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"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 10:2-4, New International Version).

Incorporating traditions used in worship of the pagan gods Mithra and Saturn (among others), Christmas has its roots in just about everything but Christ's birth. Find out where Christmas really came from and what God thinks about people observing it.

  • by Steve Myers

Imagine doing this. But does it mean you would be abandoning Christ? The...

  • by Darris McNeely

It is widely known that Christmas has pagan origins, but many Christians...

  • by Tom Robinson
Most people assume Christmas originated as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. But history shows that it’s far older, rooted in ancient idolatrous practices honoring other gods. So does it really honor Jesus and God the Father? How does God view observance of Christmas?
  • by Vince Szymkowiak
Promoting materialism, debt for what families can’t afford, lies and pagan revelry—it’s all part of the magic of Christmastime.
  • by Emma Kennebeck
If He came back tomorrow, would He recognize you as someone doing what He would do?
  • by Jerold Aust
Many assume Jesus was born on Christmas or that, even if He wasn’t, it’s a good occasion to celebrate, since it’s still worshipping Him. But did early Christians observe Christmas? And what should we do today?
  • by Darris McNeely

Did His birth occur on December 25th? Can we even know when Christ was born...

  • by Kathy Sanny
The surprising commonalities between an obscure Old Testament man and the Christmas celebrations of today.
  • by Mario Seiglie
Most people assume that Jesus was born on December 25. After all, that’s the day millions of people celebrate as the date of His birth. But evidence shows that’s simply not the case. And this is only one of many problems with this holiday!
  • by Compass Check Editor
Was Jesus born on December 25—Christmas Day? The Bible doesn’t give us the date of Jesus’ birth.
  • by Tina Cason
Winter's holiday season doesn't have to be a dreary, dark time we long to get through.
  • by Jerold Aust
Many feel that Christmas marks Christ’s birthday and that it honors Him. After all, can 2 billion professing Christians be wrong? At the same time, some few Christians don’t observe Christmas, believing that Jesus didn’t sanction it and that it dishonors Him. Who is right—and why?
  • by Steve Nutzman
As I write my column for this issue of Compass Check, we have just returned a couple of weeks ago from observing the Feast of Tabernacles and Eighth Day. It was a fantastic Feast for all of us.