Christmas – No Lie is of The Truth

The Scriptures (Word of God) defines what it means to be a “true worshiper” of The God of Jesus Christ… For further details on this definition, you may refer to the text study “What It Means to be Christian” (under “The Word of God Defines” section).

With GOD’S definition of Christianity established (-those who worship according to what The Word of God’s Commandments- The Truth), the following examination of Christmas, and exactly what role it plays in the realm of Christ is clearly exposed.

– Christ’s realm (His Rulership) is established in a Christian’s life (He and His Word are Lord and Master):
2 Cor. 5:14-15 (NASB)
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; [15] and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, BUT FOR HIM who died and rose again on their behalf.




– An Examination of Christmas by The Word of God and Christ Jesus our Lord

There are really just two points that need be made about Christmas, in proving that it has no place in the worship of Jesus Christ and God, His Father “in spirit and Truth”- the form of worship that results from a repentant, and a committed heart and mind (spirit- vital principle and mental disposition) toward obedience to The Word of God (Truth)….


To Keep Christmas is to “Practice a Lie”


The Church of Jesus is sanctified BY the belief and love of The Truth (The Word of God):

John 17:17-19 (KJV)
Sanctify them THROUGH Thy truth: THY WORD IS TRUTH.
[18] As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. [19] And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through The Truth.


And,
2 Thes. 2:13-14 (KJV)
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, BRETHREN beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to SALVATION THROUGH sanctification of the Spirit AND BELIEF OF THE TRUTH:
[14] Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Jesus confirms to us that IF we are followers of Him, The Truth is what we will follow and abide by:
John 18:37 (KJV)
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king.
To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, THAT I SHOULD BEAR WITNESS UNTO THE TRUTH.
EVERY ONE that is OF THE TRUTH HEARETH MY VOICE.


John tells The Church that they know The Truth (again- “Thy Word is Truth” was Jesus’ testimony to us about God’s words), and John specifically says to The Church that no LIE has any part with The Truth:
1 John 2:21 (KJV)
I have not written unto you because ye know not THE TRUTH, but because ye know it, and that NO LIE IS OF THE TRUTH.



Jesus, The Lord of Christianity identifies where the practice of LYING (telling false-hoods) originated:
John 8:44-47 (KJV)
Ye are of your father THE DEVIL, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, AND abode not in THE TRUTH, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and THE FATHER OF IT.
[45] And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. [46] Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
[47] He that is of God HEARETH GOD’S WORDS: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.


The Devil abode not in The Word of God… He departed, went aside from God’s Word to follow his own way- lusts…

We either truly believe The Word of God (The Truth), or we do not.
There is no in-between when it comes to faith in God’s Word as Truth…
Jesus Christ Himself tells us,
Matthew 12:33 (NASB)
“Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.


Look at what The Scriptures tells us about WHO will not be allowed in the Kingdom of God:
Rev. 22:14-15 (NASB)
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. [15] OUTSIDE are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and EVERYONE WHO loves and PRACTICES LYING.


– What Is Christmas?

Take a moment to consider the way Christmas is presented each year…

Is The spirit of Christmas a spirit of Truth, or A LIE?

Was December 24th-25th really the birthday of Jesus?

Some popular reasons that are frequently given in answer to why a person practices the ritual of Chirstmas each year:

It’s the celebration of the birth of Christ Jesus!

It’s a special time of giving!


It’s a great time for the kids!


But, take a moment here to think about the very story behind this day:
WHAT is Christmas, truthfully?

Yearly we see the story preached to children from all walks of life that a jolly “Saint” Nick (saint means sanctified, or made holy) is going to bring gifts to all the nice, and even naughty, children.
Good things for the nice, bad things for the naughty.

How does “Holy” Nick know?
The answer is that ‘He knows all things- he knows when you’ve been naughty or nice’..
Sanctified Nicholas is ALL-KNOWING then

He must also be all-present, since he is able to be everywhere in the whole world in one night…
Sanctified Nicholas is ALL-PRESENT then

He is also a hidden mystery to children- since he is never to be seen that night, yet his gifts are always there in the morning.
Sanctified Nicholas is INVISIBLE, requiring the faith of a child

These things just scratch the surface of the many “little white lies that surround THIS ritual of Christmas.
There is much, much more to depths of the traditional story of Saint Nick and Christmas, details that would be of no profit to delve into further for this study, as it would simply be a repeating of numerous examples.. This may be done by each individual for themselves.


