Have you ever wondered why we do Christmas the way we do? Have you ever wanted to do things differently? Are we Christians perhaps being “conformed to this world,” without so much as a whimper of protest? If so, I will attempt to throw open for you the window on the world of Christmas customs once more.
Truth versus Lies.
Firstly however, I would like us to think about the very important issue of Truth versus Lies. There is such a mixture of customs and practices involved in Christmas that picking them apart to hold them up to scrutiny of the word of God can be a little confusing. In this article, I wish to tell you the tale of two fathers and consider the role of “Father Christmas” in our lives.
The Tale of Two Fathers
Firstly, there is a natural father and secondly there is an adoptive father. This is the same in our spiritual lives as it is for some in the natural flesh life. In the spirit, there is the father whom Jesus speaks to the Pharisees about, saying:
“You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, you believe me not.” John 8:44-46
Strong words indeed to these religious people! We sure don’t want Him saying that to us, do we?
Secondly there is the adoptive father as Jesus taught about earlier in John 1:12-14.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
And again, He taught on the spiritual birth in John 3:1-21:
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came to Jesus by night, and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except God be with him.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, I say to you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Truly I say to you, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, you must be born again. The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but can’t tell from where it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
And also in Romans 8:14-17 we have the mention of our new adoptive Father God.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
OK, so this is all very basic Christian teaching so far; we initially belonged to a bad, lying father but then we had our spirit “born again” when we repented of our own sins and were adopted into the Father God’s family. From that moment, we each decide which Father we will listen to and which Father we will obey but we are aided and strengthend by the Holy Spirit as we abide in Christ and obey His word.
So now you are thinking, yes, but what does all this have to do with Christmas? You’re maybe thinking, I am a very busy person, it’s well into December already and I have presents to buy, food to cook, Christmas tree to get out of storage and decorations to fix up my house, and this blogger needs to get to the point real quick! OK then, here goes!
Father Christmas vs Baby Jesus
Christmas as you may or may not be aware also has two fathers involved, one a liar and one who is Truth itself.
One gets called “Father Christmas” and the other gets called “Baby Jesus”! We often teach our children that these two characters share the same special day – 25 December. But is this a good idea or is it a really bad idea? As we look into this matter, please bear in mind that the Lord Jesus is one with the Father God and He is the Way, THE TRUTH & the Life. Hold in your mind also that Satan, the Devil or the Adversary is the Father of LIES who Jesus told us was a thief with exceedingly bad motives:
“The thief comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Also bear in mind what the bible tells us about liars in the book of Revelation at 21:8-10.
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
I am hoping that you will learn to abhor lying and lies and to desire only truth in your heart and life. I know that even when I was initially “born again of the Spirit” thirty years ago that the Lord impacted me greatly about truth. It is the essence of who our Lord and Saviour is and thus is to be held in the highest esteem by believers if we are to walk in His footsteps and be conformed to His likeness.
Father Christmas aka Santa Claus – Is he welcome in your house?
In my life and culture in England, this Christmas character has always been known as Father Christmas. I know in other families and cultures he goes by the name of Santa Claus. This seems to be one and the same Christmas character nowadays, but the history of the amalgamaiton of how, why and where this character came from are a complex picture of various folk-lore and traditions, mostly pagan in origin.
I do not wish to delve into the depths of these myths and legends in this article as you can look them up for yourself at the site suggested below his picture, if you should so wish.
Suffice it to say, Father Christmas or Santa Claus, is essentially fictitious as he is presented to the world today. I would like to suggest to you therefore, that if we teach our children that he is factual then we surely lie to them, and lying is sin. I fell into this trap myself for many years. I was a young Christian under pressure from family and unbelieving spouse and society and my own childhood memories. So, I fully understand why we fall into this trap. We think it does no harm, we think that as we tell children lots of stories it is just one more story and that is OK. We may even think that the children will miss out on something culturally important if we do not go along with the idea. However, I now beg to differ. I think that this “story” can ultimately and spiritually do quite a lot of harm if we allow ourselves to be drawn fully into the world’s mould in this regard. I wish I had stood firm in my original, though tentative, decision to tell my children that Father Christmas was a story but that the presents they received at Christmas time were from family and friends.
Now, however, I would like us to contemplate some of the characteristics of this Father Christmas for a moment and compare them to the characteristics of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Father God.
- He is all knowing (omniscient)- whether our motives are good or bad.
- He seems to have supernatural powers to be everywhere in one night (omnipresent).
- He never gets any older (eternal) and stays the same year after year (immutable).
- He is the one children are taught to go to for their heart’s desires – go to Father Christmas who sits on a chair/throne, the little ones are told.
