There is a movement in the Wapello County and Jefferson County area to remove pagan influence from Christianity. This movement is small, however growing. One of the ways the movement works is by educating the public which claims to be Christian as to what they are really exposing themselves. The truth about the traditions surrounding holidays is one of the areas covered.
Nimrod is mentioned four times in the Bible as the great-grandson of Noah, but who was he? The ancient Babylonians had a myth regarding him. (http://www.bibletools.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Topical.show/RTD/cgg/ID/504/Christmas-Tree.htm) He is said to have married his own mother, Ishtar. After he died, Ishtar propagated a story that she had seen a full-grown evergreen grow up form a dead stump and roots. She said this represented new life for Nimrod. Her story continued that he would leave presents under this tree on the anniversary of his birth, December 25th (the winter solstice). Ah, but it gets even better! A few years later, Horus was born, supposedly created with the deceased Nimrod's spirit and who was hence the reincarnation of Nimrod. Horus was later known as Baal by the Canaanites. As time went by, this became a feast known as Saturnalia, which is another name Nimrod was known by (Saturn). You will see in later articles how Ishtar and her pet bunny are also worshiped in America today!
Remember the first commandment? “You shall have no other gods except Me.” Do you now see the tangled web of deception that has been woven by time and the traditions of men? Through time, the original story has been reformed to fit the words of the Bible. Through time, the original names and meanings have been forgotten. Through the workings of mankind, we have kept our false gods and idols, pretending they are different, simply because we changed the names. Peace in Christ.