Today’s daily text:
The woman saw that the tree was good for food. This is taken from Genesis 3:6. This scripture is taking about Eve after she spoke with the serpent. The serpent basically told her that Jehovah God was holding back something good from her, which is not true. Eve, though, believed him. So “the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something desirable to the eyes, yes, the tree was pleasing to look at.” So because she saw that the tree was good, she “began taking of its fruit and eating it.” That, though, is not that only thing she did. She also “gave some to her husband” and later he also “began eating it”. In turn, they disobeyed the only rule of the garden and sinned against Jehovah. Then they were thrown out of the garden and lost perfect, everlasting life.
Satan may try to appeal to the natural desire for food in an effort to turn us away from doing God’s will. For example, Satan told Eve that she could eat of the fruit of “the tree of the knowledge of good and bad” without having to die, saying that on the day of her eating from it, she would be like God. Genesis 2:9 says that Jehovah God made every tree to look pleasing and to produce food, but he also made “ tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and bad”. Genesis 3:1-5 tells us that, “the serpent was the most cautious of all the wild animals of the field that Jehovah God had made.” So this serpent started talking and said, “Did God really say that you must not eat from every tree of the garden?” Eve replied with what Jehovah had told her which is, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’” The serpent then made the very first lie, he said, “You certainly will not die. For God knows that in the very day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and bad.” She did not have enough faith in Jehovah so she went against him.
The Devil thus insinuated that Eve did not need to be obedient to God in order to live. What a blatant lie that was! Once the idea was planted in Eve’s mind, she had two options: She could reject the idea, or she could keep dwelling on it, allowing her desire for the fruit to grow. Despite the fact that all the other trees of the garden were at her disposal, she chose to dwell on what Satan had said concerning the tree in the middle of the garden, and she “began taking of its fruit and eating it.” Satan thus created within her a desire for something that was forbidden by her Creator.
Main Article: Christmas: What is it? Why do people celebrate it? What is the truth?
Christmas many people celebrate it, but did early christians celebrate it? What do people do during this time of the year? Do people have the right focus when they celebrate this so called “christian holiday”? Is this holiday really have to do with anything spiritual at all or is it something people made up? What is the truth about Christmas and it’s customs? Are the customs purely to God or something else?
According to the 12/15 2005 watchtower (of the Jehovah Witnesses), Christmas time is a time to be around family and friends, to feel bonds of affection. Others feel it is a time for reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ and the salvation of humankind. In other places, people do not have a choice. For example Russia, people were not allowed to celebrate Christmas for most of the 20th century. This holiday has become more commercialized and many manufacturers, wholesalers, and merchants make money these days. People buy many decorations to display on their homes and storefronts. People sing Christmas music and carols. So basically today, Christmas is a time were people party, reflect on Jesus, time to make money, sing, decorate, and of course give and receive presents.
The roots of Christmas is very interesting. Christmas was borrowed from the pre-Christian worship of gods ‘dying and rising from the dead’. The winter solstice from December 21-25, annually celebrated the ‘birth’ of the God-Savior, who wakens nature to new life. Christianity of the first centuries did not know the celebration of Christmas. From the middle of the fourth century, Christianity assimilated the celebration of the winter solstice from the worship of Mithra, turning it into the Christmas celebration.
So now we knowing the reason people celebrate Christmas and the roots of Christmas. First, the date of Christ’s birth is not known, neither the day nor the month. According to 12/8 2002 Awake, the birth of Christ was assigned the date of the winter solstice (December 25 in the Julian Calendar, January 6 in the Egyptian), because on this day, as the sun began its return to northern skies, the pagan devotees of Mithra celebrated the dies natalis Solis Invicti (birthday of the invincible sun).
w05 12/15 pp.4-8 – The Watchtower —2005 http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2005921?q=Christmas&p=par#h=15
g02 12/8 pp. 16-17 – Awake!—2002 http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/102002885?q=Christmas&p=par#h=11