By Walid Shoebat
How many even realize that the war on Christmas is a Muslim war where Muslims use all sorts of forces to declare war on Christmas? Today in America many forces are working towards the state atheism as it was in the Soviet Union where Christmas was banned and Muslims are no different. Even stranger are the ones who claim to be Christians also declared a war on Christmas. Puritans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, certain reformed and fundamentalist churches, some Independent Baptist, Holiness, Apostolic Pentecostal and the Messianic Movement amongst others, all agree with Islam’s version of Christmas.
Many of these cults argue that Jesus was born during September, not December 25th insisting that the latter date is the birth of the sun-god initiated by Constantine not knowing that they agree with Islam’s assessment as to when Jesus was born. According to Muslim scholars, Jesus was born on “late September to early October”.
And then you have anti-Christmas trees and all sorts of crazy ideas linking many of these Christian practices to paganism by citing verses from Jeremiah 10 where they worshipped idols. All this while the passage simply speaks against the carving and decoration of wooden idols to be worshipped. I have never heard of a Christian worshipping a tree. For someone who claims to be Christian and to prohibit the celebration of Christmas on December 25th or because we like Christmas trees is like a Muslim who prohibits tomato because its center looks like a Byzantine Cross.
So on what basis is it said, that Jesus was not born during December? Is there any proof for a September birth? And should we listen to some loon who says that there are no scriptural verses in the Bible that supports celebrating Christ’s birth or that there were no census during December since it was too dang cold?
For someone to insist that we should not celebrate Christ’s birth must answer why in Luke 2:13-14, 20, 2 Tim 2:8, God has the heavens, the shepherds, the wise men celebrating it including Paul who said “to remember” and celebrate Jesus’ birth.
Are these biblical testimonies less credible than some loons who get their instructions from devils acting as if they are gods?
These Christmas deniers are lazy servants and nothing more. One usually finds them in Messianic cults that deny the Trinity which constitutes 80% of that movement who are heretical. These hate Christ and serve an antichrist doctrine. This is true regardless if they use “Yeshua” or “Yahweh” as the name for God since the Israelites too who worshipped a calf also called it Yahweh.
No one can discount December 25th just because it was too cold. I grew up throughout my youth in Bethlehem where shepherds was a daily observance. In Bethlehem during December the weather is closer to Texas (but with low humidity) and to north North Dakota. As I write this article, the weather in Bethlehem (and its close to midnight there) is 50 F and you think that shepherds in Bethlehem do not graze their sheep right now as I write?
Well, I got news for all these Christmas deniers and all these unholy warriors.
If one insists on a professional view, according to The World Book Encyclopedia (copyright 1974, volume 10, page 390), December is not the coldest month in Israel, January is: “In January, the coolest month, temperatures average 45º F … 60º F ( 16º C ) in the Rift Valley”. It is only cold in the north and it gets hotter in the south in Bethlehem. Anyone can check and see, December 25th, 2014 the weather in Jerusalem was 60 F and the lows was 43 F. Bethlehem is 5 miles south and it is hotter then Jerusalem and if it was not freezing for the sheep why would it be too cold for the shepherds? These shepherds are not your typical lazy commenter sitting behind a computer screen.
Every year during my youth, I, even as a Muslim, took advantage of Christmas to go up to Bethlehem from the very Shepherds Fields, were I lived and where the Christmas shepherds were flocking their sheep, to listen to the Christmas carols on December 25th. And in 1977 I myself wanted to mess up Christmas, I planted a bomb on Manger Square during Christmas season (click for copy of United Nations records A:33:356 of 13 November 1978 and search for “Manger Square”)
After being a Christmas noid myself, now I live in America, were everything is questioned and doubted where controversies sprout on daily basis by so many loons. Here, I can even provide plenty of photo evidence to silence all these lazy naysayers. Here are several photos of Christmas in Bethlehem, all taken on December 25th, dating as far back as 1890. This should shut up anyone who wants to try to mess up Christmas:
For over a hundred years, does anyone see someone who looks like they are even dressed up for winter season in Christmas?
