As Christians, why do we celebrate a day that is based on false assumptions, lies, and opposed to many Bible teachings?
Are you celebrating Christmas? Why? How much do you actually know about this
most festive of holidays? Is it a Spiritual glorifying of Christ, or an occasion of the flesh? Just the thought of such questions can arouse a defense mechanism, but before we mount a defense, shouldn't we be better informed?
Some will read the various articles and Bible verses denouncing Christmas and be immediately convicted. Others will not even be touched, while some will become very angry. If you are one of those who becomes angry, ask yourself if it is for a righteous reason, or for carnal reasons. If one gets their guidance from God and the Bible I think you will be hard pressed to find any thing approaching a righteous defense of Christmas.
Christian doctrines and practices should be based on Biblical FACT and not feelings or emotions. The Bible warns us about embracing and chasing after the things of the world and Christmas clearly is a worldly holiday as opposed to a spiritual holiday. Therefore it is wrong to claim that Christmas has anything to do with true Christianity as it is not any of the things it claims to be or represent. If people want to keep Christmas, then that is between them and God but have no right to claim it as being in any way Christian. What does Santa Claus have to do with a Holy God I ask you?
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen... For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. ~ Jeremiah 10:2-5
For those feeling that their guilt free celebrating might be threatened frequently claim that this verse is taken out of context. However a simple reading of Jeremiah 9 and 10 will prove this assumption false. God is speaking through the Prophet Jeremiah and clearly telling the people of Israel (God's people) what to avoid and what they can expect if they do not. These verses clearly describe what today we call a Christmas tree as a
Some say they don't worship their tree. I don't think any of us knowingly do so, but why have one, the Bible forbids the practice? How did the idea to have a Christmas tree as one of the main symbols come about? Where is the connection, the resemblance in reality? The idea for a tree came from ancient pagan religions and I can only wonder if the Devil isn’t having a good laugh knowing he has accomplished the deception of millions of people on something spelled out so clearly and forbidden by God.
Others have written and claimed it is a symbol of
new life. Really? I find that far fetched at best. Christ was cut down and then lived again. Trees are cut down and sit in a container of water slowly dying and turning to a brittle fire hazard only to be thrown out never to rise as a tree again. Seems to me that to claim a cut tree is a symbol of “new life” borders on blasphemy. Our Bible tells us GOD is the giver of life! JESUS is our symbol of new life! There is no other except the counterfeit of Satan. Read chapter ten of Jeremiah and hopefully all will see that God is contending for His proper place and authority in the hearts of men in the face of pagan heathen practices then as now.
Another often heard claim is that Christmas is a time to witness and remind the world of the birth of Christ. Such a claim honestly does not hold up but instead is a testimony to hypocrisy as all of Christmas is based upon lies and deception. Christ has grown up, He left the manger two thousand plus years ago! He will return as the sinners worst nightmare and yet many would have them cooing over a babe in a manger. If we are not a witness to sinners of the adult Jesus year round then we need to repent of more than honoring a pagan holiday dressed up in Christian words.
Regarding our question of
Are you celebrating? Why? it may be that the answer to another question would give us the correct response.
What is in keeping with the personality of God, His Word, and what answer brings the confirming peace of the Holy Spirit when buttressed by the Bible? The answer of
No, I’m not celebrating Christmas would be the peaceable and God honoring response.
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. ~ Luke 16:15
May the Lord lead and guide all who seek His Truth.