Here we have an article about how Christmas isn’t pagan:
I replied with a comment on December 11th (As of Dec 12th it hasn’t been approved) with this well researched article:
Aside from the cited Simple to Remember article, I think every orthodox Christian and Jewish scholar will tell you that Christmas is a pagan tradition. I’m not even going to get into the history of it, even without the ample biblical references, you can track the pagan traditions of Christmas.
The Simple to Remember article is just the tipping point of why I won’t be celebrating christmas after this year. After studying the Torah and Joshua there is no way I can endorse this “holiday.” In addition, the not rampant, but violent commercialism, is almost too much to bear as well. Christians get on their high horse about keeping Christ in Christmas and then trample each other on black Friday for a nine dollar crock pot. I have bought things for my family on Christmas, for sure, but not like that. I can’t fight people over “stuff.”
I want to move the family holiday to Passover next year in April to align with Jesus, The Messiah’s, sacrifice as the Passover lamb. Passover is not just the day Jesus Christ died for us, but it is also the day Noah’s ark came to rest. Most notably, Passover was cemented forever in history as the day The Father took the first born in Egypt (save for those covered by the blood of the lamb) and delivered his people from bondage. I’m only to the Book of Ruth (which is an amazing story and study about The Messiah… wait more on that near the end), but I believe there are more instances of Passover being an important date. I think there is something about Elijah on Passover…
Long story short: The Father loves Passover. For Christians Jesus’s birth is more or less unimportant, except for dating certain things. We need to understand his mission and why he came. His death and its implications are the most important thing in history.
Just FYI. Anti-semitism is evil.
As an addendum about the Book of Ruth:
At the end of that great Simple to Remember article you’ll encounter a small video about why Jews don’t believe in Jesus. This can be a kick in the jewels to the uninformed Christian to be honest.
My suggestion is read The Book of Ruth. Read it and get a commentary on it from somewhere. You need to understand this book. You need to understand it as a Christian and you need to understand it to grasp most of the imagery in Revelation.
Jesus is Jewish. The Father is (or at least invented the religion of the) Jewish. If you can’t handle this, you are already lost. Everything that is in Revelation is stepped in Jewish belief. Every doctrine. Jesus’s death, His resurrection, even the rapture (depending where you fall in that bag of worms) all stem from Jewish traditions. It is very hard for non-Jewish, modern Christians to understand that because we weren’t raised in a Jewish belief system. If you don’t understand the Jewish feasts, the Jewish marriage ceremony, the Jewish Law of Redemption, or the Law of Levirite marriage you cannot understand most of what is alluded to in the New Testament. Everything in the Old Testament points towards Jesus (Psalms 40:7).
Summarizing this is difficult…
Ruth speaks specifically about the Law of Redemption and the Law of Levarite marriage. To summarize the background briefly (you really should study your Torah):
These laws, laid out in the story of Ruth explains why Jesus’s life and sacrifice had to be done in that manner.
Essentially: The Father is not a man. So, He had to become a man (working down, not up, contrary to Luciferian ideals: IE; man cannot become a god) to become a kinsman to us in Jesus The Messiah. A human being like us. Tempted by sin, yet able to resist sin, to be the flawless, sacrificial passover lamb.
In order to redeem us, he had to be of our blood. But, because Jesus is divine He is also immortal so that he can make intercession for us forever at the throne of The Father.
When The Messiah was killed, his blood is what purchased us, and the world, from the grips of Sin. He redeemed us, literally as per the Law of Redemption. Similar to the Book of Ruth.
In order to fulfill the Law of Redemption Jesus had to be:
1. a nearer kinsman (had to be man, yet unblemished)
2. able to perform the redemption (to pay the price)
3. willing to perform the redemption (be the sacrificial lamb)
4. willing to assume all the obligations of the redemption (be the intercessor forever)
Just like Ruth, we only have to ask for help, and, just like Boaz, Jesus will do the “hard work” with The Father on our behalf.
One example of how Ruth applies to Revelation is when Jesus comes to open the “little book” or scroll. That is the title deed of the planet earth. You can tell because it is written on the backside, outlining the terms of opening the deed and redeeming the land (Revelation 5). Only Jesus can open that deed because he is humanities nearer kinsman, our King who will rule from the Throne of David.
This is the short, short version and in no way does the full story justice. The story itself is beautiful. Do yourself a favor and not only study the Book of Ruth, but study the Old Testament. Incredible stuff.