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Who's Behind Santa Claus?--by Timothy A. & Kimberly B. SouthallHe knows if you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake . . . Who is He? If you answered, "Santa Claus," then you are wrong. There is only One who knows everything we do and whether or not we are good or bad. And He is God, Yahweh, our heavenly Father, the Creator of everything.

God is omniscient or all-knowing (Job 31:4; Job 34:21; Psalm 33:13; Psalm 147:5; Matthew 10:26-31; John 2:24; John 16:29-30; 1 Corinthians 1:25). Santa Claus is not. God is omnipresent or everywhere (Deuteronomy 4:39; Isaiah 66:1; 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 139:5-12; Proverbs 15:3; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Acts 17:27; Ephesians 4:10). Santa Claus is not. God is omnipotent or all-powerful (Job 9:1-13; Psalm 115:3; Psalm 135:6; Isaiah 40:12-18, 28; Isaiah 43:13; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26; Romans 11:33-36; Hebrews 6:13; Revelation 1:5). Santa Claus is not. Some day, Jesus is coming back for His followers (Matthew 24:30-44; Mark 13:26-33; Luke 12:40; John 21:22-24). But contrary to the popular song, Santa Claus is not really coming to town. God is real. Santa Claus is not. God is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 1:8; Revelation 21:6; Revelation 22:13). Santa Claus is not. In fact, Santa Claus seems to be derived from some twisted legend which originated from a Christian martyr, Nicholas of Myra who died December 6, 343. (For more information on Nicholas of Myra, see

Why do you suppose such a legend was started, particularly about a man who went through torture for Christ's sake? Surely Nicholas would not have wanted anyone to embellish some sort of story about him, particularly by adding abilities or attributes which are only true of God! So just who do you think is behind the legend of Santa Claus? Who is it that you think would like to take something as righteous as a man who suffered torture for the sake of Christ and turn it into something materialistic? Who is it that you think would use such a legend to encourage parents to lie to their children? Who would want to take the qualities that only God possesses and assign them to an imaginary being? It is Satan who is the father of lies (John 8:44). It is Satan and his followers who are full of deceit and trickery and who pervert the right ways of the Lord (Acts 13:10). It is Satan who leads the world astray (Revelation 12:9). The evidence is clear. Satan's fingerprints are all over the myth of Santa Claus. The guilty party is Satan, the devil, the evil one.

And now one question remains. What about you? Are you to be Satan's willing accomplice? Will you participate in perpetuating this terrible lie about Santa Claus with your children or children that you know? Will you be part and parcel of taking the holy attributes of God (that He sees all and knows all) and blasphemously assign them to an imaginary character? Or will you honor our all-seeing, all-knowing, ever-present and holy God by exposing this lie of Satan's? Who is behind Santa Claus? Satan is. But you don't have to be with him.

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