- No Room for Jesus?
Pagan myths, classroom
censorship, and growing intolerance toward Jesus
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now obsolete, yet we left the quotes with useful information.
came into the world:
"Once again the truth of Jesus’ coming is remembered at this
time of year. But, how do we remember His coming into the world?
Decorations inside and outside our homes? Fancy foods, special
meals, family and friends gathering together? Parties? Gifts
of all shapes and sizes? The coming of Jesus had none of these
effects and encumbrances."
Yule be sorry:
"One might think that a holiday dedicated to marking the birth
of the Baby Jesus -- an event which took place in a humble animal
shelter.... would be an occasion of unbridled joy.... In fact,
Christmas has long been a battleground. Even before the church
officially chose Dec. 25 as the date of the Nativity, Christian
critics were protesting that it was unseemly to celebrate the
birth of Christ in the way that pagans did for their emperors
and kings. Early bishops complained that gift-giving was making
children greedy; councils of bishops decried the dancing and
cross-dressing that broke out at the midwinter festival....
16th and 17th centuries, Calvinist hardliners in a number of
European countries and North American colonies succeeded in
abolishing Christmas altogether.... Where it survived in the
English-speaking world, Christmas was a raucous, alcohol-fuelled
community celebration deplored by social elites for its noise,
violence and vulgarity....
[The Globe and Mail, 12-10-05]
Will your heart
be closed for Christmas?
Community Church, along with several other megachurches around
the country, proudly announced that they were indeed closing
their doors on the fourth Sunday in December this year
because it fell on Christmas; and adamantly defended their
pragmatic decision to do so in spite of the growing outrage,
citing among other things, a need for more time off and family.'...
"And [Jesus] said unto another, 'Follow me.' But he said, 'Lord,
suffer me first to go and bury my father.' Jesus said unto him,
'Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the
kingdom of God.'"
Loving God First
Who Started Christmas? "A woman
was Christmas shopping with her two children.... She was feeling
what so many of us feel during the holiday season time of the
year, getting that perfect gift for every single person on our
shopping list, overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every
housewarming, taste all the holiday food and treats, making
sure we don't forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure
of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card."
Where is your
A Christmas quiz:
"The 'winter program' at Ridgeway Elementary School In Dodgeville,
Wisconsin, changed the lyrics of the Christmas carol 'Silent
Night' to the more inclusive 'Cold in the Night.' ('Cold in
the night, no one in sight, winter winds whirl and bite.') After
this success, the program’s next step will obviously be: (a)
Changing 'O Holy Night' to 'Uh-oh! Wholly night!' a song about
a lunar eclipse."
Has America forgotten the origin
of Christmas? "I
teach 1st graders in Sunday School. The past couple of years I have given
each child a small nativity set for a Christmas present. The kids like having
their own nativity set. Parents have told me how much their children have
enjoyed setting it up and telling the Christmas story. So, I want to keep
giving these as gifts.
the past I found inexpensive sets in discount or craft stores. Not this
year. I have been to several stores and have had no luck. There are plenty
of snowmen, santas, reindeer, etc. Here is the amazing thing. Not once,
not twice, but three times in recent days, I have encountered a strange
response to my question: 'Do you have any small nativity sets?'
response, 'A what?' prompts me to repeat my request. The confused clerk
looks puzzled: ' I don't know what that is, ma'am.'..."
Why the world wants
to get rid of Christianity: "In a century old battle
between atheists, polytheists, and humanists against Christians
in the most Godly nation in the world, the secularists have
finally won. Today, not only has a mythical old man in a red
suit replaced the Messiah as the symbol of the season, but the
Messiah (who is viewed by civil rights activists as the God
of hate and division) has actually been banned from participating
in the holiday....
"The street hawkers and merchants who profit from the gift-giving
season have argued for years that Santa Claus represented the
secular side of Christmas and the infant Jesus was merely the
theological reason for the season. In recent years that changed—both
drastically and tragically."
The Deluded Christian
Church: "...Try as I might, I can't get past the
fact that, to me anyway, Christmas is more than a 'holiday Season'.
It is the prelude to the central event of my Christian Faith.
