MY LETTER TO A FRIEND

I am responding here to a question that a friend of mine asked my opinion on. He was thinking about starting a bible study up that would probably include myself and other combat veterans being invited to attend it. I do not take the business of God lightly and after much thought and meditation, may have gone far beyond what he may have been asking for, but will turn my body, mind and soul over to God and His Word, to help me answer his question.

Dear Bob, My fellow combat veteran, my friend and brother in the Lord Jesus Christ. 11/15/14.

You asked us at Turtle Creek the other day what we thought about your beginning a bible study. I immediately say more power to you, people need to know the truth about God and His plan for all of mankind, I encourage you to go forward in service to God. Having said that and not wanting to throw a wet blanket on something that God may be leading you to do, I do however want to voice some things that are going through my mind, that may help you in the direction you may want to go. 

If you are considering starting a bible study within the church you belong to and are attending, I think that would be a good thing for those whom as particular church members believe the same as you do and that the church more or less requires of them to do. I belonged to and brought many messages within the church that I belonged to for over 35 years. Preaching and teaching as I did that which the church authorized as the truth of God. Until the day I could no longer accept as truth, all of that which they were teaching. 

I began to recognize flaws in some of the things being taught as the truth of God. I left the only church I ever belonged to, as I began to seek and search out truth on my own through the Word of God and on the internet from dedicated Christian teachers that I had no obligation to either believe or to accept that which they taught. Through much seeking and searching, I have arrived at a much different understanding of the actual truth of our God. I believe that God has led me in this direction.

In the bible study you are asking about, I am assuming also that you would begin by inviting us, your fellow service members. I am wondering if this would cause a strain eventually on our relationships, for the following reasons. Combat experiences has caused most of the guys we meet with to have already accepted God in their lives and we each have developed a belief system according to how God has led us in our individual lives. It most likely may be quite different than our own accepted belief system.

We all it seems are at different levels of understanding and conversion, which can complicate the matter as well and could lead to hard feelings and disputes. I know that Christianity around the world and here at home has been fragmented into multiple thousands of churches, denominations, splinter groups, then added separations off the splinter groups. With each firmly believing whether or not they admit it, that their church, or their group that they meet with has the truth above all others. 

In this way the church or group they meet with becomes a part of their empirical self, God becomes secondary. I have over the years learned to read widely from all sources including other church literature. I am not afraid to hear what others are teaching. I believe God has given me a mind to accept or reject as needed and to sort out His truth from religious church fables. The Word of God, which is Jesus Christ, tells us that He tells us the truth, but we, His own people will not believe Him. I will list down some of the verses below, telling us what Christ has to say about that.

( John 3:18 and on ) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned ( judged ) already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

( 1 John 5: 10 ) He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness within himself: He that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

( John 8: 45 ) And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

( John 16: 9 ) ( NLT ) The worlds sin is unbelief in me.

( Hebrews 4:2 ) We have heard the same Good News that your ancestors heard. But the message didn't help those who heard it in the past because they didn't believe.

(John 7:2-5) But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, ‘You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.’ For even his own brothers did not believe in him.( This verse reveals something most churches deny too. Christ had physical, blood brothers, Mary was not a perpetual virgin. )

( John 8: 23 - 24 ) "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."


For one to die in their sins, means only that one has not yet accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to cover their sins at their death, hence, they would die in their sins. Christ is not at all hampered concerning anyone’s physical death. He has the power and authority to resurrect as well, and will do so in His own time frame. It does mean that they would not come up in the first resurrection as the elect of God to rule with Christ during His thousand year rule here on earth, ushering in the kingdom of God. 

The misguided rule of mankind upon the earth at that time, would have ended. Those not having accepted the sacrifice of Christ at their physical death would come up in the second resurrection also known as the great white throne judgment. To be dealt with at that time, and then to accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, understanding then that He took upon Himself, all sins for all time, for all of mankind, and in fact for all of creation. Jesus Christ will not lose even one person made in His image, or in His likeness. Those of the first resurrection will by necessity be required to accept and to believe this as the truth of God. Christ would hardly select as one of His elect, anyone not believing His truth.

John 3:35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. ( That doesn’t leave even one tiny thing that God has not placed into the hands of His Son Jesus Christ. )

Daniel 7:14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. ( The awesome part of it all is that we are all going to be a part of it. We are not going to roll around heaven all day on a cloud and drink pink lemonade gazing upon the face of God. We’re not going to be in heaven at all. We, the elect that is are going to have meaningful work to do, and at least for the first thousand years, during the millennial rule of Christ, we’re going to be right here on earth doing it. We will be ruling with Jesus Christ. Hence, our prayer is to be… Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven ). May God hasten that day!

Matthew 11:27 "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. ( It is an impossibility to know God except Christ reveals Him to us, I feel Christ has been revealing His Father and my Father to me. I therefore accept my own part in revealing God to others as He has given me the ability to do it ).

Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Luke 10:22 "All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."

John 5:20  For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.


John 13:3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;

( We all likewise have come from our Father God and will be returning to Him as well ).


John 15:9  "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.


John 17:2  For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.

( All have been given to Christ, consequently all will be given eternal life, all will have life as God and Christ have life. None will be lost, destroyed, or burned alive day and night forever in a Christian contrived hell as they believe and teach their converts to accept as the truth of God, in order that they may use fear religion to exercise control over the faithful ).

