O.K. For Christians To Celebrate Christmas

Many people have stated that Christmas i.e. December 25th is from pagan roots and that Christians should not have anything to do with celebrating it. They also make mention of the scripture found in Jeremiah 10 that admonish Israel not to learn the ways of the heathen.

It's o.k. for Christians to celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. It's o.k. to give gifts, but I'm against the Santa Clause lie. There is no Santa Clause who deliver toys to every child on Christmas Eve.

First of all, many things in our culture are from pagan roots. For example the days of the week; the months of the year, etc. Even things like baptism supposedly comes from pagan roots. However, Every Christian knows that Jesus was baptized and wants us to be also.

Now regarding Christmas; the birth of the Lord Jesus DID happen. No one knows the exact date, but he was born. He is the promised Saviour. He is God in flesh who was born to die for our sins, and to rise again. In doing so, he made it possible for us to be reconciled to God the Father. We can observe that fact or celebrate that fact on any day we want to. The Bible does not condemn nor does it condone the commemoration of Christ's birth.

Let me ask a question? If you observe birthdays, anniversaries or celebrate weddings or the birth of a baby, etc, then why is it wrong to acknowledge and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ? Births, weddings, and anniversaries are blessings from God, but Jesus is the greatest blessing ever.

As for Jeremiah 10 that some people claim is speaking about Christmas trees. I submit it is not.

"For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not." Jeremiah 10:4,5

This scripture has nothing to do with Christmas nor with Christmas trees. It's talking about idols gods. The heathens made wooden idols with wood from the tree and decked them with silver and gold. They nailed them down so that they would stay up. The next verse talks about the fact that they have to be carried around because they could not walk; also that they could not speak.

By the way, I don't know of anyone who deck Christmas trees with actual gold or silver. No wonder the heathens had to nail their idol gods down with all that weight on them.

Now, I have some questions if this is referring to Christmas trees. Why would people need to carry around a Christmas tree? The heathens probably carried their idol gods around with them for "good luck". Also, this scripture goes on to tell Israel not to be afraid of them. Why would people today have to be told not to be afraid of ..... Christmas trees?

No, this has nothing to do with people putting up a Christmas tree for a month which afterwards they dump in a landfill or a wood chipper to be destroyed. Nor has it anything to do with an artificial tree that is stored in a dark, dusty, old attic for 11 months out of the year and forgotten about.

The bottom line:  

Many things in our culture have pagan roots that we don't have any control over. The devil has always tried to circumvent God and corrupt what God has done or will do. He has a little bit of knowledge about what God's plans are so he tries to corrupt things before hand. Also, there have always been people who try to bring Christians under the law and legalism.

Jesus WAS born and is our Saviour. We can celebrate that any day we want even if most of the world may use that day as pagan. The Bible does not condemn nor condone the celebration of Jesus' birth. Why celebrate your own birthday and other celebrations and not our Lord and Saviour's?

Jeremiah 10 is not talking about Christmas trees. There might be some crazy people out there who may actually bow down and worship a Christmas tree, but Christmas trees are not idol gods.

We can celebrate the Lord's birth on Christmas if we want to. We can give gifts on Christmas if we want to. However, I am against the Santa Clause lie, and I am against excess. As long as we do not sin and keep Jesus as Lord, God and Saviour we can celebrate Christmas. We are not under the law but grace. I'll end with these two scriptures.

"One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it..."  Romans 14:5,6

"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:" Colossians 2:16


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