Prove Your Beliefs!

by: Wayne Schatzle

       November is the season that brings out the grumblers. Every year I hear more complaining about the approach of Christmas with all the hassles of trying to be creative in buying gifts. My answer is always the same: If you don’t want to do it - don’t. Why feel pressured to participate in a buying frenzy propagated by merchants? That’s when the discussion turns Spiritual. "But it’s Jesus’ birthday". Fine, if you believe it’s His birthday, get Him a gift and go about your way.

       It has been over 20 years since I have celebrated Christmas. Over that time I have collected stacks of booklets, articles [including an excellent front page essay in the Journal News 12/25/88], and studies which show that the day we celebrate as the birth of Christ, long predates Him as a celebration of sun worship by ancient cultures. Church history is forthright in admission that it was indeed a pagan holiday with all the trimmings, but to convert those same pagans to Christianity, they merely superimposed Jesus’ name on it. On the surface it may seem to be a good thing to do had not God warned many times not to honor Him by using heathen practices [Deut 12].

        "I know all the bad stuff but tradition is hard to break", many say. Absolutely. Every time one steers off the wide popular way everyone else is on him hard. Did not Jesus lament that wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to death and MANY will go that way - but narrow is the gate that leads to life and FEW will find it? [Matthew 7]

        The study into the roots of Christmas is a fascinating and interesting venture. It is good and wholesome to prove your beliefs. We are instructed to PROVE all things and hold fast to that which is GOOD [1 Thess 5:21]. The prophet Jeremiah’s instruction was clear- "learn NOT the ways of the heathens... for their customs are vain, they cut a tree from the forest... decorate it with silver and gold and fasten it with nails so that it will not topple..." (Jeremiah 10). A lesson we always try to teach our children is - just because everyone else does a thing - doesn’t make it right. "There is a way that SEEMS right to a man, but it’s end is the way of death" [Proverbs 16:25]. Be NOT conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may PROVE what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God [Romans 12:2].

       True religion is an intensely personal subject. It is when you are one-on-one with your Creator - no minister - no friends, family, or offending parties to point to. At this time God is a still small voice, not enforcing His will on mankind. He is giving us space to repent, turn from our erring ways and seek His Way. Jesus often ended his teachings by saying, "Let those who have ears - HEAR". Are you listening? If not, pray to God to grant you ears to hear the message you need to hear.

        Many have asked what this ministry is about. Freedom Biblical Information Center was founded in 1996 to assist those in search of that narrow path Jesus spoke of. We are not a church, but a service to assist searching souls in their personal study. Donations are never sought nor expected, and confidentiality is paramount. If we can help you with the subject mentioned or other questions you may have, please write to us.

(Written by Wayne Schatzle,
director, Freedom Biblical Information Center
P.O. Box 1806, West Chester OH 45071)