DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS?
The focus of this study has to do with the practice of teaching children that there is a Santa Claus. I find it to be very surprising, how the concept of this study seems to be totally alien to the hearts and minds of the vast majority of Christians. When parents are posed with the question, "Do you think that it is wrong to lie to your children, by telling them that there is a Santa Claus" most will give an answer something like... "No, I do it because I love my children."
Not only do they lie to their children at the youngest of ages, but when the child becomes "old enough to know the truth," the parent destroys the children's faith by admitting that there is really no such thing as Santa Claus...but they do it, so they say, because they love them. By doing this deed, they cause their children to lose their child-like trust. In most cases, the children become the same as their parents; they believe that it is a good thing to lie to their children.
But what does the Heavenly Father think of this situation?
Jeremiah 9:6 - "Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me," saith YHWH.It is obvious that the birth of the true Messiah was not on December 25. This can be shown by the fact that the shepherds were out tending to their sheep in the field at night (Luke 2:8). Notice what commentator Adam Clarke has to say in regards to this:
It was a custom among the Jews to send out their sheep to the deserts [wilderness], about the passover [spring], and bring them home at the commencement of the first rain [autumn]: during the time they were out, the shepherds watched them night and day.
It is a fact that December 25 has been
the time to worship the sun during the winter solstice. It was known as the
festival of Saturnalia in the Roman Empire.
The beginning of Jeremiah chapter 10 speaks about the evils of the Christmas celebration....
Jeremiah 10:1 - Hear ye the word which YHWH speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 2 Thus saith YHWH, "Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."
I am now going to focus on something that Yahushua spoke about in the book of Revelation. In two places he makes mention of "the Nicolaitans"...
Revelation 2:6 - "But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate."
Revelation 2:15 - "Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate."
Who were the Nicolaitans? This question seems to have baffled many throughout the centuries. The answer might come as quite a surprise to some: A Nicolaitan is a follower of Nike, the winged goddess of victory (from Greek Mythology). Nike has become quite a popular term amongst modern day sports enthusiasts (as was also the case at sporting events in the ancient Greek and Roman empires).
Turning to Strong's Concordance, we read:
The word Nicolaitan, is Strong's Greek #3531 from Greek #3532 which is Nikolaos (Nicolas). Nikolaos is a compound word of 2 Greek words: Nike and Laos (Nike-Laos) = (Nicolas) = victorious over the people.
In Greek mythology, Nike is represented as the goddess of victory whose function was to proselytize or evangelize for Zeus, the Greek deity. If you look in Webster's International Dictionary under the heading Zeus, you will find a picture of Zeus sitting on a throne with Nike in back of him, in the act of putting a crown of laurel upon his head. Saint Nike-Laos, or Santa Claus, is of Satan the devil! What are the deeds of the Nicolaitans? For an in depth study on the subject of Nicolatans, go to: Are you a Nicolaitan?
In this study, we are going to focus on one aspect of the doctrine of the Nicolatans. It has to do with the practice of parents teaching their children that there is a Santa Claus. This is done at an age when the child is too young to question the honesty of their parents. In other words, children are "taught this lie" from the very beginning of their lives! How could anyone justify such an evil act? Yahushua shows the condition of such a person's heart...
John 3:19 - "And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were wicked. 20 - "For everyone who is practising evil matters hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
When one is a child in the natural, their trust is placed in their custodians, usually parents. It is so evil, for those who have this responsibility, to destroy a child's faith by knowingly deceiving them!
What is the solution? It would seem that we need to become spiritual children, and place our trust in Father YHWH! Yahushua said:
Mark 10:15 - "Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of YHWH as a little child, he shall not enter therein."
The child like faith that is required to receive the Kingdom of YHWH, is the very thing that the doctrine of the Nicolaitans destroys...it appears evident why Yahushua hates it so!
Proverbs 29:27 - An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
1Corinthians 10:14 - Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
And Christmas is idolatry!
2Chronicles 19:2 - And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, "Shouldest thou help the wicked, and love them that hate YHWH? therefore is wrath upon thee from before YHWH."
Yahushua the Messiah, from the very beginning of his ministry, taught that we are to repent of our sins (Mark 1:14-15). Repent means to turn and go another direction, because of regret. One of the ways to "become as a child" is to not practice the deeds, or to hold to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. And if we are guilty of doing so, we need to repent, and quit doing it. Yahushua said:
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
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