Without Easter, Christmas is meaningless. The Christmas story
is not about the birth, it is about the death. It is not about
the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, it is about an empty
tomb. In all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas the central
question that must be asked is, 'Why was the Christ child born?'...
think Almighty God sent his son to die so that the main event
in Christendom could be a 6 week birthday party for Him every
"Consider the following... One high school principal has forbidden
the viewing of Dickens's A Christmas Carol because it mentions
God. The singing of Silent Night is banned. Nativity scenes
are a no-no; Students are suspended from school for sharing
the meaning of Christmas with their classmates. School boards
have banned the colors green and red from 'winter break' parties.
A school district is attempting to ban the teaching of the Declaration
of Independence because it mentions the G-word. In Philadelphia,
using the Bible while preaching to the lost is considered being
in possession of a 'criminal tool'."
Christians in the
crossfire: "Yes, it's maddening when politically
correct bureaucrats ban nativity scenes and Christmas carols
in the name of 'diversity' and 'tolerance.'... But the war on
Christmas in America is a mere skirmish. Around the world, a
bloody, repressive war on Christians rages on. In Iraq, Islamist
rebel troops have declared open season on Christian churches,
priests and missionaries. ...At the Elliotts' funeral... [pastor
the couple 'loved the gospel and the souls of lost men and women
more than themselves.'...
Saudi Arabia, an Indian Christian man was abducted and held
captive by the kingdom's religious police (the 'Muttawa') for
seven months earlier this year. Brian Savio O'Connor was singled
out by the Wahhabist thug cops for 'possession of Bibles and
pastor Zhang Rongliang disappeared from his village apartment
in Zhengzhou, China....In Vietnam and North Korea, followers
of Christ have been arrested, beaten, tortured and forced to
renounce their faith. In Nigeria, an Islamist terrorist group
named after the Taliban conducted religious pogroms....
America's mainstream media would give the global War on Christianity
just a fraction of the attention it pays to the War on Christmas,
lives might be saved. And light would be shed on the true heroes
of the original religion of peace." Instead media leaders, who
seems to despise Biblical Christianity as much as Communist
leaders in China and Vietnam do, fuels the hostility.
Where Did We Lose
Christ? "A decade ago, the New Jersey Supreme Court
and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals declared that holiday
exhibits are allowed, in that state, if a 'reasonable observer'
would not mistake them for a 'religious endorsement.' ....
Grove Elementary School, in Chicago, 'recently staged a holiday
program that celebrated Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, but excluded references
to Christ and the Christmas Story. School officials claim the
multicultural concert, which also included references to Santa,
was designed to be more inclusive of all holiday traditions
and cultures.' And so to be more inclusive, the founder of Christianity,
the Reason for the Season, had His birthday excluded."
"The attempts to
de-Christianize Christmas are as absurd as they are relentless.
The United States today is the most tolerant and diverse society
in history. It celebrates all faiths with an open heart and
open-mindedness that, compared to even the most advanced countries
in Europe, are unique. Yet more than 80 percent of Americans
and probably 95 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas....
"To insist that the overwhelming majority of this country stifle
its religious impulses in public so that minorities can feel
'comfortable' not only understandably enrages the majority,
but commits two sins. The first is profound ungenerosity
toward a majority of fellow citizens who have shown such generosity
of spirit toward minority religions."
Orders for 'White
Christmas' in Plano Schools Produce Lawsuit:
"A public school district in Texas has informed its students
and parents of a ban on candy canes with religious messages,
pencils with the name of Jesus inscribed on them, and -- of
all things -- red- and green-colored decorations at holiday
parties. That action has resulted in a pair of surprise gifts
under the district's tree: a federal lawsuit... and an investigation
by the U.S. Department of Justice.
to a press statement from the Plano, Texas-based Liberty Legal
Institute, an 'unconstitutional
censorship policy' is being enforced by the Plano Independent
School District. The legal group says its lawsuit addresses
a 'large amount of evidence that demonstrates the
pervasive religious hostility'
in the school district."
The lowly path
of our heavenly King
Christmastime event is no-Christian zone:
In the latest skirmish over Christmas in America, a Christian
group is not allowed to participate in Denver's annual Parade
of Lights, because church members sought to sing yuletide hymns
and proclaim a 'Merry Christmas' message on their float....
"Among those allowed to participate is the Two Spirit Society
of Denver, a support group for
American Indians who are homosexual,
bisexual, or transgendered, honoring them as 'holy
people.' Also included are performers of the Lion Dance,
a Chinese New Year tradition 'meant to
chase away evil spirits
and welcome good luck and good fortune for the year'....
