...they... believed a lie... (and now) had pleasure
  
         in unrighteousness. (II Thess. 2:11-12)






















We’ve discovered the vast amount of pagan elements contained in the
holiday of Easter (see
The Easter Connection). We’ve also noticed the
obvious pagan affiliations in Halloween (see
The Halloween Connection).
And, believe it or not, now we’ll see how the holiday of
Christmas might,
indeed, contain a good deal of pagan elements, as well!

As most of us know,
Christmas is the celebration of a birthday - but
whose, for sure? Could it have been Jesus; or could it have been someone
a lot older, and a lot more
pagan? Interestingly enough, the date of
Christmas is approximately 9 months after the time of the Easter pagan
celebration. 9 months? Does this sound like something familiar?

We also know (from
The Easter Connection) that Easter was first
considered to be the celebration of a
conception. Following that train of
logic, could Christmas, then, be the celebration of a pagan
birth - 9-or-so
months after this time, possibly? And, if this could be so, might this holiday
be, in actuality, the commemoration of a birth of some
pagan, Babylonian
god… and not the son of God?

We’ve already understood the role that Nimrod and the sun-god
had on
Easter and Halloween (see
The Easter Connection and The Halloween
Connection). Interestingly enough, in this time of birth, we’ll discover even
more about the pagan sun god, his viceroy Nimrod (or Tammuz), and
another date
to be remembered, and embraced, as part of this all:


  ...(the Roman Emperor) Aurelian strengthened the position of the Sun
  god Sol Invictus as the main divinity of the Roman pantheon. His
  intention was to give to all the peoples of the Empire, civilian or
  soldiers, easterners or westerners, a single god they could believe in
  without betraying their own gods.
                                               ("Aurelian", n. d., p. 8)[1]


Apparently, as we see (above), changes were about to go on in the ancient
Roman Empire. This would be shortly before
the time they were to adopt
Christian values and behaviors as their own. We see that (in the year 274)
-
after the roman emperor declared the god
named Deus Sol Invictus as the
official deity
- Aurelian also:


  …built a splendid temple of the sun in Rome... and set the sun's birthday
  celebration (naturalis solis invicti) on December 25
              ("The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!", n. d., p. 5)[2]


December 25th? Could this particular date have originated with more of a
pagan tone, here? Did this December birthday originate as a celebration of
the sun-god’s viceroy
Tammuz - not anything Christian?

Many who understand religious history
know that, in the early 4th century,
Emperor Constantine became the emperor of Rome who allow
ed
Christianity to flourish for the first time
. And, eventually, Rome would be
adopt
ing it as their official religion. Yet, overall, things didn’t seem to
change very much in the empire itself, it seems. As we’ll see, this
proclamation
really didn’t seem to change what the pagan populous would
th
ink about their pagan gods… far from it:


  In 313 Constantine issued the "Edict of Milan," which commanded
  official toleration of Christianity and other religions… Constantine's
  program was one of toleration only, and he continued to support both
  Christianity and paganism.
                       ("Conversion of Constantine: Constantine Becomes a
                          Christian", n. d., p. 1)[3]


  In the time of Constantine the cult of Deus Sol Invictus was still at its
  height, and the portrait of the sun-god was on the coins of
  Constantine....
                 ("The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!", n. d., p. 5)[4]















We see, by looking at an actual coin of the approximate period (above), the
image of Constantine (left) and
a crowned, pagan god - holding a globe in
his hand
(on the right) - was still to be etched onto his coinage. The former
worship would
still continue on; as one form or another.
This solitary god’s name was Deus Sol Invictus… which means “the god”
(
Deus) of the “sun” (Sol) who was “unconquered” (Invictus) - the
unconquered sun god. This sun god’s viceroy, Tammuz (or Nimrod), of
course, could also be considered “unconquered” because, as we know, he
was
first considered a martyred moral. Then, the sun-god brought him
back to life.
So, thanks to this sun-god, Tammuz was never conquered by
death
; not completely! He was a god, now: the one who actually did the
conquering over death
, now! And, the time of his birthday would be
celebrated on
December 25th… 9-or-so months after the time of his
conception, at
Easter! We have the following admission, regarding
Christmas:


  December 25 was referred to in documents as Christmas Day in A.D.
 
