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The Original Sin

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2010 by Xrystiann



Jesus Christ Or Santa Claus

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2010 by Xrystiann

We are now in the Holiday season. A time of year when we look forward to celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Recently, we thanked God for past and present blessings during our national Thanksgiving holiday. And now we look forward with great anticipation, to December 25th, Christmas day. We prepare for festive celebration and rejoicing: families gather, gifts are purchased, and food prepared.

It is interesting to note that we are a nation that loves to celebrate. We enjoy setting aside a day, an hour, or a week to enjoy some specific occurrence or occasion. This is not, however, a recent tradition for mankind. Pagan history is filled with festive celebrations from the appeasement of gods, to fertility, to the increase of crops.

It was commanded by God that the Jews stop to recognize and remember how Jehovah/God brought them safely out of slavery and bondage into freedom and peace. And it was during the Passover (holiday), when the Jews were required to return to Jerusalem, the center of national worship, and remember what a mighty God they served. Consequently, we find it proper and in order to point to the coming of our Lord and Savior.

Our calender is replete with celebrating days for various events and individuals. Easter, Labor Day, New Year’s, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King Day, Christmas, are just s few. Name the occasion and somewhere on planet earth its being celebrated. Yes, we are a people that loves to celebrate.

Accordingly, it will serve us well to stop and ask ourselves, why are we celebrating? Why are we so jubilant? Why dine together? Why do we festivally fellowship, and socialize, with friends, relatives, and neighbors? Why the trees and trimming?—the tinsel and glitter. Why all the city decorations, firework stands, glowing lights, children being photographed with a man in a red suit? Why all the shopping and cluttered malls and freeways? One may simply say, “it’s Christmas Time… Don’t you see the Santa Claus, his reindeer’s, the toys and the Christmas Trees? It’s Christmas Time. Yes its Christmas Time.” That’s what the celebration is all about….Or is it? Is all the rejoicing for Jesus Christ, a light to lighten the Gentiles or is it for Santa Claus? What is all the festive celebrating really about? Is it for the Savior or Santa? Are we as anxious about the annual celebration of the birth Jesus Christ as we are about the arrival of Saint Nick?

Let’s turn our attention to the gospel according to St. Luke 1:26-33 and here we will discover exactly where the spotlight of this season should fall:

“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the Angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her Fear not, Mary: for thou has found favor with God, and, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

Jesus Christ or Santa Claus? It has become more difficult to determine whether the Christ child is at the center of Christmas or Santa Claus. A primary reason is because the spirit of this season, as promoted by the world has become one gigantic commercial venture. We have gone from a season of joy and grace to a season of greed. The spotlight, if not far removed, has been precariously dimmed on the Christ child born in a manger. However, chubby little man in a red suit with a bag full of goodies is bathed in radiant beams and proudly displayed. The world has cleverly managed to turned the hearts of many Christians away from “the word that became flesh and dwelt among us,” St. John 1:14.

The most anticipated aspect of the Christmas holiday season is the receiving and giving of gifts. Hence, the commercialization of Christmas world wide. There is nothing wrong with sharing gifts, sharing is a blessed act. But we should not make sharing gifts the central focus in our christian Christmas experience. Giving, in every way, must be a daily event not a contrived, once a year, special occasion act. Giving should be a daily experience, not a seasonal one.

Surely, all of our hearts pound with excitement and expectation just thinking about the Video games, Furby’s, Barbie dolls, Nintendo 64’s, the Playstation, the jewelry, and the furs. The little kid in all of us should be exuberantly charged looking forward to our gifts; but the receiving of gifts should not be the main focus.

Our paramount act during this holiday should be that of praise and thanksgiving for what God has provided the world. He has given us a sacrificial lamb. His only begotten Son and in Him we have the most expensive and most precious gift from God to man, “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish , but have everlasting life,” St. John 3:16. It is the Christ child that brings prominence to this holiday season and makes it a Merry Christmas not the ho! ho! ho! of Santa Claus.

A shopping bag I received from a gift shop read, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” Most would wholeheartedly agree that Jesus is the reason for this holiday season, and not Santa Claus. But as we observe an abundance of “greed and lust” that permeate this holiday season, we are no longer “beholding his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth,” St. John 1:14. Many are concerned with worldly things and not the “holy thing” conceived by Mary, St. Luke 1:35.

I wonder would God be pleased with our Christmas hassles or with our Christ like hope. Think about it. Would God be pleased with the financial debt most of us accumulate during this season? Would He be pleased with our seasonal giving? Would God be pleased with our “shop till we drop” attitudes? Or would He be more excited about our sacrifice and faithfulness. I wonder would God prefer our wrapped gifts with pretty bows or would He be delighted to have our body, spirit, and soul. We must be careful not replace Jesus Christ with Santa Claus and the ungodly spirit of this season. Surely, our Lord would not be pleased.

We must keep the Christ child raise high above the glitz and the clamor of this holiday. We must lift Him above the toys, above noise, above the false hopes that often accompany this time of the year. We must lift Him up so that His entrance may be visible and undeniable. The world needs to see Jesus Christ not Santa Claus.

The angel Gabriel lifts up Mary’s yet to be born son. Gabriel announces that He will have no ordinary entrance for, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God,” v. 35. Mary’s yet to be born Son would have no ordinary life. “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel,” St. Luke 2: 34. His name shall be called Jesus—the salvation of Jehovah: “For he shall save his people from their sins,” Matt. 1:21. Mary’s yet to be born Son’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension would all prove to be extra ordinary.

