y tio Daniel has said, of the Rivas family, that we like to argue, that it's in our blood. I can attest that his statement is true, for me anyway. However, I don't like to argue for the sake of arguing; I have a purpose or reason when I make an argument, and that reason or purpose is to get to the truth of the matter. And the truth of the matter I wish to argue here is the real reason for this holiday season.
The Winter Solstice
As for the foot long hot dog, this is classic phallus worship, or the regeneration organ. Gross huh? Well in many parts of the world, there are still celebrations that are held in honor of the male reproduction organ. Don't believe me? Google it.
Fast forward thousands of years to the ancient celebration of Saturnalia, a Roman feast day dedicated to the idolatrous god Saturn (Kronos in Greek), who we in the west know as Father Time. When did this feast day occur? Originally, it started on Dec. 17th and ended two days later. Over time the idolatrous revelry which included feasting, fornication, drunkenness, singing in the streets naked, and a human sacrifice, was extended to twelve days, which incorporated the birthday of the sun god on Dec. 25. Does anybody else find that fascinating? Historically speaking, the birth of the sun god, during the winter solstice, is the reason for the season, as the burger joint, Sonic, so plainly (and honestly) states. And they have chosen to honor the sun god in classic fashion with a foot long phallus fashioned into a hot dog with the god Molech (an owl) in their car, appearing oblivious to their celebration. I have no idea why the owl would even be there otherwise, as opposed to a cat (another nocturnal animal), or why it would be indifferent to the longest night of the year.
Now then, one must ask ones self, "Where does Jesus' birth come into all of this?" The answer is that it doesn't. Sonic ® makes no mention of Christmas here, which is odd since Christmas is the biggest time of the year for retailers. And at this time, I would like to point out that just because the word "Christ" appears in a word (like Christmas), that in no way means it is holy. After all, Jesus' name is used as a swear word, and the word Anti-Christ should make that abundantly clear. Why haven't faithful Christians asked themselves why this holy day is called "Christmas?" Because they avoid the obvious, Christmas is short for Christ's Mass, a Catholic religious rite which is held at midnight on Christmas eve and also on Christmas day. What is the midnight mass?
The midnight mass is the celebration of the birth of the sun god, not the Lord Jesus Christ. Of course the Catholic faithful will deny this vehemently, but history and symbolism are not on their side.
Tradition Trumps Orthodoxy
The precise date is still unknown by God's design. So, are you absolutely sure you are really celebrating Jesus' birth, or do you know it has nothing to do with his birth and celebrate it anyway? If you love the traditions of men rather than the orthodoxy of Scripture, then you may be one of the five foolish virgins that will be left out in the cold upon his return. The choice is yours, choose wisely. Amen.
21 "I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
25 "Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
26 But you have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch (the owl god) and Chiun (Saturn) your images, the star of your god, which you made to yourselves.
27 Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus," says the LORD, whose name is God Almighty.