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The holidays

Discussion in 'Christian Philosophy & Ethics' started by Seadish, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Seadish

    Seadish New Member

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    I haven't literally celebrated Christmas in many years as I observe the to me, unBiblicalness of it . My families large amount of health drama has always and yet again this year poppped up just before thanksgiving I've always and again feel the desire to be thanksgiving and Christmas
    crazy and way overdone just to combat in my head the personal thoughts I have each upcoming holiday season.As told yesterday that yet another brother has cancer my husband Bless his heart said I could go Christmas crazy again . I know it won't really help anyone but me and Honestly I'm not Biblically sure I want to but boy would it be fun when once again we are told that it will be someone's last.I don't need a shrine I do want all the joy that comes from it. Opinions just for conversation sake really
     
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  2. Southernscotty

    Southernscotty Well-Known Member Supporter Angels Team

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    Hello Friend, It is where your heart is that matters. You are not bowing to the tree or lights. You are celebrating Jesus Christ and Him alone.
    Yes there are some pagan elements related to this holiday, However don't fixate on those, but on the fact that God alone deserves the glory.
    Is it His b-day? Probably not, But there is no bad day to celebrate Jesus and His awesome grace :]
    It is not about the lie of a fat man in a red suit but about our awesome Savior and Him alone.
    Merry Christmas
     
  3. Southernscotty

    Southernscotty Well-Known Member Supporter Angels Team

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    Question: "Should Christians celebrate Christmas?"

    Answer:
    The debate about whether or not Christians should celebrate Christmas has been raging for centuries. There are equally sincere and committed Christians on both sides of the issue, each with multiple reasons why or why not Christmas should be celebrated in Christian homes. But what does the Bible say? Does the Bible give clear direction as to whether Christmas is a holiday to be celebrated by Christians?


    First, let’s look at the reasons why some Christians do not celebrate Christmas. One argument against Christmas is that the traditions surrounding the holiday have origins in paganism. Searching for reliable information on this topic is difficult because the origins of many of our traditions are so obscure that sources often contradict one another. Bells, candles, holly, and yuletide/yule decorations are mentioned in the history of pagan worship, but the use of such in one’s home certainly does not indicate a return to paganism. While there are definitely pagan roots to some traditions, there are many more traditions associated with the true meaning of Christmas—the birth of the Savior of the world in Bethlehem. Bells are played to ring out the joyous news, candles are lit to remind us that Christ is the Light of the world (John 1:4-9), a star is placed on the top of a Christmas tree to remember the Star of Bethlehem, and gifts are exchanged to remind us of the gifts of the Magi to Jesus, the greatest gift of God to mankind.

    Another argument against Christmas, especially having a Christmas tree, is that the Bible forbids bringing trees into our homes and decorating them. The passage often cited is Jeremiah 10:1-16, but this passage refers to cutting down trees, chiseling the wood to make an idol, and then decorating the idol with silver and gold for the purpose of bowing down before it to worship it (see also Isaiah 44:9-18). The passage in Jeremiah cannot be taken out of its context and used to make a legitimate argument against Christmas trees.

    Christians who choose to ignore Christmas point to the fact that the Bible doesn’t give us the date of Christ’s birth, which is certainly true. December 25 may not be even close to the time Jesus was born, and arguments on both sides are legion, some relating to climate in Israel, the practices of shepherds in winter, and the dates of Roman census-taking. None of these points are without a certain amount of conjecture, which brings us back to the fact that the Bible doesn’t tell us when Jesus was born. Some see this as proof positive that God didn’t want us to celebrate the birth, while others see the Bible’s silence on the issue as tacit approval.

    Some Christians say that since the world celebrates Christmas—although it is becoming more and more politically correct to refer to it as “the holidays”—Christians should avoid it. But that is the same argument made by false religions that deny Christ altogether, as well as cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses who deny His deity. Those Christians who do celebrate Christmas often see the occasion as an opportunity to proclaim Christ as “the reason for the season” among the nations and to those trapped in false religions.

    As we have seen, there is no legitimate scriptural reason not to celebrate Christmas. At the same time, there is no biblical mandate to celebrate it, either. In the end, of course, whether or not to celebrate Christmas is a personal decision. 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. As in all things, we seek wisdom from Him who gives it liberally to all who ask (James 1:5) and accept one another in Christian love and grace, regardless of our views on Christmas.
     
  4. musicalpilgrim

    musicalpilgrim pilgrim on the sacred music pathway Supporter Angels Team

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    Well, I would like to say my little piece...
    I love the Christian Christmas, the Christian Christmas music...wow...
    I really feel the Lord's blessing and wonderful peace that is available to all who come to him and worship him at the wonderful Christmas time.
    It doesn't matter if the date is obscure, I can ignore the world's excesses, I can enjoy some of the feel good stuff on TV.
    Advent can be an amazing time,
    Let go for once and revel in the birth of our Saviour and Lord,
    may you feel that wonderful joy, available to all Christians at Christmas
     
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