Why celebrate Christmas?
Christmas has been celebrated for many years and yes the Pagans also celebrated the day probably worshiping the sun god.
You may ask yourself, why do we celebrate Christmas or Easter or even our own Birthdays.
The Bible says:
Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
There are people who are new in Christ or not well versed, do not know the Scripture or is easily influenced. The Bible says to accept them but not their doubts and arguments.
Rom 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
We hear this all the time. There are those who do not believe we should eat the “forbidden food” in the Bible. such as Lobster and shell fish… This stems from Paganism, which worshipped their gods with eating.
Rom 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
God says do not judge those who eat. In other words if food is part of a Pagan custom or ceremony, if you want to eat it, eat it. It’s still food.
Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
God said we have no right to judge someone for eating, or not eating. I am not sure about our friends in Canada. I believe they follow the old Testament laws (although they have no sacrifice 🙂 but I don’t think they eat the forbidden food. God says we should not judge them nor should they judge us.
Rom 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
Here it is speaking of food and days. In other words if we celebrate on a certain day that our Lord was born or on the day He rose again, it is fine. If we do it as unto the Lord. Of course we do not worship the sun god nor do we fall down before a decorated tree. Yet we do remember a day that we have set aside to remember the Lord.
Can someone judge you for that? Not according to the Bible.
Now you might say but we give gifts or we drink an eat and are happy. Can someone find evil in that? The Jews celebrated their holidays with drinking and eating and giving gifts. Their was song and dance and great mirth. As a matter of fact I believe it pleases God to see His obedient children, enjoying themselves on the day they decided to celebrate His birth or Resurrection.
Rom 14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
Rom 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
Rom 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
This is why Christ died for us. So we can be His people with free will and to live as to Him. In other words, with Him in mind and hearts.
I certainly am reminded of the Christ being born during Christmas. Our celebration includes the vision of Mary’s pregnancy and giving birth in a manger and giving up His throne to live and die for us.
Certainly Easter reminds us of the triumph Christ had over the grave and that He did it all so we could have eternal life.
Rom 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Rom 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
I believe in many cases it is done for jealousy. I believe many would rather preach bondage than about the freedom we have in Christ. Paul spoke about some preaching Christ to make themselves look good. Perhaps there are those who preach no Christmas so they can claim a special spirituality that they believe they have.
Rom 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Each one of us will stand before God. Will we be ashamed that we celebrated His birth or Resurrection? I don’t think so. Especially when we all celebrate our own birthdays. Should we leave Him out?
Rom 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
If you ate dog in front of me, I would be offended. Knowing that I would be offended and you still did it, it would be wrong. However, what you do in your private life is your business and you need not stop things that you do because someone else does not like it. But if it really hurts someone, don’t do it in front of them.
Rom 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
Rom 14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
Rom 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Rom 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
Rom 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
Rom 14:20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.
Rom 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
Rom 14:22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
This is all speaking of brothers. That we should be mindful of not hurting each other.
Btw, we have parties sometimes and I never celebrated a Pagan holiday. How could I, I’m not Pagan.