In a few weeks billions of people around the world will be celebrating Christmas on December 25th, others will celebrate the same event on January 6th.
Unfortunately neither of the two dates are correct and the theologians and other church administrators have gone along with this great lie rather than rock the boat.
There is definitely a great deal of uncertainty in regard to this topic with suggested dates ranging from late March to April 3rd, 7th, 17th, 20th, 21st, whilst others think it might well be in August or even September.
What they do all agree upon is that Christmas and the birth of Jesus is definitely not on December 25th.
There is an uncertainty in regard to the year of Jesu’s birth, was it 8 B.C.E. or 4 B.C.E. ?
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says that there is an error in the calculations of Dionysius Exiguus, a 6th century monk. Exiguus, who is considered the inventor of the Christian calendar, “made a mistake in his calculations by several years. The actual date of Jesus’ birth was several years before.”
Benedict explains that the Gospel of Matthew claimed that the birth of Jesus was in the time of Herod the Greats’ rule in Judea, however, given that Herod died in 4 B.C. Jesus must have been born earlier than Exiguus originally documented.
In earlier times the Romans celebrated Saturnalia, a week long period between December 17th and the 25th.
The Celts also celebrated. For them the deep darkness of Winter Solstice, 21st December, was important, followed by the immediate rebirth of the Sun and the lengthening hours of daylight.
So to whom do we attribute the great misnomer to?
The Sun surrounds Jesus
I suggest that it was none other than the Roman Emperor Constantine, a Pagan who married Sun worship with Christianity.
The Sun became the Son.
Emperor Constantine constructed a single canon with the connivence of Christian leaders to help him unify the remains of the Roman Empire.
Until this time Christian authorities could not decide which books would be considered "holy" and thus "the word of God" and which ones would be excluded.
By bribing the leaders of the Church the "word of God" was voted into existence at the Council of Nicaea. These "holy" scriptures were not completed until the Council of Trent, 1,238 years later, when the Catholic Church pronounced the Canon closed.
So it appears that the approving editor of the Bible was not God.
The process began with Constantine and it is him we have to thank for the Christianised midwinter celebration which will see millions of people awaiting the birth of the ‘Son’.
The Sun entering the chamber at Newgrange
in Co. Meath
In our home we recognise the rebirth of the Sun, the growth of light and the start of a new cycle in nature.
What does this time of the year mean to you, how will you celebrate ?