Do some Christmas traditions have pagan origins?


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Me Steve Nearman A sinner saved by grace. Fredericksburg, VA
Christmas is purported to be a celebration honoring the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. By simply and honestly examining the history, the scriptures and the actual practices of Christmas, it may be easily seen that it is truly a work of Satan foisted on an unsuspecting and willingly gullible humanity.
The Judean shepherds would not have been in the fields at the 25th of December, as they were at the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 2:8), due to the cold weather in that area at that time of the year. Nor is it likely that Caesar would have required his subjects to travel to their home towns in the winter to be taxed as he did just before the birth of the Lord Jesus (Luke 2:1-3).

Nowhere in the word of God do we find anyone commemorating the birthday of the Lord Jesus, nor do we find any command to do so. Since God Almighty has told us that within the pages of His written word may be found all He would have us do to be perfect (mature) Christians before Him, and Christmas is not found there, it must not be a good work in the eyes of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Obviously if the celebration of Christmas did not originate with God and the Bible, we will have to look to secular history for its origin. Prior to the celebration of Christmas, December 25th was celebrated as the Natalis Solis Invicti, the birthday of the Unconquerable Sun.  The worship of this pagan deity, known by different names in different lands, penetrated the Roman world in the first century B.C.. Under Roman Catholicism, the celebration of the birthday of the Sun was adopted  and changed to supposedly celebrate the birthday of the Son of God, retaining many of the pagan customs and festivities.  Some of the earliest settlers of the American colonies, the Puritans, outlawed the celebration of Christmas “because there was no biblical sanction”  for such an observance.

If you have an interest in the history or Christmas, where it and its customs originated form, view the extensive study "XMAS, the diabolical paradox" at: http://Chihuahua-Pups.com/Bible/XMAS_the_diabolical_paradox.pdf

Seasons greetings? Sincerely and honestly, at this time and always, I wish you the joy from above that only the Lord Jesus Christ can give.

At this time of the year it is customary to send Christmas cards to relatives, friends and acquaintances. Although I appreciate your thoughtfulness, I cannot in good conscience toward God and His Word take part in the exchanging of Christmas cards or in the celebration of Christmas or any other religious holy-day, month, time or season.

Let me tell you why. It is significant that there is no Biblical precedent for observing such a day. The Word of God “thoroughly furnishes” every Christian “unto all good works”, yet it does not furnish us to observe Christ’s birthday (see 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17). The early Galatian Christians were even rebuked for observing days (see Galatians 4:10 & 11).

One need not go far, however, in the search for the origin of Christmas: Encyclopedias and reference works unite in telling those who consult them that Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th. After the birth of Christ, the precious name of Christ was merely yoked up with the ungodly heathen festival Saturnalia. The Christmas tree, holly, mistletoe, Yule Logs, Wassail Bowl, wreathes and (yes!) Santa Claus figured prominently in idolatrous practices and popish traditions.

Because I love Christ and the Bible more than the traditions of men, I believe I cannot “put Christ in Christmas” but must take His Holy Name out of this unholy and pagan Santa-mas. I seek, not to celebrate His birth, but to demonstrate the fact of His death-conquering life to a pleasure-mad world of dying souls.

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
There is no doubt that some of what we now refer to as Christmas traditions can be traced back, in some form, to pagan cultures and celebrations. The ringing of bells, for example, is generally tho...

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