The origin of Christmas, is it from God? Or is it from paganism?


 

I submit to you that most all of mankind are willingly ignorant of the truth of God. And it is especially so of those claiming to be Christians and following the teachings of Jesus Christ.

They don’t know the truth and don’t want to know it. Being steeped in custom, ritual and tradition, they dig their heels in solid and prefer to stay there as opposed to learning the truth. You may ask me to prove it. Fair enough! I have developed just two simple, straight forward questions, of which the answer will determine where every individual stands on this issue according to their response and as their follow through will indicate, exactly where their heart, mind and being really are.


This is a question that every person on this earth claiming to be Christian needs to ask themselves. After answering these two questions an honest forthright answer will be given to each participant.


# 1. Suppose you were given a choice in a matter, would you be receptive for example of whether to be duped, misled, lied to, taken advantage of, hornswoggled, brainwashed, deceived, given a dose of hog wash, tricked into believing something that was not true, an outright blatant lie, without one speck of truth in it?


#2. Or would you appreciate knowing the truth instead?


I would appreciate #1, living in deception.


Sign name here: _______________________________________________Date________


I would appreciate #2, knowing the truth instead.


Sign name here: ______________________________________________ Date ________


For all of those whose answer is #1. I would appreciate living in deception. The answer is easy, keep right on doing, believing and accepting all of the custom, ritual and tradition of the questionable origin of Christmas as it is. Believe it was authorized and put into place by our Father God. To celebrate the birthday of His Son.


For all of those whose answer is #2. I would appreciate knowing the truth instead. The answer is, get on your computer and write the origin of Christmas in your search space. This way you can find out for yourself.


You will quickly learn the truth that Christmas is of pagan origin. The name itself ought to be the first tip off. Christ Mass, is Catholic terminology, so this then is our first clue. I am going to write a short piece on down the page to whet your appetite and expose a little portion of the origin of Christmas. It will be up to you to seek and search it out more fully, unless you are satisfied in your custom, ritual and tradition as I suggest above.


Ask yourself, did you really mean what you said? It would be interesting to know, what direction will you take from here? After you have learned the truth about Christmas.


Test administered by Leith Cunningham


The point is, does it make any difference to God? I’ll let God answer that question Himself.


Matthew 15:9 (NLT)  Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.'"

Mark 7:7 (KJV)  They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'

Many long years and even centuries before the birth of Christ, the pagans were celebrating the 25th of December in honor of their sun god Saturn. They believed as some indicate, that he had died on the 22nd of December and then three days later was resurrected and became alive again on the 25th. This day was picked and set aside to honor and pay tribute to their great sun god Saturn. A celebration called Saturnalia was if I remember right, a week long celebration where no law existed and drunkenness and debauchery of every description was tolerated and encouraged. Rape of the women and all sorts of lawlessness was rampant during this celebration. They even set aside certain people to be killed on this day, if they couldn’t find a criminal of some sort, anyone would do. The people worshipped Saturn and even burned their own little children alive in their efforts to coax him back in the spring to warm the ground for a good planting season, then a later fall harvest. The priests would beat loudly on the drums to drown out the screams and cries of the little children being burned alive, so their fathers could not hear them as loudly. When Christianity came on the scene many years and even many centuries later, they attempted to bring the pagans into Christianity by substituting the name Christmas in place of Saturnalia. And continuing to allow all that they had become accustomed to, to continue on, hence, custom, ritual and tradition, that much of which remains with us to this day. The pagans had not taken on Christian values, instead the Christians took on pagan values that we can see yet as evidence. A thorough search of the origin of Christmas will reveal some eye opening customs, rituals and traditions that had nothing at all to do with the word of God or Jesus Christ. Yet many of these ungodly paganized practices have been meshed into our Christmas celebrations that we take part in every year. Teaching them on to our innocent little children as if it all came from our Almighty God. Then the children grow and become parents themselves and teach it on generation after generation. This is exactly where we find ourselves today all around the world. Well meaning folks that continue to perpetuate a grievous lie of monumental proportions. Teaching the rank paganism of custom, ritual and tradition that is an abomination to our Almighty God of all heaven and earth.

