Hundreds of years ago, many people really thought that witches lived in American towns. They believed in witchcraft because they did not understand science as we do today. They thought witches flied on brooms and had evil magic powers. Now, even kids know that it’s a lie and there is no witch flying brooms. Do you know many people believe perfect lies even today as people believed the existence of broomstick flying witches in the past? One of well-known lies is Christmas.
Christmas originated from pagan festivals which celebrated the birth of sun-god
Many people think that Jesus was born on December 25th. However, it’s not true: Jesus could not be born in winter.
While they were there, the time came for the baby [Jesus] to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night… (Luke 2:6-8)
Winter is the rainy season in Israel and it rains a lot and the temperature falls off. Therefore, people move their sheep into the sheep pen at least by October. So, it’s not possible to keep watching over the flocks of sheep in the fields in December.
Regarding the origins of Christmas, Encyclopedia Americana (Glolier Inc., 1996) says:
The date [of Christmas] was not set in the West until about the middle of the 4th century and in the East until about a century later… the day was chosen to correspond to pagan festivals that took place around the time of the winter solstice, when the days begin to lengthen, to celebrate the “rebirth of the sun.”
As you see, Christmas was not celebrated until the 4th century, long after Jesus’ Ascension. CHRISTMAS was first celebrated on various dates from about 200 A.D. but was finally set on December 25 by Bishop Liberus of Rome in 354 A.D. Christmas originated from pagan festivals to celebrate the “birth of sun-god : Mithra”. Some might say that it’s not so important because they celebrate the birth of Jesus not sun-god on December 25th although it originated from pagan customs. However, we must learn from Jeroboam of the Northern Kingdom of Israel who made golden calves by saying “Here are your gods” and celebrated a day of his own choosing as the festival of God (1 Kings 12:25-33.) Was God pleased with Jeroboam? (No.) Those who celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th are not different from Jeroboam who committed idolatry by celebrating a day of his own choosing.
Sunday is also not based on the Bible
Another well-known lie is the Sunday service. Sunday is also not based on the Bible: it originated from pagan religions. Many people think that the worship day changed from the Sabbath to Sunday. However, it’s not true. Jesus kept the Sabbath day as was his custom and the disciples and apostles also observed this day by following the example of Jesus. Even the church that worships on Sunday acknowledged that Sunday was not based on the Bible.
“The Faith of Our Fathers” says as follows:
But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday [the Sabbath]…
You will not find a single line about the Sunday Service. Instead, the Bible commands us to keep the Sabbath day [Saturday]. It’s also written in the book titled “The Faith of Millions“:
But since Saturday, not Sunday, is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious that non-Catholics who profess to take their religion directly from the Bible and not from the Church [the Roman Catholic Church], observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, of course, it is inconsistent; but this change was made about fifteen centuries before Protestantism was born, and by that time the custom was universally observed. They have continued the custom, even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text in the Bible…
The Sabbath day disappeared completely since 321 AD. The Roman Catholic Church changed the worship day to Sunday. The author of “The Faith of Millions” indicates that Sunday was introduced by the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. So, the Roman Catholics even changed the Ten Commandments by its authority. However, it’s not allowed to change the Law of God. We should seek and follow the teachings of Jesus as written in the Bible.
True and Lies
People have been deceived by Satan for a long time. Sunday and Christmas are mere man-made teachings and not based on the Bible. Jesus warned us not to follow man-made teachings.
You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'” (Matthew 15:7-9)
Those who follow the rules taught by men such as Christmas, Sunday, Eater and Thanksgiving Day worship God in vain. Rather, we should observe God’s Law. The new covenant including the Passover and the Sabbath is what Jesus commanded us to obey.
Many Christians often say they preach the gospel. However, the core of the heavenly gospel that Jesus preached is the Passover. The Sabbath day is a sign between God and God’s people, and Jesus also kept the Sabbath as was his custom and the disciples kept it by following the example of Jesus. Without keeping the Sabbath, we cannot become God’s children (Exodus 31:13.) The World Mission Society Church of God (Witness of Ahnsahnghong) delivers the same teachings as the Early Church. Today, only the Church of God obeys the new covenant by following the example of Jesus. Please come to the World Mission Society Church of God and keep the Passover (Matt 26:17) and the Sabbath day (Luke 4:16) to receive the blessings of God.