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I did go through a period when I wondered if it was wrong to celebrate Christmas. But I came to the conclusion that the incarnation of Christ is something worth celebrating. If Jesus was never born, how could he ever die for us? Sure, there will always be those who celebrate pagan things at Christmas, but we don't need to follow their ways. Christmas to me is a time to remember Jesus death and resurrection, through his birth and incarnation.
I agree. But isn't it still good to have a reminder for these people? Like the calendar (2020 AD). Many people don't believe in Jesus - but they can't deny that the calendar was based on his birth and life.
Isn't Easter essentially the Christian Passover? The Jews had the Passover in the Old Testament, then Jesus is the ultimate Passover lamb, so this is what Christians celebrate every Easter, in the New Testament.
I agree that probably not all the holidays were celebrated in the Early Church, but that's because the Early Church were living them, or being persecuted in-between. For example - the day of Pentecost - we remember this day now, but the early (Early Church) were present when the Holy Spirit came down on them.
We don't really know that Jesus wasn't born on December 25th. But we do know that Jesus was born, and in my view, this is a fact worth remembering every year. Probably moreso for unbelievers than believers (as I stated, same with the calendar, referencing Anno Domini - In the Year of Our Lord).
As for December 25th not being the date for his birth, it seems strange that the Church would adopt this tradition without some basis in fact. The Feast of the Circumcision is held on January 1st, which is appropriately 8 days after Christmas. Do you believe this date is wrong also? There are also other holy days celebrated throughout the year. To a degree, the accuracy of these will depend on which calendar is used, but I think that they are good reminders for all people, both believers and unbelievers, irrespective of whether the dates are 100% accurate.
I liked the article. It basically said it is up to the conscience of the individual believer, which it is. But the more religious holidays we celebrate, the easier it will be for unbelievers to learn about Christ (in my view).
So Scrooge let the needy go hungry from January to November, then fed them in December? That was not lovely of him. Did he not read the following scripture?
James 2:15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
Just because the world does a thing a certain way, does not mean that is the only way to do a thing.
There are many ways to celebrate and for a Christian we can celebrate the gift that God has given us. It doesn't matter what anyone else does. We can do our own unique thing. We can honor God through prayer and Thanksgiving, by reading his word, and singing songs that honor him. We can give to the needy. We can love other people. We can spend that time with family exemplifying Christ to them. Humans are so one dimensional; it would be funny if it weren't so sad.
We are free as long as what we do is by faith and thus honoring to God.
So don't get in a tizzy about this stuff, honor God in what ever you do.