Christmas has its problems. Though it is being celebrated by over 2 billion people around the globe, we must ask ourselves whether a true follower of Jesus should celebrate it or not. After all, could the majority of people get it wrong? Is it really possible for this multitude of people be celebrating something that goes against the very teaching of Jesus Christ? Find out by reading these 5 problems about Christmas.
Problem no. 1: Commercialization of Christmas
Looking back at the history, it was the SECULAR aspect of Christmas that has made this holiday really popular. As a matter of fact, I would go as far as call Christmas as the most commercialized holiday of the year.
In the United States alone, many businesses rely on Christmas to cope up with all their losses during the past months. Just after the Thanksgiving Day, we have what we call the “Black Friday” that marks the start of Christmas shopping.
The economic profit of Christmas has been proven to be so strong that Christmas has been zealously promoted by merchants and businessmen. Though some Christians denounce the commercialization of Christmas, we cannot deny the fact that it was the very thing that made it so popular in the first place.
Problem no. 2: Much of Christmas traditions and customs have nothing to do with Jesus’ birth
A quick look at Christmas would immediately tell you that majority of its elements has nothing to do with Christmas. Ask yourself, what does Santa Claus, along with his elves and flying reindeer, have to do with Christmas? How about the greenery, mistletoe, Christmas tree, and yule log? All these has nothing to do with the birth of Christ.
To make things worse, these customs take away our attention from Jesus Christ. Take Santa Claus as an example. Children are taught about him to be a jolly old man in a fur-trimmed clothing. Instead of saying that our gifts or blessings are from God, Santa Claus is recognized as its source during Christmas season. Santa has even become the symbol of Christmas’ commercialization.
Problem no. 3: Christmas has its pagan roots
Do you know that the Bible talks about Christmas trees? Read Jeremiah 10:2-5. You will read that it is part of ancient pagan practices that the Bible STRONGLY condemns.
You can also read any history book or encyclopedia. Read about Christmas and you will soon see that its origin comes from pagan practices – the same practices that God teaches us not to imitate.
Read carefully these verses:
“When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ 31 YOU SHALL NOT WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD IN THAT WAY; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. Whatever I command you, BE CAREFUL TO OBSERVE IT; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deuteronomy 12:29-32).
Problem no. 4: Jesus wasn’t born on December 25
This is an obvious fact. From Genesis to Revelation, you will never find a single verse telling us that December 25 is the day Jesus was born. As a matter of fact, biblical evidence shows us that it is impossible for Him to be born on December 25. A careful analysis on the timing of John the baptizer’s birth, the cousin of Jesus, brings us to the conclusion that He was born toward the end of September.
It is interesting to note that another being was born on December 25. Some historians would even say that Christmas has been being celebrated 2000 years way before Jesus was born! We really need to know more about our history.
According to The Christmas Almanac, December 25 was the chosen date because it was the same day the heathens celebrate the birth of their pagan god, Mithra, the Persian god of light and sacred contracts. Unknowingly, Christianity is celebrating the birth of Mithra and not Jesus Christ!
Problem no. 5: A lot of lies are being propagated during Christmas
Finally, there are a lot of lies being propagated during Christmas. Why would parents lie to their children that a fat man in a red jumpsuit would dive into their chimney and leave them Christmas gifts? Why would parents tell their children that it was Santa who rewards them if they stay good and not naughty?
Another inaccurate, but popular belief during Christmas is the number of the wise men who visited Jesus. Many people believe that there were three wise men, but the Bible didn’t specify the number nor their names.
Another fact we must not miss is that there were no gifts exchanged on that night. It was only Jesus who received gifts because He is the “King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2, 11). In addition to this, the nativity scene is false as biblical evidence tells us that Joseph’s family was already residing in a house when the wise men arrived (Matthew 2:11).
Let’s face the fact: there are many false teachings that surround Christmas. Jesus wasn’t born on December 25. Only two out of the four gospels recorded the event. This shows us that the four gospel writers did not think of His birth as one of the most significant events to celebrate. They didn’t even gave a specific date when Jesus was born! Jesus also did not give any command for us to celebrate His birth.
Instead of Christmas, the Bible plainly commands us to celebrate His Festivals laid out in Leviticus 23. As a matter of fact, the Feast of Tabernacles, one of God’s festivals, is way better than Christmas.
We, as Christians, are not free to select any day and consecrate it as holy. Worst of all, we are not free to use pagan holidays to honor the very God who called it an abomination.
If we really want to sincerely obey and worship God, it should be according to His own terms. How should we worship Him? Jesus said, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the TRUE WORSHIPERS will worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24).
Are you a true worshiper of the Father? Then, you must meet these two criteria – worship Him in TRUTH and SPIRIT. Ask yourself, is Christmas the TRUTH? Does Christmas let us worship Him in Spirit? It’s up to you to honestly answer these questions.