So, What Is It Already?

It seems that drivers somewhere in New York City are getting an eyeful thanks to a group called the "American Atheists." American Atheists Billboard

Now, I listened to Fox News interview the president of the American Atheists and part of his argument actually held water. Adherents to the religion of Christendom have no one to blame but themselves for attacks like that. In effect, what this fellow said was that Christianity was not the only religion that had tried hanging the birthday of their god on the winter solstice. Had Christendom not done just that, the atheists would have to look elsewhere for many of  their arguments. So, what’s wrong with Christmas and the birth of the Lord Jesus? Our lord wasn’t born then, that’s all. The association between the two came about basically, as a political expediency (trying to please everyone), for the Roman Emperor Constantine’s government, which had recently made Christianity legitimate. Those events of history are well known. Alexander Hislop’s: "The Two Babylons" and Dave Hunt’s: "A Woman Rides the Beast" combine much of the history surrounding the so-called "Holy Roman Empire" and the merger and integration of pagan religions with the early organized Christianity which later became what we call Christendom, into a readable form. To learn the season of the Lord’s birth, however, we have to go to the Scriptures. They are our final authority. If "facts" don’t fit the Scriptural record, either we are not rightly dividing the Word of truth, or our understanding of the "facts" is deficient. In Luke, Chapter 1 we read of the events leading up to Jesus’ birth. In verse 5, we learn about a priest named Zacharias. Now this priest was part of the course of Abia(Gk) or Abijah(Heb). Now, what is a "course" and what is "Abia"? How do they relate to figuring out when Jesus was born. In I Chronicles, Chapter 28, Verses 11-13 and 19, we learn that the courses of priests were given initially to King David, as part of a larger instruction concerning the Temple, who passed them down to his son, Solomon. The organization of the Temple was quite complex and very detailed. Following are some of the divisions of service described in the Bible: Priests (1 Chronicles 24:1-19) Priests’ Assistants (1 Chronicles 23:4,28) Singers (1 Chronicles 25:7-31) Musicians (1 Chronicles 23:5) Gatekeepers (1 Chronicles 26:1-19) Keepers of the Treasure (1 Chronicles 26:20-28) Officers and Judges (1 Chronicles 26:29-32). The priests and the Levites were divided into 24 courses within their assigned class. Each course lasted 7 days (1 Chronicles 9:25). The service began and ended on the Sabbath (2 Chronicles 23:8). In addition, all the priests served for 3 extra weeks during the year (Deuteronomy 16:16). We’re not going to get into all the details here because I want you to look up this stuff yourself. That way, you’ll own your results and you’ll be better able to share them with those you come into contact with. Back to the Bible, we read in the account according to Luke, where we learn what Zacharias was doing and when he was doing it. This is why we need to understand the history of the Temple and how it worked. It contains the foundation of historical information we need to determine the season of the Advent. I say the "season" because I do not believe we can ever really nail down the exact date. As we move further away in history from any event, our accuracy is diminished because memories fade, records are lost, corrupted, and destroyed. That too, is part of Sin. Not being one to reinvent the wheel, there is a web site you can look at that lays this information out pretty clearly. " http://biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm ." Having studied the historical information, (You did study it. Right?), comprehending the material at the above web site should be a breeze. Okay. Now, we should be able to understand that our Lord and Savior was really born sometime between late September and early October, not at the end of December. What does occur in late December is the Winter Solstice which has been a time of celebration for pagans, (people who worship nature and things associated with the natural world), since time immemorial. Hislop and Hunt explain in an understandable way, why early Christianity was joined to paganism, albeit kicking and screaming, by the religious and political leaders of the day, to eventually become the religion of Christendom, with Jesus being born on December 25th. The religion of Christendom is intellectually dishonest and that fact was the major reason I separated myself from it. Tell me, ignoring the evidence, that red is black, for example, and I’ll assume you’re either blind or a deceiver, and walk rapidly away from you, whatever your rap happens to be. Organized religion is like that. Unfortunately, people, like the atheist group, see this and assume that all Christians are nothing more than a pack of idiots because they ignore the evidence of their own eyes and, in this case, the evidence presented by their own Scriptures! Is it any wonder we can’t sit and talk with them around the same table concerning, for example, origins? The Holy Scriptures, rightly divided, do not stand in opposition to reason and common sense, even though they do record the miraculous. Those of us who rightly divide the Word need to rise above this Christmas controversy and promote an understanding of the truth. While we may never see the American Atheists change their billboard, we will see many of those who follow their philosophy soften their tone and even some will take time to listen to what God has said and be saved by receiving that knowledge. After all, we don’t want to take anything away from those pagans and atheists; We would, rather, have them walk away of their own free will, having found something better. Some of the supplemental historical information for preparing this article comes from the book: "The Temple – Its Ministry and Services" by Alfred Edersheim. The book is a fascinating, accurate, look back in time to when our Lord and Savior walked the environs of Jerusalem and Israel. The book is available at: " http://www.ccel.org/ccel/edersheim/temple.html ." In closing this session, let me remind my readers that Christmas is not a significant day, theologically, in Biblical Christianity. The Apostle Paul wrote: "Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." I Corinthians 15:12-19. It is Resurrection Day that should be celebrated by us. Notice I said Resurrection Day, not Easter. The latter is yet another day, like Christmas, that is the result of melding Christianity and paganism together; and just as the Scripture confirms, all you get by mixing something that is holy with something corrupt is more corruption. See Haggai 2:11-14. Yes, there are difficulties associated with when and how to observe Resurrection Day. Most of those are creations of Christendom itself, in a continuing effort to preserve its power and wealth. Perhaps we will examine that controversy later. =-=-=-=-= Powered by Bilbo Blogger

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3 Responses to “So, What Is It Already?”

  1. Rex King Says:

    Nice work brother.

  2. Albertine Guevarra Says:

    what a great study.

  3. Resources for 1 Chronicles 24:1 - 19 Says:

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