 324 for the first time. Under the Roman emperor Justinian [A.D. 527-
  
565] it was recognized as an official holiday. An old Roman festival
 
 played a major part in the choice of this particular day.
               ("The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!", n. d., p. 2)[5]


And,


  December 25 in ancient Rome was the 'Dies Natali Invictus,' 'the
  birthday of the unconquered (sun)?'… the last day of the Saturnalia...
               ("The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!", n. d., p. 2)[6]


Seems this “Christian” holiday definitely does have a pagan foundation –
and really didn’t lose it,
that much! But, what about today? Are more
pagan elements around in our modern celebration of Christmas? Did they
eventually disappear? And, what’s th
is (above) celebration of Saturnalia?

First,
Saturnalia was an ancient pagan festival; which began, each year,
around December 17th
. It extended all the way to the day of December
25th. On the
actual 25th, the holiday became known as the Brumalia – the
sun’s
(or revived son's) birthday! And, at the conclusion of this festival,
Roman authorities believed they could
destroy most of the forces of
darkness
and evil, if they celebrated it the “right” way. So, if we think
about it,
why would anyone want to erase all of this working order, just for
the sake of
some up-and-coming faith of Christianity?

So, we are now beginning to see that the birthday of December 25th was,
at
first, celebrated as that of the reborn, pagan god of Babylon: Nimrod (or
Tammuz). And, as one could guess, th
is practice must have spread beyond
this early time of
Babylon, to the rest of the ancient world… and this, of
course,
includes ancient Rome. Just as with the holidays of Easter and
Halloween, new names w
ould be inserted for these original gods of
Babylon
, according to each empire or nation which adopted it! And, just
like Easter and just like Halloween,
this festival also seemed connected to
the c
ycles in nature (such as the changing of the seasons)! But, as one
could guess
, its just another part of the same old Babylonian story.

In ancient Rome, however, the time had come for Christianity to be on
the upswing. And, as one could guess, competition
would spring between
th
ese pagan ways of old, and something new. Survival was in order:


  …there was also another pagan belief during this same epoch, that
  much more nearly competed with Christ for the control of the Western
  world. This was the cult of the Sun, which was revered by millions of
  the inhabitants of the Roman Empire, and its religion for a time even
  became the state worship....
                  ("The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!", n. d., p. 5)[7]


By looking at all of the above, most anyone could assume that Christmas
wasn’t originally “Christ’s day,” but an amalgamation
, of sorts - Christian
shell; pagan
underbelly. And, what about some of the other famous
elements of this day
- such as the Christmas tree. Are they Christian; or
something more
? Where did this come from?













Probably the most famous image that comes to mind, when
one thinks of
the Christmas holiday, is
the Christmas tree. But, why does the holiday
merit us to put up a
tree? What do trees have to do with Christ, or with hid
death, burial, and resurrection
? The answer? Most probably - nothing! But,
what (if anything)
would putting up a tree do with pagan beliefs, or pagan
gods? The answer? Most probably -
everything! Let’s see.


  The queen (Semiramis) told the worshippers that when Tammuz (a.k.a.
  Nimrod) was killed… some of his blood fell on the stump of an
  evergreen tree, and the stump grew into a full new tree overnight. This
  made the evergreen tree sacred by the blood of Tammuz.
                             ("The Pagan Origins of Easter", n. d., p. 2)[8]


Obviously, we see the Christmas tree really comes from an old Babylonish
fable, telling of an evergreen tree which sprang out o
f a dead tree stump.
This obviously symbolized dead
Nimrod, and the new evergreen tree sym-
bolized how
he had come to life again; as a reborn, unconquered god![9]

It clearly seems that a tree - especially an evergreen
- was a pagan symbol
of the god born on this day. And, since the evergreen tree never
seem to
look as though it “dies” - because it stays
green all winter - it became the
perfect symbol of a martyred god, celebrated to have been "reborn" on this
day! Now, we
also have the connection of this holiday to the season of
winter
: because this god Nimrod "reborn" was said to have come out of the
underworld
(a place of the dead) - similar to dark, "death-like"
surroundings that the cold of winter seems to give us
.