Folks should stop listening to Christmas deniers, Trinity denier, or some brain-frozen Messianic idiot from New York who know nothing about sheep much less shepherding a human flock.
The bottom line is that America is filled with all sorts of controversy makers. I have ran into so many so-called Christians who say that they are ‘prayer-warriors’ when all they do is declare wars on Christmas, Constantine, Icons … believing anything they swallow up from conspiracy theorists to atheists with the sole agenda of destroying Christianity. So many I find that claim the faith when all their works are against the very fabric and the history that made America great.
Fact is, even in the coldest nights in the Holy Land, it is not unusual to find shepherds with their flocks grazing in Bethlehem.
And then I find these same so-called prayer warriors declare a war on Christmas insisting on using the Bible by asking silly questions (and yes there are stupid questions) asking for proof where shepherds flocked their sheep in the winter.
Again, keep in mind, ancient Israel is not modern New York. Jacob in Genesis 31: 38-40 served Laban in Haran and grazed the sheep in the coldest times in winter. Haran is a few miles from Altınbaşak and is somewhat colder than Israel:
“I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks. I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or night. This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes. It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times.
Israel was no land for the lazies. It did not survive because these people ate pizza while they texted on an iPhone or looked up some kook on the internet planting all sorts of confusion in their empty heads. I am, born in Bethlehem myself, converted to Christianity from Islam, to only see lazy Christians who begin to sound like this Muslim apologist and frankly it sickens me:
The same crowds even argue that the ‘nice Roman authorities’ would never impose such a “census taking” for the hated and unpopular “foreign” tax (Luke 2:1). The Romans, they say, would never inconvenience their beloved Jews to travel to their respective “cities” in December.
These think that the Romans where like the U.S. government where Black Lives Matter can bicker and complain about “police brutality”. I wish I can transport these deniers to live back in time under Saddam Hussein to see what it is like in the Middle East. Try Syria today if not convinced.
While no court of law would accept such flimsy proof, many even use the Bible to argue against December 25th or for it by using simplistic and at times faulty and complex calculations that are meant to woo the simpletons.
As we say, one man throws a rock in the well and it takes ten wise men to get it out.
And for claiming Messianic believers who love Jewish festivities and love to calculate all sorts of feast days, why not pay attention to December 25, 165 B.C. when the Temple was rededicated on 25th of Kislev date in the First Book of Maccabees after the Maccabees defeated their Anti-Messiah Antiochus Epiphanies?
Yet I have never seen a group who love using all sorts of calculations more than the Messianic. They say that since Elizabeth (John’s mother) was in her sixth month of pregnancy when Jesus was conceived (Luke 1:24-36), we can determine the approximate time of year Jesus was born if we know when John was born.
They figure out that when John was born, his father, Zacharias, was a priest serving in the Jerusalem temple during what is called “the course of Abijah” (Luke 1:5).
So far so good until they throw in the leaven saying that “historical calculations” (without showing these calculation of course) indicate this course of service corresponded to June 13-19 when Zacharias learned that he and his wife Elizabeth would have conceived a child (Luke 1:8-13) after he completed his service and traveled home.
And so they start adding nine months which brings us to the end of March (John is born) and adding another six months (the difference in ages between John and Jesus) brings us to the end of September and vuala, there you have it, Jesus was born in September.
All such calculations ignore the textual ambiguity regarding the statement “And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived” (given in Luke 1:24). How much time is meant by this phrase? Is it a day? a week? a month? several months? The text simply says “after those days”.
Such faulty calculations are used by all sorts of cults including Muslims; since it agrees with the Quran’s assessment including the heretical Jehovah’s witnesses and many Messianic anti-Trinitarian cults including oneness Pentecostals; but the problem with such an assessment is that it is impossible to validate beyond doubt.