"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. ( John 6:37 )

( All will eventually be called, all will come and as Christ declares, no one will be cast out ).


"For I have come down from heaven, not to do
My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.… ( John 6:38 )

( This verse blows all kind of holes in the false teaching of a counterfeit Christianity, that would have us believe that we are a free moral agent, that all have a free will, apart and separate from the will and intent of God. We make ourselves greater than our maker if we claim to have a free will, when Jesus Christ Himself exercised no free will. God has not given us a will that can oppose, go against, or thwart His purpose, plan or His intent. We can only do what His sovereign authority allows us to do, and not one iota more. We are in training here on earth to eventually become the mature gods that He planned us to be before the world began. We have been made in the image and likeness of God and His Son Jesus Christ. Look around and see the evidence, we are creators as our Father is a creator. He said at the tower of Babel that whatever man can conceive of he will be able to bring into existence. A creator if you will! God is reproducing Himself in mankind, we are all of the God family. Whether we believe it or not has no effect on the purpose and plan of God from before the world began. ( Titus 1:2. )

And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. ( John 6:39)

( If all have been given to Christ and He will not lose any given to Him, that leaves only one conclusion, all will be saved ).
He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them." ( John 6:65 )

( We cannot decide to come to God on our own, according to scripture it is an impossibility, we first must be called. The scripture goes on and tells us that many are called, but few are chosen. It is the chosen few that will rule with Christ right here on earth during the millennium. Those are the one’s of the first resurrection. All others will come up in the 2nd resurrection, known as well as the great white throne judgment.) Here is what the Word of God has to say about the judgment.

At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. ( Isaiah 26:9 )

( So the judgments are not something bad or to be feared as a counterfeit Christianity would have us to believe and accept as the truth. God’s judgments are a good thing. )

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. ( John 10:28 )
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. ( John 10:29 )
Who will have
all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. ( 1 Timothy 2:4 )

( Once all men are to be saved and death has been destroyed, where will Christianity under the influence of the Devil and Satan find even one person to annihilate or send to hell to be tortured alive for trillions and trillions of years forever )?


For you granted him authority over
all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. ( John 17:2 )
"I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. ( John 17:6 )


I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. ( John 17:9 ) "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. ( John 17:24 )


 

(John 5:24 ) Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.


(John 5:38)
And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent,
him ye believe not.

To me for example, the present day teaching of Christianity for the most part is not the truth of God at all, it is based largely on custom, ritual and tradition. Teaching for doctrine, the commandments of men, leaving the Word of God relegated to the scrap heap. I will list down, here, that of which I speak. In just one Christian day of celebration that has become an idol of the heart of the people of God in this day, but has no true connection at all with His truth. 

They have taken a well known pagan celebration of the past called Saturnalia that honored the sun god Saturn and they burned their own little children alive in the fire to appease him. Attaching the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to it. Profaning His name and now calling it Christmas.Christ-mass, we know where that name come from, don't we? I will list later on a little of what the Word of God has to say about what the people of God were doing that profaned the name of God during those times of the past. 

You may be surprised to learn what our forefathers would become involved in, that in many ways exists yet today in a little bit different way, disguised as something good and upright, while in practice, rotten to its pagan roots. Every year we are still offering up our little children to be sacrificed on the alter of filth, lies and corruption. Dragging our little ones down to the department stores, elbowing our way through the crowd in hopes of getting a chance of placing them on the lap of the big fat man in the red suit. 

One that could very well be a pedophile that has dusted off his red suit and delights in this time of year. While mothers fight each other to place their often scared to death little ones on his lap to be fondled intimately, while crying their eyes out. A person they have no knowledge of. Someone they do not know at all, whatever happened to common sense? 

Where in the Word of God do we ever find authorization to be involved in such behavior? We may scoff at the thought that this exists right in front of our eyes, but have we had our heads stuck in the sand? Have we not paid any attention at all, about all of the pedophiles being exposed within the Christian church itself? Will we continue that abomination that He hates, by teaching our little children all of the lies and corruption that is being connected with this time of the year? The answer being, most likely, there is no one to care for the safety and overall well being, as the parents get all wrapped up in the satanic mood of the season. 

-What does God have to say-

Leviticus 18:20 ESV
You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

These gods were known by different names according to regions, they were known as Molech, Ba’al, Saturn and by other names as well. The sun god or god of agriculture Saturn, believed to have controlled the harvest. The pagan festival of Saturnalia that burned their little children alive to appease their god to bring the sun back in the spring season, culminated on the 25th of December. 

Christianity wanting to bring pagans into the fold, attached the name of Christ to it and called it Christmas and to legitimize it they called it the birthday of Christ. Instead of the pagans taking on the way of the Christians as they had hoped, the Christians took on the way of the pagan and it remains that way yet today as they wholeheartedly continue to profane the name of God by attaching His name to a rank Pagan celebration that burned their little helpless children alive to appease him. Leaving God to record such as this in His Word. In vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrine, the commandments of men. ) ( Matthew 15:9 and Mark 7:7 )

Deuteronomy 12:31 ESV
You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. Hey Babylon, are you listening to what the Lord has to say? 

Leviticus 20:1-5 ESV
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech. 

Again Babylon, are you listening? or will God have to intervene against you and set His face against you? Or for you to be cut off from your people? This this profaning and taking the name of God in vain is no little thing, there will have to be a day of reckoning at some point in time.

