God Hates Christmas
By Jim Jester
Why We Should Take Christ Out of Christmas
Is Christmas of Christian origin that was paganized, or of pagan origin that was Christianized? The answer to this question should determine if it is accepted or rejected by those honestly wanting to serve God. This article should give anyone enough evidence to answer this question.
Is Jesus the “reason for the season?” If He were, then I would say we should recognize Christmas as His birth and forsake the pagan customs that perverted it. In other words, “keep Christ in Christmas.” However, just the opposite is true, for Jesus was not born on December 25, so He was never the reason for the season to begin with. Because of this and other biblical reasons, it is my assertion that Almighty God hates Christmas. Since Christ should not be part of this winter celebration, I will protest by spelling Christmas as “Krismas.” I will give six reasons (there are more) why God hates Krismas and why we should take our holy Savior out of the season:
- It is not the birth of Jesus Christ
- It is a Catholic invention
- Its customs are of pagan origin
- It violates the Law of God
- It is a lie
Krismas is not the birth of Jesus
How would you like it if everyone you know wished you a “happy birthday” on the wrong day, or even the birthday of your worst enemy? Would you not be slightly perplexed and perhaps offended?
The Bible does not give us the births of Jesus or any of the apostles, prophets, or other great men of the Bible, nor does it even tell us to celebrate birthdays! The idea that Jesus was born on December 25th is a known fabrication. Of all the days in the year that could have been chosen, why that day? I believe it was of evil design (as we shall see).
We do not know the date of Jesus’ birth but we can know the approximate time. Jesus was likely born in the fall, because Scripture recounts that sheep were in the fields (Luke 2:8) — a situation that would not exist in December because of the cold climate. In addition, it was tax time and Joseph, Mary and the baby were traveling to pay this tribute. This too would not have been in the winter. It would have been right after the harvest (in the fall). Jesus was also six months younger (Luke 1:26–36) than John the Baptist, who was conceived in late June after his father had served the eighth course of Abijah (see Luke 1:5; 1 Chronicles 24:1–19). The historian, Josephus, explains that 24 courses of priests served in the temple for weeklong periods twice a year, beginning in the month of Nisan. John, conceived in late June, would mean that Jesus was conceived in late December, thus being born nine months later in late September.
It is my opinion that Jesus was born on one of the feast days in our Sept.-Oct. (See Leviticus 23:26-44). Two of these feasts occured in the latter part of the seventh month of Israel’s sacred calendar, the Day of Atonement (Tishri 10) and the Feast of Tabernacles (Tishri 15-22; lasting 8 days). Jesus Christ has prophetically fulfilled all the various feasts of our God. For example, we know that he died on the Passover and the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost, so wouldn’t it be logical to conclude that he was born on one of these important days? Yes! It is an interesting thought. According to Haberman in Tracing Our Ancestors, 1934, p. 65, “…The Messiah was born in 4 B.C., on the Feast of Tabernacles, the 15th of Tizri, which fell that year on a Sabbath (Saturday), October 4th, ‘And the Word became flesh, and dwelt (tabernacled) among us.’” There is no absolute proof, however, and there is no prophecy about a particular day of birth, only that a Messiah would come.
Krismas is a Catholic invention
First, some background on freedom of religion and then a brief timeline on the origin of Krismas observance. Aurelian eventually proclaimed Mithraism the official religion of the Roman Empire in A.D. 274 and Natalis Solis Invicti (Birthday of the Invincible Sun) became an official holiday. Christian worship was legally allowed in the Roman Empire by Constantine the Great (Edict of Nicomedia; also known as Edict of Toleration) in 313 A.D. Because of this act of religious tolerance, the two focal celebrations of both religions occurred on December 25 - Mithras’s sun regeneration and the Christian nativity. According to St. Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, the “Roman Church purposefully placed the keeping of Christmas between two popular folk festivals, Saturnalia and the Kalends of January, in order to give Christians something to celebrate about [undisturbed] while others were engaged in secular merrymaking.” The Christmas nativity gradually replaced Mithras’s birthday ceremony. “It is reasonable to suppose that the conjunction of Mithras’s birthday with a holiday honoring Jesus Christ's nativity would eventually lead to the assumption that Jesus was born on December 25th. This transference, however, is not explicitly documented” (Ball State University web site).
