There is no evidence the wise men visited Jesus at the manger in the stable. Authority Whether or not the birth of our Lord really occurred on this day, ancient authorities are not agreed - Catholic Dictionary, p. Certainly they would have moved to a house as soon as it was possible. Is a winter date out of the question? These verses, in principle, would apply to holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and Halloween that have most or all of their customs based in pre-Christian worship of false gods. While none of this really affects whether one should celebrate Christmas, this argument is often used to throw further doubt and contempt for the entire tradition of celebrating Christmas. What we see is a combination of biblical themes with the pagan traditions of ages past. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.
For all the peoples walk each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever. In fact, he tells Christians not to judge a person based on whether or not he keeps any holiday. To answer these questions, we must examine the various holy days to consider their origin and nature. Early New England settlers actually banned the celebration of Christmas! After all, in their minds terms like Hitler and Nazi are meaningless. The early Christians did not observe the festival of Christ's birth, to which they did not attach the importance ascribed to his death and resurrection - Baker's Dictionary of Theology, p.
It may never occur to these folks to question where these holidays came from or whether they are really right. It was picked up afterward from paganism. Isn't it just like celebrating Halloween? The majority of Protestants, while not claiming to accept the authority of the Catholic church, nevertheless believe it is more important to attend at Easter and Christmas than at other times. We can make something evil out of it or something good. And, most people do not care that the commemoration of Jesus' resurrection has been moved to occur on the exact day when the glorious Third Reich was started.
Extra indulgence is done before and after Lent because there will be none during Lent. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Yet all agree His word never authorizes annual holy days, therefore they cannot be kept religiously in His name. After all, some of these feasts are actually older than the New Testament canon itself. To many, however, such facts, and what God thinks, do not really matter. Many tell their children there is a Santa Claus who rides a sleigh with reindeer and comes on Christmas eve to give presents to those who have been good.
Another argument against Christmas, especially having a Christmas tree, is that the Bible forbids bringing trees into our homes and decorating them. In essence this is a celebration of the Lord's resurrection. And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? His anger was kindled toward the people to the point where he was ready to destroy them all Exodus 32:4 - 5, 7, 10! For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. But what about religious holidays? The Nativity of the Theotokos Sept. Human doctrines declare that certain foods meats should not be tasted. During this week we eat unleavened bread and take all of the puffy bread out of our house to remind us to clean the sin out of our lives. This included returning to heathen worship those that are by nature no gods in observing days, months, seasons, and years.
And because they were wont to sacrifice oxen to devils, some celebration should be given in exchange for this. The Jewish Christians in the early church continued to celebrate the Passover, regarding Christ as the true paschal lamb, and this naturally passed over into a commemoration of the death and resurrection of Our Lord, or an Easter feast - International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Vol. Yes, you should break bread together, but where does it say to have fried chicken potlucks? And Wednesday is derived from Woden, the chief god in Germanic mythology. Answers and Considerations: What Colossians 2:16-17 forbids is the celebration of religious seasons or holy days when they have been prescribed as religious duty and necessary for holiness or spirituality. Furthermore, I believe there is scriptural precedent for commemorating and remembering the birth of Christ. He went about, often at night, giving gifts to poor and needy children.
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. Isaiah 4:2; 11:1; 60:21; Jeremiah 23:5; 33:15 and Zechariah 3:8; 6:12 all speak of the branch of the Lord as the work of God. The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! Billions of people will be brought back to life and put back together as skin and bones and given a chance to learn His laws and His way of life. Certainly we do in the case of the Dormition of Mary. But as soon as the rains stopped in the spring, the land quickly took on its normal desert look once again. To lie to a child is to undermine your moral authority as a parent and to put doubts in his mind about other things that are true and must be believed.
The law cannot be used as authority for holy days because it is no longer binding as law. What Does the Bible Say About Celebrating the Sabbath and Festivals? Customs used to worship false gods that are transferred to the true God, like is done with Christmas and other holiday, are unacceptable since the Bible never compromises with paganism. Arguments Against the Celebration of Christmas Argument Number 1: Christmas is Commercialized and Materialistic It is said that because the birth of Christ has been commercialized and secularized the real meaning of the season been lost. Taking away the mysticism of what the Bible says we present to you some questions most every American Christian has - along with stranger topics like angels, wizards, giants, and creation. According to Jesus 'the law' or correct doctrines are not as important as the love his followers would have for their 'neighbors' not just fellow believers.
As with the story of the flood, the temptation, and the fall of man, they all became perverted from that which we find in the inspired Word. Whatever Christians decide to do regarding Christmas, their views should not be used as a club with which to beat down or denigrate those with opposing views, nor should either view be used as a badge of honor inducing pride over celebrating or not celebrating. It is argued that since Scripture does not clearly rule out the celebration of Christmas; its celebration falls under the category of debatable or doubtful things covered by the principles of Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8 and 9. Fellowship is an important way of obeying Christ's commandment to love one another. You have now completed Series 4, God's Plan for You and the Entire World.