Let me start be wishing all of you a Merry Christmas, even those few of you who do not celebrate it -- and I am referring to those Christians who consider Christmas to be unbiblical in origin.
Supposedly, Christmas goes back to the Roman festival of Saturnalia, though it actually goes back further. The Puritans of New England considered the feast to be pagan and distracting, and made it illegal for a while.
[I]n 1659 the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony made it a criminal offense to publicly celebrate the holiday and declared that "whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way" was subject to a 5-shilling fine. -- History -- When Massachusetts Banned Christmas
What is more interesting is that the tradition of adding lights to the Christmas tree was supposedly started by Martin Luther, which strikes one as rather inconsistent, considering that Luther is considered the founder of Sola Scriptura Protestantism, which is technically opposed to man-made religious traditions.
Martin Luther... began the tradition of adorning the tree with lit candles. -- Reformation Tours
To Luther's credit, however, he shifted the date from December 6th (a celebration of a saint) to December 25th, in order to focus on Christ.
It was the "saint" in St. Nicholas that so bothered Martin Luther -- he felt that focusing on this saint as the giver of gifts took the focus off Jesus Christ, the true giver of all gifts...
Before Luther's efforts, most European Christians exchanged gifts on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day. After the Reformation, however, the traditional family gift day was changed to December 25th, the day of Jesus's birth, to commemorate the Christ Child, from whom all gifts and blessings flow. -- Reformation Tours
I have seen the arguments by date setters, historians, strict Christians, and even by some unreliable cults that Christmas should not be celebrated at all. While it is true that Jesus was not born on December 25th, the Scripture does record an angel's chorus singing, and from this it could be deduced that the celebration of His birthday is not unbiblical, even if our dating is off.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God and saying:
"Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" -- Luke 2:13-14 (NKJV)
So in spite of all of the naysayers who would try to convince you otherwise, I wish you a joyous holiday, but with a caveat that many ignore.
Christmas is not the signature holiday of Christianity, nor should it be. As wonderful as the Incarnation is, it is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ which is the focus of Christianity.
[Ron: I disagree. Not least because Esu Immanuel (aka Jesus the Christ) DID NOT DIE and get buried as a result of the Crucifixion. I understand that Jesus was resuscitated and went to Damascus where he frightened the bejabbers out of the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus (St Paul) whereafter he went to India and finally settled in Northerm India where he married and had five children and died at around age 115.].
One can argue whether Christ died on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, but it is his atoning death that is important, and it is His Resurrection which sealed its validity.
[Ron: This verbiage is all nonsense concocted by the Pharisees who subsequently convinced Roman Emperors to establish the Christian religion as a vehicle for peddling false information and doctrines such as this author publishes. Why? in order to conceal and corrupt the truth about Jesus and what he taught. Jesus didn't incarnate for our "Salvation" or to "save" us from our sins. Nor did he come to create a religion. He came to teach the truth that had been lost over aeons and corrupted by Pharisees and others. Jesus didn't die on the Cross and so his so-called Resurrection simply prefigures the continuation of the spirit of every ensouled human after the physical death and dissolution of the physical body in any given incarnation.
As regards the LIE that Jesus' death was "his atonement" for us and our sins, THAT major LIE was inserted into the doctrines of the Christian religion to confuse, deceive and de-energise its adherents. Ensouled humans do not need anyone to ensure AT-ONE-MENT with the Creator because each and every ensouled being is indwelt by a fragment of the consciousness of the Creator which ensures their atonement with the Creator provided that they use their free will to CHOOSE that outcome. The journey through physicality via enumerable incarnations is the process whereby humans learn about life, the universe and everything and eventually come to understand and accept divine reality and their place in it.
A fundamental distortion inserted into the Christian religion and the Bible was the idea that Jesus was the ONLY Son of God and that he came to save human beings from their sins and thus effect their salvation. He didn't. Jesus taught that EVERY ensouled human being was a son or daughter of God because each is indwelt by a fragment of the Creator's consciousness. As such ALL ensouled humans are equal and all are ONE, as part of the Creator.
This also means that no one can "save" anyone else. Each ensouled human must learn to save self (ie learn to understand and accept life the universe and everything). That is the reason for our physical incarnations and why we must reincarnate innumerable times in order to learn 'the way the truth and the life' espoused by Jesus who was a dual incarnation of Christ Michael Aton (the God of this universe) and Esu Immanuel Kumara. That means their spirits overshadowed the physical body of Jesus since their spirits were too powerful to actually inhabit his body without destroying it.
The purpose of incarnation is to enable us to grow our minds, ie grow in discernment, knowledge and wisdom in order to progress to ever higher levels of consciousness in higher realms of the universe until we reach Havona and meet with the Creator. Thereafter human spirits return to the Cosmos to assist in its management.
The core propaganda encapsulated in the Cristian religious doctrine about "Original Sin" is unmitigated deception! Be aware that Jesus did not teach the LIE that humans here are all tainted by "Original Sin." That is another lie inserted into the Christian religion by the Pharisees to disempower adherents. Jesus taught the "Good News" that we are all sons and daughters of the Creator because we are indwelt by a fragment of the Creator's consciousness; AND that, accordingly, we are spirit beings having a physical experience and our spirit is intended to exist forever and to eventually be united with the Creator. To that end he taught the further GOOD NEWS that we reincarnate until we finally learn and accept the truth about ourselves and our origins together with our place in the cosmos and our AT-ONE-MENT with the Creator.
