH your Creator ONE I give you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2)
In the reality, we can know better about when the exact date that YahuSha was born if we study all of the appointed times (which Yahuah had taught the Yisrael) to remember and practice it. If we understand about the appointed time of the Passover day, you would know that YahuSha was the real Passover lamb to sacrifice for our sin. Have you know when the Feast of Tabernacles / Booths occur? If so, would you or did you know that YahuSha was born on the first day Feast of Tabernacles?
Just in case if you forget, don’t know or not sure, Feast of Tabernacles happened between September and October (which is the 7th month of the creation time system). Yahuah would have certainly made it like a commandment for us not to forget YahuSha’s birthday (which is on the first day Feast of Tabernacles as how he made a commandment for us to
remember about the Passover Day (or even the SHabbat Day)? Yet, YAHUAH chose to hide it from the world’s eyes since the day of YahuSha’s birth is not the most important to know about but about his death on the stake (not the Cross) to which he paid for our sin.
Must to say, I was once like most of those people who still today are still brainwash, still have this “jingle bell all the way” to blind their eyes not knowing the whole truth enough are totally darkness from the true light.
I, Philip Pouliot asking you to recheck everything I’ve shared here with you about the false doctrine of Christ-Mass and what the truth about YahuSha’s brith day.To enure whether I am wording out to you the truth.
Once you have also investigate it and do agree, let’s us kindly be very careful how we can manage to respect and honor our heavenly Father’s name and HIS appointed law. By not forgetting about the printable law which he gave us from heaven. How we should manage, examine and compare the scripture from whoever said or teaches us the way to the right way. To ensure we're going and doing the pathway of the light.
YahuSha said... I am the way, the truth, andthe life:
no man cometh unto the Father,but through me (John 14:6).
Many still feel that this is one of the most powerful and joyful (special) time of the year to actual focus and practice on giving what is good. Like a gifts and a time for families (and friends) gathering and even give thank. All those years is what I thought and believe nothing was wrong with this traditional holiday custom until one day I found out it was not good. How I’ve discovered that our Creator one who made the heaven and earth forbidden this so-called tradition holiday that wasn’t his teaching custom but man. Since it never inducted in the scriptural book (the Bible).
What I, Bro. Pouliot about to explain to you here what is wrong about Christmas, this document article is not going to be easy for you to understand right a way. This document will only provided a possible information for those who seeking for the truth. To gather enough information so that we can see what wrong about Christmas and why I no longer practice this so-called pagan holiday Christmas?
Starting off with history, I have learned that Santa Claus was invented by Roman Catholic. My relatives and even former Catholic teachers have taught me that Christmas was all about the baby Jesus of Nazareth. Who he was born in Bethlehem and is the “Son of God”. Many children are being taught and practiced this similar way as I did during my childhood days. How I was told that virgin Mary gave birth to this baby boy’s name Jesus through “God's amazing plan”. The plan which the Son is our Savior to salvation us from sin. I was also told about the three wise man who came to visited him, witness, honor and give him a gifts. About the birth of the Savior is indeed true, but later I found out that his name JESUS wasn’t the correct name and how I have discovered the traditional of Christmas is not found in the “Bible”? Another word, the Bible does not teach about Christmas or will we find a word Christmas in there.
This is one of the stocking discovery I’ve learned to discovered about Santa Claus, this name was by a name Nicolaitane. Nicolaitane means “a follower of Nicolas.”
At first, I didn't know who is the heck is Nicolas? Until I further investigate about this name, I’ve discovered Nicolas was originated from the Greek words, Nikos meaning “conquerer” or “destroyer,” and Laos, meaning “people.” Realized that Nicolas is the same as Nimrod. A name which can be found in Gen. 10:8 — is the same destroyer of the people. Nicolas is merely the Greek word for Nimrod the whole time. Within two centuries after the Flood, Nimrod had conquered the people and founded man-made civilization. While alive, Nimrod commanded his subjects to worship him in place of the true Creator ONE. Even after his death, his followers continued to worship him as a divine heroic leader. He was called the LORD as “Baal”. This name means “master” and “lord,” no wonder why we can see what is written in our modern Old Testament version bible had brainwash (trick) us about our true Master. This name describes the positions which Nimrod took over to himself—to be considered the Lord or Master as our true Creator ONE but he isn’t. But “Baal” was only one of Nimrod’s many names.
