The children of Israel must wait at the foot of the mountain for him to return. Celebrating Christmas or not celebrating Christmas does not make you a Christian, and you are free in Christ to do one or the other. This Weeks Bible Question: Does Jeremiah 10:3 talk about Christmas Trees? To abstain from the mere appearance of evil would seem to contradict what the Apostle says in the second passage important to this discussion. The Feast of Saturnalia in early Rome, for example, was celebrated for 7 days from the 17th to the 24th of December and was marked by a spirit of merriment, gift giving to children and other forms of entertainment. On the other hand, there is no biblical record of these early Christians observing such Christian holidays as Easter and Christmas.
They may not believe in some or all of what the Watchtower teaches. Then he quoted Isaiah 44:14-15: Isaiah 44:14-15 Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak, and raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. They look for the season to give joy, rather than the Person of the season. But you say, should I have a tree in my living room? Everything they say is thought to be 'the truth'. God's son taught us about our heavenly Father.
Now we know that December the 25th was celebrated a couple of thousand years before Jesus ever came along. Indeed, while there are many feasts commanded for the Jews in the pages of the Old Testament, no feast day at all is commanded for Christians in the New Testament. Later as Christianity spread into northern Europe, the Celtic, Teutonic, and Slavic winter festivals contributed holly, mistletoe, the Christmas tree, bonfires, and similar items. However, because of our freedom in Christ under grace, we are at liberty to celebrate Christmas. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? He also makes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image, and falls down before it.
Should we assert that to celebrate Christmas is to promote paganism and materialism and thus is just not the biblical thing to do? If you have a comment unrelated to this page or wish to send us a private note, you may do so via our. A number of Old Testament passages are sometimes used to condemn the use of Christmas trees such as: Jeremiah 10:2-5; Isaiah 40:19-20; 44:14-17. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. So, how should believers handle it? At one single point along the road, I could see at times as many as five shepherds with their flocks on one hillside. These principles warn and protect us from the distortions we find in the world. However, in many cases, they did point to original revelation from God and maybe even customs that were originally pure.
This Week's Bible Question: Does Jeremiah 10:3 talk about Christmas Trees? You find it in Babylon, in Syria. They buy things they can't afford, which nobody needs, and sometimes can't even identify. With only a handful of exceptions, though, they do celebrate Christmas and Easter. From this celebration, for example, were derived the elaborate feasting, the giving of gifts, and the burning of candles. You see people carrying images of the Virgin Mary through the streets and everybody celebrating with different forms; a lot of drunkenness and a little fornication on the side and then whatever else that they choose to do in their celebration. The family was living in a house when the Magi arrived, and Herod had children killed up to two years old when he heard about the child. Make the emphasis more on giving rather than receiving.
But leave Christ out of Christmas, and then exchange your gifts, and do whatever you want to do that suits you. Argument Number 4: Christmas Traditions are from Paganism Another argument against the celebration of Christmas as it has been done for years is the claim that many of the traditions found in the celebration of Christmas were brought over into Christianity from pagan practices. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. In fact, the early church at first met daily and took the Lord's Supper daily, but we don't do that today. They are observers but do not participate. Of course, the other great feasts—Christmas, Theophany the Baptism of Christ , the Meeting of Christ in the Temple His being brought to the Temple at forty days old , the Annunciation, Palm Sunday, Pascha Easter , the Ascension, Pentecost and the Transfiguration—all are celebrations of events depicted in the Bible.
Issues Facing Us Today 1 The pagan associations were lost long ago The names of the days of our week also had their origin in pagan beliefs. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to question the wisdom of their religious leaders. We read the same Bible as everyone else. Arguments Against the Celebration of Christmas Argument Number 1: Christmas is Commercialized and Materialistic It is said that because the birth of Christ has been commercialized and secularized the real meaning of the season been lost.
In Matthew 2:16 pais would fall into the same age category as paidion since the latter term is used nine times in the same context. The custom was forbidden by an act of parliament in 1555; And the reformation brought in a refinement in the celebration of Christmas by emphasizing it Christian elements. The early New Testament Church did not celebrate them! Yes, you should gather together, but where does it say to have a 25th anniversary celebration for your congregation? We are considering telling them this year that each child will only receive four gifts total for Christmas something they want, need, wear, and read. According to Jesus 'the law' or correct doctrines are not as important as the love his followers would have for their 'neighbors' not just fellow believers. There are two basic kinds of holidays, national or religious.
We are living a life of remembrance always, so that our history does not become our past, but rather that it always remains significant at present. This spurious idea has opened the door for much of the devilish activity associated with this holiday. Further, even if the term originally referred to the Roman Catholic ritual of the Eucharist, it long ago lost that connotation and is really not an issue. The priest drank the wine, and the people got the body. They might secretly celebrate holidays and accept holiday gifts if they believe they won't get caught and no one will report them to Watchtower Elders. So she went out and put a star on top of it and the people came and put gifts on it and they decorated it. We can make something evil out of it or something good.
Have you ever stopped to question why bunnies and colorful eggs are so closely linked to the commemoration of the death and resurrection of the Savior of mankind? We try to make little of it as we can. This is exactly the point the apostle Paul was making in 1Corinthians 10:19 - 22. While none of this really affects whether one should celebrate Christmas, this argument is often used to throw further doubt and contempt for the entire tradition of celebrating Christmas. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. He later became the patron saint of children in the Roman Catholic Church. Hoehner, professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, wrote: Jesus Christ entered into the history of our world, Christianity, therefore, has historical basis.