It's that time of year again. In the past I railed against the pagan holiday that has been "christianized" called "christmas. I see two sides to this issue now. The first side is that christmas originated in paganism, and through history, became "christianized." Have looked into it myself, that day has been ruined for me. On the other hand, I see legal ground in the bible for a person to celebrate any day they want to, as long as its "to the Lord."
Romans 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
So if you celebrate chistmas (pagan origins and all) I see a legal argument for you to do that. I you dont celebrate christmas because of its pagan origins, you also do that "to the Lord." As things stand, I tolerate christmas because other apparently don't care about the paganism involved or don't know. Christmas is like everything else in this world, tainted and impure. i was shopping yesterday for some food and there were christmas carols playing in the supermarket and they just sounded out of place. You could look around at people's faces and see the tension, see the strain. These days are not days for "happy holiday" songs, they are days for serious reflection and repentance. Repentance means turning away from sin (and not returning to it).
As I look ahead to 2009 I see tribulation-like events taking place. This world is dieing. There are man-made calamities coming, and there are earth calamities coming. I am surprised that the world has come this far without going belly up. The trend line is unmistakable and there's no end in sight for the fall this world is taking. There are those who criticize us for looking for the escape promised in Luke 21:36. That escape is to enable those worthy of it, to leave this place before punishment and wrath falls. Why should those who do not deserve to be punished be punished? If you are "in Christ" your sins have been removed from you as far as the east is from the west. You have become sqeaky clean, by grace, through faith. Those who are not "in Christ" have a stack of sins on their head starts at their feet and reaches into the heavens, and they will be held accountable for each and every one of them.
Jesus came and died for us for a reason, to atone for mens sins. You get credit for Christs deeds when you are "in Him" "in Christ" which is why it is repeated over and over again "remain in me" "abide in me" Why? So you get credit for what has been done. Time is short. So called christianity is rotten and getting worse by the day. The proof of wholesale apostasy in churchianity today is the lack of salt and light in the world today. Corruption, greed, death and decay are everywhere, along with churches on every street corner. If these churches were salt, the world would'nt be a rotting corpse that it is today.
This blog was started in part, to let people know that true christianity still exists APART...SEPERATE from the apostate form of Christianity we see in 90+% of the churches today. If you tried what you thought was christianity in the past, and left with a bad taste in your mouth, join the club, but please don't think that's all that's out there for you. There is a pure, true God out there. There is the true son of God who may be found by you today. Go pick up a version of the bible you can understand and start taking baby steps with it. Read Psalms and proverbs first. Don't try to tackle it all in a day, be patient. The truth WILL set you free, if you really want it. You can find the truth if you really want it. The God of creation can see in your heart to know if you are playing games or if you are serious about finding him. Peace for your soul is the reward for finding the truth. Look around you, what price would most people put on peace for their soul right now? They "go to church" and they are still troubled, no power, no peace, rot and darkness everywhere, why do they keep going back to get "serviced" by Jiffy Lube christianity?
The hand of grace is outstretched to you today. Our God has not started the cleansing process that will wreak havoc on this world yet. You can get right with him today. The life boats are about to part ways with the sinking ship and I'd like you to be on one of those boats. I can't find the truth for you, I can't be intimate in relationship with Christ for you, YOU have to do it. You can do it. Summon what little strength you have left today, and inch toward the Creator of all things, and see how very good he really is. You are dearly loved, grace and peace