The lights are up

*DISCLAIMER – This post will have little to do with World of Warcraft. If you are sensitive to religious discussion, you probably don’t want to read this post.*

First, I’ll start off with the reasons for this post. My children go to pre-school at a Methodist Church. Last weekend during the Sunday Mass, they had to get up and sing some Christmas songs. As I walked in the door I received a pamphlet that informed me “The meaning of Christmas.” It was a great read, really. I love to study religion so I watched as my kids sang and read this pamphlet, totally ignoring the preacher doing his thing. I was raised Catholic and was forced to go to church as a child, so all this pageantry and ceremony are old hat to me. In this pamphlet, it talked about the colors of Christmas and what they mean.

White is apparently the color of glory. The color of the “lord”. It is pure and great.

Gold is the color that shows greatness and power. Gold is associated with the “lord” because he is great and powerful.

I no longer have the pamphlet in front of me and don’t remember what green means. I’m sure it has something to do with how god created life though.

Red symbolized the blood of Jesus Christ and his “sacrifice” to us for our sins…
Red is really what spurred this whole post on, my daughter came home from school the other day with a candy cane. She informed me that the red on the candy cane was the blood of Jesus.

Lets get something straight, Christmas is a PAGAN holiday. It is widely accepted by science that the man Jesus was born in June (or mid-summer). Christmas is not his birthday. Christmas is a celebration of the winter solstice. All the traditions point to one thing, surviving the winter. It’s all about lifting the spirits of the people while the land around them is dead or dormant. In modern day, if there was no Christmas, the suicide rates would sky rocket. I’m not sure where the idea of gift giving came from but what I’ve sited so far is enough for me to know the Christians are full of shit.

To the Pagans, white is the snow. Red is blood, but it’s the blood of the animals they sacrificed to their gods. Gold does indeed mean power. The pagans were no different, the more gold you had, the more power you had. Why do you think all of their statues and idols are made of gold? Green, the color of life, the evergreen tree (Christmas tree) symbolized that life can sustain itself through the harsh winter. Also, what comes after winter? Easter! They didn’t even change the name of this one. It’s named after the goddess Ēostre a Germanic Pagan goddess. What is Easter to you? To the Pagans, it’s the renewal of life after the winter. It’s a time when the Earth and life is re-born. It was a time for them to say “Fuck yeah, we made it.” The symbols, a rabbit and an egg. Rabbits are widely consider to be the animal that procreates the most. The Egg symbolizes life, being born. Yet, Christians want us to believe it’s about their savior rising from the dead…

No, I am not a Pagan. If you asked, I would tell you I’m Agnostic. I am not Atheist. Do I believe in God? No. There is no God but I do believe in the idea of God. I believe back when Christianity was invented, Pagans, barbarians, Heathens, etc. were wild people. They had no moral code. They raped, stole, killed and did as they pleased because they knew no better. A group stepped up that we would now call the church and basically told these people what they were doing was wrong. “Why is it wrong?” they asked. The church responded, “Because God said so…”. “Who is God?” “I’ll write it down for you.” Bam, the bible was born and over the years added to. The bible is basically the handbook for the moral codes we live by. It was and is necessary to keep people under control. Back then, there were no prisons to house people. If you didn’t want them to kill, you needed them to be afraid to kill.

While I believe in the idea of God, I loath the idea of religion. I live in the bible belt, in a town dominated by Southern Baptist and Pentecostals. You can spot them a mile away. They don’t cut or comb their hair (sometimes put it in a pony tail), no makeup….very earthy looking people. I see them breaking their own rules every time I walk into the grocery store. They claim to live by the book, this pure life. Yet, they don’t follow the book fully. I have read in the old testament that you must not wear clothing of differing fabrics. Meaning, if you wear blue jeans, everything you wear must be denham material. Yet here they are, Holier than Thou, wearing a jean skirt, leather shoes and a cotton shirt….fucking hypocrites.

Oh, don’t get me started with the Catholics….drunkenness is a sin brother….pass me another beer. Stand up, sit down….GET ON YOUR KNEES. Now shake that guys hand that’s been sneezing for the last 30 minutes and tell him nice things.

I have a Baptist joke….How do you stop a Baptist from drinking all your beer?…..Bring another Baptist! See, they can’t let another Baptist see them drink because that would be a sin…wait what?

Non-denominational? jaklfj ak l jfaldjlfk a  ghtj e iuaeh lekjfaklh!

All of them, hypocrites. Everyone of them. They pick and choose what to believe and what to ignore. Seems like an all or nothing deal to me. Either do what it says or go to hell. Not this do what you feel like and since you’re a “good person” we’ll let you in….God loves you.

I will say this, The Book of Revelations is probably one of the best Si-Fi novels I’ve ever read. I love that book and I may actually go to church if one would actually talk about it but they don’t, they ignore it for the most part.

What all this has to do with WOW? Blizzard nailed winter veil on the head. The one holiday I actually like in the lands of Azeroth. They have the santa guy with the gift getting….who doesn’t like gift getting. OMG, the goblins with their spin on how commercial Christmas is. Thumbs up Blizz….GG

P.S. I promise not to write about religion any more….until my daughter comes home telling me that the Easter eggs symbolizes Mary’s Placenta or something…


One Response to “The lights are up”

  1. I share a lot of your sentiments. I am not a religious person, but believe in spirituality. I also dislike organized religion that tries to oppress critical thought. I’m not raising my daughter with religion, but I’m not opposed to teaching her about religion.

    I look forward to exploring every religion with her when she gets older. There is good and bad with religion, and hopefully I’ll be able to teach her to be open-minded about religion. I’m at a disadvantage though since my mother-in-law is a brainwashed Jehovah Witness … *sigh*

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