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Should Christians celebrate Christmas?



    
    

Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
The debate about whether or not Christians should celebrate Christmas has been raging for centuries. There are equally sincere and committed Christians on both sides of the issue, each with multipl...

July 01 2013 8 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Closeup Jennifer Rothnie Supporter Housewife, Artist, Perpetually Curious
As a secular or religious holiday, it is up to a person's conscience whether or not they keep it, as with any other holiday, albeit subject to God. (Col 2:13-23, Mark 7:14-15, Rom 14:5-9, James 4:11-12)

Though, there are many things to consider, especially in regards to how the testimony of the church is affected:

1) Is everything ascribed to God on this day true? (II Cor 4:2) 

That is, is Jesus actually the "reason for the season" vs. The reason for all time? Was Jesus actually born Dec. 25th? What is the history of the day? Were there three kings at the manger? (John 1:1-18, Matt 2:7-12, Luke 2:8, John 4:24, etc)

God is a God of truth, so eliminate conscious lies, even those done for the sake of simplification or tradition. God is worshiped in spirit and in truth. 

2) Are the commands of God subverted for the sake of tradition? Is Christmas treated as a necessary part of the christian faith, or left it in its rightful place as a tradition of man? (Mark 7:8-13, Luke 10:25-37, Deut 11:13-21, Luke 18:18-30)

Birthdays are, themselves, a pagan tradition. That doesn't mean we can't celebrate them, or that we can't acknowledge Christ coming to earth in the flesh, but they still are traditions and not gospel. Even the desire to celebrate Christ's birthday does not replace loving others, charity, truth, preaching, forgiveness, stewarding the resources God has given us, etc. 

3) Is the right to say 'Christmas' defended more than the right to freely preach the gospel?

This is more of a modern problem, but there are many individuals and churches who are shy about preaching or will even say that one should not preach directly because it might offend or scare someone off. Yet, when a store says 'Xmas' or happy holidays, they will cry about persecution or call for boycott. Persecution for the sake of Christ is actually good and expected, and the church should not return evil for evil- - but in this case it is a tradition being persecuted, not Christ.

4) Is more charity given at Christmas than at other times of the year?

This would link charity to Christmas, not to Christ or to love.

5) Are churches more likely to outreach on Christmas than to go outside their walls to preach the gospel? (1 Cor 2:1-5, II Tim 4:2)

Many nominal Christians and unbelievers are exposed to Christmas/Easter, and that's about it, as far as Christ.

6) What is the prevailing attitude of the church? Loving or stressed? Bitter or Gracious? Generous or greedy? Christmas hype or discipleship focused?

We are to be spiritual lights to the world, not physical lights.

7) Is celebrating Christmas a stumbling block to unbelievers that know it is derived from older pagan religions? Is it a stumbling block to any fellow believers? (Rom 14:13-18, 1 Peter 2:11-12)

8) Is my behavior set apart from the world? (1 Pet 2:4-9)

Back in the 2nd century AD, Tertullian (a pagan convert to Christianity) commented on this topic frequently. There were many newly converted Christians concerned about the push to 'Christianize' pagan holidays, as to them they had just come out of the bondage of idolatry, and it made no sense to return to it merely by disguising the terms. 

Consider some of his thoughts:

"By us who are strangers to Sabbaths, and new moons, and festivals, once acceptable to God, the Saturnalia, the feasts of January, the Brumalia and Matronalia, are now frequented; gifts are carried to and fro, new year's day presents are made with din, and sports and banquets are celebrated with uproar. Oh, how much more faithful are the heathen to their religion, who take special care to adopt no solemnity from the Christians"

"For, even if they had known them, they would not have shared the Lord's Day or Pentecost with us. For they would fear lest they would appear to be Christians. Yet, we are not apprehensive that we might appear to be pagans!"

