I was watching a religious program last night when a woman was asking a question if its ok to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The preacher said that celebrating a birthday is of pagan origin and it should not be done by Christians. The preacher sited the book of Job 1 where the sons and daughters of Job where celebrating their birthdays then disaster came to them. He also cited a verse in Proverbs which said that the day of death is better than the day of birth.
COMMENTING ON THAT PREACHER
This is one of the examples on how other preachers uses the Holy Bible without examining its context and just using verses in support of their own doctrine. In the Book of Job Chapter 1 & 2 it not about the history of celebrating a birthday. It is all about the reason why Job’s sons and daughters died and how they died. They did not die because they celebrated their birthdays just like this preacher wants to say but the Bible was simply telling why they died. This verse doesn’t talk about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ it talks about Job and his sons and daughters, using this verse against celebrating Christ’s birth is just out of its proper context. So is the verse in Proverbs. Solomon is just saying that death is better than birth because people or us should be prepared before we die. He is not saying that celebrating birthdays is not good or of pagan origin or that we should not celebrate Christ’s birth. Again the use of this verse is out of its proper context.
ARE THERE BIBLE CHARACTERS WHO CELEBRATED THE BIRTH OF CHRIST?
The Three wise men rejoiced when they saw the star of Bethlehem & they gave gifts to Christ.
Matthew 2:10-11 (GNB) “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh…”
When Jesus Christ was born the Angels in Heaven rejoiced.
Luke 2:13-14 (GNB) “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men…”
The Shepherds who visited our Lord also rejoiced and praise God.
Luke 2:20 (GNB) “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them…”
Luk 2:15-16 (GNB) “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger…”
The Angels said that the birth of Jesus Christ will bring JOY to all people.
Luk 2:9-10 (GNB) “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, but the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people…”
Simeon, a priest in the temple Thank God for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Luk 2:27-28 (GNB) “Led by the Spirit, Simeon went into the Temple. When the parents brought the child Jesus into the Temple to do for him what the Law required, Simeon took the child in his arms and gave thanks to God…”
MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS ON THESE VERSES
The three wise men, the Angels in heaven, the three shepherds, Joseph and Mary, and the priest Simeon. All of them celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The only person who doesn’t want to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ was King Herod and the people of Jerusalem…”
Matthew 2:3 (GNB) “When King Herod heard about this, he was very upset, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem…”
Many anti-catholic churches today doesn’t want to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ but they celebrate the birthdays of their leaders they even print it on big billboards and tarpolines!!! The Bible is clear that the people of Jerusalem and King Herod where upset when Jesus Christ was born. These people are the ones who doesn’t want to celebrate the birth of our Lord. But as far as those people who wants to celebrate the birth of Christ IT IS BIBLICAL.
WHAT ABOUT THE DECEMBER 25, IS IT BIBLICAL?
The Bible is silent about the date of the birth of Jesus Christ. The most important thing is not the date but the reason why we celebrate. Jesus Christ is the reason for this season, not Santa Claus. Protestants says and also anti-catholic preachers says that december 25 is a pagan holiday and that Christians should not celebrate it. It is true that december 25th was a pagan holiday during those times. But again let us be reasonable. Let us consider this example. Before the emergence of Christianity there are many temples built by pagan religions. Therefore building big temples is a pagan practice before Christianity. So why there are so many Churches today obssessed with building big Cathedrals, temples, large houses of worship well in fact this is a pagan practice? It means to say it is not an issue whether its a pagan practice or not but to WHOM we attribute the reason why we built it. And i guess every churches today that has big houses of worship will say that they all attribute it to the glory of God. The same principle can be applied to december 25. Even though it has a pagan history, the catholic church chose this date as the celebration of the birth of Christ not because of its pagan history but they attributed it to the glory of Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (GNB) “Well, whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for God’s glory…”
SO TO OTHER “CHRISTIANS” WHO DOESN’T LIKE CHRISTMAS
Ask yourself the real reason why? if you say that its a pagan practice then the Angels, the wise men, the shepherds, Joseph & Mary and Simeon was wrong when they celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. The only people who was upset when Jesus Christ was born was King Herod and the people of Jerusalem. So my question for you is why do celebrate the birthdays of your SUGO? or your HULING APOSTOL? and you don’t celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ?
My questions is not to spark hatred and anger but to give us something to think about. If what we believe is based on factual evidence or built on assumptions by those who teach us.