“For this cause I was born,
and for this cause I have come into the world,
that I should bear witness to the truth”
(John 18:37).

While it is universally acknowledged that the customs
now associated with Christmas existed long before Christ’s
birth, it is not always noted that they were often
diametrically opposed to the teachings of the One whom
the holiday is supposed to honor.

Christmas has always been a holiday about myths,
legends and traditions rather than a memorial to any
real historical event. From the Santa Claus myth to
the misunderstanding that the time of the holiday is
the date of Christ’s birth, the celebration is filled
with fictional elements.

What did Jesus Christ say about
the purpose for his birth?

In the Gospel of John, Jesus is quoted as saying,

“For this cause I was born,
and for this cause I have come into the world,
that I should bear witness to the truth”
(John 18:37).

What would He say about being honored with a holiday
that endorses so many untruths?

It is very clear from scripture that Jesus was not
born in the winter. The shepherds who saw the angels
announcing His birth would not have been out in their
fields in December. The Palestinian winters were too cold.

“At Christmas-time Bethlehem is in the grip of frost,
and in the Promised Land no cattle would have been in
the fields in that temperature.”
-The Bible as History; by Werner Keller

It could be expected that many observe Christmas
because they believe that God and Jesus Christ want
them to. Yet, it is a paradox that Christ said He came
to establish truth, while the very day that supposedly
celebrates His arrival has become a day of myth and deceit.

Each Christmas, children are deceived about it.
They are told that Santa Claus flies his reindeer
from the North Pole to come down the chimney with
gifts-if they have behaved themselves. What message is
society sending to children about Jesus Christ
when such legends are associated with His birth?

No matter how good it may seem for the children,
from a human perspective, is often wrong from God’s
perspective. The Bible talks of “a way which seems right
to a man” that has grave consequences (Proverbs 14:12).

Does it matter which customs we use to worship God
and give honor to Jesus Christ – or are They content
with any attempt to give honor and praise?

Perhaps Jesus Christ surprised some of His followers
when He warned them that their worship of his Father
could be misguided.

In His famous Sermon on the Mount He said,

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
shall enter the kingdom of heaven,
but he who does the will of My Father
in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

The statement emphasizes the importance of understanding
what God’s will is, instead of determining what we think
is best.

Jesus told His followers,
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him
must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).

The irony is that the most important festival kept
in Jesus’ honor has little to do with truth.


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