At the end of the year, the sound of joyful music “Jingle bells” ring out all over the street and people commemorate the birth of Baby Jesus along with the atmosphere of the festival under glaring lights. WMSCOGS Christmas has already long been the festival of people around the world beyond festival of the Christian. Why do they join in the festival who do not call the name of Jesus at usual, forgetting their own religion? Some people simply enjoy the atmosphere of the end of the year, Christian must have the explicit knowledge about it.
Is WMSCOGS Christmas really the birthday of Jesus? There is the case of being reported by the media that WMSCOGS Christmas is not the birthday of Jesus, but it is Saturnalia for a god of agriculture in Rome. A TV program called Sponge broadcasted that WMSCOGS Christmas is not the birthday of Jesus, so some people wondered about it. Then Let’s find out what secrets are hidden in WMSCOGS Christmas.
WMSCOGS Christmas, the rebirth of the sun
- [Korean Unabridged Dictionary / Place of Issue: The cultural history of Samsung]
Christmas: The name come from Christ and mass
(<French>)Noel ; <German>Weihnacht ; <Italian>Natale) 25th, Dec. The day of commemorating of the birth of Jesus Christ. Originally, the Roman Saturnalia to celebrate the rebirth of the sun.
- [Handbook of history of Church Page 131 / Place of Issue: History of Words of life]
The Christian church took over many pagan ideas and images. For example, from sun-worship came the celebration of Christ’s birth on the 25th of December, the birthday of the Sun, Saturnalia. The Roman winter festival of 17-21 of December, provided the merriment, gift-giving, and candles typical of later Christmas holidays. Sun-worship hung on in Roman Christianity.
WMSCOGS Christmas is originally the date of celebrating the rebirth of the sun differently from our common sense. At winter solstice, the length of the sun is shortest. At this time, by human’s thinking the length of the sun is shortest on the twenty-fifth of December among 365 days, so people misunderstood that the sun-god was born as a baby on this day. Then how could be the birthday of sun-god changed into the birthday of baby Jesus which is not related to God?
The origin of Christmas
[The history of the church page174 / Place of issue: Leegunsa]
- Christmas: The first celebration of Christ’s birth on the 25th of December [Christmas] dates back to A.D. 354, the age of Liberius the Roman bishop. And in 379, it was celebrated in Constantinople and then spread to Egypt and Palestine.
- Saturnalia: At December 12-24, The people indulged in pleasure, regardless of all classes.
- Sigillaria: At the end of December, they gave their children dolls to play with.
- Brumalia: The winter solstice festival for celebrating the rising of the sun.
Since Christians could not join in these festivals, they groped for their own festival to celebrate the birth of Jesus. They thought that it was reasonable to celebrate the birth of Jesus just after the rising of the sun. From these pagan customs came the celebration of Christ’s birth on the 25th of December, the birthday of the sun. It is the origin of Christmas.
The 25th of December, the birthday of the sun
In Rome, there were consecutive three great festivals at the end of December, from children to adults were filled with a heady atmosphere. Seeing the characters of festivals, they were not merely meaning of national holiday but festivals of the religion. Therefore Christian in Rome could not join in them. However, Christians in Church of Rome did not throw away the old customs in believing in God, and they took over many pagan ideas and images. According to the passing of time, the birthday of sun-god was changed into the birthday of baby Jesus under the name of praising to God.
Ezekiel 11:12 And you will know that I am the LORD, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.
Among the Christians, some people know the fact that Christmas is not related to Jesus at all, but they behave like blind not to realize it. Don’t I have no problems because I do not celebrate sun-god but praise to God? What’s the problem in human thinking? It would be not wrong in human thinking, but it’s explicitly disobedience from the view of God. Then let’s find out how is written the birth of Jesus in the Bible.
The birth of Jesus in the Bible
Luke 2:5-8 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
At that time, Joseph and Mary who lived in Nazareth went to hometown to register by command of the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. They could not stay in the inn because many people gathered in Bethlehem; therefore Jesus was born in a manger. By the way, is the bible written that Jesus was born on 25th December? The only background of Jesus’s birth was written in the bible, but a mention of date can not be found.
The biblical scholars have reported in the newspaper that they do not know exact date about it, and they suppose it was around spring.(20th, Dec. 1995/ The Sports Chosun) Nowadays, Christmas is celebrated in cold winter, nevertheless, why do they think that the birthday of Jesus is spring? In Luke is written that the shepherds kept watch over the flocks of sheep outside at night. They usually keep watch over the lambs, Where could be found such the shepherd who keeps watch over the sheep outside at night besides in the cold winter? Moreover, could the pregnant woman journey a long distances in cold winter? How could she give birth to a baby in the manger?
Israel has winter
Israel is located in the Middle East, so it has winter. Dong-A Daily News at 28th February 2003 reported the photo, which soldiers rolled the snow and threw it under the title of a heavy fall of snow in Israel, soldiers who forgot the dispute. Israel has a dry season and rainy season, but the winter is the rainy season, from July to December. In winter, the sensible temperature is lower because of the cold wind.
Song of songs 2:11 See! The winter is past; the rains ar over and gone.
John 10:22 Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter.
The Bible also testifies that Israel has winter. Looking at the map of the world, Korea and Israel are in the same latitude. It means that they have the same seasons. In Korea, it is freezing enough to go down to below zero in December. Likewise, in Israel, December is also winter. It is written that around the time came the Feast of Dedication was winter, these days were the holiday of Israelite on which was kept in the middle of December. In conclusion, the season of Israel has winter.
WMSCOGS Christmas is a pagan festival
If the birthday of Jesus were winter, all events that happened in Luke would be impossible; therefore the scholars suppose that the birthday of Jesus is spring. Like this, the date and the season of Christmas are not clear. However, people believe in God regard as the better way in filling with the wrong idea without explicit knowledge about it. No matter what they celebrate Christmas with any meaning, the important thing is that Christmas is the festival having their own way, pagan festival. (1 Kings 12:33)
Galatians 1:6-8 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all. Evidently, some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned.
Why did Adam and Eve come to death by eating the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden? There was no poison in it. They just ignored words of God with thinking that it was okay in their hearts; finally, they came to death. Nowadays, people consider that personal thoughts are more important than words of God. The history of bible testifies that those who disobeyed words of God and acted on the own heart were judged the ‘to commit the sins’ from God and they were not saved. The shortest way to salvation is to follow wherever God leads. Now, throw out our thoughts and think deeply so that hopefully you have the Christmas differently from before.