Christmas is not Biblical

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Christmas is not Biblical from Apply Wisdom.com

Christmas is a week away…. and as it approaches we want to give you something to think about. We all love Jesus so much and want to honor him as God’s son.  But we want to do what is right, and biblical, not what is traditional and expected.  Please read the below and think about it.

The church falsely teaches us that Jesus was born on the 25th of December, that the three wise men were good guys, and that the star that lead the wise men to Jesus was from God.

Biblical Truth is that Jesus was not born on 25 December and Yahweh doesn’t want you to dishonor Him by engaging in the materialism and selfishness of that unbiblical celebration. The wise men were astrologists, which the bible forbids.

Here goes a quick summary of Christmas: Jesus rebuked religious leaders who liked traditions of man more than the word of God. The bible doesn’t say when Jesus was born. Jesus was not born on the 25th of December. To a true Christian, every day is a day to celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice and to honor him. Santa Clause is not biblical. Worshiping saints (St. Nicolas) is not biblical and is forbidden in the bible. Being grumpy and stressed out in December is not a way to honor Jesus’ life. Sad, financially stressful times are not biblical. Manger scenes are wrong because the Magi visited Jesus in a “home,” not a manger (perhaps up to 2 years after Jesus’ birth). No one knows the number of the Magi (why do you sing that they were 3?). Magi were astrologers (which God strictly forbids) who followed a star. Herod inquired of the magi, which resulted in Herod doing a terrible thing, killing all kids under two years old. Bad associations (even at Christmas parties) corrupt useful habits. Stay away from bad people unless doing ministry on them. Honor God and Jesus by being obedient. Worship Yahweh in spirit and truth.

Christmas is a great example of a seemingly good idea gone bad. The ancient Catholic Church wanted to honor Jesus by celebrating a festival to him. The ancient church attempted Christ’s Mass to redeem a favorite pagan celebration day and bring thousands of pagans into the church. They assimilated the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year with the least amount of sun light), which was a pagan celebration, with an unbiblical and erroneous celebration of Jesus’s birthday. Over the years this pagan celebration has become perverted to the point that it has nothing to do with honoring Jesus.

Yahweh (YHWH) never told us the exact day of Jesus’ birthday. This is because Jews don’t and never did celebrate birthdays. Furthermore, Yahweh (YHWH) never said to celebrate birthdays, let alone Jesus’ birthday. Birthday celebrations are a pagan tradition.

Jesus was not born on 25 December. The 25th of December was the winter solstice (a pagan holiday) and early Christian church leaders decided to mix the pagan date with a Christian event to redeem the date and gather more support. Who decided this? Was it God? Was it Jesus? No. It was Constantine in 336 A.D. who made this decision, not YHWH. Why should we follow a date that is not commanded by God.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem Ephrata. (Micah 5:2)  And you, O Bethlehem Ephrata, the one too little to get to be among the thousands of Judah, from you there will come out to me the one who is to become ruler in Israel, whose origin is from early times, from the days of time indefinite.

There were two Bethlehems during biblical times. One was in Judah outside Jerusalem where Jesus was born and the other was north near Nazareth, where Jesus spend many years. How wonderful is it that the bible predicts years earlier where he would be born.

Jesus was borne when it was not yet fully winter. Winters in Bethlehem are very cold and require bringing domestic animals inside. Although Jesus was born in a manger, he was born when it was still warm enough outside for local shepherds to still be out in the fields with their flocks. (Luke 2:8) There were also in that same country shepherds living out of doors and keeping watches in the night over their flocks. And suddenly YHWH’s angel stood by them, and YHWH’s glory gleamed around them, and they became very fearful.

Astronomy is Good, Astrology is evil. Astronomy is studying stars and planets and physics (think NASA). Astrology is interpreting starts to get messages (think fortune tellers). This is like the daily horoscope. This is strictly forbidden by God. Deuteronomy 18:9 says “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spirits or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.”