Denial of their true essence keeps believers in constant subjection to the false dogma, direction and control of the controllers of Christian religions. This is what religions DO, they are socio-political control mechanisms. The Roman Emperors used the Christian religion for socio-political control purposes and that mechanism has been similarly used by the Vatican and Christian Church authorities ever since.].
Had Christ not lived perfectly under the Old Covenant (on our behalf), then the Old Covenant could not have been replaced with the New Covenant. Had He not died, there would have been no atonement nor reconciliation.
...He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. -- Colossians 2:13-14 (NIV)
But he was wounded because of our transgressions, He was crushed because of our iniquities: The chastisement of our welfare was upon him, And with his stripes we were healed. Isaiah 53:5 (Jewish Publication Society -- 1917)
[Ron: As discussed above this is disinformation inserted into the Christian religion by Pharisees. St Paul was raised as a Pharisee and hence he was steeped in Pharisaic bullshit prior to his "conversion" on the Road to Damascus when Jesus "ambushed" him using pyrotechnics to scare the bejabbers out of him. Notice that this Pauline rhetoric is full of Pharisaic terminology about legal indebtedness and the need to pay for that debt. The truth is that God doesn't judge us, we judge ourselves. ALL IT TAKES TO BE FREE and to be RECONCILLED with God is our personal decision to forgive ourselves our ignorance and stupid mistakes in life and to accept the truth, and live it.
This lying "Old Covenant" and "New Covenant" rhetoric is just another part of the Pharisaic disinformation campaign inserted into the Christian religion in order to deceive genuine followers of Jesus' teachings. This "rabbinical rhetoric is typical of how the Pharisees distort truth. It was a crucial LIE in getting the corrupt, criminally ethno-centric and genocidal Old Testament inserted into the Bible to permanently castrate the truth in the Christian religion.].
Had Christ sinned himself, then he would have been subject to death for his own sins, instead our ours, and would not have resurrected. Hence, it is His Resurrection which seals the whole process as valid, and is our guarantee.
[Ron: I disagree. Jesus was human and hence subject to potential human errors and imperfections, as for example when he cursed the tree for failing to bear fruit. Moreover, he was resuscitated after being taken down from the Cross and so the "resurrection" of his spirit upon his eventual death was the same as that of all humans. The idea that we need a "guarantee" of the truth of Jesus' teachings is just another Pharisaic falsehood.].
I am not saying that Christmas is wrong. I am not a 17th century Puritan. Rather, Good Friday (or Thursday, Wednesday?!) and Resurrection Sunday (Easter) are more important.
As a holiday, Christmas is nice, but the latter is essential. Without the Resurrection, Christmas would not be celebrated. And notice that I treat the Crucifixion and Resurrection as if they were one, which they are. If Christ did not Resurrect, then His Crucifixion would have meant nothing.
And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
-- 1 Cor 15:14 (NKJV)
A sad consequence of this overemphasis is the disconnection of Christianity from its Jewish roots.
[Ron: I disagree for the reasons discussed above. Jesus was not a Pharisee, a Hebrew, a Judahite or a Jew. ' His mother was of Sumarian stock and The Gabriel of Nebadon provided his Father's seed. Jesus' teaching was totally antithetical to that of the Pharisees and had nothing in common with their ideology.].
The Last Supper -- there are debates whether it was a Passover Seder or a preparation meal -- was certainly in anticipation of the Passover sacrifice that would be made the next day in Jerusalem.
[Ron: The Pharisaic Passover celebration, LIKE ALL MAJOR JEWISH CELEBRATIONS, actually celebrates the massacre of huge numbers of people who disagreed with the Pharisees, by Pharisaic (Jewish) followers and/or their genocidal g-d entity. WHY would Jesus, the PRINCE OF PEACE, want to be associated with that?! He wouldn't!].
Had Christian culture emphasized the Crucifixion and Resurrection more than Christmas, it is possible that a large part of erroneous replacement theology (the belief that the church has totally replaced the Jewish people) might not have taken hold, with all its deadly consequences.
[Ron: Here this author reveals his underlying bias as well as his belief that the Christian "church" established with Pharisaic guidance should merely continue the Pharisees' lies about the so-called "Jewish people".
Jews have no doubt that the signal center of Jewish life is Passover. Had Christianity's emphasis been properly directed, the connection between Jesus's death and the Jewish Passover would be readily apparent to ourselves and to our Jewish friends.
[Ron: Got that Pilgrims? This author thinks that the Jews who organised and celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus the Christ ARE OUR FRIENDS; and at Christmas Christians should emphasise and properly direct their attention to the Passover celebration of the MASS SACRIFICE of Egyptians. YEAH RIGHTTT!].
For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. -- 1 Cor 5:7 (NKJV)
[Ron: This is Pharisaic bullshit! The Pharisees "sacrificed" Jesus BUT NOT FOR GENTILE HUMANITY! By trying to connect Jesus with the neo-Pharisees and their barbaric Passover memorial celebration this author exposes his ignorance and/or complicity in neo-Pharisaic propaganda.].
So enjoy the Christmas season, and sing some carols, but remember that our culture overemphasizes the wrong holiday. I am not opposed to the giving of Christmas gifts or its celebration. I just think that it is overemphasized.
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Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who wishes he had availed himself more fully of the opportunity to learn Spanish better in high school, lo those many decades ago. He runs a website about the Arab community in South America.
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