Ezekiel 16:20-21 ESV
And you took your sons and your daughters, whom you had borne to me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your whorings so small a matter that you slaughtered
my children and delivered them up as an offering by fire to them? This sounds to me like a serious dilemma.

Be aware here of what is being said by God whom is the same yesterday, today and forever. Would we suppose He is being pleased by what He hears us teaching His Children about a pagan celebration that has taken the name of His Son and attached it onto a religious celebration of the past that burned their own little children alive in the fire? By attaching the name of Christ and calling it Christ-mass that evolved into Christmas. Now being celebrated around the world by His people as a day sanctioned by God Himself. There will come a day of repentance required by God for this blatant disregard of His truth ).

2 Kings 17:17-18 ESV
And they burned their sons and their daughters as offerings and used divination and omens and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel
( His people ) and removed them out of his sight. None was left but the tribe of Judah only. Remember the one speaking here is the same yesterday, today and forever. How He felt about things back then, He feels the same about today. Will you continue to provoke Him into action because your desire to do your own thing and keep on celebrating a pagan originated day, now called Christmas? 

2 Kings 21:2-6 ESV
And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroyed, and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.
And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem will I put my name.” And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger.


Jeremiah 7:30-34 ESV
“For the sons of Judah have done evil in my sight, declares the Lord. They have set their detestable things in the house that is called by my name, to defile it. And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind. Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it will no more be called Topheth, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter; for they will bury in Topheth, because there is no room elsewhere. And the dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the air, and for the beasts of the earth, and none will frighten them away. And I will silence in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, for the land shall become a waste.


( These are not the rantings of some crazed lunatic religious nut job named Cunningham, it is all right there in all of our bibles, but as Christ has told us, He tells us the truth, but we will not believe Him ).

Wanting to bring pagans into the fold, Christianity profaned the name of God by placing His name on that time of the winters winding down, as the days begin growing longer and the coming springtime was coming forth. ( culminating on the 25th of December ) It then became known as Christ-mass ( note the Catholic church influence ) or Christmas. Identifying it now as the false but supposed birth of the Son of God instead of the rebirth of the physical sun. An absolute lie of monumental proportions believed and followed willingly by the deceived people of God. This information is available to all that would appreciate knowing the truth, Just research out Saturnalia or the origin of Christmas, yet as Christ tells us again and again, “He tells us the truth, but we will not believe Him”. God is the same yesterday, today and forever, He changes not. What was an abomination to Him hundreds and even thousands of years ago, is still an abomination to Him today, about these things that He hates. Yet religious mankind, the so called Christian church has appropriated the name of His Son and placed it upon a rank pagan celebration once called Saturnalia, now called Christmas. Do you think God has not taken notice of such? "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. ( Exodus 20:7 )

Christians have taken the name of God in vain by placing and attaching it onto a pagan custom, ritual and tradition. Those continuing to celebrate and holding these times and seasons in high esteem as if they were authorized and put into place by God, are just as guilty as those that installed them into Christian practice in the first place. Once a person hears this information, it becomes their place to seek and search out whatever God will reveal to them. This does not mean to ask our local minister that is more confused about it than we might be. Most of us have gone to school and have learned how to search out a matter.

They ( so called Christians ) fantasize and stand in awe every year and ooh and ah about a scene with a decrepit weather beaten and cracked from age, plastic doll in the yards of churches and homes around the country as they pay homage to and honor the pathetic representation of “Little Baby Jesus” ( An idol in itself ) Then after the pagan originated celebration, they stuff the pitiful little idol back in its box for the next year. Worshipping a helpless little plastic baby Jesus, while forgetting about Jesus Christ the all powerful, all knowing, all loving, all caring, Son of the Most High God, the creator and sustainer of all life on earth, refusing to believe the truth that He tells us. While at the same time whole heartedly going along with and being in support of bringing the little children of God into this world, bringing them up on lies and falsehoods beyond any sane belief or imagination.

Spoon feeding them from infancy on into adulthood about such things as a three hundred pound fat man in a red suit that will come down their six inch chimney with a big sack of toys and other junk on his back. Then returns back up the six inch chimney where eight flying deer hooked to a sled about the size of a Volkswagen, that will hold enough toys to be delivered to multiple millions of kids around the world at warp speed. Telling their innocent little children of his god like power of seeing them while they are sleeping, and he knows when they are awake. Effectively transferring their respect, love, care and allegiance away from God and unto the big fat man called Santa Clause with all the toys, candy, goodies and such. Building a solid base for their already developing carnal nature of jealously, envy, lust and greed. And yet we have the gall to make fun of the American Indian, calling them wagon burners, laughing at their totem poles, medicine men, and happy hunting grounds. Let us with a face of shame, take a good look first at the counterfeit Christian religion and all of the ungodly hocus pocus they are involved in leading the people of God into, instead.

