Observance Come From the Bible?
Or Does It's
Observance Predate Jesus Christ?
Was Christ Ever Really
There is no holiday more universally accepted as a
religious occasion as the observance of Christmas.
Professing Christians and non-Christians alike observe
the pageantry of the Yule season.
It's Observance Predates Christ
But did you know that thousands of years before Christ,
-before there was ever anyone called a "Christian",
-people went out into the forests and cut down evergreen
trees? They trimmed the branches, brought the trees into
their homes, nailed them down and decorated them with
gold and silver ornaments. They exchanged gifts, sent
greeting cards, played games, sang merry songs and
feasted with a happy festive seasonal spirit? Although
the celebration lasted for days, the chief day was
December 25th. All of this took place annually long
before the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus was not the
central focus of this festival. In fact, He was not in
it at all. Nor was the God Jesus called the Father.
Why Do We Do What We Do?
Why do we find ourselves following such customs? Why do
"Christians" observe a festival that predates Christ?
Why are these things a part of modern Christianity
today? Where did they really come from?
Let's stop and think for a moment. Very few of us ever
reflect on why we believe what we do, -why we follow the
customs we do. We rarely examine the origins of those
customs. And sometimes when we do and are surprised, -we
still often think it doesn't really matter because,
after all, most everyone else we know is doing it. And
in the case of Christmas observance, practically the
whole world celebrates it, right?
We Must Learn to Question
The fact is, you and I were born into a world filled
with customs and traditions, and we grew up accepting
them without question. Christmas is one of those most of
us accepted without question. Partly because of its outward
acceptance by the Christian Churches. It looks good
on the outside, -it claims to honor the God of the Bible
and Jesus Christ. Yet there is no command to observe it
given to the children of Israel in the Old Testament,
nor was it found among the followers of Christ in the
Jesus told the Pharisees (Leaders
of a Jewish Religious sect) in Matthew
it was not enough to be clean on the outside. Jesus told
them that they were like "dirty cups" which were clean
outwardly but were filthy on the inside. And that they
must clean the inside as well in order to be pleasing to
God. Likewise, our worship of God must be pure and in
TRUTH inside and out.
Why Do Non-Christians Observe
Let me pose this question, -"If Christmas
gets its roots from Christianity, -then why do so many
Non-Christians observe it?"
Virtually every culture on this planet has holidays that
are important to themselves but not to everyone else. So
why is it that Christmas is so important to so many
non-Christians cultures? It is because many of these
cultures observed the same customs connected with what
is called "CHRIST-mas" today, long before the
birth of Christ.
Although the observance of Christmas is much older than
the 2000 years of the Christian era, let's examine how
it made its way into being a "Christian" holiday.
-"Christmas was not among the earliest festivals
of the (Christian) Church." It
was not instituted by Christ or the Apostles, or by
Bible authority. It was picked up from the worship of
-"Christmas, according to many authorities, was
not celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian
Church...In the fifth century the Western (Catholic)
Church ordered it to be celebrated forever on the DAY OF
THE OLD ROMAN FEAST OF THE BIRTH OF SOL, (Roman
no certain knowledge of the day of Christ's birth
you notice that these recognized historical authorities
reveal that Christmas was not observed by Christians for
the first 300 to 400 years after the Church was
established. It was not until the fifth century that the
Roman Catholic Church ordered it to be celebrated as an
official Christian festival.
Since Christmas as a Christian holiday came from the
declaration of the Roman Catholic Church, -let's see
what they have to say about it first hand.
From the Catholic
Encyclopedia, -"Christmas was not among the
earliest festivals of the Church...the first evidence of
the feast is from Egypt...Pagan customs centering around
the January calends gravitated to Christmas."
Any encyclopedia or any other historical authority will
tell you that Christ was not born on December 25th. The
Catholic Encyclopedia, which is published by the very
Church that brought it's observance into Christianity,
frankly states that the birth of Jesus is not known.
From the Encyclopedia
Britannica 15th edition, -"Christmas customs
are an evolution from times that LONG ANTEDATE the
Christian period -a descent from seasonal, pagan,
religious and national practices, hedged about with
legend and tradition." You
can't put "BACK IN" what was "NEVER IN", and Jesus was
never in the ancient pagan festival we now call
It reminds me of Isaiah
quoted by Jesus in Matthew
people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far
away from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching
as their doctrines the precepts of Men."
Jesus likely born in the Fall
While the Bible does not expressly tell us the date of
Jesus' birth, there are reasons to believe it occurred
in the fall of the year. We know that Jesus was
crucified in the spring, at the time of the Passover.(John
18:39)Figuring His ministry as lasting
3½ years,(Book of John mentions Jesus keeping 3
passovers) this would place the beginning of His
ministry in the fall. At that time he was about thirty
years old (Luke
3:23). Which was the recognized age for
a man to become an official minister under the Law.(Numbers
4:3). So if Jesus turned thirty years of
age in the fall, then His birthday was in the fall of
the year, thirty years earlier.