Child Sacrifice

Notice this horrible practice associated with the worship of the fire god (Nimrod, Saturn, Kronos, Molech and Baal) in the following quote from The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop, page 231: “Now, this is in exact accordance with the character of the Great Head of the system of fire-worship. Nimrod, as the representative of the devouring fire to which human victims, and especially children, were offered in sacrifice, was regarded as the great child-devourer…he was, of course, the actual father of all the Babylonian gods; and, therefore, in that character he was afterwards universally regarded. As the Father of the gods, he was, as we have seen, called Kronos; and every one knows that the classical story of Kronos was just this, that, ‘he devoured his sons as soon as they were born.’ (Lempriere Classical Dictionary, ‘Saturn.’)…This legend has a further and deeper meaning; but, as applied to Nimrod, or ‘The Horned One,’ it just refers to the fact, that, as the representative of Moloch or Baal, infants were the most acceptable offerings at his altar. We have ample and melancholy evidence on this subject from the records of antiquity. ‘The Phoenicians,’ says Eusebius, ‘every year sacrificed their beloved and only-begotten children to Kronos or Saturn.’” But why was human sacrifice such a key to the worship of this terrible god? What possible good could human beings think they saw in slaughtering their own children? Continuing: “…he who approached the fire would receive a light from divinity” and “through divine fire all the stains produced by generations could be purged away.” Therefore, “children were made to pass through the fire unto Molech” (Jer. 32:35). As incredible as it seems, deceived human beings actually believed they were pleasing their “god” by sacrificing their own innocent little children to him. They believed fire purified them from original sin. The pagan doctrine of spending time in purgatory to purge the soul from all sin derives from this belief!


Burned to Molech

Let’s see how God’s people, Israel, worshipped Baal/Molech once they had departed from the true God: “And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My mind, that they should do this abomination…” (Jer. 32:35). Notice that God Himself says that such horrible abominations never even entered His mind: “They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spoke it, neither came it into My mind: Therefore, behold, the days come, says the Lord, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter” (Jer. 19:5). Verse 6 ties the valley of Tophet or Hinnom to this practice. Jeremiah 7:31 connects Tophet and Hinnom to child sacrifice. Tophet means “the drum.” Drums were played to drown the screams of victims in the flames. Notice this quote from Paradise Lost, by John Milton, about the terrible god Molech: “First Moloch, horrid king besmear’d with blood Of human sacrifice, and parents tears, Though, for the noyse of Drums and Timbrels loud Their children’s cries unheard, that passed through fire To his grim Idol.” Of course, everyone will say that they do not sacrifice their children to Molech today, but read on. In the New Testament, the martyr Stephen was stoned to death, at least partly, because he indicted his listeners for the worship of this evil idol (Acts 7:43). As an ambassador for Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God, I will continue to remind you as Stephen did before being stoned to death for so doing.


So I ask you again did you really mean what you said? Will it make any difference in your life? Will you do a little research of your own? After being duped, misled, lied to, deceived and brain washed with slop from the table of demons, will you continue on with the custom, ritual and tradition that has become so important to you, while at the same time turning your back on the Word of God? My educated guess is,

Yes you will!

Leith Cunningham 10/22/2012

P.S.  I must confess to you, a problem I encounter every year mostly during the month of December. As well meaning as it is, when family, friends and acquaintances wish me a cheerful “Merry Christmas” I do know and understand, it is through ignorance of where our Christmas celebration comes from that they do it. Yet, because I do know where it originated and came from, instead of feeling happy, merry and joyful, I feel sad, somber, sorrowful and filled with remorse while reflecting back on all of the innocent little children and babies, having had to suffer the excruciating pain and anguish of being burned alive to appease their god Saturn, that we all have been deceived into celebrating it, believing it, and now calling it Christmas. Mankind appropriated the name of Christ and attached it to a pagan ritual. It has not one single thing to do with the celebration of His birth. There is no where in the Word of God that one can turn to and see where God ordered the celebration of the birth of His Son. And especially so by giving gifts to everyone else except the Son.

Leith Cunningham

leithcunningham2@hotmail.com

Aditional insight 

News caster Brian Williams has called Sandy Hook, ( Newtown ) Connecticut, the saddest place on earth. It may very well be, because of the twenty little innocent children, who suddenly without provocation were shot to death. Slaughtered by a disgruntled mad man for some as yet unknown reason. Can any one of us imagine the pain, anguish, trauma and suffering felt by those families? Having to go through the funerals and heart wrenching emotional sufferings connected with such a disaster, brought on by another human being. As Brian Williams mentions as well, “And at this time of year during our Christmas celebrations.” Is there anything that could possibly be any worse? The answer is, yes there very well could be something much worse. And that would be if at some future point in time the whole world of Christianity would somehow appropriate the name of Jesus Christ, and connect it to this tragedy. To then henceforth celebrate it with drunkenness, rape, adultery, fornication, revelry, debauchery of every description, gift giving, and all sorts of deviltry that one could imagine. But you will say, “No one would ever do that, would they?”

