24 DECEMBER 2010
Shone Bagley, Sr. M.C.C./Published Writer
Why do we go on believing in a lie? We know that Christmas is not Jesus’ Birthday. Anybody who has been taught in religion studies would tell you that we may not know when Jesus was born but it was not December 25th.
In fact the majority of you may not even know that a festival that began with the Romans called the Saturnalia was a festival or holiday that took place to celebrate Saturn as a harvest god.
It was celebrated from the 17th until the 25th of December. This is the time where the Roman people were to indulge in food, drink and gift giving. It was within this festival’s conclusion, December 24th where the Romans believed they were destroying the forces of darkness, their enemies. On December 25th they did not eat or drink. On the 26th is where they exchanged their gifts to each other.
In the 4th century CE, the high Popes of Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival by choosing the 25th day as Jesus’ birthday – a new life of hope and everything that Jesus stands for– in hopes of drawing the pagan masses to join with them. It was within the Council of Nicaea where the church was in the process of legalizing Christianity with the authority of the Roman Emperor Constantine, for the sole purpose of unifying into the one religion of Rome.
In time the Popes over Christians succeeded in winning the pagans to Christianity. It was with the promise that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia but under the name, “Christmas.”
Christmas became one of the most popular Roman celebrations. In time it was marked by drunken orgies, and reversal of social roles. The Lord of Misrule were officers appointed over “Christmas” to preside over the “Feast of the Fools” until 1431 where they banned this festival.
The Origin of Christmas Tree
The Asheira cult – part of those celebrating Saturn as a harvest god, were recruited by the High Popes of what we’ve come to know as the Catholic Church, who did sanction the usage of “Trees” within the Christmas festival. Keep in mind that these pagans long before Jesus worshipped trees in the forest, or brought them into their homes to decorate them as a sign of new life. The Church adopted this observance.
Again I say, Christmas is a lie. There is no Christian church that would come to agree that Jesus was really born on December 25th. December 25th is a day on which Jews have been shamed, tortured, and murdered.
We have come to think that Christmas has become a “commercial” event. The fact is, it never was not a “commercial” event. We have been lied to. Merging with pagans just to have those, Constantine Christians, keep you happy so the Empire can be happy. All this from the Council of Nicaea. All this in the history books if you truly care to know the truth from the fake ones.
What is important? The truth or a blend of paganism?
If you are to celebrate Jesus, then don’t blaspheme him.