For several years after becoming aware of the pagan associations, I still thought it was okay to keep Christmas. My intentions were good. I wanted to honor Christ. But is having good intentions good enough?
After studying Scripture, I came to realize that celebrating a day rooted in ancient paganism, no matter how pure my intentions were, was an insult to God.
One of my favorite scriptures is Deuteronomy:12:32What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.. “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deuteronomy:12:32What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.).
Also consider two other scriptures. “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy:4:2Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.). “Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Proverbs:30:6Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.).
In Jeremiah, God tells us not to learn the customs of others. He calls them “worthless.” “Do not learn the ways of the nations…for the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter” (Jeremiah:10:1-4 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:  Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.  For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.  They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. , New International Version).
Man made Christmas, not God. Let’s honor God by not associating ourselves with Christmas.
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