This week, we welcome to the Heads Up podcast a very special guest, Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka. As the “Christian” world is getting ready for a holiday season, we decided to take a look at the true origins of Christmas, and what Christmas really is.
We open up by discussing how many are uncomfortable with the highly commercialized celebration of Christmas, but take part in that commercialized celebration anyway. Many assume that they would like to get back to the “real” Christmas, but they have no idea about the real origins of the holiday. Mr. Ciesielka helps us understand the historic origins of today’s Christmas practices.
As we find in the Catholic Encyclopedia, “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church. Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts…” (vol. 3, pp. 724, 728). Mr. Ciesielka reminds us that in the mid-1600s, many in England recognized Christmas as un-biblical, and that in 1659 the holiday was even briefly outlawed in the colony of Massachusetts!
In conclusion, we ask the question, “Do we know when Jesus was really born?” Not only is there no record of Jesus, the Apostles or the original Church observing Christ’s birthday, there is good reason to conclude that His birthday was in the autumn, not in the winter. Rather, there are other figures from myth and religion whose birthday is said to be on or near the Winter Solstice or December 25. Mr. Ciesielka demonstrates from the book of Acts that the first Christians observed the biblical holy days and did not observe a “Christmas” day.
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