Friday, December 25, 2009

x-mas Accepted or Rejected; U DECIDE

As we approach December 25th most of the Christian world is preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Celebrating the birth of Christ sounds noble; but considers this Food 4 thought/This fine Wine 4 your Mind:

The New Testament gives no indication that the early church recognized at all, let alone celebrates the Birth of the Messiah.

Paul the 'Apostle to the Gentiles' made no reference whatsoever to the birth of Jesus. The book of the Acts of the Apostles (supposedly written by Luke, of which Gospel the nativity story originates), there is not ANY reference at all, whatsoever of the disciples or anyone else celebrating the birth of Christ. As a matter of fact outside of the two gospels (Matthew and Luke) that merely describe the events not dates or seasons, there is no mention of the date of Christ’s birth anywhere in the New Testament.

This should not be surprising since the people most likely expected Jesus return to be 'any day'.

By the 2nd CenturyA.D. The Gnostic movement began to focus on when Jesus was born. Primarily because the Gnostic's never considered Christ's death as anything redemptive. Other events within the life of Christ are what they base their doctrine on :(

Bad Choice! Doctrine comes from the law AND the testimony.

"Bind up the testimony; seal the law among my disciples... To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:16-20).

Origen, an early Christian scholar and theologian who lived from 185 – 254A.D. spoke against celebrating Christ's birth at all. He concluded, after reviewing scripture that there were only TWO birthdays mentioned in the whole Bible. They were celebrated by wicked men (Pharaoh and Herod) and on both occasions someone died.

Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan

Not only is the birth of Christ unknown but scholars are also uncertain when December 25th became the date to celebrate Christ's birth. After the 11th Century Christmas celebrations took on an un-Christian atmosphere of partying (as they do in the modern day).

The Reformation movement also took great pains to seriously down play (when they could not outright remove) Christmas celebrations. They (the reformers) believed if God wanted men to celebrate the birth of the only begotten son, he would have also given the date for celebration, or at least the exact date that it transpired.

  • Martin Luther - (the main figure behind the reformation [the breaking away from the Catholic Church and the eventual formation of Protestantism]), actually fought against a common celebration of Christmas.

In 1647, the English Parliament passed a law forbidding the observance of Christmas.

In 1659 in Massachusetts made it illegal to observe Christmas.
 (The Puritans were a special sect, being one of the few groups that were ALWAYS from the beginning Anti-Slavery).
The recognition that no New Testament scripture anywhere provides a basis for such a celebration was the reasoning for these bans on Christmas.

May the Lord add a blessing to the study of His Word.


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