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Christmas: Truth, deception and lies

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IN this modern society it is often difficult to separate the truth from lies and deception. Some people say there is no difference between the truth and lies. It often depends on what you believe. If lies are repeated long enough in a convincing manner, people end up believing the lies.  For an example of this, one does not need to look further than spin doctors in the political world.
It is true that Christmas was not ordained by God and certainly not by Jesus but has deep roots in pagan worship and practice of the sun god. Over the years the truth about Christmas has faded because of repeated lies and deception from the forces of evil. In fact, what is really disturbing is that churches that are supposed to uphold the truth have, by popular demand, embraced the highly regarded Christmas and all its symbols (Santa Claus, Christmas Tree, Cards, Gifts, etc.). What then is the truth about Christmas? For me the truth is found in the Bible since Christmas is supposed to be a Christian festival. In the book of 1 Corinthians 10: 14-15 Paul says, “So my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols. You are reasonable people. Decide for yourselves if what I am saying is true.”
Does the Bible (truth) say anything at all about Christmas and its symbols? There is absolutely nothing in the truth that says we should celebrate Christmas or the birth of Jesus Christ. Should people then be caught up in the worldwide euphoria called Christmas even though it is not sanctioned by God? Again I quote Paul “You are reasonable people. Decide for yourselves if what I am saying is true.” In this article we will discuss the shocking lies and deception behind Christmas and its symbols, and what the Word of God has to say about them.
One thing that is really disturbing about Christmas is Santa Claus or Father Christmas as we are used to calling him. In the book of Mark 10:13-16, the Bible describes a scene where parents brought their children to Jesus so he could bless them. Jesus took the children into His arms and blessed them. A simple visit to any of the malls in this time of the year will reveal a popular spot reserved for Santa Claus where parents take their children to Santa for a blessing. Notice how similar the scene at the Santa Claus corner in the malls is to that in the book of Mark 10:13-16 where Jesus is pronouncing a blessing on the children. Interesting! As a parent I would be very worried at the kind of blessing Santa Claus is pronouncing upon my child and in whose authority he is doing all this. Incidentally, what Santa Claus says to little children when blessing them is, “Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! Were you a good child or naughty one?”Advertisement

This brings us to another interesting passage of scripture, Daniel 7:9-12. On his spot at the mall, Santa Claus usually sits on his throne with snow white hair and a white beard. As parents bring their children to his throne, Santa Claus usually poses a judgement question to the little children, “Were you a good child or a naughty one?” Friends, Santa Claus here is not at play with little children but is exactly mimicking the judgement scene in Daniel where the Ancient of Days (God) sits on His throne clad in white robe with white wool hair performing investigative judgement.
No wonder why children scream when their parents take them to Santa Claus. The spirit behind this man is not of God. One may ask, if Santa Claus is mimicking the judgement scene as described in Daniel 7 how come he is not wearing a white robe? Research shows that Santa Claus used to wear a white fur coat before changing to the Coca Cola corporate colours to market the organization’s products. As one goes through the passage of Daniel 7 in contrast to what Santa Claus does to little children at the malls they will realize that the whole thing about Santa Claus is at best very disturbing and an abomination.
What about the Christmas tree? For many there can never be Christmas without the Christmas tree. What is even more troubling is that many churches have embraced the Christmas tree as well. One would see the Christmas tree right there in the Holy sanctuary when it should be Christ who is the focus of worship. What does the Bible say about the Christmas tree? Nothing! The bible does not say anything specific about the Christmas tree. However, in the book of Genesis 3:6, the bible talks about the tree of knowledge and of good and evil, which was to be a test of obedience to God in the garden of Eden for Adam and his wife. Note that the New Living Translation bible version describes the tree of knowledge as “beautiful and its fruit delicious”, whereas the King James Version describes the tree as “good for food and pleasant to the eyes”. My favourite, the English Standard version describes the tree of knowledge as a “delight to the eyes”. From all these different bible versions we can establish one thing about the tree of knowledge – that it was “beautiful”, “attractive” and “pleasant to the eyes”.
This is what convinced Eve to eat of the tree. If we take a close look at the world today, there can only be one tree that fits the description given in the book of a Genesis, the Christmas tree. Many spend a lot of money decorating the Christmas tree to make it look like the tree of knowledge of good and evil without even giving it a thought. In the book of Colossians 2:8 Paul says “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking, rather than from Christ”. It is then clear from what we have established that the Christmas tree is a counterfeit tree of knowledge of good and evil celebrating the fall of mankind and the short-lived victory of the devil over God’s creation. Sadly many will be going ahead decorating their homes and putting the dazzling Christmas tree in their living rooms.
In the book of Matthew 26:41, Jesus warns us to “watch and pray that you may not fall into temptation.” In Matthew 24:4 the Bible says “And Jesus answered them and said take heed that no man deceived you.” Many of us who are supposed to uphold the truth have been caught asleep by the enemy. It is our responsibility to make sure that we are not deceived by Christmas and its symbols. Has anybody ever noticed that the word SANTA spells SATAN when the letter “N” is moved to the end? This is not mere a coincidence, the devil is at work here. In the book of II Thessalonians 2:10 the Bible warns us, “He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.”
In the final judgement, men will not be condemned because they conscientiously believed a lie, but because they did not seek or believe the truth. The fact that they would have neglected the opportunity of learning the truth would condemn them. Notwithstanding the tricks of Satan, it is always disastrous to disobey God. As mankind we must set our hearts and minds to seek and know the truthwhich God has caused to be placed on record in His Word as a warning and instruction. The Bible is given to save us from deception. Neglecting the Word of God will result in our ruin. Whatever contradicts the Word of God we can be sure it’s lies and deception from SATAN.