Truth Or Tradition (Passion For Truth Ministries)
“Should Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter? It sounds sacrilegious to even ask the question, doesn’t it? You might be surprised to find out that God actually has an opinion when you consider the origins of these holidays…and that opinion might not be what you expect! “Well, that’s not what it means to me”, most people say. But since when does it matter what it means to us! We are not the ones being worshipped!
“Originally featured on God’s Learning Channel, this teaching examines the most shocking historical origins of Christianity’s most sacred holidays and will leave you desiring God’s truth like never before! Find out where Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Christmas trees, and many more holiday traditions actually come from and what the Scriptures say about them. Learn what is “truth” and what is “tradition.” After all…The Father is only looking for those who worship in both Spirit and Truth!” (Description by Passion for Truth Ministries)
- Steeples: Steeples were and are used in pagan worship, however steeples are also used on sacred structures. For example, the architecture for the Salt Lake Temple was revealed by the Lord. The adversary delights in corrupting sacred symbols and creating a counterfeit. See this clip from the documentary Statesman & Symbols: Prelude to the Restoration.
- Fire: It was mentioned that “fire in the home” is a sign of the Devil’s presence. This is yet another counterfeit of Lucifer. Fire is a symbol of consuming, sanctifying and omnipotent presence of God. (D&C 144:41, Mosiah 26:27).
- Christ dwelling in us: The sectarian teaching that God is without body, parts or passions and comes to “dwell” within us is a misinterpretation of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.As clarified in Doctrine and Covenants 130:3: “John 14:23—The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false.”Elder McConkie clarified: “If we have ‘the mind of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 2:16), which we receive by the power of the Holy Ghost, then Christ dwells in us. If the love of God abides in our souls, which love is a gift of God that comes by the power of the Holy Ghost, then God dwells in us. In some way beyond our comprehension, all of this is possible by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1985], 271.)