Do you know what the Bible really says about Christmas? A lot of people are shocked to know the truth, but only a few take the truth seriously. Will you be one of them?
Every year, millions of people celebrate Christmas around the world. Both religious and non-religious join the festivities.
However, have you ever stopped and asked, “What does the Bible say about Christmas?”
For most people, the answer could be obvious.
They would readily tell you that the Bible commands us to celebrate Jesus’ birth – that it is a time of rejoicing for the coming of the Savior of the world.
While a lot of well-meaning, devoted, and sincere Christians celebrate Christmas, we need to think if this celebration does really glorify God and fulfills His will and purpose in our lives.
In this post, let us take a look at what the Bible really says about Christmas and most importantly, see what God thinks about this popular holiday.
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Christmas not mentioned in the Bible
Let’s start with the word, “Christmas.”
According to reputable sources, Christmas originated from the Old English word, Christes-masse. Later, it became “Christemasse” until it took its modern form into Christmas.
Christmas literally means Christ’s mass or Christ’s dismissal.
I’m not sure, but why would you like to dismiss Christ?
Could it be that every time you are wishing people, Merry Christmas, you are saying, “Happy dismissal of Christ?”
I’ll leave this to you to think about it.
However, let me lay out a foundational fact here – the word “Christmas” is never mentioned in the Bible.
You try to open from Genesis to Revelation, you won’t find a single Christmas word in it.
The Bible didn’t teach the celebration of Jesus’ birth
People would readily accept that Christmas isn’t mentioned in the Bible, but they would quickly tell you that it is a way to celebrate the birth of the Messiah.
Again, if you look into the Bible, nowhere do we see any commandment that we are to celebrate the birth of Christ.
On the contrary, what we are commanded is to commemorate the death of Jesus (Luke 22:19; I Corinthians 11:24)!
It seems that this world’s Christianity got it all upside down.
In the Bible, there are only three instances where birthdays were celebrated and both stories ended in tragedy.
The Bible shows us that Jesus’ birth is not on December 25
Are you really celebrating the birth of Christ on December 25?
If we study deeply the Gospel account of Jesus’ birth, you will soon realize that it is impossible for Christ to be born on this death.
Let me explain.
We read in Luke 2:8:
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
According to Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays, Luke’s account “suggests that Jesus may have been born in summer or early fall. Since December is cold and rainy in Judea, it is likely the shepherds would have sought shelter for their flocks at night” (p. 309).
Another proof that Christ was never born on December 25 is the reason why Jesus’ parents went to Bethlehem.
We read in Luke 1:1-3:
And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Roman censuses never occurred in the dead of winter where the temperature drops below freezing point and roads are in dire conditions. Getting a census in winter would be dangerous and could even cause its failure.
So, if it is not Christ’s birth you are celebrating on December 25, whose birth is it?
It is the birth of Mithra, the Persian god of light and sacred contracts. It was on December 25 that this pagan god was born out of a rock.
[You may want to read, “Who was really born on December 25?”]
Christmas has pagan origins
Do you know that the ancient world has been celebrating Christmas even BEFORE the actual birth of Christ?
If it sounds totally absurd, it probably is.
On December 21, the ancient Greeks have their festivals held in the name of Bacchus, the god of wine. Later it was known as the Bacchanalia. It was a festivity infamously known for nocturnal orgies, indecency, disorder, and revelries.
In the Roman world, they had the Saturnalia, a festival dedicated to Saturn, the god of time. It began on December 17 and lasted for seven days. Because of too many revelries during this time, it often ended in riot and disorder.
Now, I don’t have to go far to explain to you in detail the ancient pagan origin of Christmas. It has been fully established in the secular world that Christmas indeed has its origin in paganism – not in the Bible nor in the teachings of Christ!
Here’s a 3-minute video of a quick summary of Christmas history:
The Bible warns about using paganism to worship God
Now, you might think that recycling pagan rituals and celebrations is okay with God.
But it ISN’T!
We read in Deuteronomy 12:29-32:
“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.
The Bible makes it clear that God doesn’t want us to use pagan festivals to worship Him.
Because the pagans had done abominable things such as burning their children and offer them to their gods.
Now, how would you feel if you give something to God that He calls abominable and considers as disgusting?
Obviously, God won’t be pleased!
We can’t take a pagan ritual and label it “Christian” simply because we like to.
Obviously, that’s not how it works.
We need to ask God how He wants us to worship Him.Tweet
It is NOT about forcing God to adjust to how we want Him to be worshiped!
The true worship of God
Yahweh, the true sovereign and living God, sets standards on how He wants to be worshiped.
When Yahshua or Jesus Christ walked here on earth as flesh and blood, He described what the true worshipers are.
We read in John 4:23-24:
“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.”
So, we need to worship God in spirit and truth.
The questions now are, “Is Christmas really the birth of Christ?”
“Are we not sinning when we lie to our children that Santa Claus is real?”
“Are we really worshiping God when we use pagan holidays, which He calls detestable?”
What does the Bible really say about Christmas?
So, what does the Bible say about Christmas?
The answer should be obvious now.
The Bible does not support the celebration of Christmas.
In fact, if the Apostles of Jesus would be alive today, they would never promote Christmas, but rather the Biblical Festivals of God written in the Bible.
Even the first-century assembly of Yahweh didn’t celebrate Christmas.
We don’t have the prerogative to decide for ourselves how we worship God the Father or Jesus Christ.
We always need to go back to Them and ask Them the true way of worship.
Now that you know what the Bible says about Christmas…
How will you respond?