"Despite the inclusion
of these groups with spiritual connotations...the event does
not allow 'direct religious themes.'
Included in the ban are signs that read 'Merry Christmas' and
the singing or playing of Christmas hymns. 'We want to
avoid that specific religious
message out of respect for other religions in the region....
It could be construed as disrespectful...."
event is no-Christian zone"
Church anger over
"Instead of the usual Father Christmas, visitors to Satan's
Grotto at York Dungeon are greeted by a man dressed as the Devil
with a red face and horns....
to the grotto are handed 'gifts' such as severed fingers, and
can write on a scroll to sign
their souls away. Mr Simpson, from St Michael-le-Belfrey...
said concerns were raised at a regular meeting with colleagues
from across York....'There are real evil forces and we in our
work come across people who are damaged seriously through their
involvement with occult forces."
Toying with Death
more than good
Bush, Shultz and Gorbachev
Christmas in good
books at some public schools:
"... the second-largest public system in Greater Toronto and
one of the most diverse — has told its principals that Yuletide
festivities are in order once again.... That doesn't mean schools
should only recognize Christmas but that
the Christian holiday should
take the same prominence as other celebrations, such
as Hanukkah, Ramadan and Kwanza....
"People shied away
from using terms that are known to children," he said in a recent
interview. "What I was hoping to do was breathe a breath of
fresh air and celebrate all of
our faiths and say it's okay to talk about faith. In
fact, it's important to talk
true -- especially for
those who use the dialectic (consensus) process to show that
all religions lead to the same destination. The more you dialogue
on these topics, the more "normal" and nice pluralism and paganism
will seem to the participants. In this new context, Christian
traditions may be acceptable, but Biblical truth will seem out-of-place.
This mind-changing process illustrates the UN pathway to global
Christmas CD banned
for mentioning Jesus
(UK): "Many see the measure as the latest attempt to
'de-Christianize' Christmas.... Just last month, the Scottish
Parliament banned traditional Christmas cards due to similar
fears of offending other religions. Officials said 'Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year' could not appear on government cards,
as the wording was not deemed to be 'socially
goal for every community is
which is incompatible with Christianity.
Christmas, Syncretism and Presumption:
"Christmas is a worldwide phenomenon.... We see vestiges of
its presence in every corner of the world, no matter how far
removed from Christian influence. When we take an honest look
at its global appeal, we find that the real interest in it is
commercial rather than religious. The latter factor is often
dismissed or ignored." Though we don't agree with everything
in this article, it makes some interesting points.
Where is Christ
Did you have a happy
are few holidays we can actually attribute to one man's n. Ksentenced
five years after inventing Kwanzaa for torturing two black women
by whipping them with electrical cords and beating them with
a karate baton.... But that wasn't the beginning of the bizarre
and violent behavior of Karenga, the patron saint of Kwanzaa....
"It's being taught to your kids in your government schools.
It's become a commercial bonanza in black communities through
the United States. And, now, even the president of the United
States is praising it as a legitimate holiday."
Christmas CD banned
for mentioning Jesus
(UK): "... a charity Christmas CD has been banned from distribution
because it mentions the baby Jesus.... Many see the measure
as the latest attempt to 'de-Christianize' Christmas.... Just
last month, the Scottish Parliament banned traditional Christmas
cards due to similar fears of offending other religions. Officials
said 'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year' could not appear
on government cards, as the wording was not deemed to be 'socially
Mind-Changing [Consensus] Process
Christmas in America
"...news items from across the country this week indicate that
the U.S. has become the new battleground for Christmas. Cases
in point: A first-grade teacher in Sacramento Co., Calif., says
her principal has prohibited instructors from uttering the word
'Christmas' in class or in written materials; A school superintendent
in Yonkers, N.Y., banned, then unbanned, holiday decorations
that contained religious themes more than the generic 'season's
Fury as Red Cross
bans nativity scene: "The British
Red Cross is facing a
sharp drop in donations from an angry public after it banned
nativity scenes from its shop windows."
Telling the world
about the Christ of Christmas: "While rumors of war,
political turmoil and terrorism make it harder than ever for
some U.S. missionaries overseas, tens of thousands of Americans
still carry on the work. Missionary zeal has sent American Christians
overseas since before the Civil War, when they would pack their
belongings in wooden coffins. Today, an estimated 35,000 to
60,000 U.S. citizens each year follow in their footsteps...
