Just For Fun

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If you could ask for ANYTHING for your holiday (Christmas) gift this year, what would it be?

I’m talking material things … none of the “peace on earth, goodwill towards men” stuff. We all want those things. (And no political “presents” either.)

Instead, tell us about the expensive Mercedes, the 3-carat diamond necklace, the multi-million-dollar house on the beach …

Just for FUN!

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The Atheist Christmas

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This article
 talks about a display put up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation at the Wisconsin Capital Building to celebrate the Winter Solstice. It was  obviously erected to counter the usual displays and messages so common during the Christmas season.

Personally, I have problems with this.

Not because of what atheists are trying to accomplish, but because of what is written. In my opinion such an “in-your-face” declaration accomplishes little to nothing. Sure, atheists will clap their hands in glee that the display was erected, but is this an effective way of getting through to believers during their “Holy Season?” I think not.

What say you? Do you agree this is an effective counter-measure? Or would a more “toned-down” message be more effective? If you were the one chosen to write an anti-Christmas message, what would you have said?

The “Abomination” of Christmas

christmas-tree-with-new-year-ornamentsFrom Valerie Tarico’s excellent article,  Christianity’s Own War on Christmas:

Today’s Christian War on Christmas
Today most Christians have forgotten [their] history, but a conservative remnant still sees the celebration of Christmas as a concession to worldly influences. Retired Presbyterian minister G.I.Williamson complains that stores are open on Sunday but closed on Christmas. “There is no command to have a special day called Christmas. . . . If my church history books are correct there was only one day that was celebrated faithfully in the early Church. It was the Lord’s Day. And people used to greet one another by saying “Jesus is risen.”

Freelance fundamentalist Christopher J.E. Johnson of Creation Liberty Evangelism echoesthe old complaint that Christmas is fundamentally pagan: “God hates paganism and he hates idols and he hates the concept of false Gods, and that’s what Christmas actually represents.” He preaches that “one of the big problems in Christianity today is theDENIAL of the pagan origins of their traditions, or in other words, they lie to themselves (and to others) in order to keep from knowing the truth, and thereby preventing themselves from receiving conviction from the Holy Spirit that would force them to give up their fleshly lusts. To understand the abomination of Christmas being brought into the Church of Jesus Christ, we need to understand its origin.”

As with the bible, few believers know anything about the actual history of Christmas. Nevertheless, they get all up-in-arms because those nasty atheists and other non-believers don’t want to wish them “Merry Christmas.” After all, says them, the 25th day of December is the “Savior’s” birthday (which, technically, is not correct) and everyone (of all creeds and color) should honor that!

Yet, when the facts are known, it never occurred to the early believers to celebrate Yeshua’s birthday. It was just another day. They were much more focused on his resurrection.

Moreover, there is no Biblical directive to do so.

None of this even speaks to the pagan origins of many Christmas traditions, such as the so-called “Christmas tree.” And gift-giving? It was originally seen as a way to celebrate the New Year … not as a symbol of the gifts (supposedly) given to the Christ-child.

So go ahead, Christians. Throw your hissy-fits because someone doesn’t accept your holiday. It’s not going to change the facts.

The Santa Story

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It seems appropriate at this time of year to write a post about “Santa.” You know who I’m talking about, right? That grandfatherly-looking fellow with a white beard who lives somewhere up around the North Pole? The one who possesses magical powers, helpful elves, and the remarkable ability to discern who’s naughty or nice? The jolly old fellow that children turn to in hopes of getting things they want?

Yes! That’s the one. You know who I mean.

Lately, I’ve been wondering. Has anyone ever noticed the similarities between Santa and that other popular fellow whose name begins with a “G”?

You have?? Must be just a coincidence since we all know Santa is a made-up character. Right?

Right.

Yet when you think about it, there are some interesting likenesses.

  • No one has ever seen Santa (the real one, not the holiday impersonators)
  • It’s acceptable to ask Santa for things we want.
  • Santa has ways of knowing when we’ve been “naughty or nice.”
  • Santa lives somewhere “up there.”
  • Santa has promised he will visit everyone on a predestined day.

But hey, these are just chance resemblances. It couldn’t possibly be otherwise. Could it?