The Christ-mas[s]Story, Santa Claus, the elves, and the tree...
I am going to condense the Christmas story as we know it today in a very short article. Christmas has nothing to do with the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It is a pagan date given as the birth of Jesus Christ by the Roman Catholic Church when they were in control of most of the known world. When the Protestants broke away from the Roman Catholic Church, they took a lot of the Roman traditions with them many years later, which is sad, super sad.
My wife was listening to a Calvary Chapel pastor talking about the Christmas season and he tried to explain how it is alright to make something that started out pagan and Christianize it. Since as he also said that God looks on the heart. When a "Christian" minister can do that, it makes you wonder what the world has come to or at least it should. I thought that was a strange statement since God commands us not to practice the ways of the heathen. That is not even mentioning all of the other pagan things within the Christmas celebration such as Santa Claus, the elves, evergreen trees in the house, the mistletoe, etc. Even the word, "Christ-mas" isn't Christian. No true Christian celebrates literally eating God, the largest false religion in the world does though, the Roman Catholic Church, and they took that doctrine from paganism as well as many other doctrines that they have today.
Thomas Nast is the orginator of the drawings of Santa Claus and he is the one who moved him to the North Pole. There is some interesting parallels there too which we will see in a minute. I will be quoting from an article written by Dave Ihlenfeld, Britannica.com entitled "Pull of the Pole "
Here we see that Satan Claws, I mean Santa Claus is in the family of the gods and any Christian knows or should know that any other god besides the one true God is a false god, hence a devil. This brings me to the elves that belong to St. Nicholas... Let's look at Webster's definition of an elf.
"ELF, n. plu. elves. 1. A wandering spirit; a fairy; a hobgoblin; an imaginary being which our rude ancestors supposed to inhabit unfrequented places, and in various ways to affect mankind. Hence in Scottish, elf-shot is an elf-arrow; an arrow-head of flint, supposed to be shot by elfs; and it signifies also a disease supposed to be produced by the agency of spirits. Every elf, and fairy sprite, Hope as light as bird from brier. 2. An evil spirit; a devil. (Red emphasis mine) 3. A diminutive person.
"The seeds for the creation of Santa Claus are found in the life of St. Nicholas, a 4th century Christian bishop with a reputation for generosity and gift giving. He was the patron saint of children, sailors, pawnbrokers, merchants, and unmarried girls.
"The cult of St. Nicholas spread to Eastern Europe and eventually to the United States. While Nicholas may be the inspiration for Santa Claus, they are not one and the same. Claude Levi-Strauss, in his famous essay, "Father Christmas Executed," says Santa "is not a mythic being, for there is no myth that accounts for his origin or his function. Nor is he a legendary figure, as there is no semi-historical account attached to him. [Santa] belongs more properly to the family of the gods."
ELF, v.t. To entangle hair in so intricate a manner, that it cannot be disentangled. This work was formerly ascribed to elves."
Elves sound like some nice individuals. You should be seeing clearer that they go with Satan, I mean Santa Claus fairly well.
What totally surprises me is that Christians, those who are supposed to be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus are the ones lying to their children, grandchildren about this false god. Telling them if they aren't good then Satan Claws, I mean Santa Claus won't bring them anything. We, as Christians should be teaching our children to love truth, walk in truth yet to lie to them year in and year out about this devil called Santa. Then we get upset when they lie to us, or disobey us. That is hypocrisy at its best. I can see the world doing this junk since it is their time of the year but Christians should be living Jesus Christ each and every day. The world looks at Christians who are getting hyped about Jesus Christ supposedly on his birthday. If what we had were really genuine then wouldn't we be excited about the Lord Jesus Christ every day of the year. If he really gave us eternal life, the highest life possible then why does it take Christmas trees, Satan Claws, I mean Santa Claus to make it worthwhile?
Now let's look at the Christmas tree and in doing this we will go to the word of God. In Jeremiah 10:1-5, we read:
"1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
"2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
"3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
"4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
"5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."
Sounds like a Christmas tree to me. I also wonder where all the "tree huggers" are at this time of year. They want to protect our forests and the like. Why are they letting millions of "innocent" trees be hopelessly slaughtered for no purpose whatsoever. A few days after Christmas when you drive down the street where you live, you see all of those trees laying out front of the house waiting to be thrown away. Any new ager or even a Christian who is into being pro-conservation should care about the useless waste of our natural resources.
Now let's look at the location of Satan Claws, I mean Santa Claus. Quoting from Dave Ihlenfeld, Britannica.com again. "Little was known about the North Pole in the late 19th century. Why then did Nast choose it as Santa's new home? Nast never elaborated on his motives for the move, but Brown suggests Nast chose the North Pole so "Santa didn't belong to any one country? he became a citizen of the world."
"The North Pole had other benefits. The location helped placate curious children who began asking where Santa Claus lived. Such a remote spot made searching for him difficult, nearly impossible if you didn't have a plane, a nuclear submarine, or a Russian icebreaker."
In other words, his location helped the liars to be better liars. It made it almost impossible to disprove their lies. When you start lying to your kids or anyone else then you must tell bigger lies to keep the first lie "true", so to speak. I see that Satan Claws, I mean Santa Claus would be one of the first "new agers" or "one worlders" since the fall of the Tower of Babel. But there is more to the location being in the north. Isaiah 14:13 says, "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:" Isn't it strange that Santa , I mean Satan says that he will sit upon the mount of the congregatioin, in the sides of the north?
I was thinking of the blood of Jesus Christ making us whiter than snow. My mind went to Satan Claws, I mean Santa Claus. He is wearing a red and white suit. The word says, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isa. 1:18
Isn't that basically what Satan Claws, I mean Santa Claus is doing in the natural course of events for the children, making sure that they are being good, so to speak. If they aren't then they don't get any gifts. Jesus Christ gave his life as a gift for mankind so he can make us good by coming into our lives and cleaning us up. Santa, I mean Satan gets you to turn over a new leaf. The Lord Jesus Christ gives you a new life when you repent and come to him. Quite a difference but on the surface it appears the same.
For further reading on this subject, check my article on Christmas entitled Have a Happy Christ-x Day!
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