Blogger Alamanach commented on my last blog about how it only consisted of my rant about the Pagan half of Christmas and not the Christian half. I don’t know much about the Christian Christian half, but here’s my take:
The whole religion of Christianity, from my prospective, is based upon the death of Jesus Christ, not the birth of Jesus. Why would Christians be so wrapped around Jesus’ birth?
If Jesus was never born
If Jesus was never born, the whole message of Christianity would be rather null and pointless. An excellent blogging peer of mine explained a bit more about this here.
After all, a religion claiming that the death of a person has forgiven all of one’s sins would make no logical sense without exaltation of that person’s birth. How would Christians know for sure he existed? Or better yet, how would Christians know for sure that even if he existed, that he was the son of God?
Which is exactly why the Roman Catholic Church has so glorified the story of Jesus’ birth.
Think about it.
In order to constantly remind Christians of the sacrifice that God had to make to relieve them of their sins, the Church must do so in a way that is as subliminal as is influential. That way, no one begins to wonder and go astray.
Quite frankly, I can’t really see any other relevance, even from the Christian point of view. This explains the Archangel Gabriel (the same exact angel who told Prophet Mohammed the messages from Allah) foretelling of Jesus’ birth, of the Three Wise Men of Orient who came to Mary, bearing gifts for Jesus, etc. It’s a way for the Church to capture the minds of the Christians and sequentially keeping everyone in line.
Like I said earlier, the whole religion of Christianity is based upon the death of Jesus, not his birth. In the Christian’s point of view, had Jesus not been born, there would be no Notre Dame College, no Boston College, no Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal, no missions in third-world countries, no missions in places void of Jesus, etc. All would be lost, our sins would never be forgiven, and our ultimate fate would be eternal damnation to the fiery pits of Hell.
The etymology of the word Christmas still stands out to me. The Online Etymology Dictionary‘s search results of the word ‘Christmas’ is a mixture between the word Christ and Mass. After searching the word Mass, only two definitions appear:
mass (1): lump, quantity, size,” c.1400, from O.Fr. masse “lump” (11c.), from L. massa “kneaded dough, lump, that which adheres together like dough,” from Gk. maza “barley cake, lump, mass, ball,” related to massein “to knead,” from PIE base *mag-/*meg- “to knead” (cf. Lith. minkyti “to knead,” see macerate). Sense extended 1580s to “a large quantity, amount, or number.” Strict sense in physics is from 1704. Mass meeting is first attested 1733 in Amer.Eng. mass culture is from 1939; mass hysteria is from 1934;mass media is from 1923; mass movement is from 1897; mass production is from 1920. Verb meaning “to gather in a mass” is attested from 1560s. Related: Massed.
mass (2): “Eucharistic service,” O.E. mæsse, from V.L. *messa “eucharistic service,” lit. “dismissal,” from L.L. missa “dismissal,” fem. pp. ofmittere “to let go, send,” from concluding words of the service, Ite, missa est, “Go, (the prayer) has been sent,” or “Go, it is the dismissal.”
Alas, I was puzzled. Christ’s Eucharistic Service? Christ’s Dismissal Service? Huh?
Well, I searched Eucharist and found the Holy Communion…one of the main practices of the Catholic Church (practically their main service). Another source, David J. Meyer, boldly suggested that Christ-Mass means the celebration of Christ’s Death, and that celebrating it is a symbol of blasphemy:
In essence, the Mass is the ceremonial slaying of Jesus Christ over and over again, followed by the eating of his flesh and the drinking of his blood. The Mass is the death sacrifice, and the “Host” is the victim. This is official Roman Catholic doctrine, and “Christmas” is a word that they invented. Again, I ask, what is so merry about the pain, bleeding, suffering and death of Jesus Christ? Satan has done quite a job of getting millions of so-called “Christians” to blaspheme. What a deceiver he is.
Of course I don’t necessarily agree with the “Satan getting millions of ‘Christians’ to blaspheme” part, but in a way it has reinforced my initial views on Christmas and Christianity.
Connections to modern Christmas
So, should we be alarmed? I don’t really know; I think one’s level of alarm is dependent on one’s level of faith and devotion to Christianity. As far as we can see, there isn’t much connection with the actual account of Jesus’ birth and the present-day celebrations of his birth, (other than the pagan rituals explained in my previous blog).
But really, if one’s not Christian, what say does he/she have on that matter?