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Merry Christmas!

Discussion in 'UO Lake Austin' started by Pacem, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Pacem

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    Merry Christmas to you and yours from your friends at Lake Austin Church!
    Let us celebrate this joyous time of year remembering the TRUE and origional reason for the season, Jesus the Christ. :)
     
  2. Maximus Neximus

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    Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the weeklong celebration. The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.” Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week. At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman.

    In the 4th century CE, Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it. Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians.

    The problem was that there was nothing intrinsically Christian about Saturnalia. To remedy this, these Christian leaders named Saturnalia’s concluding day, December 25th, to be Jesus’ birthday.


    Please recognize the day for what it is and have a Merry Christmas.
     
  3. Pacem

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    In fact, I do.
    Christmas is indeed on the same day as the ancient pagan holiday, as you mentioned. Thank you for the time and thought you put into your message. :)

    However, Christmas as we know it is not that holiday. It was actually a rival holiday put on the same day, partly in order to do what you just mentioned, to bring converts over.
    The only difference is, while the ancient gods of antiquity are all but forgotten, we are reminded each year of how God invaded time and sent His Son into a very dark world to be the Light that guides us all Home.

    So, Christmas, while it isn't the actual chronological birth date of our Lord Jesus, it was moved there on purpose. Today, when people think of Christmas, most do not think pagan worship, they think of the birth of our Lord.

    Merry Christmas back atcha. :)
     
  4. Sir Kelek

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    Oh HEY Merry Christmas again Pacem! LOL
     
  5. Pacem

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    Merry Christmas again! :)
     
  6. Maximus Neximus

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    Isn't Jesus' birthday in the spring?
     
  7. Pacem

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    Yes, it is believed His birthday was actually either spring or early summer.
     
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    Merry Christmas everyone!
     
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    Merry Christmas!