The Slovenian version of Santa, Ded Moroz or Father Frost
The following BBC story was of interest:
The Russian government has banned a television advertisement for denying the existence of Father Christmas.
The ad for Eto electrical stores stated Father Frost, Russia’s version of Father Christmas, did not exist.
The Federal anti-Monopoly Service said the ad had broken rules for advertisers not to discredit parents and teachers.
It said that declaring that Father Frost did not exist implied that parents were not telling the truth, so undermining childrens’ trust in them.
The ad “induces negative relations between children and parents”, Andrei Kashevarov, the service’s deputy director, told Rossiiskaya Gazeta. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7161468.stm
So apparently it is worse that children realize the truth than to encourage others to lie to them?
The Bible warns that many simply do not have a love of the truth (2 Thes 2:10). Now the situation is just as bad (if not worse) in Western nations, but that still does not excuse what Russia did (a little bit of information on the Russian Orthodox can be found in the article Some Similarities and Differences Between the Orthodox Church and the Churches of God ).
But the truth is that paganism, such as Christmas, is based upon lies, misinformation, and twisted intentions.
The festivals of the pitiful and miserable Jews are soon to march upon us one after the other and in quick succession: the feast of Trumpets, the feast of Tabernacles, the fasts. There are many in our ranks who say they think as we do…
If the Jewish ceremonies are venerable and great, ours are lies…..(John Chrysostom. Homily I Against the Jews I:5;VI:5. Preached at Antioch, Syria in the Fall of 387 AD).
Yet the New Testament calls one of the so-called “Jewish” holy days “great”:
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out (John 7:37).
So who is right?
The antisemitic John Chrystostum and those who want to perpetuate lies like Santa/Father Frost or Jesus and those who follow His practices?
The Bible also teaches:
…they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thess 2:12).
We in the Churches of God follow Jesus and the truths of the Bible over lies. Will you?
Four articles of possibly related interest may include:
What Does the Catholic Church Teach About Christmas and the Holy Days? Do you know what the Catholic Church says were the original Christian holy days? Was Christmas among them?
Is There “An Annual Worship Calendar” In the Bible? This paper provides a biblical and historical critique of several articles, including one by WCG which states that this should be a local decision. What do the Holy Days mean? Also you can click here for the calendar of Holy Days.
The History of Early Christianity Are you aware that what most people believe is not what truly happened to the true Christian church? Do you know where the early church was based? Do you know what were the doctrines of the early church? Is your faith based upon lies and compromise?
The Similarities and Dissimilarities between Martin Luther and Herbert W. Armstrong This article clearly shows some of the doctrinal differences between in the two. At this time of doctrinal variety and a tendency by many to accept certain aspects of Protestantism, the article should help clarify why the COG is NOT Protestant. Do you really know what Martin Luther taught?