Christmas... Is not the birthday of Jesus?
I have a friend who goes to church of God world mission society.
She said me that we should't celebrate Christmas because it is not the birth day of Jesus but Christianzed pagan festival.
Is that true??
I'm getting that heavy feeling.. help me out. ;(
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Evidence From Christian History
Christian history testifies that Christmas originated in pagan customs—from those who worshiped idols—and that it was not until much later that the festival became "Christianized."
■ HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
by Philip Schaff, Hendrickson Publishers, pp. 396-397.
"The Christmas festival was probably the Christian transformation or regeneration of a series of kindred heathen festivals—the Saturnalia, Sigillaria, Juvenalia, and Brumalia—which were kept in Rome in the month of December, in commemoration of the golden age of universal freedom and equality, and in honor of the unconquered sun, and which were great holidays, especially for slaves and children. This connection accounts for many custom of the Christmas season, like the giving of presents to children and to the poor, the lighting of wax tapers, perhaps also the erection of Christmas trees...Finally, the church fathers themselves confirm the symbolical reference of the feast of the birth of Christ, the Sun of righteousness, the Light of the world, to the birth-festival of the unconquered sun, which on the twenty-fifth of December, after the winter solstice, breaks the growing power of darkness, and begins anew his heroic career."
■ THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY A Lion Handbook, p. 141.
"The Christian church took over many pagan ideas and images. From sun-worship, for example, came the celebration of Christ’s birth on the twenty-fifth of December, the birthday of the Sun."
■ A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY by Bamber Gascoigne, Robinson, p. 16.
"In 274 Aurelian believed that the sun-god had brought him victory in Syria. He set up a state cult to Sol Invictus, the unconquered sun: and announced that the birthday of the sun, a day of special festivity, was December 25th. The sun’s halo, as well as the date of his birthday, would later be borrowed by Christianity."
Judging by historical evidence, we can easily conclude that there is no relationship between Christmas and Jesus’ birth. Christmas is merely a Roman festival—for the sun god—that was Christianized later.
- 1 decade ago
Yes, Acutally the christmas is the birthday of Sun God.
Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on December 25, but this date is not known to be Jesus' actual birthday, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived, a historical Roman festival, or the date of the northern hemisphere's winter solstice. Christmas is central to the Christmas and holiday season, and in Christianity marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days.
Although a Christian holiday, Christmas is also widely celebrated by many non-Christians,and some of its popular celebratory customs have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of greeting cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations; including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. In addition, Father Christmas (known as Santa Claus in some areas, including North America, Australia and Ireland) is a popular mythological figure in many countries, associated with the bringing of gifts for children.
Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and non-Christians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.Source(s): www.yahoo.com
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I knew that the Christmas is not birthday of Jesus because I watched sponge (it is the name of TV program) at last winter. But I have had a question because it is explained by pastor keeping the Christmas. I can't understand how they can keep the christmas even though that day is not a birthday of Jesus. I think that you may be confused not the date, dec 25th but christian's act.
I wonder it there a church which doesn't keep the Christmas? and what is the Church of God? Do not they keep the Christmas?
- 1 decade ago
coco is exactly right. Pagans celebrated the winter solstice at around the same time as Christmas long before Jesus arrived. What's more, Jesus only told his disciples to celebrate his death, not his birth ("And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.")
That being said, bomberpunk is correct as well. As a Christian, would you define yourself by the celebration of a holiday that's become more and more secular, or would you define yourself as a Christian by adhering to the teachings of Jesus?
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- 1 decade ago
hi~ SAM :D
Our church (WMS COG) shouldn`t celebrate the X-MAS ..
Four or five hundred years ago, people believed that witches flew on broomsticks through the air or crossed the river on egg shells.
How foolish they are to believe such lies! However, just as people who lived at that time didn't know that they were being deceived, now in the 21st century most people do not realize that they, too, are being deceived by lies.
One of the famous lies in this age is that "Jesus was born on December 25."
Whenever the 25th of December comes, lots of people cry out, "Today is the birthday of Jesus the Holy Baby." However, this is a totally groundless lie not based on the Bible. Let us study the origin of Christmas through the records written in newspapers and in the history of Christianity.
In a book of history of Christianity it is written, "They thought it was reasonable to celebrate the birth of Jesus after the appearance of the sun. From such a thought Christ's birth began to be celebrated on the 25th of December." They accepted Jesus as the sun-god and appointed the birthday of the sun-god as Jesus' birthday under the influence of Greek and Roman myths that the sun-god was born after the sun was created. Christmas-keepers' thought was very heretic.
They thought that it was reasonable to celebrate the birth of Jesus just after the appearance of the sun. It was a very wrong thought through which Jesus was understood as the sun-god.
Most people think that the 25th of December is Jesus' birthday. We have been taught that we shouldn't lie, and we do teach other people not to lie, don't we? Many people are deceived by wrong teachings in believing God, then should we not teach them what is right?
