Before I get into this, I want to say, I know that this is a very controversial message; I am in no way trying to bash anyone or force my convictions on you. 🙂 God has given me these convictions & view on Christmas according to His Word, & it’s something I’m passionate about and want to share! Above all, please study His Word deeply for yourself, and look into Christmas’ origins.
Around 3 years ago, I remember being seated around the dinner table with my siblings and my mom. My mom started talking about the pagan origins of Christmas, and I was shocked. I honestly could never view Christmas in the same light after that.
I celebrated Christmas in the next two years to come, but it wasn’t quite the same. As of last year, I decided to not celebrate anymore. I know, it’s crazy, and it truly is radical, haha! I truly felt God doesn’t want me to take part in this holiday.
Christmas, which is now seen as a “Christian” holiday to worship Jesus Christ, started out pagan. Check out these quotes:
“Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the weeklong celebration. The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.” Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week. At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman.” // source: http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm
“In the fourth century, church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday. Unfortunately, the Bible does not mention date for his birth (a fact Puritans later pointed out in order to deny the legitimacy of the celebration). Although some evidence suggests that his birth may have occurred in the spring (why would shepherds be herding in the middle of winter?), Pope Julius I chose December 25. It is commonly believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival.” // source: https://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas (emphasis mine)
As I said in my post, Why I’m Not Celebrating Christmas: “Christmas started as a day for the sun god Saturn, and they sacrificed humans, including small children. Nakedness was normal, and people gave gifts, and hung presents on the tree as a sacrifice.”
Christians have taken a pagan holiday & made it Christian. You might be thinking, “if we celebrate it to honor Christ, who cares about the origins?” That’s what I thought, too, but I just couldn’t shake what God’s Word says about how it is wrong to use pagan things to worship Him. Check out these passages:
Deuteronomy 12:29-30: When Yahweh your God cuts off the nations from before you, where you go in to dispossess them, and you dispossess them, and dwell in their land; be careful that you are not ensnared to follow them, after that they are destroyed from before you; and that you not inquire after their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? I will do likewise.” (emphasis mine)
Mark 7:8-9: “For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things.” He said to them, “Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. (emphasis mine)
Christmas is a man-made tradition, not one that God gave us in His Word. YES, the birth of Christ is absolutely amazing & wonderful! However, God never gave this to us as a holiday; we took it from the pagans and made it a “Christian” holiday. This passage from Jeremiah is really interesting:
Jeremiah 10:1-5: Hear the word which Yahweh speaks to you, house of Israel! Yahweh [God] says, “Don’t learn the way of the nations, and don’t be dismayed at the signs of the sky; for the nations are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the ax. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it not move. They are like a palm tree, of turned work, and don’t speak: they must be carried, because they can’t go. Don’t be afraid of them; for they can’t do evil, neither is it in them to do good.” (emphasis mine)
This passage tells us that God tells us not to learn the ways of the nations, and to follow the customs of this world. It even talks about the custom of men cutting down trees and decking them with silver and gold, which sounds a lot like what we do at Christmas.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a holiday made by men to celebrate something good & uplifting – Thanksgiving or Fourth of July for example. But when a holiday has origins that are pagan and unbiblical, we need to start thinking about what these holidays are all about, and if they truly honor God.
Christmas was created by men to honor gods. Christians then took it and made it to honor God. Nothing in this day is *truly* Biblical. We tend to get blinded because of all this world feeds our minds. This time of year, everything around us is all about Christmas. Above all, I want to challenge you. Open your eyes. See Christmas for what it truly is. We might think that we can celebrate with the “right heart” but God’s Word makes it clear – taking pagan things to worship Him is simply wrong. Furthermore, Jeremiah 17:9 says our heart is deceitful & no one can know it.
I know it’s radical, it’s crazy, and it’s certainly not popular, but I don’t celebrate Christmas. I pray that you will pray, search out Scripture, and research the pagan origins of Christmas. Don’t simply go with what everyone else does. Romans 12:2 tells us to not conform to the patterns of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. God’s Word makes it clear – we aren’t to take pagan things & worship Him with them. Christ’s birth is truly wonderful, and something we should celebrate every day! However, Christmas is a man-made tradition that took what is pagan and attempted to Christianize it. It’s sad how many think this is right, when God’s Word tells us it is wrong. I pray you will search out God’s Word and look deeper into Christmas. It’s not what we think it is. ❤
We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. (Charles Spurgeon, Sermon on Dec. 24, 1871).
When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, “Is this a law of the God of Jacob?” and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty. (from Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David on Psalm 81:4.) source for these quotes: http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/SPURGEON-QUOTES.htm (emphasis mine)
Why I’m Not Celebrating Christmas
An awesome video about this topic by Rise on Fire ministries!