CHRISTMAS – How Unlike Christ!

 

CHRISTMAS IS NOT LIKE CHRIST

Jesus said,
“…Stop turning my Father’s house
into a shopping mall ! ”
(John 2:16)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“it is better to be content with what little you have.
Otherwise, you will always be struggling for more,
and that is like chasing the wind.”
(Ecclesiastes 4:6)(NCV)-BibleGateway

“Those….who buy things
should not be absorbed…by their possessions.
Those who use the things of the world
should not become attached to them.
For this world as we know it will soon
pass away.”
(1Corinthians 7:30,31)(NLT)-BibleGateway


“Christmas” Represents the Opposite
of all that Christ Taught

Christmas is not at all like Christ.
In fact Christmas stands for everything
that Jesus was against.  Jesus emphasized living
a “simple” life.   He made statements showing his
viewpoint about storing up material things.

Jesus was not a collector of treasures.  He neither
gave nor received gifts.  He told people to get rid
of their posessions – and instead to Follow him.

Jesus emphasis was not on trinkets and worldly
goods, but rather on sharing the good news of his
coming Kingdom that would rid the earth of all
problems.  Jesus was spiritually minded – NOT
Materially minded – and he stressed the importance
of his followers being just like him.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING MALL

Jesus said, “Stop making the house of my Father
into a house of merchandise! ”
(John 2:16)(AMP)-BibleGateway

Jesus said, “…Stop turning my Father’s house
into a shopping mall!”
(John 2:16)(MSG)-BibleGateway

Jesus Said –
“Don’t store treasures for yourselves
here on earth…..”
(Matthew 6:19(NCV)-BibleGateway

Jesus said – “Sell all your possessions
and give the money to the poor….
Then come, follow me.”
(Luke 18:22)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“Be careful not to spend your time feasting,
drinking, or worrying about worldly things…”
(Luke 21:34)(NCV)-BibleGateway

“He taught us to give up…our worldly desires.”
(Titus 2:12)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“it is better to be content with what little you have.
Otherwise, you will always be struggling for more,
and that is like chasing the wind.”
(Ecclesiastes 4:6)(NCV)-BibleGateway

“But if we have food and clothing,
we will be content with that.”
(1Timothy 6:8)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“Keep your lives free from
the love of money
and be content with what you have,”
(Hebrews 13:5)(NiV)-BibleGateway

“So if we have enough food and clothing,
let us be content.”
(1Timothy 6:8)(NLT)-BibleGateway

Worldly Possessions
Are Shunned

“For the world offers only a craving
for physical pleasure, a craving for
everything we see, and pride in our
achievements and possessions.
These are not from the Father,
but are from this world.”
(1John 2:16)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“Then he (Jesus) said to them,
“Watch out! Be on your guard against
all kinds of greed; for a man’s life
does not consist in the abundance
of his possessions.”
(Luke 12:15)(NIV)-BibleGateway

Jesus Warns Us
Against Materialism

JESUS WARNS AGAINST GREED

Jesus said, “Stop making the house of my Father
into a house of merchandise! ”
(John 2:16)(AMP)-BibleGateway

“Then he said to them,
“Watch out!
Be on your guard against wanting
to have more and more things.
Life is not made up of how much
a person has.”
(Luke 12:15)(NIRV)-BibleGateway

Jesus said, “…Stop turning my Father’s house
into a shopping mall!”
(John 2:16)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“Then he said,
“Beware! Guard against every kind of greed.
Life is not measured by how much you own.”
(Luke 12:15)(NLT)-BibleGateweay

“Then he said to them, “Watch out!
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed;
life does not consist in an abundance
of possessions.”
(Luke 12:15)(TNIV)-BibleGatway

JESUS AGAINST MATERIALISM

Christmas –
The Commercialized Scam
“Compulsory Giving”

“During Christmas, A heavy burden of obligations
is laid on our back.  A burden that can only be
discharged by spending money. Lots of money.”

“It’s a commonplace to observe that depressed people
are more depressed around Christmas. It is not a
naturally cheerful part of the year, as some claim
it to be.”

“It does not help to be forced into a round of
enforced merriment and compulsory socialising.
compulsory shopping, and compulsory gift giving.”

Jesus said, “Stop making the house of my Father
into a house of merchandise! ”
(John 2:16)(AMP)-BibleGateway

Jesus said, “…Stop turning my Father’s house
into a shopping mall!”
(John 2:16)(MSG)-BibleGateway
No Part of The World
and it’s Quasi-Pagan Holidays

Jesus told his followers that they should be no part
of the world, just as he was no part of the world.

“If you lived on the world’s terms,
the world would love you as one of its own.
But since I picked you to live on God’s terms
and no longer on the world’s terms,
the world is going to hate you.”
(John 15:19)(MSG)-BibleGateway

“They are not part of this world
any more than I am.”
(John 17:16)(NLT)-BibleGateway

“You adulterous people, don’t you know
that friendship with the world is hatred
toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend
of the world becomes an enemy of God.”
(James 4:4)(NIV)-BibleGateway

“While you live in this world,
live as if the world has no hold on you.
The way of this world will soon be gone.
I want you to be free from the cares
of this world.”
(1Corinthians 7:31,32)(NLV)-BibleGateway

“And this world is fading away,
along with everything it craves.
But if you do the will of God,
you will live forever.”
(1John 2:17)(NLT)-BibleGateway

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