It’s That Time of the Year Again – Christmas – Pagan or Not?

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I personally don’t have a problem if a fellow Christian does not wish to celebrate Christmas because of personal convictions that they may have. That obviously is their choice and scripture indicates to me that they do have that option.

The following Scripture verses come to mind:

Romans 14:1-7 NIVAccept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.” Bold emphasis is mine

Yet every year around this time, one can see some posts that appear on various social media venues by fellow Christians, that infer, that because they have chosen not to celebrate Christmas, for reasons which they have determined are valid, we fellow Christians who have decided to celebrate Christmas, should not.

The reasons given for not celebrating Christmas are not new and have been looked at from multiple angles by many devout Christians for many years, but it is not difficult to ascertain how different conclusions can or may be reached. I’m thinking that this particular decision about celebrating Christmas would definitely qualify as a “disputable matter”, and as such, some exercised flexibility should be forthcoming by all concerned brothers and sisters in the Lord. The verse from Romans above that states “Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.” would seem to me to definitely be applicable.

The links provided below identify the vast majority of the arguments given for not celebrating Christmas plus corresponding supplementary information that provides a differing perspective. Hopefully you will find them helpful.

coldcasechristianity.com/2017/was-jesus-born-on-christmas-day/
no-christmas-is-not-based-on-pagan (multiple references)
the-date-of-saturnalia-doesnt-line-up
christmas-solstice-and-december-25th
how-december-25-became-christmas/
equip.org/article/should-christians-celebrate-christmas/
is-christmas-pagan   (multiple links)
gotquestions.org/Christian-Christmas.html
bible.org/article/should-christians-celebrate-christmas
christmas-and-advent/what-is-christmas-understanding-the-history-and-origin.html
christmas-is-not-pagan-once-again/  (multiple links)

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

8 comments

  1. Thank you once again for sound reasoning. Also, that you offer a place to consider what peace and unity within the greater body looks like. May the holy days be blessed with a deeper more intimate walk with Jesus for us all.

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    • Hi Beverly, I thought of you when I wrote this post and I sincerely hoped that I wouldn’t upset you. I’m really glad that you sent a comment on this because I definitely did not want to be the cause of any dissention between you and I. I understand and appreciate your thinking on this issue and you have every right to voice it. I was not offended by your posts, hoping that I didn’t offend you with mine. God’s grace and blessings to you and yours as always. – Bruce

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      • Goodness no. I do have a lot of questions about the subject and am really concerned we may have been misled about a lot of things over the years. But our God know our heart and he works things out …in his time.

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      • Really glad to see your response. I did read the two posts that you posted. When you have time you might want to look at some of the links that I provided to provide you with alternate perspectives. There are quite a selection of some pretty authoritative authors there. In the end, as you have indicated, God does know our hearts and if we are endeavouring to honour Him, I’m pretty sure that He accepts that, no matter which side of the coin we decide on, for this particular issue. Grace and blessings to you and yours Beverly!

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