"'I will keep going back as long as the Lord wants me to,' said
Miss Zaayenga, who has a graduate degree in English and attended
Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham. "I wanted to make my life
valuable to God.'...
"Missionary groups today divide the world into three parts,
beginning with the 'nominal' Christian West. Next, there are
nations such as Japan that have heard the Gospel for centuries.
The final third are an estimated 10,000 'people groups,' or
2.1 billion humans, who for reasons of language or geography
have never heard about the Christ of Christmas."
Was Mary a teenage
mum? (UK) "Before the [BBC] show was broadcast, the
Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, Crispian Hollis, expressed his
displeasure in a statement. He said:
'To include, within a historical
examination of her life, confused and unfounded guesswork, which
carries with it crude and offensive speculation, is not
only unscholarly but runs the risk of undermining the very integrity
of the project itself.'"
The Mainstream Media
Santa may have begun
as woman: "According to folklorists and neo-pagan
enthusiasts, the Santa Claus character of popular American Christmastide
actually is predated several thousand years by Holda, the pagan
Teutonic goddess of good fortune.....Frau Holda, as she is more
popularly known, has been sliding down chimneys, delivering
gifts to children, and traveling via an airborne cart, according
to German mythology and folklore, since at least several hundred
years before the birth of Christ. ...
"She is said
to roam the winter skies during the Twelve Days of Christmas,
bestowing gifts on well behaved children (and adults), and causing
havoc for those who have been naughty or lazy. ...
a composite folk character,' said Selena Fox, a frequent lecturer
in paganism and folklore and high priestess of the Circle Sanctuary,
a Wiccan church in southwestern Wisconsin. 'He is multicultural
and multireligious. Many people don't know that.'"
blends of pagan myth and multicultural revisionism speed the
cultural shift to a pagan world view.
Against Christians During Christmas Season: "At issue
is a school policy... that prohibits the display of Nativity
scenes in the City’s schools during the Christmas season, but
expressly permits and encourages these schools to display during
certain religious holidays and seasonal observances the Jewish
Menorah and the Islamic Star and Crescent.
"City officials claim that the goal of this policy is 'to
promote understanding and respect
for the diverse beliefs and customs relating to our community’s
observance of the winter holiday.''"
School bans saying
'Christmas': "...a first-grade teacher in Sacramento
Co., CA, says she's been ordered by her principal not to utter
the word 'Christmas' at school.... [Director of communications,
Deidra Powell] says the policy is designed to protect all students
and make them feel safe in their environment, adding 'not everybody
is a Christian. We're using public funds, [so] we can't endorse
The UN Plan for
Your Mental Health
plug on holiday decorations: "All ornamentation with
a message stronger than a generic 'happy holidays' or 'season's
greetings' has been banned from the city's public schools. Yonkers
interim Superintendent Angelo Petrone directed officials last
week to remove all Hanukkah menorahs, Christmas trees and specific
holiday decorations from the schools....
"'...these actions are overreactions that come out of confusion
about what the First Amendment requires and the refusal by schools
to address religion properly throughout the school year," [Charles]
"Steve Frey, president of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers,
said it has been a long-standing tradition for teachers to use
religious holidays to teach respect for all cultures and to
emphasize the uniqueness as well as similarities among different
religions and cultures...."
Establishing a Global
'For us, there is
no peace': "Michael Zoughbi is perplexed that he
and other Christians cannot freely celebrate Christmas where
the Bible says Jesus was born. 'We are under curfew and are
not allowed out of our houses. Christians cannot attend church
in Bethlehem,' said Zoughbi. 'The happiness of Christmas is
to have peace in our country. Peace was born in Bethlehem, but,
for us, there is no peace.''
But Jesus didn't promise us a peaceful
world. He promised something far better: peace with Him and
peace within -- no matter how fierce the storms all around us.
say 'no': "Strauss believes Austrians should celebrate
their own symbol of Christmas, the Christkind, or Christ-child,
who, like Santa, also comes noiselessly to leave gifts under
the tree on Christmas Eve....
of the group said the Santa Claus phenomenon had exploded in
the last three years. They attribute it to globalization, which
brings Christmas television shows and movies to Austria, as
well as to worldwide holiday marketing campaigns by American
corporations. The same trends turned Halloween, once observed
here only as a day to remember the dead, into a major commercial
Praise to God.
