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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 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

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

  • by Steve Myers

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

  • 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 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 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 Melanie May
If you’ve been reading Beyond Today magazine or watching the Beyond Today TV program for long, you’ve probably come to see what the Bible says about Christmas. So what do you do now?
  • by Beyond Today Editor
If a person celebrates the birth of Jesus on Dec. 25 with the intent to worship Him as the Son of God, I believe they are not revering a pagan god. God knows our hearts. To worship pagan gods is sinful, but to use symbolism to aid in the understanding of the Lord’s purpose is not contrary to the Lord’s teaching. Shouldn’t we dwell on what unites us rather than what may divide us?
  • by Frank Dunkle, David Cobb
Many aspects of traditional Christianity - holidays, practices and doctrines - came not from Christ or the Bible but from ancient pagan religion.
  • by Scott Ashley
It’s that time of year again! You’ll soon be barraged by the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Shoppers will soon go into spending overdrive, and when the bills arrive, some will wonder if it’s really worth it. Here’s a perspective from one who kicked the Christmas habit.