Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The plain truth: Christmas is not for Christians!

No matter how hard some try to scrub the holiday of its pagan origins, the fact remains it's an unclean custom that God the Father and Jesus Christ reject! True Christians are to avoid such Catholic contaminations like the plague! We're to come out of such a spiritual Babylon that has drugged folks beyond reason and go by the Bible, letting it guide us, and it tells us to "learn not the way of the heathen" and to avoid even the appearance of sin.

The plain truth: Christmas is a Catholic lie!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Lawless "Christian" twists Scripture to justify Christmas sin

Romans 10:9, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you shall be saved."

Confession is confessing and forsaking sin, and sin is the transgression of the Law. Your Christianity is shallow and you're lost in your traditions.

Peter said to REPENT (of breaking the law) and BE BAPTIZED. So we see confession is more than merely mouthing words (so many profess to know Christ and are exposed as liars - I Jn. 2:4). And Titus 1:16 says they deny Christ by their works, regardless of their loud professions.

Who are you to speak as an authority of Christ?

A true Christian who is actually a BIBLE BELIEVER and not just a Bible reader. There's a difference. Go learn it. The Word of God speaks with authority and I share the Word of God accurately as anybody who objectively examines what I say in light of Scriptures will readily conclude.

If you don't want to celebrate CHRISTMAS, that's your choice, but stop telling everyone else that its an abomination and Christ doesn't approve of our praising and honor of Him.

No, I won't stop exposing the "mass of Christ" - the Catholic concoction - for the ABOMINATION it is, the whitewashed pagan holiday that God hates according to HIS WORD. Why don't you believe HIS WORD? Jesus says your worship is IN VAIN, teaching for doctrines the TRADITIONS of men and ignoring the commandments of God (Mark 7:7). Your traditions are self-righteous and they stink to High Heaven and MISrepresent the real Jesus. You're supposed to be following the Truth and yet you're IN DENIAL of your pagan ways and heathen customs.

Have you not heard, have you not known that we are NO LONGER BOUND BY THE LAW.

So why do you tell homosexuals they can't marry? Or preach against abortion? You again pervert the Scriptures to say something they don't. Jesus said to REPENT, Peter said to REPENT. What do we repent of? BREAKING THE LAW (I John 3:4). That means we have a change of heart, direction and attitude and start keeping the holy law that is being written upon the tablets of our hearts and minds, true conversion - not your false conversion, following a false Jesus and a rebellious spirit!

Romans 6:14 - For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

We're free from the DEATH PENALTY of the Law - not free from fulfilling the Law by the Holy Spirit working in us, Christ in us.

Romans 7:4 - Likewise, my brethren, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.

Again, we're to be DEAD TO SIN and alive to righteousness. We're to lead NEW lives, converted lives of loving obedience, not just more of the same old crap with the name of Christ slapped on it - just like your pagan holidays that are whitewashed and are still sinful and condemned. God isn't fooled by such worthless "repentance" or foolish hollow daze.

I choose to be under grace and worship the Lord in spirit and truth

You're such a hypocrite. Jesus magnified the Law making it even more binding - we're to keep it by the Holy Spirit in spirit (principle) and in the letter. He said now we're not only to refuse to commit the act of adultery, we musn't even think about it. So much for doing away with the law! You're not even keeping God's law in spirit/principle, or in truth - God's Word is truth. God's Word condemns any holiday of pagan origin and rejects it as an ABOMINATION. You've been fooled by Satan's ministers who have given you a license to sin that God will soon revoke!

Also, stop judging everyone.

Practice what you preach.

You act as judge and jury.

No, I speak the plain truth of the Bible that blasts your RELIGIOUS LIES, your idolatrous traditions, your sinful holidays that God hates and exposes as ABOMINATIONS.

You condemn yourself when you reject such clear teachings of the Bible to remain addicted to your traditions. I share the Word and what you do with it is between you and God. I gladly let God be the ultimate judge since He alone knows your heart, but I can and do, as must all true Christians, speak out, cry aloud and spare not and show my people THEIR SINS.

You're in denial that you're a whitewashed pagan pretending to be Christian. If you're Christian, then you'll hear Christ's Voice and FORSAKE BABYLON - not dig your heels in and justify your sins and condemn yourself.

James 4:11 - Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. He that speaks evil against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

I expose the evil of pagan holidays dressed up in the drag of Christianity. In tough love I share the plain truth of the Bible and cry aloud and spare not that those who might have innocently been caught up in such abominable revelry, will WAKE UP and repent and turn from such religious sins.

