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Christmas is pagan and most people who know don't care. But does God care, and if He does what should you do about it?

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[Darris McNeely] We should be glad that Jesus Christ was born on this earth. His birth has enabled and brought many joyous things. But what does the birth of Jesus Christ have to do with the modern celebration of Christmas or December twenty-fifth and all that comes with it? A friend of mine sent me some pictures today that you can look at here on my screen – the traditional Christmas tree, Santa Claus, and Snoopy and ornaments there in a shopping mall, what you might typically find in any American or Canadian shopping location. But you know what? He's from Thailand. Thailand. Not even a Christian nation, it's a Buddhist nation. And yet, they keep Christmas big-time, just as big in a commercial sense as we in the western world do today. Same goes on in Japan, a non-Christian nation as well. In England – I was reading that in Great Britain, four out of five people are nominal Christians – or just not even Christians at all, or don't profess to be, and yet Christmas is big there for all of the commercial reasons that are sometimes decried because of what has taken place here, what comes on at this particular time of the year. And so the commercialization goes on and we have Christmas, Christmas, Christmas, and the usual chatter that goes on.

I was thinking about this and we discuss this at times when we do some of the programs on Beyond Today – that our society has come to the point where people don't care to even know, even if they do know, that all of the origins and the trappings of the modern Christmas celebrations have their roots in paganism. We've documented that in our magazines and our literature and on Beyond Today. You can find that in any resource book, in any encyclopedia – go out on the web today. It has nothing to do with Christianity, it has nothing to do with the birth of Christ. Every aspect of Christmas, rooted in paganism.

But people, they don't care. It's not relevant, it seems, anymore, which is also an indictment about where our country, where our nation, where our civilization has gone – that they do not care to appropriate something that is pagan in the worship of God. That's where we are, and especially with the Christmas situation.

Should we care? And why is it that important that we do? It is, because God cares, and because God's word instructs us that we should pay attention to what we do, especially when we do make efforts to worship Him, and think very clearly through what the Bible says, and then make sure that as we worship God, it is based according to His teachings. There's a scripture from the book of Deuteronomy chapter 12, verse 29 – we've used before, but this time of year I think it's good to go back and look at this because what God said to Israel, He's saying to any people who want to worship Him in spirit and in truth. He said, "When the Lord cuts you off from before the nations which you go in to possess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you're not ensnared to follow them, after they're destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How do these nations serve their gods?'" Their pagan gods. "'I also will do likewise.'" God goes on to say, "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 to do, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it, nor take away from it" (Deuteronomy 12:29-32 Deuteronomy 12:29-32 [29] When the LORD your God shall cut off the nations from before you, where you go to possess them, and you succeed them, and dwell in their land; [30] Take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before you; and that you inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. [31] You shall not do so to the LORD your God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hates, have they done to their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. [32] What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
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We should care because God cares. We should care how we worship God. We should care how we even think about the birth of Jesus Christ, because God cares. And the birth of Jesus Christ did not take place on December twenty-fifth, and all the Christmas celebrations really have nothing to do with that, even if we in sincerity try to make it so, because of what God says. We should care more what God says.

Jesus Christ came and was born of a virgin and lived and died and was resurrected, that God might form a new relationship with mankind, through His blood, which extends to all nations and all peoples. Christ came to be our High Priest and to intercede before God's throne before us. And because He came, because He was born, we can have a wonderful future, and have a hope ultimately to share in the glory of God. But we need to worship God in spirit and in truth. And we need to do it in a way that He prescribes, not in a way we think is right. That's what we should care about. And that's why all of this is important. Something, again, to think about during this time of year.

That's BT Daily. Join us next time.

