Asked in Christmas
Is Christmas pagan?
September 13, 2011 1:30AM
CHRISTMAS is widely accepted as a Christian celebration by the churches throughout the world. It is observed by hundreds of millions of people.
Regarding the origin of Christmas and the day of Christ's birth, note the following comments from religious and historical sources:
"Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church."-The Catholic Encyclopedia.
"The first mention of the celebration of Christmas occurred in A.D. 336 in an early Roman calendar."-The World Book Encyclopedia.
"Inexplicable though it seems, the date of Christ's birth is not known. The Gospels indicate neither the day nor the month."-New Catholic Encyclopedia.
The Bible ignores Christmas because it is not a Christian doctrine or practice. It is not of divine origin.
Jesus Not Born on December 25
Regarding the date December 25 given for the birth of Jesus, there is no evidence to indicate that this is correct. The evidence shows otherwise.
In the book Celebrations, by Robert J. Myers, we read: "The Biblical narrative of the birth of Jesus contains no indication of the date that the event occurred. However, Luke's report [Luke 2:8] that the shepherds were 'abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night' suggests that Jesus may have been born in summer or early fall.
The Encyclopedia Americana says of December 25: "This date was not set in the West until about the middle of the 4th century and in the East until about a century later."
Where, then, did Christmas originate? On this, there is general agreement. U.S. Catholic states: "It is impossible to separate Christmas from its pagan origins." It adds: "The Romans' favorite festival was Saturnalia, which began on December 17 and ended with the 'birthday of the unconquered sun' (Natalis solis invicti) on December 25. Somewhere in the second quarter of the fourth century, officials of the church of Rome decided December 25 would make a suitable day to celebrate the birthday of the 'sun of righteousness.' Christmas was born."
In 1643, England's Parliament even outlawed Christmas because of its pagan background, but later it was restored. In 1659, it was also outlawed in Massachusetts, but there too it was later restored. And U.S. Catholic reports: "Because Christians in the U.S. . . . associated Christmas with pagan customs, they didn't celebrate Christmas in a big way until the mid-19th century."
Nearly all the traditions associated with Christmas are derived from pagan and unscriptural practices. Really, no account is recorded in the Bible of peoples celebrating or observing Christ's birth.