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WHERE DID CHRISTMAS COME FROM? (part 3)

 

HOW DID MITHRA WORSHIP BRING THESE THINGS INTO THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH?

In order to understand how and why Christmas came into the Christian church back in those early centuries, we need to understand the tremendous influence of pagan Mithraism in the first few centuries after the time of Christ-and how Christian leaders decided to adopt the customs of paganism in order to win the battle against it.

The following information is vital and comes from an earlier study:

THE PLANETARY WEEK -The various days of the week were, in ancient times, called the first day, second day, etc; for these were their Biblical names.  But about the time of Christ they were given new names.  The non- Christians began calling them ‘the Day of the Sun, (Sunday) the Day of the Moon, (Monday) etc. in honor of different heavenly bodies.  This was known by the pagans as the ‘planetary week.’

Each day was ruled over by a different god; but the most important of all gods was given the rule of the first day of the week, (Sunday), with the idea in mind that the first is always more important than that which follows it.  The most important of all the heathen gods was given the rule over the first of the seven days.  It was his day, the day of the sun.  And Mithra, the Sun god was worshiped each week on his day, the Sun day.

Now although these names for the days of the week were new, the day devoted to the Sun god was not new.  The worship of the sun arose from a devotion to that most powerful of natural objects.  It was one of the most ancient forms of worship and is represented by solar-disk images found on nearly every continent of our world.  (”Sun worship was the earliest idolatry”—A.R. Fausset, Bible Dictionary, page 666.)

The Arabians appear to have worshiped it directly without using any statue or symbol (Job: 31:26-27).  Abraham was called out of all this when he went to the Promised Land.  Ra was the Sun god of Egypt; and On (Heliopolis, which means “city of the sun’ in Greek) was the center of Egyptian Sun worship (see the Hebrew of Jer.43:13).

Entering Canaan under Joshua, the Hebrews again encountered Sun worship.  Baal of the Phoenicians, Molech or Milcom of the Ammonites, Hadad of the Syrians, and later the Persian Mitras or Mithra.

Shemesh was an especially important Sun god in the Middle East. Later, in Egypt, Aton was the name of the god of the Sun Disk.  The temple at Baalbek was dedicated to Sun worship.

By associating with Sun worshipers, the Israelites frequently practiced it themselves (Lev. 26:30, Isa. 17:8).  King Manasseh practiced direct Sun worship (2Kings. 21:3, 5).  Josiah destroyed the chariots that were dedicated to the Sun and worship processions (2Kings. 23:5, 11-12).  Sun altars and incense were burned on the housetops for the sun (Zeph. 1:5).  And Ezekiel beheld the “greatest abomination”: direct Sun worship at the entry way to the temple of the true God.  This was done by facing east-ward to the rising sun (Eze.8:16-17).

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WHERE DID CHRISTMAS COME FROM? (part 2)

HOW DID CRISTMAS GET INTO THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH?

In one brief paragraph, the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge tells us how the December 25 holiday entered the Christian church:

“How much the date of the festival depended upon the pagan Brumalia [The December 25 celebration], following the Saturnalia [an eight-day December 17-24 festival preceding it], and celebrating the shortest day of the year and the ‘new sun’ cannot be accurately determined.  The pagan Saturnalia and Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom to be set aside by Christian influence…The pagan festival with its riot and merrymaking was so popular that Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit and in manner. Christian preachers of the West and the Near East protested against the unseemly frivolity with which Christ’s birthday was celebrated, while Christians of Mesopotamia accused their Western brethren of idolatry and sun worship for adopting as Christian this pagan festival.”- New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, “Christmas”

Church leaders adopted a pagan holiday, in spite of the protests of some godly local pastors.  It was considered idolatry to do this, since it was nothing more than a heathen day of worship had been selected in honor of MITHRA, THE SUN god.  December 25 was dedicated to the keeping of his birthday.  Therefore sincere Christians considered it to be a form of sun worship.  The sun had reached its lowest angle in the sky on December 21 (the winter solstice), and the 25th was the first observable day in which it began rising in the noon sky. So December 25 had, for centuries, been celebrated as the ‘BIRTH OF DE SUN god.’

But, back in those earlier centuries, earnest believers recognized that Christians dare not accept pagan practices or pagan holidays.  These heathen customs are not found in the Bible as being used by Christians, so they ought to be shunned by conscientious Christians.

The Roman world was essentially pagan.  Many converts to Christianity had come to enjoy those festivities and did not want to forsake them after baptism into the Christian church.

But when half-converted church members rose to positions of leadership in the Church, they made policy changes in agreement with contemporary heathen customs.  And that is how we got Christmas.

‘A feast was established in memory of this event (Christ’s birth) in the fourth century.  In the fifth century the Western Church ordered it to be celebrated forever on the day of the old Roman feast of the birth of Sol (the Latin word for sun), as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ’s birth existed.”-Encyclopedia Americana (1944 edition).  “Christmas”

If the Bible contained no certain knowledge of when Christ was born, then we should not try to select a definite day on which to worship Him.  Instead, we should remain with the only weekly worship day God ever gave us, the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3, Exodo 20:8-11)

The above quotation spoke about a pagan feast back then, in honor of the yearly birth of Sol.  That word means “sun” in Latin and was another name for Mithra, the sun god. A strong controversy arose in the Christian church over this apostasy by Western church leaders:

“Certain Latins, as early as (A.D.) 354, may have transferred the birthday from January 6th to December 25, which was then a Mithraic feast …..or birthday of the unconquered sun…The Syrians and Armenians accused the Romans of sun worship and idolatry.” –Encyclopedia Britannica, 1946-

IT WAS CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD BY THE FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS THAT THIS PAGAN HOLIDAY SHOULD NOT BE ADOPTED AS THE MEMORIAL DAY OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.

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