Everything about Christmas is pagan to the core, an idol of the heart of Christian and nonbelievers alike. Consider what Jeremiah has to say about the matter of tree worship the people of God were involved in. For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. "They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter. "Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, And they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because they cannot walk! Do not fear them, For they can do no harm, Nor can they do any good."… ( Jeremiah 10:3-5 )

The Christmas tree debate, by Ernest L. Martin PHD. A past theology professor at Ambassador College in Pasadena, California makes this observation and comment. But waiting specifically to December 25th to give gifts to Christ (as did the Magi) is merely continuing the general customs of the heathen. All historians know this. And as far as I am concerned I have no argument with those who still want to observe the time with the heathen. Thank God, none of you is on earth to please me. Anyone can do what he or she pleases. As for me, observing Christmas customs is analogous to childishness in the faith. It shows a lack of understanding regarding what pleases or displeases God and Christ Jesus. To my wife Ramona and me, Christmas is simply a workday like any other day of the week. ( end quote )

The real truth in this is the fact that we really don’t want to know the truth of this matter. We have become complacent and happy within our deception and the accepting of custom, ritual and tradition taking the place of the Word of God. There are many more false teachings of Christianity to numerous to mention here, that mainstream Christianity does whole heartedly embrace, and do willingly believe and follow without a whimper. Consider what the Word has to say about this in,

Isaiah 29:13 The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.

( This is the people of God being addressed here, this describes counterfeit Christianity to a T. No one denies the good these people of God do along the way, nor do I, but it changes nothing when we refuse to believe His Word. We are sitting ourselves up to hear words like this in ( Matthew 7: 22 - 23 ) "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'

It does no good at all, none whatsoever, to lay down our life in service to what we convince ourselves is to God and man, and yet not believe the Word which is Jesus Christ. To not believe who Jesus Christ claims to be, is to call God a liar. Our worship of Him becomes a farce in that case and is totally unacceptable to Him. Causing God to remind us that in so doing is to worship Him in vain.

( Mark 7:7 ) They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'

( Colossians 2:22 ) These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.

Matthew 15:9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'"


2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

We should be willing to ask the question, do we want to continue worshiping God in vain?

So then Bob, with this in mind and considering how most others presently believe, how would you go about having a bible study within our group without possibly offending others as I may offend you in what I have to say here? The answer of just teaching what the bible says, obviously doesn’t work or the multiple thousands of denominations and splinter groups would all be believing and teaching the same thing. All of the churches, denomination and splinter groups come to a certain and different conclusion as to what the Word of God says and teaches. We cannot understand the truth of God unless He calls us, opens our mind to understanding it and reveals it to us. The one and only church on earth that believes and teaches the truth of God, is the church that Christ is building here that the gates of hell shall not prevail against. It is not a church of brick and mortar, Christ is within the members and they are in Him. Even though I have read and studied the Word of God for over half a century, I do not claim to understand or know all of His truth. I don’t believe there is one single person on earth that does. I do believe that God has given me some understanding of truth that He may not have given to many others, I write about it in 24 booklets I give away free of any charge. I write more about the truth of God on the website, thetruthstandsout.com. Or just Google my full name, Leith Lyman Cunningham and it will take you right to it.

To me the most sinful, egregious and damaging teaching of all Christendom, is the teaching and preaching that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is not whom He claims to be. He claims to be the Savior of all mankind. At His death He took on all past, present and future sins of all of mankind upon Himself. God declares us all as pure as the driven snow. Not because of anything we have done, but what Christ has done for us, that which we cannot do for ourselves. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. ( Psalm 103:12 ) It is not something that is going to happen someday, it is a done deal that no one in heaven or earth can void or take back. The truth is Bob, God is reproducing Himself in mankind. Notice here in Genesis 1:26 what He says about that. “Let Us make man in our image, after Our likeness” In other words we are to become as God and His firstborn Son Jesus Christ, are now. What is Their image and likeness? They are immortal, spirit beings and we are destined to be just like Them in every way, and God will always be the head of His kingdom. Notice below what His Word has to say about that future time.

( Colossians 1: 15-20 ) 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

( Did you notice how many things would be reconciled back to God? All things, it doesn’t leave anything out or left behind that will not be reconciled back to God. Not even one person. Yet a deceived Christianity under the influence of the Devil and Satan continue to teach contrary to the most awesome truth that mankind and the universe will ever hear.

( 1 Corinthians 15: 22- 28 ) For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. ( The exact same all that die will all be made alive ) 23 But each in their own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. ( after death has been destroyed, the only thing left is life ) 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. It cannot be made any plainer!

Notice: ( Not all in a few, not all in some, not all in many, but all in all of mankind ) Our God whom actually is LOVE, would never kill, destroy, do away with permanently, or burn alive forever in the flames of a Christian contrived HELL brought into existence by the Devil and Satan and taught in so called Christian churches around the world as the truth. He would not be involved in killing permanently or torturing His own children forever, that all are a part of Himself. The (NLT) has it this way. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. ( 2nd Corinthians 4: 4 ) Beyond that is the fact that God will send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie, because they received not the love of the truth. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ( 2nd Thessalonians 2:10-12 )

Bob, If we look at the complete picture of Christianity all around the world, I think we will find there is not much difference at all between the churches that claim Jesus Christ to be the Savior, that give lip service, that claim to be following the Word of God, that claim to be the people of God, than the religious and strict Pharisee’s that existed at the time of Jesus Christ, the people of God if you will. It has only gotten worse through time, much worse. If Jesus Christ returned to earth today, He would not be accepted, believed or be made welcome to preach or teach in any of the multiple thousands of so called Christian churches on earth. He would be branded a heretic and be thrown out on His ear. Simply for the reasons as His Word tells us here. He would be telling us the truth, but we wouldn’t believe Him.