[Both the above quotes by Tertullian, A.D. 155-230]

November 27 2013 7 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Donna Bender Donna bender, mother of two, retired RN, Author:, Minister
Jesus Christ was born on September 11th of three BC. The date can be determined by tracing the activities of the stars While comparing them with the prophecies written in the scriptures. Revelation 12:2 states that the woman was closed with the sun and the moon was under her feet. Virgo was on the ecliptic and a crescent moon was under her feet during the same time frame that Jupiter and Venus were manifesting a great deal of activity in the constellation of Leo between two and three BC. All of this has been researched and can be found in a volume called Jesus Christ our promised seed. Christmas was rooted in the winter solstice celebrations which occur around December 25th. However there is nothing contrary to the Scriptures in enjoying the holiday season.

October 22 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Dawn Irion
There is specific instruction in Deut 12:30-31 to not adopt the ways of the pagans into how we worship God - " not to be trapped into following them; so that you inquire after their gods and ask, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I want to do the same.’ You must not do this to Adonai your God! For they have done to their gods all the abominations that Adonai hates!"
Since God gave us specific instructions as to how He wants to be worshipped, we don't need to go looking for other ways to worship Him. He spells it all out so why do we need to make up new holidays or adopt the holidays from the pagan nations? Let us simply keep the feasts He gave us in the Spring and the Fall. 
The instruction to not mix has to do with how we worship Him. Other holidays that don't purport to be for God or associated with Him I don't see any specific instruction to avoid.

March 09 2014 3 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Data Tony Flores Tony Flores a servant of Jesus Christ
Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus Christ our savior and to let the whole World know who He is. It is a time to reflect the Way, the Truth and the Life for there is no other. It is the time for Christians to shine in His light. All glory and honor to Him. Praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

October 22 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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178635 435846259785637 203418296 o Rajaraman V
Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ is one's personal idea not a biblical idea. It is an important question to ask oneself on how he/she celebrates the birth of Christ. There are two things I wish to share.

1. The disciples of Lord Jesus Christ should not nullify the Word of God for the sake of tradition - Mathew 15:6

When we come across myths or stories made by humans which does not origin from the Word Of GOD, then we must not include those ideas while he/she celebrates the birth of Christ.

2. When we were a kid we thought like a kid, when we became mature we think and act like a mature person - 1 Corinthians 13:10-11.

Do we not have the understanding of how to share the birth of Christ to the world? Should one promote ideas of celebrating the birth of Christ externally or inwardly? Should one pronounce the birth of Christ only in December month? Shall we not do it cheerfully on all days? 

The true joy of accepting the birth of Christ starts in the inner changing of a person and it will reflect in sharing the good news to others not only in the month of December but on all days. 

Irrespective of any days, we should evangelize the whole world to give the good news that Christ was born, came from God and died for sins of the world and went to GOD and lives immortal forever and ever. To me the true celebration comes only when I see Jesus Christ and be with him for eternity.

December 20 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Rob Vee
Plain and simple, no. It is yet another pagan feast that was sold to the "christians" as celebrating the birth of Christ.

The feast's original name is saturnalia and is mixed with other forms of pagan worship such as the Saxon pagan worship of tree gods where they sacrificed and put gifts of fruit etc at the base of trees to appease the tree gods.

The birth of Christ by the way is at a totally different time of year and the Lord Himself has not aligned any of the biblical feasts with it simply because even though He came as a man to this world He is God and has had no beginning and has no end therefore no actual birth.

Focus should not be in His birth on earth but on His death and resurrection and His Salvation of mankind.

May 25 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Paul Jass
All our modern day celebrations have historical origins, some of which can be traced to certain pagan rituals due to their era or structure. This does not mean our modern celebrations are pagan. At Christmas, you are celebrating, remembering the birth of Jesus; celebrating the birth of Jesus cannot be pagan. Do not be tricked just because a long time ago the pagans celebrated events during this same era. But, the bottom line is we should celebrate, remember the birth, life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus every day.

