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Hell

This study will evoke many questions that are potentially inflammatory. The destination of the wicked and those who mean well is often described in the Scriptures as a fiery state or place, the issues which relate to their fate and final state constitute a burning subject. Frankly, the view presented is to some, controversial, but as always, we will hue to the line of authority that we have always followed and let the “scriptures speak for themselves”. End time topics and inquiries into the state of the dead, both of the redeemed and the damned evoke extensive dispute for those who have not studied for themselves and follow what someone else has taught, a nightmare or dream, or what they have conjured in their minds and have not analyzed.
Many of the atheist, agnostics, and liberals resist this discussion because they do not want to hurt someone’s feelings, be considered “judgmental”, or be probing into something where there is no clear understanding presented, anywhere. This will not be a “trial balloon”; I have often spoken on the subject, but have been asked to commit to writing what my years of study and searching have taught me. I think myself fortunate to be able to discuss this with students, not mere casual readers of the Word of God who are known to be conversant and concerned as to all questions and conclusions which circulate among some of our brethren about what represents to us the “other side” of life to which we all must travel.
The fate and final state of the unredeemed is not a moot subject in the Scriptures. Jesus saw fit to speak of it on more than one occasion. His words are incisive and authoritarian. By all means, they should provide the basis of any studied pronouncements upon the subject.
In the Sermon on the Mount, the most embracive of His discourses, Jesus compared the fate of the wicked to the state of the refuse cast into Gehenna (Valley of Hinnom). Matthew 5:22, 29, 30 He repeats and somewhat extends the analogy in another side-discourse reported in Matthew 18:8, 9 and Mark 9:42. A corpse or carcass or load of soggy garbage might not fall amid sufficient combustibles to be consumed by the incessant flames. But the maggots took over where the fire left off. Such was the fate and state of the refuse cast into “the gehenna of fire”.
When Christ discussed His sheep-goat parable of the judgment, Jesus said: “Then shall he (the King) say unto them on His left hand (the goats). Depart from Me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41 The “eternal fire” spoken of here is the same as “the gehenna of fire” spoken of in the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 18:8,9, Jesus used the terms interchangeably: “If thy hand or thy foot causeth thee to stumble, cut it off and cast it from thee: it is good for thee to enter into life maimed or halt, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into ‘the eternal fire’. And if thine eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out and cast it from thee: for it is good for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather having two eyes to be cast into the hell (gehenna) of fire.”
In Revelation 20:9-10 most think a vivid description is given of the “end” of Satan and his host: “They went up over the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where also the beast and the false prophet, and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever (age upon age)”, but this has to do with the reign of Christ!