Now- how about when Jesus Christ is brought into this story of Christmas- (that is accepting it into the Christian worship)? This day is promoted yearly as the birthday of the world’s Savior- though it was at one time merely a pagan time of sun-worship…

Is it even good, or right, to combine The Truth of God with a lie?
This would at one time have been a clear and simple question to answer, as the end result of such a deed is to bring about confusion and deception…
Note:
The very success of deception relies on this combination of The Truth with A LIE:
Look at the record that God has given to us about HOW The Deceiver worked his deception on Eve:
Genesis 3:13 (KJV)
…And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?
And the woman said, The serpent BEGUILED me, and I did eat.


beguiled
Strong’s Help: nasha’, Hebrew 5377, naw-shaw’; a primitive root; to LEAD ASTRAY, i.e. (mentally) to DELUDE, or (morally) to SEDUCE :- beguile, deceive, x greatly, x utterly.


And just how did The Serpent beguile her?
Genesis 3:2-5 (KJV)
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: [3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
[4] And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: [5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.


And again, when The Deceiver came to tempt Jesus, look at the method he used to try to sway Him away from The Truth of God:
Matthew 4:5-7 (KJV)
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, [6] And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

But, notice Jesus knows ALL of The Word of God- so He is able to counter this temptation with The Truth:
[7] Jesus said unto him, IT IS WRITTEN AGAIN, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.


We are clearly shown Satan’s method of working deceit and confusion on creation…by mixing a little Truth with A LIE.
AND, we are clearly shown HOW to resist this spirit of a lie— by KNOWING The Truth, and abiding by It.

Do we really believe what The Word of God is telling us here?
It cannot be so if there is willingness to combine The Truth with LIES each and every year in this “holiday”.ritual of Christmas.


And this is not just the case when it comes to Christmas, as there are many such traditional observances that are practiced today, in the name of “Christianity“, that DIRECTLY OPPOSE The Word of God (The Truth) when examined with The Bible.


But again, note the mix of The Truth and A Lie that is presented in this day of Christmas-
The birth of The Gift of God to mankind supposedly occurred this night of December 24th . This is presented as a fact, even though it is known that Jesus was NOT born in the winter, more specifically on the winter “‘Sol’-stice” (“Sol” is a sun-god of ancient times by the way). Yes, even the date December 24th through 25th was chosen for a reason.

The religious holiday of Christmas was a specifically chosen to be on this day by The Catholic Church long ago. In order to lure pagan sun-worshipers into the church, and increase the flock, the church was willing to link Jesus with Sol, and to adopt the traditional rituals of the pagans- (i.e.- Mistletoe was a sacred plant in ancient Druid rituals)- all of this was done so as to increase the number of followers, and peace in the “Holy” “Christian” empire of Rome.

But, note Paul’s words to The Church elders, shortly before his arrest and imprisonment at Jerusalem- he prophesied that something very specific would take place to The Church:
Acts 20:29-31 (NASB)
“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; [30] and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.
[31] “THEREFORE be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.

And again, to Timothy, his beloved fellow-helper and minister to a Church in Ephesus, he wrote:
2 Tim. 4:2-5 (KJV)
PREACH THE WORD; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
[3] For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; [4] And THEY SHALL TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, AND SHALL BE TURNED UNTO FABLES. [5] But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.



The Pope himself has openly admitted in a book that winter was not the true time for the birth of Jesus.

Yet, the lie will continue.

Why?

John 3:19-21 (NASB)
“And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil.
[20] “For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, LEST HIS DEEDS SHOULD BE EXPOSED.

But, notice what Jesus follows this statement with?
[21] “BUT he who practices The Truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
The one who practices The Truth is the one who practices deeds that are IN God- or in agreement with The Word of God.



December 24 through January 6 was a time known for the worship of the s-U-n, not the S-o-n. At one time the practice of commemorating these days was looked upon as sinful by the church.

“Noel” is a word that means the period of time between Dec. 24th and Jan. 6th. It is the synonym for “Christmas”. There are traditionally 12 days to the holiday. “Noel” originally commemorated the return of the sun from its long and slow decline in the autumn toward the horizon- (notice that the winter solstice is December 21st). These days were all part of an ancient and elaborate pagan ritual in worship of “Sol”, the sun-god, during ancient roman times– that is, before Rome became the “Holy” empire under the title of Christianity.