Eze 8:15-16 ""You will see things that are even more detestable than this." He then brought me into the inner court of the house of the LORD, and there at the entrance to the temple, between the portico and the altar, … With their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east."
They are doing what is detestable to God. If we don't let them know what is detestable to God, they will be destroyed (Eze 9:1-8). If we know that they will be judged but do not let them know the fact, how can we be said that we have love? (Eze 33:1-7)
Jeroboam king of the North, Israel, appointed false feasts and pretended to worship God in order to prevent his people from going to Jerusalem to keep God's feasts (1 Ki 12:25-33). In this age also, false feasts have been brought into church so that God's people can't keep God's true feasts. We must let people know this.
Rev 3:1-3 "I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die."
This word was fulfilled in this age. Many people say that they are saved, but in reality they are not. We are entrusted with the mission to save souls. Let us shout without hesitation.
Isa 58:1 "Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins."
Let us declare their rebellion so that they can repent and be saved.Source(s): WMS COG, Christmas is not the birthday of Jesus, Christ Ahnsahnghong, Jerusalem mother, Newcovenant, Passover
- 1 decade ago
Christmas is held on December 25 each year, and said to be the birthday of Jesus Christ. Christians and Catholics now hold to this tradition faithfully each year and commemorate it, by giving gifts to their children and holding worship services at various churches. But today we will see that Christmas is not something that is Christian related but rather pagan related and has nothing to do with Jesus Christ at all.
When we look in the bible there is no evidence scripturally or secularly that early Christians in the first century commemorated the birth of Jesus Christ. In fact, in keeping with early Jewish law and tradition, it is likely that birthdays were not commemorated at all. According to The World Book Encyclopedia: “Early Christians considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.” Rather than commemorating his birth, the only command Jesus gave concerning any sort of commemoration of his life actually had only to do with his death. It was not until several hundred years after the death of Jesus Christ that the first instances of the celebration of Christmas begin to appear in the historical record. According to the new Encyclopedia Britannica, some who later claimed to be Christian likely “wished the date to coincide with the pagan Roman festival marking the ‘birthday of the unconquered sun’.” Dies Natalis Solis Invicti means “the birthday of the unconquered Sun.” The use of the title Sol Invictus allowed several solar deities to be worshipped collectively, including Elah-Gabal, a Syrian sun god; Sol, the god of Emperor Aurelian; and Mithras, a soldiers’ god of Persian origin. Emperor Elagabalus (218–222) introduced the festival, and it reached the height of its popularity under Aurelian, who promoted it as an empire-wide holiday. This day had previously been dedicated to Bacchus, in the Brumalia festival. Bruma being latin for “shortest day.” The festival was placed on the date of the solstice because this was on this day that the Sun reversed its southward retreat and proved itself to be “unconquered.” Several early Christian writers connected the rebirth of the sun to the birth of Jesus. “O, how wonderfully acted Providence that on that day on which that Sun was born…Christ should be born”, Cyprian wrote. John Chrysostom also commented on the connection: “They call it the ‘Birthday of the Unconquered’. Who indeed is so unconquered as Our Lord. The festival was celebrated with similar customs (gift giving, feasting) that are done to celebrate Christmas today. Also winter festivals were the most popular festival of the year in many cultures. Reasons included the fact that less agricultural work needs to be done during the winter, as well as an expectation of better weather as spring approached. Modern Christmas customs include: gift-giving and merrymaking from Roman Saturnalia; greenery, lights, and charity from the Roman New Year; and Yule logs and various foods from Germanic feasts. Pagan Scandinavia celebrated a winter festival called Yule, held in the late December to early January period. As Northern Europe was the last part to Christianize, its pagan traditions had a major influence on Christmas. Scandinavians still call Christmas Jul. In English, the word Yule is synonymous with Christmas, a usage first recorded in 900. Around AD 200, Clement of Alexandria wrote that a group in Egypt celebrated the nativity on Pachon 25. This corresponds to May 20. Tertullian does not mention Christmas as a major feast day in the Church of Roman Africa. In 245, the theologian Origen of Alexandria stated that, “only sinners (like Pharaoh and Herod)” celebrated their birthdays. In 303, Christian writer Arnobius ridiculed the idea of celebrating the birthdays of gods, which suggests that Christmas was not yet a feast at this time.
Over time this festival has changed and evolved to what it is today, but when we look at history we can see that this festival has nothing to do with Christ and everything to do with paganism, if we take part in this festival we will be receiving this satanic teaching and in God’s viewpoint we can be considered to be a cult, Revelation 12:9, “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray…,” and 1 Corinthians 10:20, “No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.” Even though many people may say it’s ok to keep this tradition, we can see through history and God’s viewpoint that this celebration is detestable, Jeremiah 13:23, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil,” Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death,” Amos 5:21-23, “I hate, I despise your religious feast
- 1 decade ago
She's very right about this. I'm to know that your friend has educated herself on the truth behind Christmas.
- 1 decade ago
hmmm i don't think you can prove or disprove it
if you believe and follow the bible then thats good!