A Christian minister once responded to a letter I sent him, admitting that there are many traditions within Christianity that were originally Pagan, but he said they are only in the "background" now. Yes, they certainly are, buried under new meanings, reinterpreted to obscure them! He also said that since we don't intend to be worshipping the sun now, that it's all OK. When a person chooses to believe in something, their heart follows after it. Even if it's a lie, or a fantasy, it matters not to them. Prov. 19:2 says, "It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor be hasty and miss the way. A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against hVhy." Many believe that "Christmas" is in the Writings, with the stable, manger, star of Bethlehem, shepherds, and Magi visitation. Also, everyone is programmed to celebrate birthdays, so why not celebrate the birth of the most important Person ever born? Please bear with this carefully. BIRTHDAYS
The popular celebration of one's annual birth-day is acknowledged to be, by all authorities on ancient customs, a Pagan ritual from Babylon. The Babylonians served the sun, moon, planets, and constellations, a Gentile practice condemned by hYhy. "Do not learn the ways of the Gentiles, and do not be alarmed by the signs of shamayim (heavens, skies, outer space) although the Gentiles are alarmed by them." Yerme Yahu 10.
Birthdays are mentioned in the TaNaKh a total of 3 times: when Yosef was in prison in Egypt ~ Gen. 40:20, lyob (Job) 1:4,5, and Herod's birthday when Yahuchanon the immerser (John the Baptist) was beheaded, Mt. 14:6. In the situation described in lyob 1, lyob sacrificed an animal because he was aware of his children's idolatry, for which they all died when the house they celebrated in collapsed on them in a violent wind storm. "His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day..."(the NIV eliminated this phrasing, but you can clearly see it in the KJV, NAV, NAS, and others). The baker was hanged on the Pharaoh's birthday, and the Lewite Yahuchanon (our Savior's cousin) was beheaded on Herod's birthday. THE BIRTHDAY RITUAL The ritual of the cake, candles, wish, and presents serve to give thanks to sky luminaries for allowing the birthday celebrant to reach the annual cycle of their birth. The cake was baked for the Queen of Heaven. It was decorated, and monogrammed with the celebrant's name. The candles symbolized the sacred
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