by John Greene
Traditions of man are often much more dangerous than most people care to admit. These ideas commonly are (in reality) counter to what Christians are here to do and the conduct that disciples of the Messiah are to exhibit. (Matthew 7:21-23) The ‘holiday season’ is coming up so it is time to ask yourself an important question: Are you following the Messiah by celebrating Christmas? You know this by knowing the roots of whatever holiday that you endorse in the name of Jesus [Yahshua]. (Deuteronomy 12:29-32; “Ongoing Corruption of Christianity“)
The elements of Christmas are rooted in the distant past. In her desperation situation, Naomi induced Ruth to return to her people to live out her life with them. Ruth refused to return to the Moabites and would not worship their gods. (Ruth 1:15-19; Ecclesiastes 6:1-9) The Moabites were worshipers of the pagan god of prosperity (vanity) known as Chemosh. Chemosh is the same pot-bellied cast iron god, the same god that the Ammonites worshiped by the name of Molech. This is the same worship that was tied in to the worship of the golden calf as Moses was on the mountain with YHWH. (Exodus 32:1-6) This moon god was symbolized through the upturned horns of a calf. (Amos 5:25-27) The Babylonian cults of Shamash and Sin involved the worship of the sun and the moon. (Ishtar completes the triad of those worshipers as the goddess of fertility.) The name ‘Sin’ came into use as the concept of transgression against the laws of YHWH. This god was pictured with a “phrygian cap”, the headwear of the Babylon shepherd god Tammuz, which the Romans worshiped as Mithra the sun god. (“The Deceptions of Christmas“; “Deceptions of Ages: How People are Deceived“; “The Deceptions of Easter“)
At the winter solstice these worshipers had a child sacrifice or child mass. The priests stoked the fire of their cast iron god, turning their god into a cherry red furnace. The people made long lists of their desires before sacrificing their children to their god of prosperity. As the babies were incinerated at the winter solstice child mass the people were assured that their sacrifice would bear fruit in the coming year. (“Freedom from Spiritual Bondage“; “The Parthenon & the Spirit of Humanism“)
On the same day the Egyptians worshiped their sun god Ra. Egyptian hieroglyphs picture Ra castrating himself just as the Greek legend of the god Attis was pictured. Worshipers of Ra would hang gold and silver balls on an upright palm tree, placing gifts to the sun god under the palm tree (Jeremiah 10:1-5) decorated with the gold and silver testicles of Ra. This profane custom was performed on Ra’s birthday on December 25 of our current calendar. (“Breaking the Strongholds of Egypt and Canaan in Your Heart“; “Do You Take Sin For Granted?“; “Video: What is Idolatry?“)
When members of the old nation of Israel adopted this custom they used the evergreen tree, as other nations did. Among the pagans the evergreen tree was a symbol of life as well as a phallic symbol of fertility. Many Israelites cut down evergreen trees from the forest and dragged a tree into their home, fashioning a stand so that the tree would not fall over. What did they decorate the tree with? They decorated the evergreen trees with gold and silver balls just as the Egyptians did. Other elements of paganism are represented by other symbols of Christmas, as well as other pagan festivals of the past.
YHWH calls this festival and others like it an abomination. In early America this practice, even the celebration of Christmas, was forbidden because the Puritans knew that this custom was an abomination to their Heavenly Father as sun god worship. You should be offended. Why? These abominable practices have continued unchallenged by a corrupted modern Christianity despite any so-called “reforms.” (Luke 12:57; John 7:24; Colossians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 2:14, 10:7, 11:14; Hosea 4:6)
These occult practices have the same pagan fingerprint throughout the world, although in modern life they have been made to appear more appealing. A month before the birthday of Tammuz, children are induced to make lists of what they want, following a tradition of past millenniums. I experienced this in school during the 1960’s. All the children in the class were ordered to make their own lists for the pot-bellied Santa, the god of prosperity that is supposed to magically provide their desires, if they are good enough. This fits in with a common custom that is often found in the local shopping mall as children sit in the lap of this pot-bellied image dressed in red while sitting on a throne. On Christmas, this god-man will come down the fireplace bringing gifts for good children all over the world, to be put under a decorated evergreen tree.
