It’s that time of the year again when we are bombarded with so many things about Christmas – from Christmas songs that we hear in the grocery store to the innocent Christmas greetings of your neighbor. There’s no doubt; Christmas is among the most anticipated events not just for Christians, but also to the non-religious.
However, behind the joyous celebration and warm feeling brought about Christmas, there are few Christians who don’t celebrate this traditional holiday. If you really dig deep enough in your Bible, you will find reasons that Christians ought NOT to celebrate Christmas!
I want to invite you to read these five simple, but serious reasons you and I, as Christians, should not celebrate Christmas. I hope you understand these reasons with an open heart and mind. Pray to God as well to give you the willing heart to accept these hard-to-believe truths.
Reason no. 1: December 25 is not the birthdate of Christ
NO evidence support December 25 as the birthdate of Christ. On the contrary, MANY pieces of evidence refute this claim. For example, the Bible tells us that during the night Christ was born, there was shepherd out in the field herding their flock (Luke 2:8). The weather in Bethlehem during December is miserably cold. No shepherd would let his tender and fragile flock of sheep be out on the field in this type of weather.
We also recall that Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem for a Roman census. The Roman government would never order such census to occur in a time when the roads are in bad condition, and the temperature often drops below freezing point.
Of course, these are just some biblical evidence that shows December 25 is an IMPOSSIBLE date when Christ was born. Any scholar and even pastors who celebrate Christmas would readily admit that December 25 is not the birthdate of Christ.
Reason no. 2: Christmas is a pagan festival
So if December 25 is not the birthdate of Christ, then how was this date chosen? Do a quick research, and you will soon discover that December 25 is associated with pagan festivals, often marking the birth of pagan gods! So instead of celebrating the birth of Christ, the majority of Christians now are celebrating the birth of pagan gods – something that God extremely CONDEMNS!
Most Christmas symbolisms and beliefs have nothing to do with Christ.
Have you ever wondered what do the evergreen trees, yule logs, mistletoes, flying reindeer, and an old fat guy in a red jumpsuit have to do with the birth of Christ? The obvious answer is, NOTHING!
How about giving gifts to each other during Christmas? Doesn’t this just drive the engine of commercialism? Instead of the spirit of giving, what actually reigns during this holiday is the spirit of getting!
Reason no 3: God did not command us to celebrate Christ’s birth
As much as we like to, God did not tell us to celebrate Christ’s birth. At least twice the Bible mentioned about people celebrating birthdays, and we saw that both ended in tragedy.
If God or Christ wants us to celebrate Christmas, then we should find direct command from the Bible. However, not a single verse can be found. To make things even worse, the Bible did not reveal the exact date of Christ’s birth!
So are we free to make our own laws or commandments? Do we have the freedom to designate a date of Christ’s birth and worse is use a pagan festival? Are we better than God? The obvious answer to these questions is NO. If we are really adamant in following God, then we should not add nor subtract to His commandments.
Reason no. 4: God called Christmas as an abomination
The Bible clearly tells us that pagan festivals are an abomination to God and these include Christmas. We obviously read:
“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.’ 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).
Does God approve Christmas? If you are God, do you want your people to use pagan festivals to honor you? Do you like to be worshiped with recycled garbage or those things that you called abominable, futile, worthless, and unacceptable?
Reason no. 5: Christmas hides the actual Festivals of God
If we are not to celebrate Christmas, then what should we celebrate? The Bible clearly tells us that we must celebrate the Festivals of God enumerated in Leviticus 23. The servants of God and the new Testament Church celebrated them. Even Christ and the Apostles.
You won’t find them celebrating Christ’s birth or Christmas. They celebrate the Festivals of God – festivals that show us the God’s plan of salvation! If the Apostles and the first-century church members were alive today, they would be shocked to see “Christians” celebrating Christmas!
So it’s your choice; will you celebrate a recycled, abominable, and cursed pagan holiday? Or will you celebrate God’s ordained and appointed Feasts? The answer should be obvious, but it ‘s hard to follow. But God will reward you richly with divine blessings when you really seek His will and do His commandments.
There are more reasons that I can share with you, but I would like to just leave you with these five points. If you want to learn more, you can click and read any of these links:
Don’t be deceived my friend. It is time to open your mind to the truth. Satan is cunning that he sugar-coats his lies just to deceive you. Let these reasons be reason enough to change your mind and heart and finally come and worship God in spirit and in TRUTH (John 4:24).