Yes they would, they have done it, and it continues on today. And chances are you are right knee deep in it yourself, and gearing up for the biggest celebration of the year. I will tell you about it, as it is not hard to find the truth of the matter. It can easily be found on any of the billions of computers around this earth. Just Google, “The origin of Christmas”. If you don’t have a computer it is also in every credible encyclopedia.

Hundreds of years before Jesus Christ came to this earth to be born a human baby. The pagans at the time were worshipping and celebrating their sun god Saturn, in a celebration known as the Saturnalia. A week long celebration where all laws were canceled out and everything I have explained above, and more, took place the whole time. This all took place on or around the 25th of December. Child sacrifice was the preferred method of coaxing their god Saturn back in the spring time to warm the ground for a good planting season and a good fall harvest later in the year. They would gather in large gatherings and build up the fire around their iron god representing Saturn. When red hot they would place their little innocent children in its outstretched arms to be burned alive. The priests beat loudly on drums to keep the fathers from hearing the screams and shrieks of their little children being burned alive.

Many hundreds of years later after Christianity had lost their true identity and began to follow after the god of this world as we see here in 2nd Corinthians. In whom the god of this world ( which is Satan ) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. ( 2nd Corinthians 4:4 ) Christianity as it had become began to grow and thrive as they added converts to their flocks. They reasoned apart from the true God, how to grow their numbers even faster. They had decided to bring the pagans into the fold by appropriating the name of Christ and placing it on their celebration and worship of Saturn. Hence the Catholic influence of Christ Mass, or Christmas. Claiming it to be the birthday of Christ. They further reasoned by allowing the pagans to continue celebrating in the custom, ritual and tradition that they had become accustomed to doing, would eventually bring them into their now watered down Christianity. As can readily be seen today, it didn’t work. Instead the watered down Christianity took on the many ways and celebrations of the pagans.

So it is that today two thousand years later, that Christianity gives credibility and sanctions the filth and rotten to the core pagan celebrations of burning their own little children alive in fire to their god Saturn, after having changed the name to Christmas. Using the word of God in the process of quoting scripture that has not one hint of being commanded by God Himself. Christianity takes the advent of His birth and consequently the presents from the wise men as tokens of that which recognized Christ as coming king, they use this to support an annual birthday celebration. It is a lie of monumental proportions passed off unto a naïve and docile Christianity by Satan, the god of this world. No where in all of the bible will anyone find where God sanctions the celebration of the birthday His Son, instead it is His death and resurrection that is to be celebrated. Because he took upon Himself and willingly died for all of the combined sins of mankind.

You would no doubt be right to argue that I pretty much stand alone in believing as I do. Myself and a few scattered other ones that God is revealing His truth to at this time. That the whole world at large believes something entirely different. They are taught to follow the leader, don’t rock the boat, accept what your church, your minister, your religion tells you too, follow after custom, ritual and tradition. Never mind seeking and searching out truth trying to understand any deeper truths of God. We are happy just the way we are. Will people hate us for exposing the truth, will they hate us for the sake of Christ? You bet the will, read about it here. These are the hands that have signed on for being an ambassador for Jesus Christ. What exactly does that mean you might ask?

Ambassador: To be faithful to the person who has sent you: Which is Jesus Christ. Not to become entangled with the customs where you have been sent: To this earth. Return to your homeland at the appointed time: And the spirit shall return to God who gave it.

As an ambassador I represent a different kingdom, apart from the one that I am living in. I avoid the custom, ritual and traditions of this world that have their roots in paganism. I avoid getting caught up in the ways of this world. The word of God tells us that we are not of this world. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. ( John 15:19 ) It is something we should become accustomed to, the world for the most part does not want to know or bother learning the truth of God. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. ( Romans 12: 2 ) We are not supposed to conform to the customs, rituals and traditions of this world. To do so separates us from a proper relationship with God. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. They are not interested in hearing, accepting or believing the true word of God. And because they have not received the love of the truth, God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie. ( See 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 ) 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. ( John 17: 14, 15 and 16 )

So Yes you would win the argument, I am a minority, the world sees things altogether differently than what the truth of God expounds upon. Even though it may be unpleasant to endure, still I will accept the hatred of the world as opposed to fitting in with the ways of this world that goes contrary to the word and ways of God. The benefits in the long run outweighs the present ridicule of your peers. My own dear wife of over sixty years of marriage is at the present upset and aggravated at me for not fitting in with the custom, ritual and tradition of the pagan origins of Christmas. A small consequence to be paid in view of the greater rewards awaiting those willing to follow God instead of this worlds Babylon of confusion. We still have mothers, babies and little children suffering in our country. Stuck sometimes in housing not fit for animals. Hunkered down in cold, filth and unsanitary conditions, trying to survive one more day on their last bread crust, their ever hurting bellies swelled out from lack of food and malnutrition, as the tears run down their tender little cheeks.