Winter Festival Kept 2000 years
The fact that this winter festival was being observed
more than 2000 years before the birth of Jesus Christ,
and that those observing it were pagans honoring the
re-birth of the SUN-GOD, proves that the origin of this
festival can in no way be rightly associated with the
birth of Jesus Christ which occurred thousands of years
Israel Told Not to Learn Their
It is important to understand that the chosen people of
God were commanded to not even learn how the nations
around them worshipped their gods. When God began
working with a certain people, the children of Israel
(Jacob), and began to make Himself knowable to them, He
gave them many commandments to live by, among them was
the command to not corrupt themselves by practicing the
religious traditions of the pagan nations around them. ("pagan"
is simply a term used to identify any one or people that
worship contrary to the God of Israel)
Even though it wasn't called "Christmas", this winter
festival with the same traditions practiced today was
being observed by the pagan nations surrounding Israel.
That is why God specifically warned them to worship Himonly
in the way He
commands, and not seek to honor Him by practicing the
traditions of the pagan nations to please Him.
12:29-32, -"When the Lord your God cuts off before you
the nations (pagan nations) which you are going to
dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their
land, BEWARE that you are not
ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed
before you, and that you do not inquire after their
gods, saying -"How do these nations serve their gods,
that I also may do likewise?" You
shall not behave thus toward the Lord your God...(Verse
32) Whatever I command you, you
shall be careful to do; you shall not
Not notice Jeremiah
10:2-4, -"Thus says the Lord, Do not learn the way of
the nations; and do not be terrified by the signs of the
heavens, although the nations are terrified by them." There
was fear surrounding the observance of the winter
solstice...the days were getting shorter and shorter and
the sun seemed to be getting weaker with each passing
day. At this time fires were kindled and candles lit to
encourage the "NEWBORN SUN-GOD" to give forth his light
and warmth. Sun-worshippers believed this time to be the
re-birth of the sun, -the birthday of the sun-god.
As the days began to get a little longer each day, it
became a sign of the re-birth and an occasion for
rejoicing and merrymaking. The "terrifying signs"
referred to in Jeremiah
10:2, -that of the sun dying, was
replaced by the appearance of its seeming re-birth as
the days became longer.
Continuing in Jeremiah
10 notice verses
3 and 4, -"For the customs of the peoples are delusion
one cuts a tree out of the forest, the
work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. They deck
it with silver and with gold; they
fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move
Doesn't this sound like the perfect description of the
Christmas tree? God plainly calls this the way
of the pagansand a custom
of the people, doesn't
He? And God commands His people to not worship Him in
the way the pagan nations worship their gods, doesn't
He? Isn't that what He commanded in Deuteronomy
Some may claim that Jeremiah
referring to a pagan idol and not to a tree, but fail to
realize that the evergreen tree was considered sacred by
many ancient peoples as a symbol of eternal life. The
fact remains that Jeremiah 10 states that men went into
the forest, cut down trees, propped them up so they
wouldn't fall and decked them with silver and gold
ornaments. These round ornaments represented images of
the sun-god. Honestly, doesn't it seem strange to stand
a tree in your home, lavishly adorn it, crown it with a
star and lay gifts at its feet? Ever wonder why yours
and other's gifts are laid under this object standing so
proudly in your home? Doesn't it stand to reason that
this custom originated from the ancient practice of
giving an offering to a image of a pagan god?
Evergreen Trees Were Used in
12:2, -"You shall utterly destroy all the places where
the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their god,
on the high mountains and on the hills and UNDER EVERY
We find here that the pagan nations worshipped
their gods on high
mountains, on hills and under
every green tree. The
evergreen tree was considered sacred and holy because it
remained green throughout the winter, not becoming bare
and lifeless as the other trees. It was believed to
possess eternal life by many.
Clearly, God does not desire a PLACE made for these
things He calls an abomination to Him. Are you making a
PLACE in YOUR HOME for these practices? Can you be sure
God is pleased with you attempting to worship Him in
this way? Shouldn't you study to learn the truth BEFORE
you continue to seek to honor the great God of all
things in this manner? And hasn't God warned us to be
how we worship Him?
Is it safe to assume that because we place the name of
Christ on this ancient holiday today that it makes it
pure and acceptable to God?
Chapter one, we find that in the
beginning was the WORD, and the Word was WITH GOD, and
the WORD WAS GOD. Verse
that ALL THINGS came into being BY HIM, the WORD. Verses
6 -8 reveal
that John the Baptist witnessed that this Jesus was
indeed the same Personage as the WORD, and was the God
that spoke to Noah, Abraham, Moses and the Prophets of
old. Jesus was God the Son, the very WORD of God before
He came in the flesh. And verse 10 reveals that the
world itself was created through Him.
There is a God the Father, but no man has actually seen
Him yet, as we find in verse
18.(although the Apostle John did see
Him in a vision years later in Revelation
But the great and awesome God that thundered the Ten
Commandments from Mt. Sinai, was none other than who we
call Jesus today, before He came to earth in the form of
mortal man. And it was He that commanded His servants to
write the scriptures we quoted earlier in this article,
which strictly forbids worshipping Him with ancient
pagan customs and traditions. Isn't it ironic and
shameful that people today place His holy and righteous
name on festivals He, Himself, as the Lord that spoke to
Moses called an abomination?
