In all candor, I almost do not want to post this because some obviously think that I enjoy “stirring up strife” with the touchy topics I share… and this is about Santa Claus! Nevertheless, it is too important to get back to basics and away from the overwhelming secularism and materialism we are allowing and I cannot in good conscience bypass the opportunity to share the Holiness of Jesus, especially in what is supposed to be a Holy Season.
That is not an apology for my beliefs; it’s an acknowledgement that I am as human as the next person and that I consider silence condonement and too many Christians are silent on what truly matters. I’m thinking we are not going to be given a choice much longer, but for certain not always.
I hope that you will click on the link to read the rest of the background for awareness and to celebrate the holidays more consciously. My decor and conduct has been impacted and I will continue to change and grow in Christ.
In addition to learning facts not so commonly known (in the essay excerpt below), it becomes clearer why continuing to embrace whatever comes along in the name of unity and integrate it with Christianity is such a desecration. Haven’t we allowed enough syncretism?
Back to basics…
The entire essay can be found by visiting: In Plain Site
Santa Claus…Pretender To The Throne
So how do we understand the Santa Claus phenomenon?
What do we REALLY know about Santa?
Is Santa just a harmless, friendly fellow? Or is there something or someone else hiding behind the façade?
Is he Satan in disguise, or wholly Christian modeled after a 4th century bishop
Sadly, there is a lot more to the story than most people know. Santa originated as an amalgam of St. Nicholas and various other pagan beliefs, which is bad enough. But, over the years he morphed [a little added here and a little changed there] into the modern day, well known and well recognized figure, that bears far too many similarities to the one who appears as an “angel of light”, who once said he would exalt his throne above the stars of God and would be “like the most High” and is actively “seeking” those “whom he may devour”… The one the Bible calls ‘The Great Deceiver’.
The Great Deceiver
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. [Revelation 12:9].
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.[ Isaiah 14:12-14]
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light”
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: [1 Peter 5:8].
Seeking Whom He May Devour:
Children are the most vulnerable members of our society and it is no wonder that The Lord Jesus Christ warned several times against harming the “little ones”.
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. [Matthew 18:1-6]
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. [Mark 9:42.]
Our Children and Youth are Under Attack From All Sides. (note: all links-new windows)
“Everyone wants to get a piece of them. For instance, the New-Age Movement has an army just waiting to get hold of our children and youth. The gay-rights movement in this country wants nothing more than to make a generation of children think homosexuality is an acceptable alternative life-style. Advertisers on Saturday-morning cartoons want to influence our kids. Heavy-metal rock bands are trying to influence them. Those in favor of abortion rights want to get our kids thinking from their point-of-view. Drug dealers, beer companies, cigarette manufacturers, pornography publishers – the list goes on and on – they too are battling for the souls of our children and youth. [Sermon on Daniel 1:1-7 November 20, 2005 Rev. Adrian Dieleman.
[Harry Potter and more recently The Golden Compass are other direct frontal assault on the children, again with the willing compliance of many church leaders, parents and others that are spiritually blind]
Almost everywhere we turn we see modern-day Nebuchadnezzars trying to turn the minds of our children from serving our God. Everywhere and from every direction, our children and youth come under attack, even as Daniel and his friends came under attack”. [Rev. Adrian Dieleman. Sermon on Daniel 1:1-7. November 20, 2005.
Dr. Terry Watkins bring up an interesting point in Santa Claus The Great Imposter, regarding a story in Mark…
“Many parents have been “lullabied to sleep” with the deception that our children are innocently immune to the attack of Satan. There is a false security that believes our children will naturally “grow out of it” or “they’re just sowing their wild oats” or maybe “they’re just being kids”. But the Bible paints a much different picture. In Mark chapter 9, God details a frightening occurrence. A man brings his “spirit possessed” son to the Lord Jesus Christ”.
And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. [Mark 9:17-29]
It is interesting the apostles could not cast out this kind (vs 29). Jesus said, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” What kind of possession was it? What was different about this possession? I believe the answer is found in the only question the Lord Jesus asked. Jesus Christ asked the man “How long is it ago since this came unto him?” And the man answered, “Of a child“. These hard to cast out kind are those that enter in a child. Is it because the possession reaches so deep and so strong that they’re almost impossible to remove?
Dr. Watkins goes on to say..
“In Proverbs 22:6, the Bible explains the lifelong fruits of training a young child in the way he should go. That early training is so strong and so deep – as that child grows and matures – they will not depart from it.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. [Proverbs 22:6]
But. . . The flip side is: if that same child is trained by the ways of Satan and the world, chances are that child will not depart from it. George Harrison, a devout follower of the Hindu god, Krishna, understood this life-long influence, Harrison told Rolling Stone Magazine:
“The main thing is to get the kids. . . nail you when you’re young and brainwash you, then they’ve got you for the rest of your life.” George Harrison, Beatles, (Loose Talk, Rolling Stone Magazine, p. 70)”…
Ho! Ho! Ho!
