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What does the Bible really say about celebrating Christmas? The short Study below will show you what the Scriptures clearly and plainly say about this. If what you believe about this holiday isn't true would you want to know it? Have you ever proved what you believe is true by looking at what the Bible really says about your beliefs? Most people believe what they believe because it is what they have always believed. They believe what they have been taught by their parents. They believe what they have been taught by their church. Most Christians assume their beliefs are the truth from the Bible. Few Christians ever really study the Bible to PROVE that what they believe is actually what the Bible says. Rather than believing what men say in any commentary or study the reader is encouraged to study the scriptures and to see for themselves what the Bible actually says.
Consider what the Bible says with an open heart, open ears, and open mind as you read the following study. Then ask yourself.....Do you believe what your church teaches or do you believe God?
Is it a wrong to tell a little, culturally accepted white lie in the name of innocent fantasy? Is it really a sin to bear false witness to children? Absolutely! It is a transgression of God's commandment if we lie to our children about Santa Claus. We raise our children to tell the truth and get upset when they lie to us, but what kind of example do we set when WE lie to THEM about Christmas? If we expect our children to be honest and always tell the truth we should set a right example ourselves.
If our children find out Santa doesn't really exist, is it possible they will logically question if Jesus is real too? Children are usually intelligent enough to make the connection. They may begin to question everything about the real God when they learn the truth about the pseudo-god Santa Claus, who knows everything about them, whether they have been bad or good. When our kids find out we lied to them and Santa is it really a shock to find out they also question everything we told them about Jesus? Some parents justify lying to their children because they view Christmas as innocent fantasy, but can a young child tell the difference between fantasy and reality when they are taught by the most trusted people in their life? Children trust their parents yet parents don't see the harm in breaking that trust by falsely teaching their children about beings that don't exist. This is a lie, plain and simple! Sin is sin! There are no exceptions in the commandment for lying to children for any reason.
Have Christian parents unintentionally made Santa more important than Jesus at Christmas time? Do they talk about Jesus as much as Santa? Be honest now. Do children get this excited about Jesus at Christmas? Parents often don't even take their children to church to worship Jesus, yet they don't think twice about taking their kids to the mall to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. Santa has taken the place of God, to little children, knowing everything about them and rewarding them for being good.
Do we care what God thinks about man-made religious celebrations that He never commanded? There is no command, example, or instruction in Scripture concerning the celebration of the birth of Jesus. In fact the Bible says God HATES our religious holidays and festivals that we use instead of the ones He ordained as His special Holy Days. What should a Christian do about putting decorated trees in our home and in our churches in light of what the Bible says about them being a false, heathen tradition? "Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of thy Lord thy God..."(Deut 16:21) Do we think the God who never changes doesn't care if we put evergreen trees in a church near the altar? Does He care?
Did the early Christian church use pagan customs and traditions to celebrate Jesus' birth or resurrection? Never! They didn't even celebrate Christmas at all. Do we know the sources of many of our holiday traditions and customs that were added centuries later? Should we care where they came from? Their source matters to God based on what He says He will do to ALL people, no matter how well intentioned, who follow pagan customs and traditions. Shouldn't we see our man-made religious holidays as God does and call it what it really is, a PAGAN celebration for birth of the Sun God, not the Son of God? Scripture says we will be punished for celebrating holidays with pagan customs. Have you ever researched just how many of our holiday customs and traditions were taken directly from the pagan religions? If you look you will find nearly all of them came from paganism. Do we know why the Catholic church started using all the pagan customs and traditions to celebrate the Nativity? It's a matter of historical record. The truth is out there for anyone willing to look for it.
Many well meaning Christians say they are putting Christ back into Christmas. How can we put Christ back into a secular celebration He was never a part of in the first place? The Nativity, or birth of Jesus has NOTHING in common with Santa Claus and the modern celebration of Christmas! The early church didn't even celebrate Jesus' birth. This holiday as we know it is a relatively modern observances that has nothing to do with the Nativity. Our modern, secular, commercialized Christmas doesn't look anything at all like the birth of Jesus we see in the Bible. Have we been deceived by a non-Biblical lie? Absolutely Yes!
Is the modern Christmas spirit something Jesus would endorse with all the selfish and greedy values that are taught to our children at this time of year? It has turn kids into selfish little consumption addicts. The modern spirit of Christmas with all the parties, drinking, over eating, selfish expectations of toys and gifts etc. is not only not accepted by God, it is all hated by Him!
Does God's Word teach observing man-made holidays like Christmas, or does it teach the truth about worship that God won't accept? Will we stand with the truth of God, or will we continue to follow pagan inspired traditions that have no Biblical foundation? Would we be surprised to know what this well respected, great Christian minister preached?
The Bible tells us to "Prove All Things". Have you proved this special day from the Bible or do you just assume it's OK to celebrate it because your church says so? Do you just do it because you like it and have done so all your life? What if you are wrong? Will you believe fallible men or the Bible? Is it possible Jesus really hates this holidays no matter how well intended, and you are in opposition to GOD'S WILL? Your eternal life depends on you knowing the truth!
Now you know the truth plainly from the Bible about not celebrating Christmas. What you do with this knowledge is between you and God! You can ignore it and continue believing and doing what God does not want, OR you can repent and change and do what God says. The choice is yours for all eternity!