They didn’t believe Him then and still do not believe Him today. He came to tell us the best news we could ever possibly hear, and they ( the people of God ) killed Him for it. We here in the land of freedom, abundance and plenty have become complacent, content and happy in materialism and only to willing to follow after the custom, ritual and tradition that is being systematically fed to us by the counterfeit Christian church and their ministers. More properly being identified in Revelation as the Babylon of confusion. To which the Word has this to say. I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. ( Revelation 18:4 - 5 ) Notice to whom it is being addressed… The people of God! This is not instructions to pagans, atheists, or others of the world. It is specific instructions for whom it says it is, the people of God.

If we would just stand back and take a good look at things logically, where multiple thousands of churches, denominations, splinter groups, with splinter groups stacked on top of splinter groups, all claiming to be the truth of God. While every one of them is preaching and teaching a different variation of what they consider that truth to be, what better name to be attached to them than, “The Babylon of Confusion”? Once we begin to recognize and accept this truth, we should then begin to understand why God admonishes us to, “Come out of her, My people”. We individually need to know what the Word of God really says. We need not ever darken the door of any established church of brick and mortar.

Christ tells us this in ( 1 John 2: 26-27 ) These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. As for you, ( I take this personally as meaning, it is to me ) the anointing which you ( I ) received from Him abides in you ( me ), and you ( I ) have no need for anyone to teach you ( me ) ; but as His anointing teaches you ( me )about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you ( me ) , you ( I should ) abide in Him. Then He goes on to say in ( Matthew 18: 19-20 ) "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."   

For years I have met with one or two of my long time friends and brothers in the Lord on a somewhat regular basis. We discuss the truth of God as we understand it for most all day, until our jaws are sore from talking. What a pleasure it is to be around like minded friends and brothers in the Lord. We have lunch together in some local restaurant to cap the day off, as we look forward to our next meeting of the minds, and as Jesus Christ has promised, He will be there in our midst. We are in Christ, He is in us, we are the church, ( the called out ones ) we have not forsaken the assembling of ourselves together as His Word instructs us to do. Beyond this I meet on a regular basis by phone with like minded Christians as well. Christ is in our midst there too.

I didn’t start this letter with the intentions of sermonizing. But, I began to see it as an open door to go into the world and preach the gospel ( Good News ) to all people. ( Even if it be one person at a time ) that which I consider to be the truth of God. I do have a passion for the Word of God as I have come to understand it. I appreciate you asking the question that has allowed me and given me an opportunity to wake up my mind and expound upon the Word of God in a sincere effort to pass on truth that God has revealed to me. I hope I haven’t put a damper on your own understanding as you see it. I wish you success should you go forward with your plan. I firmly believe we are all the children of God the Father. I believe we have always existed in, have come out from God the Father, will return to Him upon our physical death, our spirit to be absorbed back into God from whence we came, and forever after, for all eternity, will be with and exist within and under God forever.

To be immortal, spirit beings, to have life as They have life. To finally then for the first time, have real free will apart and separate from God the Father. We will be gods in our own right, always under the loving authority of God the Father of us all. Just as Jesus Christ will also be as He is made subject himself back under God the Father. To me it is by far the most exciting and awesome future to anticipate and to look forward to that one could possibly imagine. Our destiny is to be as God and Jesus Christ are. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, ( in every way to be like Him ) that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. ( Romans 8:29 ) We are already gods, on our way to becoming as God and Christ now are. To have life as They have life.

The good part about it is, no one has to take my word for it, hear what the Word Himself has to say on the matter in the 82nd chapter of Psalm. They do not know nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, "You are gods, And all of you are sons of the Most High. "Nevertheless you will die like men And fall like any one of the princes."… ( Psalm 82: 5 - 7 ) And again here in the book of John. Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are "gods"'? ( John 10:34 ) If I was to lead a bible study Bob, it would look a lot like this. Then I would go on from week to week or on regular intervals and reveal a multitude of other false teachings of the Christian church. I am not being held back from teaching the truth of God as revealed to me by the Word of God. I am not compelled to teach or preach about what some particular church doctrine teaches their own members as the truth. I don’t have to run it past some hocus pocus, high ranking minister to have it authorized. I do not fear being thrown out of any church of the world for failing to teach their personal doctrines. The threat of burning in hell for trillions and trillions of years without end has absolutely no effect upon me whatsoever, I know it is a lie!

Think about what this truth alone will mean to multiple billions of people once they have heard it for the first time. Most having died believing the lie of Christianity, that most all of their loved ones, their mothers, fathers, their brothers, sisters, aunt, uncles, neighbors, friends and acquaintance, to have been annihilated and done away with completely, or to be burned alive in untold pain and agony forever in the raging flames of a hell that has been in the past and continues on today being taught and believed by a Satan deceived Christianity, known too as the Babylon of confusion. Then the people of God at their resurrection, to find out it was a monumental hoax, injecting the masses with a heavy dose of fear religion to keep them in line and paying tithes and offerings in order that they could live their often opulent lifestyles and continue to build their mega churches on the backs of the faithful but deceived members. No one can ever be good enough to save themselves, nor bad enough that God will not!

