Is truth important? What say you?
19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19, King James Version)
16These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: (Hebrews 6:18, King James Version)
Lying is serious business!
Previously, I posted in “Reflections: Further Thoughts About Love and the Law” how if we love someone, we will yield to them and try to do what pleases them. We obey God because we want to please Him, and the above verses make it clear that God does not like falsehood. So, why participate in something based upon a lie?
Another question is shouldn’t we be becoming more like Christ? Should not truth be a core part of growing towards that end?
God instituted a series of holy days, or festivals, in the Old Testament. All of them were based upon some aspect of the truth. That doesn’t mean they understood them in full, or even that some of them were understood at all. However, how many times did God point back to what He did in Egypt? Even the Sabbath was representative of the rest obtained by the freedom from slavery in Egypt (Dt 5:15). The Feast of Tabernacles represented living in temporary dwellings after coming out of Egypt.
Then, there are all the wonderful future fulfillments that are yet to come in the fall holy days. Those are still truth, even though they have not come to pass.
The truth and the holy days are closely linked. It was by keeping the holy days that God slowly revealed His plan to HWA. Obedience led to greater understanding.
By not keeping the holy days, much of the world stays in darkness and rebellion. By substituting manmade days, the truth not only becomes lost, but it becomes hidden.
Christmas is one of the biggest scams of the year. It is based upon many lies:
1. Jesus was not born on 25 December. This has been documented time and time again. Only the most foolish of shepherd would have had their flocks in the fields on a bitter winter day near Jerusalem.
2. We are not even told when Christ’s birthday is. If we were supposed to observe it, then the date would have been revealed. Since it was not revealed, just picking any old day means participating in something that is false.
3. “Christianizing” symbols to supposedly make them relate to something dealing with Christ is another form of a lie. Saying “this evergreen tree represents the eternal life of Jesus” is a lie because that isn’t what it stands for at all. It was borrowed from pagan cultures dealing with their gods. In fact, the ancient Egyptians worshipped evergreens. The Romans decorated with evergreens and lights and exchanged gifts to honor Saturnus (from which we get Saturnalia).
4. It is another form of a lie to say we are doing something to honor God when He despises it.
5. One of the worst forms of lies is telling your children lies about a mythical being that is a mythical race that lives in a mythical place as though it were the truth.
What’s amazing is how people justify it as “for the children”, yet they are really doing harm to them through their lies. Then, there’s the whole inconsistency of telling them to not lie and to stay away from strangers and don’t take candy from them, but at Halloween and Christmas these things are turned on their head. Then, parents wonder why children don’t respect them more.
When you take away the birth of Jesus, or even contemplate if we are supposed to celebrate it anyhow, take away the non-Christian symbols, take away trying to honor God on pagan terms and stop lying to our children about Santa Claus, then what’s left?
Nothing to celebrate, if you ask me.