By Irene Guthrie: The biggest lie is “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
The Dec. 21, 2007 archived column by Mike Green, "There's no Christ in Christmas," with his honest exposé of the season erroneously called Christmas conveys what it's really all about, contrary to Christian belief.
There are so many lies regarding the "day" as you say Mr. Green, "with its provision for its celebrants with an inherent right to ridicule and mock those who do not accept its lies." I and many others who associate with the Judeo-Christian heritage would be ridiculed because we agree with you.
The biggest lie is "Jesus is the reason for the season." Yes, nothing could be farther from the truth. Biblically, it is well known that the birth of Jesus (called Yeshua by his Hebrew parents) was not born on Dec. 25. Cousin John was born at Passover and was six months older than the Messiah, placing his birth in autumn. One author cites Sept. 5 B.C.E.
The holiday origins bare the truth about the Yule celebration. The term Christmas appeared around 450 C.E. by Pope Julius decreeing all Catholics must celebrate Christ's birth consecutive with the Saturnalia feast. This winter solstice sabbat is celebrated by the pagan community, as are Halloween, Valentine's Day, Easter, and Midsummer (also called Litha). Me thinks we Judeo-Christians are following the wrong calendar, since God has his own calendar (Leviticus 23). Hmm, now there's a thought for another topic.
Prophet Jeremiah explains the "Xmas tree" worshipped by idolaters in chapter 10. Let's get down to the brass balls here — gold and silver, that is, those hanging on the tree. Our ancestors put up a tree commemorating the rebirth of Tammuz, a Babylonian deity. The gold and silver balls originally represented his testicles. Blushing allowed; ignorance detrimental. "My people are destroyed for want of knowledge. Because you rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as cohen for me. Because you forgot the Torah of your God, I will also forget your children" (Hosea 4:6).
Shepherds! Your purpose-driven flocks have been misled. We will all have to give an account on the Day of the Messiah when He returns. You have studied in seminaries or bible schools. You are aware. Jeremiah 16:19 declares: "Yehovah, my strength, my fortress, my refuge in time of trouble, the nations will come to you from the ends of the earth, saying, 'Our ancestors inherited nothing but lies, futile idols, completely useless.'"
Excuse my lisp, but we have "mythed" the truth. Indeed the truth will set us free; yet we are not all free. Clergy can start by teaching the truth and congregants by seeking the truth through Scripture to see if their clergy declare truth. After all, the truth will set us free; it is stranger than fiction.
I am no longer "myth-tified" by the lie that one can mix the birth of Jesus with the pagan holiday of Yule. Yes, choose Christ or choose Christmas, but choose wisely.
Thank you, Mr. Grinch, er, Mr. Green.
A resident of Medford, Irene Guthrie has lived in Jackson County for five years and pursues creative writing as a hobby.