You may have asked your self at some time:
“Is Christmas in the Bible?”
Hopefully after reading this you will be convinced of a truth concerning the celebration of Christmas.
The first thing you should be familiar with when following the bible are the days of celebration that YHWH ordained for us to celebrate. You can find a list of days the bible says we should celebrate by clicking >>>>> Feast Days.
The significance of the celebration of Christmas is also important. It is said to be the birth day of the Messiah (Christ). But if we look at the so called Christmas bible stories scriptures concerning Christ are we actually given a date for his birthday?
If we read the story of the birth concerning the Messiah we can see if there is any reference to the date of the birth, here’s one of the most popular so called Christmas bible passages:
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 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.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
As we can see there were shepherds that came out during the time of the Messiahs birth. This may be some indication of the time of year it was. Some may say it could not have been in the cold season such as December, because it was too cold at that time.
That being said it is a good argument and there is evidence to show that shepherds would not have been out attending to their flock in the winter seasons, which is when December is, especially not at night. The fact is there is no date given to us about what day the Messiah was born.
The question is where did the date December 25th come from?
Firstly the Idea of Christmas or celebrating the birthday of the Messiah was not introduced until the 4th century, we know the original believers did not keep this celebration.
The origins of Christmas on the day of 25th December coincides more worth a pagan festival, which came out of Babylonia, honoring the birth of the Queen of heavens son.
During the 4th century the Roman government in there attempt to bring together both the heathens and Christians, came up with the idea of a mixed celebration. There is also evidence to show Heathens celebrated the sun and moon on the 24th and 25th December.
Lets see what the scriptures have to say about worship the heathens worships:
1Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
2Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
3For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
4They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
5They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
When we read this we see the customs that the heathens celebrated from the creating of idols “for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.” to the decorating of them “They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” All of this can be related to the Christmas tree today and many other pagans practices that go on till this day.
So the questions is, Is Christmas in the bible? The answer is no, and certainly not as a form of worship for true believers.
Whether the custom takes place once a year like Christmas or everyday like statues of Buddha or other idol worships it is still a vain custom and not something YHWH has commanded true believers to do.
A DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREE AND A TREE BEING CUT DOWN
Paul also expounds upon this command in the book of the prophets when he says in:
1 Corinthians 10:15-21
15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
16The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?
20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
To tie all of this into the new covenant, we now remember the feast days with the breaking of bread and the drinking of wine in remembrance of the Messiah’s sacrifice and his resurrection.
This is something that should be done without corruption, meaning we are not to drinking to the Messiah on a day like Christmas and behave as if we are honoring him as Paul puts it:
“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”
Peace and shalom
Click there >>>>> for a basic guide on How to interpret the bible