Genesis Part 6

The situation of the Garden was extremely sweet. It was in Eden, which signifies delight and pleasure. The place is marked and bounded so all could find it who so desired. Let it be our care to make sure of OUR place in the Heavenly Paradise, and then the earthly Paradise will have lost significance!
The trees with which this Garden was planted were all the best and choicest of the Creator. God, consulted only Adam’s benefit, not his pleasure ; for there is a pleasure consistent with innocence , nay, there is a true and transcendent pleasure in innocence once passed never experienced again. BUT, the Garden had two extra-ordinary trees peculiar only to itself; on earth there were none like them!! There was the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of life was intended a sign and seal to Adam, assuring him of the continuance of life and happiness, even to immortality and everlasting bliss, through the grace and favor of his Maker, upon condition of his perseverance in this state of innocence and obedience. Of this tree man might eat and live. Christ and His Church is now to us the tree of life, Rev. 2:7, 22:2 Then, there was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, so called, not because it had any virtue in it to beget or increase useful knowledge, but, because there was an express positive revelation of the will of God concerning this tree, so that by it man might know moral good and evil. What is good? Whatever good was it was good not to eat of the fruit of that tree!
What is evil? It was evil to eat of the fruit of that tree. The distinction between all other moral good and evil was written in the heart of man by nature; but this, which resulted from a positive law, was written upon this tree.
In the event the tree of knowledge of good and evil proved to give Adam an experimental knowledge of good, the loss of it would declare evil never to be!! As the covenant of God has in it, not only believe and be baptized and you will be saved; it also has in it believe not and you will be damned. God confirmed by the very existence of the tree of life, “Eat this and die”. God set before man good and evil, blessing and cursing. Deut. 30:19
The rivers with which this Garden was watered, vs. 10-14, were one river branched into four streams. In the Heavenly Paradise, the Church of Christ, there is a river infinitely surpassing these. It is a river of the water of life, not coming out of Eden, as this, but proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb!! Rev. 22:1 A river that makes glad the city of our God!! Ps. 41:4 Havilah had gold and spices with precious stones but Eden had that which was infinitely better, the tree of life, and communion with God!!! We may say to the world, you have the gold but we have the gospel!! The gold of the world is good, but the riches of the Church of Christ is good and very good!!
When God formed man, He put him in this paradise of delight from which and by which man was formed, common clay, not Paradise dust. It seems only fitting that the new body of the redeemed would be out of material from Paradise. Adam could not even claim citizenship in Eden for he was not born there!! The same God who was the author of Adam’s being also authored Adam’s happiness. TRUTH THAT IS THE SAME, EVEN NOW!!

Genesis Part 5

When Adam sinned mankind was not altered anymore than when Eve was “in the transgression”. If there was a difference please explain! How could the sin of either parent affect the preceding or succeeding children? The make-up of each child born to both parents was already set in order. God had made pro-creation a law. Law cannot be changed unless there is sin. Sin has to be committed. If a child born to either Adam or Eve had not committed a violation of proscribed law, they could not have sinned. 1 John 3:4, 5:17 Is there any evidence anywhere that anything physically was effected by the sin of either parent? If Adam or Eve had stolen a Pepsi at the local 7-11 would their children have inherited the results of that sin? Evidence shows that sin does affect the physical man but the physical man does not and cannot sin UNLESS the spiritual man directs him or her to so act!! My hand never is responsible if it steals a piece of bread, the physical man did not initiate, prompt, or direct the hand to steal. The spiritual part of man, the soul and spirit, is the only part of man that is given a choice; the physical part of man (unless caused to do something that God has not directed) is like the animals around us, it always obeys God’s commands!! What has the body ever done that is against the will of the Almighty? The tree of knowledge of good and evil did not affect the physical man, dieing was initiated at man’s creation. Why would there have been a tree of Life if there was no death? Was the tree of Life not already in the Garden before the sin?
Since that part of man, called the physical, has never sinned (unless made to so sin by the spiritual part of man) when Christ would come His purpose would be to save the spiritual. When man sinned the Creator met with the agents of sin in what I like to call an event Eternal (because of it’s consequences) to announce what HE HAD DECIDED TO DO ABOUT SIN.
Imagine the august scene. Christ walking the Garden in the cool of the day. As His usual custom was, He came to converse with His highest creation, mankind. Nothing Adam and Eve had ever done could prepare them for this Eternal event. Having made themselves a covering of leaves amongst the trees of the Garden, they hid themselves from the voice of God. He cried out to them; “ Where art thou?” Does it seem to you that God has been asking this question ever since? Why would man leave such a Paradise, where all is prepared, where no work is required, and where he is complete control of his domain and follow Satan? Yet, the scriptures say; “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 Adam and the rest of mankind are not alike!! Adam HEARD God’s voice!! and respected It. Genesis 3:10
Does it ever strike you as strange that God seemed insulted, angered when man hid from His presence? Does it strike you as strange for the same thing to be true, today? “Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? Adam began what is the universal path of ignoring responsibility: “the woman whom Thou gavest me (it is all your fault, God!) she gave me of the tree (and I was powerless and unable to stop her) and I did eat.” “What is this that thou hast done?” Genesis 3:10-13 Notice who answered, was it the one who had sinned??!!

