Christmas according to bible
The Bible does not give the date of Jesus’ birth, nor does it say that we should celebrate his birthday. As McIlintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia states: “The observance of Christmas is not of divine appointment, nor is it of NT [New Testament] origin.”
Instead, an examination of the history of Christmas exposes its roots in pagan religious rites. The Bible shows that if we try to worship him in this way, he offends God, which he does not approve. – Exodus 32: 5-7.
History of christmas customs
- Celebrating Jesus ‘Birthday: “Early Christians did not celebrate [Jesus’ birth] because they considered celebrating someone’s birth as a celebration.” – World Book Encyclopedia
- 25 December: There is no evidence that Jesus was born on the same date. Church leaders probably chose this date to coincide with the pagan festivals held on or around the winter solstice.
- Giving, partying, partying: The Encyclopaedia Americana states: “Saturnalia, a Roman feast celebrated in mid-December, provided the model for many Christmas merry-rituals. From this celebration, for example, elaborate feasts were made by giving gifts and lighting candles.
- Christmas lights: According to the Encyclopedia of Religion, Europeans decorated their homes “with all kinds of lights and evergreens” to celebrate the winter solstice and combat evil spirits.
- Mistletoe, Hawley: “The druids specifically gave magical qualities to mistletoe. Evergreen Holi was worshiped as a promise of the return of the sun.” – Encyclopaedia Americana.
- Christmas Tree: “Tree worship among pagan Europeans survived after their conversion to Christianity.” One way that tree worship is left is the custom of “placing a yule tree at an entrance or in the middle of the house” holidays. “