I will celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th and will continue to do so until Christ through His Spirit convicts me that it is wrong.

You're willfully BLIND. You're going by your fickle human feelings instead of the FACTS of the Word that clearly condemns any holiday of pagan origin being whitewashed, baptized, modified to serve the true God (who rejects such worship as vain, as futile). Both the Bible and history testify that Jesus was NOT born on Dec. 25. You're falling for the religious lies of Rome's false father figure, and perpetuating paganism. IF you worshipped God in spirit you would avoid even the appearance of association with paganism, and if you worshipped God in truth, according to His Word that is truth, you would avoid such tinsel traditions like the plague.

Your essays on Christmas are distracting and confusing to many. Your posts are divisive; you forget that Christ has one bride, one church, one people.

Distracting? You mean REVEALING. Jesus said He came to cause division. The truth, the sword, cuts through all your religious crap and tells it like it is. God doesn't want any of your religious bull. The Bride of Christ (not just those pagans pretending to be Christians but who are rebellious liars - I John 2:4, 3:4) - hears the Word of God and responds to it and FORSAKES BABYLON. The true Bride cleans up her act, she doesn't wallow some more in the popular mire of counterfeit Christianity.

Jesus Christ hates YOUR holidays and rejects YOUR rank paganism, whether you believe it or not. When He reigns in Jerusalem, He will teach the biblical festivals from the Torah that YOUR "Christianity" rejects and will plague those who insist on their religious rebellion. IF you're a part of Jesus' true People, you will hear Him who COMMANDS, "Come out of her My People" - but apparently some are too stuck in their ways and will die in their sins. Your choice. But folks like me will continue to expose your lying delusions, your counterfeit Christianity, since we love God, Jesus and the Word of God, the Holy Bible.

Christmas is NOT for Christians.

Lawless "Christians" choose their Christmas traditions over God's Word

Matthew 5:17-19

17"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill (magnify) them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear (not at the time of His death), not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Clearly Jesus knew a counterfeit Christianity would be preaching their religious lies, spreading their lawlessness, while true Christians would oppose such heresies and continue to uphold God's Law and Prophets, as Revelation speaks of God's Church as those who "keep the commandments." That eliminates the vast majority of professing Christians who are exposed as liars! (I John 2:4).

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Apostle Paul NEVER sanctioned sin!

Some abuse these Scriptures, perverting Paul's words to say something totally different than he meant, and which would cause him to turn over in his grave if he only knew!

1 Corinthians 6:12 - "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything.

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1 Corinthians 10:23 - "All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up.


Paul spoke of everything that is LAWFUL - not sin - everything that is permissable (like eating clean meats or drinking wine) but not always profitable, since it could be a stumblingblock to some.

Some bleat like dumb sheep:
Celebrating Christmas is allowed as we are no longer bound by the law.

That's a RELIGIOUS LIE, typical of rebellious "Christians" steeped in their baptized paganism that the real Jesus hates as an abomination! Yashua upheld the Law and the Prophets, and His true ministers do the same. Those religious rebels, those unclean liars (I John 2:4,) who pretend they know God but refuse to keep His commandments (preferring their idolatrous traditions of men), are held in a very low regard in God's Kingdom.

May everybody FORSAKE BABYLON and avoid it like the plague! May all study the Bible correctly, and see it consistently condemns whitewashed paganism. May we all let the plain Truth set us free from traditional error!

The Truth about NEW YEAR'S

How did the celebration of New Year's Eve begin? Why is the beginning of a year placed in the middle of a dead winter? And where did the many customs surrounding it originate?

The Truth About NEW YEAR'S!


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How did the celebration of New Year's Eve begin? Why is the beginning of a year placed in the middle of a dead winter? And where did the many customs surrounding it originate?

The Truth About NEW YEAR'S!
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What about giving your love and time to those around you?

Celebrations are what they are, but giving your love and time to those around you is what's important - unless of course you think that God says otherwise!

The Word of God has clearly shown you that GOD HATES PAGAN HOLIDAYS - even if they're whitewashed and pretend to be Christian or are palmed off as "family time." Are you really interested in the truth or defending sinful practices? It is not a gift to God, your neighbor or yourself to engage in pagan practices that are bringing judgment upon our families and nations. Why don't you take God's Word and warnings seriously? Why do you squirm to get around God's clear commands? Who's fooling who? For what?