On Christmas morning, expectant children kneel before the evergreen phallic symbol to find their gifts, the blessings from their god. Parents often make great sacrifices to satisfy the lust of their children and the lust of merchants that provide the desired gifts. All of this is done in the name of prosperity and happiness. Months before the big event, commerce shifts into full gear in the hope of providing the best holiday experience possible. The idea is that children will open gifts that fulfill the greatest of their imaginings based on a list that they provided. The reality is rarely as great as the promise. Children are disappointed before the gift-giving is complete, as the lust for special things often remains unmet, or the children see that what they wanted wasn’t what they wanted after all.
The massive debt created for this momentous special day creates bondage around the neck of everyone that participates. This sacrifice, even the frustration of spoiled children creates a feeling of despair about how next years’ demands will be met. The fruit of this season is often depression and suicide for those that can’t cope with loneliness, rejection and feelings of failure. Instead of sacrificing our children to the fiery red-hot Molech, they are sacrificed to the god of Christmas: false teaching and a lifestyle of mammon that is heartily supported by merchants that are dependent on making a profit during this season of mad shopping. Instead of literally sacrificing children, many modern nations support the abortions of babies during the year, the modern Molech of this age through the justification of eugenics and personal freedom. (“Financial Usury & Bible Truth: Lending, Giving & Borrowing“; “Millenniums of Human Exploitation“; “Lying, Cheating & Stealing Legalized“: “Religion, Power & Financial Corruption“; “News: Hyperinflation & False Teaching“)
In the business world, people are compelled to lavish gifts on associates that they may not even get along with or care for. This pride demonstrates the prosperity that they have been blessed with. While the names of the gods may change from past traditions, the roots of deception remain the same from culture to culture. The people of YHWH are told not to engage in these traditions of man. Most professed Christians don’t know about this because they listen to someone else in the world as their spiritual significance. They don’t seek to understand the Bible, leaving that to a ‘pastor’ or other Christian ‘leader’. Instead, these misled people allow the word of a man to speak against scripture, a worldly culture to be their gods, directing them to worship the god of commerce and worldly vanity. (Matthew 6:19-33, 13:22; Luke 8:14, 12:15-18, 33-34, 16:8-15)
The leaven of Christmas corrupts spiritual fruit, making the life of a professed Christian of no effect for YHWH Almighty. (John 4:1-6; James 1:22-25) The truth of the Messiah is not magnified by Christmas, nor did He advise disciples to engage in pagan holidays and practices. Yahshua [Jesus] is no longer a baby, but sits at the right hand of ‘God’ [YHWH, Elohim] in Heaven, preparing to carry out His next task by cleansing the world of sin and creating a new world for those that love Him. Instead, Christians are to honor His great sacrifice to save His people that listen to and obey His Words. Though the leaven of the world disciples can be easily deceived one step at a time. (Colossian 2:8; Deuteronomy 12:30-31) A modern Santa Claus is portrayed as more benevolent than YHWH Almighty, the Elohim of Heaven, as multitudes put their full trust in the world through a tradition based on paganism. (2 Corinthians 3:4-6; 1 Timothy 4:10; Psalm 9:10, 18:2, 25:1-2, 91:2; Proverbs 3:5-6)
We are reminded that men and women that imitate the world are enemies of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah, whose end is destruction. They set their minds on earthly things. Christians are to be imitators of the Messiah as a life pattern. (Philippians 3:17-19; Romans 12:1-2; “Disciple: The Pattern of Your Life“; “The Unpardonable Sin“) Instead of following the ways of the world, disciples of the Messiah live in YHWH’s track of righteousness as a new man in Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah, counting the things of the world as trash. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 2:16-18, 3:9-17; Titus 3:5) This demonstrates love and obedience to the teaching of the Messiah and the righteousness that completion through the Messiah brings through the Holy Spirit. (1 John 2:1, 3:1, 4:7-11) We are to be made conformable or similar to Him as an example, even to obedience! (Luke 6:46; Matthew 6:24, 7:21-27) This means that disciples must trust Him, closely examining what He taught. When you trust the Messiah instead of turning Him into an eternal babe in a manger and buying into traditions of falsehood, you heartily reject the doctrines and traditions of man. (1 Timothy 4:1, 6:9; Philippians 3:7-8, 18-19; James 4:2-5; Titus 2:11-13; “About the Christian Cross“; “What Does Your Church Teach About Satan the Destroyer?“)
The choice is yours. This is about worship and what you will do with your life. When your worship of YHWH [the name of ‘God,’ your Elohim] is your life, what will you do? (“Worship: What is it?“)