we don’t know that the quote is attributed to Jesus Christ. might just be some guy that pronounces it the “hey zeus” way that had some money to spend on a billboard. but yeah more than likely some fundamentalist coot. seasons greetings.
Christmas is a Catholic holiday to celebrate the life of Christ with a mass. Dec. 25 is celebrated as a holiday as an attempt by the Catholic Church to recruit the other religions who celebrate the Winter Solstice. These other religions (i.e. Egyptian, Germanic, Greek, Roman, etc.) from before the time of Christ celebrated the Winter Solstice as the birth of the Sun God who was born of a virgin.
Mordred, I know that he was not born on December 25th. My religion does not advertise this but….we actually believe he was born in April. We celebrate his birth along with the rest of the Christian world on December 25th because it doesn’t really matter WHEN we celebrate. What matters is WHY we celebrate…and that we celebrate his birth at all.
I’m a Christian, and I find this billboard ridiculous. Jesus was always saying, pray to God, and try to be empathetic to others. This is the kind of childish guilt-game misdirection about the true nature of Christianity that drives people away from it. As a matter of fact, technically Christians should not celebrate Christmas, which is 100% based on a pagan holiday. The Bible provides a very specific list of God’s chosen holidays and, guess what? Christmas isn’t one of them. I don’t think that means people can’t celebrate Christmas, but let’s not be forgetting the facts and getting all weird on everyone with it….
God is dependent upon your attention and approval, like Stewart Smalley or your wacked out ex-gorlfriend. Without continuous and exhausting affirmation, the son of man will settle into a deep blue funk, stop taking his Xanex and send us another AIDs plague or Hurricane Sandy or shit.
Please, please, everyone…Pay some attention to Holy Christ Almighty before he gives all of you flaming god herpes.
Oh, and God wants you to send me some money. Seriously, he does. He whispered it to me on the secret god batphone. I might put it on a billboard or a bumper sticker, but really: god wants you to say merry christmas and send me some money.