WE ALL KNOW WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ABOUTDON’T WE.

 OR DO WE?

Fact One:

The word Christmas is not in the Bible.  Unless you write it in yourself, you won’t find it the Bible.

Fact Two:

The practice of celebrating Christmas was not a practice of the apostles of Christ, nor of the very early church disciples.

Fact Three:

The word Christmas is an invention of the Roman Catholic Church.

Fact Four:

The word ‘Christmas’ is a product of two words, Christ and Mass.  It later became Christmas (with one ‘s’) to appease protestants.   It certainly has…

‘Christ’ means anointed and in the seasonal expression it is meant to refer to Jesus the Christ.

‘Mass’ is from the Old English maesse derived possibly from an earlier Latin word, and refers to the Roman Catholic practice in dismissing the congregation after their meeting; and also refers to the catholic eucharist…

THE FOLLOWING IS A DIRECT UNEDITED PASTE FROM

http://catholicism.about.com/od/worship/p/The_Mass.htm

(emphasis in dark red added to leading words) 

”  Catholics worship God in a variety of ways, but the chief act of corporate or communal worship is the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In the Eastern churches, Catholic and Orthodox, this is known as the Divine Liturgy; in the West, it is known as the Mass, an English word derived from the Latin text of the priest’s dismissal of the congregation at the end of the liturgy (“Ite, missa est.“). Throughout the centuries, the liturgy of the Church has taken a variety of regional and historical forms, but one thing has remained constant: The Mass has always been the central form of Catholic worship.”

The Mass: An Ancient Practice:

As far back as the Acts of the Apostles and Saint Paul’s epistles, we find descriptions of the Christian community gathering to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist. In the catacombs in Rome, the tombs of martyrs were used as altars for the celebration of the earliest forms of the Mass, making the tie between the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, its re-presentation in the Mass, and the strengthening of the faith of Christians explicit.

The Mass as “Unbloody Sacrifice“:

Very early on, the Church saw the Mass as a mystical reality in which the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross is renewed. Responding to Protestant sects who denied that the Eucharist is anything more than a memorial, the Council of Trent (1545-63) declared that “The same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross, is present and offered in an unbloody manner” in the Mass.

This does not mean, as some critics of Catholicism claim, that the Church teaches that, in the Mass, we sacrifice Christ again. Rather, the original sacrifice of Christ on the Cross is presented to us once more

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A SUMMARY OF THE ENTRANCE OF TRANSUBSTANTIATION INTO ROMAN CATHOLICISM

“The doctrine of transubstantiation does not date back to the Last Supper as is supposed. It was a controverted topic for many centuries before officially becoming an article of faith, which means that it is essential to salvation according to the Roman Catholic Church. The idea of a corporal presence was vaguely held by some, such as Ambrose, but it was not until 831 A.D. that Paschasius Radbertus, a Benedictine monk, published a treatise openly advocating the doctrine of transubstantiation. Even then, for almost another four hundred years, theological war was waged over this teaching by bishops and people alike until at the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 A.D., it was officially defined and canonized as a dogma.

“Like many of the beliefs and rites of Romanism, transubstantiation was first practiced by pagan religions. The noted historian Durant said that belief in transubstantiation as practiced by the priests of the Roman Catholic system is “one of the oldest ceremonies of primitive religion.” The Story Of Civilization, p. 741. The syncretism and mysticism of the Middle East were great factors in influencing the West, particularly Italy. Roman Society From Nero To Marcus Aurelius, Dill. In Egypt priests would consecrate mest cakes which were supposed to be come the flesh of Osiris. Encyclopedia Of Religions, Vol. 2, p. 76. The idea of transubstantiation was also characteristic of the religion of Mithra whose sacraments of cakes and Haoma drink closely parallel the Catholic Eucharistic rite. Ibid. The idea of eating the flesh of deity was most popular among the people of Mexico and Central America long before they ever heard of Christ; and when Spanish missionaries first landed in those countries “their surprise was heightened, when they witnessed a religious rite which reminded them of communion…an image made of flour…and after consecration by priests, was distributed among the people who ate it…declaring it was the flesh of deity…” Prescott’s Mexico, Vol. 3.”   (http://mtc.org/eucharst.html)

Which ever way one looks at the word ‘Mass’ it still is inextricably connected to the DEATH of Jesus Christ.  NOT HIS BIRTH. 

It is a Roman Catholic invention.

Mass – dismissal… death…??

Happy Christ’s death…??? 

Merry Christ’s dismissal…????

What are we actually saying when we use this word?

Oh, that’s right….it’s all about the birth of Jesus…..

