posted on Mar, 18 2013 @ 09:38 PM
reply to post by DarknStormy
I think you're overreacting a bit to the whole "Christmas is shrouded in darkness" thing. Celebrations around the Winter Solstice have been common
throughout human history, same for the Spring Equinox. It's true that some of these celebrations were decadent, even depraved, but that hardly gives
us a reason NOT to celebrate today. The meaning and mythology surrounding a holiday can change over time.
Now I'm all for informing Christians that their saviors birthday party is actually based on a pagan holiday -it's the same as explaining that Easter
Eggs and the Easter Bunny come down to us as pagan fertility symbols- but I fail to see why we should take such a thing SO seriously. It's not as if
Christians haven't done HORRIBLE things centuries ago. I mean we had Inquisitions, people converted and enslaved, empires and kingdoms that
bludgeoned whole regions into submission and then force-fed them Christianity.
The Bible is filled with strange and barbaric laws and ideas, ones that aren't all that different from paganism. For instance you mention that they
killed a man during Saturnalia who was forced to embody evil - sounds like a SCAPEGOAT to me, an idea that can be found in the Bible. Imbuing an
animal with your sins, ritualistically slaughtering it, sprinkling the blood on an altar, that's all in the Bible, as is the idea of executing
citizens for even minor crimes in order to "purge the evil from among you".
If anything all of this is merely a history lesson, it doesn't mean we need to change the date that we celebrate on the calendar. Winter Solstice
celebrations don't belong to one creed, one religion or one group of people, they can be enjoyed by everyone without any retroactive guilt trip about
how weird our ancestors used to act.
Would you look at the date the same as you would Christmas or would your refuse to celebrate that day?
Contrary to popular belief society has actually been IMPROVING as far as morality is concerned so it would be surprising to see that kind of