Christmas Controversy

Friday, December 20, 2013 (All day)

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? What would Jesus say?


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[Steve Myers] The Christmas Controversy is here again. Should you say, "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays"? Which should it be? Some will say, "Well, if you don't say 'Merry Christmas' you're denying the fact that most Christians claim Christ was born now, and that's the whole reason for the season."

Well, is that true? If you begin to think about it would Jesus really say it's okay to say "Merry Christmas"? Now, if you check out your Bible you know it's not written in the Bible. You won't find that phrase in the Bible. Nothing about celebrating Christmas is in the Bible. So, what should it be?

Well, if you really begin to look into it, you'll find that neither one of those is acceptable. Neither one is acceptable. Look at what Christ's practice was. He said a couple of amazing things. There's one thing He said in John chapter 13. In John chapter 13 He says, verse 15, "I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you." So Christ in a way is saying follow My example. In fact, a couple of verses later He says, "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them." So the challenge is what did Jesus do? What was His practice? Would He have said "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays"? Would He have even celebrated this holiday?

In fact, what days did Jesus Christ keep?

You should check that out because it is a very important Biblical principle. The principle is also shown over in 1 John. In the book of 1 John:2:6 something interesting is recorded for us here. It says, "He who abides in Him," in other words, if we claim to be Christians, if we're supposedly godly people, it says, "He who abides in Him ought to himself also to walk just as He walked." Or some translations say to live just as He lived. You see, all too often we don't have any idea how Jesus actually lived His life, what days did He worship on, what days did He celebrate. That's the challenge, especially at this season of the year. Check it out.

What days did Jesus keep? In fact, what day did Jesus say He was the Lord of? What did He honor? How did He revere God? That's the challenge for us at this time. Check out your Bible. Find out. Look it up, and then live as He lived. Walk as He walked, and you'll find a whole new perspective.

That's BT Daily . We'll see you next time.


KARS

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Have a wonderful Sabbath day Mr. Myers.
Thank you for your advice durning this time of year.




Charles Wilson

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Great Video! I'm guessing "Holidays" referring to Christmas only not Thanksgiving....




Tammy Walston Vaught

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I love the timely BT Daily Videos.

We have a saying over here in UNITED from Phoenix, AZ and it's HAPPY SABBATH!

To you and all of the speakers and writers and those in THIS ministry around the world, and other specified Church of God Sabbath keepers around the world, and to those who are looking to become baptised here in UNITED....may UCG.org continue to grow like this as you are doing.




macnana

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i just love Steve, May Jehovah God blessed you!
Greetings from Ghana!




Sanmarie440

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I don't want anyone telling me how to serve God when something like rejoicing his sons birth to come save us. That is a personal choice that millions do without a second doubt, in their minds that's what it means to them. Are people doing things to be apart from the world so much that they want to have a show on themselves saying "see I don't celebrate Jesus birth" then there goes the debates.I stop at point in time and felt really bad and disconnect to myself. Because, I know the meaning to me and I love Jesus with all my heart. I mean I really do and I don't get the feeling he don't mind us doing it as long as you don't mix him with falsehood. No Santa Clause, but there is a reason behind that and his name is Saint Nickolas(name spelled wrong). He did something like help the poor throwing money in there windows at night. Has nothing to do with Christ but Good will toward men.I wish everyone a Blessed Holiday and a Happy New. Okay. Sanmarie




stuart 46

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Hi Steve

Thanks for this.
Christians who celebrate the wrong days need to check out as you say that Christ kept the Saturday Sabbath, Passover, Unleavened bread, Pentecost, Trumpets, Attonement, Tabernacles and the 8th Day.

All are in the scriptures regarding Jesus and the Apostles and early church very plain to see for those not deceived.




Skip

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Hello Sanmarie440,

Of course you can celebrate Jesus in whatever way you choose.
But if you want to celebrate Him in the way that He chooses,
then you need to think about what Mr. Myers has said (& written.)
People do the strangest things (& say the Bible tells them to.)
Jesus celebrated certain days and He is our example. Perhaps we need to ask ourselves if we have been following a false Jesus.




Malachi 3_16-18

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Hi Sanmarie,
You’re partly right: rather than follow what man says about how to worship God, we should follow what God Himself tells us (Acts:5:29). So what does He say?
For starters, it says we must worship God in Spirit & truth (Jn:4:23-24). Also, that we shouldn’t follow empty traditions of men (Mk 7:5-9), or decide for ourselves what is serving God (Deut 12:29-32).
It’s not wrong to follow the examples of other men & women IF they are following God & teaching others to do so (1 Cor:11:1, Heb:6:11-12).
Yes, it’s a choice we individually have to make. Jesus said if we love Him, we will keep His commandments (Jn:14:15). What are His commandments? All that He lived & taught. See also Mt 4:4.
And I too am personally very thankful for my Savior’s birth, but also for His death & resurrection, without which none of us would be saved & become members of His Family forever.
Feel free to check out UCG's free booklet, online or in print, "Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?"
Hope this helps!




Malachi 3_16-18

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Hi Sanmarie,
You’re partly right: rather than follow what man says about how to worship God, we should follow what God Himself tells us (Acts:5:29). So what does He say?

For starters, it says we must worship God in Spirit & truth (Jn:4:23-24). Also, that we shouldn’t follow empty traditions of men (Mk 7:5-9), or decide for ourselves what is serving God (Deut 12:29-32).

It’s not wrong to follow the examples of other men & women IF they are following God & teaching others to do so (1 Cor:11:1, Heb:6:11-12).

Yes, it’s a choice we individually have to make. Jesus said if we love Him, we will keep His commandments (Jn:14:15). What are His commandments? All that He lived & taught. See also Mt 4:4.
And I too am personally very thankful for my Savior’s birth, but also for His death & resurrection, without which none of us would be saved & become members of His Family forever.

I recommend UCG’s free “Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?” which you can read online or in print.




dziwczyna

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@Sanmarie440

You "don't want anyone to telling [you] how to serve God". Sorry to tell you, but God actually tells us in the Bible how He wants to be worshipped (see Lev. 23). He also tells us it does not honour Him by any means when we keep xmas no matter how sincere our hearts may be (see Deut. 12:29-32). God is honoured when we obey Him and worship Him as He asked us to!

God has a plan for YOU and all of mankind! His plan is outlined in His Festivals from beginning to end that are listed in Lev. 23. The first festival is Passover, which is a solemn ceremony marking the commemoration of Christ's death--His birth is not to be commemorated, otherwise God in His infinite wisdom and Almighty power would have established a date for us!

There are two booklets that UCG offers FREE of charge, that I would recommend:

Holidays or Holy Days
http://www.ucg.org/booklet/holidays-or-holy-days-does-it-matter-which-da...

&

God's Holy Day Plan
http://www.ucg.org/booklet/gods-holy-day-plan-promise-hope-all-mankind/



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