Christmas Folly

Can you imagine on what day of the year our Lord and Savior was born? If you think December 25th, you would be wrong. Actually, December 25th was originally a pagan holiday and was adopted by the Catholic church as Christ’s birthday probably in an attempt to convert the then largely pagan population to Catholicism. The scriptures do not tell us the actual date of Jesus’ birth.

There is certainly a good reason why the scriptures omit the day of our Savior’s birth. If God had wanted us to celebrate Christ’s birth on a special day each year, the scriptures not only would have told us that date, but would have included examples of Christians celebrating such a holiday. No such example or even the date of His birth is found in scripture.

If fact, the scriptures teach us that the important event to celebrate in the life of Christ is His death and we are to do this every first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). This is a much more important and meaningful event because it is through the death of Jesus on the cross that we are able to be forgiven of our sins and be reconciled to God (1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 5:10).

Not that we shouldn’t celebrate the birth of Christ, but there is no special “season” that we should do so. We should be joyous and grateful and loving toward our fellow man 365 days a year and to keep us from setting aside these feelings of goodwill except one day a year, there is no annual celebration authorized by the scriptures.

We are not part time Christians, but full time and should not forget this for a moment, no matter what date is on the calendar. It is because Jesus was born and came to this earth to live among us, but more importantly that He died for our sins, that we should love our fellow man and no special annual celebration is needed to practice good will at all times. If we need a special day, we have missed the whole point.

Not that it is wrong to celebrate Christmas in a more secular way, by having family togetherness and exchanging gifts. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as we realize that we are not celebrating the birth of Jesus in the Catholic sense of an annual celebration, because no such observance is authorized in the scriptures.

Better that we start 2016, the New Year, with renewed resolve to show our love and good will toward our fellowman every day throughout the coming year and for the rest of our lives. If we can do this we will be doing as God intends for us to do. God never intended an annual celebration of His son’s birth, bur only a weekly observance  of His death.

May God bless and keep you until next time.

 

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