By request, I share the following excerpt from my book SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up, page 109-110:
“Although Tophet is a different high place than Solomon’s Mount Olivet, they both were places where idols were exalted and God’s children were sacrificed to the same bloodthirsty gods east of Jerusalem.
Do you think that it’s a mere coincidence that enthroned Chemosh (worshiped by the Moabites), Mithra (from Persia, worshiped in Rome), and Tammuz (of Babylon fame) wore the same Phrygian cap as Santa Claus? In Michael Rood’s enlightening book The Pagan-Christian Connection Exposed, Truth vs. Tradition, he expounds that Chemosh was the pagan god of prosperity that was the same cast iron, pot-bellied god of their kin, the Ammonites, who was worshiped by the name of Molech or Moloch. At the time of the winter solstice on the ancient calendar, they had a public child mass. “Mass” literally means sacrifice in this context. “The priests stoked the iron image of the enthroned Chemosh with wood and burning pitch, which turned the idol into a cherry red furnace. Moabite people made long lists of their desires, and recited them to the god of prosperity just before they put their infant children into the red-hot lap of their god with his Phrygian cap. As the babies were incinerated during the December 25th child mass, the people were assured that their sacrifices would be rewarded in the coming year.” Michael Rood has an interesting perspective: “A month before the birthday of Tammuz (December 25th) we have our children make endless lists to a cherry-red pot-bellied god of prosperity, and then we place our terrified children in the lap of this god who wears his Phrygian cap and sits on his throne in the shopping malls.” Minimally, I believe that each Christmas we currently sacrifice our children’s well-being to gods of prosperity, creating the unrighteous dispositions of being demanding and spoiled. Am I the only parent to experience my child’s ungrateful complaint, “Is that it?” when he had just opened a boatload of gifts?
Baal or Moloch or Chemosh—the name may change, but their bloodthirsty appetite for the most acceptable offering of infants does not. “We have ample and melancholy evidence on this subject from the records of antiquity.” It was believed that human sacrifice to Baal held the key to prosperity. Therefore, selfish people desiring to live in ease brought their firstborn child to the high priest, where scholars say the child would be offered as a burnt offering to the deity. Recently, archaeologists unearthed a Baal cemetery containing the remains of more than twenty thousand children. “I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal . . . those who bow down and swear by the LORD and who also swear by Molech” (Zeph. 1:4-5). The late Reverend Hislop’s extensive research led him to conclude: “Moloch and Roman Saturn have the same bloody character.” This fact is important in our analysis of Christmas being the golden calf of America. As you will discover later in this chapter, the church of Rome was unable to eradicate the heathen celebration of Saturnalia, so they slightly modified it and designated a Feast of the Nativity to be observed. ”
~ Robin Main
Santa-tizing is the perfect book for anyone who is frustrated with the secularization of Christmas and/or wants to delve deeper into its history. Robin Main presents the facts from a point of view that is simultaneously expert and deeply personal. She discusses the history of Christmas in impressive detail and tells the story of her own personal decision to lay down the holiday. Whether you agree with her final conclusions or not, Santa-tizing will impact you and will be a book that you return to time and again as a reference source. ~ Sara
FOOTNOTES to this section of the book:
* Simon Sleightholm, , http://website.lineone.net/%7Essleightholm/dict/glossary/pcap.html, “Phrygia was an ancient country of Asia Minor, in what is now Turkey. The religion of the Phrygians was an ecstatic nature worship, in which the Great Mother of the Gods, Rhea, or Cybele, and a male deity, Sabazius, played a prominent part. The orgiastic rites of this religion influenced both the Greeks and the Romans. In the 6th century BC Croesus, king of Lydia, conquered all that was left of Phrygia, which passed successively under the rule of Persia, Macedonia, Pergamum, and Rome. The Phrygian cap was adopted by freed slaves in Roman times, and thus this cap became a symbol of liberty. A conical cap with top turned forward, it is often red to signify circumcision and is the origin of the bishop’s mitre and the Rosicrucians’ hat.”
* Rood, The Pagan-Christian Connection EXPOSED, 85-86.
* Ibid., 87.
* Hislop, The Two Babylons, 338.
* Thomas Horn, http://www.worthynews.com/christian/abortion-baal-worship-and-breast-cancer.
* Hislop, The Two Babylons, “The Name of the Beast, the Number of His Name,” 397.
* The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church, Christmas, James Taylor, 223.
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