Okyeame Kwame Writes: Is Christmas Christian?
The last two weeks of December are very exiting for many people around the world. There is lots of love shared, lot of presents are given to the haves and have nots, amazing parties and big events for big and small businesses .
A key aspect of the end-of-year festivities is Christmas. Many people even call the last two weeks of the year the Christmas season. As we make merry and enjoy the company of friends and loved ones, I wish to ask: Where did Christmas come from?
Our foremothers observed the Europeans who lived in their midst drink wine, made merry and danced around happily around the final week of December and said “Abrofo yi anya” (these Europeans are happy) that gave birth to Bronya. They asked them what the occasion was and they said December 25th, the day Jesus was born. They added that if our forefathers wanted to go to God, they had to stop celebrating all their festivals because it was pagan and detestable to the almighty God.
Did they lie to our foremothers about the origin of Christmas? Did they even know they were lying to our foremothers?
Did they intentionally try to delete our festivals and replace them with theirs or were they just spreading their culture?
Is Christmas even really Jesus’ birthday, and is Christmas Christian?
Anyone who has studied the bible carefully knows that there is not a single verse about the date of the birth of Christ and Christmas. In fact, early christians who knew the true origin of Christmas fought with the church to prevent the world from receiving this deceit.
The English term christmas (mass on christ day) is a fairly new word. The earlier word YULE may have derived from the germanic jōl or the Anglo- Saxon geol which referred to the feast of the winter solstice. Navidad in Spanish, Natal in Italian and Noël in French all probably mean nativity. This is according to Prof. Hans J Hillerbrand, author of Division of Christendom.
The winter solstice (usually occurring within the last two weeks of the year) is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in the whole year, after which the days begin to once again grow longer and longer until we reach the longest day of the year.
Since there is not a single text in the bible connecting the birth of the Son of God to December 25th, we must consider the connection between December 25th and the birth of the Sun.
Thousands of years before Christ was born, 25th December was recognized as DIES SOLIS INVICTI NATI (day of the birth of the unconquered sun). This was a day recognized by the Roman Empire for the celebration of the winter solstice as a symbol of re-emergence of the sun casting away the winter and heralding the rebirth of spring and summer. Without winter crops will grow, life stock will graze and life will go back to normalcy.
So, the elaborate celebration of 25th December was for the SUN GOD not the SON OF GOD.
When you celebrate Christmas and 25th December, which birth are you talking about – the birth of the SON or the birth of the SUN?
Not only do we lie to adults and children that 25th December is Jesus’ birthday, we lie to our children that Santa brought their gifts.
For many Christians, it is understandable to want to have a day to commemorate the birth of the key figure of their religion. However, some Christians claim December 25th as a Christian holiday whereas we all clearly know it is not.
December 25 has become many things to many people. That notwithstanding, let’s educate ourselves and our friends and neighbours about the date. The reason for the season is not only Christ – it is for celebrating the end of the year.
For the kind of year 2020 has been, we have a lot to celebrate the end of the year as a secular festival.
Instead of merry Christmas, I wish you all Afihyiapa oooooooooooooo
1. Can someone help me with just one bible text that says Christ was born on 25th December?
2. Can someone show me one bible text that says we should celebrate Christ by this “birthday”.
3. Do you celebrate Addae Kesse, Odwira, Bakatue, Homowo, or any Ghanaian festival? Why or why not?
Source: Okyeame Kwame (Facebook)