While at the same time cities and towns are spending multiple billions of dollars on nativity scenes, wreath and light lined streets, decorations of every description along with the pagan worshipped Christmas trees by the multiple millions as well. A time of the custom, ritual and tradition where pedophiles come out of the woodwork, dust off their red suits and rush right down to the department stores and hire out as Santa Clause, the pagan god that replaces the true God. Holding and fondling your precious little children as you place them crying their eyes out in his often perverted lap. All of this and getting paid for it too. Adding to this is the never ending corporate Christmas parties spending mega bucks on all sorts of material fluff and buff on their workers or clientele. Where tradition dictates that the spirits flow freely and all inhibitions and moral compasses are checked in at the entry door. Debauchery of every sort is being turned loose. Where drunkenness, wife swapping, adultery, fornication and over indulgence becomes common place. Lives and marriages ruined, children and families suffer on long after the party has ended. Not at all unlike the original Saturnalia festivals where all law was being canceled out during their evil and Satanic burning of their own little children alive in the fire to their god Saturn. How much has changed, and how much has remained the same?

Ask ourselves this question. Suppose we had the ability and occasion to suffer the most unbelievable pain, anguish, sorrow and humiliation of being crucified as Christ was. Jesus Christ was stabbed by a Roman soldier to hasten His death. First he was beaten and flogged to such an extent that he was barely recognizable as a man. He was then nailed to a cross. A person who is crucified could take days to die. It was a slow, lingering, and painful way to die. During His crucifixion, the sky grew dark and storm began and there was an earth quake. So then suppose we were spiked to a stake alive and left hanging there while being mocked, ridiculed and finally stabbed with a spear. We endured it all that we might thereby save all of humanity, all of those whom were causing us to suffer and die such a horrific and painful death. Then suppose as time went on these same people decide to hook our name to a pagan celebration that burned their own little children, alive in fire to their pagan god Saturn. They just change the name of the pagan god, and put our name there in its place. Then for centuries afterward multiple millions of people celebrated the same old pagan way and greeted everyone they met with a cheery, You Have A Merry John Doe Now, or Merry Leith Cunningham to you all, or a Merry ( Place your name here ) Think about it! How thankful and grateful we need to be that we have a forgiving God. A God that will remove this sin and all other sin as far away as the east is from the west, from us. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. ( Psalm 103:12 ) "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. ( Isaiah 43:25 ) Thank you God Almighty!

Is it time for us to start looking at our excesses and over indulgences in things that mean absolutely nothing, while turning our backs on what is really going on in this society in which we live? Is it time to wake up and recognize whom it is that has promoted and lulled our people to sleep with all the whistles, and bells like the bright lights of the gambling casinos? Distracting us from watching and paying attention to the messages we are teaching our children. Satan, the god of this world is really well equipped and knows well what he is doing. You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. ( John 8:44 ) Has he got you convinced to join up with his flock of happy party makers?

Those innocent little children of Sandy Hook, ( Newtown ) Connecticut, and their families indeed and in every aspect of human empathy, sympathy and reason can be called the saddest place on earth today. But what about the multitude of those of the past that suffered and died unimaginable gut wrenching pain, to horrible to even think about, being burned alive in a celebration and in worship of a pagan god. That still today multitudes by the millions will not even bother to think about it or to search out the truth of it. As they happily go their way, turning their collective backs on the one they are claiming to honor and celebrate. Claiming it is His birthday, while giving present to everyone but Him. Think about it, how would you feel if someone was to give you a giant birthday party celebration, but you were the only one that didn’t get anything? I don’t know about you, but I consider myself to be a person of God, one of Gods people. It was for that reason many years ago that I followed His commandment in Revelation. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. ( Revelation 18:4 ) ( This worlds religious system ) After over thirty five years of attendance in the Babylon of confusion known as our counterfeit Christianity, God gave me eyes to see with and ears to hear with. I came out of the Babylon of confusion. I challenge you to Google the origin of Christmas.

 

 

Leith Cunningham leithcunningham2@hotmail.com