Roman Winter Solstice Festival of Saturnalia.
“and it speaks words against the Most High, and it wears out the set-apart ones of the Most High, and it intends to change appointed times and law, and they are given into its hand for a time and times and half a time.” Dani’ĕl 7:25.
Sunday as Sabbath
Emperor Constantine “enjoined the civil observance of Sunday, though not as dies Domini, but as dies Solis, in conformity to his worship of Apollo, and in company with an ordinance for the regular consulting of the haruspex”, In “History of the Christian Church” by Phil Schaff, Vol. 3, Ch. 1, §002-003, 3rd Revision, 1890.
From ancient times, many pagan cultures around the Mediterranean and the Middle East practiced the worship of the Sun on Sun-day. Constantine tried to unify his empire by making this practice official and mandatory to appease both the western churches and the pagans. Messianic Jews, other Jews, and many of the eastern churches rejected this new Sabbath. The Romans murdered uncounted thousands as a result.
Scripture does not show that Yeshua haMashiach instituted a new Sabbath; rather, it shows that He observed the one He instituted at Creation on the seventh day.
The Brit Chadasah (New Testament) does not describe the celebration of anything remotely like Christmas, though its authors wrote it from 15 to 60 years later. Pagans in many cultures from the time of Babylon on—and possibly earlier—celebrated this “holiday.” They gave their gods many names, but the common theme was the rebirth of the Sun nine months after the Moon goddess of fertility became pregnant at the Spring Equinox. 12/25 was one date for this celebration. Roman Catholic authorities claimed responsibility (click) for blending pagan ways into church practice as a way of neutralizing the pagan "holidays" and bringing in new converts. Of course, they often encouraged conversion through torture and murder.
A decorated tree was present in scripture only as a forbidden pagan idol. Oddly, the tree as a phallic symbol represented the female goddess, and the female symbol, the wreath, represented the male god.
The early church celebrated the resurrection of Yeshua three days after Passover regardless of which day of the week it was. After blending in pagan practices, it was celebrated only on the day of the Sun. The Roman church renamed it Easter after the female Moon and fertility goddess Ishtar or Astarte. They imported eggs, bunnies, and other symbols directly from fertility rites.
Controversy raged for centuries about whether to hold this mixed thing three days after Passover or on the Day of the Sun. Yet, Scripture does not describe any celebration at all. It is good to remember the resurrection; but it is bad to directly or indirectly worship pagan gods and goddesses.
“Lupercalia , ancient Roman festival held annually on Feb. 15. The ceremony of the festival was intended to secure fertility and keep out evil. Two male youths, clad in animal skin, ran around the city slapping passersby with strips of goat skin. Because the youths impersonated male goats (the embodiment of sexuality), the ceremony was believed to be in honor of Faunus . The festival survived into Christian times and was not abolished until the end of the 5th cent.” The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Copyright © 2008 Columbia University Press.
The “Wolf Festival” was not abolished. Because unmarried girls would expose their posteriors to be whipped, and because the heart-shaped ivy leaf represented Baccus (the male deity of wine and orgiastic love,) the heart of Valentine's day was substituted. The arrow in the heart symbolized mating. The day was moved over one to 02/14.
A student of Scripture needs to say little about this strange day when children dress up as witches and goblins and collect candy. Sometimes they have to get back in time to get to bed early so they can attend Sun-day school. “Christians” who practice it are deeply confused.
Months and Weekdays
The names of the months and days of the week are simply pagan names of pagan gods. Even people who are persuaded find it difficult to avoid using them. Briefly, January is Janus, February is Februa, March is Mars, April is Aphro, May is Maia, June is Juno, July is Julias Caesar as Sun god, August is Augustus Caesar as god, and September to December are only numbers. Sunday is Sun god worship day, Monday is Moon god worship day, Tuesday is Tyr's day (druidic,) Wednesday is Woden's day, Thursday is Thor's day, Friday is Frigga day (the wife of Woden,) and Saturday is Saturn's day (the Roman deity of agriculture.) Western culture was infused with these and other pagan influences.
Did Yeshua Die on a Cross?
Evidence from Scripture and history shows that a wooden stake, or pole, was used to execute our Saviour. The cross became the standard because of its appeal to pagan cultures. (Click to read more.)
יהוה (Yahuah) is not so easily defeated. If a person believes that these and many other practices with pagan roots are Christian, they are not sinning. Only after historical facts persuade a person about the pagan origins of a practice will they be responsible to walk in the light they have received.
“Indeed, all matters are clean to the clean, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving no matter is clean, but both their mind and conscience are defiled.” Titus 1:15.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt becomes tasteless, how shall it be seasoned? For it is no longer of any use but to be thrown out and to be trodden down by men.” Mattithyahu (Matthew) 5:13.
Salt loses its saltiness when a person mixes things with it.