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The Origin of Christmas - Part 3



To recap the process by which the birthday of Jesus has become what

it is today in regard to a religious observance, let it be noted: The Roman

church when Christianity was legalized incorporated these feasts into the

one feast…‘Christmas’. 


Instead of ridding the church of idolatry they incorporated it into the

church.   From around 336 the church at Rome set the date of Christ’s

birth at 25 December but this was not followed by other churches, the

date finally being accepted in the fifth century.  The Armenian church still

celebrates Christmas on January 6th. 


Today, out of zeal, but not according to knowledge (Rom. 10:1-3), some

desperately try to “put Christ back in Christmas”, while others are trying

to kick Christ out of everything to do with our civilization.  Some are so

mixed up they simply don’t know one way or the other. 


The dilemma faced by society is that what most people consider to be

Christianity is not truly Christianity.  What I am stressing in these articles

is that the argument is not over what the Bible says about the birth of

Jesus, but over man-made traditions.


The scenes we so commonly see displayed in regard to the birth of

Christ are sadly evidence of zeal, but far from knowledge of what the

Bible does say in regard to the circumstances of Christ’s birth.


Let’s take an example.  The nativity scenes. . .


1)  Angels over the manger. The angels appeared to the shepherds in

the field.  Luke 2:8ff. The angels spoke to the shepherds.  Then,

“When the angels had gone away from them into heaven,” Luke 2:15),

the shepherds went to the manger and saw it all. Were the angels

around all this? Yes, but were they above the manger? 


2)  The number of wise men…three.  How many wise men? Zeal

apart from knowledge ASSUMES three because of the mentioning

of three gifts. 


3)  The three wise men at the manger.  The wise men didn’t make

it to the manger…they didn’t go to the manger.  Matthew 2:11. 

After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His

mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then,

opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold,

frankincense, and myrrh.  How “late” were they?  Consider,

Ezra made the same journey, and it took Ezra four months. 

Ezra 7:9.  For on the first of the first month he began to go up from

Babylon; and on the first of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem,

because the good hand of his God {was} upon him.

4)  The star over the manger. The angels told the shepherds that

their sign (that night) was to look for a child…not a star.  The star

was for the Magi.  Matthew 2:9.  After hearing the king, they

went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east,

went on before them until it came and stood over {the place}

where the Child was (10.)  When they saw the star, they

rejoiced exceedingly with great joy (11), “…after coming into

the house.”
 Here’s the bottom line.  We often inadvertently

pass on selective ignorance from generation to generation. 

The Word of God didn’t establish Christmas.  This holiday is

hopelessly tangled up in a jumble of myths, pagan rituals, and

“Christian” wishful thinking.


Some final thoughts:

Rather than crying out against the commercialization of

Christmas, maybe we should wonder if the merchants of the

world aren’t entitled to Christmas.  A good historical study

will show that the Christmas we know today was mostly a

product of their input.

Maybe the reason it is so difficult to put “Christ back in

Christmas” is that if He’d wanted to be there… He would

have said, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”  Did He?


Again, let me point out again the purpose for which these

articles were presented:  It was to separate myth from truth

on the origin of Christmas. The historical facts and the

evidence from the Bible contained in this material speaks

for itself.  If there was any perversion of either the internal

or external facts, such perversions will be publicly

retracted and correction made, as it was not my intention

to set forth error on the matter. 

I prayerfully offered the articles for your personal study

and consideration regarding the holiday called ‘Christmas’. 

I tried to provide accurate information from secular history. 

To ensure that, I gave the sources from which I quoted. 

My prayer is that you give consideration to the evidence

and base your convictions on Scripture, not on tradition. 

If the Bible sanctions the celebration of the birth of Jesus

as a religious observance, then it is not an option.  If not,

then we ought not to do so, for such will not be by faith,

and “whatsoever does not proceed from faith is sin”

(Rom. 14:15).  Let us have zeal that is “...according to

knowledge” so as to submit to the righteousness of

God. (Romans 10:1-3) 


Furthermore, let us celebrate that event that is by

command, Jesus’ death on the cross for the remission

of sins, on a weekly basis by partaking of the memorial

meal of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine

(1 Cor. 11:23-29).