Friday, 25 December 2015
SANTA CLAUS OF THE NORTH POLE IS FAKE - BUT THE GREEK SAINT NICHOLAS OF TURKEY WAS REAL, TRY TEACHING YOUR KIDS THE TRUTH INSTEAD OF LIES FOR A CHANGE
Saint Nicholas (Greek: Ἅγιος Νικόλαος, Hagios Nikólaos, Latin: Sanctus Nicolaus); (15 March 270 – 6 December 343), also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor (modern-day Demre, Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker (Νικόλαος ὁ Θαυματουργός, Nikolaos ho Thaumaturgos). His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints.
The historical Saint Nicholas is commemorated and revered among Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. In addition, Some Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian,] and Reformed churches have been named in honor of Saint Nicholas.
Nicholas was born in Asia Minor (Greek Anatolia in present-day Turkey) in the Roman Empire, to a Greek family during thethird century in the city of Patara (Lycia et Pamphylia), a port on the Mediterranean Sea. He lived in Myra, Lycia (part of modern-day Demre), at a time when the region was Greek in its heritage, culture, and outlook and politically part of the Romandiocese of Asia. He was the only son of wealthy Christian parents named Epiphanius (Ἐπιφάνιος) and Johanna (Ἰωάννα) according to some accounts and Theophanes (Θεοφάνης) and Nonna (Νόννα) according to others. He was very religious from an early age and according to legend, Nicholas was said to have rigorously observed the canonical fasts of Wednesdays and Fridays. His wealthy parents died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young and he was raised by his uncle—also named Nicholas—who was the bishop of Patara. He tonsured the young Nicholas as a reader and later ordained him a presbyter (priest).
In the year AD 305, several monks from Anatolia in Asia Minor came to the Holy Land to Beit Jala, Judea and established a small monastery with a church named in honor of the Great Martyr George (Saint George). This was before St. Sava’s Monastery was founded in the desert east of Bethlehem on the Kidron Gorge near the Dead Sea. These monks lived on the mountain overlooking Bethlehem in a few caves. In the years 312-315, St. Nicholas lived there and came as a pilgrim to visit the Holy Sepulchre, Golgotha,Bethlehem, and many other sites in the Holy Land. The Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is located on the site of his cave in Beit Jala where today there are innumerable stories about Nicholas still handed down from generation to generation. A text written in his own hand is still in the care of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem. It was in his prayers that St. Nicholas heard the Holy Spirit call him back to Asia Minor, to Myra, where soon after his return in 317 he was consecrated bishop.
In 325, he was one of many bishops to answer the request of Constantine and appear at the First Council of Nicaea. There, Nicholas was a staunch anti-Arian, defender of the Orthodox Christian position, and one of the bishops who signed the Nicene Creed.Tradition has it that he became so angry with the heretic Arius during the Council that he struck him in the face. Unfortunately this means Nicholas was one of the handful of fanatics that deleted all the Gospels of the Bible that did not fit into the ultra conservative agenda he had, this is why the Bible that came out of Europe is younger and more INCOMPLETE (in some ways quite fraudulent as a matter of fact) than the older and more COMPLETE Bible in the Orthodox Christian Church in Ethiopia....if you want to truly see what a non-edited Bible looks like - get a copy of THAT! Especially the Gospel of Thomas where Jesus specifically said "God needs no human intermediaries - everyone is to pray direct to God not via any mortal man claiming to represent him'...and in which Jesus also said "God does NOT dwell in the constructions of men's hands - he is naturally present in his creation only, in us and around us in nature - not in any human built 'place of worship'...kind of OBVIOUS why men who created religions that are run by men who all 'claim' to be representing God on Earth and who convince the followers they created their religions to CONTROL - that they must attend their 'religion's places or worship' in order to 'save their souls' ...would want to exclude the sayings of Jesus that TOTALLY INVALIDATE what they are brainwashing you to believe.....still doubt me? Go find ONE place in the 4 Gospels they ALLOWED you to know - where Jesus HIMSELF says to go to any building once or more times a week to pray....you shall NEVER find it because he NEVER SAID SO! Because it is a damned lie they want you to believe and follow without question (for 'religions' are more about 'your OBEDIENCE to their CONTROL than anything else). BUT this does NOT mean there are not people who do good deeds (like Nicholas) inside these organised religions...for there are good & bad humans EVERYWHERE.
MIRACLES GENUINELY ATTRIBUTED TO NICHOLAS
While yet a young man, Nicholas followed the example of his uncle, the abbot, by making a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Christianity—the Holy Land. Desiring a serene time of preparation, Nicholas set sail on an Egyptian ship where the other pilgrims did not know who he was. The first night he dreamed a storm would put them all at peril. When he awoke in the morning he warned the sailors that a severe storm was coming, but they need not fear, for "God will protect us." Almost immediately the sky darkened and strong winds roared round the ship. The wind and waves made it impossible to keep the ship under control. Even with lowered sails, the sailors feared for their very lives and begged Nicholas to pray for safety. One sailor climbed the main mast, tightening the ropes so the mast would not crash onto the deck. As he was coming back down, the sailor slipped, fell to the deck, and was (presumed by the crew to have been) killed. While Nicholas prayed, the storm did quiet, relieving the sailors. Their comfort, however, was dampened by grief over their comrade's (seeming) death. As Nicholas prayed over the (presumed) dead sailor, he was revived, "as if he had only been asleep." (logically because he had only been knocked unconscious - so literally was 'asleep' basically). The man awakened without pain and the ship finished the journey to the Holy Land. Nicholas then embarked on his pilgrimage to the holy places, walking where Jesus had walked.
