THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
THE REASON FOR THE SEASON IN HISTORY
Historically speaking, the claim that "Jesus is the REASON for the Season", is shamefully dishonest. There is not much "controversy" or "debate" among secular historians and secular scholars, as to where or why, there is this "season". The "season" was the time of year to worship the birth of the Sun. All across the ancient world, from Asia, to Africa, to Europe, even to the western Hemisphere in the Americas, the world's polytheistic culture ritualized and gathered to worship the birth of the Sun. This fact was actually the basis of the legal defense, for the institution of it into Federal law and keeping it that way, despite it's religious conflict with the first Amendment of the US Constitution.
So ironically, based on that very argument, if "Jesus" really was "The Reason for the Season", it would have been an indefensible violation of the first Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
And to make matters worse for "Christians", this deity was precisely what the New Testament authors, were clearly and unashamedly calling "Satan". (Rev.9:11)
If you had told them you were going to call it "Christ" and participate in the worship ritual anyway, they would have called you a very ugly name. Because that is what they actually did. (Rev.2:6,15)
HISTORICAL TIME-LINE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF "CHRISTMAS"
THE "REASON FOR THE SEASON" ACCORDING TO "CHRISTIANS"
LATIN "FATHERS" - THE "REASON" IS "NICOLAITANISM"
"But what makes you Christian people so offensive is your stubbornness. You are antisocial snobs. You will not show proper respect for our festivals."
- Octavius of Minicius Felix, 2nd Century CE
- Glimpses Issue #139 : Why Early Christians Were So Despised;, Ken Curtis PH.D., Beth Jacobson, Diana Severance Ph.D., Ann T.Snyder and Dan Graves.©2003 Christian History Institute. "The Octavius of Minicius Felix" ; 2nd century A.D.
"We Christians neither cover our doorposts with wreaths, nor...decorate our house like some new brothel. We...do not celebrate along with you the holidays...The pagan Romans clad their doorposts with green and branching laurels...In the Saturnalia...Presents come and go...There are...gifts...and Banquets...yet Christians should have no acquaintance with the festivals of the pagans."
- Tertullian, (A.D. 155-220), A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs, 1998, p. 342).
"the Church father Origen was proclaiming it heathenish to celebrate Christ's birthday...The day was not even known to be Christ's birthday. It was merely an excuse to continue the customs of the pagan Saturnalia."
-(Gerard and Patricia Del Re, The Christmas Almanac p. 20).
Origen denounces the idea of the syncretistic pagan celebration of Chirst’s birthday as though he were an ungodly Pharaoh. 245 AD,
- "Natal Day", The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913.
"Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church. Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts."
- Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913
...This festival was invented, as some say, by the disciples of the [Nicolaitan] heretic Cerinthus; and was accepted by the Greeks, because they were truly fond of festivals and most fervent in piety; and by them it was spread and diffused all over the world. But in the days of the holy Constantine, in the holy Council of Nice, this festival was not received by the holy fathers;
- Ananias of Shirak, On Christmas, The Expositor, 5th series vol. 4 (1896) Translation. pp.323-337.The Discourse of Ananias, called the Counter upon the Epiphany of our Lord and Saviour.
THE NICOLAITANS - A sect springing, according to credible tradition, from Nicholas a proselyte of Antioch, one of the seven deacons of Jerusalem (Act_6:5), who apostatized from the truth, and became the founder of an Antinomian Gnostic sect. They appear to have been characterized by sensuality, seducing Christians to participate in the idolatrous feasts of pagans… Hence they are denoted by the names of Balaam and Jezebel, two leading agents of moral contamination under the Old Testament dispensation. - A.T.ROBERTSON, WORD STUDIES IN THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH - THE REASON IS "THE SUN"
PROTESTANT REFORMERS - THE REASON IS "THE ANTICHRIST"
THE "REASON FOR THE SEASON" IN BIBLICAL THEOLOGY
THE REASON IS SATAN
Rituals which enacted VENERATION of "The Tree" which Genesis interpreted as "The Tree of Knowledge", or the "Serpent's Tree" or the "Tree of Damnation", occurred all over the world, and throughout history. It was both an intrinsic part of the enactment of "Enlightenment" and the "Serpent", but it was also assimilated as part of local "cultures" all over the world, including ancient Egypt, where Moses had been indoctrinated in their teachings.
THE REASON IS THE "TREE OF KNOWLEDGE"
Veneration of the "Tree of Knowledge", the "Serpent" and "Enlightenment" are found all over the world. The book of Genesis critiques this religious system as a "Deception" rather than "Enlightenment", and the "Serpent" as "Satan" (the Adversary). And it's promise of "Self-deification" as separation from the one true creator-God, and thus "eternal damnation".
The "Tree of Damnation" is still "venerated", all over the world, to this day, both openly in religious systems, and covertly in esoteric western occultism.
THE REASON IS THE "NEPHILIM"
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. - KJV
The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and even afterwards when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore to them; they were THE HEROES (idolized, the Idols) which existed from ancient time, the men of name. -Paraphrase
THE REASON IS THE "TOWER OF BABEL"
And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and A TOWER, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel;
To make matters worse, the Shepherd of Hermes, an "esoteric revelation" written by the brother of the Pope, and read as scripture in Rome, identified the "tower of Babel" as "the Church" (to be emulated). Thus it's "mysteries" were to be "incorporated".
Historians and researchers have traced our modern "Christmas" through Rome to ancient Persia's "Yalda" celebration. (Which in turn came from ancient Babylon)
THE BIRTH OF THE SUN-GOD OF BABYLON
(PERSIA'S "SHAB-E YALDA" - ORIGIN OF "CHRISTMAS")
"The Persians adopted their annual renewal festival from the Babylonians and incorporated it into the rituals of their own Zoroastrian religion. The last day of the Persian month Azar is the longest night of the year, when the forces of Ahriman are assumed to be at the peak of their strength. While the next day, the first day of the month "Day" known as "khoram rooz" or "khore rooz" (the day of sun) belongs to Ahura Mazda, the Lord of Wisdom. Since the days are getting longer and the nights shorter, this day marks the victory of Sun over the darkness. The occasion was celebrated in the festival of "Daygan" dedicated to Ahura Mazda, on the first day of the month "Day" - YALDA SHAB-E CHELEH SHAB-E YALDA
Because Latin theologians adopted a "theological framework" that literally switched theological "north" and "south", instead of pulling people out of "the WAY of the Gentiles", they actually adopted the "WAY of the Gentiles" as their "north star". This is why the "Birth of the SUN", became the "birth of their CHRIST". It was the adaptation of the SUN of God (from Babylon) as "Christ".
As a result of this "switch", a great deal of Roman Catholic ecclesiastical worship ritual and "iconography" (including "Christ-Mass") is actually centered around "the SUN". (And this is why)
"SUN" WORSHIP IS NOT A "MINOR" PROBLEM
EVEN FOR "MODERN" SOCIETY
QUANTUM PHYSICS DEMONSTRATES THE OBSERVER AND THE REALITY OBSERVED, ARE DIRECTLY CONNECTED
BIBLICAL CONSEQUENCES OF "SUN" WORSHIP
1. The "plague" of a "Scorched earth" (Global Warming) - Rev 16:8
And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
2. Personal "eternal damnation" - Rev. 20:14,14
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
(i.e., the SUN)