Jeremiah 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen,
Matthew 17:17 faithless and perverse generation,
Jeremiah 10:2 be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3For 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. Jeremiah 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
The Origins of Christ-Mass:
By G.V. Growcott
MOST HOLIDAYS ARE PAGAN-CATHOLIC
One thing immediately strikes us forcibly, which perhaps we may have never noticed before. That is, that most of the present historical anniversaries that the world keeps are ghostly hangovers from the time when the Mother of Harlets held undisputed sway over "times and seasons," and the "bodies and souls of men." AND that many of them were borrowed by the Catholic Church from paganism.
Many, of course, are now only unfamiliar names to most of us: Candlemass, Epiphany, St. Stephen's, Michaelmass, All Saints, Whitsuntide, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Plough Monday, Twelfth Night, and scores of others. But some still remain prominent, as grim relics of an age of gross and incredible superstitution.
"SAINT" VALENTINE, for instance, was a romantically-minded bishop of the third century, martyred (at least according to legend) for performing "christian" marriages against the laws of the Emperor.
"SAINT" PATRICK converted Ireland to Catholicism and immortalized the shamrock by using it to demonstrate the superstition of the triple unity of the "Trinity".
EASTER is named from a pagan Saxon goddess of spring. Many ancient heathen nations revered the egg as the symbol of the beginning of life: it is from Teuton mythology that rabbit-laid eggs appear among Easter superstitutions. Dressing up in new clothes for Easter goes back to Constantine's time. The Encyclopedia Britannica says--
"The name Easter is a survival from the old Teutonic mythology. It is derived from Eostre or Ostara, theAnglo-Saxon goddess of spring... There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament,or in the writings of the apostolic Fathers. The sanctity of special times was an idea absent from the minds of the first Christians."
HALLOWEEN: Of this, the Encyclopedia Britannica says--
"Hallowe'en long antedates Christianity. History shows that the main celebrations of Hallowe'en were purely Druidical [ancient Britain]. The Druids believed in the calling together of certain wicked souls on Hallowe'en by Saman, lord of death. Upon the Druidic ceremonies were grafted some of the characteristics of the Roman festival in honor of Pomona [pagan Italian goddess of fruits and gardens] held about November 1st, in which nuts and apples, representing the winter store of fruits, played an important part."
And this became the Roman Catholic "All Hallows", or "Festival of All Saints," and was so passed on to a besotted world. The Encyclopedia Americana says--
"Hallowe'en is associated in the popular imagination with the prevalence of supernatural influences, and is clearly a RELIC OF PAGAN TIMES."
CHRIST-MASS, too, we find is fundamentally of "religious" origin (if superstitious paganism can be called "religion"), but it is FAR from exclusively, or even principally, "Christian." Most of its innumerable customs, traditions, and superstitions are of pagan origin. But the mystery-working of the Catholic Church has greatly complicated them by the addition of priests and madonnas and holy waters, and signs of the cross.
We must recognize the whole corrupt Babylonian system as a total unit, all equally part of the same Apostacy. The better we perceive, the less we will desire to have any part in heathen customs. When, by study, we come to perceive fully, we shall be shocked and revolted at the idea of having anything to do with it. We shall find it repulsive. We shall want to get as far away from it as we possibly can. Anyone who GROWS in the Truth must inevitably come to this conviction. The tragedy is that many never grow.
We find, above all things, that "Christ-Mass" has come to us in its present form as basically and primarily a Roman Catholic institution. To this great system of iniquity it owes its consolidation, establishment, permanence and popularity.