October 19 2013 4 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini bobby pandaram a paintbrush in the hands of the PAINTER
I believe we should but we should hold more significance in the act of JESUS emptying HIMSEF and taking the form of man for the hope and salvation of man rather than the hype the world made it to be. I celebrate the fact that GOD made the greatest sacrifice because HE loves me. I do not need an instruction to do this - it comes as a response to love shared between me and my GOD who first loved me. When i make a joyful noise - it means I am celebrating.

The more reasons i have to celebrate JESUS the better.

December 20 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Open uri20160821 11677 1e8av27 Thomas Cofie
Yes that's the whole Truth..Christmas is pagan worship & it involves the spirit of the world which Christ warn us to guard against..

May 27 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Img 3185 %282%29 Meluleki Maphosa Amateur Bible Student
My purely personal view is that I always get suspicious about something that is embraced and loved globally by all cultures. Jesus said in Mat 7:13-14 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

All Christians ought to be extremely worried when some gets so popular as Christmas. It is not surprising that historians have laid the truth bare. The whole world has been taken for a ride. We have been told that we are celebrating the birth of Jesus, when in fact it is a nicely packaged pagan holy day since the days of Nimrod! 

We have the Santa (satan) clause brought right into our homes. No how well meaning one maybe when you trace the origins, the symbols used and the dates the argument that we are bringing Christ to the world false away. The mother and child used in the festivities speak volumes of the origins of this "holy" day.

Simply substituting the names does not make Christmas holy. We should be looking at the early Christian church for guidance when it comes to these things. Nowhere does it say they celebrated the birth of Jesus on the 25th of December. All we hear is the sacrificial death of Christ. I sometimes wonder if by this we are not downplaying the significance of Christ's death on the Cross. 

The same goes for Easter and the Easter eggs and hot cross buns. Christians must wake up and see that they are unwittingly participating in pagan festivals dressed as Christian holy days. 

The question that needs to be pondered seriously is, does God accept this worship that was designed to worship false gods now supposedly directed to God? I do not have an answer but I believe each true worshiper of God will read and pray to find the correct answer.

January 14 2015 3 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Stringio Vincent Mercado Supporter Skeptic turned believer, Catholic, father of 3
The Gamaliel Principle is the best describes the approach we should do - "If their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God." c.f. Acts 5:38-39

From my perspective, I can conclude that God willed his birthday to be celebrated. We have been blessed in doing it for almost 2000 years.

October 09 2013 2 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Lynn Sander
If the generally accepted and known way to celebrate Christmas was to engage in pagan rites and rituals, then no, we should not observe it. I strongly doubt, however, that most Americans know of the supposed "pagan" origin of this holiday. For most Americans, in general, Christmas is a time to get together with family and remember those who are hurting and less fortunate.

Should we do this year round? Absolutely! Has Christmas become largely commercial? Yes! 

God does not care about traditions, rituals or festivals because Jesus, being born in a manger, living on the earth, dying on the cross and raising again completed, fulfilled the law.

What is important is what's in the heart. Man looks on the outside but God sees the heart. Paul went to where he knew they were observing pagan rituals and studying every god they knew of because he saw an opportunity to witness.

Christians should use the holiday season to show those without Christ that they can have hope and love and peace with Him.

October 30 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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License picture Richard Magee Disabled Scholar
Yes, I do believe we should celebrate Christmas, for it is a time of great focus of joyful worship and homage offered to Jesus. This day should not be excluded as one of the many others days we are required to do so who faithfully believe in him, regardless of the criticisms and doubts heaved upon it, and regardless of how many have tried to blaspheme its truest intent. 

This notion that it is a pagan ritual in disguise is being misunderstood! It was the church's attempt to sell Jesus to pagan believers in the hopes of converting many of them over into Christianity, which it has successfully done so and continues to do so now and forever more. Amen.

November 29 2015 8 responses Vote Up Share Report


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