The Apostle Paul by his own admission was the worst of the worst, intent upon bringing the people of God to be put to their death. Yet in less than a heartbeat when Christ decided it was time to reveal His truth to Paul and bring him into His awesome truth, in and instant, Paul repented of his ways and became a dedicated preacher and teacher of the truth of God. When God sets His hand at revealing His truth to the masses at the second resurrection, all will be called, all will come, all will believe, all will repent, all will be saved. That is what His Word teaches, that is what I believe and have a passion for passing it on to others as He reveals it to me and gives me the wherewithal to do it in what ever capacity He has prepared me to do it in.

I have a limited amount of formal education, in fact a ninth grade education. I quit school as soon as I turned seventeen and joined the Army. The following year, much like yourself, I began my not so formal education on the frontlines of Korea, in a kill or be killed situation against the North Korean and Chinese Communist Army that greatly outnumbered us there on the battlefield. My eighty two years of life at this stage has taught me many things of great value as a husband, a father, a grandfather and a great grandfather, and soon to be a great, great grandfather. The trials, trouble and the trauma of life has shaped my life. God has symbolically beaten me over the back with many stripes over the years for following after the dictates of my carnal nature. When He decided to call me, He rolled up His sleeves and reached all the way down in the muck and slime of this world until He found me crawling around on the bottom. He grabbed me by the nape of the neck and begin pulling me up and out. Like a big old rat, He began striping off layers of the filth of this world in which we all live. He isn’t thru with me yet, He continues that process now on a regular basis. Christ has been revealing His Father and my Father to me in truth that I am able to accept and to believe. It has all worked out for my own good here in my declining years within this temporary, physical life we have all been given.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ( Romans 8:28 ) I love God and know I have been called according to His purpose. I hope you will not make the mistake of my lack of a formal education, in keeping you from taking what I have to say here seriously. I may not know proper sentence structure, grammar or proper punctuation, but if God can talk through the mouth of a donkey as we find in ( Numbers 22: 21 - 38 ) , He is well able to communicate His Word and His way to you through a backwoods, Northern Michigan Jack Pine Savage such as myself. Check out what the Word has to say about this, here in 1 Corinthians. 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: ( 1 Corinthians 1: 26 - 28 )

I am not in any way attempting to draw anyone out and away from the church they attend and feel comfortable in. I am not attempting to draw away a following after myself. I am teaching that which God has revealed as the truth to me and letting the chips fall where ever they may. If I can help others by directing them to certain scripture, websites or sources I have come to accept as having a greater truth than what Christianity is now believing and teaching, I will be glad to do all that I can to help guide them into a direction that I believe God would have us to go. With all having the option to accept or reject as God may be working in their lives. I am in service to the Almighty God of all heaven and earth. I am not supposed to get to comfortable and connected with this world and its ways. Theoretically, I am not of this world at all, as Christ Himself was not of this world. I am an ambassador of and for Jesus Christ. I belong to and my citizenship is in the kingdom of God. I do not spend any of my time in worrying about this worlds politics, God is in control of all things, and all of the time. My prayer is: Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. So as I close here, I hope you will be able to see what I am talking about. As my brother in Christ and fellow combat veteran, I value your friendship and wish you the best.

In Christian Love,

Leith Cunningham    E-Mail: leithcunningham2@hotmail.com

PS. I believe that you, me and everyone down through the pages of time that claim to be Christian, are all, the many being called. Out from the many being called will come the chosen few, identified as the elect. To rule with Christ here on earth for a thousand years. Christ alone will determine who will be in that number, none of us have any say in the matter at all. I further believe that the purpose and plan of God from before the world began is perfectly and precisely on track and will come to fruition as He has predetermined it to be. To believe anything else would diminish the omnipotence of our Almighty God. I accept and believe as the truth, that God is in control of all things, and all of the time.

As I have shown in this article, according to the Word of God, God the father has placed all power, authority and dominion in the hands of His Son Jesus Christ. It will remain that way until Christ has put all his enemies under his feet and death has been destroyed. Read it all again below.

( 1 Corinthians 15: 22- 28 ) For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. ( The exact same all that die will all be made alive ) 23 But each in their own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. ( after death has been destroyed, the only thing left is life ) 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. It cannot be made any plainer!

Then as we see in our review, when Christ has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all…. In all! In like manner all of mankind and in fact all of creation will be made subject to him who put everything under Christ so that God may be all in all. I do understand that there are an endless number of so called Christian scholars and theologians that will step up and dispute the content of this letter simply because the truth of God has not been revealed to them the only way possible, by way of Jesus Christ. They can go right ahead and do that, it doesn’t bother me at all. Others can go ahead and serve the god they have been led to believe in and accept the teaching thereof. But the words and content of this letter represents the God that I worship and serve. I believe we are all exactly where God wants us to be in every moment of time”

Leith Cunningham

Bob, 11/30/2014 Here is what one researcher has written about Christmas. I know that we cannot understand unless God opens our mind and Christ reveals it to us, but will include it in my letter for your consideration.

Leith

THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS
                                                                   When was Jesus born?

A. Popular myth puts his birth on December 25th in the year 1 C.E.

B. The New Testament gives no date or year for Jesus’ birth. The earliest gospel – St. Mark’s, written about 65 CE – begins with the baptism of an adult Jesus. This suggests that the earliest Christians lacked interest in or knowledge of Jesus’ birthdate.

