Should Christians celebrate Christmas?
November 25, 2009 3:20am CST
The pros say: Honor Christ's birth regardless of its true origin or date. Famous holiday opportunity to evangelize. The cons say: Unbiblical. Pagan (demonic) origin. Catholic mass.
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29 Nov 09
Thank you for raising this question. I have been thinking about this for many years every since I read about the pagan origins of Christmas. Also, no where in the bible does it tell us to celebrate Christmas by passing out worldly gifts to each other. On the other hand, some people have made a good point that it is an opportunity to increase the interest in Christ. Overall I would believe that we shouldn't be doing anything with a Pagan origin such as decorating a tree and standing around it saying how beautiful it is. It is hard to break with tradition because it is so much a part of culture but if you think about it is a form if idol worship especially considering its roots. The bible is filled with examples of how people thought they were doing something to honor God but actually were offending the lord.
25 Nov 09
While I am aware that 25th December is NOT the true date of Christ's birth, and I am aware of the connection with pagan history, I see nothing wrong with setting aside one day of the year to specifically give thanks for God's greatest gift to mankind. The commercialisation of Christmas is getting worse every year. We are now facing bans about using the word Christmas and public buildings cannot show "Christmas" decorations. More than ever, Christians should take the opportunity to demonstrate their faith by celebrating CHRISTmas the Christian way.
25 Nov 09
Lets forget the facts because the facts are lost in time and really we just know snippets. Then look at the positive and as a christian send the message you believe through christmas celebrations. You can send a more religous rather then santa card. You can be really giving,thankful and kind showing the true nature of Jesus. So even though it's got lost and changed and commericalised, celebrate the birth of the son of God on the day that you are sharing with your family and/or friends. God likes us to together, giving,sharing and celebrating. We are celebrating the birth of his only begotten son ,I dont think he's worried we got the day wrong!
26 Nov 09
I Understand where you are coming from and you do have a point, but is it not also true that Christ/God has a very different nature to us so therefore would not feel insulted as that is a very human emotion. In fact to feel insulted comes from vanity and pride really and those feelings are more often then not of sinful nature. Do you not think that God understands what kind of world we are living (coming up to end of days) instead of stopping christmas by forcing people to take out the commerical side thus giving the governments/leaders more of a reason to stop it as a international holiday. Instead of us Christians going on about how pagan it is, how about we preach the real message not only through scripture and judging others, but through our thoughts and positivity towards others?
26 Nov 09
Many good intentions are not reciprocated due to misconceptions. The Israelites celebrated a feast TO JEHOVAH with a molten calf (Exo. 32) and yet were punished for idolatry. Cain's offering was disregarded (Gen. 4), Nadab and Abihu were killed for offering to God, WHICH HE HAD NOT COMMANDED THEM (Lev. 10), Uzzah was killed for keeping the ark from falling (2 Sam. 6). Why celebrate His birthday when He had not commanded us to do so?
25 Nov 09
Christmas today is very commercialized and corrupted. I know of the origin of Christmas as December 25 was not really Christ's birth. If December 25 was really Jesus' birth why do people who celebrate it do not give Jesus gift instead they are the ones who are exchanging presents or gifts. Santa Claus is also very popular during this season not only among the children but even among adults as well as you can see some salesladies in a department store, for example, are dressed like Santa Claus. Exchanging gifts is really a pagan celebration and Christians don't even celebrate Christmas in the early days of Christianity. Christianity today is mixed with pagan, superstitious and Jewish elements (the rituals and traditions). It must be purified. Anyway, if one addict, for example, is converted and becomes a believer and turns away from his vice on December 25 through hearing of the Gospel, then, that is the greatest gift than man and the preacher can give to Jesus this December 25.