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The real reason for the season

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ELISA NORMAN

Living Word Jewish-Christian Congregation

In the darkest time of the month at the darkest time of the year, light comes into the world. The winter solstice marks the end of the shortening of days and the beginning of the lengthening of days.

The winter solstice, now on Dec. 21, anciently on Dec. 25, is the celebrated day of the rebirth of the sun gods. From the ancient Egyptians, to the Persians, Syrians, Romans and now modern day Wiccans, this day, called variously Sol Invictus, Yule, or Christmas, is the most celebrated holiday worldwide.

The gods Ra, Helios, Mithras, Odin, Atum and Jesus and his family don their sun disc halos and wait a minute, did I say Jesus?

While there is no evidence that Jesus’ birthday is Dec. 25 and there are no biblical commands to celebrate his birth, this day has become known as such and pronounced "the reason for the season."

This is religious syncretism – the merging of gods, myths, and cultures to create unity.

Celebrating the birth of the gods is a pagan practice.

There is no evidence that the early Christians marked this day at all.

Christmas was instituted as a religious practice in the fourth century through syncretic efforts, denounced during the Reformation as a pagan practice, outlawed in Boston from 1659-1681 as a pagan practice and re-popularized in the United States in the mid-1800s through a syncretic combination of pagan practices and biblical overlays.

The Bible tells us not to mix the holy with the profane.

Likewise, it tells us not to learn the ways of the nations and not to worship God in their ways.

Furthermore, God gives us rich and meaningful holidays to observe - Christmas is not on the list.

Finally, idolatry is defined as worship of the created rather than the Creator.

The sun is a created thing, so any form of worship of it is a form of idolatry.

Jesus is important, and the salvation he brings us is a true light in this dark world, but Christmas is not his birthday.

So, enjoy the day off work with family and friends, but be watchful of syncretism. God calls us to be set apart. 


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