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We live in an age of unparalleled knowledge. Information on any subject imaginable is available to much of the population of the world. You would think that living in our intellectual society with the multitude of resources available to us that there would be a lot less disinformation and deception. Regrettably this isn’t the case.

Here are a couple of common examples: Did you know that Mr. Rodgers was actually a former Navy SEAL team sniper and that he wore long sleeve sweaters to cover up his many tattoos? And that he killed more men than Arnold Swarzenegger in the movie Commando?!!

Have you ever received an e-mail similar to this: Greetings from Amshwar Gullible, “Your Name” are the beneficiary of $2,000,000.00 dollars. Just send us your name, address, etc. and we will send it right away! …

These are pretty blatant. So where am I going with this?
The Christmas season is upon us. I hear calls such as “Let’s put Christ back in Christmas” and “Christ is the reason for the season”.
But is this truly the case?

Do we accept these statements as factual because ‘it sits well in our minds’? Or do we think to ourselves ‘if everyone else is doing it, it can’t be wrong’? Shouldn’t we ask ourselves some simple questions like… ‘Why do people say these things’? and ‘are they true’? Especially since we have some really abstract characters attached to ‘the Season’ such as Santa Claus, flying reindeer, etc.

So who originally proclaimed that December 25th was Jesus birthday? We can scour the New Testament and find… NO evidence of a birthdate for Jesus! We can scour ALL historical writings and find… NO evidence of a birthdate. What we do find is… December 25th was observed by the Romans as ‘Dies Natalis Sol Invictus’, translated as "Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun".

No-one knows when Jesus was born. The date that has been assigned to him by the Church conveniently coincides with an ancient Roman sun worship celebration, a day of giving gifts and partying which is reminiscent of today’s Christmas celebrations.

The Catholic Encyclopedia states that the early Church thought that Jesus’ birth was in April or May (these of course were guesses too). http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03724b.htm

This is what we know for certain: Christmas as it is celebrated today bears an extremely close resemblance to former pagan sun worship celebrations. Santa Claus and his elves, flying reindeer etc. are the works of creative advertising, designed to sell more products.
No-one has any idea when Jesus’ birthday is,
but it is not at all likely to be on the 25th of December. 

So putting ‘Christ’ back in Christmas just isn’t possible without considerable mental gymnastics.  And what is the real ‘Reason for the Season’? The store owners love the holiday since it is the biggest money maker for them after Halloween. The government likes the holiday because it stimulates the economy and brings in considerable tax revenue. And people like getting and receiving presents as much today as they did thousands of years ago.





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