Each year, many Christians celebrate Christmas on 25th of December. Christmas is to believe the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the other hand, as a born Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) I grew up believing that December 25 is not the birth date of our Lord Jesus Christ. I grew up thinking that Christmas is not a pious act. As a former INC member, I was brought up believing that celebrating Christmas is paganism and it’s a form of blasphemy to our God Almighty.
Years have passed. I became concerned and started contemplating Christmas. I consider myself as a student and a seeker of good news. And among believers, Christmas is a profound topic. I have so many questions. Is it really paganism? What’s the essence of Christmas? What’s in it for me? Will it benefit my spirituality? What does Christmas bring to me regarding my relationships with others and most crucially with our God Almighty?
Christmas and Bible
What does the Bible say about Christmas?
Did the Bible mention ‘Christmas’ specifically? Nope. Did Jesus was born on December 25? Probably not at all. The Bible doesn’t indicate Jesus’ exact birthday, and the nativity story contains conflicting clues like the presence of shepherds and their sheep, suggesting a spring birth. And this is the reason why other Christian sects like INC and Jehovah’s Witnesses denied celebrating Christmas. It’s not biblical.
Christmas and History
Based on history, at the end of the third century when church officials settled on December 25 because they likely wanted the date to accord with pagan festivals honoring Saturn – the Roman god of agriculture and Mithra – the Persian god of light. Doing so, it became easier to convince Rome’s pagan citizens to agree that Christianity was the empire’s official religion. It is the reason why Christmas is perceived as paganism. At this point, it seems to me that it’s all politically motivated rather than honoring the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Christmas and Me
Honestly, looking back then without Christmas when I was a kid, it’s weird and uncomfortable for me. I felt that I didn’t belong. It’s not about because I long to receive gifts but I appreciate the togetherness it brings.
Yes! I want to celebrate Christmas because of its message of Love, Peace, Hope and Joy from our God Almighty through our Messiah Jesus. As a believer, my perspective of Christmas is not just a mere symbol or ritual that has to be followed strictly, nor a tradition but a season of reflection with our relationship to our God Almighty. Eventually, I started celebrating Christmas up to this point, and I am not seeing myself stopping celebrating it.
Does this mean I believe that December 25 is the birthday of Jesus Christ? Certainly not. But is it okay to celebrate the birth of Christ on that day? Well, this is what I believe – whatever, whichever day or date you will celebrate the birth of Christ – it does not matter.
What matters is, our intentions to celebrate. If we have the right and pure intentions, then I trust that God Almighty will give His mercy upon us, He is all-knowing and all-loving after all.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—Ephesians 2:4-5
Apparently, with this Bible passage, it’s okay to celebrate birthdays as long as you intend to remember and give praises to our God Almighty. Our celebration should always be thanksgiving and honouring our God Almighty that He let us experience His love, support, and amazing works!
What more if we celebrate the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ?
- ‘Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.’ –Isaiah 7:14
- ‘She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ – Matthew 1:21
The quoted Bible passages above were just two of the many Bible passages that speak about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and his purpose why he was brought upon this world by God Almighty.
Christmas is a subject that has been discussed and debated among religious scholars and well-known religious leaders. But as for me, a student of good news and a believer, Christmas is something that we can cherish, enjoy, and be thankful for. It’s not about religion, tradition, or rituals. It’s about our spiritual relationship with our Creator, our God Almighty.
Christmas gives us a great opportunity to be closer to God Almighty! It’s the perfect season to honor and remember His love and mercy to us through Jesus. With the right amount of commitment and pure intentions, we can reciprocate the love of God to us by loving others, sharing our blessings, and respecting one another especially during the Christmas season.
“And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.“Jesus Christ
What’s your Christmas experience? What do you think about faith and Christmas? I’d love to hear from you!
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