There is another names that is commonly used throughout Asia Minor, was “Santa.” Langer’s An Encyclopedia of World History explains further that “Santa Claus” is a shortened form of “Saint Nicolas” or “Santa Nicolas.” The followers of “Saint Nicolas” were referred to as Nicolaitanes. These people—falsely calling themselves Christians—honored Nimrod during the apostle John’s time—much as people do today! No wonder why the book of Revelation chapter two have boldly mention why our heavenly Father hate the false doctrine of the “Nicolaitanes”.
After a long investigation, I learned that nearly all aspects of Christmas observance came from the roots of the Roman so-called religion custom. If we consider looking at the history, we can discovered some interesting facts what the following admission of the large American newspaper (The Buffalo News, Nov. 22, 1984), we will see our past evidence: “The earliest reference to Christmas being marked on Dec. 25 comes from the second century after our Savor, the MessiYah’s birth. It is considered likely the first Christmas celebrations were in reaction to the Roman Saturnalia, a harvest festival that marked the winter solstice—the return of the sun—and honored Saturn, the god of sowing.
evidence from the past is somewhat true. I remember other historical facts have mentioned a lot about the Roman or Greek have been worshiped the sun as their god.
Later in history, during the sixteenth century, Pope Gregory devised a new calendar, which was unevenly adopted. The Eastern Orthodox and some Protestants retained the Julian calendar, which meant they celebrated this so called 25th December holiday 13 days later than their Gregorian counterparts. Most—but not all—of the Christian world now agrees on the Gregorian calendar and the December 25 date. The pagan origins used this so called 25th December holiday name Christmas of the season date, as well as pagan origins of many customs (gift-giving and merrymaking from Roman Saturnalia; greenery, lights, and charity from the Roman New Year; Yule logs and various foods from Teutonic feasts), have always fueled arguments against the holiday. "It's just paganism wrapped with a Christian bow," naysayers argue. But while kowtowing to worldliness must always be a concern for Christians, the church has generally viewed efforts to reshape culture—including holidays—positively. Roman has selected the idolatrous pagan festival Saturnalia day. As a theologian asserted in year 320, "We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the sun, but because of him who made it." As you know this so called holiday name "Christmas" is a combination of the words "Christ" and "Mass which came up into one word. While Rome Catholicism used “mass” for prayer and Christ for their so-called name Jesus in wrongful way to memorizing of him. This is blasphemy words when people use MessiYah's name Christ in vain and using Christ-Mass as the 25th December holiday.
If you are one of the few people who know the truth about our MessiYah who is the ONE who was here before earth was created. Who is our Father who lead his people out of Egypt the whole time, know that HE is WHO HE is as explained in Exodus 3:14 is him. Who he is not shameful to be called brother also. Knowing that he have a correct name as the Son of the heavenly Father is YahuSha and the Father is Yahuah. Understanding that YahuSHA - SHA contains the ancient root meaning Salvation or Deliverance and YAH is a short name for Yahuah who is the ONE, the Creator ONE. Now, look at what the scripture Deuteronomy 18:22 and 20:7 says there:
“Whenever what the prophet spoke in the name of YAHUAH (YHUH), the thing does not take place and does not come about, that is the thing that YAHUAH has not spoken to him. Presumptuously the prophet spoke it; you shall not fear that prophet.”
“And who is the man who got engaged to a woman and has not married her? Let him go and let him return to his house, so that he does not die in battle and another man marries her.”
Many today unknowingly who they all honoring is the Nimrod of December 25th so-called holiday! So this Christ-Mass was originally celebrated by the so-called the Saturnalia—the birthday of Nimrod or Saturn! The customs of this pagan holiday were somehow passed on along secretly and made to appear good and innocent. Like how we also would not know that Christmas honors “Nicolas”—Nimrod—the first dictator and despot! Professing Christians serve and honor Nimrod (the Mighty) during Christmas—not MessiYah who is the real Mighty ONE as the Son on earth? So, it seems that history as of those who first celebrated it in the year 336, after Emperor Constantine had declared (pagan) Christianity the empire's favored religion. While true believers of MessiYah were forced to follow this so-called custom unless they were put to death. Eastern churches, however, held on to January 6 as the date for MessiYah's birth and his baptism. Most easterners eventually
“YOU SHALL NOT MAKE UNTO YOU 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: you shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the YHUH your Creator ONE, am a jealous Creator ONE, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.”