 

Genesis Part 4

Now that we are convinced that sin in the Garden of Eden, the shores of Elysia, was not a surprise to God, we can continue looking at the first chapters of Genesis to see what else is taught us in pattern, type, or prophecy that we may have before overlooked.
Adam and Eve were at home in Garden, or were they? If at home, they were comfortable beyond realization. If not at home, they would always be looking for something to change and not know what that change could be. It is not conjecture that we look at their stay in Eden and know they were familiar with the idea of dieing. The response of Satan to Eve indicates this sufficiently; “Dieing, you are dieing already”. (literal Hebrew) Genesis 3:4 From the moment of miraculous creation, asah, of Adam and Eve, the part of man which was flesh began to die and so it is today. In nature we are shown this picture. The worm which is later the beautiful butterfly is a prime example. The worm is the first house, the cocoon, the second house, and finally the last house is that glorious house with all its beauty and majesty, the butterfly. As the Creator, God has shown His pattern is followed throughout nature, and now we can see it in man. This is a process called transmutation.
The present house in which we reside covers our soul/spirit from Christ. The physical body is of the earth, earthy, it is called the first Adam. 1 Corinthians 15:47 The soul (which is eternal) is the spiritual house given from Heaven (Christ). The spirit would never be uncovered for it is life, both soul and spirit are eternal. [The soul and spirit of man is much like the nerve and its covering. The nerve itself cannot be uncovered and become exposed, pinched, or killed the pain would be unbearable or not felt as though it is dead] Isn’t it interesting the soul, spirit, and body did not evolve!! Nerve endings did not begin to be some one billion years after man climbed out of the slimy ooze, and no other being has ever evolved beyond what Adam and Eve were in full possession of? Finally, at the Second Coming of our Lord, those of us who have obeyed His word and received the Holy Spirit of promise as the down-payment on our bodies (which holds the body claimed by Christ because the Spirit dwelt in it), we will receive our eternal bodies which are permanent shelters in which our soul and spirit will reside. 2 Corinthians 5:1-4, Ephesians 1:14, Romans 8:11 The rest of mankind will be raised without a body to be naked for all eternity!!
In their condition of dieing, God had fellowship with them for in them no sin was existent. Adam and Eve were innocent as children before accountability. Led by instinct and living by instinct, not thought or desire, man was as true to God’s intent as could be EXCEPT man was not complete; as with animals instinct allows no choice, man had been given that ability! Many have deeply longed for the days of innocence to return when we were happy and carefree, with a child like mind and cares, with parents who lovingly cared for our every want, and with brothers and sisters we loved so well. Could this be a taste of Heaven before we go back home? Could this be that insatiable desire that beckons on? I don’t know, but the weakness Satan found in Adam and Eve, this appeal to our vanity and pride claims all of us, AND WE DIE (SIN).

 

