Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas and Paganism

What is the Origin of Christmas?

Q: I'm surprised that you don't know that Christmas originated NOT from the New Testament or true apostolic tradition. An honest research into church history would reveal that the church began to celebrate christmas HUNDREDS of years after the death of the apostles, and its customs: christmas tree, mistletoe, was taken over from European pagan winter celebration. The account of Messiah's birth show that He wasn't born in December, a cold month in Israel. A big Lie propagated as fact.

A : I know it has a pagan origin to it, but I am helping people to live by the higher standard of the New Testament which says,
"16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. 18 Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. 20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations— 21 “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” 22 which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh." (Col 2:16-23). This shows that keeping the law by our human strength cannot help us live an overcoming life over our indwelling sinful nature (Rom 7:11-13, 19). All the Christmas rituals are man made, so who cares whether it is pagan in its origin or not, we are celebrating and rejoicing on Christmas day as a sign of our gratefulness for our salvation. All days and the festivals are good if it is done by faith. If someone has no faith in celebrating it, it is better not to celebrate it in doubt and sin (Rom 14:20). We do all the Christmas programs to remember what Christ has done for us sacrificially by becoming a man to live one among us and die as a sinless man for us (1 Tim 2:5-6). It is not wrong for a person to celebrate a good cause on any day because of thankfulness. So whether we celebrate Christmas or not, it is with what heart we approach that day that matters and brings glory to God (1 Cor 10:31). Praise the Lord!



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