The Problems with Christmas, Crime and Coveting
by Dr. James Ricks
Why does the Christmas season lead to higher levels of drunkenness, depression,
crime and covetousness?
People have high expectations. They are led to expect peace, family love and
harmony, with wonderful gifts. When these experiences fail to materialize, many
people are left to depression and despair. They are left not with joy, but with
markedly higher rates of
and other crimes, than at any other time of the year.
Christmas is spiritually detrimental for a society
kids mix up Santa with Jesus. They think the holiday is more about Santa
than Jesus and they may be correct in actual fact. It may diminish God in the
manner in which the holiday is handled in the minds of the young. Jesus is put
on a par with other mythical characters like Dora or the power rangers or batman
and the tooth fairy. The
Christmas season fosters greed, consumerism and not Jesus Christ and
Christianity gained power as the official religion of the
Roman Empire. It was to
the advantage of various pagan societies to become Christian when promised that
they could keep their pagan customs, ideas and culture. The
of plenty) was a major pagan celebration and orgy lasting 8 days and
ended on December 25. They put Jesus birthday on that date and allowed the
pagans to keep their customs if the pagans agreed to convert.
During saturnalia all courts closed because nothing you did was a crime. It was
a drunken, anything goes revelry. Any woman outside could be raped without
consequences. People could be murdered without penalty. They would pick some
poor victim for a human sacrifice and kill him or her in a very brutal manner.
People would go from house to house, in the nude, singing and eating human
shaped cakes. (like gingerbread men)
the Asheira cult agreed
to join if they would allow them to worship a tree. So the Christmas tree was
inculcated as another symbol. New Yearís is also from a pagan celebration to
the god Janus which is
celebrated with drunkenness and revelry.
Did the early church celebrate Christmas?
The early Christian church did not celebrate Christmas. The Bible did not
mention the date of Christís birth. Early Christians did celebrate Godís holy
days. Christ never celebrated his birthday. His disciples never celebrated his
birthday and the New Testament church of the apostles never celebrated his
birthday. The Bible supports the celebration of Christís death (New
Testament Passover) and his resurrection (Unleavened
Bread & Pentecost) and his second coming to bring his ruler ship of
the planet and paradise (Fall Holy days
culminating in the Feast of Tabernacles and Last Great Day).
Christ birthday was never an important date for the apostolic church of God.
They never celebrated his birthday. It is nowhere in the New Testament.
Does God care if we celebrate Christmas?
Mark 7:7 plainly says that we are not to try to worship him with manís ideas of
worship and traditions, nor are we to try to worship him as the pagans and
heathens worship their gods. Deuteronomy 12:3-4, 30-31. He knows that paganism
and pagan practices are always trouble for Christians. We are told to stay away
Was Christ born on December 25th?
The Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th
edition states that even as late as 245 AD the
catholic theologian, Origen
still says that keeping Christmas is sinful. The book of Luke which covers
Christís birth states that the shepherds were in the fields with their sheep
which would have been very unwise unless the shepherds wanted to freeze their
sheep. Luke 2:7-8. Romans, were very clever when came to taxation and would not
have required folks to do lots of traveling to register in December when the
weather could be rainy, icy, cold and unpredictable. (Luke 2:1-18) see Luke 1:8
and Jeremiah 10:3-4.
Early America outlawed Christmas
puritans did not celebrate Christmas. They felt that it was a sin and was
associated with paganism, idolatry and was not justified by scripture.
Furthermore, it was illegal until the 1850ís.
During the Battle of
Trenton, (1776) in the
revolutionary war, George Washington was able to defeat the hessians who were
paid German mercenaries because they were celebrating Christmas while the
colonialists were not. The hessians were drunk and hung over from their
Christmas celebration. The American forces had an easy and much needed victory
over superior forces. Had that battle not occurred the American Revolution
would most likely have failed.
Is it possible for us to support the right of people to celebrate Christmas and
not believe or keep it ourselves?
We certainly know that they are wrong theologically, but do we believe that they
have the right to be wrong even in the public square? This is a very ticklish
situation. If America has true religious freedom then people have a right to be
wrong or we do not have true religious freedom. It is hard to support the many
that wish to celebrate the winter solstice or holiday but want to forbid the
mentioning or showing of Christ or any real religious symbols in public.
Christians should be allowed to celebrate as they believe in the public square
like any other religion or group even if they are mistaken theologically.
We do not support the secularists, agnostics and earth worshippers who want to
keep the holiday but eliminate Christ and the nativity scene. The season is
even more pagan thereby. American Christians have the right to celebrate as
they believe (errors and all).
Rejection of Christianity is also a negative trend in our society including at