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Q:  Is Christmas a Pagan holiday as some say and if so should we avoid it?

A:  The original Christ-mass, called Yuletide, and other titles before, is actually referred to in the Bible --

(Jer 10:3-5)  For the customs of the people are vain: for one cut a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.  They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, so that it cannot move.  They are upright as the palm tree, but cannot speak: they have to be carried because they cannot go on their own. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

Sound familiar?  Some say this is not Christmas because this was before Christ was born.  And that is true, but what this illustrates is from where such a tradition came from and then was applied to our Lord.  The Roman Church was and is famous for taking over pagan traditions and giving them biblical names and altering these pagan festival to be applied as Christian teachings and her daughters, the Protestant church, as they came out of her, carry with them these same traditions.  

The instruction is to not fear them, these pagan practices, because they "cannot do evil, and they cannot do good".  These pagan practices are benign -- It is only people that make anything of them.   

The cutting of the tree was, as some have reported, the phallic symbol for Nimrod and Tammuz, son of Nimrod, set up originally by Sumarimis (SP?) the queen mother and also called the Queen of Heaven, the very same title the Roman Catholics give to Mary -- int he Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church, page 274, Mary is called the Queen over all.  And in the Bible?

(Jer 44:17)  We will certainly do everything we said we would: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. At that time we had plenty of food and were well off and suffered no harm.
Here we have a band of Israel escaping for their lives and consulting with Jeremiah about what they should do.  Jeremiah tells them and warns them, but it is not what they want to hear, so this was their answer, they would do as they pleased, in verse 15, the men tell Jeremiah that they knew all along their women worshiped other gods and were fine with it, after all, while all this false worship was taking place didn't they live in peace and had plenty to eat and everything was wonderful.  Seems they had trouble putting their current troubles into perspective -- in YaHWeH's mercy he allow his people to live as they pleased and sent them prophets like Jeremiah to get them to turn from idolatry so their prosperity would continue.  YaHWeH had had enough, so they were being punished.  They mistook HIS patients with them as a sign the blessing was coming from their false actions and false worship of false gods, like Tammuz and his mother, the Queen of Heaven.  Christianity is filled with this kind of thing -- calling on a false god, making their own gods, following the traditions of their fathers, mistaking the real source of blessings.   The USA was founded not because the people were so right in their worship of idols -- look at the Washington icons, all smack of paganism.  The US government never calls on the Christ, they mention GOD in general, never using His Name.  And because the USA is so bless it is mistakenly thought is because we are right and everyone else is wrong.  The USA, in my opinion, was established to be a safe haven for His people, not only the Jews but a place where those seeking HIM truly could reside without fear of persecution, but, as we read in Revelation 3:14-15 even those true worshipers will become complacent and thinking they are hot for God are actually poor and naked -- it is during that era we can expect the Wrath of the Lamb to unfold and this is when our Lord's message is to buy from Him those things that will last.  

If the USA had not been founded the Nazi Germany may have succeeded in wiping out all of the first chosen of God, the people we call the Jews.  The God of the Bible has consistently used pagan, gentile governments to correct His people and to even protect and nourish them.  The USA is not the chosen Kingdom of God anymore than Britain was in its hay day, or even the Roman Empire, which for a time did protect Israel, and then, in the end, became the tool by which the killers of our Savior, of the Son of God were punished. 

Now, should we participate in such days of pagan past?  We do not need to fear these days as anything more than just another day.  We are not in service to a day or a festival and as Sons of the Living God we are over all.  We are not obligated to follow the crowd but to shun those that do would stall and opportunity to share a bit of truth with them.  Some act as if these pagan days had some kind of power and so avoid them and teach others to virtually hide out when these days approach.  However, this give too much credit to these pagan days and many of them have been turned into secular days of traditions of men and not much in the way of worship, as in the past.  My relatives know that I do not celebrate Xmas, but they choose to ignore that and go on about their business and even giving me gifts.  So, that is what they do and I appreciate the kind thoughts but do not participate in the worship toward the false JESUS.  In fact, about half of my relatives do not even go to church on that day but follow a more secular approach of showing love one toward another without involving a Savior at all.   For me it is a personal issue, and if you can, in good conscience, gather with friends and family to express peace and love, then why not.   If you can't and it bothers you and you feel this is entirely pagan and false worship and like the women in Jeremiah's day the practice of false worship then by all means avoid it.  Let us consider and example from the writings of Paul -- 

(1Co 8:1) Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.