- He comes as a thief in the night from the sky.
- He is the wonderful giver of gifts.
- He requires child-like faith to believe – just believe.
- He has a “spirit” and it is called “the spirit of Christmas”.
I think that you can see that this Santa mythology borrows much from the person of God and as such it certainly makes me think there is something less than benign about him. In fact, as we consider the pull on the children’s hearts towards this character I have started contemplating that he has the finger-prints of the very enemy of our souls upon him; that is the LIAR, the DECIEVER, the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy. It has been noted that Santa is actually an anagram of Satan. Satan, if you did not know, means “adversary”, and can also mean “accuser,” “opponent” or “enemy”.
So the question we each have to decide is, “Is Father Christmas/Santa Claus harmless or harmful to our children and family lives?”
I can remember how very upset my youngest little boy was when I tried to tell him that Father Christmas wasn’t real. I had grown weary of all the deceptions in our home about this character you see, and wanted my son to learn the truth, (his older brothers already knew by this times) but he would not listen to me! I had lied to him all his life you see, and now there I was trying to take away something that he loved and looked forward to. It was difficult and sad and wrong. I wished I could go back in time and stick to my original decision that I’d tentatively made as a young Christian mother to tell my children that Father Christmas was a story but that presents came from family. But I was weak and succumbed to the pressures to conform to the world’s ways. I want to emphasise to all readers that God forgives and restores and helps us through all the issues we face and this is no different. Sometimes it is kinder to break truth to children little by little. It took my young son two years to come to terms with the truth of this matter. I have been letting go of Christmas over a number of years myself, and me and my sons are all now adults. If you decide to tell your children the truth then please go gently with much prayerful guidance from the Lord, particularly if you are dealing with small children. The Lord is able to make a way for you to change things in your family situation if you wish to and seek Him with all your heart.
The World Loves Christmas
I think this fact alone now sounds a clear warning bell to me now. The world has no time or love for the true Lord Jesus Christ or the true Father God, but it loves Christmas!
The world, to a great extent, is still willing to have this amalgamation of the nativity tale joined with the rest of its Christmas traditions. How is this so? Jesus told us that they would hate Him and that they will also hate those who love Him.
“If the world hate you, know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not Him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
He that hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.” John 15:18-25
Another Jesus Perhaps?
I decided to watch a song on the internet recently proclaiming itself to be “The best Christmas Song Ever”! I watched the video presentation of a live baby in the nativity and all the glitz and glamour of Christmas and I suddenly thought, “This is ANOTHER Jesus“!!! This is nothing to do with the TRUE Almighty God who came to earth as a human being! It was a distinct moment of revelation. I wrote in last year’s article that Jesus was not born at Christmas but more likely born in September. So the fact that the “church” and the “world” are happy to LIE to us year after year about even this historical fact should give us all pause to consider why this would be so.
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11:3-4
Why do more “Christian web-sites” and the churches not tell the truth about the historical date of Christ’s birth? Many unbelievers that I have spoken to, know that Jesus wasn’t born at Christmas, so they now see Christians practicing a lie, as we keep up this Christmas facade that 25 December is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas Nativity continues to present a “baby Jesus” to the world. This baby does not tell them that they are sinners in need of a saviour, this baby just lies there in a manger of a silent night, this baby is mute, powerless and lied about. This baby is not the truth!
Jesus Christ is NOT a baby! He is powerful, almighty judge and saviour to those who call to him in truth of repentance. He is coming again soon.
I am hoping to be more like the salt and light from now on that Jesus requires of me, as I explain to family and colleagues how I’ve seen through the fabrications and decided to abstain from practicing a lie at Christmas.
Yet still the world and his dog just love it!
They love their Christmas trees and glitz, they love their booze and gluttony, they love the hype and emotional manipulation feel-good-factor. They may practice a bit of showy charity giving and some are even happy to visit a church service to aid their feelings of the “Christmas spirit”, singing carols without realising truly who is The Lord Jesus Christ.
Maybe if they really knew Him as He actually is, they would not tolerate this “baby Jesus born at Christmas” story quite so easily. Just maybe the fact that there is this tension between the two fathers of Christmas is a good thing after all as it may cause more believers to really think and pray about what and why they are doing things.
Please pray and seek out the truth for yourself and your family as the days are increasingly evil and a clear witness is required in this darkening world.
Which “father” will you serve this Christmas?
You can read my first Christmas article, Christmas – Of What Spirit Is It? here.
You can read my next Christmas related post on Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh – Gifts Fit for A King here
If you wish to look into the history of this Father Christmas/Santa Claus character you can do so at a site called, Time Travel Britain here.
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