1) The common scriptures used to back up the desicion to not celebrate Christmas are as follows:
Jeremiah 10: 2-4
In a nut shell, the scriptures depict a time where a man cut down a tree, planted it, adorned it with decorations, placed favors under it, builds a fire, and makes a god and began to worship it.
Then in Isaiah it’s said that the person who was worshiping false gods was to repent because he had not obeyed god’s command.
Two things that I noticed in the scripture is it seems that the man made a god from the tree and not the tree itself. Even though it’s still worshiping a false god. People still do this today where the glitz and glamour of Christmas, Santa and his deer, and presents become the sole focus. With Christians, I would imagine this wouldn’t be so because we recognize it’s the celebration of Jesus being born. To me Jeremiah and Isaiah are speaking about not worshiping idols. I don’t believe the sin was in decorating a tree. That being said some symbols of Christmas originated from pagan celebrations.
I read somewhere that if we throw out everything the world missuses, that we would have to throw out the bible completely. Meaning, the job of Satan is to take everything good and cause corruption. The original meaning of Christmas is mostly forgotten because the world wants to focus on the spirit of giving rather than celebrations of Jesus. I personally believe instead of discarding the holiday, we should make more noise about the true meaning of it instead of allowing Satan to erase its true meaning. If the world focuses on Santa, and the Christians ignore it completely, then what does that do for the story of Christ.
2) It’s also said that the bible doesn’t tell us specifically to celebrate Christ’s birth but the only instruction is to remember him by taking communion. Some even say the bible says not to celebrate his birth.
Colossians 2:16-17 says that we should not hold any special observance for months or religious festivals.
In dealing with the bible you have to look at context and cultural, especially when dealing with the Old Testament. In Colossians the apostle is telling people to not look to holidays as holiness. People were celebrating what was to come but after Christ came and conquered the cross, we were not to look to the holidays as an equivilant to salvation. So celebrating the birth of the Jesus to me seems to be something pleasing, because I do it out of devotion and thanks to my Savior but also do this on a daily. I don’t wait for Christmas to roll around to be thankful for the sacrifice that He made for me on the cross.
I’d also like to add that His birth was a celebration among those who were told that a savior would be born among them. When we have a celebration there are usually announcements that go out. Well, the angel announced that The Lord is come. People will travel to the place where the celebration is taking place; shepherds left their flock to see Jesus. Many time people will bring gifts for the host. The wisemen came bearing gifts. I'd just like to point out that this seemed like the first celebration of his birth. Jesus didn’t tell us that we had to touch people when healing in Jesus name but we realize he laid hands on the sick and they were healed so we imitate this today. A lot of what we learn from the life of Christ is not only in his words but also in the example during certain situations. For some of you, this may be a stretch but to me it makes perfect sense.
There are a lot more points on why some Christians choose to not celebrate Christmas but if I covered all of them, this would be a 700-paged history book and not a blog post. The majority of the other points have to do with pagan culture, the date of Christ’s birth, and more about God not commissioning us to keep the holiday. But God also didn’t tell us to have church on Sundays! There is a lot to research, but more importantly, we should always educate ourselves, seek guidance from our Father, and always live to honor Him. After all I want you all to look at both perspectives and draw your own conclusion. I respect why some may not celebrate it, I just happen to be a Christian who does.
I’m curious to know what you all think. I personally don’t see anything wrong with wanting to celebrate the birth of Christ. I celebrate his birth his resurrection his life and teaching on a daily and a holiday doesn’t dictate my adoration for him.
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