Is It Okay To Celebrate Christmas?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer some of them.
Question: I am a committed believer in Christ; however, I am concerned that because of family, I, along with my husband, feel forced to celebrate “Christmas” which we know is a pagan holiday (no way was Christ born on December 25! But I know a lot of false gods were). We have stopped going to church for that bogus holiday (as well as Easter), but still I give presents, get presents, and have dinner over this. Paul in several Epistles warns against eating and drinking to idols. My concern is that I and my loved ones who are all believers in Christ, by partaking in these so-called holidays, will be damned. Am I being paranoid, or am I rightfully concerned? With Christmas coming up soon I want to know.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Deb that is a great question and I am glad you brought this up. I am going to disagree with you that Christmas is a pagan holiday, though elements of paganism now dominate our Holy Day (I completely agree with you about the false holiday of easter, instead we should celebrate Passover).
However, I do agree with you that Christ was not born on December 25th. Instead, Christ was conceived on December 25th and with that Isaiah 7:14 was fulfilled. On December 25th Christ did dwell with mankind as He was in the flesh in Mary’s womb. To our audience, we do not have a study on this topic at this time. However, Dr. Bullinger did an outstanding job of documenting the true birth date of Christ in Appendix 179 of the Companion Bible which is September 29th.
You or anyone else having a dinner and giving gifts are not damned, neither are you partaking of idols. There is only one unforgivable sin, that is to refuse the Holy Spirit. No one is in danger of committing the unforgivable sin until they are delivered up to Satan and his councils during the Tribulation. We spoke about this in our last Bible Q&A.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
1 Corinthians 8:4
4 “As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.“
As Christians we know there are no other gods and idols are nothing more than sticks or stone, they mean nothing to us.
I do recognize where you are coming from with your question though. Christmas has become materialistic in nature. It is a time when stores turn their profits and when we hear about Christmas trees, Santa and reindeer.
What happened to Christ?
Did Christ say to put up a tree to honor Him?
Please turn your Bible with me to,
2 “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.”
3 “For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.”
4 “They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”
That is describing what we call decorating the Christmas tree today. When Christians decorate the tree they do not think of it as an idol, they do this to honor Christ. However as verse one said, “the customs of the people are vain,” and what did Christ tell us Himself?
7 “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
“In vain they worship me” Christ said. The people love to follow the traditions of the church don’t they?
Some may comment that it is ok to put up a tree and give a load of gifts to each other, but that is not what God said. Christmas has become commercialized, but this does not mean we cannot have a nice dinner with our family, enjoy each others company and remember Christ.