The Merry Mess or for some Merry Christmas

Posted: December 29, 2016 in Religion, Uncategorized
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Christmas is the most confusing puzzling issues ever or close to it. Reason, we live in a ready made world, so Christmas was already here before we arrived. My point, what have we learned since then? I came across a blog I enjoy which wrote an article titled “Is Christmas dead.” The title is confusing. The question that remains, what does Christmas have to do with the bible…nothing! I say confusing on two fronts, the baby Jesus birth and the pagan celebration of Christmas. I assure you, you aren’t getting this form the bible. Look to the OT when it says do not behave as the pagan, dressing and the adorning of trees. Jeremiah may not specifically be talking of how it is celebrated and decorated today but his intent to not learn the ways of the Nations is extant. Understand this celebration was taken from sun worshipers. Even the birth narrative was a copy. Birth narratives were done up to 4 thousand years before the biblical birth, look at other cults such as Mithra and Osiris.

When it comes to the birth in the bible it still isn’t clear the meaning. If you look to the gospels for instance each tells a different story that doesn’t line up. For them to get a clearer story they take from all the gospels to create one story. Try this exercise for all the truth seekers. Take the gospels side by side and read all the stories in each story and see if they line up, you will notice they contradict. Look at Luke 1:35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. Mother had to be a virgin. Mathew 1:23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” here Mathew is quoting Isa 7:14 it is to fulfill Prophecy. A note about prophesy. In a text my buddy and me were talking about prophesy and I sent him this text I share briefly, prophecy is told to people at that time, the time they were living. people want to make prophecy relevant for our time…doesn’t work.

Important here is Isaiah 7:14 does it say in Isaiah’s prophesy the babe will be born of a woman. In this verse most people render a virgin will conceive a child.

We have 2 camps in how they want to interpret, you have the liberal or the conservative voices. Liberals look at it to be young woman while conservatives look at it to mean virgin, so to keep the scripture true, not thinking that it could contain errors and lots of them. As I’ve stated earlier this brings up another position or open other suspicions which I will not delve into, but…was Jesus/Yashua just a man? To stay more aligned to the scripture the young woman isn’t identified, she could be the wife of Isaiah Isa 8:3 or of King Ahaz. Even if Isa 7:4 is used used as a proof text the Hebrew word Alma should be young woman. Again it depends on what camp you’re repping.

What I will say here is that I’ve only scratched the surface. My only point in writhing this is Christmas is a made up stolen and spiritualized without proper investigation. If one wants to celebrate whatever myth but understand its all man made. Celebrate it for what it is instead of what was added to make you think it is. I understand this can be hard, ultimately its up to you. As for my house, we left the holiday in the dust bin. Me being black added more complexity to my adherence. Upon reading the “The Slave Narratives” by the great ancestor Frederick Douglas I had to revaluate my celebrations of American holidays, also reading “Afrikan People and European Holidays: A Mental Genocide” part I an II by the ancestor Ishakamusa Barashango helped to further my understanding. If we are honest we should always want deeper clarification and understanding. I leave you with “The Myths That Stole Christmas” David Kyle Johnson and “How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee” Bart Ehrman. Their is no valid reason for us to dislike each other over differences, we all have a different understanding. I leave you with…study to show thyself approved or no investigation no right to complain.

Written by John The Revelator

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