Meaning of Christmas

The Meaning of Christmas Part 3

In legendary tales of the early rulers beginning with the Tower of Babel, we begin to learn many things about the observance of what is today called Christmas. According to their tales the god of the Earth was named Geb. Geb had a mate named Nut, a sky goddess. Nephtys or Isis was Osiris sister who became his wife. Nut had a brother named Seth. Osiris birthday was celebrated on December 25th Osiris was the son of a god and a mortal virgin, they tell. Osiris was a good god-man-king who lived a good life upon the Earth making wise and just decisions. But, he married a woman who was loved by his brother, Seth. By the malice of his evil brother he was slain, his body was mutilated and his body parts were spread buried in a tree truck, put in the Nile, which rammed into a coastal area because of the current, part of which hung out in the air. The part which hung out became the roof of a king’s palace. Osiris’s wife was named Isis. Isis collected his body parts and resurrected Osiris from the dead (her being a queen and goddess with special powers) long enough for him to impregnate her, then, he ascended to Heaven and disappeared. Some think he went away others think he went back to be with his father, Geb. Does this sound like Walt Disney or what?? Osiris began to be worshipped. Isis had a baby. It was Isis’ tale that Osiris begat the child which was never verified. When the child was born (on December 25th ) he had a golden ring around his head. The statues of Isis with her son were hung in the heathen temples and places of worship. As late as the 5th century A.D. Osiris had a strong following and was still being worshipped in Italy. Gregory the Great had them destroyed and Osiris has not been worshipped, since. Gregory was the first to began the mass around 604 AD. Just coincidence, I’m sure!! The celebration was very popular with peasants and peoples of Italy and many converted to Catholicism.
Osiris believed a man was what he ate. He ate grain and drank wine. When those who worshipped him came to offer sacrifice to his name the believed the grain and wine was trans-substantiated into literal body and literal blood. They called their offering a sacrament! Osiris became king of the after-life. His death and resurrection were seen as the symbolic re-play of the flooding and re-growth of crops yearly of the Nile. Later Osiris was called Re or Ra.
Osiris took on a Greek name-Dionysus. He was male, partly human and born of a virgin. He offered his followers a chance to be born again through the rite of baptism. After his death he ascended to Hell (Hades) and arose 3 days later. The he ascended to Heaven. His followers await his return to judge the world. His death, burial, and resurrection was celebrated by a ritual meal of bread and wine.
The Jews of Italy saw the benefit of this type of celebration. They were in a position to make a lot of money from these feasts. To induce them into this observance the Catholics began the sacrifice with the song “O Come, O Come Emanuel and ransom captive Israel”. That this song is sung every Christmas cannot be denied. Christmas caroling repeats the joyous refrain that teaches Israel is STILL expecting the Messiah to ransom her. Now, the Jews will favor the celebration because this feast teaches the killing again of the false Christ of Christianity!! It also teaches Christ is not the Messiah promised by the God of the Old Testament.
In the 4th century, the Gnostics picked up the football. They taught that Christ was only flesh until His baptism by John —then He became part man and part God. He dies at Easter time and His death is celebrated by a ritual of bread and wine

The Meaning of Christmas Part 2

In the Catholic Encyclopedia, page 537, the definition of the word mass is given: the supreme sacrifice…the act of worship of offering a worthy victim to God, the offering made by a proper person, as a priest..the destruction of the victim.
The date: December 25th. Luke 2:8 states “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” Tennessee’s weather patterns are the same as Judea’s. I would never want to be out in the field at this time of year sleeping on the ground!! The winter in the Judea area is, at this time of year, characterized as very cold, wet, and rainy-oftentimes snowing. These are not conditions worthy of sheep, much less human beings being outside in the fields without housing to protect them from the weather!! The Jews began to take their cattle and sheep out in March, and brought them back in November, when the rainy season began. If the shepherds brought their sheep in by November, they could not have been “in the fields” with them in end of December!! The first rains occurred around the Jewish month Chesvan, which is our October or November.
The day of the birth of our Master is not recorded in all scripture, it was the day that began His humiliation, not a day to be remembered in glory—the day of His resurrection is the day of His glory and is commemorated every first day of the week by His family. As in every family I know about, the date of birth of some ancestor is NEVER remembered after their life has been surrendered in death, BUT the day of death is. How would it be if one of our ancestors arose to die no more?? Do you not think it more fitting to remember THAT day?? There is no divine sanctity upon the 25th of December; and it is not pleasing to God that anything that concerns the salvation of man through the infinite sacrifice made for them, should be so sadly perverted from its professed design. Christ should be the supreme object; but as Christmas has been observed, the glory is turned from Him to mortal man, whose sinful, defective character made it necessary for Him to come to our world. “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but not commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.” Acts 17:29-31
A star cult, sun-worship, became (in the third century A.D.) the dominant official creed, paving the road for the ultimate triumph of Judaeo-Christian monotheism. So strong was the belief in the invincible Sun (Sol invictus) that Constantine 1 (327 A.D.) himself at first a devotee of the sun cult, found it indeed perfectly compatible with his pro-Christian sympathies to authorize his own portrayal as Helios. And in 354 the ascendant Christian church in the reign of his pious and unsavory son, Constantius 11, found it prudent to change the celebration of the birth of Jesus from the traditional date of January 6th to December 25th in the old Julian calendar. The Sun-god’s birthdate was December 25th. Long before the 4th century, and long before the backing of Constantine, a festival was celebrated among the heathen, at the precise time of the year, in honor of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven, Astarte. She had birthed a son-god resurrected form the dead with a halo around his head that had no father. To conciliate the heathen, and swell the number of nominal adherents of Christianity, the same festival was adopted by the Roman Church, giving her son the name of Christ.”