One night while staying with a family in Jerusalem, he wanted to pray at the only church remaining in Jerusalem at that time. It was the Church of the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. As he approached the heavy, locked doors, they swung open of their own accord, allowing him to enter the church. Nicholas fell to the ground in thanksgiving (not doubting this might have occurred - but such signs would have convinced Nicholas that his beliefs were 'right'...and therefore the beliefs of others must be 'wrong'....it is hard for Ego to NOT influence ones persona - yes even for a 'Saint'..for he was still after all a mortal man with emotions and a sense of often inflated self-worth like all of us.
In his most famous exploit, Nicholas aided a poor man who had three daughters, but could not afford a proper dowry for them. This meant that they would remain unmarried and probably, in absence of any other possible employment, would have to become prostitutes. Even if they did not, unmarried maidens in those days would have been assumed as being a prostitute. Hearing of the girls' plight, Nicholas decided to help them, but being too modest to help the family in public (or to save them the humiliation of accepting charity), he went to the house under the cover of night and threw three purses (one for each daughter) filled with gold coins through the window opening into the house.
One version has him throwing one purse for three consecutive nights. Another has him throwing the purses over a period of three years, each time the night before one of the daughters comes of age. Invariably, the third time the father lies in wait, trying to discover the identity of their benefactor. In one version the father confronts the saint, only to have Nicholas say it is not him he should thank, but God alone. In another version, Nicholas learns of the poor man's plan and drops the third bag down the chimney instead; a variant holds that the daughter had washed her stockings that evening and hung them over the embers to dry, and that the bag of gold fell into the stocking (so you see where the idea of 'gifts in stockings came from).
WHERE DID THE NAME 'SANTA CLAUSE' COME FROM?
Nicolas had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, a practice celebrated on his feast day (6 December in the Gregorian calendar, in Western Christianity; 19 December in the Julian calendar, in Eastern Christianity); and thus became the much distorted model for Santa Claus (that did not begin until 1100 years after his death), whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas, itself from a series of elisions and corruptions of the transliteration of "Saint Nikolaos".
DOCUMENTARY ON SAINT NICHOLAS
So there you have it, there WAS a REAL Saint Nicholas who DID earn a reputation for giving gifts to the POOR, but he was a brown skinned middle-eastern short slim man with black or brown hair, NOT some fat old Nordic or Central European white guy with an over-abundance of grey hair who wore a red suit (like some kind of a clown), who had 'magical flying reindeer' (not even one ordinary reindeer that merely walked!) or lived with a bunch of midgets who made presents all year long...why is is so hard to tell your child a SIMPLE TRUTH? You claim to be followers of Jesus the Christ - yet Jesus abhorred LIES more than anything else, the entire modern day 'Santa Claus' story is a LIE reinforced by LIES and kept on life support by LIES....it is just too much for a spiritually awake - or awakening - person to entertain any longer.
Look around you, there are FEW (if any) left in the world today who think of helping anyone in poverty on this day (if you see it as a day to honor Nicholas) or more importantly for so-called 'Christians' who are supposed to be honoring Jesus on this day (even though the truth is he could NEVER have been born on December 25th in Israel, for no Shepherd has flocks outdoors after October as it is too cold, the Catholic Church merely changed the name of the old Roman Empire's day of worshiping 'Dies Natalis de Sol Invictus' the 'Birthday of the unconquerable Sun' on December 25th...the day was supposed to be a holiday from all forms of work (as it remains to this day in most of the 'Christian' world).
To the (incorrect) birth of Jesus.... that one Church service you attend plays second fiddle to the 'Santa Claus' crap that reigns supreme in your homes and in your children's distorted imaginations on this day; and you enjoy the materialism and spiritual mediocrity so much - that even you look forward to ONE thing more than all else on this day = PRESENTS BOUGHT WITH MONEY.....you REFUSE to accept that what you are doing in wrong in the eyes of all that is RIGHT.....and you wonder why we shake our head when missionaries from a culture of people like you - come to us uninvited and tell us they have 'come to teach US about 'spirituality' ...it is YOU who need to learn about true spirituality from US!
Far better for you to HONESTLY teach your children that you wish to honor the memory of a good man 'Nicholas of Turkey' by finding poor people in need and giving THEM presents on this day (since it is NOT the real birth-date of Jesus anyway) and do THAT only instead.....and if you do have feasts of food for friends and loved ones - share some of that food with a needy person as well, and thank the Creator for the blessings you are enjoying in your lives that many others should be but are not.
HUMBLE PARENTING ADVICE:
My 8 year old daughter (my youngest child) asked me last night if Santa was real? So I told her very truthfully "Saint Nicholas WAS a real man who lived long long ago - and he really did give poor people in need gifts to help them - so we should follow his example and do the same because it was a good thing to do, Santa Clause is just a fake name of a fake image other people created about Saint Nicholas long after he died".