Should we celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25 which has a pagan origin?

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The Bible does not give the exact date for the birth of Christ. And there is no command to keep the day of Christ’s birth as a sacred day. While it might be a public holiday, it is not a biblical holy day.

December 25 was an ancient holiday for the birth of Tammuz the child of the sun-god. Later, December 25 was assigned by the emperor Constantine in 336 AD, as a day to remember Christ’s birth in an effort to make Christianity more attractive to non-Christians.

Today some people with good and honest conscience do not feel comfortable with the idea of associating Christ’s birth with a pagan holiday. And in an effort to avoid celebrating “Christmas,” they may lose the spiritual advantage of meditating on the fact that Christ was born into this world to save the lost. Such people should nonetheless set aside some time during the year to contemplate and celebrate the birth of Christ and His great sacrifice.

And there are others who do not feel that it is wrong to remember Christ’s birth during December 25th. To such, it will be a worthy challenge to focus on the saving meaning of Christ’s birth and to share material resources with the poor and needy instead of indulging self in the secular traditions of Christmas.

In blessing the poor, Jesus said: “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:34-40).

Therefore, whether observing Christ’s birth on Christmas or on any other day of the year, let all be done for the glory of God, “He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord” (Romans 14:6) and “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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