December 25 is referred to in official documents as Christmas Day in A.D. 324 for the first time. One of the first known Nativity celebrations occurred in 336 at the Church of Rome. In the year 350, Pope Julius I officially designated December 25 to celebrate Christ's birth. Pope Liberias instituted the Nativity feast in December of 353 (Catholic Encyclopedia).
We read in Werner Keller's book The Bible as History (p. 331) the following admission:
“Under the Roman emperor Justinian (A.D. 527-565) it was recognized as an official holiday. An old Roman festival played a major part in the choice of this particular day. December 25 in ancient Rome was the 'Dies Natali Invictus,' 'the birthday of the unconquered,' the day of the winter solstice and at the same time, in Rome, the last day of the Saturnalia, which had long since degenerated into a week of unbridled carnival....”
Jesse Hurlbut, in his book, The Story of the Christian Church, laments the results of Constantine's making Christianity the state religion, free from all persecution. From that time, he points out the church became totally subverted by politics and self-seeking opportunists.
“The establishment of Christianity as the state religion became a CURSE. Everybody sought membership in the church, and nearly everybody was received. Both good and bad, sincere seekers after God and hypocritical seekers after gain, rushed into the communion. Ambitious, worldly, unscrupulous men sought office in the church for social and political influence.... The services of worship increased in splendor, but were less spiritual and hearty than those of former times. The forms and ceremonies of PAGANISM GRADUALLY CREPT INTO THE WORSHIP. Some of the OLD HEATHEN FEASTS BECAME CHURCH FESTIVALS WITH CHANGE OF NAME AND OF WORSHIP” (p. 79, emphasis mine).
Now, just what is the Mass of “Christ-mass”? From ask.com,
The Mass as a Re-presentation of the Crucifixion: This re-presentation, as Fr. John Hardon notes in his Pocket Catholic Dictionary, “means that because Christ is really present in his humanity, in heaven and on the altar, he is capable now as he was on Good Friday of freely offering himself to the Father.” This understanding of the Mass hinges on the Catholic doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. When the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, Christ is truly present on the altar. If the bread and wine remained merely symbols, the Mass could still be a memorial of the Last Supper, but not a re-presentation of the Crucifixion. This does not mean, as some critics of Catholicism claim, that the Church teaches that, in the Mass, we sacrifice Christ again. Rather, the original sacrifice of Christ on the Cross is presented to us once more.
What nonsense! This is doublespeak and a word game. A “re-presentation” of the crucifixion? The “original sacrifice” of Christ is presented to us once more? According to them, we who criticize their doctrine, as Martin Luther did, just do not understand. But here is what the Bible says:
Hebrews 7:27, “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself” (See also Heb. 9:25-26, 28 and 10:10).
The Bible plainly teaches Jesus Christ was offered “once.” Perhaps the reason Catholics offer Christ again is because they offer him to people groups not of the Israelite (Caucasian) race. After all, the meaning of “catholic” is “universal.” But, Matthew 1:21 (and other places) it says, He came to “save HIS PEOPLE from their sins” (and no one else).
Perhaps another reason is that Catholicism has a preoccupation with death, for the word “mas” of Christ-mas is short for “massacre.” I ask, what is there to celebrate about the massacre of Jesus Christ? The Catholic Church crucifies Jesus over and over and over again with their Mass, and even believe they partake of His literal blood each time. How sadistic and evil this is! The powers of evil certainly rejoiced when they finally killed Jesus. In contrast, the Christian honors the atonement made with His blood of the New Covenant.
Since we know Jesus Christ was offered once, perhaps we should consider the idea that the Catholic Church is offering people a false Christ (this word is a title not a name), and they are giving their adherents the body and blood of this counterfeit Christ in their Eucharist. If you are a devout Roman Catholic and accept the Mass, and the Pope’s decision of celebrating Christ’s birthday, then you might as well stop reading this now. There is nothing I can say to change your mind; go ahead and follow your religion.
Krismas has pagan roots
Krismas was an attempt by the Roman church to Christianize the popular pagan customs of the day centering on the winter solstice, one of the major festival periods in the ancient world. “Historians note the birth of many solar saviors and dying gods is celebrated at this time, usually on December 25th” and that “Christmas is a wonderful amalgamation of many religious traditions, ancient and modern, pagan, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Mithraic, and Christian” (The Pagan Book of Days, p. 132–133).