The Meaning of Christmas

One of the most popular Jewish holidays of our time. You may question the fact that I begin with calling it “Jewish”, but that is WHO and WHY it is still being promoted among those who call themselves ‘christian’. People complain about “putting Christ back in Christmas” when in fact Christ never intended His death to be celebrated, He intended His resurrection to be the theme of Christianity.
The word mass comes from the word missa. In 604 AD Gregory the Great made this apart of the Lord’s Supper. Missa is neither Hebrew nor Greek and is not derived from the Greek word mysis which is the formal command dismissing the Roman Catholic Assembly-hence ite missa est. The Roman Catholic Church intends the mass to be known as the “true and proper sacrifice and will not tolerate the idea that the sacrifice is identical to the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion). The mass is the “true sacrifice of the true Body and Blood” of Christ on an altar.
There are four things required for such a sacrifice to take place. One, the sacrificial gift (Christ)-next, the sacrificial minister (Roman Catholic priest), next the sacrificial action (impaling Christ again on the tree), and finally, the sacrificial end or object (appeasing the wrath of God for recent sins covered). Only a Roman Catholic Priest can offer this sacrifice which takes place when there is a voluntary surrendering of the blood of Christ by another’s hand. In short, THEY TEACH a mass is the re-crucifixion of the Christ by the hand of Roman Catholic Priest– offering, again, the blood of Christ as an appeasement for sin showing honor to God’s supreme dominion and appeasing His wrath. Christ-mass is WHEN this takes place!!
Sounds perverse?? I got this from the scholarship of the Roman Catholic Church—look up “mass” on the internet and you will find much more. What I have had trouble with concerning this mass is one, that it CAN exist; two, I cannot find Gregory mentioned among the apostles anywhere I have looked; three—I cannot find it ever practiced and taught first, in Jerusalem or in the first century; and finally, I should not be too concerned about practicing Christ-mass since I do not know too many “fathers” I would feel safe around by bowing my head!!
What bothers me is the other day I was given a bulletin that ended its article like this: “Although I grew up in churches that avoided all spiritual aspects of Christmas, I came long ago to treasure this beautiful annual remembrance of the Savior’s birth. While the church in which I serve as an elder happily celebrates both Christmas and the season of Advent leading to it, I would never judge other Christians who, trusting in the Savior Jesus alone, choose not to celebrate His birth. But, neither (in all honesty), having experienced the joy of a Christ-centered Christmas, would I ever again want to join a church that lived as though Christmas did not exist.” Under this rapturous discussion the “caroling Friday night the 15th was announced as well as the Teen Christmas cookie delivery to the widows. SOMETHING’S wrong!!
We will discuss the ‘birthday” issue later but what about this MASS business?? It is not only as MASS, it is Christ Mass!! What tender-hearted loving elder with an honest bone in his body ever want to lead his flock into the doctrines of Hell without thinking what he is doing?? Did he “hire” him a Roman Catholic Priest to perform this murder-done in love?? If he didn’t, he could not have a mass, anyway!! Unless he converted!! He argued that we could keep Jesus birth (off the subject, THIS IS A MASS) any other day but December the 25th and be happy so, join in Read 2 Corinthians 6:16-18