After all, doesn't the Torah, in Deuteronomy talk about loving thy neighbour, etc???

First and foremost we're to LOVE GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. Something you're not doing if you engage in pagan practices or associate in any way with condemned Christmas celebrations that are tainted traditions and deadly delusions. Yashua said we're to love Him more than family or we're not worthy of Him. We're not showing true love to family or friends if we stubbornly insist on keeping holidays and their heathen customs, their whitewashed ways, that the nuclear flames will soon melt away. We must avoid paganism like the plague or suffer the consequences. There's nothing touch-feely about it that will cause such a leopard to change its spots in GOD'S EYES.

Family time God hates and condemns as worthless and dangerous to national security

Jeremiah 7:17-19

17 Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger. 19 But am I the one they are provoking? declares the LORD. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?


Jeremiah 10:1-3

1 Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. 2 This is what the LORD says:
"Do not learn the ways of the nations...

3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless;
they (misled family) cut a tree out of the forest,
and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.

4 They (misled family) adorn it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so it will not totter.

So DBA is giving presents wrong?

Yashua was in a house - not a manger - when the wise men came to see Him who was born "King of the Jews" and presented to Him - they didn't exchange the gifts amongst themselves - their expensive gifts fit for a King, as protocol demanded and love encouraged.

However, see how brainwashed society has been by the modern moneychangers? putting the pressure on folks to spend like crazy and act like fools? Regardless, you can give presents throughout the year or on the biblical festivals that God has blessed and Jesus observed and the early Church kept and the whole world will soon.

Why would anyone want to stay addicted to anything associated with pagan Christmas since it's an abomination? We would do well to forget that pagan holiday because under the reign of the Christ the King it will be history! How silly of people to try and force their supposed birthday celebration on Jesus when He wants NOTHING to do with it and condemns it! And then the same thoughtless people pig out on ham during pagan Easter! It's like insisting on having a party for a vegetarian (against their wishes) with "dead animal" as the main meal! LOL! Not too logical.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Does pagan equal immoral?

"Pagan" does not equal "immoral," dear. Indeed, both Christmas and Easter thinly veil their roots in paganism.


Pagan does equal immoral biblically speaking, since spiritually Israel or Judah (and their descendants today) and professing Chrisians are without excuse to whore around after foreign affairs, alien gods and heathen ways. We're to be married to our Great Creator God, the God of the Bible, and He doesn't settle for "an open relationship."

Pagans who admit they're pagan can do whatever they want (and suffer the consequences for worshipping the creation rather than the Creator), but God holds those who profess to be Christians to a higher standard and calls them to an accounting for such risky behavior that will lead to foreign invasion if those who engage in such worldly ways remain unrepentant in their religious sins.

How clear can God get?

How clear can God be when He warns against such sincere, but sincerely wrong thinking that just because some have whitewashed or sought to modify a holiday of pagan origin to worship the true God that it's now kosher? It's still unclean and an abomination that stinks to high Heaven. The leopard has not changed its spots. Why are some in such denial? Why do some hate the truth so much they prefer their deadly traditional darkness? Sad.

We can't escape that God's Word, His Law and Prophets that Yashua upheld and magnified, condemns "Christmas" in both the letter and spirit or principle of the holy Law:

Deuteronomy 12:30-32


30 and after they (the pagan nations God condemned for their paganism) have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, "How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same." 31 You must not worship the LORD your God in their way (here God addresses the vain argument that acknowledges the pagan origin of holidays but lamely excuses the whitewashed version since it's to the LORD), because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.

32 See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.


The principle of God's Word further condemns such tinsel traditions and idolatrous ideas:

Mark 7:7

7They worship me in vain;
preferring their traditions over God's commandments.'


Let the truth set you free or GO INTO NATIONAL CAPTIVITY.

Christmas and the Winter Solstice

God won't care if I celebrate Jesus' birthday on the same day as whatever pagan holiday it used to be hundreds of years ago. (winter solstice?)


That is SO UNSCRIPTURAL. Yashua said He upheld the Law and the Prophets - two witnesses against heathen customs and pagan holidays - and made the Law and the Prophets even more binding by revealing the principles of the law and not just the letter.