  Many of the plants used at Christmas are symbols of fertility. Certainly
  any evergreen (fir, yew, laurel) with its ability to return verdure in the
  barren months is appropriate…
                  ("The Shocking Pagan Origins of Christmas!", n. d., p. 9)[10]


Again, we see it comes from a pagan origin. With all this paganism about,
could the Bible have a little something to say about one using plants, such
as this
- for these ways? Yes, the "Christmas tree," interestingly enough,
m
ay have been among those pagan elements condemned by the Word of
God!
Let’s see...
The prophet Jeremiah wrote:


  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…
                                                               - Jer. 10:2-5 (KJV)


It seems the Bible does condemn this practice, here - probably because it
comes from some older, pagan ritual (from Babylon). Could the entire
Nativity of Christ
have been there to absorb this pagan holiday of old,
during some of these early times of the church?
Could this holiday of the
winter solstice
actually have been the day of the Nativity of the Sun? It’s
sad; but probably true.

People, today, m
ight think they are celebrating the true Savior (i.e. Jesus),
when
taking part in Christmas celebrations; when they are, in actually,
continuing the celebration of
some false savior - another older, pagan
“Jesus!” This could also help us to understand
, better, why the apostle
Paul wrote the Corinthians to beware of the subtle deceit of “another Jesus
whom we have not preached”
:


  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not
  preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or
  another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with
  him.                                                               - II Cor. 11:4 (KJV)


In actuality, Paul claimed: if we receive, or give a favorable ear to, these
other elements
which may be mixed in with Christian thought and tradition
(without calling them out for what they
were), the other elements would
probably be able to endure, or hold up, well, here - in combination! They
would be able to sustain themselves - as a pagan/Christian fusion - just
n
icely! And, as we see... it exactly has! Also, it would not really be easy to
get rid of the
se other, older elements of our hybrid holidays, once they
become entrenched in this way
. Again, that’s exactly what happened, and
what
continues to go on, today!

How many of us
really know about these pagan infusions into our
C
hristian celebrations; or really care? Yet, these combinations were
brought to us,
way back to the time of the 4th century A.D. (even earlier).
And, they are still present; and continue.

The conclusion?


  When Constantine became Emperor of Rome, he nominally at least
  became a "Christian." But being the head of a far-flung political
  Empire, he was concerned about the unity and coherence and stability
  of his Empire. As a sagacious politician, he sought to reconcile and
  blend and mesh pagan practices with "Christian" beliefs, to merge
  paganism with the Roman church… From that time… the church
  became totally subverted by politics and self-seeking opportunists.
                  ("The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!", n. d., p. 6)[11]

  …the Church moved to incorporate the birthday of the sun god into the
  so-called "Christian" calendar, and converted his "birth day" into the
  birth day of the Messiah… It was now called "Christian." But in truth,
  it still had a pagan heart and core!
                  ("The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!", n. d., p. 6)[12]


So, where do this all lead us? Again, it puts this holiday in the same boat as
the pagan holidays
of Easter and Halloween.
And, when confronted by paganism in their midst, things
, often, turned out
th
e same way (in the average mind of the unknowing Christian)...


  Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it!
                  ("The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!", n. d., p. 7)[13]


Sad; but so often true.


  “Paganism” was not really defeated by the Church. It invaded the
  church, infiltrated it, and seduced it from within! The professing
  Christian Church became the "new face of paganism"! Only the
  "names" were changed. And in some cases - as in "Easter" Sunday -
  even the old pagan names were left in place!
                  ("The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!", n. d., p. 7)[14]

  Christianity was the last great creation of the ancient pagan world...
  This tendency on the part of Christians to meet paganism half-way was
  very early developed...[15]
             ("The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!", n. d., p. 7, 14)[15]


We’re not saying that Christianity is, at its core, bad at all - just often
corrupted, in ways such as these holidays
!

And, why does the story seem to continually
come to the same
pagan/Christian fusion? Of course, the real reason is: it’s
all about power
and domination over others… the personal power and ego gratification of
certain religious leaders
above us (no matter what faith one might be
adhering
to)! To them, it’s about holding onto whatever interpretations or
traditions which – in the end -
benefits them the most! These kinds of
corrupti
ve thoughts have been with us for a very, very long time… and it
still goes on today.

Jesus, for example, told the ancient
Jewish Pharisees of his day that:


  …Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your
  own tradition.                                              - Mark 7:9 (KJV)

  Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your
  tradition…. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the
  commandments of men.                                 - Mat. 15:6, 9


Over the years, there have been people who actually saw these things for
what they were;
and even tried to do something about it. But, of course, it
wouldn’t last – thanks to the political or religious pressures of corrupted
priests, or
individuals in power.
Some of the early American Protestants, for example, tried to reject these
pagan infusions into their Christian belief.


