Friday, December 16, 2005

The Theology of Christmas

1) Christmas is a baptised pagan holiday.

2) Doesn't God warn His people about not coyping or taking on board the feasts and festivals of pagan nations Deuteronomy 12:28-32, Jeremiah 10:2-5 ?

3) On the other hand, Jesus did prophetically fulfill the calendar of the Feasts of Israel (Passover and Pentecost, for instance) as layed out in the book of Leviticus.

4) Therefore, His incarnation most likely and most biblically is a fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles.

5) Tabernacles occurs around September/October which is most likely when Jesus was born.

6) Therefore, Jesus was not born on December 25.

7) So why don't we observe "Christmas" at the time of Tabernacles ?

8) Which is why i take a Cromwellian attitude toward Christmas.

Nevetheless, don't worry.
I won't be coming after you on a crusade against Christmas and spoiling your family get together on December 25.

Until such time as Christendom abandons its indefensible position and comes around to my obviously correct(!) way of thinking on the matter, in the gospel spirit of Romans 14:4-6
I wish you a Happy Christmas !


Graham Weeks said...

As an avowed Cromwellian I dissent from his removal of the Chritian festivals. Yes, Christmas was put in place of Saturnalia but what is wrong in having a time of year to remember the Incarnation? What better way to cheer up the dismal northern winter?

The Unnoticed Guest
( By an Act of Parliament in 1652 Christmas was abolished)

A plague on they Christmas!
The Puritans cried;
Thou glutton! Thou drunkard!
Thy flesh-pots we've spied!
'Tis pagan, 'tis popish.
'T will lead to damnation:
God cancels thy Christmas-
By State proclamation!

A Christ without Christmas?
He calls us to dine!
He feeds the five thousand.
Turns water to wine,
Sits down at the tables
Of common-place sinners:
The unnoticed Guest
At all Christmas dinners.

So eat and be merry!
Rejoice in his birth!
Let feasting not fasting,
Replenish the earth!
But share with the hungry,
Keep Jesus in sight:
For a Christmas that's Christ-less
Proves the Puritans right.
Arnold Kellett, Kellett's Christmas,1997.

Celal Birader said...

Dear Graham,

Thank you for your comments.

You write : "...what is wrong in having a time of year to remember the Incarnation? "

I agree with you.

Please re-read my point number 7.

I am advocating the biblical celebration not a pagan one.

Cheers.. C.B.