Before getting wrapped up in and devoured by “holiday madness,” consider the following questions and ask yourself, are the X-mas hype, hysteria and hoopla worth it?
Theologians and scholars of different religions and races have pointed out in scripture and detailed research that Jesus of 2,000 years ago was not only NOT born Dec. 25 but he was not born in the 12th month of the Gregorian calendar at all.
There are thousands of versions or “translations” of the Bible. Yet in none of these biblical versions is Dec. 25 pointed out as the birth date of Jesus of Nazareth.
When the Honorable Elijah Muhammad taught this in America as far back as the 1930s, he and his followers were mocked, ridiculed and outright condemned. Today, the best and brightest minds in Christian theology have verified with their studies, the truth of what the patriarch of the Nation of Islam taught.
“The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus’ Nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when they hear the news of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:8) might suggest the spring lambing season; in the cold month of December, on the other hand, sheep might well have been corralled,” wrote Andrew McGowan of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, Australia in his article “How December 25 Became Christmas” posted on biblicalarchaeology.org.
“..Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 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 axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 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.”
Another theologian, Scott Ashley wrote he stopped celebrating Christmas for several reasons, though he is an ordained minister. “Christmas is nowhere mentioned in the Bible,” he wrote in his “The Top 10 Reasons Why I Don’t Celebrate Christmas.”
“This is rather obvious, but most people never give it a second thought. The books of the New Testament cover 30+ years of Jesus Christ’s life, then another 30+ years of the early Church following His death and resurrection, but nowhere do we find any hint of a Christmas celebration or anything remotely like it,” Mr. Ashley penned in his online essay.
Mr. Muhammad taught Dec. 25 was actually the birthdate of wicked ruler Nimrod who was born during the last 300 years of the civilization of Moses and ushered in a period where laws brought by the divine servant were done away with. These celebrations are pagan celebrations and celebrations of this wicked king mentioned in the Bible, said Mr. Muhammad
What does tinsel have to do with it?
For those who do not celebrate Christmas, confused looks and bewilderment from co-workers, friends, family and even strangers is nothing new. “You don’t want to even help decorate the tree?” they may ask. But where did all these Christmas symbols originate?
“Consider the customs associated with Christmas. What do decorated evergreen trees, holly, mistletoe, yule logs, a jolly plump man in a fur-lined red suit, sleighs and flying reindeer have to do with the birth of Jesus Christ?” asked Mr. Ashley. None have anything to do with Jesus but a lot to do with ancient pagan festivals, he added. Most of the pagans were sun worshippers. The round red, silver and gold balls hung on millions of trees during the holidays represent the sun.
One can look no further than the King James Bible, Jeremiah 10:1-5, for what it says about chopping down and decorating a tree:
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 axe.
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.
Millions of Bibles are in millions of American households. Yet, how many people are familiar with the verses in Jeremiah? According to a State of the Bible in 2013 survey commissioned by the American Bible Society, 88 percent of Americans own a Bible but 61 percent wish they read it more. So before buying your evergreen tree or kissing under the mistletoe (which by the way was a practice associated with an ancient Greek festival and fertility), do a little studying for better understanding.
What about St. Nick? No, Virginia for the last time, there is no Santa Claus
The myth of Jolly Ole’ Saint Nick/Kris Kringle/Santa and his stable of flying reindeer and team of elves is just that … myth, much of which is rooted in European folklore. In an insightful article penned by Alan Muhammad, “Black Folks’ Guide to Understanding Christmas” he outlined the development and evolution of the character.
“Saint Nicholas occupied several peculiar positions in Christian culture including being the patron saint of school children, shipping, and pawn brokers, among other titles,” wrote Alan Muhammad.
Some argue the idea of Santa Claus is harmless. “Christmas is for the children,” they contend.
Parents often teach their children safety and security by not talking to strangers. But each year thousands of parents’ line up their children at malls anxiously waiting to snap pictures while their bundle of joy sits on a costume clad stranger’s lap.
Mall “Santa’s” have spewed racial insults to Black children, fondled youngsters and been drunk on the job.