The topic is about "idols", food in this case, but could as easily be about "festivals and customs", as this business surrounding the food issue is exactly the same -- should we or should we not eat foods sacrificed to idols or have anything to do with pagan Christmas if it is the worship of a pagan god, or idol?  

(1Co 8:2) The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.

No one can know it all.  Many things are left up to the individual and our actions should be for the feelings of others -- after all -- those who claim to know something and want to tell us how to do this or that really do not know much, not in a Spritual sense and when our Lord comes and uncovers everything we will then see this as clearly as Paul.  

(1Co 8:3) But the man who loves God is known by God.

This is what matters the most, not what we do or do not do when it comes to things with no power, or things that should have not power over us.  After all, it is not in the nature of an idol to do good or bad, so we must not fear them one way or the other.  Those who honor such things may be confused by our lack of enthusiasm.  We Love our Heavenly Father first, over all things and each day is a day of rest in His Spirit.  

(1Co 8:4) So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.

As believers and lovers or our Heavenly Father and His Son what do idols or the things of idols or false gods mean -- nothing, nothing at all.  Do not fear these things.  Some say they do not fear them then run from them and hide from them and act as if these things of Pagans have some power, but he don't and we should conduct ourselves accordingly.  This teaching agrees with Jeremiah 10:5, "Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good." 

There is a lot more that could be said and considered.  We live in the wilderness of men, surrounded by the world, from which we cannot escape, and it is our patience we must endure being uncomfortable with what we see going on around us, the blind leading the blind, and that analogy in it proper context is the Blind Satan leading the blind and leading even more into blindness so they do not see.  We see and are witnesses to man's inability to get it right and thus the absolute need for a SAVIOR, whom He sent us.  Be at peace with all men, is the command, and to love the God of Heaven with all your heart.  So, we await His return to bring us this peace, but did you know, people during his rule on this earth will still be allowed to worship a different god?  

The final word is with you and if you feel you must avoid contact with such things then by all means avoid them.  Let every man or woman be convinced in their own mind.  

Considering a similar issue and one of similar reasoning backs up this opinion -- 

(Rom 14:5) One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

This is how we are to act, according to how we are convinced, and this means we have no right in condemning believers for not being just like me or you or some religious group. 

(Rom 14:14) As one who is in the Lord YaHshua, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.

This verse is another along the same line and understanding -- if someone considers a food to be unclean then it is unclean and we should not be trying to make them say otherwise.  I am of the opinion that there are unclean meats, or foods, not having anything to do with idols, as that is the context of what Paul is dealing -- my opinion about unclean meats centers around foods listed by YaHWeH for the people of God as unclean, or not fit for food.  Still, the same principle is in action when it comes to foods sacrificed to idols; is the food then tainted, is the question, even if it is a food listed as a clean in God's word (Lev 11).  Clean food sacrificed to idols was seen as unclean by this act of dedication to an idol.  Paul is saying the idol has no power over anything and cannot make the food unclean.  Still, if not convinced then Paul says to follow your own conscience and not one should judge you in this.  Holy Days, or all days alike, you judge for yourself.  The duty of the Beleiver is to do what is right.  

(Act 10:34-35) Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.
(Rom 12:17) Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.

(Rom 13:3-4) For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

(2Co 8:21) For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.

(1Pe 3:10-11) For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.  He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.

 We need to pratice being at "peace with all men", "doing what is right" -- and how do we know what is right?  You know, you know what is right in every situation, you really do.  Think about it, when you make decisions about anything you really do know what is the right thing to do.  There may be a pull to do something different and the temptation to excuse your actions or wrong thoughts to get your own way but finally, in the reality of your mind and Spirit you know what the right thing is to do in every situation.  When you do the opposite of doing right, even in small matters, that is when you need to confess and ask forgivness and this is where our Advocate in Heaven clears us before the Father.  As Christians we are under a bigger requirement than most, we are convicted in our hearts to do the right thing, even if it is not written in stone and we are without excuse.  As believers our conduct is governed by more than was has been written down.  What may be right for me may not be right for you, as you have to be convinced in your own mind, not in mine or what I say, but in what you know, at this moment, what is right and just.  You know when you hear the truth but remember, we are called to rightly divide the truth, so be ready to change what you are convinced of now -- not everything but in the process of spiritual growth it would only be natural for you to see thing differently as you become a Spiritual Adults.  

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