You're breaking God's law with impunity when you keep your festivals that God hates and rejects as an abomination. Why do you resist the plain truth? Why do you prefer your traditional darkness rather than thank God for exposing how you've been deceived like the rest of the sheeple caught up in the pagan holiday spirits? The truth can only set you free if you're willing to let go of such traditional error.

God expects us to keep HIS biblical festivals in their due seasons and let them become holy traditions, not manmade tinsel traditions destined to be trashed when Christ reigns from Jerusalem and teaches Torah!

God doesn't sanction unholy unions between biblical truth and pagan error!

History lessons from the Bible we're supposed to learn from:

1 Corinthians 10:10-21

10And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.

11These things happened to them as examples and were written down as WARNINGS for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. 12So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

14Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry (idolatrous traditions, putting traditions before God's commandments). 15I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.

18Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? 19Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons.(It is a historic FACT that Christmas and Easter are holidays of demonic pagan origin).


2 Corinthians 6:14-18

14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers (no unholy union between biblical truth and pagan error). For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? (no mixing and matching, no baptized paganism). 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? (Truth and paganism) What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."
17"Therefore come out from them
and be separate, says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing (holidays of pagan origin are unclean and condemned as inappropriate for Bible-believers),
and I will receive you." (God says He won't receive those who stay in their unclean pagan practices, no matter how loudly they falsely profess to be Christians!).
18"I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." (on God's conditions of confessing and forsaking error).

Both the Bible and history testify against Christmas!

Those who insist on keeping their hollow days against God's Word and Will, are either in denial, or woefully ignorant of the history of such heathen customs and idolatrous traditions pretending to be Christian and misrepresenting God before the nations.

The Scriptures clearly show in spirit and in truth, in the letter and principle of the Law, that there are still clean and unclean things in God's sight, that professing Christians must forsake such defilements, that God refuses to be associated with such diluted worship that is polluted with rank paganism.

The very fact that the early Church, closest to Christ and His apostles had nothing to do with such pagan Catholic holidays of Christmas and Easter should be sufficient to those who are sincere seekers of truth. Both the Bible and history testify against such hollow days and those who stubbornly insist on keeping their own vain traditions, rejecting the commandments of God, will suffer the consequences of which they have been warned. God is not mocked!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Celebrating Christmas is a SIN! Here's why....

I Corinthians 10:10-21 and 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 are two witnesses against mixing and matching paganism with biblical truths, polluting Christians with tainted traditions of misguided men!

And that's besides the foundational Scriptures that Yashua upheld as being part of the Law and magnified, showing we're not only to keep the letter of the Law, but the spirit or principle of it: Deuteronomy 12:30-32 and Jeremiah 10:2. This "Christmas is an abomination" blog offers many Scriptures and booklets and plenty of history about this Catholic festival that leaves everybody without excuse before God. Let the truth set you free! Why resist the Holy Spirit of truth?

"Christmas is about giving" - SAYS WHO?

Who started that BIG LIE? Undoubtedly those with something to sell, the modern moneychangers! Look at the folks about you rushing like sheep to the slaughter, to the "sales" and such that they simply cannot afford. Going into debt certainly isn't biblical, so why not break free from the trance? The "Christmas" rush is a "drug" pushed by commercial pimps prostituting a supposedly Christian holiday for their ungodly profits! They hold hands around the cash register and sing, "What a friend we have in Jesus."

In all honesty, Christmas is about GETTING! The whole idea of giving gifts has gotten out of hand. First it's not Jesus' birthday. Second the wise men didn't exchange gifts with each other but gave their gifts fit for a King to the King of the Jews (two years old and living in a house at that time - which is why Herod slaughtered the children two years and under trying to abort the Messiah's ascension to David's Throne).

If Christmas is supposed to be about Christ (and some sincerely believe it is, still in denial that it's a pagan holiday God wants no part of), why let Santa steal the show? Why do folks pretend they care that Jesus was born when they deny His life the rest of the year? Why do folks get angry when you mention these facts and they're not even religious? The herd doesn't want their trance broken, so they'll go broke keeping alive pagan festivals and foolishness that will be the death of many. Too many prefer tradition over truth, grieved to say.

"Harmless" Christmas celebrations, abominations to God and rejected by Christ, are setting the stage for our worst nightmare: our family and friends are going to be shipped off like cattle, since our countries are prophesied to suffer national defeat and deportation due to such idolatrous ideas and tinsel traditions, as brought out in: Shape up or get shipped out!

