Christmas Traditions | Victor Tey

 

Is Christmas a pagan holiday?

  1. The Purpose – Remembering the Lord’s Birth
    1. Nothing inherently sinful with honouring the Lord’s birth on a specific day
    2. It’s true that we are never given any ordinance to remember the Lord’s birth.
    3. Definitely not a pagan purpose
  2. The Name
    1. Why is it called Christmas?
    2. “Christ Mass” = Catholic?
    3. Mass = Liturgy + Bread & Cup
  3. The Origin of the Date
    1. The bible does not give us the date that Christ was born.
    2. If the stories are true on how the date came to be (day to worship the sun god) then it’s origin is pagan
    3. Does that make the date pagan? Just because something was celebrated on that day first, does that prevent any other religion using that day for their celebration? The day itself is neutral (eg. a building is neutral)
    4. Why not stick it to them? Reprobates don’t care about taking God’s symbols and re-defining them. I would love to rent a mosque just to stick it to the religion of Islam, I’m sure they love changing church buildings into muslim prayer locations.
    5. Don’t be ignorant of the origin of the date before you push the “real reason for the season” line.

Are Christmas traditions pagan?

The Feasts and Decorations

  1. Pagans are not the only ones who feast… God had feasts as part of the OT covenant.
    1. Turkeys and Hams – I only eat them because on 23rd Dec they’re all half price!
  2. It is not a sin to decorate your house with things that have a spiritual significance.
    1. Symbols and numbers are common so it’s easy to find patterns to link them and create a ‘satanic’ narrative.

Giving Gifts

  1. Is it a sin to receive gifts?
    1. Exodus 23:6-9 – thou shalt take no gift
    2. Deuteronomy 16:18-20 – compare this to Exodus 23 verses.
  2. God gives gifts
    1. James 1:17 – every good gift and every perfect gift is from above
    2. Romans 6:23 – gift of God is eternal life

Problems with Santa Claus

  1. It’s a lie. Educate kids, but don’t lie to them.
    1. Don’t support the “christmas industry” by buying vain merchandise (santa, elves, reindeer)
  2. He knows if you’ve been bad or good
  3. Letters to him asking for things like prayer
  4. Promotes materialism in children – they’re not asking Santa to bless others but what they want for themselves.
  5. Can be everywhere at one to deliver presents, not even Satan is omnipresent
  6. He’s fat – bad role model for good health
  7. His outfit looks ridiculous and I’ve read the colours originated from Coca Cola
  8. Sin of being referred to as “Father” Christmas
  9. Lives with a bunch of little boys who are forced to work under a socialist regime – who’s paying for all the gifts?

Christmas Trees

  1. Is decorating a tree for Christmas idolatry?
    1. It’s not a graven or molten image. What did you carve or melt to cut and place a tree in your house?
    2. it’s not a sin to have a molten or graven image, the sin is to worship that image. Ex 20:4-6
    3. It’s not biblical – It may be a thing christians do, but it’s not a “christian thing” to do.
    4. At best, it’s a family activity that may be a way for children to remember certain biblical stories and themes. (eg. star of Bethlehem, blood of Christ, new life, etc)
  2. Jer 10:1-10 – 4 reasons this passage cannot be about decorating a tree.
    1. v5 Compared to a tree, so obviously cannot be talking about a tree
    2. v5 Designed to be carried, but Christmas trees are designed to be stationary
    3. v9 Nobody decorates Christmas trees with clothing
    4. v9 Decorating a tree doesn’t require much skill to put up and decorate.
  3. What about those that refer to worshipping in the groves? How is a single tree all of a sudden a grove?

Should a Christian Celebrate Christmas?

  1. Romans 14:1-6
    1. I would consider celebrating Christmas a “doubtful disputation”
    2. Advantages – it is a well known holiday that reminds people of Christ.
    3. Disadvantages – the traditions are not biblical and pressure conformity without true love
  2. John 4:19-24
    1. Whatever you do, don’t be ignorant, don’t lie to your children, and worship the Lord in spirit AND truth.

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