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Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« on: December 16, 2003, 09:22:02 AM »
With all the commercialism and blasphemy going on in the season of Christmas, is it right for christians to celebrate this holiday? No one knows when christ was born, and there is nothing in scripture telling us to celebrate Christmas.

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2003, 12:13:54 PM »
What do you think? It is worshipped as a pagan holiday, and Christ could not have born in December anyway, so it's not true. And consider the Christmas tree itself.

 Jeremiah 10:3 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.
 5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2003, 09:03:20 PM »

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2003, 08:57:14 AM »
Aren't Reformed and Puritan Christians distinct in that they don't celebrate Christmas? Personally, I have no problem in celebrating the holiday.

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2003, 10:45:46 AM »
The Puritans may not have celebrated Christmas, but that is not a Reformed doctrine.

Every year around this time we get all the posts about how pagan and sinful it is to celebrate Christmas. Well, I am of the Reformed faith, I celebrate Christmas (as does thousands of my Reformed brothers), and we do so in good conscience. So for the other side of the story, click on this link.

http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/faq/histchrist.html





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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2003, 08:09:20 AM »
Every year around this time we get all the posts about how pagan and sinful it is to celebrate Christmas. Well, I am of the Reformed faith, I celebrate Christmas (as does thousands of my Reformed brothers), and we do so in good conscience. So for the other side of the story, click on this link.

http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/faq/histchrist.html


Thanks Robert. Always good to have the other side of the story.  ;D
   
If it's ok for the angels to celebrate the birth of Christ, it's Ok for me.

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2003, 01:26:54 PM »
Merry Christmas to all, and God bless us, everyone!  ;D

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2003, 09:32:08 AM »
Thanks. If we celebrate christmas, are there any things that we should stear clear of, like christmas parties or decorations? Or is that christian liberty?

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2003, 11:41:26 AM »
Personally, I find that it can be helpful for the Church to observe the Church Calender.  

Let me put it this way:  I'd rather listen to a Christmas Eve sermon on the Incarnation of Christ, than to sit through a "how to be a good Father," sermon (devoid of Christ's name) on Father's Day.  

Why is it bad for us to celebrate the Incarnation of Christ?  Certainly our celebration stands out in sharp contrast to the plastic Santas, greed, drunkeness, etc that characterize the popular celebration.  

Or is it "too Catholic?"    ;)  ;D

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2003, 11:18:50 AM »
Thanks. If we celebrate christmas, are there any things that we should stear clear of, like christmas parties or decorations? Or is that christian liberty?

No, it's not Christian liberty. There are many things you should not do with relationship to christmas. Christmas parties are not good if there is alcohol bering served, as you know what that usually turns into.

Christmas decorations are Ok so long as they are God glorifying. No santa Claus, and no it's not harmless.

Also, no reindeer, because reindeer are associated with santa at Christmas.  No elves, and no striped Poles. All these things are sassociated with the false bringer of gifts.

No nativity scenes where you have images of Christ. No images of Christ or angels period. Other than that, you should be alright.


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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2004, 11:22:48 AM »
Dear All,
Is it wrong for us believers to celebrate Chistmas at home with unbelievers eg. Parents,wife children?
Is it also wrong to wish others Merry Christmas as others dont know the Lord.

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2004, 11:17:00 PM »
I am new on this board and I was delighted to find a Christian talk-forum.  I just wanted to say that my feeling about your question you posed is that it might be a great witness to unbelievers to see how a Christian family celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. 

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2004, 04:08:16 AM »
Dear All,
Is it wrong for us believers to celebrate Chistmas at home with unbelievers eg. Parents,wife children?
Is it also wrong to wish others Merry Christmas as others dont know the Lord.


A good examination of the Christmas issue is found here:

http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/faq/histchrist.html

It's good to know that there are still some biblical Christians who haven't gone the legalistic judgemental way of the puritans in condemning all Christmas worship.
 

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2004, 11:57:53 AM »

Although some church groups (notably puritans) traditionally do not celebrate Christmas, the New Testament gives no grounds for limiting Christian fellowship based on this custom. In fact, Christmas observance or non-observance is not in any way a measure of Christian regeneration, and thus should not separate brethren.

 1Co 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
 
I celebrate Christmas not as the worlds does, but as a true Christian would in praise and honor bringing glory to God and thanks for the birth of our merciful saviour.

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Re: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2009, 05:35:10 AM »
Thanks. If we celebrate christmas, are there any things that we should stear clear of, like christmas parties or decorations? Or is that christian liberty?

No, it's not Christian liberty. There are many things you should not do with relationship to christmas. Christmas parties are not good if there is alcohol bering served, as you know what that usually turns into.

Christmas decorations are Ok so long as they are God glorifying. No santa Claus, and no it's not harmless.

Also, no reindeer, because reindeer are associated with santa at Christmas.  No elves, and no striped Poles. All these things are sassociated with the false bringer of gifts.

No nativity scenes where you have images of Christ. No images of Christ or angels period. Other than that, you should be alright.



I know that this is an old post, but I still have a couple of questions.

Yesterday, I bought this little ceramic nativity scene. Very simple, with only Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.  On top, there is an angel looking over them. 

I bought this with a clear conscience, knowing that this is ONLY a "symbol" of the real thing.  I do not worship nor bow down to them.  But seeing this "scene", made me think of the wonderful gift of LIFE that our Father gave to us.

Now...I agree with Reformer concerning Santa and all the secular celbrations.  But if we are to take Exodus 20:4,5 for face value, doesn't it mean that that the graven image is something that we would desire to worship?  Otherwise we could not have pictures of our loved ones.  No decorations of animals, or human beings, period.  I think what Exodus is saying, and correct me if I'm wrong, ...is that we are not to have any graven images that we would desire or be tempted to worship in God's stead.

Exodus 20:4-5  Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

I have been through the wring with Christmas.  Feeling guilty because of some "well meaning" Christians.  But now I am seeing things differently.  I do not like the way the world celebrates it.  Even though I do buy gifts and do put up a tree....my heart is overwhelmed by the gracious gift that our Father gave us!

This post concerns Reformer's post, but anyone here can answer.

Thanks and God bless,
Pam

 


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