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Is celebrating Christmas wrong even if it has been Christianized?
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Really, that is a question that each one of us must make a decision about for themselves. In order to do so, a person needs to examine the facts about the holiday of Christmas, and see what Bible principles apply in this case to help each one make a sound judgement.

If I may, I would like to draw your attention to some things about Christmas and some scriptures that will help you decide for yourself.

First, even though the name "Christmas" sounds very much christian, the holiday itself comes from pre-christian pagan sources. According to the New Encyclopedia Britannica, it was origionally the pagan celebration of "the birth of the unconquered sun." Yes, it was the Saturnalia festival which was a celebration to the sun god, and it featured feasting, decorating of homes, exchanging of gifts, and general merry-making. Candles and bonfires were lit by the people who believed that doing so would help the sun god re-awaken from his percieved, winter, sleeplike condition.

Over 300 hundred years after Jesus death, the Roman Catholic church decided to adopt the holiday of the Saturnalia into the church along with it's customs, and renamed it "Christ's Mass" (later known as Christmas).

The Bible gives us some principles that helps us decide on what to do concerning this holiday. One is found at Isaiah 52:11, where God instructed the Isrealites as they were traveling through certain areas areas where there was much false religious practices, to "touch nothng unclean." The context of the scripture indicates that God was indicating to them not to come in contact with unclean religious practices and idols.

Ephesians 5:10 encourages Christians to "keep making sure of what is acceptable to the Lord." So in doing so, it would be reasonable that we would not want to get involved with unclean religious practices.


As far as "Christianizing" the holiday, the Bible tells us not to be mixing false religion with worship to God and Jesus. At 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 it says," Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness? Further, what harmony is there between Christ and BeŽli·al? Or what portion does a faithful person have with an unbeliever?"



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