Is Christmas Christian?

Just found this very interesting link, Is Christmas Christian?, at Still Waters Revival Books which seems to clearly state some of my rather serious misgivings about Christmas. I have not read the entire free E-Book yet, nor listened to the SermonAudio MP3s, but I’m already certain to find more personal agreement than disagreement in this material. This whole holiday (holy-day, supposedly) reminds me of the idol-makers of Ephesus crying out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” (Acts 19:23-28 NASB and commentary), for obvious reasons. Perhaps this entire culture would be better off without it.

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Published in: on 2006/12/20 at 16:31  Comments (6)  

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  1. Vintage Saint Nicholas

  2. Hey Chris: thanks for the link! I really appreciate it. I’ve read the article finally in full, except for the Historic Appendix at the end, and I’m certainly not in full agreement with it. Its viewpoint is extreme. All of the Biblical examples it uses are all Old Testament (and therefore Old Covenant) as far as I remember (except of course the birthday of Herod, which in my opinion is a weak argument against “birthdays.” Just because only bad people celebrated them in the Bible [which implies that other hopefully-not-so bad people also celebrated them] is not a reason to rule out birthday celebrations themselves, though it is something perhaps to consider).

    Edit: Clarification: I meant, I disagree with MY OWN article that I linked to in my blog post, not yours.

  3. One of my other problems with celebrating the Birth of Christ remains, however, at least in manger scenes and whatnot. I strongly dislike displays that focus solely on the humanity of Jesus in His weakest carnal state: i.e., infancy (and for the same reason, I very strongly dislike Crucifixes). It seems that some people (not all) are intent on making Jesus Christ “cute and cuddly” instead of “Sovereign and Lord.” Jesus Christ is the Sovereign Lord of the Christian faith. That God became flesh is a beautiful, wonderful truth to be taught, defended, and cherished. But I know when I am stating that Christ should be honored and right doctrines taught to friends like you, I’m truly preaching to the choir. 🙂

  4. There seems to be lots of bloggers bloggin about this issue at the moment so I through some ideas into the mix as well – would value your insight.

  5. Hi SamE: thank you for stopping by! I love the tag line of your blog, “me going through the Bible going through me” Amen. I wish we all had that devotion to the Word of God.

  6. I am a creature of a day. I am a spirit come from God, and returning to God. I want to know one thing: the way to heaven. God himself has condescended to teach me the way. He has written it down in a book. Oh, give me that book! At any price give me the book of God. Let me be a man of one book.–John Wesley


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