Dictionary: Sol- (Greek mythology) ancient Roman god; personification of the sun; counterpart of Greek Helios


Please compare these things with what The Lord of TRUE Christianity taught:
John 18:37 (KJV)
Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king.
TO THIS END was I born, and FOR THIS CAUSE came I into the world, THAT I SHOULD BEAR WITNESS UNTO THE TRUTH.
Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.



Yet, the argument is presented still that ordaining the day to God and Christ Jesus is somehow to justify this day as a Christian holiday…

Which leads to the second point about Christmas:


To keep Christmas is to take part in A Doctrine (teaching) that sets aside The Commandments of God in order to keep (practice) the “Traditions of Men”



The Word of God WARNS against any religious “doctrine” (established teaching) that is NOT from God’s Word (The Scriptures).

Jesus Christ– The Living Bread of God (God Himself taking the form of flesh and blood “man”, raised in the glorified form of Spirit with the eternal name, “The Word of God” [Rev. 19:13]— THIS man taught us what to “beware of” when it comes to our worship of His Father as Christians:
Matthew 16:6-12 (KJV)
Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of THE LEAVEN of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
[7] And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. [8] Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? [9] Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? [10] Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
[11] How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
[12] Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of THE DOCTRINE of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.


Notice what “The Doctrine” of the Pharisees and Sadducees was, Jesus had already told them what it was:
Mark 7:5-13 (NASB)
And the Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to THE TRADITION of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?”
[6] And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

‘This people honors Me with their lips,
BUT their heart is far away from Me.
[7] ‘But in vain do they worship Me,
TEACHING as doctrines the precepts of men.’

[8] “Neglecting The Commandment of God, YOU HOLD TO THE TRADITION OF MEN.”
[9] He was also saying to them, “You nicely SET ASIDE THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD IN ORDER TO KEEP YOUR TRADITION. [10] “For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him BE PUT TO DEATH’; [11] but you say, ‘If a man says to his father or his mother, anything of mine you might have been helped by is Corban (that is to say, given to God),’ [12] you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother; [13] thus INVALIDATING THE WORD OF GOD BY YOUR TRADITION which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”


Notice their way of worshiping God was said to be “IN VAIN” (empty and useless for salvation), by Jesus Himself.

Why?

Look again at what Jesus says their way of worship toward His Father consisted of:
“Teaching for doctrine the precepts of men”
“Setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition”
“Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.”


THIS method of worship goes completely against what Jesus preached about HIS Way of worshipping His Father:
Matthew 5:18-20 (KJV)
For verily I say unto you, TILL HEAVEN AND EARTH PASS, one jot or one tittle SHALL IN NO WISE PASS FROM THE LAW, till all be fulfilled.
[19] WHOSOEVER therefore SHALL BREAK ONE OF THESE LEAST COMMANDMENTS, AND SHALL TEACH MEN SO, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
[20] For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.


Matthew 7:21-23 (NASB)
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER who is in heaven.
[22] “MANY will say to Me ON THAT DAY, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy IN YOUR NAME, and IN YOUR NAME cast out demons, and IN YOUR NAME perform many miracles?’
[23] “And THEN I WILL DECLARE TO THEM, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
1 John 3:4 (NASB)
Everyone who PRACTICES SIN also PRACTICES LAWLESSNESS; and SIN IS LAWLESSNESS.

(KJV)
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW.


One can clearly see that Jesus Himself teaches us that The LOVE OF (faith and obedience toward) The Truth will guard God’s children from the leaven (doctrine) of “neglecting the commandment of God“, and “invalidating” HIS Word of Life (making it null and void) in order to hold to “traditions of men“…


Now-

Apply Jesus’ Teaching To Our Day

These very words of Jesus convict the so-called “Christian” world today.

Examine the common so-called “Christian” religion of today’s world for a moment, and put these questions to yourself:

What happened to The SEVENTH DAY Sabbath commandment?- commandment number four on the list of ten (Exodus 20:8-11).

What happened to The Holy Feast Day Sabbaths mentioned in God’s Law (Lev. 23)?

What happened to THE DOCTRINE OF JESUS on ‘divorce and remarriage’ being the violation of the 7th commandment of God- meaning, “Adultery” (Exodus 20:14, Matthew 5:32; 19:9, Mark 10:11, Luke 16:18)?

And again, back to the more immediate topic– where do all these religious observances of “Sunday” (1st Day of the week) as “The Lord’s Day”, “Easter”, and “Christmas” come from- since obviously they DO NOT come from The Word of God (no where in God’s Word are these days ordained for the worship of Him)?