Genesis Part 3

The “seed of the woman” was not the first prophecy of the Scriptures. Man had sinned but before the “fall” God had pictured the coming of the Church of Christ in the wedding ceremony of Adam and Eve. “God so loved the Church that He gave Himself for Her and whosoever obeys Him shall not perish as long as man continues faithful in her ranks and that for eternity”. John 3:16 is shown in Genesis 2:21-24.
Often I am asked if the sin of Adam and Eve was a surprise to our Lord. I am reminded of this statement of prophecy and to answer positively, NO!! How could God have predicted the coming of the Church of Christ in the marriage ceremony of Adam to Eve IF the sin was to be a surprise? How could the Church be made up of the redeemed and one not think God had established this premise “from the foundations of the World”? “And the Lord added to the Church those that were being saved” tells the answer. Acts 2:47 The marriage of Adam to Eve was a copy of a marriage as yet unannounced.. Christ had already married the Church and their wedding was the pattern Adam and Eve’s union. Christ and His bride, the Church of Christ, WERE THE FIRST!! When Paul wrote by inspiration of the Spirit the book of Ephesians explaining this part of the mystery of God. He wrote: “This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church”. Ephesians 5:32 Of what mystery (the unrevealed strategy of God to save those who would obey, John 3:16) was Paul speaking? “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” Vs 31 This is the exact quotation of Genesis 2:23-24 As Adam was sent to name all the animals of the field, his real mission was to find a mate suitable for himself. THIS HE DID NOT AND COULD NOT DO for no animal was suitable for Adam as a mate. God cause a “deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and God took one of Adam’s ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her to the man.” Christ “came unto His own and His own received Him not”, John 1:12, when He found none like unto Himself, God sacrificed Himself to enter the realm of sleep (death.) “One of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water”, John 19:35. This ‘blood and water’ was the purchase price for His bride, the Church of Christ!! Acts 20:28 He entered the realm of death (sleep) so She could be brought into existence. No one was like the Lord, SINLESS, SO NO ONE WAS COMPATIBLE FOR HIM AS HIS BRIDE. He therefore, made one compatible to Himself by “cleansing her with the washing of water (baptism) She, being instructed to do so by the (His) word(Mark 16:16), that He might PRESENT her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:26-27 No one who can read would then think sin was a surprise, for CHRIST had already been apart of TWO covenants that had been enacted, the marriage of Christ to His Church and the covenant of Christ and God the Father, to enact this mystery!! “Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began. But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for obedience of faith.” Romans 16:25-26 Marriage is commanded of man to HONOR CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH!! To live as man and wife outside the estate of marriage is to mock Christ!!

 

Genesis Part 2

The fall of man in the Garden of Eden is a story replete with warnings of obedience and disobedience. It reveals sin and its source telling just how and what the ramifications were and are. Hence, the serpent, is labeled as the first cause of degenerate mankind as God is shown to be the first cause in creation of all things. Denial of the Word of God, “Hath God said” shows the process by which “sin lieth at the door”. The process of thinking that led to the first sin was the process that led to the second. They could be labeled “steps in the fall of man”. When man takes it on himself or any other man to listen to man’s “reasoning” instead of the Word of God, man has taken the wrong direction. Knowing the fall of man from the beginning, at the beginning God opened revelation to allow us the picture of redemption.
The “seed of the woman” in Genesis 3:15 is the first prophecy of inspiration. In this prophecy, God showed how He would redeem man who had just fallen from His fellowship. Interestingly, the only man who fell was the man who sinned, not the man who never sinned. It is assumed by just about all that because Adam and Eve sinned all who were alive with them must have also fallen or there were no others alive at this time. IF there were no others alive at this time and sufficient time had passed from the first commandment to multiply and replenish the Earth, Genesis 1:28, be obeyed, man had already sinned and eating of the forbidden fruit was in fact NOT the first sin!! If “multiply and replenish the Earth” was not disobeyed (and it surely was not) then there were others alive with Adam and Eve when the commandment about the forbidden fruit was given.
It has always interested me how anyone could think Adam’s curse for sinning would be any worse than the curse I have brought on myself by sinning. It is also interesting to note IF Adam’s sin affected ALL mankind what will we do with those children who were never born, born dead, born and lived for only a short time, or born and died before accountability. IF man is unaccountable for what he is doing that is wrong, how could God punish him for that wrong? Also, if Adam’s sin affected all mankind, how did it affect those who were already born to Adam and Eve? When Adam and Eve sinned God had a meeting with them, where is the meeting with all the others? Somebody had to have had children for Cain to take one as a wife, someone had to build the cities Cain was run out of, and somebody to believe that God could have the power to take vengeance on them IF they slew Cain! It looks as if Augustine’s theory of inherited sin, propagated by Calvin and his hordes fails the trial of scrutiny!!
Did nakedness occur because of sin or did sin expose to Adam and Eve their nakedness? Was nakedness their sin or were they naked and not guilty of sin? Genesis 3:10 Did the Law of Moses cause sin or did the Law of Moses define sin? “Nay, I had not known sin, but by the Law; for I had not known lust, except the Law had said, “Thou shalt not covet.” Romans 7:7 Are these not parallel arguments? Why nakedness? Why did Adam and Eve have problems all of a sudden with nakedness? Children have no such problems, why Adam and Eve? Does sin open our eyes to commands of God, define them and allow us to know what they are? Does God all the time tell us WHY we are commanded to do certain things? When Jesus first commanded baptism for salvation did He tell WHY baptism would save? Was it not later when the apostles preached that we understood baptism saves because it is in baptism we contact the blood of Christ? Did Adam first pro-create (multiply) as did the other innocents? Genesis 1:22