C. The year of Jesus birth was determined by Dionysius Exiguus, a Scythian monk, “abbot of a Roman monastery. His calculation went as follows:

a. In the Roman, pre-Christian era, years were counted from ab urbe condita (“the founding of the City” [Rome]). Thus 1 AUC signifies the year Rome was founded, 5 AUC signifies the 5th year of Rome’s reign, etc.

b. Dionysius received a tradition that the Roman emperor Augustus reigned 43 years, and was followed by the emperor Tiberius.

c. Luke 3:1,23 indicates that when Jesus turned 30 years old, it was the 15th year of Tiberius reign.

d. If Jesus was 30 years old in Tiberius’ reign, then he lived 15 years under Augustus (placing Jesus birth in Augustus’ 28th year of reign).

e. Augustus took power in 727 AUC. Therefore, Dionysius put Jesus birth in 754 AUC.

f. However, Luke 1:5 places Jesus’ birth in the days of Herod, and Herod died in 750 AUC – four years before the year in which Dionysius places Jesus birth.

D. Joseph A. Fitzmyer – Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America, member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and former president of the Catholic Biblical Association – writing in the Catholic Church’s official commentary on the New Testament writes about the date of Jesus’ birth, “Though the year [of Jesus birth is not reckoned with certainty, the birth did not occur in AD 1. The Christian era, supposed to have its starting point in the year of Jesus birth, is based on a miscalculation introduced ca. 533 by Dionysius Exiguus.”

E. The DePascha Computus, an anonymous document believed to have been written in North Africa around 243 CE, placed Jesus birth on March 28. Clement, a bishop of Alexandria (d. ca. 215 CE), thought Jesus was born on November 18. Based on historical records, Fitzmyer guesses that Jesus birth occurred on September 11, 3 BCE.
II.

How Did Christmas Come to Be Celebrated on December 25?

A. Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the weeklong celebration. The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.” Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week. At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman.

B. The ancient Greek writer poet and historian Lucian (in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia) describes the festival’s observance in his time. In addition to human sacrifice, he mentions these customs: widespread intoxication; going from house to house while singing naked; rape and other sexual license; and consuming human-shaped biscuits (still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season).

C. In the 4th century CE, Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it. Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians.

D. The problem was that there was nothing intrinsically Christian about Saturnalia. To remedy this, these Christian leaders named Saturnalia’s concluding day, December 25th, to be Jesus’ birthday.

E. Christians had little success, however, refining the practices of Saturnalia. As Stephen Nissenbaum, professor history at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst, writes, “In return for ensuring massive observance of the anniversary of the Savior’s birth by assigning it to this resonant date, the Church for its part tacitly agreed to allow the holiday to be celebrated more or less the way it had always been.” The earliest Christmas holidays were celebrated by drinking, sexual indulgence, singing naked in the streets (a precursor of modern caroling), etc.

F. The Reverend Increase Mather of Boston observed in 1687 that “the early Christians who first observed the Nativity on December 25 did not do so thinking that Christ was born in that Month, but because the Heathens’ Saturnalia was at that time kept in Rome, and they were willing to have those Pagan Holidays metamorphosed into Christian ones.”

Because of its known pagan origin, Christmas was banned by the Puritans and its observance was illegal in Massachusetts between 1659 and 1681.[4] However, Christmas was and still is celebrated by most Christians.
G. Some of the most depraved customs of the Saturnalia (Research this pagan time out, we now call it Christmas) carnival were intentionally revived by the Catholic Church in 1466 when Pope Paul II, for the amusement of his Roman citizens, forced Jews to race naked through the streets of the city. An eyewitness account reports, “Before they were to run, the Jews were richly fed, so as to make the race more difficult for them and at the same time more amusing for spectators. They ran… amid Rome’s taunting shrieks and peals of laughter, while the Holy Father stood upon a richly ornamented balcony and laughed heartily.”

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H. As part of the Saturnalia carnival throughout the 18th and 19th centuries CE, rabbis of the ghetto in Rome were forced to wear clownish outfits and march through the city streets to the jeers of the crowd, pelted by a variety of missiles. When the Jewish community of Rome sent a petition in1836 to Pope Gregory XVI begging him to stop the annual Saturnalia abuse of the Jewish community, he responded, “It is not opportune to make any innovation.”

[6] On December 25, 1881, Christian leaders whipped the Polish masses into Antisemitic frenzies that led to riots across the country. In Warsaw 12 Jews were brutally murdered, huge numbers maimed, and many Jewish women were raped. Two million rubles worth of property was destroyed.

                                                                             III. The Origins of Christmas Customs
A. The Origin of Christmas Tree
Just as early Christians recruited Roman pagans by associating Christmas with the Saturnalia, so too worshippers of the Asheira cult and its offshoots were recruited by the Church sanctioning “Christmas Trees”.

[7] Pagans had long worshipped trees in the forest, or brought them into their homes and decorated them, and this observance was adopted and painted with a Christian veneer by the Church.
B. The Origin of Mistletoe
Norse mythology recounts how the god Balder was killed using a mistletoe arrow by his rival god Hoder while fighting for the female Nanna. Druid rituals use mistletoe to poison their human sacrificial victim.

