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The one time I listened to teachings of men, I got suckered.
It was only thereafter that I discovered story was a cover-up to truth that St. Nicholas hated children. A gentleman of that original faith stated, "What difference does it make? That isn't who he is, now."
My question, then, is, "How is Santa Clause any different from any other fairy tale?" Ok, no it isn't. My real question is same one it has always been, same one that challenged historical tale in first place. "How can we expect children to believe us concerning things of God, when we lie to them about Santa Clause?"
Santa Clause has never visited our home and Just knowing that mom will always tell truth has instilled a trust in them that is invaluable, and has adverted them following many doctrines of men.
Preserve one's child-like faith at all cost. The rewards are Heavenly!
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:4
Revised © 2003 by Joyce C. Lock http://my.homewithgod.com/blessingsandlessons/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.
In addition to being a published author and poet, Joyce C. Lock created the religion column, "Christianity Made Simple" for Peru Daily Tribune, continues to write inspirational articles for area newspapers, and shares further in online and e-mail ministries.