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"I don't celebrate Christmas because it is a pagan practice"

I have heard many people say the statement above during Christmas period even as Christians.

I don't have a problem with people who don't celebrate Christmas, but then don't talk as if people who celebrate Christmas are sinners.

Jesus may not be born on 25th of December, we all know that, no one is arguing that. 25th December probably used to be a pagan celebration, no one is arguing that fact too.

But let's go to the bible.

Romans 14:5-6
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.

This simply means we have the right to observe any day we choose to celebrate Christ.

Colossians 2:16-17
Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

Even if we know the actual day that Christ was born, I am sure one pagan god will still be celebrated that day in one place around the world.

As Christians I think we are ignorant of the authority that we have on earth.

The bible says in Matthew 16:19 says I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

If we have the keys to the kingdom of heavens and whatever will bind on earth is bound in heaven then without any doubt I believe that as Christians whatsoever day we declare to celebrate the birth of Christ is also recognize in heaven.

Now concerning 25th December being a day for pagan practice.

The bible says in 1Corinthian 8: 4b-6 that
An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

This means the pagan god that you think you might be celebrating on Christmas is nothing in this world because there is only one God the father and only one lord. Jesus Christ that will celebrate his birth today.

I can't deny the fact that Christmas have lost its meaning and essence, and many atrocities are committed during this period, but then I have you and I to put some of the blame on.

How will Christmas not lose it's TRUE essence when some Christians don't celebrate it, or when we say we celebrate it but we don't put Christ at the center of it.

The truth is many have remove Christ from the center of their celebration, which shouldn't be so. It is not just about eating rice and chicken and wearing nice attire or going to retreats alone.

It should also be about extending the love of Christ to others and letting his light shine through our lives.

Christmas is about celebrating the greatest
gift that God gave mankind which is JESUS CHRIST our lord and saviour.

Happy birthday Jesus

Merry Christmas to you all.

Princess Janet