Comments

  • Malachi 3_16-18
    Hi dust_i_am, The term “worship” covers many facets of the time we spend with our Creator. Most times in the Bible when worship takes place, prayer is a primary component. The most crucial aspect of that is praise toward God; acknowledgement of His greatness, mercy, deliverance, etc. (Ps 145:1-6, Rev 5:12-14). But worship covers much more. Biblically, public worship involved going to the temple to pray, take part in singing, & listen to God’s Word being read by the priests/leaders (2 Chron 7:1-6; Neh 8:1-3). Under the Old Covenant, sacrifices were a vital part of worship, but today our prayers, especially individual ones (Rev 5:8) are the sacrifices God wants. We are exhorted to assemble together for worship (Heb 10:25). Fellowship & serving are also part of our sacrifice to God (Heb 13:16). But our worship should also be private (Mt 6:1-6), & daily (Dan 6:10, 2 Cor 4:16). Our communication with God should be 2-way: prayer, when we talk to Him, & listening, when He speaks through His Word (via personal reading & by reading/expounding from His ministers). Contemplating what we read/hear is also intertwined with prayer & Bible Study, and occasional fasting (Mt 9:14-15).
  • lewis
    God does not ask us to worship the birth of His son, nor does Jesus ask us to celebrate His birth. We do celebrate His death and resurrection through God's appointed Holy Days, like the Passover. dust_i_am, worshipping God does mean praying to Him, studying His word, fasting to stay close to Him, keeping His commands, following His judgments, assembling together when He has commanded it (on His weekly Sabbath day and annual Holy Days), singing praises to Him, serving other people. All these things are how God wants us to worship Him. Jeremiah 10 details some practices that are not of God that people do to try to worship Him and these practices are in vain and do not honor Him even if that is what we have intended such practices for. Just because we say that we do something to worship and honor God doesn't make it right or true or what God wants from us. We should strive to worship and honor God and Jesus the way that they want to be worshipped and honored, the way that they tell us to in the pages of our bible.
  • dust_i_am
    Thank you for the answers to my questions. Several seem to say there's a difference between praying to God and worshiping God - or between studying God's Word to learn from Him and worshiping Him. How would you explain that difference?
  • jackfreeman
    One of the really wonderful things about having a personal relationship with our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13) is that we are free to celebrate his birth on any day of our choosing. We who have a true relationship with the SON rather then just belonging to a religion with it's rules and dogma, do not let anyone judge us by what we eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day (Colossians 2:16). We celebrate his birth on any day, including December 25th for we do all things with thanksgiving.
  • EvanToledo
    The short answer to the question about what to do on December 24-25 is: TREAT THOSE DAYS AS ALL OTHER DAYS OF THE YEAR. ONLY the days God has made Holy (Leviticus 23) are Holy! Man cannot make ANY days Holy! Christmas is so entrenched in societies that unless God opens ones mind to the truth, truth cannot make sense to those not being called.
  • Malachi 3_16-18
    Hi dust_i_am, I don't think it would be good to avoid praying or studying the Bible on Dec.24-25, for 3 reasons: 1st, if we avoided such, it would be to please men rather than God, which is not a good reason (Eph 6:7, Acts 5:29). 2nd, there's never a need to break continuity in our relationship with our Father and Creator. David communicated daily with God, and there were times when he and Daniel prayed to Him three times a day (Ps 55:17, Dan 6:10). Bible study, along with prayer, is our lifeline to God (2 Tim 2:15, 2 Tim 3:14-17). Which leads to my 3rd reason, that we need to offset the wrong influences of Christmas by drawing closer to God at this time of the year (1 Pet 5:7-9). We could study the Bible to refresh our minds on why we don't observe Christmas. Then when people ask questions, we will be able to give them a good answer (1 Pet 3:15). It's not wrong to speak with and be civil toward family and friends around Christmas day, and we aren't to isolate ourselves to the extent that others learn nothing positive from our example (Mt 5:14-16). But God tells us to be separate from this world (2 Cor 6:17, Rom 12:1-2). The key is to use wisdom and balance.
  • knightrider2424
    Christmas is a pagan holiday. It started with Constantine and the Catholic church. It's a celebration of lights holiday, and Sunday is pagan, for it's a day to worship the sun. Should we pray and study the Bible on christmas? YES!!!!! We should pray everyday and study the Word of God everyday. These has nothing to do with christmas being a pagan holiday. The main pagan holidays are those that was set-up to make Christians believe that they have something to do with God and His Son Jesus, but in reality made up holidays concerning paganism.
  • murphyc1
    dust_i_am. I don't see what praying and studying the Bible has to do with worshiping on Zmas.
  • DanielSnedden
    dust_i_am, There is no day that is off limits to praying and studying God's word. The main thing is not to spend the day with others who are celebrating Christmas. This gives the appearance that you approve and believe as they do. I know it is difficult to avoid season's greetings by others, gift exchanges, Christmas music, parties, etc. I still have difficulty at times. These are things you should take to God in prayer so that He can guide you as to what you should do and how to handle these situations. Keep studying and praying, God will help you!
  • dust_i_am
    So what should a believer in God and Jesus do on Dec. 24-25? Should we avoid praying or studying the Bible, since that might give the appearance of worshiping on Xmas?
  • johnnyvaught
    praise and worship God each day not just the day that is so over used for santa's and his helpers !
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