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Celebrating Christmas or not celebrating Christmas has become a touchy issue for many. Even in the news we see certain groups trying to take “Christ” out of Christmas (For instance, a “holiday” tree instead of a “Christmas” tree, and “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”.
On the other side we see many churches and Christians trying to keep “Christ” in Christmas. I also felt this way just a short time ago, until I learned the truth of Christmas’ origins and began to look at it from the Lord’s point of view. Of course, the change in my point of view started with the Letters in Volume One (click here for these Letters), which are also included in this study: "Does The Lord Approve of the Modern "Holiday" of "Christmas"?.
There is a surprising irony to this situation. Those people who are trying to take Christ out of Christmas are motivated by their own evil “antichrist” desires. When in fact, unknowingly, they are accomplishing what the Lord calls of His people to do, His followers who walk in the Truth with eyes wide open. And then there are those people who proclaim themselves Christians who are trying to keep Christ’s name associated with what the Lord despises.
I know many of you who love the Lord think you celebrate Christmas the way it should be celebrated. I know and understand your point of view. I used to feel the same way. You must ask yourselves some very important questions.

Christmas and the Ten Commandments

What if Christmas broke one of God’s commandments, just one? Would you still celebrate it? Obviously this is a question for Christians only. What if it broke more than one? Or are some of the Lord’s commands not as important as the others?

What if I told you it breaks EIGHT OF THE TEN?

Commandment One: “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
The date of December 25th originated from the worship of the sun god whose birthday was December 25th. In an effort to ease the converted pagans into their new Christian faith, the Catholic church at the time decided to meet the newly converted pagans “half way” and adopt many of their customs and rituals into this new holiday. Thus the day changed from “birthday of the sun god” to “birthday of the Son of God”.
(Refer to this study: "Does The Lord Approve of the Modern "Holiday" of "Christmas"?)

Commandment Two: “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in Heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters below.”
Christmas trees and santa fall into this category. The use of holly, greenery, mistletoe, lights, etc. all originated from the pagan rituals which included worship of false gods and their idols. In regards to santa: You say, “He is not real. It doesn’t matter.” But it does matter to God. Are not all idols imaginary and made by human hands, “neither speaking, nor hearing”? Even though it seems harmless, the Lord still finds this detestable. Also, does santa lead people away, or to, Christ? Isn’t he just an artificial replacement, an “idol”?
(Refer to this study: "Does The Lord Approve of the Modern "Holiday" of "Christmas"?).

Commandment Three: “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.”
Christ Jesus is in God and God in Him. Jesus said His name is God’s name, the name God has given Him. “Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name - the name you gave Me - so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave Me” (John 17:11-12). We should not associate the name of Christ with any other name than the name God has given Him. (see further down to understand why christmas is a misuse of the Lord’s name)

Commandment Six: More people commit suicide during the holidays than any other time. (Murder of self).

Commandment Seven: Many people commit adultery and fornication during this time due to drunkenness and parties.

Commandment Eight: Theft increases during this time of year.

Commandment Nine: False Testimony is abundant. Everywhere you turn, people are lying about this being Christ’s true birthday, to their children and to themselves. Santa is a lie. For alot of people, the pressure of competition leads them to lie about gifts they’ve received or haven’t received, money spent, etc.

Commandment Ten: We teach covetousness to our children. This is actually taught to them by default, through lack of any kind of correction. Children learn to care about receiving more than about giving, and they always want what everyone else has. For most children Christmas has become an endless “wish list”, not a day for giving back to the world, but for the world to give to them. As for adults, there is constant competition and envy of their neighbor’s lights, decorations, new snowblower, etc. (whether we admit it or not).

Most people agree Christmas is supposed to be about Christ and His birth. Pretend you are Jesus Christ, looking down from above on this modern-day Christmas. What would you see?

• A celebration of His birthday on the 25th, which is not His birthday, but the pagan sun god’s birthday.
• The use of decorations, rituals, and practices originating from pagan worship of false gods.

You would also see six of the seven deadly sins:
• Vanity
• Pride
• Envy (Coveting what everyone else has or receives)
• Greed (Love of money & things)
• Lust (lusting after things and of course, christmas parties)
• Gluttony (Overeating and overindulgence)

And all this in Christ’s name. Is it really a “mass for Christ” or a blaspheming of His name? You decide.

No matter how people whitewash Christmas, or rationalize it, it is what it is in the eyes of the Lord. Paul said, “God will strike you, you white-washed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law...” (Acts 23:3). Shall we try to wash only the outside of a cup, leaving the inside filled with abominations and sin. Jesus said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence” (Matthew 23:25).

In the Bible you will not find anyone celebrating Christmas. You will find many verses saying not to mix true worship with false worship, or holy days with unholy days and practices (please refer to this study: "Does The Lord Approve of the Modern "Holiday" of "Christmas"?).

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