The picture on the left says under the Santa: “Keep the MERRY”, and under the Jesus it has “Dump the MYTH.” *I know it isn’t a picture of the real Jesus, but the purpose of this picture is to make my point.
As Christians, the Bible tells us to follow the Truth, and that Truth is Jesus Christ, the One who died to pay the penalty for the world’s sins so we could be reconciled with God.
When we add things like Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy (any fairies), superheroes etc we are adding fables.
“And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:4
“Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.” Titus 1:14
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” 2 Peter 1:6
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:4
Looking at the photo above it is clear to see that the world’s Jesus is actually Santa.
I have a comparison below that should highlight to you the brilliant counterfeit that the world has adopted as their own saviour.
I urge you, if you are a professing Christian, and teach your children about Santa as well as Jesus, that you are doing them a disservice.
I have heard people say that it encourages their child’s imagination, but really it’s teaching them fables, which we are warned about in God’s word. There are much better, and actual true accounts in the Bible that will ignite their imaginations much better. Think of the three men in the furnace who didn’t get burnt up, or Daniel in the lion’s den, or David slaying the giant, or the dragons/dinosaurs (I believe there were even fire breathing ones) etc. These stories don’t just fire up the imagination, they are true historical accounts and show God’s glory. What better foundation can children have?
- Has white hair like wool; Rev 1:14
- Has a beard; Isa 50:6
- Comes in red apparel; Isa 63:1,2
- Hour of His coming is a mystery; Luke 12:40, mark 13:33
- Comes from the North where He lives; Eze 1:4, Psalm 48:2
- Is a carpenter; Mark 6:3
- Comes as a thief in the night; Matt 24:43,44
- Is omnipotent – all powerful; Rev 19:6
- Is omniscient – knows all; Heb 4:13, 1 John 3:20
- Is omnipresent – is everywhere; Psalm 139:7-10, Eph 4:6, John 3:13
- Is ageless – eternal; Rev 1:8, 21:6
- Lives in men; 1 Cor 3:16, 2 Cor 6:16,17
- Giver of gifts; Eph 4:8
- Absolute Truth; John 14:6
- Sits on a throne; Rev 5:1, Heb 1:8
- We are told to boldly go to the throne of grace for our needs; Heb 4:16
- Commands children to obey parents; Eph 6:2
- Wants little children to come to Him; Mark 10:14
- Judges people; Rom 14:10, Rev 20:2
- Everlasting Father; Isa 9:6, Heb 12:2
- Christ Child; Matt 1:23, Luke 2:11,12
- Worthy of prayers and worship; Rev 5:14, Heb 1:6
- Lord of Hosts Mal 3:5, Isa 8:13, Psalm 24:10
- God says “Ho, ho …” Zech 2:6
- Has white hair like wool.
- Has a beard.
- Comes in red apparel.
- Hour of his coming is a mystery.
- Comes from the north where he lives – North Pole.
- Is carpenter of toys.
- Comes as a thief in the night. Even gains entrance to homes as a thief.
- Omnipotent – can deliver all the toys of the world in one night.
- Omniscient – knows if you have been bad or good all year.
- Omnipresent – sees when you wake or sleep. Has to be everywhere at once to be able to deliver all the toys in one short night.
- Lives forever.
- Lives in the hearts of children.
- Giver of gifts.
- Absolute fable – 1 Tim 1:4 & 4:7, 2 Tim 4:4.
- Sits on a throne.
- Children are bidden to approach him on his throne to ask for anything they want.
- Commands children to obey their parents.
- Bids children to come unto him.
- Judges whether you were good or bad.
- Father Christmas.
- Kris Kringle – means Christ child.
- Prayers and worship to “St Nick” by children.
- Lord over a host of elves – In Druidic religion, elves are demons or treacherous spirits.
- Santa says “Ho, ho, ho”.
If I were still celebrating Christmas and teaching my children about Santa, this would be very convicting to me.