History of Christmas in the Bible

Christmas: a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus, has evolved into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-christian and pagan traditions into the festivities. Let’s take a look at the core of these pagan practices and see why God forbids it.

The word Christmas or “Christ + Mass” isn’t found in the bible, however “Christ” is in scripture but what about the word “mass” ? As you can see Christmas consists of two words merged together with the latter word ‘mass’ stemming from the word “mass” which according to the Catholic Church is an re-enactment of the sacrifice of Christs’ Death on the Cross… uhhh… and not His birth. 

So why is it called Christmas? And why is it in December?  Because The Catholic Church said so! No really. When Constatine The Great decided to mix pagan practices or Catholicism (moon and sun worship) with Christianity, he decided to name the holiday and declare it to be on December 25 to line up with the winter solstice or worship of Tammuz (Ez. 8:14-21)

History of Christmas Trees

According to history.com, The history of Christmas trees goes back to the symbolic use of evergreens in ancient Egypt. This explains why God wanted his people out of Egypt. So they wouldn’t be influenced by idol worship. 

Though the word Christmas is not found in the Bible, God addressed the pagan practice of decorating this idol in Jeremiah 100’s of years before the Birth of Christ:

Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

Jeremiah 10:1-8

God warned His people to not be like the heathens or the rest of the world who were fascinated with the “signs of heaven” (the sun, moon, and stars) which have become the ornaments on the tree. You have the sun at the top of the tree, balls representing the planets in the galaxy, well you get it.

In Egypt they were fascinated with star gazing (Deuteronomy 4:19). Everything the pagans practiced was evidence of this. Including their holidays.

Yet today, many of those who say they love God are just like the heathens and ignore what God says. Maybe it’s no wonder why there’s so many fires and suicides during this time of year.

I challenge any professing Christ follower to destroy their idols and no longer participate in pagan rituals that are falsely associated with the Birth of Christ. And be who you say you are.

AN OUTLAW ON CHRISTMAS

In the early 17th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.

The pilgrims, English separatists that came to America in 1620, were even more orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not a holiday in early America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings. By contrast, in the Jamestown settlement, Captain John Smith reported that Christmas was enjoyed by all and passed without incident.

After the American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas. In fact, Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.

As Americans began to embrace Christmas as a perfect family holiday, old customs were unearthed. People looked toward recent immigrants and Catholic and Episcopalian churches to see how the day should be celebrated. In the next 100 years, Americans built a Christmas tradition all their own that included pieces of many other customs, including decorating trees, sending holiday cards, and gift-giving.

Santa

Did you know if you take the “n” from Santa and put it behind the last letter whose name it spells? Go ahead I’ll wait. There it is “Satan”! Just like the Bible says he transforms himself as an angel of light ( 2 Corinthians 11:14) who rewards the naughty, not nice.

But are you surprised? Anytime there is a being who appears in the night while you are sleeping, it’s obviously a demon and has to be rebuked in the name of Jesus or Yeshua! Now lets get into the historical account of how this demonic spirit dressed in a suit, manifesting as an old white guy with a beard came to be.

Biography: Santa Claus | History.com

Conclusion:

Many Christians are aware of the pagan practices mixed and mingled with Christ+Mass, but they love the holiday regardless, which is why they find excuses to keep celebrating it by saying “Jesus is the reason for the season” and so on. But at the end of the day, it’s witchcraft at it’s root according to scripture and history. So can you practice this holiday sorcery with all of it’s magical Celtic paraphernalia and still enter the Kingdom of God? I doubt it very much.

Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen,

Jeremiah 10:1-8
Bet You Didn’t Know: Christmas | History.com

 Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/story/why-is-christmas-in-december

https://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas-trees

Terrell Pearson

Terrell Pearson has served in ministry since childhood as minister in music at Shiloh Apostolic Church in Chicago to the media ministry at Taking Authority network in Atlanta. He currently owns & operates NuCreature Media, a digital media design company based in the nation's capitol.

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