Thursday, December 23, 2021

W.H.O. Calls For Global Cancellation Of Christmas

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The World Health Organization (W.H.O.)  is warning there is too much at stake to celebrate Christmas this year, cautioning it is better to either cancel or postpone Christmas.

And if you proceed, WHO says, you are "risking the death of a loved one."

Cancel Christmas? Is this the latest attempt to silence the faithful? Or is it science?

Have you ever wondered what life would be like had there never been a "Christmas?"

And how has "Christmas" made the world a better place?

Be informed, not misled.

This week W.H.O. director-general and Ethiopian biologist Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists in Geneva the "fastest way" to "get back to normal" is for people to cancel or delay Christmas events.

He said "an event canceled is better than a life canceled. It's better to cancel now and celebrate later than to celebrate now and grieve later."

Interestingly, W.H.O. has never before issued a global decree to cancel any other religious holiday like Muslim's Eid or Hindu's Diwali as a result of the coronavirus. 

So, canceling Christmas is "the fastest way" to "getting back to normal?"

What is normal? 

In 1943, Philip Van Doren Stern wrote a short story called "The Greatest Gift."  He tried to get it published to no avail. So he printed 200 copies himself and distributed them to friends and family members at Christmas time.

One of the booklets made its way to Hollywood, where it eventually fell into the right hands and was converted into a screenplay. The name was changed to, "It's a Wonderful Life."

The film debuted in 1946. Tens of millions of people watch the film annually.  However, Stern's short story was actually published the year before, not as a book, but as a feature in Good Housekeeping magazine with the title, "The Man Who Was Never Born."

The story is now well known. A troubled man named George is rescued by a theologically incorrect angel named Clarence. In an effort to earn his wings, Clarence shows George how terrible things would be in Bedford Falls if he had never been born. 

If Hollywood gets it, why do the "global leaders" not get it? 

Or, perhaps they do get it---and that's their problem.

What if Jesus had never been born?

Nathan Busenitz is the Executive Vice President and Dean of Faculty at The Master's Seminary. He is also a pastor associated with Grace Community Church.

He has written an excellent article on the subject of what if Jesus had not been born.

To summarize:

  1. There would be no salvation from sin.
  2. There would be no victory over death. 
  3. There would be no mediator between a holy and righteous God and man.

I encourage you to read his article sometime during this Christmas season.

The following excerpts are from a book titled, "Unimaginable: What Our World Would Be Like Without Christianity." The book is written by Dr. Jeremiah Johnson who teaches Early Christianity at the seminary at Houston Baptist University.

Johnson looks at the question from a cultural perspective.

The single greatest change Christianity has made to our world culture is the concept that God loved His creation---especially human beings. In the pre-Christian world, the gods were indifferent to humanity, even sometimes jealous of them. But Christians proclaimed that the True and living God "is Love."  Ancient pagans had never heard of such a thing. The idea that God actually loved them and had sent His only begotten Son to die for them was almost incomprehensible.

This is why Paul proclaimed "the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation."

Christianity also focused the world on the Truth that there is only one true God---not many have pagans claimed. The pre-Christian world had been polytheistic.

Christianity spread because of the supernatural power of the Gospel. The message gave people hope for eternal life. The world had never heard of such a clear message---and it was backed by the hundreds who had seen Jesus after he was raised from the dead. They knew he had been dead. Now He was alive.

Most pagans believed that the gods felt little to no compassion for humans. The Gospel of Jesus Christ stands in complete contradiction to pagan beliefs.

The Gospel is a message of true equality. Paul preached "there is neither Jew nor Gentile" at the foot of the cross.

The regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, and Mao Zedong had two things in common.

All were atheists. And all had fathers who were atheists or violent or both. With God out of their thinking, it was much easier to justify violence and killing of those in the way of their goal to promote a superior race or ideology. A new Babel. 

Jewish Scriptures taught that God made all humans in His image. Jesus and His followers taught that men and women are equal, although they have different and complementary roles in the family and the public, they are equal in the eyes of God. Christ and His Christianity gave women what the activists claim to strive for---equality. 

Christianity is the only faith that holds the view that God Himself has purchased our redemption. In no other religious thought or system do we find God---or a "god" who suffers for humanity and in doing so brings about redemption.

It's not surprising that the message of the Gospel has certainly transformed the lives of billions of people who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior--- and has transformed the cultures where Christianity has been embraced.

I understand the need for secular globalists to cancel Christmas---or defer it. It stands in absolute contradiction to secular humanism. And atheism. And other world religions

But let us not fail to celebrate the fact that Almighty God, the one and true God became flesh because He so loved the world---and He so loved you. And me.

 And it all started in a lowly Bethlehem.

Rejoice. Celebrate. Worship. Kiss your kids. Open your presents. 

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Prayerful.