Do you know that some popular teachings and beliefs surrounding Christmas aren’t true? This might surprise you and the saddest part is that most people think of them as true. If you do not want to be fooled and left in the dark, you need to continue reading the article.
Why do we need to know the truth? Because the Bible tells us to prove all things (I Thessalonians 5:21) and that the truth shall set us free (John 8:32). Furthermore, if we really want to worship God, we need to do it in truth and in spirit (John 4:24).
Here are some of the errors, fallacies, and lies being taught and propagated during Christmas.
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Lie number 1: Jesus was born in December 25
Most people say that Jesus is the reason for the season and they would say as well that, let us bring Jesus back to Christmas. However, nothing can be farther than the truth.
You see, a careful analysis and examination of the Bible will tell us otherwise. First proof that Jesus was not born in December 25 is that shepherds are out in the field feeding their flock (Luke 2:8). IF Jesus was born in December where the weather is unbearably cold, their sheep will die since sheep are fragile animals. It would be irrational for shepherds to put the lives of their livestock at risk.
Next proof will be the timing of the census. We know that the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem to be registered for the census (Luke 2:1). The Roman government performs the census so that they can effectively tax the people. It will be very irrational for the Roman government to perform the census when the roads are in bad shape and the weather is defeating for travelers.
Lie number 2: there were three wise men
The truth is that there were really wise men who visited the Child Jesus, but the lie is that the number wasn’t specified. We are just told that “wise men from the East came to Jerusalem” (Matthew 2:1). If you read the Gospel account, there was no specific mention that there were three wise men.
Lie number 3: the three wise men arrived at the manger
Another error where you can easily see in all places is that the wise men met Jesus in the manger. Yes, it is true that Jesus was born in a manger because of there is no more available room in the Inn (Luke 2:7). However, when the wise men arrived, Jesus and His parents are already inside a house as what we can read in Matthew 2:11. Thus, the traditional nativity scene that we have been seeing is in complete error and it is an uninspired scene invented by someone canonized as a “saint”.
Lie number 4: Jesus is still an infant when the wise men arrived
Do you know that the wise men did not immediately arrive right after Jesus was born? The shepherds did, but the wise men did not. How did I know? Read Matthew 2:9 and you can see that Jesus here is referred as “young Child” and not an infant or a baby anymore. Furthermore, as you can see, Herod ordered the murder of children who age from two years old and below (Matthew 2:18) giving us a clue that at least Jesus was already two years at that time.
Lie number 5: Christmas worships Jesus
It is an established truth that Christmas is rooted in paganism. You look at any encyclopedia or search the origin of Christmas on the Internet and you will quickly find out the pagan roots of Christmas. God commanded us not to worship Him through pagan practices and we can read that in Deuteronomy 12:29-32. In addition to this, God instructs us not to mix pagan worship with Christian worship as mentioned in II Corinthians 6:14-18 and I Corinthians 10:21-22.
Almost everything about Christmas is pagan which include Santa Claus, greeneries, Yule log, mistletoe, flying reindeers, exchanging gifts, caroling, Christmas lights, and many others – all of which do not have anything to do with Christ’s birth.
These are just some of the lies I learned being fed to us every year. So why keep a holiday full of lies? Can there be something wrong about Christmas? Is God happy when we celebrate a pagan holiday in His name? Do we make God a favor when we observe Christmas? How dare are we to put Jesus Christ, the Living God and our Master into something pagan?
With all these lies surrounding us, it is not difficult to see why the Scripture actually discourages us to take part of anything that God considers as abominable. We have a choice and God wants us to separate ourselves from the unholy things.
It is undeniable that Christmas can give us that happy and warm feeling. It is the special day where we can have reunion, meet with friends, and spend time with the family. However, feeling good about something does not make it any more real or true. A lie will always be a lie.
It is time to learn the truth because the truth will set us free. God does not want us to live in darkness, but He wants us to come out of the darkness and instead, keep His mandated holy days written in Leviticus 23. You do not have to worry about missing family time together because during God’s holy days, you will have plenty of that especially during the Feast of Tabernacles where you will be with your family and friends more than a week!
If only people will open their eyes to the truth God reveals in His word the Bible, we can become happier and more fulfilled – enjoyment and fulfillment that even the happiest Christmas can never offer!