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Now when the child reaches a certain age they discover that all they thought they knew about certain characters is not real. It was all an illusion orchestrated by the parents whom they trusted .Now that in its self must have some psychological issues, (but that's another subject). If we replace said characters with the Notion of God, Jesus or in fact any other religious character the same kind of magical lure appears Children brought up with religion get hooked at a very early age the difference between the belief in God and Santa is the child finds out that Santa is not real because the parents say so, where as the realisation that God is not must come from somewhere else. The cycle did not get broken for the parents so they then "teach" their kids the same. If adults want to practice any religion that is entirely their choice , they can worship armadillos for all I care. I do have a problem however with the indoctrination of children with said beliefs. As stated before they are susceptible at an early age and will believe anything. So in effect they are being brainwashed.
Originally posted by NewAgeMan
reply to post by SaturnFX
I didn't know that Santa clashed with the elite PTB and was put to death, ultimately for a higher purpose of love as a resolution to the problem of human evil..
But I agree that when Santa goes poof, that's the time to remember Jesus, yes.
The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.
Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminals—murderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church, where a unique relic, called manna, formed in his grave.
Originally posted by IntastellaBurst
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Know ye not that ye are gods ?
I am perhaps the first of the "New Age" people to criticize this self-God making on our own, absent the mind and heart of Christ, which makes of me an authentic "new age Christian", regardless of the stereotypes and ill informed mockery, and all manner of accusations.
If you fully understand this loving spirit, then you are just as much a Christian as I am. In the same way there is no need to deny, bypass, or reject the love extended by Jesus in this spirit of love, and in accord with the higher will to love, even in the face of fear and suffering, sorrow or pain. What courage is this? That's what I see in Jesus as a human expression of the love transcendant. How could anyone recognize this and be revolted by it? Talk about rejecting the best Christmas present ever, with a frown and pout and folded arms..