[8] The Christian custom of “kissing under the mistletoe” is a later synthesis of the sexual license of Saturnalia with the Druidic sacrificial cult.[9]


C. The Origin of Christmas Presents
In pre-Christian Rome, the emperors compelled their most despised citizens to bring offerings and gifts during the Saturnalia (in December) and Kalends (in January). Later, this ritual expanded to include gift-giving among the general populace. The Catholic Church gave this custom a Christian flavor by re-rooting it in the supposed gift-giving of Saint Nicholas (see below).

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D. The Origin of Santa Claus
a. Nicholas was born in Parara, Turkey in 270 CE and later became Bishop of Myra. He died in 345 CE on December 6th. He was only named a saint in the 19th century.
b. Nicholas was among the most senior bishops who convened the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE and created the New Testament. The text they produced portrayed Jews as “the children of the devil”[11] who sentenced Jesus to death.
c. In 1087, a group of sailors who idolized Nicholas moved his bones from Turkey to a sanctuary in Bari, Italy. There Nicholas supplanted a female boon-giving deity called The Grandmother, or Pasqua Epiphania, who used to fill the children's stockings with her gifts. The Grandmother was ousted from her shrine at Bari, which became the center of the Nicholas cult. Members of this group gave each other gifts during a pageant they conducted annually on the anniversary of Nicholas’ death, December 6.

d. The Nicholas cult spread north until it was adopted by German and Celtic pagans. These groups worshipped a pantheon led by Woden –their chief god and the father of Thor, Balder, and Tiw. Woden had a long, white beard and rode a horse through the heavens one evening each Autumn. When Nicholas merged with Woden, he shed his Mediterranean appearance, grew a beard, mounted a flying horse, rescheduled his flight for December, and donned heavy winter clothing.

e. In a bid for pagan adherents in Northern Europe, the Catholic Church adopted the Nicholas cult and taught that he did (and they should) distribute gifts on December 25th instead of December 6th.

f. In 1809, the novelist Washington Irving (most famous his The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle) wrote a satire of Dutch culture entitled Knickerbocker History. The satire refers several times to the white bearded, flying-horse riding Saint Nicholas using his Dutch name, Santa Claus.

g. Dr. Clement Moore, a professor at Union Seminary, read Knickerbocker History, and in 1822 he published a poem based on the character Santa Claus: “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hope that Saint Nicholas soon would be there…” Moore innovated by portraying a Santa with eight reindeer who descended through chimneys.

h. The Bavarian illustrator Thomas Nast almost completed the modern picture of Santa Claus. From 1862 through 1886, based on Moore’s poem, Nast drew more than 2,200 cartoon images of Santa for Harper’s Weekly. Before Nast, Saint Nicholas had been pictured as everything from a stern looking bishop to a gnome-like figure in a frock. Nast also gave Santa a home at the North Pole, his workshop filled with elves, and his list of the good and bad children of the world. All Santa was missing was his red outfit.

i. In 1931, the Coca Cola Corporation contracted the Swedish commercial artist Haddon Sundblom to create a coke-drinking Santa. Sundblom modeled his Santa on his friend Lou Prentice, chosen for his cheerful, chubby face. The corporation insisted that Santa’s fur-trimmed suit be bright, Coca Cola red. And Santa was born – a blend of Christian crusader, pagan god, and commercial idol.
                                                                      
IV. The Christmas Challenge
· Christmas has always been a holiday celebrated carelessly. For millennia, pagans, Christians, and even Jews have been swept away in the season’s festivities, and very few people ever pause to consider the celebration’s intrinsic meaning, history, or origins.

Christmas celebrates the birth of the Christian god who came to rescue mankind from the “curse of the Torah.” It is a 24-hour declaration that

Judaism is no longer valid.
Christmas is a lie. There is no Christian church with a tradition that Jesus was really born on December 25th.

December 25 is a day on which Jews have been shamed, tortured, and murdered.
Many of the most popular Christmas customs – including Christmas trees, mistletoe, Christmas presents, and Santa Claus – are modern incarnations of the most depraved pagan rituals ever practiced on earth.

Many who are excitedly preparing for their Christmas celebrations would prefer not knowing about the holiday’s real significance. If they do know the history, they often object that their celebration has nothing to do with the holiday’s monstrous history and meaning. “We are just having fun.”

Imagine that between 1933-45, the Nazi regime celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday – April 20 – as a holiday. Imagine that they named the day, “Hitlerday,” and observed the day with feasting, drunkenness, gift-giving, and various pagan practices. Imagine that on that day, Jews were historically subject to perverse tortures and abuse, and that this continued for centuries.

Now, imagine that your great-great-great-grandchildren were about to celebrate Hitlerday. April 20th arrived. They had long forgotten about Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen. They had never heard of gas chambers or death marches. They had purchased champagne and caviar, and were about to begin the party, when someone reminded them of the day’s real history and their ancestors’ agony. Imagine that they initially objected, “We aren’t celebrating the Holocaust; we’re just having a little Hitlerday party.” If you could travel forward in time and meet them; if you could say a few words to them, what would you advise them to do on Hitlerday?

On December 25, 1941, Julius Streicher, one of the most vicious of Hitler’s assistants, celebrated Christmas by penning the following editorial in his rabidly Antisemitic newspaper, Der Stuermer:
If one really wants to put an end to the continued prospering of this curse from heaven that is the Jewish blood, there is only one way to do it: to eradicate this people, this Satan’s son, root and branch.
It was an appropriate thought for the day. This Christmas, how will we celebrate?

AUTHOR: LAWRENCE KELEMEN