Month: December 2017

Lying about Santa Claus

Lying about Santa Claus

Wrapping up Another Year of Pagan Tradition!

Well, it is ‘christmas’ again, now things can finally start getting back to normal.

I can’t lie, I’m not a big fan of the pagan ‘holiday’ and all of the lies and deception that go along with it.  I am a big fan of family, and getting together with those I love so it’s not all bad.

When it comes to putting up the pagan tree, santa throwing up all over the inside of my home, having to be subjected to the crappy music, the spirit of commercialism, the horrible traffic, and the focus on deceiving our children and grandchildren into believing in a fat man with a white beard and a red suit I am the first to tell you… I hate ‘christmas’.

Where is Santa in the bible?
Where are you in the bible?

My Truth and the Grief

I grew up being told the truth about the meaning of christmas, it’s pagan origins. Thank God my parents did not engage in elaborate attempts to deceive me into believing the lie of santa. I am very grateful to them for being honest with  me and knowing better.

I was told at a very early age that ‘Santa’ was not real, and when I grew up and got married my wife and I had to talk about ‘celebrating’ christmas after having our first child.  I made a deal with her, we could get a tree, decorate, and exchange gifts with one another but we would tell our children the truth about it being a pagan holiday, we would NOT lie to them, and we WOULD tell them that ‘Santa Clause’ was not real.

Oh how I got (and still do get) grief about this.   My wife doesn’t care but when it comes to extended family and spouses of my adult children and their families it has been made clear that I am the bad guy for not “letting the children believe in Santa”.  Even more than that, I have been warned to not interfere with their desires to lie to my grandchildren about the bearded magic man who really is nothing more than a caricature of the christian god.

I’ve agreed not to go out of my way to interfere with these lies, but one thing I will not do is actively participate in them.  If I am asked a direct question, my grandchildren will get the truth and I will not apologize to anyone for it.  I was asked last night to take a bite of the goodies left out for the imaginary fat bastard and politely refused.  I didn’t even realize that they were doing this in my home and felt a bit disappointed just for being asked to play a part in the lie.  Oh well, the spirit of deception behind the whole ‘holiday’ is a pernicious one, evil has a way of sneaking in wherever it can.

Santa is a lie, lying is evil
Lying is evil

What’s the Big Deal Anyway?

Well, here is a great quote I found, I have no idea who Mr Dikkers is but the sentiment expressed sums up the problem.

“Be sure to lie to your kids about the benevolent, all-seeing Santa Claus. It will prepare them for an adulthood of believing in God.” – Scott Dikkers

So, you may ask “what’s the big deal, what harm could come from perpetuating the lie of ‘Santa’ anyway?”. Well, I will tell you what the big deal is for me.

I believe in a loving God, one Who created the entire universe. I believe that the Hebrew and Greek scriptures teach that our Heavenly Father is currently in the process of reconciling His entire creation back to Himself, through the finished work of Christ.

Much of the ‘believing’ world and even the entire ‘Christian’ world believes that God is like Santa. They all believe in a mythical bearded man in the sky who is watching over us all and keeping a ledger that will be used in the end to determine our cosmic fate.  This could not be further from the truth and I want to be someone who is on the side of truth. Santa Clause is the perfect caricature of the god of christendumb.

The gODs of cHRISTENBUMB

There are two major flavors of  christendumb:

Calvinism:  These wonderful people follow the theological thought of a man named John Calvin and they worship a god who is a monster who loves a select group and hates everyone else so much that they must be tormented forever for no other reason except that god created them to be hated by himself.  “Oh well” is the best defense that they have when people object to such a god.

Arminianism:  These wonderful people follow the theological thought of a man named Jacobus Arminius and they just could not worship the god of John Calvin so they invented a better version of god who actually loves everyone and does not want anyone to burn in hell forever.  The problem with this god is that he is impotent.  The Arminian god is powerless to actually save anyone because he goofed up and gave his creation a free will and has a magic rule that says he is unable to save anyone against their own personal will.  This way, if the vast majority of his creation ends up being tormented endlessly in ‘hell’ then it’s not his fault.  You see, this shifts the blame onto the creation and shields the creator of any responsibility for evil.  GREAT!

 

Thank God that God is nothing like the god of Calivinism or the god of Arminianism.  God is responsible for ALL things, this includes Evil!  Don’t get mad at me for saying so, God makes this quite clear in scripture.

Former of light and Creator of darkness, Maker of good and Creator of evil, I, Yahweh, make all these things. – Isaiah 45:7

The Caraciture

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout…

He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been bad or good so be good…

This is the god of churchiantity in a nutshell.  Their god rewards the good and turns the bad into a lump of coal. Well, alump of coal that remains conscious and able to feel the excruciating pain forever with out end and this is what they call justice. This ‘santa’ god does not love everyone, just the good people.  This ‘santa’ god would love to reward you but is bound by the rules of christenbumb to eternally punish those that die with their names on the naughty list.

Santa Undermines God

Why teach your children that our Heavenly Father is anything like this fat, red, bearded magical buffoon?  The ‘harmless’ santa lie is responsible for so many people seeing god as a magical fictitious man who is there to accept their wish lists! So, when these wishes are not answered the way people want they become disillusioned and question the very existence of God.  Eventually children grow up and learn the truth and realize that their parents lied to them about santa.  Just consider this, your children will grow up to question everything else that you taught them as a result.  Did you teach them that there is a loving God who wants the best for them?  Hmm, well if Santa was a lie, who’s to say that God wasn’t as well?

Santa does not exist, your parents tell lies!

 

Don’t undermine God.  Even if you don’t give in to the lies and play these tricks on your children there is no guarantee that they will grow up believing what you teach them, whether it is simply your values of right and wrong, or it is about God and scripture.  The government run education system will do it’s best to deceive your children, hollywood will do it’s best to deceive your children, society and popular culture will do their best to convince your children that their parents don’t know right from wrong.  Why assist them by establishing early on that you are willing to deceive your own children?  Don’t lie to your children about Santa, tell the the truth, they can handle it and it might even help them believe what you teach them about God.

Well, I will catch you next time.  – D H