The greatest gift for all: "Whether or not we are individually
believers in Christ, [as Americans] we are beneficiaries of
the moral doctrine that has curbed power and protected the weak.
Power is the horse ridden by evil.... Power that is secularized
and cut free of civilizing traditions is not limited by moral
and religious scruples. V.I. Lenin made this clear when he defined
the meaning of his dictatorship as 'unlimited power, resting
directly on force, not limited by anything.'
"Christianity's emphasis on the worth of the individual
makes such power as Lenin claimed unthinkable. Be we religious
or be we not, our celebration of Christ's birthday celebrates
a religion that made us masters of our souls and of our political
life on Earth. Such a religion as this is worth holding on to
even by atheists." Yes, everyone benefits
from a world where human nature is tempered by the love and
teachings of Jesus. How much more blessed are those who know,
love, worship and follow the King of kings who came to give
His life for us.
For God so loved
Where is Christ in Christmas?
O battered town
"Just a few weeks ago, the town where Jesus was born over 2,000
years ago was the scene of heavy fighting between Israeli and
Palestinian forces. Cratered roads and bullet-ridden walls still
testify to the fierceness of the battles. Pictures of dead and
wounded residents are plastered everywhere. The traditional
cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian officials to create
a safe and pleasant atmosphere for holiday tourists is nowhere
to be seen. ...
"Despite the violence and gloom engulfing the biblical Promised
Land this Christmas, a few rays of hope can be spotted in the
darkness. Christmas celebrations are planned to go on as usual
in at least one place in Bethlehem – the First Baptist Church
led by Palestinian pastor Naim Khoury. Having boldly told Arab
militiamen affiliated with Arafat's PLO Fatah movement that
they could not use his premises to shoot at nearby Israeli positions,
Pastor Khoury says he is determined to make this Christmas as
joyful as possible for the 120 or so families in his growing
congregation. This decision is "despite the fact that nearly
90 percent of my people are suffering from unemployment." ...
"Chris and Craig Keitz of Oklahoma City are among the small
band of American pilgrims who have ignored State Department
travel warnings and come to the land to celebrate Christmas.
They had a special reason for traveling at this troubled time
– a desire to bless stressed-out Jewish, Arab and expatriate
believers by distributing some of the money that their late
father left them in his will. Without knowing about their secret
mission, Pastor Khoury mentioned his nearly empty Christmas
sacks. The brothers smiled at each other...."
Jesus came into
a troubled world. A vast pagan empire controlled His beloved
nation, and His own people refused to acknowledge Him. Many
wanted to crown Him king, but He explained that His kingdom
was not of this world. He longed to focus their hearts on eternity,
but He taught them how to spread His light in a hostile world
that would hate His truth. They would live "in
the world but not of the world."
Now as then, He
reminds His people to "be
wise as serpents and harmless as doves."
It is not enough to "discern
the face of the sky," we must learn to "discern
the signs of the times"
-- all the worldly indications that His warnings are coming
true. None are more significant than the transformation of our
education system -- from traditional academics to training for
conformity to an anti-Christian global community:
If religion offends you, stop reading:
of Jesus of Nazareth could not have been more inauspicious.
Forced by the Roman governor to participate in a census so that
officials in Rome could levy taxes, His parents traveled to
Bethlehem, a town far from their home, for His birth. There
being no room at the inn, He was born in a hovel used to shelter
animals and placed in a manger to keep warm. When He was still
an infant, He fled with His parents to Egypt....
only three years in public life, preaching, tending to the sick,
caring for the poor, gathering round Him an odd assortment of
men -- and women -- fishermen, prostitutes, housewives. He spoke
well of Samaritans, a group much reviled by the Jews of His
"Jesus' message was one of forgiveness and redemption: 'Go thy
way, and from now on sin no more.' He made redemption possible
-- by His words and His deeds, giving His life to expiate the
sins of all men."
Christmas reveals trivial pursuits: "Cultures, civilizations,
leaders and threats change, but the message of Christmas doesn't....
It's about a miracle baby and eternal things. As the Christmas
card says, 'Wise Men Still Seek Him.' Post 9/11, more apparently
are seeking and that is a valuable gift to all who do."
Other statistics tell us that the 9/11 rise in church attendance
but it's true: "Wise men still seek Him" and His faithful ones
set their hearts on eternity with their King.
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