WAKE UP: Christmas is an ABOMINATION. That's why I no longer celebrate Christmas, refusing to live a lie. The plain truth of the Bible and history has set me free from such traditional Babylonian bondage!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Xmas

The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene in
Washington, DC this Christmas season.

This isn't for any religious reason. They simply have not been able to find
three wise men and a virgin in the Nation's capitol.

There was no problem, however, finding enough asses to fill the stable.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Does your minister know Christmas is pagan?

Have you ever asked him? Does he attempt to whitewash it or justify such baptized paganism? If he's not willing to stand up for the plain truth of the Bible and history, what else can't you trust him with? Is he more like one of the false prophets of Baal than an Elijah? Would he readily confess and forsake traditional error? Has he already? Ask your minister and find out, doing both of you a favor that can last forever!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Christmas dinner don'ts!

Biblical Christians who follow Yashua's example don't eat pork or other unclean foods or partake of unclean pagan practices that pretend to be "Christian."

Biblical Christians know that the dietary laws given at CREATION for ALL MANKIND are still in effect, and will remain in effect as long as there are mortals, until our transformation into the Divine or our return to the dust.

Acts 15:29

29You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell. (The dietary law against blood reveals the dietary laws remain in effect, which is why Peter hadn't eaten any unclean things years after Christ's resurrection).


Isaiah 66:15-17


15 See, the LORD is coming with fire, (time-setting, the end times, after the resurrection)
and his chariots are like a whirlwind;
he will bring down his anger with fury,
and his rebuke with flames of fire.

16 For with fire and with his sword
the LORD will execute judgment upon all men,
and many will be those slain by the LORD.

17 "Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following the one in the midst of those who eat the flesh of pigs and rats and other abominable things—they will meet their end together," declares the LORD. (Pagan holidays with unclean foods like an Easter ham).


Matthew 5:17-19

17"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (Yashua didn't rebel against His Father's commandments but kept them, upheld them, taught them and magnified them to make them even more binding!) 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Those unclean ministers who teach the religious lie professing Christians can eat abominable things will have "hell" to pay and their tainted traditions will become toast! Real Christians don't eat pork!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

God will judge this nation for its pagan holidays!

God would not be a God of justice to continue to allow us to live in sin when He has been warning this nation against such sins for over 60 years, starting with Herbert W. Armstrong. The writing is on the wall with Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall - the THUNDER BEFORE THE STORM, first a rumble here and there, then the ROAR, and then, if our folks don't forsake such pagan practices and tinsel traditions, such idolatry, the German-EU nuclear lightning bolts will start to fly, sparking WWIII. Then we'll see that God is serious when He commands us to have nothing to do with pagan holidays and observances! Let's hope our Gentilized Israelites peoples don't demand national defeat and deportation to turn from our religious sins.

Upside Down Christmas Trees!

Fake trees turn Christmas on its head
By Craig Wilson, USA TODAY

Has your holiday imbibing gotten out of control so soon?


Inverted evergreen: Novelties, space savers or something more sinister?

Maybe that Christmas tree you saw really is upside down. Upside-down trees are, well, turning the upcoming holiday on its head.

Hammacher Schlemmer can't even keep its $599.95 pre-lit model in stock. It's already sold out.

"We increased the amount we ordered from last year, but ended up selling all of them already," says Joe Jamrosz of Hammacher Schlemmer.

Not to be left behind, Target has three such upside-down trees ($299.99-$499.99) on its website, touting their best attribute: "Leaves more room on the floor for gifts!"

Similar trees are also available at ChristmasTreeForMe.com in the 5-to-7½-foot range ($280-$504).

The artificial trees are hung from the wall or ceiling, or come with a weighted base to provide extra stability to prevent tipping and leaning.

Sheryl Karas, author of The Solstice Evergreen: The History, Folklore and Origins of the Christmas Tree, isn't quite sure what's going on with the resurgence of upside-down trees, a 12th-century tradition in Central Europe.

"But it's the question I get more often than any other on my website," says the Santa Cruz, Calif., author (sherylkaras.com).

Karas believes it's purely a decorative thing this time around, a way to better display ornaments so they don't get lost in the foliage. She doesn't want to put a damper on the holidays, but she suspects "there's something sinister, almost bad, about it."

Because the shape of the tree is symbolic (pointing to heaven), "if they thought about it, they wouldn't turn it upside down," she says.

But enough playing Scrooge. It's the holiday season.

