God loves you. “ The Lamb, who was killed before the origin of the world, is a man who has received support, splendor, wisdom, power, refinement, whole month, respect, faith and silt। Let him be glorified forever. ”Now came true Amen। In this world you have received everything but so far Jesus has not believed in Christ, you are the saddest and most righteous man ! The poorest people on earth are not without money but without Jesus Amen ! Your first need and need is the forgiveness of eternal security sins, salvation and eternal life – “ Behold, the Lamb of God who has raised the sin of the world’।And he is atonement for our sins, and not only for us, but also for the sins of the whole world। The only Creator God – Ekmatra Caste Man – Ekkatra Blood Red – Ekkatra Problem Sin – Ekkatra Solution Jesus Christ Do you know that there is eternal life even after the deer only God loves you ! Because God loved the world so much that he gave it to his only born Son – No one who believes in him is unhappy, But he may have eternal life, but God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us when we were sinners। Because you are saved by grace by faith; And it is not from you, it is God’s donation; He who is waking up to my door every day hears me waiting for the pillars of my doors, Blessed is that man। But God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us, while we are sinners। But in all these things we are even more than the winners by him, who loved us। Because I have been completely unarmed, neither death nor life, nor angels, neither the princes, nor the rights, nor the things that come from now, nor the things that come later, neither the heights, nor the deep, Neither any other creation can separate us from the love of God in our Lord Christ Jesus। Love is in this – not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son to be atone for our sins। For God made sin for us, who did not know that we would be the righteousness of God। Jesus said to him: “ Bato, truth and life are me; No one comes to the Father except me. ” Your word is a light for my feet, and a light for my way। I cried before Miramire fell bright; I hope in your word। My eyes are open at night’s guard to meditate on your word। And call me on the day of the storm; I will deliver you, and you will raise me। He cures those with broken hearts and binds them to the ointment of their injuries। You will be in me and ask for whatever you want if my words are in you, and that will be done for you।

5 Reasons Not to Pretend Santa is Real

A few evenings ago, we hosted a delightful group of ten Biola students at our house for dinner. During dessert, we launched into a lively discussion about how we should celebrate Christmas as Christians. We discussed various sub-topics under this broader question, but we spent the largest portion of our time talking about how Christians should—and should not—talk to their children about Santa Claus.

Part way through our discussion, one of the young women at our table commented that this was the first time in her life that she had heard Christians questioning the commonplace practice of pretending that Santa Claus is real. Let me repeat what I just wrote for emphasis. In all of her years growing up in an evangelical church in Southern California, this young woman had never heard another Christian challenge the validity of this questionable practice. But she had a lot to think about after “dinner at the Berdings”! Here are five reasons that surfaced during our discussion for why you should stop “playing the Santa Claus game” with your children. Oh, and if you’re just discovering through this blog post that Santa isn’t real… ummm… sorry for breaking the news …

Five reasons not to pretend that Santa is real:

1. The Bible repeatedly instructs us to speak what is true. One example among many in the Bible is Ephesians 4:25: “Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another” (cf. Exodus 20:16; Proverbs 21:28; Zechariah 8:16). “Santa Claus actually exists” is a falsehood. Christians should seek always to speak the truth, even with their children. No, especially with their children.

2. Pretending Santa is real could lead to embarrassment for your child. One of the young women at our table recounted that when she was eight years old a couple of her friends broke the “code of silence” and told her that Santa wasn’t real. Her parents, desiring to prolong the game, found a way to take a photograph of Santa Claus sitting on a sleigh and offered the photo to their daughter as “evidence.” As a result, she became an apologist for the existence of Santa, arguing vehemently for his existence among her group of friends. When her parents were forced to level with her, she was acutely embarrassed about the stance she had taken among her friends. This leads into the next reason to avoid this practice.

3. Pretending Santa is real could result in some level of breaking down of the trust between the child and his or her parents. The young woman I just mentioned talked about how upset she was with her parents when she discovered that this elaborate story wasn’t true. Her parents’ decision to keep replaying this untruth upsets their daughter to this day.

4. Pretending Santa is real could lead to theological confusion in your children as they get older. Example 1: Bring in Joe Atheist: “You believe in God? Do you also believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny?” Example 2: Attributes that only belong to God get attributed to Santa, such as omniscience (“he sees you when you’re sleeping… he knows if you’ve been bad or good”) or omnipresence (he personally delivers packages to all the children in the world in one night. But then again, maybe we should rename that “omni-presents”?). Who says that this won’t have any impact on your children’s understanding of God as they grow up? Example 3: At its best, the Santa Claus metanarrative reinforces moralism; at its worst, pelagianism. (And don’t get me started on the Elf-on-the-Shelf movement….) This is potentially confusing… at the very least. At its worst, it could be described as a modern example of syncretism. (Note the line from the song: “Let’s give thanks to the Lord above ‘cause Santa Claus comes tonight.”)

5. Finally, pretending that Santa is real will take the eyes of your children off of Jesus Christ during the Christmas season. It could cause them to look away from our Lord Jesus, who was born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life, died on the cross as a propitiation for our sins, rose from the dead thereby proving his victory over sin and death, and will come again in glory as conqueror and judge. We should be very careful not to allow our children’s eyes to get diverted from Christ toward something far less significant—that is, toward the sentimental or toward a practice that tends to feed their selfishness rather than to heighten their awareness that they too need Christ.

These are five good reasons not to pretend that Santa is real with your children. So what should you do if you have “played this game” with your children in the past—or are currently playing it?

My recommendation is that you go to your children at whatever age they are and humbly confess to them that you’re sorry for not speaking what is true. It may be that until today you hadn’t considered that there might be a problem with this practice for Christians. But a proper doctrine of sin doesn’t allow you to limit culpability for sin to what you intentionally do; it includes actions, thoughts, and omissions that you didn’t realize were wrong. (That’s one of the reasons why the covering of all our sins by the blood of Jesus is so important.) You may actually discover that this humble approach to your children builds trust and strengthens your relationship. (And, yes, I would recommend doing this if your child is a full-grown adult.)

My father came to Christ and my mother returned to her childhood faith when I was six years old. Until that time—at their encouragement—I had grown up thinking that Santa Claus was real. But shortly after they believed in Jesus Christ, they decided that they didn’t want to act untruthfully any longer toward their children. So, they sat down with my older sister—who may have already figured it out by that time—along with my younger brother and me, and explained to us that Santa was just a made-up story, and further, that they were sorry for pretending that he was something more. From then on in our household, the Santa story was demoted to the status of a fun fairy tale, and never allowed to become more important than Jesus Christ, who is the center of Christmas. No, Jesus Christ is much more than that. He is the center of all of human history, and the reason Christmas even matters.

For he that findeth me shall find life, and shall receive mercy from the Lord. But he that sinneth against me, harmeth his own soul; All those who hate me love death.’ Proverb. 8:35-36 But God shows his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 He committed no sin, nor was any guile found in his mouth; He did not rebuke in return; He did not threaten when he suffered, but committed himself to the righteous judge. He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the cross, that we might die to sins and live to righteousness; By His stripes you were healed. 1 st. Proverb. 8:35-36 Nor is salvation in any other; For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Jesus said to him: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Behold, he comes with the clouds, and every eye shall see him, even those who despise him; And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. So be it! Amen! Revelation 1:7 And he was clothed in blood; And his name is called ‘Word of God’. Revelation 19:13 “And behold, I come quickly; And I have my reward to give to every man according to his work. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Revelation 22:12-13 Note: Today people don’t even have time to go to heaven. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will receive forgiveness of sins, salvation and eternal life.

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