There are many, many people who have tried to show believers the origins of Christmas and what the Bible says about it, but most don’t seem too concerned about it. There is much proof that it is NOT Jesus’ birthday, and there is much proof that it is pagan in origin. Still, many people don’t seem too concerned about those facts.
Many of the reasons I hear are that ‘I know it’s not Jesus’ birthday, but I choose to celebrate it at Christmas anyway’; or ‘It’s not pagan and the traditions all relate to Christ’ (ie evergreen tree represents ever lasting life, the star on the tree represents the star of Bethlehem, the lights represent Jesus as being the light), or ‘I know it’s a pagan day, but God can redeem anything’ etc.. They do these things in remembrance of Jesus.
So, lets look at what the Bible says to do in remembrance of him: “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. “ 1 Corinthians 11:24
This verse is not talking about trees, stars, tinsel and lights, is it? No, these are all traditions made up by men. What does the Bible say about those? “Beware lest any man spoil* you through philosophy and vain deceit*”, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8 (*seduce; **empty deception)
One event in particular to take note of is Cain and Abel. Both went to give an offering to the Lord. One brother did what the Lord instructed, the other did what *he* thought was best. That didn’t turn out too well for Cain did it?! He did what he thought God wanted, but God actually wanted a different offering. The result was Cain became jealous and angry and killed Abel because God didn’t respect his offering.
This verse comes to mind in this instance: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.“ Proverbs 14:12 and Proverbs 16:25
Celebrating Christmas as Jesus’ birthday is basically celebrating a lie. Most Christians know it isn’t Jesus’ birthday but insist on celebrating it as if it is. How is that being honest? The Bible states: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.“ John 4:24
With this verse in mind, are you really celebrating Him in truth?
It’s a bit like your friends and family celebrating your birthday on a different day of the year, without you there.
Say your birthday is January 1st for example, and you love chocolate cake and green decorations, but your friends choose to celebrate your birthday on September 17th with blueberry cheesecake and orange decorations. Is it really you they are trying to please, or themselves?! It doesn’t sound like they really care what you want, does it?
So it is with Christmas (and any of the other so called Christian holidays). They are all based on how *man* wants to celebrate God, and not how God wants us to worship Him (as in the Cain and Abel example).
I hope that you will read this and that you will truly seek the Lord on the matter. Does He really want you celebrating Him the exact same way the world celebrates Christmas, or does He want you to come out of the world and be separate and worship Him in the way that He wants?..
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
Just another quick thought. These popular sayings: “Jesus is the reason for the season” and “Put Christ back in Christmas” are so wrong. Jesus is the reason for every season, every day and everything, not just ‘Christmas’. Also, you can’t put Christ back into something that he wasn’t in in the first place.