Interesting and informative… I always enjoy learning about the history of things which we so often take for granted these days.
I must confess however that I am not sure what the video is intended to accomplish. While the history of Christmas may or may not be entirely pagan in origin (I have not been able to verify it either way to my complete satisfaction), there are several reasons why I believe many followers of Christ accept it these days…
Firstly, whether it may or may not be pagan — it is generally accepted as a Christ-cenetered holiday now, even if it was not originally so in the past. And any time people turn their minds and hearts a little more towards Him is never a bad thing in my view.
Secondly, there are many symbols used in the celebration that can clearly be seen is Christ oriented, and I’m surprised that the video listed none of those…
– The word Christmas meaning “Mass of Christ”
– The word Holiday meaning “Holy day”
– The evergreen tree is a symbol for eternal life
– The gifts are not only represented of the gifts the three kings brought the baby Jesus but are also a symbol of the ultimate gift that Jesus gave all of us.
– Most people put angels on top of their tree with obvious meaning
– Those who put stars on their tree top symbolize the guiding star of Bethlehem
I could go on further but I believe my point is clear. While as mentioned I do appreciate the video, I think that perhaps we should not be so quick to condemn one of the few times of the year when people collectively come together and give a little extra thought and time to Christ.
P.S. I really appreciate your blog for many different reasons which I will not elaborate on in this comment.
Thank you so much for your comment and encouragement.
Thank you for your decent way of dialog. It is all appreciated.
I understand your position as you have written it. I cannot agree with you that Christmas is generally accepted as a Christ-centered holiday. For instance, the pagans and those in the Occult know the roots and celebrate it as their own. Perhaps, as you said, some might think more of Jesus coming into the World but most of the time it causes people to make common the things of God… I mean by that, they take the things of God for granted. So often Christmas celebrations grossly distorts the truth of what God has done through sending His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in a Biblical way..( actually God never told us to celebrate the birth of Jesus,) that is.. that gives the full Gospel of salvation is rare and not the norm in the World and America.
Because the pagan roots of Christmas are so seriously evil and severe. Because the World, our Nation and People have lost the fear of God for the most part. Because God does not take lightly the shedding of innocent blood. The pagan roots cannot be over-looked nor covered up by niceties.
How seriously does God take the shedding of innocent blood? Here are just a few verses that might give an idea:
Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did; And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon. (2 Kings 24:3-4)
And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
There are many more Scriptures about this. I cannot over look what the pagan roots are and pretend that Christmas is just a wonderful holiday that exalts God. I don’t believe God is pleased with Christmas celebrations. Can He use Christmas to His glory? Yes, HE can use anything to His glory. If God cannot forgive the shedding of innocent blood and must bring judgement on a land that is guilty of it, I don’t believe He would like us to plunge into celebrating something that has roots so full of innocent blood spilled.
Thank you James, you are very civil and again, I deeply appreciate that.