THE CHRISTMAS SCROOGE
The Nazis burned and banned a lot of books, when they came to power in Germany. Among the books deemed so “dangerous” to the Reich, that required them to be banned and burned, were such authors as Plato, Gibbons, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis and Earnest Hemingway.
BOOKS BANNED AND BURNED BY THE NAZIS
But despite all the literally hundreds and hundreds, of books banned, seized and burned, there was one book, that was actually LIKED! It wasn’t even a German book. It didn’t espouse German culture. And it was even written in a country, that had become a mortal enemy of Nazi Germany. Yet, despite all that, it was not only a book that was never banned or burned, it was READ.
Why would such a book, written by an Englishman, be valued over the science of “relativity”, Plato’s Republic, and even one of the most thorough histories on the Roman empire, ever produced? Because the author of that book, also produced one of the most vile Anti-Semitic caricatures, ever penned in literature. That author was Charles Dickens.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
One thing all promoters of "Christmas" agree on, and that is "Charles Dickens" got it RIGHT! His story "A Christmas Carol" perfectly embodies what all who value and venerate "Christmas" want to say. And that is why plays and movies and videos and TV productions are made every year, religiously, to repeat his "wondrous" message.
The "mean old Scrooge" "sees the light" and "does Christmas". Unfortunately, everyone is so "fascinated" and "entertained" by the opportunity to slander "Christians" who didn't do "Christmas" in their productions, they never really pay attention to anything else in it's content. (Or perhaps, maybe they actually do?) Which would be even more troubling.
"A Christmas Carol" is a hyped, vastly over praised, piece of "English" literature. It is like the stone idol of a turd, that people mindlessly worship, because people mindlessly worship. It's claim to "fame", is it's "fame". We have "reality TV" celebrities now, that do the same thing.
Dickens is promoted and
venerated, on an almost religious level, for writing a fairly bad story about
Christmas. And while "literature fans" may wish to grovel at the altar of his "genius", his actual "plot" line, was simply "dumb as rocks". There is no "real story of an Ebenezer Scrooge" in real life, because that is just how "unrealistic" and "dumb" the plot-line actually is. There are "spirits" and there are "Ebenezer Scrooges", but how they would "interact" and form a "plot" would never even begin to resemble his "fiction" (and not even "close").
And how could it be believed that his fiction possibly “influenced” anyone to abandon their “faith”, and start observing “Christmas”,
is really beyond the word “mysterious”. Because it certainly does not have the “content”
that would ever even "begin" to reach across that theological divide, and make a compelling theological
case, for that change in behavior. It's only real use, was literary "mockery" and "harassment". Dickens and his "Christmas Carol" were the embodiment of a personal "insult", and nothing more. It completely fails, as a fictional narrative polemic, for "Christmas".
In fact, theologically speaking, "A Christmas Carol"
is “prima-facie” evidence of all that is actually “wrong” about Christmas. And precisely, and exactly
why, it should be abandoned, like the spiritual plague, it really is. Dickens himself blatantly shows it TO BE DEMONIC.
"Ebenezer Scrooge" has been described as a "Vicious Caricature" of the Puritan position against Christmas
- Asia Times Online (2006)
Spirits” of “Christmas”, are all shown unmistakably by Charles Dickens,
to be “Demonic
Spirits”, very well known from both historical and theological sources.
essence, “Ebenezer Scrooge” gave himself over to “Demons”, according to
own fable, and they “drove”/”compelled” him to do “Christmas”? And this
supposed to “convince” “Christians” they should do “Christmas” too?
(Because of a fictional story centered around 3 demons, that "demonize"
an old man into "compulsion"?)
WHO WAS "CHARLES DICKENS" INTENDING TO "MOCK"?
"The Puritans" of Europe who came as refugees to America are often referred to by modern writers as some kind of isolated "alien species", but the truth of the matter is that they represented one of the few last vestiges of "Post-Reformation" Christianity left on the planet. The "counter-reformation" in Europe had already successfully annihilated "Protestant" countries, forcing them into a bastardized compromise after the defeat of the King of Sweden. All that followed was a mish-mash "hybrid" Christianity, that was in reality, neither really "Protestant" or "Catholic".
"Free Church" Christianity, on the other hand, existing outside these "political" compromises and considerations" of the "State-Church". It was "free" to pursue the subject of "Christianity" as found within the New Testament, on it's own terms, with no other focus in mind. Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists and Independent Evangelicals all came from the "Free Church" movement in Europe. (Not the "State-Church") These groups were "collectively" referred to in England as "Puritans". But they were in reality, nothing more than a diversity of "Free Church" Christians. (i.e., "real Christians"") versus those, "declared so" by virtue of natural "birth" in a "Christian state" and an associated "baptismal ritual" that sprinkled them with some water at "birth", completely apart from any wilful volition or cognition.
The "Puritans", were the actual forefathers of American Evangelicalism. The "majority" of America's "Christianity".
They also represented the "Free Church movement". Meaning they were one of the only remaining "Christian" groups left in Europe that believed in a "Free Church" (One that was not "defined", "controlled" and "run" by the government). This became the basis of their support for the "First Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution.
When "Charles Dickens" came to America to "mock the Puritans" with his fable, he was mocking America's "Christians". The same ones that gave the world the first modern democracy, without a "king", and with "religious freedom" (a separation of "Church" from "State")
Do you "honor" your "historical" and/or "spiritual heritage", or do you buy "Toilet paper" and "Tacos" from advertisers that PAY THE BILL to MOCK YOU every year?
(If you do, then you are getting what you deserve)
WHO WAS "CHARLES DICKENS" AND WHAT WAS HIS "THEOLOGY"?
But it wasn't enough just to hate the wife he impregnated 10 times, he actually tried to "get rid" of her, by having her falsely committed to an "insane asylum". Back then, "insane asylums" were worse than prisons.
That is why he started a "magazine" which included telling "ghost stories". But he would also "expose" fraudulent "seances" occasionally in its pages. He made a lot of money "selling" ghost stories (which were also very popular forms of entertainment in Victorian England, around "Christmas time"), because as everyone knows, "spirits of the dead", are all about "Christ". (At least in the "State-church", it is)
But even here, unfortunately, the commoners of London couldn't appreciate "Charles Dickens" for the "great" literary "genius" he really was, (as a "great man"). He was actually accused of blatant plagiarism of his "stories".
For while he was busy extolling the value of Mesmerism's "universal fluid" to the public, to dismiss the phenomenology of "spirits", he was in private discussing his own "spirit visitation" in correspondence, concerning the "spirit" of his dead sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth, whom appeared to him as the "Virgin Mary" as painted by Raphael. It told him to become a "Catholic", which apparently though, he never did. (Divorce and Catholicism did not go good together in the 18 hundreds)
Dickens gave him
(1) a Hebrew name -Ebenezer
(2) A "pointy nose"
(3) And he even gave "Scrooge" the "occupation" of the "Jew money-lender".
NO WONDER "THE NAZIS" LOVED HIS WORK
The question is... what is "in" you, that would make you "love" it too?
( Maybe whatever it is... is a "spirit" that really shouldn't be there, to begin with? )