Should We Heed the Season's Greetings?

Updated: Dec 24, 2019

Written by: John Sernaque

Dear Reader,

Once again, the holiday season is upon us. It is a time of joy for some, but also a difficult time for others. When growing up, my family did not have much money. At times, we were categorized as poor. I remember one year my father making a “Christmas” tree. We did not have the money to buy a real tree nor a fake one. So, with scrap lumber from a construction site and inexpensive paint, he built a flat tree that could go up against the wall. He cut the different lengths to size, nailed them to a frame, and painted them a pine green. It did not matter that it was not a real tree or a fake tree that one can buy in a store. All that mattered was that we had a tree for the holiday. We made ornaments to hang from the “limbs”, and it looked great. This is the love that a father demonstrates for his family. It may not have seemed like much, but it was because of the love that my father had for his family which made it the best gift possible. It exemplifies the love that our Heavenly Father has for His children, blessing us with families and children of our own. Back then, my family did not have the light that my present family has. We have been blessed with the Word of God to teach our children in the way they should go, so that when they are old, they will not depart from it. We have learned that Christmas, as well as other holidays such as Halloween and Easter, are pagan holidays.

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Ephesians 5:8

The ancient Egyptians did not worship the Creator, but instead, worshipped the creation. There is a lot of that going on today. In ancient Egypt, the Egyptians worshipped the sun. They even had a sun god called Ra. We all know that as we approach the winter solstice, the first day of winter, every day gets shorter and there is less and less sunlight.

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof. Revelation 21: 23

The Egyptians feared that the sun was disappearing. On December 21st, they were panicked. But to them, through a miracle, on the following day there was a little more sunlight. By the 25th of December, they were convinced that the sun was once again returning to them, and thus declared it the day of the re birth of the sun. This was a pagan holiday and tradition for many years before the birth of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. It was when pagan Rome declared Christianity the religion of the land that some of these obvious pagan customs and traditions were incorporated into Christianity to appease the pagans. Going back to the “Christmas” tree, the ancient Egyptians worshipped the pine evergreen tree as this tree did not lose its color when seasons changed and stayed green. To the Egyptians, this tree was a symbol for immortality of the soul, as the evergreen tree was perceived to live forever without ever dying. The word “Christmas” in and of itself originated from papal Rome. Rome declared that the Catholic mass and receiving of the eucharist was mandatory for one’s salvation. Hence, this is where the word Christ- Mass originated from. These are all pagan errors and apostasy that crept into Christianity long ago and are carried forward from generation to generation. It is our Godly duty that we instruct our brethren and youth with proper Bible education, and not conform to the customs of this world. We live in this world, but are not of this world.

“Christmas is coming,” is the note that is sounded throughout our world from East to West and from North to South. With youth, those of mature age, and even the aged, it is a period of general rejoicing, of great gladness. But what is Christmas, that it should demand so much attention? This day has been made much of for centuries. It is accepted by the unbelieving world, and by the Christian world generally, as the day on which Christ was born. When the world at large celebrate the day, they show no honor to Christ. They refuse to acknowledge him as their Saviour, to honor him by willing obedience to his service. They show preference to the day, but none to the one for whom the day is celebrated, Jesus Christ. { RH December 9, 1884, par. 1 }

The twenty-fifth of December is supposed to be the day of the birth of Jesus Christ, and its observance has become customary and popular. But yet there is no certainty that we are keeping the veritable day of our Saviour’s birth. History gives us no certain assurance of this. The Bible does not give us the precise time. Had the Lord deemed this knowledge essential to our salvation, he would have spoken through his prophets and apostles, that we might know all about the matter. But the silence of the Scriptures upon this point evidences to us that it is hidden from us for the wisest purposes. In his wisdom, the Lord concealed the place where he buried Moses. God buried him, and God resurrected him, and took him to heaven. This secrecy was to prevent idolatry. He against whom they rebelled while he was in active service, whom they provoked almost beyond human endurance, was almost worshiped as God after his separation from them by death. For the very same purpose he has concealed the precise day of Christ’s birth; that the day should not receive the honor that should be given to Christ as the Redeemer of the world,—one to be received, to be trusted, to be relied on as he who could save to the uttermost all who come unto him. The soul’s adoration should be given to Jesus as the Son of the infinite God. { RH December 9, 1884, par. 2 }

There is no divine sanctity resting upon the twenty-fifth of December; and it is not pleasing to God that anything that concerns the salvation of man through the infinite sacrifice made for them, should be so sadly perverted from its professed design. Christ should be the supreme object; but as Christmas has been observed, the glory is turned from him to mortal man, whose sinful, defective character made it necessary for him to come to our world. Jesus, the Majesty of heaven, the royal King of heaven, laid aside his royalty, left his throne of glory, his high command, and came into our world to bring to fallen man, weakened in moral power, and corrupted by sin, aid divine. He clothed his divinity with humanity, that he might reach to the very depths of human woe and misery, to lift up fallen man. By taking upon himself man’s nature, he raised humanity in the scale of moral value with God. These great themes are almost too high, too deep, too infinite, for the comprehension of finite minds. { RH December 9, 1884, par. 3 }

We cannot support these errors and continue passing them on to our children. It is everyone’s responsibility, whether one has children or not, to follow in the Word of God, and profess the truth to everyone that has an ear.

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:21-22

This is not meant to condemn anyone. But once you are given the light, you must walk in it. My prayer is that by faith, you will turn to the Word of God, not turn to the left or to the right, but stay on the strait path that leads to God’s Heavenly Kingdom. May the Lord Bless you and keep you. Amen.

Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

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