  In 1643, the Puritans, who regarded such celebrations as pagan,
  outlawed the observance of Christmas in England... But immigrants to
  the New World brought Christmas customs from many lands and the old
  festivities were soon restored.
           ("The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!", n. d., p. 8)[16]

And,


  …the seventeenth century Puritans of New England understood how
  wrong Christmas was… Fines and imprisonment could result from
  being found keeping it. It was almost 200 years (1856) before people
  stopped working on Christmas in Boston. The Puritans knew its roots
  and labeled it “heathen, papist idolatry.”
               ("The True Origin of Christmas", n. d., p. 14)[17]


Regardless, what this tells us is this: as good as their initial attempts might
have been, here, it really did
not last. As we see, Protestants didn't turn out
that much better off than the
early Church of Rome - with pressure upon
them.
The corrupted "higher ups" were (and are) the problem - not the
well-wishing converts of the faith.
As a result: most contemporary
Christianity, in some way, has fallen
victim to this pagan intrusion, in some
way, over the years -
and ended up in a state of compromise, ever since.

But, regardless, an observant person should be able to do his or her own
h
omework, and see just how Christianity - as a whole - has been overtaken
by
these pagan elements; and how it is continuing to fall, deeper and
deeper, into pagan “quicksand” - be it Easter, be it Halloween, be it
Christmas.
It gets worse, as time goes on.
The problem expands when people, knowingly or unknowingly, accept the
“gift-giving” and “parlour-room” look of these combinations
- and believes
"that's just the way it is!" The problem lies with someone
ignoring most
anything
which may actually point them towards real truth.

It’s almost like a person going out to a really
fancy restaurant, thinking they
ordered a nice, juicy steak; when, in fact, they
were really eating something
as undesirable as
horse meat; or dog. And, after finding out this truth, not
really caring about what they ate… because it
still seems to have been
seasoned enough t
o make it all taste “good.”

Knowledge is power. One’s own history is their power. Right now,
paganism is at the core
of so much, and still holds onto a lot the power and
control
. We see this, by the reactions of many Christians, today... when
they actually hear about the
real origins to their so-called “Christian”
holidays.

Again, it’s all so sad… but, most probably true.

Well, what’s the big deal,
as a whole - one might say? It still seem to
sound Christian on the outside; and still looks and sounds "Christian"
enough.
It really doesn’t seem to hurt much if a little paganism gets in,
right? Well, there just might be some side effects
to it all. Why? It’s
because this unconcern for what’s really out there may, eventually (and
often), begin to bleed over into other parts of
one's life. It can go - from a
few
innocent-sounding holidays - to other facets of our daily, Christian
walk… twisting and diluting minds of
anyone hungry for unbiased truth.
With all of these
additional elements, how could the average Christian
think they have something special with their faith in God
- if its almost "all
the same?"
Wouldn't they begin to think that “Christianity might not really
be that big of a deal, after all
,if it all looked as thought it came out of the
same
Pandora's box? Is this how one should one be thinking about their
own
faith? Isn't Christianity supposed to be different than all the rest?
Should we be building our house
, here, on the rock; or on the same old
pagan
mound of sand (Mat. 7:26)?

















Seems the
"stumbling-block" seeds of doubt and corruption have already
been planted - in regards to our Christian walk - long, long
ago.


                                              Footnotes

[1]  Aurelian, 8, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurelian (accessed July 5, 2016).
[2]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 5, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[3]  
Conversion of Constantine: Constantine Becomes a Christian, 1, http://www.religionfacts.
com/conversion-of-constantine (accessed July 5, 2016).
[4]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 5, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[5]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 2, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[6]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 2, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[7]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 5, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[8]  
The Pagan Origin Of Easter, 2, http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/tract1.html
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[9]  
The True Origin of Christmas, 10, https://rcg.org/books/ttooc.html (accessed June 8,
2016).
[10]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 9, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[11]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 6, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[12]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 6, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[13]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 7, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[14]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 7, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[15]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 7, 14, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[16]  
The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas!, 8, www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
(accessed June 8, 2016).
[17]  
The True Origin of Christmas, 14, https://rcg.org/books/ttooc.html (accessed June 8,
2016).


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