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Christmas what about it?
Many Christians keep justifying that Christmas is honoring and focusing on Christ. The intent is pure but the practice of the feast of the birth of Christ is more on lack of the knowledge of the Scriptures and the ignorance of the Word is more vulnerable for deception. The only way to be granted justification to the birth celebration is through referencing the celebration if it occurs in the Bible.
If it is in the Bible there is nothing to talk about, argue or even fight from knowledge to knowledge; teeth to teeth. The problem is that God does not say this is acceptable to Him! Actually, He plainly commands against it! Keeping Christmas dishonors Christ! He considers it to be an abomination.

Christ even said, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9). If there is a command of God to celebrate the birth of the Son He should have told us already. In Mark 7:9 we continue what Jesus Christ said, “Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition.” With the two Scriptures above prove that the celebration is a tradition of men and not a command of God. An unpopular tradition that started in the 2nd century and during the time of Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD and then became a worldwide celebration during the middle age.

**No one knows for sure on what day Christ was born. Dionysus Exiguus, a sixth century monk, who was the first to date all of history from December 25th, the year of our Lord 1. Other traditions gave dates as early as mid-November or as late as March. How did Christmas come to be celebrated on December 25th? Cultures around the Mediterranean and across Europe observed feasts on or around December 25th, marking the winter solstice. The Jews had a festival of lights. Germans had a yule festival. Celtic legends connected the solstice with Balder, the Scandinavian sun god who was struck down by a mistletoe arrow. At the pagan festival of Saturnalia, Romans feasted and gave gifts to the poor. Drinking was closely connected with these pagan feasts. At some point, a Christian bishop may have adopted the day to keep his people from indulging in the old pagan festival.**

Every year, we celebrate that Jesus Christ is the reason for the season. It sounds more like religious exclusivism. Christians should be more open to express respect and honor (love) among Christians especially Christian that do not celebrate Christmas even to non-Christians who do not believe in Christ at all. We should avoid showing that our belief system is true and better than theirs. Not all religions celebrate Christmas but they do enjoy the non-working holidays.

God commanded “Follow not the way of the heathen.” For those who do not fear God follows their own desire, support their action proudly and make decisions favorable either to him or to others. Human beings are given free will and without the guidance of the Holy Spirit most likely we are going to fail and run short of the glory of God.  The plain Word of God is seeking Him and you will find Him, trust Him and you can lean on Him.

There is no legitimate scriptural reason to celebrate, how to celebrate or how not to celebrate Christmas or not celebrate it at all. Whether or not to celebrate Christmas is a personal decision and should not be judged, for God alone is the Judge of all humanity. Am I against it? I say no on both sides; being alive and witnessing that everyone are happy with these celebration is more than enough to say praise to you LORD in the highest.

Christmas is centered more in buying and giving, receiving and eating, family gatherings, time to make peace instead of resentment, forgive and forget syndrome and most of all to share the spirit of joy and enjoy the things why we celebrate for joy is a commandment.
“If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and remain in his love. I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full.” John 15:11 (WEB)
“This means tremendous joy to you, I know, even though you are temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials and temptations. This is no accident—it happens to prove your faith, which is infinitely more valuable than gold, and gold, as you know, even though it is ultimately perishable, must be purified by fire. This proving of your faith is planned to bring you praise and honor and glory in the day when Jesus Christ reveals himself. And though you have never seen him, yet I know that you love him. At present you trust him without being able to see him, and even now he brings you a joy that words cannot express and which has in it a hint of the glories of Heaven; and all the time you are receiving the result of your faith in him—the salvation of your own souls.”1 Peter 1:8 (Phi)

Whatever Christians decide to do regarding Christmas, their views should not be viewed unbiblical for there is no direct command that prohibit celebrating this national holiday, or should be viewed as an achievement of pride which derived from one's own opinion over celebrating or not celebrating. As always and in everything, we seek wisdom from Him who gives the gift of discernment and open a new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values. Liberally to all who ask; “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”(James 1:5) and accept one another in Christian love and grace, regardless of our views on Christmas.

Whether we are Christians, Jews or Muslims and any other religions of this world that shares their values in peace, humility and belief in the existence of God has the right to share their views to unbelievers without inducing harm to anyone. Creationist or evolutionist, believers or unbelievers of God must come once again to their senses and try to realize that we all share this earth to protect it from destructions and the only tool we can use is the commandment of love. We are all chosen people to live in this earth side by side, to respect and honor each other’s existence especially the helpless nations with love and compassion; not hatred and conquest; Sharing and giving; not control and acquisition.

World without love will lead us to survival of the fittest, the spread of covetousness and lawlessness; nations against nation, and the finality is the extinction of humanity in the hands of itself. If we treat Christmas as a celebration for all humanity as a peaceful, humble means of togetherness, we may achieved a more meaningful life. (Christmas Day -Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning "Christ's Mass") Allow me to give a new approach, as all we know the word Christ came from the Greek word Christos which means anointed and mas(s) part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass for more(group); when you peace it together it means we are group of chosen or anointed people, anointed by whom? We are chosen or anointed by God.

Christian did not take place only in the New Testament era but it already existed in ancient biblical times (Deuteronomy 7:6) Jews and Muslims are seeds of Abraham; while the Gentiles becomes chosen seeds (1Peter 2:9). The epistles to the Galatians explained more that we are also Abraham’s seeds; “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise. (Galatians 3:16).  
“For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,  because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4-8(ESV)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (ESV)

Can we come together; learned and unlearned, believers or unbelievers as Brothers and Sisters to celebrate peace and unity this Christmas day as a celebration dedicated to God’s love and mercy and proclaiming His Word in John 3:16-18 New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Merry Christmas to all!
To God in the highest.
** Source= http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/301-600/the-1st-recorded-celebration-of-christmas-11629658.html







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