Further Gabriel revealed that Mary’s yet to be born Son would be great: great in His love, great in His compassion, and great in His sacrifice. Jesus would live a great life. He would teach great parables. He would preach great sermons. He would heal with great power. He would be a great example. He would die a great death. He would be resurrected in great fashion. He would give the great commission. He would ascend to a great height. And He would rule universally and forever with great authority.

Jesus Christ is the Son of Man and the Son of the Most High God. He is God’s beloved and only begotten Son; whom God declares, “I am well pleased.”

This holiday the choice is yours “Jesus Christ or Santa Claus.” Mary’s baby or Santa Claus. Son of the Most High God or Santa Claus.

Santa will fill your stocking,
But Jesus will fill your heart with
Love that never fails,
Peace that surpasseth all understanding
Joy, unspeakably joy.
Santa comes only once a year—Christmas Eve,
But Jesus says, “Lo I am with you always.”
“I will never leave you nor forsake you”
Santa is making a list and checking it twice,
But Jesus has our names written in the
Lamb’s Book of Life.
Santa brings gifts,
But Jesus brought the gift of eternal life.
Santa comes with his sled and reindeer,
But Jesus is coming back with a mighty army
To receive unto Himself, His bride, the Church
Jesus Christ or Santa Claus?

– Clarence Talley

Satan’s Meeting: Are You Busy?

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , on September 19, 2010 by Xrystiann

Satan’s meeting (read even if you’re busy)

Satan [Iblis] called a worldwide convention of demons. In his opening address he said,  “We can’t keep Christians from going to church.” “We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.” “We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their savior.”  “Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.”

“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, but steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.” “This is what I want you to do”, said the devil:

“Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!” “How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.

“Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered.

“Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.”

“Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.”

“Keep them from spending time with their children.” “As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!”

“Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice.” “Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive.” “To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly.” “This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”

“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.” “Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.” “Invade their driving moments with billboards.” “Flood their mail boxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products , services and false hopes.”

“Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their  husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll become dissatisfied with their wives.” “Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night.” “Give them headaches too!” “If they don’t give their husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere.” “That will fragment their families quickly!”

“Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas.” “Give them an Easter bunny so they won’t talk about his resurrection and power over sin and death.”

“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.” “Have them return from their recreation exhausted.” “Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s creation.” “Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.” “Keep them busy, busy, busy!”

“And when they meet for spi ritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.”

“Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus.”   “Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.”

“It will work!”

“It will work!”

It was quite a plan! The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get more busy and more rushed, going here and there. Having little time for their God or their families. Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.

I guess the question is, has the devil been successful at his scheme?

You be the judge!

Does “busy” mean:

Zeitgeist, The Movie – Remastered

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , , , on September 10, 2010 by Xrystiann

Zeitgeist (German pronunciation: [ˈtsaɪtɡaɪst] ( listen)) is “the spirit of the times” or “the spirit of the age.” [1] Zeitgeist is the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and/or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambience, morals, sociocultural direction or mood of an era.

The term zeitgeist is from German Zeit– ‘time’ (cognate with English tide and “time”) and Geist– ‘spirit’ (cognate with English ghost).

Zeitgeist: the Movie is a 2007 documentary film by Peter Joseph that asserts a number of ideas, including an artificial, mythological origin of Christianity, alternate theories for the parties responsible for the destruction of the World Trade Center, and finally, claims that a cabal of international bankers are manipulating the international monetary system in order to introduce a unified world government. The film was officially released online on June 18, 2007 on A sequel, Zeitgeist: Addendum, focuses further on the monetary system and advocates a resource-based social system influenced by the ideas of Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project. Following Zeitgeist: Addendum, Peter Joseph created an organization called The Zeitgeist Movement to promote the ideas of Fresco’s Venus Project.  Peter Joseph has publicly stated that The Zeitgeist Movement, while inspired by his film’s content, is not an organization which supports them directly. A third film called Zeitgeist: Moving Forward  is scheduled to be released in Fall 2010. Peter Joseph has stated that its topics will focus on human behavior, technology, and rationality.


Spirituality – Past, Future and the Present

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2010 by Xrystiann

Introduction to Zeitgeist

“Spirituality is a particular term which actually means: a dealing with intuition. In the theistic tradition, there is a notion of clinging into a word. A certain act is regarded as displeasing to a divine principle… A certain act is regarded as displeasing for the divine… whatever. In the tradition of non-theism, however, it is very direct – that the case histories are not particularly important. What is actually important is Here and Now. Now is definitely now. We try to experience what is available there on the spot. There is no point in thinking that a past did exist that we could have now. This is now. This very moment. Nothing mystical, just “Now”, very simple, straightforward. And in from that Now-ness, however, arises a sense of intelligence always that you are constantly interacting with reality one by one. Spot by spot. Constantly. We actually experience fantastic precision, always. But we are threatened by the Now. So we jump to the past or the future.

Paying attention to the materials that exist in our life – such rich life that we lead, all these choices take place all the time… But none of them regardless of bad or good per se, everything we experience are unconditional experiences. They don’t come along with a label by saying “this is regarded as bad” or “this is good”. But we experience them but we don’t actually pay heed to them, properly. We don’t actually regard that we are going somewhere. We regard that as a hassle. Willing to be dead. That’s a problem. That is not trusting the Now-ness properly that what is actually experienced Now possesses a lot of powerful things.  It is so powerful that we can’t face it. Therefore, we have to borrow from the past and invite the future all the time. And maybe that’s why we seek religion. Maybe that’s why we march in the street. Maybe that’s why we complain to society. Maybe that’s why we vote for presidents. It is quite ironical… And very funny indeed.”

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche