Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Why Has This Become The Season To Swipe Baby Jesus?

We now officially have an epidemic - in 2008 the reports of baby Jesus being stolen from nativity scenes around the world has skyrocketed.

Just check out a handful of the recent reports.....

*For the 6th year in a row, someone has stolen the "baby Jesus" from the Regina Christian School's nativity scene.

*For the 3rd time, the "baby Jesus" has been swiped from a nativity scene in Missouri.

*For the 2nd year in a row, someone has stolen the "baby Jesus" from a nativity scene in New York.

*Officials are pleading for the return of the "baby Jesus" stolen from a very expensive life size nativity scene in Sweden.

*"Baby Jesus" was even swiped all the way down in Australia.

*In one of the most disturbing reports, thieves in the U.K. smashed the "baby Jesus" and left a can of beer instead.

Things have gotten so bad that "baby Jesus" is now being protected by GPS devices in many areas.

So why is this happening? Well, some of it is surely just teenagers being teenagers, and some of it may be copycat thieves who have seen a previous news story about such a theft, but the truth is that this reflects something deeper in the culture.

The truth is that people around the world are openly rejecting Jesus and rejecting Christianity like never before.

Most people around the world don't even know why December 25th is celebrated - all they know is that they like the gifts and trees and Santa and that they don't care much for Jesus.

Most Americans will gather around "the Christmas tree" on December 25th without having any idea why we practice this tradition or where it came from. The truth is that the Christmas tree and the decorations we put on the tree have ancient roots in pagan fertility traditions.

In ancient times, the goddess Asherah was known the "Queen of Heaven". She was worshipped by many civilizations in the Middle East.

One of the symbols most closely associated with Asherah was a tree. The ancient Canaanites and Phoenicians viewed the tree as a symbol of fertility.

A symbol of male fertility.

This is not a joke.

The purpose of the fertility tree in ancient times was to display the symbols of fertility.

The pole, balls, and tinsel (phallus, testes, semen) represented various aspects of male fertility, while wreaths were always made in a circle to represent female fertility.

But isn't the Christmas tree a Christian thing?

Actually the Bible doesn't say anything about a "Christmas tree", but it does warn God's people against putting up trees like the other pagan nations were doing.

Jeremiah 10:1-4.....

Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter."

The truth is shocking, eh?

Most people think that December 25th first became a holiday when Catholics decided to make that day the celebration of the birth of Christ. But that is just not true. Before Christmas was ever invented, December 25th was known as "the birthday of the unconquered sun" and it was celebrated as the birthday of pagan gods such as Mithras, Attis, Sol, Dionysus and others.

Most people also do not realize that Yule is the name of a major pagan holiday that is celebrated today by thousands upon thousands of people around the world.

In fact, a major U.K. newspaper recently had this headline: Ancient Yule festivals lie behind much of our British Christmas.

Yule was celebrated by the pagans of northern Europe from late December to early January for centuries. When you offer "yuletide" greetings you are acknowledging this celebration. Yule logs were traditionally lit to honor the god "Thor". The holiday would continue until the Yule log burned out, which could take as many as twelve days. Thus this is where we get the "12 days of Christmas". Even an early form of Santa Claus can all be traced back to ancient Yule celebrations.

Another one of the pagan pre-Christian festivals was called Saturnalia.

Saturnalia was a holiday when the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of their god Saturn, which was on the 17th of December and the festival would last for a whole week until the 23rd of December.

Green ivy and holly were common symbols of "Saturn", the Roman deity.

Later on, the Romans also started holding a festival on December 25 called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, which means "the birthday of the unconquered sun."

In the year 350 A.D., Pope Julius I declared that "Christ’s birth" would be celebrated on December 25th from then on.

Apparently his rationale was that he was trying to make it easier for pagan Romans to convert to Christianity.

But the historical Jesus was not born on December 25th.

It would have been far too cold for shepherds to be out with their sheep at night during that time.

The truth is that is can be demonstrated that Jesus was most likely born during the Feast of Tabernacles.

Are you ready for even more stuff you didn't know about Christmas?

Watch this video.....

1 comment:

Eliyahu said...

Very impressive. Only one change. Historical Je-sus is an oxymoron. The Jew man Yehoshua is accurate history. My regards. Well done.