Amalgamation? Does the Bible teach us to mix the holy with the unholy? No way! Modern Krismas is a blend of several year-end festivals celebrated in pagan Rome. T. G. Crippen writes in Christmas and Christmas Lore,
“Now in December and the beginning of January there were several festivals which were intimately associated with the daily life of the Roman people. First, from the 17th to the 21st December, was the Saturnalia, the great Roman holiday....One might call it the Feast of Topsy-turveydom; when slaves were allowed for a few days to enjoy the semblance of freedom, were waited upon by their masters, and chose from amongst themselves a mock king to preside over their revels. Next, on the 22nd, came Sigillaria, the Feast of Dolls, when a fair was held, and dolls and other toys, mostly of earthenware, were given to children. Then, on 25th, came Brumalia, otherwise Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, The Birthday of the Unconquered Sun, when the days began to lengthen after the solstice....It is believed to have been instituted ... by the emperor Aurelian, in honour of Mithras, the Persian sun-god... (p. 8-9).”
The largest pagan religious cult, which fostered sun worship in the Greek and Roman worlds on December 25, was the cult of Mithraism. They called it “the Nativity of the Sun.” Mithras, the sun god, was supposed to have been born at this time, but so were Osiris, Horus, Tammuz, Hercules, Bacchus, Adonis, and Jupiter -- all the pagan Messiahs! This fact alone would seem to indicate that all these pagan sun gods and deities trace their roots back to the original sun god of ancient Babylon, Nimrod. Alexander Hislop traces all this in his book The Two Babylons.
The facts of history prove that the customs of Krismas go back farther than the birth of Jesus Christ. The Egyptians also celebrated the rebirth of the sun in the form of an infant several thousand years before the Romans (see The Golden Bough, St. Martin’s ed., pp. 471–472). The tree goes back to the ancient Egyptian god Osiris. Many of the other customs come from other non-Christian empires such as Assyria and Babylon. I will not go into all of these ancient customs for they can be easily researched by anyone interested. Hislop writes:
“The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in Pagan Rome and Pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm tree; in Rome it was the fir; the palm tree denoting the Pagan Messiah, as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith. The mother of Adonis, the Sun God and great mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son. If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognized as the 'Man the branch.' And this entirely accounts for the putting of the Yule Log into the fire on Christmas Eve, and the appearance of the Christmas tree the next morning” (The Two Babylons, p. 97).
According to the Bible, we are not to mix the holy with the unholy, yet this is exactly what the established church did. The church did not defeat paganism. Paganism invaded the church and seduced it from within! The professing Christian Church became the new face of paganism. Only the names were changed. In some cases, even the old pagan names were left in place, such as in “Easter” (Ishtar)! Our God speaks to Krismas keepers today:
“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen... 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. ... They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not” (Jeremiah 10:2-4).
“Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 3:12- 13).
These passages address conditions in Israel BEFORE Jesus Christ was born. There is no doubt that Krismas is of pagan origin, not Christian. In name, Christians (of Catholic variety) may have started it, but its form and customs is pagan to the core.
Krismas violates the Law of God
Since Krismas is proven to be pagan (it just wasn’t called “Christmas” by the pagans) and was later “Christianized” by the established church, rather than the opposite (being Christian then paganized), it has to be offensive to God, for he has told us not to worship our God as the pagans worship their god:
“When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods…. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it” (Deuteronomy 12:29-32. See also De. 20:18 and 2 Ki. 17:9-16).
There is another closely related Biblical account relating to this false worship of God. It is of the reforms of King Manasseh after being corrected by God. But in 2 Chronicles 33:17 we read, “However, the people still made offerings in the high places, but only to the Lord their God.” So, the people did not want God’s correction. They wanted to continue worshipping in the pagan form.
There are many other Laws of God I could point to but the list would be long. Just think of the covetousness that goes with this season, or having other gods in place of the one true God. Those who defend the obviously pagan Krismas customs, by saying, “it doesn’t mean that to me” only shows how foolish they are, for they are ignoring the fact that God knows what it means and so have all pagans for millennia. We are to do what is pleasing to Him, not what is pleasing to others or us. Jeremiah 10:2, “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen!” This should be committed to memory by all Christians.
