I would be amiss to not send this to you during this season for celebration of the winter solstice… for me it’s a time for family, friends, loved ones (yes that includes you), the reflection of the past year and the view of the year to come! I love you man, I just wish you’d wake up and realize that Jesus is no more real then daffy duck… that being said though it doesn’t mean I think you shouldn’t love your neighbor (especially if her husbands not around HA!) , fellow man and enemy. You should help those who are less fortunate than you and not judge those whom have made “human” errors! You should leave the world a better place then it was when you entered it. If you need a god or book to tell you these things then you have problems far beyond the ability of a book to fix because it is you (and I don’t mean you literally but any person that needs the bible as an excuse to be good) that we will read about someday like the BTK guy!
BTW… Here’s a better motto to live by if you are looking for a set of rules: “Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.”… Want to know who’s motto that is?… Jainism… The number one rule is NON VIOLENCE! GOT THAT??? NO REPUBLICANS SCREAMING FOR WAR! …. Re read the bible and tell me about the loving god again that tells you to own slaves (Leviticus 25:44) and kill all the millions of people whom work on Sundays (Exodus 35:2)… Just a thought on this Winter Celebration Season of Love and Peace and Good Will Toward Man! Love Ya Man and Happy Holidays regardless the reason you celebrate!
How the Christians stole the Winter-Solstice holiday
by Jim Walker
Perhaps I should title this section, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” except that the Grinch, in this case, describes Christians, and ‘Christmas’ gets replaced by the original pagan celebrations.
Christians celebrate the Nativity, or the birth of the alleged Jesus every December 25. Contrary to belief, there exists no evidence for a Jesus born on a December. Not a single shred of Biblical text declares this date, nor gives a hint of a winter season birth for a Jesus “the Christ.” In fact, there occurs not a tad of evidence for the existence of a historical Jesus!
The Christmas that we celebrate today derived from pre-Christian Germanic, Roman, and Celtic people who celebrated the winter solstice. The use of holly, mistletoe, yule logs, wassail bowls, and decorating a tree derived from early pagan customs. Many European countries still call this celebration “Yule-tide” meaning “wheel time,” the cycles of time. None of these derive from Christian origin.
The Persian Mithras cult spread during the 3rd and 4th centuries B.C.E. and predates Christian ceremonies and rites such as: baptism, communion wafer, and Sunday rest. On December 25, the sacrifice of a bull celebrated the Sol invictus (the invincible sun) and signaled the birth of a young sun god who sprang from a rock or a cave in the form of a newborn infant.
The Romans celebrated the Winter Solstice on December 25th as a renewing of the sun every year. Also the Romans celebrated the festival of the Saturnalia from December 17th to the 24th to honor Saturn, the god of grain and agriculture. The festival consisted of a period of goodwill, devoted to visiting friends and the giving of gifts.
At the beginning of the first century, Christianity emerged as a fledgling religion but not until the 4th century did Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. The motive behind the introduction of this celebration aimed at subverting the practice of pagan rituals such as Mithra and Saturnalia. Pope Liberus introduced the Nativity on December 25th 354 C.E.. By the 5th century, the event became so customary that it began to mark the beginning of the ceremonial year.
Today, we still celebrate with ornaments on trees, mistletoe and giving gifts, none of which has anything to do with Christian mythology. So instead of celebrating the Christian deception, why not opt for the earlier non-god celebration of the Winter Solstice? After all, it represents an actual event as the planet earth orbits about the sun. The universe presents us with far more magnificent events than the superstitious religionists have ever dreamt up. Even more than the imagination of Dr. Seuss.


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