Because of the high popularity of Is Christmas Pagan? part 1, and because of the large amount of opposition against my point of view as told in the above mentioned article, I have decided to create a second part to the previous post, explaining what I did not explain in the previous article, and responding to the opposing arguments presented by my readers. Without further ado, let us begin.
While it is not against the Bible to celebrate the birth of Christ, something I believe we should be doing year round, not just during the month of December, we are not commanded to do so. We do it because His birth was one of the greatest and most glorious events in history, right? Well, how is giving gifts and decorating Christmas trees and spending money celebrating God? That is why I think the whole thing is useless.
As for the paganism within Christmas, many aspects of Christmas are indeed pagan. We decorate Christmas trees. The Bible very clearly tells us not to do this. Jeremiah 10:2-4 states,
2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.Jeremiah 10:2-4 KJV
3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
The above is exactly what we are doing when we cut down, set up, and decorate Christmas trees every year.
What about Santa Claus? He’s innocent, you may say. No, even his name proves his connection to Satan. Santa, Saturn, and Satan are all synonyms. If you didn’t already watch the video I included in part 1, now is the time to do so, as it explains in further detail the evil of Santa Claus, whom people have tried to Christianize by calling him Saint Nicholas, in addition to other common traditions of Christimas.
Now, I will answer the questions of several of my readers. First, Ebony Embry brought up several valid points during the debate in the comments of part 1. Here is her first argument that is worth debating:
That video was right about one thing: Not everybody celebrates the same thing in Christmas. Christians celebrate Christ’s nativity on Christmas. Others may celebrate other things. That’s none of my concern. Therefore, while Christmas may be a pagan holiday for some, it’s Christ’s birthday for us. ~Ebony
Good points. You’re totally right, Ebony. Not everyone is celebrating Christ in Christmas. In this debate I am assuming the best, that is, that everyone is generally celebrating the birth of Christ in Christmas. Now, the title of my posts infers that I am not talking against the celebration of His birth (rather, simply questioning it; it’s good to question things lie these every once in a while), but rather, the pagan rituals we often unknowingly partake in every Christmas, some of which I have already mentioned above. So, even if you don’t know, depending on which pagan rituals you partake in during Christmastime, maybe you just are celebrating things other than Christ…
On to Kingslayer7553. He/she said the following
Why should we not celebrate Jesus’s birth why would it be bad and while he may not have been born on Christmas day. Christmas is a time so that you can remember it.
Yes, it is, but shouldn’t we remember it always, not just on a random man-made day in December? Where did we get this day anyway? The pagans.
Finally, onto Iman (ManJan), who thought it best to defend his beliefs with sarcasm. Here is his long, droning sarcastic comment:
Christmas is evil because it is a replacement of worshiping the sun god of Rome to worshipping the actual God, Jesus! And I believe it is wrong because we replaced worshipping an idol for worshipping the true God. Also, Christmas is wrong because bad people take advantage of it to make money. Yes, they are bad people and do bad things using Christmas and Christmas itself has really nothing to do with commercials! But! Just because evil men use it for commercial stuff therefore it evil in esense!
While this is partially true, it’s obviously sarcasm.
Jaël (lilalai07), who had no particular argument to be mentioned here, did not immediately recognize the sarcasm, and responded with this, which had a few points of interest:
Look, do you think I celebrate Christmas because I worship the sun god of Rome? No. I know people take advantage of it to make money. Christmas decorations, Santa Claus, all of this stuff. But I celebrate Jesus’s birth. I know he wasn’t born on the 25th. I think of Christmas a nice holiday where I can receive some gifts and see all my friends and family and celebrate Jesus’s birth. You believe it is wrong because we replaced worshipping an idol for worshipping the true God. Well, let me tell you, I don’t worship the Christmas tree we have, I don’t just think of presents when it comes to Christmas, and I haven’t replaced God with some kind of idol at Christmas. This is not saying that other people don’t do this. You are right in the sense that some people will do this, but this over all does not mean that Christmas is bad.
While this was in reply to an invalid comment, the points she made here are still viable. So, she is saying that she does not celebrate Christmas for pagan reasons obviously. Neither do anyone else who believes in Christmas. You are right Jael, Christmas is a replacement for idol worship. I saw (somewhere) an argument that Christmas isn’t wrong just because we replaced idol worship with Christ worship. (Yep, that is exactly what Christmas is!) Well, that is basically trying to Christianize pagan holidays. I don’t think this is right, it’s like dressing up as an angel for Halloween. Really?
Well, thank you for reading. Please keep active in the comments. Share your differing views. Keep the debate going. Share your thoughts on December 25. Now, I won’t be around here until Monday, December 30 (on second thought, maybe the 31st, the former is my mother’s birthday), so your comments will not be readily replied to by me. Other than that, have a great evening y’all!