Krismas is a lie
What else can be said? I grew up believing in Krismas as a child, and certainly, it can be lots of fun, but when one grows up you realize the truth and also recognize the fact that children pretend everyday, so they do not need to follow the Santa myth. Santa Claus (Satan’s claws) is a great deception because he is taught as if he is real, not as a fairy tale. Then when our children find out he is really make believe, they question everything else we tell them, including everything about God. What a way to warp a child’s mind! It is no wonder young people question the truths of the Christian faith once they get into college.
Everything centers on this holiday for commercial purposes and false religious assumptions, not the birth of Jesus. So, why in the world should Christians celebrate a birthday on the wrong day and then put more emphasis on a fat elf from the North Pole who is going to give them something? Did not the Bible say, “The love of money is the root of all evil?” Furthermore, why would these same Christians give gifts to themselves rather than to the Savior who deserves the biggest and best gift of all?
If we as Christians are going to follow the Bible, then we have to drop the things that the Bible condemns. It tells us not to add or subtract from its words. There is no record of early Christians celebrating Krismas nor did the Pilgrims celebrate it when they came to America. Christians are to be people of truth! Krismas is so filled with lies it cannot be of God. There is a god, however, known as “the father of lies,” he is the one who inspired Krismas.
Krismas has no covenant
This is the main reason why Krismas is so popular and is promoted by all kinds of authorities. Neither the holiday nor its inventor, the Catholic Church, has a covenant. The word “catholic” means “universal” and like the entire judeo-Christian world today they plainly admit they are. However, the Bible paints us a different picture. It is a book of covenants (most notably, two). It records that God made an everlasting covenant with a particular group of people. God’s covenant made with Abraham was exclusively for his descendants. In stark contrast, the sun god is universal to all people groups. There are over a hundred sun gods throughout the many cultures of the world. I have listed some of them below to show the universal nature of the mythical sun god.
Bel, Baal, or Bul
All of the pagan Sun gods of the various cultures of the ancient world was “born” on the third day after the winter solstice, our December 25th! In Exodus 20:3, we read, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
Knowing this, does anyone dare add our Jesus to the long list of Sun gods! How can any true Christian do that? It is wrong and God hates it. To celebrate Krismas only makes Jesus another mythical sun god. Thus if Jesus becomes just another sun god then he is not the God of the Bible, but an imposter. Is that not true of our churches today? In reality, they worship a counterfeit Jesus; one who loves everybody and will “save” anybody. He is a Jesus without a covenant!
The Bible teaches there is a covenant with a particular chosen people. The true Jesus (of the Bible) is tied into the covenant, for He came to “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The Jesus of the Scriptures is a part of God’s redemptive work through the everlasting covenant made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The fake Jesus (of the Dec. 25th sun god fame) has no covenantal founding; therefore, he can save all peoples from their sins.
Yes, for all these reasons, God hates Krismas. It is the invention of evil men to remove the covenant from our minds. It is a violation of most of God’s direct commands and certainly his Son would not participate in it either. Therefore, we should remove our Jesus Christ from this pagan celebration. In Isaiah 1:14 God says, “Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.”
Krismas has no Biblical support or historical support of being a Christian holiday. Therefore, we should let the pagans have it back; after all, as they claim; we Christians stole it from them.
Why honest Christians cannot celebrate Krismas:
- It is Catholic (universal).
- It is pagan to the core.
- It is the birthday of the sun god.
How simple can it be? All of these are anti-scriptural. The result of all this celebration in December is that we are worshipping the sun god and calling his name Jesus, just as other cultures have done throughout history using their deity. From the evidence shown, it is clearly proven to be pagan with Christian influences, rather than Christian with pagan influences. Therefore, it is unworthy of Christian observance and Jesus Christ should be removed from it.
Should a Christian celebrate Christ’s Mass? Only if you are a dedicated Catholic blindly following the Pope. To such a person this research means nothing. There are many Protestants who, strangely enough, continue to observe the Catholic “Christmas” as the birth of the Savior in spite of the fact that it is not His birthday. These people care more about tradition than they do about following God’s Laws.
Many Christians say that Krismas doesn’t mean paganism to them, but they are ignoring the fact that God knows what it all means and He has declared in many places throughout the Bible not to worship Him in the same manner as the heathen worship their pagan gods (See Exodus 20:3, Deuteronomy 12:29-32, 20:18, 2 Kings 17:9-16, 2 Chronicles 33:17). Many people may not be particularly religious, but like it or not, they are making a religious observance by celebrating this holiday. From the context of history and the facts, they are purely either Catholic or they are winter solstice sun worshippers.