This  message is not to bash sincere catholic people.  They are taught to believe what to believe and to ask no questions elsewhere other than from their priests and bishops and cardinals. And they are not really encouraged to read the Bible for themselves with an open mind; except they do it under the guidance and teaching of the Vatican and its emissaries.

Jesus said, Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon a rock. (Matthew 7:24)

Here Jesus is making it plain that each person must hear (and now read if a Bible is available) for themselves the words of Jesus Christ.  And in hearing they must obey what Jesus says.  Just because Jesus has ascended to Heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father, does not mean that He cannot be present with us today.  He can, and He does.  He is with us in His resurrected form (though invisible to our physical eye) as we meet in His name, on our own or with others who also believe in Jesus Christ.   He is God and can be anywhere and every where at the same time.

Also read John 15.  Here Jesus is telling us that His very words must be stuck fast in our hearts and souls.  If we do not get to know intimately what Jesus said by reading God’s word for ourselves, then we will never be able to fulfill what Jesus expects from us.  He also sent His Holy Spirit to teach each saint of God – those washed in the blood of Jesus Christ – living on earth, personally in their own house, as well as collectively in a meeting, the truth of Jesus words.

If Catholic doctrine and practice is true, it can stand any kind of honest and open examination…Can’t it?  We must be able to ask serious questions without being afraid of anyone looking over our shoulder. Jesus never turned away any open and honest question.  Why should any religious leader who claims to follow Jesus Christ?

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The very first Roman Pope Flavius Valerius Constantinus commonly known as Constantine 1 or Constantine the Great, stopped the persecution of Christians, but allowed all pagans, even forced them to become ‘Christians’ while they could still keep all their practices which were occult in nature.  This in short brought about a mix of “Good and Evil” (see Gen 2:17) into public worship in the common church.  December 25 had been observed by heathens all across the world pre Christ as their high ‘holy’ day in which they worshipped their particular version of the sun-god. 

When the pagans (occult practitoners) were embraced into the ‘Church’ they were allowed to keep this feast time.  And feast – plus they did.  But true Christians only worshipped Jesus Christ as God every day. That was a real PROBLEM for Constantine.  But along came a real ‘cool’ idea…he merged pagan practice with all its trappings with worship of God and, somewhere along the line, the birth of Jesus too.  Every one was meant to live happily forever after.  (no body, but no body can be sure when Jesus Christ of Nazareth was born; (Nazareth was the town He was raised in after coming back with His earthly step father and His earthly mother from Egypt)  But that He was born is historical fact.

Constantine required no repentance toward God; just a lovely man made ‘unity’ and ‘peace’ among ‘brothers’.  This first pope acted in total contradiction to John the baptizer who demanded that the people who wanted to be baptized (immersed) in water in order to obey God, had to show works of repentance.  Repentance toward God requires a complete turn around from sinning to living in obedience to God and His Son Jesus Christ.

There is so much more…but to rush this short ‘Christmas’ message out it had to be brief.

Words have meaning, that is why we have dictionaries.  And most people believe a dictionary or encyclopedia before they would believe the Bible. 

Don’t just take my word for it.  Check it out for yourself .  And read the whole Bible through as many times as  you can and see if you can find that word there.

But tradition, especially religious tradition is so hard to move.  And by religious I mean any belief system including the Theory of Evolution, and Atheism, and Socialism, and the list goes on.  Because all of these are belief systems which people believe; it is their religion and they will guard it very carefully.

If you dear fellow believers in Jesus Christ want to remember Jesus’s birth, go ahead.  But just do it without all the vain and empty janglings, and traditional religious forms.  Do so in spirit and in truth.  Keep it pure and simple. like reading portions of scripture, and thanking Heavenly Father for sending His Son to us. Sing a real hymn of praise to God alone and finish on that.  And perhaps you may care to pray for half and hour or so for the persecuted Christians worldwide as well as part of your service to God.

Please don’t mix Christ’s title or name with the word that points to His death and call it happy.  It is a contradiction.  We  can be glad that  Jesus did die in our place, and taking all our sins upon Himself to the cross.  The word – Christmas points to the death of Jesus Christ by defintion, but ‘Christians’ say that they are celebrating His birth.  That seems a bit of an anomoly.

But I guess with most of you, it will be too hard to change what you are used to. It took me a long time to change.  And some people will never change.

Just remember that word ‘Christmas’ is not in the Bible, and our first brothers in Christ never bothered with remembering His birth as a festive practice. If it was important the Holy spirit would have had the gospel writers and Paul to record that.  And Jesus only instructed us to remember His death.  That is good enough for me.  How about you…?

 …more importantly…

Are you ready

when He comes

the second time

without sin

unto salvation?

Heb 9:28

READ THE BIBLE FOR YOURSELF

DAILY

AND ASK FATHER GOD HIMSELF

TO TEACH YOU BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT

YOUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT