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Is "Christmas" Christian?

Well, it depends on the individual's interpretation of the term Christian, I suppose...

If, by the term Christian, one is referring to a Catholic, or Protestant; one who goes to their denominational church house on a regular basis, and whose beliefs and practices are based upon the traditions and teachings of that denomination; then, yes, that person, being a part of that religious system to which Jesus refers in the scripture as "MYSTERY, BABYLON,
MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH", would consider Christmas to be a Christian observance.

If, however, by the term Christian, one is referring to a disciple of the Lord
Jesus Christ, whose beliefs and practices are based wholly upon the testimony and teaching of the scripture; then, no, that person must necessarily reject the Christmas tradition, and all things associated with it, as it is purely Roman in tradition and origin, completely pagan, with no basis in the scripture whatsoever.

Let us hear what the LORD says in his word about the pagan traditions of the heathen, and how he would have his people to regard those things...


"Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen...for the CUSTOMS of the people are vain"

(Jer. 10:1-3).

"And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them;and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters,saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:16-18)




Now, let us examine briefly the teaching of Christmas. Since we cannot teach it from the Bible (because it is not there), we must get our information from secular history.
[Information in brackets is added for clarification.]


RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND CALENDARS - AN ENCYCLOPAEDIC HANDBOOK, 1993Christmas Day
December 25


Christmas is the day on which Christians [Catholics, actually] celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The Roman Catholic Church designates it as a day of holy obligation on which members of the Church must attend services.


Originally, the birth of Jesus was commemorated in the East on the Feast of Epiphany (January 6) but by 354, the Christmas Feast had taken hold in the West and was observed on December 25. Since the fifth century, most Eastern Orthodox Churches have celebrated the Nativity on December 25; however, some Eastern congregations, called "Old Calendarists," still use the Julian calendar and honor the birth of Christ thirteen days later, on January 7. The Armenian Church continues to celebrate "Old Christmas" on January 6. As with many traditions surrounding Christmas, the selection of December 25 as a commemoration of Jesus' birthday may be an example of the blending of Christian ideas and the pagan traditions they replaced. December 25 was the date of the Mithric observance of the "Birthday of the Invincible Sun." This also coincided with Saturnalia and the Winter solstice during the period when Mithraism was practiced in Rome. Since the day was already being kept as a holiday, Christians may have adjusted the symbolism of the day, declaring it the birthday of their "Invincible Son." According to events in the Gospel of Matthew, the date of Jesus' birth may actually have taken place much earlier in the year. The word "Christmas" means "the mass of Christ," and originated in the 11th century as a name for this feast. It was one of the most popular and universally celebrated holidays in Europe during the Middle Ages. During the Reformation, however, the celebration of Christmas began to decline in importance. Reformers engaged in complex doctrinal arguments in an attempt to prove the celebration of Christmas was unscriptural.


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