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Christmas, 25 December, Bible, Jesus Christ and Sun god!

The Bible says nothing of celebrating the birth of Christ, and does not even mentions the specific day of the year of the event. Why then, is it one of the most celebrated days of the “Christian calendar”? Every year we hear people, even pastors, bemoaning the paganization of Christmas – how Santa Claus and greed have taken over this holy day. Little do they apparently know, the 25th of December was never holy to God, but has long been a pagan festival season celebrating the birth of the Sun god.

According to Bible:

Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Palestine in December is very cold, it is not possible for the shepherds to be in the field with flock at night, the flock would have frozen to death.

So, if we follow the reasoning, based on the scriptural evidence, a case can apparently be made that Jesus Christ was born on the 15th day of the month of Tishri, on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, which corresponds to the September – October timeframe of present calendar!

The date for Christmas may also bear a relation to the sun worship. According to the scholiast on the Syriac bishop Jacob Bar-Salibi, writing in the 12th century:

“It was a custom of the Pagans to celebrate on the same 25 December the birthday of the Sun, at which they kindled lights in token of festivity. In these solemnities and revelries the Christians also took part. Accordingly when the doctors of the Church perceived that the Christians had a leaning to this festival, they took counsel and resolved that the true Nativity should be solemnised on that day. [Wikipedai]

December 25 seems to have been chosen on account of the Roman custom of keeping this day as the festival of Sol Invictus – i.e. of the re-birth of the sun god; it was judged fitting to substitute for the pagan feast a Christian one. Who shall correct this 1700 years old fallacy?

Links:http://biblelight.net/xmas.htmhttp://biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm

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