What Encyclopedias Say

       The word "Christmas" means "Mass of Christ," or,as
it came to be shortened, "Christ-Mass." It came to non-
Christians and Protestants from the Roman Catholic
Church. And where did they get it? N
OT from the New
Testament --
NOT from the Bible -- NOT from the original
apostles who were personally instructed by Christ -- but
it gravitated in the fourth century into the Roman Church
from paganism.
       Since the celebration of Christmas has come to the
world from the Roman Catholic Church, and has no
authority but that of the Roman Catholic Church, let us
examine the Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 edition, pub-
lished by that church. Under the heading "Christmas,"
you will find:
       "Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the
Church . . . the first evidence of the feast is from Egypt."
"Pagan customs centering around the January calends
gravitated to Christmas."
       And in the same encyclopedia, under the heading
"Natal Day," we find that the early Catholic father Ori-
gen acknowledged this truth: ". . . In the Scriptures, no
one is recorded to have kept a feast or held a great banquet
on his birthday. It is only sinners [like Pharaoh and
Herod] who make great rejoicings over the day in which
they were born into this world" (emphasis ours).
       Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1946 edition, has this:
"Christmas (i.e., the Mass of Christ). . . . Christmas was
not among the earliest festivals of the church. . . ." It was
not instituted by Christ or the apostles, or by Bible
authority. It was picked up afterward from paganism.
       The Encyclopedia Americana, 1944 edition, says:
"Christmas. . . . It was, according to many authorities, not
celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian church, as
the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death
of remarkable persons rather than their birth. [The
"Communion," which is instituted by New Testament
Bible authority, is a memorial of the death of Christ.]
. . . A feast was established in memory of this event
[Christ's birth] in the fourth century. In the fifth century
the Western Church ordered it to be celebrated forever on
the day of the old Roman feast of the birth of Sol
, as no
certain knowledge of the day of Christ's birth existed."
       Now notice! These recognized historical authorities
show Christmas was not observed by Christians for the
first two or three hundred years -- a period longer than
the entire history of the United States as a nation! It got
into the Western, or Roman, Church by the fourth cen-
tury A.D. It was not until the fifth century that the
Roman Church ordered it to be celebrated as an official
Christian festival!