Roman Catholic Church not only has included in its traditions the elements and
the rituals of worshiping the pagan gods, but it also has borrowed all basic
Christian holidays from pagans, having renamed them in Christian manner.
in his classical work about magic and religion The
Golden Bough (McMillan, 1976) marked: “Undoubtedly, Virgin, which... has given birth
to the son on the twenty fifth of December, was a great East goddess, whom
Semites called as
the Heavenly Virgin or
of Heavens; in Semite countries she had a name of
cult of Astarte, as well as the cult of virgin Artemis or Diana – Mary’s
predecessors, was widely spread in the times of apostles (Acts.19:24-35). On
on the day of winter solstice, the pagans celebrated the birth of the sun god
Mithras (same Tammuz, Baal, Adonis) – the son of Astarte. From this date the
length of light day increased. In II-IV centuries in Roman empire Mithraism
was one of the main contenders of a Christianity.
Church of Rome, to facilitate the acceptance of the faith by the pagan masses,
found it convenient to institute the
25th of December as the feast of the temporal
birth of Christ, to divert them from the
pagan feast, celebrated on the same day in honor of the “Invincible Sun ” Mithras, the conqueror of
From Sabbath to Sunday, Pontifical Gregorian University Press, Rome,
1977, p. 260).
tradition of celebrating of the birth of Christ began in Egypt,
where it was connected with a cult of the Mother goddess. The holiday was
celebrated on January 6. But, as the festival of birth of the sun Mithras was
held with the special splendor, with music, fires and dancing, and many
Christians took part in these feasts, so
the Church decided to announce December 25 as Christmas and on January 6 to
celebrate the baptism of Jesus.
tradition to celebrate the birth of Jesus is antibiblical.
The Holy Scriptures demands, that we should remember the death of Savior, but
not His birth. None of His disciples ever mentioned about the intention to
celebrate Jesus’s birthday. And what way the
tradition of Christmas tree can be related to the birth of
Jesus? The decorated pine originates directly from the cult of Attis
(corresponds to Phoenician Adonis and Babylon Tammuz) - fertility god. He
ostensibly reincarnated in a pine. In his honor cut pines were carefully
decorated with his various images, and there under pine trees the people prayed
to Attis for the future harvest. In the Bible
Jeremiah (10:3-4) tells about this pagan practice.
Other great Christian holiday is Easter. Many people believe that Easter and Passover are just two names of the same holyday The word "passover" originates from Jewish "pesach", that means: “the pass through something”. This holiday is celebrated in memory of rescue of the Jews from the Egyptian slavery . When the pharaoh again after many cautions refused to release Jews God punished him for that by sending the Angel-destroyer to kill all firstborns of Egypt. But before that God commanded Jews to slaughter a lamb in every family and put his blood on their doorposts. The Angel-destroyer passed over the houses where blood of a lamb was thus Jews were saved. The celebration of Passover has a symbolic meaning : those who hear Word of God will be saved by the Blood of the Lamb-Jesus.
people consider, that on Passover they celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. But,
firstly, Passover was celebrated on the 14-th day of month Aviva (Ex.12), which
fall on different days of week, secondly Jesus
resurrected on some particular day, why we not celebrate this exact day every
year like we celebrate our birthdays? However Passover
is celebrated not on a day, given by God, but after the given day on following