Atheists Promote Belief in Santa?

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THIS from the Patheos website makes a good point.

Last year there was some wisecracking atheist Christmas billboard which also featured Santa. This year’s edition is now out.

It is pictured here, and features a kid writing to Santa saying that he doesn’t want to go to church because he’s too old for fairy tales.

This is a hoot.

The kid’s too old for fairy tales so he writes a letter to Santa.

What next, “Dear Tooth Fairy, I don’t want to go to church because I don’t believe in fairies.”?

I don’t mind the billboard, and I don’t mind atheists. I am just embarrassed that they can’t do any better than that. Their attempts at being populist are just, plain dumb.

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22 thoughts on “Atheists Promote Belief in Santa?

      • How nice to have the Grinch show up and brighten up everyone’s day! Atheists are all about nothing and how nothing can get them so riled up is even more a puzzle. I learned when in sales that if all one does is talk about how bad the other guy’s product is and never promote your own (in this case, nothing), sooner or later the buying public is going to go check out the other guy’s product. So, if the churches in the area of these billboards were wise they would go out and tell the good news even more visibly.

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      • It makes the commonly accepted date of his birth mythical. That is the point. The December 25th holiday is one of hi-jacked celebrations throughout history.

        Christians who value the Bible as truth are not making an attempt to be true to the story of the Bible. It’s misleading at best. It doesn’t seem to be a great way to represent a religion that is supposedly to be seen as truth.

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      • It’s not a big deal Jason. The early Christians attached no greater significance to December 25 than to most other dates.
        They already had January 6. Around the second century AD, Christians started celebrating Jesus’s appearance at the Jordan River and His baptism on that date.
        It was not until two centuries later that they cautiously expanded the festival to include His birth and chose December 25 — the day on which Romans already celebrated the birth of the sun god.
        It is unlikely that the early Christians celebrated Christmas at all. But they were certain that the birth of Jesus was a miracle.
        The genuine Christmas story has had an impact on not only the history, but also the psyche of Western culture.
        In some ways, the modern celebrations seem at odds with the mission of Jesus.
        The celebration is often about greed and indulgence. The mission is about love and hope.
        But amid the paradox is the revelation that Jesus was also called Emmanuel — meaning God with us.
        He is present at Christmas, whether or not we acknowledge him

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      • The Biblical Christmas story may have had a great impact, but unfortunately it seems Jesus’ humanitarian and loving ways have got lost in the shuffle in much of Western Christian society.

        If only Jesus’ birth was celebrated more because of the caring man he was rather than the deity he is believed to be, maybe we wouldn’t have ended up so easily caught up in the current Christmas indulgences that plague Western society these days. Then again, that’s probably why Jesus opposed idolatry and pointed to the Father.

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    • So an atheist is now one who doesn’t hold to the particular scriptural beliefs of another? Well, well!

      Thank you Jason, you may have reached the people who aren’t as well informed as we might suppose, like in the following quote from comments on that website –
      “This concept about Christmas not being Biblical sound really got me going (frustrated and angry) in 2003 to search more. I felt so misled through out my life thinking it was Biblical and Jesus was born on that day. I would have a birthday cake to represent His birthday. I pray this will also lead you to read more and discover more. You will be amazed of what is taught in Traditional churches compared to what God teaches us in His Word. It totally changed my life; the truth will set you free.”

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    • Jasonjshaw

      What do you mean Bible believing Christians? I am a bible believing Christian and I don’t celebrate Christmas, as don’t many others around the world.

      As for Jesus’ humanitarian work, His incarnation as a helpless, poor, human baby was the first step of this work. Had He come as a God, He could not have had my sympathy as I am not a God. Had He come as a great human leader, he could not have had my sympathy as I am not one of those. Had He come as an illusion (as Rian the Gnostic believes), why should I trust an apparition?

      But He came as a poor, helpless human baby, and thus He gets my sympathy because He is now a type of God who has been there, done that, type. Which brings the question… Who would you like to serve and obey? Someone who stands aside and commands you to do something, with no sympathy no empathy of your situation?

      Or someone who has shared your problems by experiencing the same problems himself? Someone who guides you on principles based on the fact that He’d experienced the same problems Himself?

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      • davinci, i commend you for not celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25th. It’s refreshing to hear that there are people of faith that don’t get always get caught up in the embellishments that build as traditions and stories are passed from person to person and generation to generation over time.

        As for God in human form, I would lend belief to anyone of any position who could explain any element of existence and prove it. Jesus did this well on a social level with context to Jewish belief. If only he had shared some advanced information that we could clearly test and confirm, then we could have been without a doubt that Jesus was God in human form.

        Unfortunately, if there really is a God, He is a bit shy about making His presence known unquestionably.

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      • gee thanks davinci,
        Until you spoke there, I didnt know that I (Gnostic Rian) believe that Jesus came as an illusion. Fascinating! I must ask myself a few questions about that.

        Rian.

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      • Ah davinci,
        I had a long talk with myself these last few days, and I learnt that Gnostic Rian does NOT believe that Jesus came as an illusion. I rather suspect that you are regurgitating old pre-digested improper-gander about Gnostics. We dont all hold the same ideas you know. There aint no central authority or single sacred book that all Gnostics adhere to. We doubt far more than we believe as a rule.

        Rian.

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    • I say we all pitch in, and set up nativities on every atheists front lawn Christmas Eve. Oh, and set up cameras so we can catch their looks of outrage and general apoplexy. Failing that plan, donate to a local faith based organization in a Atheists name

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      • Rather silly idea there Carl, To my knowledge, no atheist has set up a display of any kind on anyone else’s private property. It would be illegal, you know, no matter who did it.

        If an atheist pays to advertise in public space just like anyone else, where has he gone wrong?

        As for the other idea, — well a bit dumb I guess. And surely for a Christian, impersonating another person would be dishonest.

        Rian

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  1. Another example of Atheists evangelizing for their religion.
    And don’t make us prove again that Atheism is a court and world recognized religion,

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  2. I saw a cute cartoon today of two Snowmen chatting. One says to the other “Don’t be absurd! Nobody made us! We evolved by chance from snowflakes!”

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