Questioning Christmas

Why do you keep Christmas?

If you are one of those people who celebrate Christmas for what it is supposed to be celebrated for, then you’d say that you are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ into this world. But that in itself is questionable enough. We’ll get to that later.

First, we need to set a very important premise: you believe in the Holy Bible. That would be a given if you are celebrating it for the birth of Christ.

If, indeed, you believe in the Bible, doesn’t that mean that you are supposed to follow it and live according to it? However, nowhere in the Bible can we find any instruction telling us to celebrate the birth of Christ.

And, maybe, it is for good reason.

If I have read and understood correctly, God sent his only begotten Son into the earth to save mankind. Which, inevitably, means that Jesus Christ had to come, had to be born, to the earth because man can longer be saved without the Saviour.

Now, if you look more closely, if you are celebrating Christmas for the birth of Christ, then you are inadvertently celebrating the sins and sinfulness of man.

Think about it.

The Story of Christmas

According to Wikipedia,

Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday observed generally on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The date is not known to be the actual birthday of Jesus, and may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after some early Christians believed Jesus had been conceived, the date of the winter solstice on the ancient Roman calendar, or one of various ancient winter festivals. Christmas is central to the Christmas and holiday season, and in Christianity marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days.

But according to other literature, Christmas, the way it is celebrated these days, is a rather twisted tale. It tells us that Christmas actually originated from the ancient pagan feasts. The church was already getting worried about the number of followers because a lot of people were attending pagan worship celebrations because they were festive and, therefore, attractive. This pushed the church to set Christmas on around the date of this pagan celebration to try to stop people from becoming pagans. Also, according to the story set in the Bible, Jesus Christ couldn’t have been born on winter because of the setting of the environment given in the tale – sheep staying outside in the night.

Now, this should put Christmas in a rather controversial position. Or so I think.

According to the Roman Catholic Church, a lot of people today are already forgetting the “true spirit” of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ. They are saying that people are turning to Santa Claus as the star of Christmas and this is absolutely wrong because it should be Jesus. Then again, Christmas have become too commercialized and I can fairly well say that a lot of business establishments are looking forward to this date due to the sheer amount of possible income from the decors to the gifts.

Now seeing as this isn’t actually the birth date of Christ and we are celebrating something that originated from the wrong things, how exactly should this date be approached?

Though, apparently, these days, a lot of things are very much uncertain. Maybe, the best thing we can all do is take a step back and try to look at things from every possible perspective and decide whether or not what we are doing is really something that we should be doing.