 

Genesis

As the stately oak with all its majestic glory is not admired because of its humble beginnings, we know, in all its might, it came from a small, tiny acorn seed. As the golden corn stalk with all its abundant fruitfulness stands against the winds and the rains of summer until the harvest to feed man, one must know it came from a small grain. So, the divine purpose for the redemption of mankind is germinally embedded in the account of Genesis even though it is by many unknown.
Genesis, is the germ of all the doctrine of God, of Christ, of man, of sin, and of salvation. The gleaming light shown before they were reality in the New Testament illuminates all who understand her message. Great facts, the gospel proclaimed beforehand, later revealed in the New Testament shows the completeness of the “faith once delivered to the saints.” Jude vs 3 “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, ‘In thee shall all nations be blessed.’ Galatians 3:8 The light shadowed in Genesis shines brightly when surveyed in the illumination given it by the writers of inspiration as the Holy Spirit explains the completion of His work as the deliverer of the ‘Mind of God’!! As the lights from the small seed of information blossom into the ‘glorious liberty of the sons of God’ of the New Law, our nature will cause us to look with great anticipation of revelation when we study her Words in this first book.
In Genesis 2 we have an account of the Trinity. “Let Us make man in Our own image” reveals what became understandable when Christ turned on the light of truth in His New Testament. Genesis 3:15 tells of the ‘seed of woman’, something impossible in nature, foretelling the divine intervention of Deity in the affairs of man so salvation might be possible. Genesis 12:1-3 introduces us to the gospel (good news) that a ‘way of holiness’ has been measured by God and that man can enter one day on that pathway which will end in Eternal Life. Genesis 29 tells of the marriages of Jacob without ever revealing just WHY this account is given until we see the first wife, physical Israel being divorced and replaced by the second wife, spiritual Israel (the Church of Christ) whom God really loved! Genesis 49:10 shows through whose lineage we are to expect the Messiah, here called Shiloh, later known as Christ as Jacob blesses his sons at his death. All these things are not just stories to be read, they are pictures to be viewed and understood so when the New Testament is read we will not be looking into the covers of a new message and have no way to comprehend what it is we are reading!!
The purpose of Genesis has never been Historical although Historical integrity could very possibly be one of its strong suits. Critics claim the art of writing was non-existent before the 8th century BC claiming the writing of the Genesis account impossible. Cuneiform tablets of modern discovery have refuted this claim. Discovery of the Tel-el-Amarna tablets in 1887 and the finding of the Code of Hammurabi in 1900 by archeologists have unearthed evidence that silences them. Hammurabi was a monarch of Babylonia who was a contemporary of Abraham and corresponds to Genesis 14 or a date of about 2000 BC. Monuments found have established that the art of writing was evidenced earlier as found on the monuments in the ancient Ur of Chaldees around 4,000 BC. This removes the impossibility of Moses writing his works around 1500 BC.. The Genesis account then has not its primary concern with History, although accurate, but with the plan of God. Generation-degeneration-regeneration is the process seen in God’s dealings with mankind and shown in this, the first book of Inspiration.

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