Jesus from Rabbinic Sources – Rosh Hashana Machzor

This will be the first in a series of quotes from ancient Jewish and rabbinic sources on the Messiah and the agreements therein with the Christian faith. The reason for such is that many of those who follow Judaism today claim that Jesus came to start a new religion that was totally foreign to Jews of His day and that Christianity is totally incompatible with the TaNaKH (Old Testament – Genesis to Malachi). These writings will be shared to reveal that many of the ancient beliefs of Jews in regards to who the Messiah would be and what He would

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Christmas Gifts

The Gospel, which was announced at the birth of Christ (Luke 2:10)  is associated with gift giving.  The Hebrew word for the Apostles, who spread the Gospel to the world, comes from the word שלח ‘shalach’ which means to send something forth, as in a gift that is sent. Luk_2:10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. As seen in the Shadows of Messiah Tidbit study, the Gospel being taken to the world by Apostles is likened unto taking the bread of life

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On Nimrod and Christmas Trees – “As Bereans Did”

On Nimrod and Christmas Trees – “As Bereans Did”   On Nimrod and Christmas Trees – part I  – “As Bereans Did” “WHERE did we get CHRISTMAS? … From the Bible or from paganism?” -Herbert Armstrong, “The Plain Truth About Christmas”, 1970, p. 5 A great question! But it’s a false dilemma. It suggests there are only two possibilities – Biblical or pagan. I suggest there is another possibility. In my last post, The Plain Truth About December 25th, we saw that there is compelling evidence to believe that Christians did not co-opt the date of Christmas from the pagans

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Christmas Trees & the Bible

In the previous article it was displayed that applying Jeremiah chapter 10 to Christmas trees is not sound Bible interpretation.  Does the Bible speak of or allude to Christmas trees in any other portions of the text?  I believe the answer is yes. Isaiah 55:13 speaks of evergreen trees as an everlasting sign of God’s name.  Isaiah declares that instead of the curse/death (tree of knowledge) there will be blessing & life (tree of life).  This is the story of the Christmas tree which came forth from the Paradise plays depicting Jesus Christ’s victory over the tree of knowledge (sin

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Christmas Trees & Jeremiah 10

Christmas Trees & Jeremiah 10 For over a decade I was opposed to Christmas and especially customs such as the Christmas tree.  I believed that Jeremiah chapter 10 was speaking of the Christmas tree but the more I looked into the text the more I saw this was not a legitimate interpretation. Jeremiah 10 isn’t speaking of Christmas trees. Using Scripture to interpret Scripture (cross referencing Isaiah) displays that the prophet Jeremiah is talking about idols being made and placed in one’s home, not putting an evergreen in one’s house and decorating it. The Christmas tree is not an idol,

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Christmas: Pagan Festival or Christian Celebration? – Dr. Anthony McRoy

Christmas: Pagan Festival or Christian Celebration? – Dr. Anthony McRoy Christmas: Pagan Festival or Christian Celebration? Dr Anthony McRoy Joseph F. Kelly, The Origins of Christmas, (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004) J. Neil Alexander, Waiting for the Coming: The Liturgical Meaning of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, (Washington DC: Pastoral Press, 1993) Susan K. Roll, Toward the Origins of Christmas, (Kampen: Kok Pharos, 1995) Maxwell E. Johnson (Ed.), Between Memory and Hope: Readings on the Liturgical Year, (Collegeville: Pueblo/Liturgical Press, 2000) John F. White, Restorer of the World: The Roman Emperor Aurelian, (Stroud: Spellmount 2007) Atheist and Muslim polemicists – and some Protestants

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Is Christmas Really a Pagan Holiday? – Come Reason Ministries

Is Christmas Really a Pagan Holiday? – Come Reason Ministries   No, Christmas Is Not Based on a Pagan Holiday Christmas is a much-beloved holiday, celebrated by billions of people across the globe. In the U.S. Alone, the Pew Center reports that nearly 96% of the population celebrates Christmas, including eight out of ten non-Christians, including atheists, agnostics, and those who have no faith commitment.1 However, Christmas is also a uniquely Christian holiday; its core message is about a personal God taking humanity upon Himself and stepping into the world to redeem sinful human beings who could never redeem themselves.

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Christmas Was Never a Pagan Holiday – Marian T. Horvat

 Christmas Was Never a Pagan Holiday – Marian T. Horvat Around this time of year we are bombarded with anti-Catholic propaganda questioning the blessed day of Christ’s birth as December 25. This date, we arrogantly are told, was originally a pagan holiday. The Early Church “chose” it to “Christianize” a Roman feast of the Sun. According to this theory, the Christmas date was only established in the 4th century, when we have the first evidence of the Nativity being celebrated in Rome in 336. The conclusion: The origins of Christmas are pagan, and we do not really know the date

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Presbyterian & Puritanial Curmudeons and the War Against Christmas – Kurt Simmons

Presbyterian & Puritanial Curmudeons and the War Against Christmas – Kurt Simmons [Editor’s note: The Puritans came to power with the defeat of Charles I, the son of King James, whom they convicted of treason and beheaded.  Their leader was Oliver Cromwell.  Like the Presbyterians of Scotland, the Puritans were Calvinistic, and believed that certain men are predestinated to salvation, others to damnation.  Their conception of God was therefore of the most tyrannical and arbitrary nature.   They imagined that God savingly loves some, whom He causes to believe and obey the gospel, but actively hardens the rest for no reason

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Is Christmas Lawful, or Is It Pagan? – Kurt Simmons

 Is Christmas Lawful, or Is It Pagan? – Kurt Simmons It’s that time of year again, the time when men of good will are subjected to the complaints of crusty, hard-hearted, Puritanical curmudgeons who would shut out every particle of joy from life; the time of year when we hear stale protests against the most celebrated event in history, the crowning point of the year, when the whole world rejoices at the Savior’s birth, and the story of the Nativity is told in every language; at that time when we should most rejoice for heaven’s salvation and the triumph of

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