vs Jesus Christ
By James Robert Watson,
Two of the most popular
cult icons in history are Jesus Christ and Santa Claus.
These two pop figures
are an integral part of Western culture.
Similarities between Santa & Jesus.
They both were/are:
Introduced to the
world by stories in a book
Reward good behavior
Judgmental: coal or present,
heaven or hell
Celebrated on December 25
Honored in song:
gospel and carols
Superhuman: flight, conquer death, never die
Miracle performers: squeezing into chimneys, water to wine,
thousands of fish, thousands of presents
Perpetuated by folk tales
and generations of embellishments
Worshipped: kids adore both (usually
Santa with more excitement)
Differences between Santa & Jesus
The origin of Santa is based on a real person
who was benevolent, loving, and giving; with documented evidence. The origin of
Jesus is based on a story, written by religious advocates, decades after his death.
No information was recorded during Jesus' life.
Children are eager
to go see Santa & get quite excited. Children need to be forced, lied to, or threatened
to go to church or Sunday school. They don't go to see Jesus.
worship Santa with more excitement. Santa's gifts are more desired by children.
There is no common knowledge of Santa losing his temper. Jesus lost his
temper in the temple with the moneychangers.
Santa is often portrayed
with his wife, a loving motherly woman; portraying family values. Jesus never
even married and he was raised by a never-married single mom.
chooses not to worship Santa, there are no serious negative consequences. If one chooses not to worship Jesus, he/she is threatened
with not having everlasting life.
Their claims are different. Santa
makes no outrageous personal claims for those who do/do not believe in him. Jesus
claims that he can 'heal' people or sentence them to a life in hell.
becomes an adult one acknowledges that Santa is nothing more than a fun fairy
tale. Adults reject worshipping Santa. But many adults continue to deceive kids
into believing Santa is real. Jesus, who is real only in belief systems and is
no more 'real' than Santa, continues to be worshipped by adults.
Maybe we need a new religion: Clausianity. To worship Santa.
Both Santa and Jesus are folk tales with similar backgrounds and powers. So, lets
worship the one that is more jolly, more fun, more joyous, and more celebrated.
The worship centers can be fun fantasy North Pole villages. There are already
plenty of Santa/winter/Frosty songs to put in the songbook. Besides, the worst
that can happen is a lump of coal.
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