Luke 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
I don’t celebrate halloween. God told me not to. It’s origins are too pagan. I know that some “christians” do celebrate halloween. That is their choice. This is what God told me:
1 Corinthians 10:21-23 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
I see no possible way to be a true christian while celebrating a pagan feast day. Sure it might be fun and we are allowed to have fun as Paul said all things are lawful to him but not all things edify. God told me:
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Halloween does not glorify God. In fact, it does the opposite. I suppose a good christian wouldn’t participate except to hand out pocket bibles. No dressing up, no parties. Just spread the word of God. That would edify.
This brings me to christmas. Did you know that christmas was originally a pagan holiday? It was, and still is in some parts of the world, a day of the birth of their sun god, Mithra. “Born” on December 25. Many of the christian rituals of christmas came from this pagan holiday. Christians who lived during this time would face an enormous amount of tribulation if they didn’t worship and celebrate during this time. So, they adapted to make it look they were playing along but in fact they were glorifying God. This tradition stuck and when christianity became more accepted the traditions were held onto and spread. Through the years some rituals have been added such as Santa Clause and Rudolph.
Most, if not all, pagan rituals were/are obsessed with fertility and eternal life. The christmas tree, wreaths, and garland, all symbols of pagan beliefs of eternal life. Later centuries added candles to their trees which became our present day lights. Do you know what the bible says about christmas trees?
Jeremiah 10:2-5 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 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. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
It doesn’t impress God. Ever notice how you bow down to the tree when you place presents under it? Kind of makes you wonder why it was ever kept in christmas traditions.
How about that angel you have on top of the tree, or anywhere for that matter. What does God say about that?
Exodus 20:4-5 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
God said don’t have any images or likeness of anything in heaven above. Where are angels from? If you have one on top of your tree and you put gifts under it, what are you doing?
Santa Clause. Wow! This guy is the star player of a holiday that is suppose to glorify God. We tell our kids lies about this “man” and cause them to fear him in order to make them behave. Have we lost our minds!!! They should be taught to fear God!
I struggled with this knowledge for a long time. I prayed hard because God said not to take part in pagan holidays. I felt like if I didn’t participated in christmas then I was casting Jesus aside but, if I did I was letting Him down. I was so conflicted. Then about 4 years ago He showed me the truth.
It is ok to participate but not in the traditional way for the traditional reason. Out with Santa Clause. I told my kids the truth. However, by lying to them in the first place I may have corrupted their belief in Jesus. Its hard to trust after you have been lied to. I wish I knew years ago what I know now. I have an angel that was made by a friend and given to me several years ago. It is so pretty. I am having a hard time letting it go. Every christmas I still hang it on the wall or above a door way. I know I shouldn’t keep it. Maybe this will be the year I finally throw it out. (edit to say last year, 2014, I threw out every decoration that had Santa or angels.) We still put up a christmas tree and decorate it with ornaments from before our children and now with ornaments they’ve made. Its more like a family tree. It tells our story through the years. Does that make it ok to still have one?
Then He showed me the truth about His “birthday”. I had been lied to also.
You hear people, even your preacher, tell you that no one knows when Jesus was born so we just continue to celebrate it on December 25. A few years ago at a church christmas play that my son was in, the pastor during his commentary said that God gave us christmas. No He didn’t. We adopted it from the pagans. Christ born on christmas is a lie. The bible tells us.
Luke 1:1-5 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
The course of Abia is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 24:10. Abia, or Abijah, was the 8th course of the 24 courses of the temple services. These courses did their temple services twice a year. They changed each week beginning on Sabbath and all courses served during the Feasts. The course of Abia, being the 8th course, had its first ministration beginning the second week of Kislev (Dec) and the second ministration beginning second week of Sivan (June). Keep in mind the Jewish calendar is different from our Gregorian calendar.
Luke 1:23-27 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house. And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
The sixth month is the sixth month of Elisabeth’s pregnancy and could not be the literal sixth Jewish month. She hid herself five months and in the sixth month Gabriel spoke to Mary and told her that she will conceive a son and that Elisabeth was six months pregnant. If it were the sixth literal Jewish month that would be Elul (Sept) making John conceived in April which is not “as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished” since his ministration wouldn’t start for at least a month.
John was most likely conceived in early July because Zacharias’ full ministration would have been completed in June making John born in April. And since Jesus was six months younger than John that would make Christ born in early October and conceived in late December!
Going by this evidence and the fact that Jesus was about 33 1/2 years old when He died and rose again during the Feast of Passover, which is in Nisan (April). Jesus’ 34th birthday would have been six months after His death and resurrection which would bring us to Tishrei (Oct). Remember the bible always contains a second witness in order to reveal truth.
Truth is, christmas is not a time to celebrate Christ’s birth, because that date is a lie. It is a time to celebrate His coming.
Absolutely amazing. God bless!