All these rituals and traditions have completely replaced The Commandments of God (The Father of Jesus and true Christianity).
These doctrines (teachings) all stem from the mistaken belief that mankind has the right to form their own doctrines, and to create self-ordain religious ceremonies in their worship of God… Something that is in complete violation of what God says in HIS Commandments.

Deut. 4:2 (NASB)
“You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Deut. 12:32 (NASB)
“Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.


1 Cor. 4:6 (NASB)
Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that in us you might learn NOT TO EXCEED WHAT IS WRITTEN, in order that no one of you might become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.


John 8:54-55 (NASB)
Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’; [55] and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I shall be a liar like you, but I do know Him, AND KEEP HIS WORD.

1 John 2:3 (NASB)
And BY THIS WE KNOW that we have come to know Him, IF we keep His commandments.


It all becomes clear, when we look at Jesus’ own warnings to His disciples about the sinfulness of the commandments of men being preached as doctrine, rather than The Word of God…We can clearly see why all of these holidays and traditions and rituals have taken the place of The Word of God’s Commandments. It is the result of people drawing near to God with lips, but NOT with the heart. And it is all done “in vain”- an emptiness that is to their own hurt in the end.

THIS is why Christmas is wrong.

THIS is why Christmas is “a sin” (violation- transgression- of The Law of God) in Jesus Christ and God’s way of looking at things (according to Truth).
1 John 3:4 (KJV)
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW.


THIS is why the “true worshipers” of God will TURN-AWAY-FROM (repent from) “Christmas”, and will follow The Truth (The Word of God, and Jesus Christ our Lord).

1 John 2:21 (NASB)
I have not written to you because you do not know The Truth, but because you do know it, and because NO LIE IS OF THE TRUTH.

1 John 3:18-19 (KJV)
My little children, let us not LOVE in word, neither in tongue; BUT in deed AND IN TRUTH
1 John 5:3 (KJV)
For THIS is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

……[19] And HEREBY WE KNOW THAT WE ARE OF THE TRUTH, and shall assure our hearts before him.



What has happened to Christianity (the falling away to follow fables and lies and other forms of worship), is the same as happened to the congregation of Israel –
1 Kings 12:26-33 (NASB)
…And Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will return to the house of David. [27] “IF this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will return to their lord, even to Rehoboam king of Judah; and they will kill me and return to Rehoboam king of Judah.”
Notice the thinking of the leader of Israel here? God had just divided the kingdom of Israel between the son of Solomon and Jeroboam here, and Jeroboam was worried that The Law of God (obedience to it) would cause the people to follow Judah’s leader… So, he forms a pattern of worshipping God that would keep the people from returning to The Truth.
Simply compare this to what Paul said would take place to The Churches in Christ, AFTER his departure (death):

[28] So the king consulted, and made two golden calves, and he said to them, “IT IS TOO MUCH FOR YOU to go up to Jerusalem; behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
[29] And he set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.
[30] Now THIS THING BECAME A SIN, FOR THE PEOPLE WENT TO WORSHIP before the one as far as Dan.
[31] And he made houses on high places, and made priests from among all the people who were not of the sons of Levi.
[32] And Jeroboam INSTITUTED A FEAST in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month, like the feast which is in Judah, and he went up to the altar; thus he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves which he had made. And he stationed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. [33] Then he went up to the altar which he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, EVEN IN THE MONTH WHICH HE HAD DEVISED IN HIS OWN HEART; and he instituted a feast for the sons of Israel, and went up to the altar to burn incense.
And now, compare this to what God showed would happen to The Churches of The Apostles after their death:
Acts 20:28-31 (NASB)
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
[29] “I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; [30] and from among your own selves men will arise, SPEAKING PERVERSE THINGS, to draw away the disciples after them.
[31] “Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.


Rev. 2:4-7 (NASB)
…’But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. [5] ‘Remember therefore from where you have fallen, AND REPENT AND DO THE DEEDS YOU DID AT FIRST; OR ELSE I am coming to you, and WILL REMOVE YOUR LAMPSTAND OUT OF ITS PLACE– UNLESS YOU REPENT.
[6] ‘Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. [7] ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.’

Rev. 2:14-17 (NASB)
‘But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit acts of immorality.
[15] ‘Thus you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
[16] ‘REPENT therefore; OR ELSE I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.
[17] ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’


2 Tim. 4:2-8 (NASB)
…preach THE WORD; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
[3] FOR THE TIME WILL COME when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; [4] AND WILL TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, AND WILL TURN ASIDE TO MYTHS.
[5] But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. [6] For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. [7] I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; [8] in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

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