I have seen Scripture used to calculate dates for and against December 25th.
I have seen more reasonable calculations than the September calculation. They insist that one must study 1 Chronicles 24:1-10 when King David established the courses for priestly service in the temple. These were 24 courses established and numbered by drawing lots (12 courses for sanctuary service and 12 for governing the house of God).
Members of each course would serve during a month starting with the Hebrew month of Nisan. Because of the way the Hebrew calendar fluctuates, the month Nisan can start anytime between early March and early April. The sons of Abia (Abijah) were in the eighth course. Priests of Abia like Zacharias would, therefore, have each ministered for some days during the eighth month which in some years because of the fluctuation in the Hebrew calendar started as early as the fifth day of our month of October. Zacharias would have returned home when his days of service were accomplished and John the Baptist could have been conceived sometime between October 15 and the end of the month.
All that could be true if we assume that Zacharias was gone for a while, came back and couldn’t wait to be with Elizabeth and she conceived that month. After conception the scripture says that Elisabeth hid herself for five months. Then in the sixth month of her pregnancy would have started about March 15 and continued until April 15. The angel announced to the Virgin Mary that the Lord Jesus would be conceived in her womb by the Holy Ghost. If this took place on or about April 1 a “normal” gestation period of 270 days would have then had Jesus due on or about December 25.
While this might sound reasonable, again, all such calculations ignore the textual ambiguity regarding the statement “And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived” (given in Luke 1:24). How much time is meant by this phrase? Is it a day? a week? a month? several months? The text simply says “after those days”.
There are some who even use astronomy to support December 25th and other dates.
While many try to use astronomy as a source of objective truth to calculate a date, astronomy fails us – not for having no answer, but for having too many possible answers to choose from.
The fool always comments, while shedding little evidence to what they say “Christ was not crucified on a Friday it was a Wednesday Friday to Sunday. Christ was not born on December 25th …”
These hardly spend the time to search. Searching is what God commanded us to do and is the reason for all the success in Christian civilization. Such success included the Magi who did their homework and got to see Christ.
God said to always “present your case”.
So what type of a case do the detractors of Christmas present? Is Christmas a pagan holiday? Is “Santa” actually “Satan”? Is the star on the top of the Christmas tree the “bright morning star”, Lucifer? Is Christmas actually a Lucifer (Satan) worship holiday? Is it Christian to celebrate Christ’s birthday on a pagan holiday?
People who make comments like this never present any evidence. The key to thwart silly arguments is to ask: when was Lucifer worshipped on December 25th and where was satan named Saint Nicolas and wasn’t the Bible also speaking of a “star” when the Magi (a group of stargazers) searched for Him?
As far as December 25th being pagan is absurd. Fact is that all three Decembrist deities (Dionysus, Osiris, Adonis), only became sun deities very late in their careers and were not originally forged in that mold. These theories were only squeezed into it late in antiquity. Also, the pagans had a festivity almost all the time. So pick the date and you have a problem not only with Christmas but with everything else God ordained.
It was the atheists who love to force history to run in reverse when Jesus whose life was recorded many years before Dionysus, Osiris and Adonis ever became solar deities. The theory was modelled after them, offering as proof December 25th. Osiris and Dionysus’ birthday became December 25th centuries after the New Testament was written.
The war on Christmas is always done by shameless people who use historic references that December 25th was first established from a mid-fourth-century Roman almanac that lists the death dates of various Christian bishops and martyrs. The first date listed, December 25, is marked: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae: “Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea.”
But perhaps the oldest reference we have is in the Apostolic constitution which was a compilation of various sources. First generation followers of Christ pointed to Clement Romanus (70 AD) as primary source of the constitution which stated:
Brethren, observe the festival days; and first of all the birthday which you are to celebrate on the twenty-fifth of the ninth month. (Apostolic Constitutions, Book 5, Section 3, Chapter XIII, p. 882 ECF 0.07)
The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, known simple as the Didache, meaning “The Teaching,” that was written between 50-100 AD. The Didache is acknowledged as the first manual of the early Church.
