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Unformatted text preview: Intro duc tio n As ano the r ye ar c o me s to an e nd, we fac e the ho liday s e as o n that is c alle d “Chris tmas ” by many in o ur wo rld. We are all affe c te d by this day and the e ve nts s urro unding it, and the re are c e rtain que s tio ns that may aris e as w e d e s ire to s e rve the Lo rd and s till p artic ipate in the s e c ular as pe c ts o f this d free powerpoints at http://www.worldofteaching.com More ay. Intro duc tio n Mo s t pe o ple who have s pe nt time s tudying Go d’s wo rd, have le arne d that “Chris tmas ” is no t fo und in its c o nte nts yo u are wo nde ring … Pe rhaps -Whe re do e s “Chris tmas ” c o me -Whe fro m? -Can a Chris tian c e le brate “Chris tmas ”? “Chris Fals e Re as o ns Fo r No t Ce le brating Fals No “Chris tmas ”o f Je s us is no t impo rtant “Chris birth The The -Matthe w 1:20-21 We do n’t want to ho no r and re me mbe r We Je s us -Ac . 11:26; Ro m. 16:16; I Co r. Je -Ac 11:23-26 1 1:23-26 We do n’t appre c iate Go d s e nding Je s us -Co l. 2:14-16; I Pe t. 2:24; He b. 9:15-17 #1 Chris tmas Is A Fals e Traditio n Of Man It is c o mmo nly ac c e pte d that Chris t was b o rn o n De c e mbe r 25 th in the ye ar 1 A.D. In 754 A.D. a “Chris tian c ale ndar” was In u s e d to mark the c e nte r po int in c o unting time with the birth o f Chris t at De c . 25 th , 1 time A.D. He ro d who s o ug ht to kill Je s us with A.D. King King a ll male s unde r the ag e o f 2 die d in 4 B.C. w hic h s ho ws that Je s us was bo rn be twe e n 7 B.C. and 4 B.C. be #1 Chris tmas Is A Fals e Traditio n Of Man #1 Als o , a winte r mo nth s ho ws to be a fals e s e tting fo r the birth o f Chris t It is re c o rde d in the Bible that the It s he phe rds we re with the ir s he e p in the fie lds whe n Chris t was bo rn (Luke 2:7-18) (Luke Tho s e kno wle dg e able o f the Bible lands Tho te ll us that it is during the winte r mo nths that the s he phe rds bring the ir s he e p into s he lte r, and are no lo ng e r in the fie lds #1 Chris tmas Is A Fals e Traditio n Of Man S o ho w was the 25 th s e le c te d as the e xac t date o f Je s us ’ birth? Man’s c o mmand! d ate In 354 A.D. Libe rius , who was the Bis ho p In o f Ro me and a fo re runne r to the po pe o rde re d that De c . 25 th b e ado pte d as the that date n Libe rius wante d to ke e p tho s e o f d ate Whe Whe p ag an re lig io ns c o nve rting to Catho lic is m, h e c ho s e the date fo r the fe as t o f the s un o r winte r s o ls tic e , c e le brating “lig ht o ve r #1 Chris tmas Is A Fals e Traditio n Of Man #1 No c e le bratio n o f Je s us ’ birth was he ld until the firs t half o f the 4 th c e ntury u ntil S o whe re did “Chris tmas ” c o me fro m? It h as it’s ro o ts in Catho lic is m. The mang e r s c e ne c o me s fro m The S aint Franc is in 1224 A.D. who is hig hly e s te e me d by w ho the Catho lic s as o ne o f the ir s aints #1 Chris tmas Is A Fals e Traditio n Of Man In s e ve ral no rthe rn c o untrie s , the s e as o n’s g ifts c o me fro m a “S aint Nic ho Nic” las was a bis ho p in the fo urth Nic S aint las ho c e ntury and was kno wn to “pro te c t c hildre n” n praye d to S aint Nic ho las The c hildre The a fte r his de ath, and be lie ve d that he a ns we re d the ir praye rs with tho us ands o f mirac le s m irac #1 Chris tmas Is A Fals e Traditio n Of Man In the time s o f the re fo rmatio n, the P ro te s tants who wante d to ke e p the h o liday s imply re mo ve d S aint Nic