By Bob Thiel
Christmas is the biggest commercial holiday on the planet. Billions believe it is a biblical celebration. Few seem to realize that the Bible never endorses the celebration of birthdays, including that of Jesus. Nor does the Bible point towards December 25th as the day Jesus was born (the Bible points to a time of His birth in the early Fall). Furthermore, the early Church of Rome did not celebrate Christmas nor any other birthday. Furthermore, Tertullian warned that to participate in the winter celebrations with wreaths and gift-giving made one beholding to pagan gods. There was one such celebration known as the Saturnalia that was celebrated by the heathen in late December. The claimed “father of Latin theology,” Tertullian denounced winter celebrations, such as Saturnalia (from a pagan deity whose name meant plentiful) which morphed into Christmas in the 4th century after a follower of the sungod 15 Mithras became affiliated with the Church of Rome. The Roman Saturnalia and the Persian Mithraism themselves were adaptations of an even earlier pagan religion – that of the ancient Babylonian mystery cult. The ancient Babylonians celebrated the reborn Nimrod as the newborn Tammuz by worshipping an evergreen tree. The Bible condemns worship involving evergreen trees (Deuteronomy 12:2-3; Jeremiah 3:13; 10:2-6). The Babylonians also celebrated a rebirth of the sun during the season of the winter solstice. December 25th was eventually chosen as the date of Jesus’ birthday, because the Saturnalia and other sun god worship happened at that time of the year. Also, it was supposed to be the date of the pagan diety Mithras’ birth. December 25th did not come from the Bible.
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