Debate: Should Christians celebrate Christmas?
- It is a celebration of our Savior's birth and the exact date is not important.
- We don't need a commandment to celebrate Jesus' birth; it is a natural act of gratitude on our part.
- Since the secular world celebrates all the wrong things about Christmas, it is our duty as Christians to celebrate what is true and perhaps use this special time of year to evangelize.
very agree, especially #1, I don't know why people have to obsess with the date.
"For Unto Us A Child Is Given" who saved man from sin
Kmcheng 17:00, 25 December 2008 (EST)
- The angels brought word to the shepherds outside of Bethlehem of the birth of the Christ and the wise men came to rejoice, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. So why should we not celebrate in the same manner, with gifts and rejoicing? Taj 14:12, 3 December 2009 (EST)
- The Bible does not mention December 25th as Jesus' birth; the exact date is disputed by many.
- Jesus has never asked us to celebrate his birth as he did for his death.
- We should celebrate the living Christ every day of our lives; the emphasis on one particular day in December is unnecessary.
- The World Book Encyclopedia says, the early Christians “considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.” The only birthday observances mentioned in the Bible are those of two rulers who did not worship God. (Genesis 40:20; Mark 6:21) Birthday celebrations were also held in honor of pagan deities. For example, on May 24 the Romans celebrated the birthday of the goddess Diana. On the following day, they observed the birthday of their sun-god, Apollo. Hence, birthday celebrations were associated with paganism, not with Christianity.
- There is another reason why first-century Christians would not have celebrated Jesus’ birthday. His disciples likely knew that birthday celebrations were connected with superstition. For instance, many Greeks and Romans of ancient times believed that a spirit attended the birth of each human and protected that one throughout life. “This spirit had a mystic relation with the god on whose birthday the individual was born,” says the book The Lore of Birthdays. God certainly would not be pleased with any observance that would link Jesus with superstition. (Isaiah 65:11, 12)
- Maybe you feel that the origins of holidays have little to do with how they are celebrated today. Do origins really matter? Yes! To illustrate: Suppose you saw a piece of candy lying in the gutter. Would you pick up that candy and eat it? Of course not! That candy is unclean. Like that candy, holidays may seem sweet, but they have been picked up from unclean places. To take a stand for true worship, we need to have a viewpoint like that of the prophet Isaiah, who told true worshipers: “Touch nothing unclean.”—Isaiah 52:11.
No, Pagan in Bible
According to the book of Jeremiah, Christmas was a pagan tradition we are commanded not to follow:
Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 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 10:1-5 (KJV)
--Joshua Zambrano 04:27, 5 September 2012 (EDT)