ho las fo r the “Chris tmas man” o r “Fathe r Chris tmas think o f S anta Claus whic h is Chris To day we ” To o ur Eng lis h ve rs io n o f S aint Nic ho las . Eve n the Dutc h c all Him S inte r Klaas . Ho w m any o f yo u have e ve r s ang : “Jo lly o ld S aint Nic ho las , le nd yo ur e ar this way? ” #1 Chris tmas Is A Fals e Traditio n Of Man With the re d unifo rm, S aint Nic ho las (S anta Claus ) c o me s dre s s e d in the c o lo r o f the Bis ho p’s ro be s o f the Catho lic c hurc h Whe n we e nc o urag e o ur c hildre n to s it o n Whe S anta’s lap and pe titio n him fo r g ifts , it is muc h like the traditio n o f having to addre s s S aint Nic ho las in praye r fo r g ifts … Nic THINK IT OVER! #1 Chris tmas Is A Fals e Traditio n Of Man Chris tmas o r Chris t – Mas s is c e rtainly o f Catho lic o rig in. The Mas s is a re -s ac rific e o f Je s us by the prie s t as he lifts his hands to he ave n to bring Him do wn. (He b. 7:26(He 27) A. O’Brie n s aid, “The prie s t s pe aks J o hn Jo a nd lo ! Chris t the e te rnal and o mnipo te nt Go d bo ws His he ad in humble o be die nc e to the prie s t’s c o mmand” What blas phe my!!! b las #1 Chris tmas Is A Fals e Traditio n Of Man The ide a be hind the re fo rmatio n with the p ro te s tants was to pro te s t the e rro r o f the Catho lic c hurc h, while the re s to ratio n s o ug ht to re mo ve all unbiblic al prac tic e s in we e . willing to prac tic e o ne o f the in If us are If inno vatio ns o f the Catho lic s , why no t p rac tic e the m all! If we ho no r o ne Catho lic s aint, why no t do the s ame fo r all o f the m. CONS IS TENCY….CONS IS TENCY… CONS #1 Chris tmas Is A Fals e Traditio n Of Man We ne e d to be c are ful no t to be invo lve d w ith ido latry (Ex. 20:4-5) a nd the ke e ping (Ex. o f c e rtain days re lig io us ly that are no t fo und in the law o f Chris t (Gal. 4:10-11) (Gal. While we have the fre e do m to e s te e m o ne While d ay abo ve ano the r, we s ho uld no t allo w o ur libe rty to c aus e us to s in, o r c aus e o the rs to s tumble (Co l. 2:16; Ro m. 14:5(Co 10) #2 Chris tmas Has Tie s To Pag anis m #2 It has be e n s aid by Co mpto n’s Enc yc lo pe dia: “Old as o ur Enc “Old Chris tmas fe s tival is , many o f the c us to ms and c e re mo nie s a s s o c iate d w ith it are far o lde r. The y g o t the ir s tart tho us ands o f ye ars be fo re the Chris tian e ra, fo r o ur pag an fo re fathe rs u s e d to c e le brate the winte r s o ls tic e as the birth date o f the s un.” #2 Chris tmas Has Tie s To Pag anis m Ag ain Co mpto n’s Enc yc lo pe dia s ays : Ag “Chris tmas , it has we ll be e n s aid, is like “Chris a b ig s ie ve in whic h e ve rything that was m o s t be autiful, mo s t s ig nific ant, mo s t p o te nt, and mo s t live ly, bo th in h e athe ndo m and in Chris tianity, re maine d, while all that was s mall and trivial and o utlive d fe ll thro ug h and ble w away” a way” #2 Chris tmas Has Tie s To Pag anis m We mus t als o ac kno wle dg e that the 25 th o f We De c e mbe r was the birth date o f no t o nly the s un (s o c alle d), but 3 fals e g o ds (Bac c hus , Os iris , and Apo llo ) (Bac P ag e 2070 o f the Linc o ln Library o f Pag Es s e ntial Info rmatio n s ays , “De c e mbe r 25 th “De w as alre ady a fe s tive day fo r the s un g o d Mithra a nd appe ale d to Chris tians as an appro priate d ate to c o mme mo rate the birth o f Je s us , the #2 Chris tmas Has Tie s To Pag anis m #2 It is s aid o f the Chris tmas tre e that , It “Tre e wo rs hip was c o