2:5-8, -"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also
in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of
God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be
grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a
bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men, and
being found in the appearance of man, He humbled Himself
by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death
on a cross."
Notice also Jesus' own words in John
glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the
work which Thou hast given Me to do. And now glorify
Thou Me together with Thyself, FATHER, with
the glory which I had with Thee BEFORE the world
Jesus Hates Pagan Religious
Jesus, the God we read about in the Old Testament found
these pagan religious observances abominable! He
strictly commanded His people to not worship Him with
the same customs they used. He clearly never wanted His
name associated in any way with this idolatrous
Today we find the same religious practices in the
"Christian world". They have attached God's holy name to
it once again. The very name God the Son used while
living a perfect life in the flesh, Jesus Christ.
Is there some chance that He changed His mind over the
years? That He no longer hates those ancient religious
traditions? Perhaps though it was once unacceptable to
worship Him with those ancient pagan customs, -it's
acceptable today? Why don't we just let the Bible itself
answer this question, since it is the "Word
of God", and the "Word
of God IS JESUS." Notice Hebrews
13:8-9, -"Jesus Christ is the SAME YESTERDAY,
yes and FOREVER. Do
not be carried away by varied and strange teachings."
Aren't we "carried away by strange teachings" when we
celebrate the so-called birth of Christ by (1) Putting a
TREE in our home? (2) Decking it with silver and gold
ornaments, lights and crowning it with a crown or star?
(3) Laying gifts at its feet? (4) Burning a "YULE LOG"? (Yule
is an ancient god of the Vikings) (5)
Teaching our children the lie that a "jolly old man
called "Santa" brings all the nice children gifts? (Did
you ever notice that "S-A-N-T-A" re-arranged spells out
the word "S-A-T-A-N"?) Perhaps
because it is really him that is behind this ancient
observance God finds detestable.
Now what does all these customs have to do with the
birth of our Lord and Savior? How "strange" it is indeed
that God's weekly Sabbath day and commanded Holy Day
observances instructed in Leviticus 23, would be totally
forgotten or ignored, and replaced by the very religious
practices God warned against even learning about. And
then to attach His righteous, holy name to it,
-CHRISTmas, is an insult of the first degree.
What the Apostle Paul Would Say
If the Apostle Paul were to be raised up to preach to
this generation, I have no doubt what he would say to
the professing Christians of this world. He would give
the same admonition to them as he did to the Church of
God at Galatia almost 2000 years ago. Notice Galatians
4:9-11, "But now that you have come to know God, or
rather to be known by God, How is it that you turn
back again to
the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you
desire to be enslaved all over again? You
observe Days, and Months and Seasons and Years. I
fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in
Galatia was a Gentile city filled with pagan customs and
observances. It's clear here that the Christian converts
that had been called out of these ways, were gradually
going back to the very religious practices God had
called them out of, and were probably justifying this by
doing things in the name of Christianity. The Apostle
Paul said that HE FEARED for them, meaning that it was
not acceptable in the eyes of the true God. Paul also
feared that all the work and effort he had invested to
bring them out of these ways had been in vain.
Lies Connected with Christmas
There are many lies surrounding the modern observance of
Christmas. Among them is that it is the birthday
of Jesus, that Santa
Claus brings all the good children gifts on
this day, that it is even
a Christian holiday, when non-Christians the world
over observe it.
When our children ask, -"What does the tree represent?"
What are they told? When they ask about putting
gifts under a tree, tree
ornaments, mistletoe, the wreath on the door and how all
this fits in honoring the birth of Jesus, what
are they told? Please study this subject, my friends, so
that you can be truthful with your children.
It's very important for our children to know that we are
truthful to them. After finding out the truth about
Santa Claus, one little boy made the statement that he
was going to check into "this
Jesus business too." You
see, he felt hurt and betrayed by his parents and the
society around him. If adults would lie to him about the
existence of a jolly old man called Santa, then why
wouldn't they lie about a man called Jesus?
God Must Be Worshipped in Truth
4:23-24, -"But an hour is coming, and now is, when the
TRUE WORSHIPPERS shall worship the Father in spirit and
TRUTH; for SUCH PEOPLE the Father SEEKS to be HIS
WORSHIPPERS. God is spirit; and those
who worship Him must worship in
spirit and TRUTH."
One cannot worship the true God outside of TRUTH. And
what TRUTH is there in the observance of this WINTER
SOLSTICE festival we call Christmas today?
The truth is, that the observance of this holiday came
not from God, but from pagans honoring their sun-god.
Jesus Christ was never in its observance, whether as God
the Son in the Old Testament, or as Jesus, the Son of
God in the New Testament.
And what becomes abundantly clear...is that it DOES
MATTER to God whether or not it is observed.
The important question for you is, -"DOES
IT MATTER TO YOU?"