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Is Celebrating Christ’s Birth Wrong? Part 2 of Our Christmas Series

A few days ago I shared with you my growing conviction concerning celebrating Christmas.  The gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit has been slowly stirring my soul to action, and I want to always heed to His voice, although my flesh does not want to give up Christmas!

Anyhow, I would like to answer a few questions that you might have.  Here goes.

Is celebrating Christ’s birth wrong?

No.  Celebrating Christ is wonderful, and something that we should be doing daily.  In scripture however, there is no mention of the date, or even season in which Christ came to earth as a babe as our blessed Messiah.  I truly believe that scripture is the inspired, unfalliable Word of God.  I believe that if the Lord would have wanted us to know the exact birth of Christ, it would be mentioned in scripture.  Also, the birthday “celebrations” that we have now in our culture, might differ from the way God would have them.

Also, here is another thought concerning Christ’s “birth”.  Jesus has always been.  He is eternal.  We celebrate Christmas like it is His “birthday,” but it isn’t at all.  After all, He is God.  He was involved in creating our whole universe, and is so much bigger than anything our tiny minds can comprehend.

If you were to look to the Bible for examples of birthday celebrations (as Christmas is supposed to be), only two are mentioned.  Guess who?  Pharaoh and Herod!  If we are seriously (and literally) seeking God’s Word for guidance, from this we could gather that birthday celebrations might not be from the Lord.

Although in scripture we are not told to remember Christ’s “birth”, we are commanded to remember His death and ascension.  It is through the cross that we have hope in eternal life!  This should be in our minds always.  While praying as to how our family can remember Christ’s sacrifice during the winter season, and I was lead to Isaiah 1:16-18:

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;

Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.

Cease to do evil, Learn to do good;

Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor;

Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord,

“Though your sins are like scarlet,

They shall be as white as snow;

Through they are red like crimson,

They shall be as wool.”

Praise God that Christ has come and washed our sins as white as snow!  These verses will be key in our home over the next few months as we worship our Lord and Savior, and remember His sacrifice.  I will share some of my ideas as to how later.

We now remember our Messiah’s “birth” during the Feast of Tabernacles. Christ came to Earth, and Tabernacles among us. Praise Him!

While celebrating the birth of Christ isn’t wrong in the least, through further study on the history of Christmas, I’ve discovered that only celebrating it on the 25th of December could be.

The beginnings of Christmas

Pagans have celebrated the “sun god” around the winter solstice for many years prior to Christ’s physical birth as a babe on the earth.  They would worry as the days grew noticeably shorter that the “sun god” was leaving, never to return again.  They would light large bonfires and perform pagan ceremonies.  Once the days became noticeably longer, they would rejoice in revelry to their idol.  Many different peoples have celebrated in a similar manner around the winter solstice.

Saturnalia was one such ancient Roman festival honoring  the deity of Saturn (which is…an idol) around the winter solstice.  The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn in the Roman Forum and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms.  The popularity of Saturnalia continued into the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, and as the until the Roman Empire came under Christian rule.  Emperor Constantine desired for the Roman Empire to become Christianized, but the people still wanted their pagan holidays.  The solution?  Change the names and “meanings” of the festival to Christian themes, so everybody wins.  For example:

  • Jesus Christ was presented as the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2) replacing the sun god, Sol Invictus.
  • Prior to the celebration of Christmas, December 25th in the Roman world was the Natalis-Solis Invicti, the Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun, which in honor of the sun god Mithras.  In 375 A.D., the Church of Rome merely announced that the birth date of Christ had been “discovered” to be December 25th, and the faithful would recognize it as such.

In Acts 15, the Apostles were wondering what to tell the Gentiles who had become Christians to abstain from.  Verse 20 says, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood.  We are told to turn from idol worship, not “redeem or rename” it.

Friends, I have began to believe that Christmas is in fact, “polluted by idols,” and not a fitting way for my family to worship our Lord and Savior.  If Christ’s birth had been decreed as December 25th from God’s Word, I would gladly celebrate it as such.  I’m now finding so much “pollution” in the day, that we have decided to worship otherwise.

I will be continuing this series within one week.  Next I will be sharing about Christmas traditions and their origins.  Blessings to you!

10 thoughts on “Is Celebrating Christ’s Birth Wrong? Part 2 of Our Christmas Series

  1. I agree with many of the things you are saying, although we still do commemorate the birth of Christ on December 25. We have a church service on Christmas Day, and avoid the tree, the gifts, etc, that can distract from the message of Christ’s incarnation. I appreciate what you said about celebrating a “birthday”. I think that well-meaning parents who are trying to make it understandable to children can thereby make it too trite, too commonplace. It is, after all, the unfathomable wonder that the eternal Son of God was willing to leave His place in heaven and come down to a world full of sin and sorrow for the purpose of saving people who had rebelled against Him.

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  2. It is a courageous serie. I thank you. It bring me in some reflections and some google searching. I discover a shocking youtube video : “Why was Christmas banned in America until 1820” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZAL80TMLaE). It really makes me think. I’m not sure yet what we will do with that, but it will certainly be different. Thank you for initiate this reflections in our life with your serie.

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  3. Growing up, my father saw “christmas” as a fun family day with gifts and feasting (something we did at other times of the year, too!) but we never celebrated Jesus’ birthday at that time. We were taught that Jesus’ birthday was probably in the spring, summer or fall, because the shepherds were out in the fields with their sheep. It does get cold in Israel in the winter, too! =) We were never led to think that Santa was real, either. Dad said he didn’t want to tell us Santa was real then have us find out it was a lie/ story later on and have us distrust him when it came to the truthfulness of Jesus and God’s Word.
    This is an interesting series and I’m looking forward to what else you have to say! =) It will be difficult for your family to forgo christmas, especially if you live close to extended family or your church believes in christmas. Our situation, when I was a child, was that we were a couple states away from family and our church didn’t celebrate christmas. This made it easier, but you’re still bombarded with the decorations everywhere!

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  4. You offer some interesting thoughts, Nicole. Love the focus you give us with the passage from Isaiah. We’ve been visiting this subject in our family for some time now, working on scaling back with some of our celebrations and asking why we do what we do. For sure we want to be doing all things as unto the Lord, and bringing glory to God in all we do.

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  5. Thanks for this post. I have been researching and praying through these things myself. Can I ask where you found this information because I have been having a difficult time finding things like this?

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    1. Hey Stacey! I’ve found a lot of information on Wikipedia. 🙂 In this post, http://childrenareablessing.org/2013/11/08/the-pagan-roots-of-christmas-part-3-of-our-christmas-series/ I have links to some sources and a 30 minute documentary type film that you can watch on youtube in this post. These are a few other sources I looked at: http://www.ucg.org/doctrinal-beliefs/why-some-christians-dont-celebrate-christmas/ http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/xmas/celeb.htm This is the first sermon of a three part message about Christmas: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=51001173548 Of course, it is important to look at both sides of the argument, so that you can prayerfully discern the Lord’s will on the topic. This is an article a few people have pointed me to which advocates that the celebration of Christmas is fine for believers to participate in. https://bible.org/article/should-christians-celebrate-christmas

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  6. Hi, I stopped celebrating Christ mass 15 to 20 years ago. They still celebrate it at my church. I feel like I wish there was a religion that didn’t celebrate it nor easter nor sunday keeping and be a vibrant Christian church. but they don’t have that, not around here anyways.

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