Thanksgiving is barely over and the Christmas season has begun. Denominations tell us to “Put Christ back into Christmas,” and sinners saying Christ is not a part of Christmas. Is Christmas a religious holiday or just the season designed to make merchants rich? Let us examine the origins of the Christmas holiday.
History tell us that Christmas was for the first time celebrated in Rome in 354, in Constantinople in 379, and in Antioch in 388. Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church, and before the fifth century there was no general consensus of opinion as to when it should come in the calendar, whether January 6th, March 25th, or December 25th.”
It comes as a shock to many individuals that the Bible does not tell us when Christ was born; but we are reasonably certain he was not born in December. In Luke 2:8 we read, “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.” This rules out the birth of Christ as a winter event. “According to this statement, Jesus cannot have been born in December, in the middle of the rainy season, as has been since the 4th century supposed. According to the Rabbins, the driving forth of the flocks took place in March, the bringing in of them in November”.
It was a custom among the Jews to send out their sheep to the deserts, about the Passover, and bring them home at the commencement of the first rain; during the time they were out, the shepherds watched them night and day. As the Passover occurred in the spring, and the first rain began early in the month of Marchesvan, which answers to our part of October and November, we find that the sheep were kept out in the open county during the whole of the summer. And as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born on the 25th of December, when no flocks were out in the fields”.
The Roman Catholic Church decided to make December 25 the birthday of Christ. During the third century, the Emperor Aurelian proclaimed December 25 as a special day dedicated to the sun-god, whose cult was very strong in Rome at that time. Even before this time, Christian writers already had begun to refer to Jesus as the Sun of Justice. It seemed quite logical, therefore, that as Christianity began to dominate the religious scene in the Roman Empire, the date of the ‘new-born sun’ should be chosen as the birth date of Christ. This December observance originated with pagans as a feast day to their sun-god, Mithra. It was changed into a “Christian holy day” by the Roman Catholic Church.
Should Christians observe the birth of Christ? Why should we? Peter tells us that God has given us “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” 2 Peter 1:3 Everything I need to know of a religious nature has been revealed in the Bible. I Peter 4:11 says that if I speak, I must speak “as the oracles of God.” If God would have wanted us to observe the birth of Christ, he most assuredly would have commanded us to do so!
How should I remember Jesus? God has left three memorials to Christ – all of which point to his death and resurrection. First, baptism in water reminds us of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (Rom. 6:3-4). Second, the Lord’s supper is a constant reminder of his death. As we partake of the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, we “proclaim the Lord’s death till he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26). Third, our worship on the Lord’s day, the first day of the week, reminds us of his resurrection (Matt. 28:1; Acts 20:7; Rev. 1:10).
God does not want his Son remembered as a baby lying in a manger, but as the suffering Savior and now resurrected Redeemer. Christmas is nothing more than a Pagan holiday used to secrete money from families, who by and large need their money for necessities, rather than trinkets sold to entice its buyers. We as a society have lied to little children into believing in a mythical character named Santa (anagram: Satan) Claus and in so doing we have sinned against God.
If you want to buy your children presents, do it without the lies, because one day these same children will ask you is God for real, and you will tell them the truth, and they won’t believe you. Stop lying! Stop celebrating a Pagan holiday! The scriptures command Christians to give to the poor and needy saints, give to the church, and to support your family. (Gal 6:10 ff; 1 Cor 16:1-3; 1 Tim 5:8)It’s not a sin to buy you or your family presents any time of the year, but it is a sin to tell them lies and to promote a Pagan holiday. All liars shall have their part in the lake of fire. (Rev 21:8) Remember this when you look at your Pagan Christmas tree which for centuries has been worshiped as a god. Remember that the scriptures command us to put no other god before HIM. (Mt 4:10 f; Ex 20:3) Sadly, the sinners have this one right: Christ does not belong in Christmas, and neither do Christians!