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The First Commandment (Part 1)

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“You shall have no other gods except Me” sounds self-explanatory, doesn't it? As a “Christian” nation, why did we leave it out of the Constitution, and why do we tolerate so many religions? The founding fathers wanted us to have religious freedom, including freedom from religion. In Europe, the government dictated how, who/what and when you worshipped. We tolerate other deities in order for everyone to have the same freedom we do. This article would likely not be possible without that freedom, not that it is about other deities, but because it is about a way of worshiping the Father which has mostly been forgotten and abandoned. This time was prophesied about, however (Jr 23:27). It is one more reassurance that the Word of the Father is true from beginning to end.

(For the sake of brevity, this primary commandment will be covered by several articles, as there is an abundance of information.)

In the Bible, days of birth are not generally recorded and rarely a celebration is attached to such a day. Only the gentiles seem to have celebrated birthdays. "In 245, the theologian Origen of Alexandria stated that, 'only sinners (like Pharaoh and Herod)" celebrated their birthdays'" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas). Many wonder, if December 25th is not Christ's true birthday, then when was it? Mid-September seems to be the concensus, according to the gospel of Luke. Christ was born six months after His cousin, John the Baptist, who was born around Passover. However, early Christians did not celebrate birthdays, as it was only a pagan custom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthday).

If, then, Christmas is not Christ's birthday, and if birthdays are a pagan custom, then who is being worshipped on Christmas? There are two answers. One is the Roman god, Saturn, and the other is the sun. Saturnalia was a week-long festival held by the Romans. Ancient calendars also positioned the winter solstice on December 25th (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas).

Perhaps it is time to research on your own and pray to the Father for guidance. The information on Christmas is not even scratched in this article, but more will come on Thursday, December 16. The following link has a beautiful illustration of what I'm trying to say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vV2P-zF9160 "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD" (Joshua 24:15). Peace in Christ.

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