THIS IS CHRISTMAS: TREE OF KNOWLEDGE

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Atheists can make the Tree of Knowledge connection to Christmas, because it is there. In 2007, in the place where America’s freedom and the first amendment were born – Philadelphia – “The Freethought Society” erected a tree displaying the knowledge of good and evil at their County Courthouse Christmas Display. Several feathers got ruffled when they saw the lighted tree festooned with golden pinecones and laminated color copies of various book covers: The Koran, The Bible, The God Delusion, God Is Not Great, Common Sense, Mark Twain titles, etc.

Let’s back up a bit to understand where there’s a Tree of Knowledge and Christmas connection. Some say that the medieval Paradise Tree is the origin of the Christmas Tree. The history of the medieval Paradise Tree goes way back to a Mystery Play – one of the favorites by the way. Medieval mystery plays focused on the representation of Bible stories at a time when the general population didn’t have access to read them for themselves.

The Paradise Play was the Mystery Play that recounted the story of creation with the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. The stage prop that represented the lost paradise was a tree (often an evergreen fir) that was hung with apples and round wafers meant to imitate the consecrated host of the bread of communion in the high churches of the day. Even after mystery plays fell into disfavor, people kept alive their memory through a stage prop by erecting a Paradise Tree in their homes on December 24th – the feast day of Adam and Eve in the Catholic Church.

Those who favor this account for the origin of the Christmas Tree, then blended it with the medieval Germanic custom of setting up a pyramid of shelves at Christmas on which candles and evergreen boughs were placed (much like the Roman Saturnalia). They claim that in the Rhineland of Germany in the 16th century, the pyramid and Paradise Tree merged into a lighted fir tree hung with ornaments. This is what its proponents believe was the prototype of today’s Christmas Tree.

During the time that the Christmas holiday was being domesticated and forged into a new American image, Godey’s Magazine tried to fashion a conventional image for the ancient fertility symbol that became a domestic homing device. This evergreen icon of family was clearly meant to commemorate Adam and Eve’s Day. Godey’s told Americans: “An orthodox Christmas Tree will have the figures of our first parents at its foot, and the serpent twining himself round its stem.”

The early 16th century Teutonic legend said that the Paradise Tree represented the Tree of Life. Fortunately, its fruit identifies itself as the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which was the actual tree that the serpent wrapped himself around.
I can go on and on about the history and legend of the Christmas Tree. The favorite Protestant version of the origins of the Christmas Tree is the legend about Martin Luther beginning the tradition to honor Christ’s birth. It’s just too bad that no one did the math when this legend was made up, because there isn’t any definite reference to any tree of this kind until 50 years after Luther’s death, and those had no lights.

The Christmas Tree that graces homes and town squares in America and worldwide has a long history. Its present “glory” came bit-by-bit evolving slowly over many generations. The setting apart of evergreen trees can be traced back just prior to the nations being disbursed from the Tower of Babel (i.e. Babylon).

Eventually Christians appropriated the use of evergreens for their Christmas celebration, which means they adopted Babylonian practices. Christians have invented a number of stories to explain the origin of the Christmas Tree. Notice I say “invented,” because none of these stories completely bear out historically. If you are interested in more on WHERE THE CHRISTMAS TREE COMES FROM, please check out – http://wp.me/p158HG-5i .

To magically remove any taint of paganism, Christians said the Christmas tree represents: (1) The Tree of Life or everlasting life, and (2) Jesus as The Light of the World.

QUESTION: Is something sanctified because we say it is?

QUESTION: Will God sanctify something He considers profane, or does the Bible say that He will judge it?

QUESTION: Who gets to decide if something is sacred? Us or God Himself?

The Bride of the Messiah (Christ) will answer these questions as well as coming out of Babylon and laying down Christmas, because Christmas literally is the Golden Calf of America and even the world (See http://wp.me/p158HG-2m).

~ Robin Main

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This is a CLARION CALL TO THE MESSIAH’S PURE & SPOTLESS BRIDE. Yeshua (Jesus) is saying, “The mixture of Christmas grieves My heart. Come out of Babylon and lay down Christmas, for I WILL have a pure and spotless Bride.”

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NOTE: I yield to LOVE who is asking that I reveal the darker side of Christmas this season in a series called “THIS IS CHRISTMAS.” Personally, I prefer to focus on the King of kings and His Kingdom.

WARNING: This series will shake your man-made and religious traditions to the core, if you are a Christian. If you are not a Christian, it will confirm what you already know deep down inside. I have found when I, as a Christian, admit the historical and Scriptural accuracy as it relates to Christmas, those who are not Christians are pleasantly surprised. They laugh and it creates an open dialogue. When pagans, witches, Hindus, Buddhists, Satanists, etc run into His unconditional love that is joined with a serving of His Truth, I’m seeing walls come down and His light and love illuminating their world.

We will start out with some of the more tame topics. Then strap on your seat belts folks, because it’s a rough roller coaster ride that’s going to take us literally to the depths of hell and to the heights of man building a name and kingdom for themselves.

[1] THIS IS CHRISTMAS: WORLDWIDE CELEBRATION – http://wp.me/p158HG-DF

[2] THIS IS CHRISTMAS: CHILDREN IN CHARGE – http://wp.me/p158HG-DK

[3] THIS IS CHRISTMAS: TIME OF INCREASE DEMONIC ACTIVITY –http://wp.me/p158HG-DP

[4] THIS IS CHRISTMAS: ALL HELL BREAKING LOOSE – http://wp.me/p158HG-E5

[5] THIS IS CHRISTMAS: HO NO! HO NO! HO NO! – http://wp.me/p158HG-Eh

[6] THIS IS CHRISTMAS: YULE LOVE CHRISTMAS – http://wp.me/p158HG-Ez

[7] THIS IS CHRISTMAS: COSMIC KISS OF DEATH – http://wp.me/p158HG-EF

[8] THIS IS CHRISTMAS: STUFFED TO THE LIMIT (WAYWARD WIFE) –http://wp.me/p158HG-EN

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Copyright Dec. 24, 2013 – Author: Robin Main.

Twitter: @SANTATIZING, Facebook: http://facebook.com/santatizing.

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More historically and scripturally accurate information can be found in in my book: SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up (available on amazon http://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353692179&sr=1-1&keywords=SANTA_TIZING).

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About Robin Main

Robin's premier quest is to love people and love God with all her heart, soul & strength, because without love we all are nothing. After making a vow to Jesus's face during a personal epiphaneous appearance, she wrote a book -- SANTA-TIZING: What's wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up" to share the mysteries she discovered while searching for where Christmas comes from. There are revelations in SANTATIZING that you will not find anywhere else. So throw away the template for Christmas books and come walk on the kingdom side in an examination of America's most loved holiday. Critical thinking is a must while looking through this lens of history and Scripture. You'll be intrigued and enlightened. What's wrong with Christmas? Plenty. This book shines light on various troubling issues in celebrating a Christian Christmas. How to clean it up? This will be determined by you and your family. Since we have an abundance of traditions, memories, and reasons to stay just the way we are (and possibly miss out on becoming part of His Pure & Spotless Bride), SANTA-TIZING primarily explores the valley of the shadows. Please know that in God's Kingdom no person is forced to do anything against their will. Give em heaven!!!
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