The Magi were led by the star. That means they were astrologists. That is a “no go” in the eyes of God. Jeremiah 10:2 says “This is what the LORD says: “Do not act like the other nations, who try to read their future in the stars. Do not be afraid of their predictions, even though other nations are terrified by them” (NLT).

Good power comes from Holy Spirit. Bad power comes from the devil. Magic is evil. Therefore, the Magi (same word) were evil.

The bible doesn’t say there were 3 Magi. It just says Magi. (Matthew 2:1) Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem.

Magi visited a house, not a stable.  The Hebrew word for house and stable are complete different so there can be no mistake. Mary and Joseph were in a house when the magi visited. (Matthew 2:11) After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This fact alone proves the historical inaccuracy of manger scenes. Yet, millions of people still put them up every December.

The timeline of the Magi’s visit is not specifically given so we must assume, based upon Herod’s murderous actions, that it was within two years of Jesus birth. (Matthew 2:16)  Then Herod, seeing he had been outwitted by the astrologers, fell into a great rage, and he sent out and had all the boys in Bethlehem and in all its districts done away with, from two years of age and under, according to the time that he had carefully ascertained from the astrologers.

Sadly this tragedy was predicted 600 years in Jeremiah 31:15: “This is what YHWH has said, ‘In Ramah a voice is being heard, lamentation and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping over her sons. She has refused to be comforted over her sons, because they are no more.’”

Santa Clause is not biblical. There is no such thing in reality as a magic fat guy in red clothes who makes iPods in the North Pole with elves to give to family members you don’t like.

Saints are not biblical. God wants us to only worship him, not silly saints and not Mary.  Read Exodus 20: 3-5 or see chapter 17, 19.

The bible is full of many gems of knowledge for those who love YHWH and actually spend time studying it. Below is a perfect example.

For your information, Jesus was likely born around the first week of October. Do your own research of the timeline in the beginning of Luke and the Leviticus priestly service calendar in 1 Chronicles 24 and you will arrive at the same conclusion. Hint: Jesus was born how many months after John the Baptist? John was born 9 months after Zachariah served as High priest during his tribe’s designated service time. When was that?

11 Reasons I don’t celebrate Christmas[1]

  1. Christmas is driven by commercialism.
  2. Christmas is nowhere mentioned in the Bible.
  3. Jesus wasn’t born on or near Dec. 25.
  4. The Christmas holiday is largely a recycled pagan celebration.
  5. God condemns using pagan customs to worship Him.
  6. Christmas is worshipping God in vain.
  7. You can’t put Christ back into something He was never in.
  8. The Bible nowhere tells us to observe a holiday celebrating Jesus Christ’s birth —but it clearly does tell us to commemorate His death.
  9. Christmas obscures God’s plan for mankind.
  10. I’d rather celebrate the Holy Days Jesus Christ and the Apostles observed.
  11. Constantine, not YHWH, declared it Jesus’ birthday (This is a lie. Why observe and celebrate a lie?)

I want to spend a few seconds getting personal with you about Christmas so you can learn from my experience. Like you, I always knew that Jesus was not born on the 25th of December but because I love Jesus, I thought it was as good of a time as any other to celebrate and honor him.

Also, I didn’t want to be the only “weirdo” to not celebrate Christmas. But don’t worry, there are millions of true hearted Christians out there who don’t celebrate Christmas. You may have to look for them. But there are millions.

When my wife and I told our families that we would not celebrate Christmas for the above explained reasons they all thought we were crazy. Our kids were the most disappointed. Even though we were doing the right thing, the first year without Christmas was hard. That was the year we threw away all our Christmas decorations and Christmas music and that year our families were the meanest to us. The second year was easier as we knew we could do it and the family got more tolerant of our integrity. And by the third year, it was absolutely pain free, drama free. So please take courage that it is possible to love YHWH and Jesus His son but to not celebrate Christmas. But expect drama and stupidity from your associates and family when you first take a stand against a tradition of man which violates biblical truth.

[1] http://www.ucg.org/holidays-and-holy-days/top-10-reasons-why-i-dont-celebrate-christmas/