"Many of the people have been using them as their second tree. A novelty," Jamrosz says. "They also find the bigger gifts don't fit under a traditional tree."

Hanging a tree from the ceiling also ensures a smaller footprint for less-spacious areas. You can put it between two closely placed chairs, for instance.

But not everyone is head over heels about the trend. Tree Classics Inc. of Lake Barrington, Ill., claims to be the top seller of artificial Christmas trees on the Internet — up 30% this year alone — but not a one of them is upside down.

"That tree makes no sense to me whatsoever," says Tree Classics president Leon Gamze, who sells 59 styles of upright trees. "I just look at them and laugh." But would he ever join the upside-down trend?

"Never. Wouldn't even consider it."

Probably a good thing. He'll never have to ponder whether to put a star at the top, or bottom, of such a thing.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Wal-Mart faces boycott for 'banning' Christmas



WND Exclusive HOLIDAY BLUES

Wal-Mart faces boycott
for 'banning' Christmas
Top retailer accused of discrimination while promoting Kwanzaa, Hanukkah
Posted: November 10, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Joe Kovacs
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com


A Catholic advocacy group has launched a national boycott against Wal-Mart, claiming the world's No. 1 retailer has in effect "banned" Christmas, while promoting other seasonal holidays such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

But Wal-Mart tells WorldNetDaily it has "absolutely not" banned Christmas, but is just "trying to serve all our customers for the holiday season."

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Why Some Christians Don't Celebrate Christmas

Many feel that Christmas marks Christ's birthday and that it honors Him. After all, can 2 billion professing Christians be wrong? At the same time, some few Christians don't observe Christmas, believing that Jesus didn't sanction it and that it dishonors Him. Who is right—and why?
by Jerold Aust

One day, years ago, someone asked me why I kept Christmas. "The Bible says to keep it," I responded. "Somewhere in the Gospel of Luke, it speaks of the nativity scene. An angel told some shepherds that were keeping their sheep in the fields at night that the baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem. I think they went to see Jesus at that time.

"That was the first Christmas! And that's why I keep Christmas, because the Bible supports Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ."

"That's not true and here's why," my friend replied.

I soon learned that the Bible didn't teach Christmas. I also found that its origins have nothing to do with the Bible. It was an important lesson about things I'd long assumed to be true.

Just because some 2 billion people—roughly 1 billion Catholics and another billion in Protestant faiths—observe Christmas, does that make it right? Does it really matter one way or the other?

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Buy Nothing Christmas

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Why Don't You Keep Christmas?

Be Ready to Give an Answer:
Why Don't You Keep Christmas?

Yes, we believe in Jesus Christ, and His birth was a very important event in the history of the world. Parts of four chapters in the Bible are devoted to the events in the year or two before to several months after His birth (Matthew 1:18-2:18; Luke 1-2:38). But the Bible doesn't tell us to celebrate it.

It Wasn't Dec. 25. The Bible also doesn't tell us when His birthday was, but it is clear it wasn't near Dec. 25. There were shepherds in the field (Luke 2:7-8) and a census was being taken (Luke 2:1-4), neither of which would have happened in the cold, rainy month of December. The only clue the Bible gives would probably put His birth sometime in the fall. This is based on calculating from the time the course of Abijah served in the temple (Luke 1:5-8) which the Companion Bible puts as June 13-19 that year (Companion Bible, 1974, Appendix 179, p. 200). Jesus was probably born about 15 months later, since He was born six months after John the Baptist. So why do people celebrate Dec. 25?

Pagan Origins. Though late December was an important pagan holiday to the Greeks (Bacchanalia), Romans (Saturnalia, which at times included human sacrifice) and the Persian cult of Mithra (which became the official Roman religion in A.D. 274), it seems the first time it was celebrated as Christmas was about 300 years after Christ. It was also a celebration among the Druids and Germanic tribes, who were allowed to continue their pagan rebirth and fertility customs including evergreen trees and mistletoe, even after being "converted" to the popular form of Christianity.

God's View. Deuteronomy 12:29-32 and Jeremiah 10:2-8 show that God does not want His people to adopt pagan customs. This is also explained in the New Testament (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). Check any encyclopedia for the origin of the customs of evergreen trees, mistletoe, wreaths and ornaments.

God does give us wonderful, meaningful celebrations that He is pleased with, and that are fun for children. But He doesn't want us to fall for a counterfeit, even if it has 4,000 years of tradition behind it!