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What Encyclopedias Say About The Origins of Christmas

The word "Christmas" means "Mass of Christ," or, as it came to be shortened, "Christ-
Mass." It came to non-Christians and Protestants from the Roman Catholic Church. And
where did they get it? NOT from the New Testament--NOT from the Bible--NOT from
the original apostles who were personally instructed by Christ--but it gravitated in the
fourth century into the Roman Church from paganism. Since the celebration of Christmas
has come to the world from the Roman Catholic Church, and has no authority but that of
the Roman Catholic Church, let us examine the Catholic Encyclopedia. 1911 edition,
published by that church. Under the heading "Christmas," you will find: "Christmas was
not among the earliest festivals of the Church ... the first evidence of the feast is from
Egypt." "Pagan customs centering around the January calends gravitated to Christmas. II
And in the same encyclopedia. under the heading "Natal Day," we find that the early
Catholic father, Origen, acknowledged this truth: " ... In the Scriptures, no one [who
obeyed God] is recorded to have kept a feast or held a great banquet on his birthday. It is
only sinners [like Pharaoh and Herod] who make great rejoicings over the day in which
they were born into this world II (emphasis ours). Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1946 edition,
has this: "Christmas (i.e., the Mass of Christ). ... Christmas was not among the earliest
festivals of the church .... " It was not instituted by Christ or the apostles, or by Bible
authority. It was picked up afterward from paganism. The Encyclopedia Americana, 1944
edition, says: "Christmas .... It was, according to many authorities, not celebrated in the
first centuries of the Christian church, as the Christian usage in general was to celebrate

,                   the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth .... " (The "Communion," which is
instituted by New Testament Bible authority, is a memorial of the death of Christ.) " ... A
feast was established in memory of this event [Christ's birth] in the fourth century. In the
fifth century the Western Church ordered it to be celebrated forever on the day of the old
Roman feast of the birth of Sol, as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ's birth
existed." Now notice! These recognized historical authorities show Christmas was not
observed by Christians for the first two or three hundred years--a period longer than the
entire history of the United States as a nation! It got into the Western, or Roman, Church,
by the fourth century AD. It was not until the fifth century that the Roman Church
ordered it to be celebrated as an official Christian festival!


The Real Origin of Christmas

But if we got Christmas from the Roman Catholics, and they got it from paganism, where
did the pagans get it? Where, when, and what was its real origin? It originated in ancient
Egypt in the days of King Osiris and Queen Isis, and their son Horus, about 3,000 B.C.
Yes, it stems from roots whose beginning was long before the Flood! From many ancient
writings, considerable is learned of this man, who started in Egypt a great organized
worldly apostasy from God that has dominated this world until now. After the untimely
death of King Osiris, his wife, Isis, propagated the doctrine of the survival of Osiris as a
spirit being. She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang overnight from a dead tree
stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead Osiris. On each
anniversary of his birth, she claimed, Osiris would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts
upon it. December 25th was the birthday of King Osiris reborn as the son Horus. This is
the real origin of the Christmas tree. Through her scheming and designing, Isis became
the "Queen of Heaven, " and Osiris under various names, became the reborn "divine son
of heaven. " Through the generations, in this idolatrous worship, Osiris also became,
among the later Phoeniceans, Baal the Sun-god. In this false system, reintroduced at
Babylon, after the Flood, by Nimrod (see Genesis 10 and 11), the "Mother and Child"
(Isis and Osiris reborn) became chief objects of worship. This worship of "Mother and
Child" spread over the world. The names varied in different countries and languages. In
Asia the worship passed under the names ofCybele and Deoius. In Rome, Fortuna and
Jupiterpuer. Even in Greece, China, Japan and Tibet is to be found the counterpart of the
Madonna, long before the birth of Christ! Thus, during the fourth and fifth centuries,
when the pagans of the Roman world were "accepting" the new popular "Christianity" by
the hundreds of thousands, carrying their old pagan customs and beliefs along with them,
merely cloaking them with Christian-sounding names, the Madonna and "Mother and
Child" idea also became popularized, especially at Christmas time. Every Christmas
season you'll hear sung and chanted dozens of times the hymn "Silent Night, Holy
Night," with its familiar "Mother and Child" theme. We, who have been born in such a
world, reared and steeped in these things all our lives, have been taught to revere these
things as holy and sacred. We never questioned to see where they came from-whether
they came from the Bible, or from pagan idolatry! We are shocked to learn the truth--
some, unfortunately, take offense at the plain truth! But God commands His faithful
ministers, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people
their transgression!" Shocking as these facts are, they are the plain facts of history and the
Bible! The origin of Christmas goes back to ancient times. It is bound up in the apostasy
which has gripped a deceived world these many centuries! In Egypt, it was always
believed that the husband of Isis (Egyptian name for "Queen of Heaven ") was reborn as
the son Horus on December 25th. Through the influence of Egypt and, later, Babylon
over civilization, the nations celebrated this famous birthday over most of the known
world for centuries before the birth of Christ. December 25th is not the birthday of Jesus
the true Christ! The apostles and early true Church never celebrated Christ's birthday at
any time. There is no command or instruction to celebrate it in the Bible-- rather, the
celebrating of birthdays is a pagan, not a Christian custom. 


How This Pagan Custom Got into the Church

Then how did this pagan custom creep into the Western Christian world? The New
Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge explains it clearly, in its article on
"Christmas": "How much the date of the festival depended upon the pagan Brumalia
(Dec. 25) following the Saturnalia (Dec. 17-24), and celebrating the shortest day of the
year and the 'new sun' ... cannot be accurately determined. The pagan Saturnalia and
Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom to be set aside by Christian
influence .... The pagan festival with its riot and merrymaking was so popular that
Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit
and in manner. Christian preachers of the West and the Near East protested against the
unseemly frivolity with which Christ's birthday was celebrated, while Christians of
Mesopotamia accused their Western brethren of idolatry and sun worship for adopting as
Christian this pagan festival. If Remember, the Roman world had been pagan. Prior to the
fourth century, Christians were few in number, though increasing, and were persecuted
by the government and by pagans. But, with the advent of Constantine as emperor, who
made his profession of Christianity in the fourth century, placing Christianity on an equal
footing with paganism, people of the Roman world began to accept this now-popular
Christianity by the hundreds of thousands. But remember, these people had grown up in
pagan customs, chief of which was this idolatrous festival of December 25th. It was a
festival of merrymaking, with its special spirit. They enjoyed it! They didn't want to give
it up! Now this same article in the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious
Knowledge explains how the recognition by Constantine of Sunday, which had been the
day of pagan sun worship, and how the influence of the pagan Manichaeism, which
identified the SON of God with the physical SUN, gave these pagans of the fourth
century, now turning over wholesale to "Christianity," their excuse for calling their pagan
festival date of December 25th (birthday of the SUN-god), the birthday of the SON of
God. And that is how "Christmas" became fastened on our Western world! We may call
it by another name, but it's the same old pagan sun-worshipping festival still! The only
change is in what we call it ! You can call a rabbit a "lion," but it's still a rabbit, just the
same. Again from the Encyclopaedia Britannica: "Certain Latins, as early as 354, may
have transferred the birthday from January 6th to December 25, which was then a
Mithraic feast. .. or birthday of the Unconquered SUN ... The Syrians and Armenians, who
clung to January 6th, accused the Romans of sun worship and idolatry, contending ... that
the feast of December 25th, had been invented by disciples of Cerinthus .... "


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