mmo n in the S c andinavian c o untrie s . Whe n the p ag ans o f No rthe rn Euro pe be c ame Chris tians , the y made the ir s ac re d e ve rg re e n tre e s part o f the Chris tian fe s tival, and de c o rate d the tre e s with g ilte d nuts , c andle s (s un wo rs hip c arryo ve r), and apple s to s tand fo r the #2 Chris tmas Has Tie s To Pag anis m #2 It is be lie ve d that the Chris tmas tre e “c us to m is a s urvival o f the tre e wo rs hip o f anc ie nt Ge rman tribe s ” that “Our Chris tmas de c o ratio ns o f e ve rg re e ns als o c ame to us fro m pre -Chris tian time s ” as the y had the ir “as s o c iatio n with the e arly p ag an fe s tivals .” re we g e t the P e rhaps this is whe Pe s o ng “O’ Chris tmas Tre e ” and the n s ing abo ut its be auty. the #2 Chris tmas Has Tie s To Pag anis m The mis tle to e has s imilar as s o c iatio ns w ith pag anis m as we re ad that, “be c aus e o f its pe c uliar c harac te r, the mis tle to e p laye d a pro mine nt part in Ge rman and No rs e mytho lo g y, and it was with an arro w fro m its wo o d that the be autiful g o d Balde r was s lain.” B alde #2 Chris tmas Has Tie s To Pag anis m It is re po rte d that “The mis tle to e was s aid to bring happine s s , s afe ty, and g o o d fo rtune s o lo ng as it did no t to uc h the g ro und” We us ually hang it abo ve an e ntry way The Druids re g arde d the mis tle to e with The “g re at re ve re nc e . Prie s ts c ut it o ut o f the o ak tre e s with a g o lde n s ic kle and pile d it o n the ir altars and burne d it as a s ac rific e to the ir g o ds ” to #2 Chris tmas Has Tie s To Pag anis m The g iving o f g ifts and the filling o f s to c king s was a prac tic e during the winte r s o ls tic e as the fairy Be fanna o n that nig ht is to fill the s to c king s o f the c hildre n with g ifts in ac c o rdanc e with the ir de s e rts , the naug hty c hildre n re c e ive d o nly as he s .” n aug Has anyo ne e ve r s aid that yo u mig ht Has re c e ive a lump o f c o al as a g ift…? That is whe re it c o me s fro m. That Applic atio n Fo r the lo ng e s t time we have s e e n s ig ns o r he ard pe o ple that s ay with the be s t o f inte ntio ns : “Put Chris t bac k in Chris tmas ” OR “Do n’t s ay X-mas s ay Chris tmas ” OR “Je s us is the re as o n fo is the s efo rous totc . alize that Chris t was ft r time as n” e re Io It n e ve r in Chris tmas and that it is a man m ade ho liday, lac e d with pag anis m that c anno t be prac tic e d re lig io us ly Applic atio n Applic The s e c ular nature o f the day may be e njo ye d s uc h as : a day o ff, vis iting frie nds a nd family, having a tre e , de c o rating (Ang e ls , vs . S no wman) s e nding g re e ting c ards (Ne utral), e xc hang ing g ifts , s ing ing s o ng s (Jing le Be lls vs . O’ Ho ly Nig ht), e ating ea me al ec are ful abo ut binding a tc . We ne d to be We re lig io us s ig nific anc e to the day, unle s s w e invo lve o urs e lve s in pag an man-made Applic atio n In all o f this , we do no t want to take away the impo rtanc e o f Je s us ’ birth, and the a ppre c iatio n we have to Go d fo r s e nding Him Him It is be c aus e o f His birth that He c o uld die It fo r the s ins o f the wo rld. We re me mbe r Him e ve ry firs t day o f the we e k (I Co r. Will Yo u Re c e ive The S alvatio n In Chris t? Will -He ar -He Jo hn 12:48 Jo -Be lie ve Jo hn 8:24 -Re pe nt Luke 13: 3, 5 -Co nfe s s Matthe w 10:32-33 -Baptize d -Faithful Mark 16:16 Matthe w 24:13 ...
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