Friday, 14 November 2008

SANTA CLAUS : The Great Pretender Pt 11

Cary G Dean.

Dr. Terry Watkins, Th.D.
Dial-the-Truth Ministries

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11

Ask, and it shall be given you. . . (Matthew 7:7)

Millions of young children will anxiously climb into the loving lap of their Santa Claus.

They will whisper in his ear their little hearts desire.

Then they will jump out of bed Christmas morning, with eyes shimmering, and hearts pounding — and there is all the wonderful gifts Santa brought them.

At least, that is how they see it. . .

Jolly old Saint Nick,
Lean your ear this way!
Don't you tell a single soul
What I'm going to say;
Christmas Eve is coming soon;
Now, you dear old man,
Whisper what you'll bring to me;
Tell me if you can.
"Jolly Old St. Nick"

Here comes Santa Claus!
Here comes Santa Claus!
Right down Santa Claus Lane. . .
Bells are ringing, children singing;
All is merry and bright.
Hang your stockings and say your prayers,
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

Millions of children worldwide will be asking their Santa for presents.

And here’s the kicker – come Christmas morning – they will believe Satan (not again. . . they’re just too much alike. . . I mean. . . Santa) lovingly gave them all their presents.

Who is telling these children these lies?

Santa (or Satan. . . take your pick) has replaced God as the gracious giver of gifts and the one who answers their prayers.

He is Mr. Everything to these kids at Christmas time.

They just need to believe.

The key to getting your gifts is "believing" in Santa.

Millions of kids will be asked this Christmas,

"Do you still believe in Santa?"

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:7-8, 11

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
James 1:17

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)

Isn’t it amazing the power Santa has?

Is there anyone like Santa Claus?

He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake
Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Santa is All Knowing – He is Omniscient

He knows. . .ALL

He KNOWS when you’re awake
He KNOWS if you've been good or bad."
Bobby wants a pair of skates,
Suzy wants a sled
Nellie wants a picture book,
yellow, blue, and red
Now I think I'll leave to you
what to give the rest
Choose for me, dear Santa Claus;
you will know the best.
"Jolly Old St. Nick"
Santa knows everything.

Children are taught, religiously, that Santa knows everything.

He knows when they’re awake.

He knows when they’re sleeping.

He knows what they want for Christmas.

Remember that child-like faith?

That faith that belongs to God.

Satan is robbing that precious faith with the false god of Santa!

Santa has all the attributes of God.

Santa has replaced God in the lives of Santa-worshipping children.

Just mention the name of Santa to the average child – and watch their little face light up.

They love Santa with "all their heart, and with all their soul, and with all their strength, and with all their mind."

They stand in line to sit in his loving lap.

They leave him milk and cookies.

It may be a fable to the grown-ups, but those little kids – they believe and love Santa with all their little heart's!

And why not?

Why shouldn’t they believe in Santa?

They are taught, heartily, by the people they love and trust more than anyone on earth that Santa is a god.

Santa knows things that are known only by an Omniscient God.

Who else has such power?

And why wouldn’t they believe it?

Would "Mummy and Daddy" lie?

Of course not. . . would they?

The following verses would well fit the average child’s gospel of Santa:

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for Santa knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Matthew 6:8

Santa knoweth the days of the upright. . .
Psalm 37:8

Santa knoweth the thoughts of the wise, . . .
1 Corinthians 3:20

"His cult [Santa Clause] and his representation in art achieved their greatest popularity in the Middle Ages, and in England alone more than 400 churches are named after him."

(John E. Lynch., "Santa Claus", Encyclopedia Americana, 1988 ed., cited in Saint Who by Dr. Paul E. Heaton)

Santa is Everywhere – He is Omnipresent

He’s at the mall.

He’s at the parade.

He’s on the TV.

He’s at the Match.


David’s testimony to the Omnipresence of God Almighty sounds much like the average child’s omnipresence faith in Santa.

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. Psalm 139:7-8

Santa miraculously visits millions of children, all across the world, in one "quick as a wink" night.

"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. . ." (1 Cor. 15:52) – Santa appears – all over the world!

The poem The Night Before Christmas says of Old St. Nick: ". . . And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof. . ." Where did that come from? – "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. . ." (1 Cor. 15:52)

He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awake.

He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake.

Sound familiar. . .?

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

Santa is All-Powerful – He is Omnipotent

To the average child - Santa can do anything.

The following are actual letters to Santa from children, taken from a local newspaper.

Read these letters and look at the faith these children have in their god:

"Dear Santa. . . If I could have one Christmas wish, it would be for my mum to get better.

She has bad arthritis.

Would you please heal her?"

"Dear Santa. . . For Christmas would you please give humanity a cure for cancer and a cure for AIDS, and would you please give us a new solar system where people live right?"

"Dear Santa. . . My mum and I both have disabilities.

Would you please give both of us new bodies?"

"Dear Santa. . . Please bring peace on earth."

Is anything too hard for Santa?

Is anything too hard for the LORD? Genesis 18:14

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matthew 28:18

Come rain, sleet, snow, storm, hurricane, the darkest and dreariest of nights – Santa comes.

Their Santa NEVER fails!

In one night, the all-powerful, Santa delivers millions and millions of gifts to children all around the world.

Who could do that?

Now, who REALLY believes that?

That little child who has been preached to about Santa.

That is who.

They believe it.

Just ask one.

Nothing is too hard for their Santa.

If the Christian world had, even a small drop of the faith the average child has in Santa – we’d have revival overnight!

Isn’t it amazing what these little children actually believe

"With all their heart"

About their great god and saviour Santa?

These little kids believe and have more faith in their Santa than all the Christians of the world.

If the Christians of the world could just catch a spark of that faith these kids have in Santa – we would have a world-wide revival.

Have you ever considered how unbelievable and powerful Santa is?

The scientific journal SPY magazine (January 1990) constructed a scientific analysis of Santa.

Here’s some of there conclusions:

Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical).

This works out to 822.6 visits per second.

This is to say that for each house, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move on to the next house.

A total trip of 75-1/2 million miles, not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding etc.

This means that Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3,000 times the speed of sound.

The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element.

Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized lego set (2 pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons.

This increases the payload - not even counting the weight of the sleigh - to 353,430 tons.

353,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance - The lead pair of reindeer will absorb 14.3 QUINTILLION joules [jewels-measurement of energy] of energy.

Per second.

In short, they will burst into flame almost instantaneously and create deafening sonic booms in their wake.

The entire reindeer team will be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second.

Santa, meanwhile, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than gravity.

A 250-pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force.

(SPY Magazine, January 1990)

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. . ." (1 Cor. 15:52) – Santa appears – all over the world!

He just quietly "tip-toes" in – and "tip-toes" out.

You hear nothing.

You see nothing.

He appears like a "thief in the night". (1 Thess. 5:2).

And we expect our children to believe in a supernatural being that can do all that

And you know what.


And they believe it with all their little heart's, soul and mind's!

Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

Matthew 22:35-38

About the Author:
Dr. Terry Watkins, Th.D.
Dial-the-Truth Ministries

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