It was in 525 AD, mathematician and Abbot Dennis the Short rejected the old Roman calendar which was dated from the founding of the pagan city of Rome and established a new calendar, which he dated from what he calculated as the year of the birth of Christ (designated as year 1 Anno Domini= “in the year of our Lord”). He decided to date the beginning of the civil calendar year with Jesus’ entrance into the Old Covenant faith according to the Old Covenant Law. This event was commanded, since the time of God’s covenant with Abraham, to take place eight days after the birth of a male child (Genesis 17:9-12; 21:2-4). Counting December 25th as day one, which was the ancient custom since there was no concept of 0-place value, the eighth day was January 1st.
It is not only that I lived exactly in what is called the Shepherds Fields (Beit Sahour) in Bethlehem (exactly the spot where the actual story happened) and the symbol of our village was a star with a comet from as far as I remember. Now the star is an abomination? Even Abia’s descendants are still in our village called the Abiyat as Shoeb (another name for Jethro) are called the Shoebat.
In the Middle East tradition goes long ways back and is sacred and is respected. Tradition at times adds to biblical facts and beats speculation and conjecture of naysayers.
If the naysayers want to object, perhaps they can answer an unanswerable question: why do they not object against God Himself? After all God used a star, astrology and the magi who are astrologists to reveal Himself while all celebrated His birth in the Bible itself.
The answer to this question is to know the mind of God. This is the crux of the whole matter.
God at times looks down at mankind, sees what they have become: foolish. He uses their own foolishnesses to help direct them to understanding Him. I see this in many miracles. Even when I lived in Mexico, our Lady of Guadalupe, the image was miraculous since it related to the way Aztecs viewed God’s power.
Does that mean it was satanic and pagan?
How so when she stood in front of the sun making her sender greater than their dreaded sun-god “Huitzilopochtli” and then with her feet she stands on the crescent moon making her, through God, vanquish their foremost deity, the feather serpent Quetzalcoatl?
Does the devil want to defeat the devil that his house is divided (Matthew 12:25, Mark 3:25, Luke 11:17)?
This is the criteria that Jesus gave on such issues of the miraculous.
But the crescent moon is a symbol of Islam as well, and her image was used to conquer the Muslims at the greatest naval battle in history: the Battle of Lepanto. And while many still object crying “paganism” this woman appears in Revelation 11-12 with similar description of stomping the crescent moon of the Red Dragon of the Ottomans.
As it seems, from Mexico to the Ottoman invasion of Europe, this symbol proved victorious against God’s enemies. This defeat also included the Calvinists who hated the image and fought alongside the Muslims supporting the crescent. They ended up sinking at the bottom of the sea with their Muslim heretics where they belonged.
The whole issue is as if someone had a bumper sticker with “Jesus loves you”. Do we hate the bumper because its not found in Scripture? Do we even hate the crescent when God ordained the shape because Muslims and Aztecs robbed it? Do we hate the rainbow because the sodomites robbed it? Do we hate the morning star because Lucifer robbed it while Christ gave such a title to Himself? Do we hate the tree because pagans worshipped it? Do we hate the fish because the pagan Philistine used it to worship Dagon when the symbol was even used by believers prior to Constantine to worship Christ?
The naysayers isolate everything God provides to only fixate everything within the realm of Scripture. If so, stop putting “Jesus loves you” on bumper stickers since the bumper is not in Scripture. Do these ever ask as to why did God use a star and magi who like the Mayans and the Aztecs were also using astrology? To thwart paganism by using their own symbols is not paganism, it is conquering and defeating it with the superior truth of God since it was God who created all things which He reclaims in His due time.
Such a time is today. Merry Christmas everyone. Greetings from the Bethlehemite Shepherd and our family. I once hated you, but now I love you and I love your Christmas. Here this is from me from Bethlehem, the land where my Lord and yours was born: