One More Time : Christmas – Should I Or Shouldn’t I?

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Each year as Christmas approaches one can find posts on various blogs advocating that our tradition of Christmas is based on pagan origins and that Christians that are worth their salt should not be participating in this holiday celebration. I’ve researched a fair amount of the history behind the tradition of Christmas that I and many others celebrate and I am providing 11 links below which present, in my estimation, a good overview on the subject matter.

From a biblical perspective there is one portion of scripture in particular that stands out for me as justification to either celebrate or not celebrate Christmas and it is found in Romans.

Romans 14:4-6 NIV “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.” This particular scripture is discussed further in one of the links below.

For those Christians who chose not to celebrate the tradition of Christmas, I personally don’t have a problem with that. If that is their conviction then they are free to follow it. Conversely, for those of us who do chose to celebrate the tradition of Christmas, I believe that we also are free to follow our conviction. I am not advocating that it is necessary for every Christian to celebrate Christmas and I believe it is scriptural that no Christian should advocate that all Christians should not celebrate Christmas.

Here’s the 11 links that I mentioned:

coldcasechristianity.com/2017/was-jesus-born-on-christmas-day/
no-christmas-is-not-based-on-pagan
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
cyberpenance.wordpress.com/2018/12/24/christmas-is-not-pagan-once-again/

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

9 Comments

  1. Bruce, I grew up in a home where we read the Christmas story, gave and received gifts and knew we were celebrating the birth of the messiah who cane to die for our sins. Our neighbors who were friends and the same age kids celebrated Christmas with a tree and gifts as well. They ignored Jesus. There was no room in their lives for any type of relationship with God.
    So many things, traditions, actions, this that or no church, food and drink… on the outside are labeled/mislabeled right or wrong. The deceiver sure keeps us busy doesn’t he.
    I just want to live in such a way that others, even total strangers will ask me the reason for the hope within me. Jesus. My hope is that everyone would lay aside the things that entangle us and fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
    Thanks for so many of your great posts and have a Christ centered Christmas.

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  2. All the advent focus on Christ for me is edifying; I don’t think those who say Christmas is totally all of the Devil and idolatrous is accurately looking at it.

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    1. I agree Jim. Yet I believe that we are to respect the opinions of Christians who have chosen not to follow this tradition. BTW, the tally for the post I mentioned to you is now at 170 thousand shares and still climbing. God is good! Blessings!

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