Featured, John McReynolds - Monday, December 26, 2011 8:58 - 0 Comments
THE CHRISTMAS CONTROVERSY
What are we as Christians to make of Santa Claus? Well, clearly the Santa we picture today has nothing in common with Nicholas, Bishop of Myra except for his name. It is evident, examining the history of Santa Claus, that his origins are based in pre-Christian, pagan myths. So those who claim that Santa is a Christian figure or that he is based in Christian beliefs or world view do not know what they are talking about. There is nothing Christian about Santa.
On the other hand, is Santa a pagan bent on replacing the biblical message of Christmas—a satanic figure from the pit of hell? Again, there is no doubt that the Santa figure has its origins in pagan traditions and beliefs.
And I’m sure that Satan in his attacks on Christianity uses Santa just as he uses all of the other pagan trappings that have come down to us from the fertile soil that is our western culture. But to shun the Santa figure or to cross ourselves and hurry past every time we see him in a department store, or never let our children be exposed to the Santa myth seems to me to be extreme in the other direction.
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