…In The Drama Before Shakespeare – A Sketch, author Frank Ireson, describes the popular Miracle Play. Notice the description of the devil as “shaggy, hairy,” etc. (as Santa), and notice the devil’s trademark “exclamation on entering was ho, ho, ho!”:
…Siefker also collaborates the devil’s trademark “ho, ho, ho.”
In these plays, the devil’s common entry line, known as the “devil’s bluster,” was “Ho! Ho! Hoh!”(Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 69)
The devil’s trademark “ho, ho, ho” was carried over from the early medieval Miracle Plays to the popular old English play “Bomelio,” as the following lines from the play verify:
What, and a’ come? I conjure thee, foul spirit, down to hell! Ho, ho, ho! the devil, the devil! A-comes, a-comes, a-comes upon me,. . . (Dodsley, Robert. A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Vol. VI. The Project Gutenberg Ebook. <www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext06/7oep610.txt>) [Also http://www.fullbooks.com/A-Select-Collection-of-Old-English-Plays-Volx54484.html%5D
[IPS Note: In the above instance it is probable that the Ho, ho, ho is being used much as it is in the Bible in Zechariah 2:6,7. The Hebrew word translated Ho is [hôy ] and means oh! ah, alas, O, woe. IN other words the person is saying ‘Alas! The devil comes]…
…After researching scores of books and material on the origin of Santa Claus, by far, the best book on this subject is Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas, authored by the late University of Kansas associate, Phyllis Siefker. This is no child’s book, but a scholarly exploration into the origin of Santa Claus. It is published by the prestigious McFarland Publishers, a leading publisher of reference and academic books. This book carries no Christian bias, but is simply a secular, non Christian scholastic study. With that in mind, the following analysis by Siefkler is even more alarming:
The fact is that Santa and Satan are alter egos, brothers; they have the same origin. . . On the surface, the two figures are polar opposites, but underneath they share the same parent, and both retain many of the old symbols associated with their “father” . . . From these two paths, he arrived at both the warmth of our fireplace and in the flames of hell. (Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 6)
Santa… The Name
Much has been said about ‘Santa’ being an anagram for ‘Satan’. While I am not sure how much importance to attach to this, the fact that Sanat Kumara is obviously an anagram for Satan gives me pause for thought. According to some of the teachings derived from modern Theosophy, i.e. the teachings of Alice A. Bailey, C. W. Leadbeater, Guy Ballard, Elizabeth Clare Prophet and Geraldine Innocente, Sanat Kumara is the Lord or Regent of Earth and of humanity. It is believed by some that he is the founder of the Great White Brotherhood, and that he lives in a city on the etheric plane called Shamballa located above the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
Jolly Old St. Nick
Nick or Old Nick is a well-known appellation of the Devil. The name appears to have been derived from the Dutch Nikken, the devil, which again comes from the Anglo-Saxon nac-an, to slay–for as Wachter says the devil was “a murderer from the beginning.”
Old Nick: A well-known British name of the Devil. It seems probable that this name is derived from the Dutch Nikken, the devil… (Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, p.650. As Quoted in Santa Claus The Great Imposter by Dr. Terry Watkins)
Nick, the devil. (Walter W. Sleay, Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, p. 304. As Quoted in Santa Claus The Great Imposter by Dr. Terry Watkins)
Devil: Besides the name Satan, he is also called Beelzebub, Lucifer . . . and in popular or rustic speech by many familiar terms as Old Nick . . . (Oxford English Dictionary Vol III D-E. As Quoted in Santa Claus The Great Imposter by Dr. Terry Watkins)
Kriss Kringle A US name for Santa Claus derived from the German Christkindl (little Christ child). (Brewer’s Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Phrase and Fable, p. 334)
One of the most perturbing aspects of this whole story is the seemingly innocent, friendly, jingle-jangle name of Kriss Kringle which is German for “little Christ Child”.
Whatever the truth behind the legend, it is one further step in the whole sorry saga of ‘Santa’.
Santa’s Little Helpers?
Santa has some cute little helpers called elves. Webster’s Dictionary has an interesting definition for the friendly elf:
1. A wandering spirit; a fairy; a hobgoblin; an imaginary being which our rude ancestors supposed to inhabit unfrequented places, and in various ways to affect mankind. . .
2. An evil spirit; a devil. (Webster’s Dictionary “elf”)
The Encyclopedia of Witches & Witchcraft is a 417 page paperback by Rosemary Ellen Guiley who is known as a thorough researcher. The following descriptions of elves are as quoted in Santa Claus The Great Imposter by Dr. Terry Watkins.
A host of supernatural beings and spirits who exist between earth and heaven. . . Fairies [Elves] are fall angels. When God cast Lucifer from heaven, the angels who were loyal to Lucifer plunged down toward hell with him. (Rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, p. 115)…
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