Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

The apostle Paul also warned the believers to avoid celebrating pagan festivals.   Read More

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Should Christians celebrate christmas

I hate to discuss this topic here. Many of you might think that I’m a fanatic Adventist but for the sake of truth I believe every Christians should avoid any sort of celebration on this particular festival. You know why? It’s not because I was raised up as a Jehovah’s Witness who strictly avoid any kind of celebration like this one.

My conviction was rather influenced by my respect for God and His Holy Book. If there is any doctrine I inherited from my former religion it should be this one. It is about God not me. God said:

“Well, whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for God’s glory.”(1Co 10:31 GNB)

Now ask yourself, do I glorify God by adopting this Christmas celebration, since we know the fact that this was originated from paganism?

Another question is, will God allow every Christians to mixed up both the truth and error? We know that Christmas is a mixture of truth and error. Truth because it claims to celebrate the birth of Jesus which is a historical fact. Error because December 25 is not the actual date of Christ’s birth. My Bible said:

“Do not try to work together as equals with unbelievers, for it cannot be done. How can right and wrong be partners? How can light and darkness live together? How can Christ and the Devil agree? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? How can God’s temple come to terms with pagan idols? For we are the temple of the living God! As God himself has said, “I will make my home with my people and live among them; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (2Co 6:14-16 GNB)

“No! What I am saying is that what is sacrificed on pagan altars is offered to demons, not to God. And I do not want you to be partners with demons. You cannot drink from the Lord’s cup and also from the cup of demons; you cannot eat at the Lord’s table and also at the table of demons. Or do we want to make the Lord jealous? Do we think that we are stronger than he? “We are allowed to do anything,” so they say. That is true, but not everything is good. “We are allowed to do anything”—but not everything is helpful.”(1Co 10:20-23 GNB)

The apostle Paul also warned the believers to avoid celebrating pagan festivals:

“But now that you know God—or, I should say, now that God knows you—how is it that you want to turn back to those weak and pitiful ruling spirits? Why do you want to become their slaves all over again? You pay special attention to certain days, months, seasons, and years.”(Gal 4:9-10 GNB)

Well my friends, I’m not acting as your conscience or even taking the place of the Holy Spirit’s conviction in your life what I am trying to say here is just a reminder that our existence on this earth is primarily to glorify God and give honor to His Name not to seek our own happiness.

For me the first and foremost thing in this last days is to shout along with the first angel’s message in Rev. 14:6, 7:

“Then I saw another angel flying high in the air, with an eternal message of Good News to announce to the peoples of the earth, to every race, tribe, language, and nation. He said in a loud voice, “Honor God and praise his greatness! For the time has come for him to judge all people. Worship him who made heaven, earth, sea, and the springs of water!”

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  1. pete comia Reply

    God bless your ministry, brother… I really agree with you and this is the very first time to read an article like this. We Adventist really don´t believe that 25th of December is the birth date of Jesus and celebrating Christmas is of Paganism origin and what I can´t understand is why we are joining with them (Pagans) in celebrating this feast… thank you.

  2. Melong Reply

    e kailan po ba ang date of birth ni Christ para naman po ma celebrate natin, upang ipagpasalamat at siya ay isinilang upang tubusin tayo sa kasalanan.

    1. Karen Reply

      Walang nakakaalam kung kailan sinilang ang Panginoong Hesus lalo’t hindi naman nabanggit sa Banal na Biblia.

      Sa ganang akin, tuwing Sabado ang pinakamagandang celebrasyon ng kaarawan ng pagkasilang ng Panginoong Hesus. Dahil ang araw na ito ang laging magpaalaala sa atin tungkol sa Poong Hesus.

  3. Ferdz Reply

    Wala pong nakasulat sa biblia kung kailan. Pero may hint kung kailan.

  4. Marcial Shelley S. Reply

    In my view besides Christmas being pagan. It is the birthday of sun worship. Which is the birthday of Sunday observance. We are suppose to be the vanguards of the fourth commandments, what on earth would a protestant be doing observing a Roman Catholic festival on free will?

  5. Alice Reply

    All I can say is, AMEN!!!

  6. olen Reply

    tama po kayo bro, ayaw ng Dios paghaluin ang tama at mali, for God is a God of order, true SDA members shld. never adhere to this celebration.

    1. rexel Reply

      as a Seventh-day Adventist we don’t celeb Dec 25 as the day of Christ’s birth. However it is the time were we can find opportunity to evangelize other people the importance of Christ’s birth. Do not misunderstood me. Did you know that birthdays celebs, name of the days of the week, are from pagans?

  7. Neutral Reply

    Kung maling icelebrate ang Christmas sa kadahilanang galing ito sa pagano, eh di ganun din sana ang birthday, hindi ba? galing din naman sa pagano ang pagcelebrate ng birthday.

  8. Neutral Reply

    Di nga kayo nagcecelebrate ng christmas, pero nagcecelebrate at nakikicelebrate naman kayo ng birthday. Hypocrisy tawag dito. Paano niyo ngayon ito ieexplain?

    1. mark nathaniel Reply

      to neutral >>>>>

      nag celebrate naman ng bithday ang tao ng Diyos job 1:3-4

      ang article na nasa itaas nagsasabi lang na hindi natin ipaghalo ang katotohanan sa mali, yung mag celebrate ka ng birthday totoo naman na araw ng pagkatao mo yun eh, eh yung dec 25 hindi yun totoong pagkatao ni Hesus

  9. Jenny Reply

    First of all, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church does not have a doctrine instructing its members to celebrate Christmas. It is true that Christmas has a pagan origin. Just like the change from the seventh-day Sabbath to the 1st-day Sabbath, Rome “christianized” a pagan celebration which falls on December 25 and made it the date of Christ’s birth. It was a compromised between pagans and Christians at that time, to gain political approval from both. However, the Bible does narrate the birth of Christ. Jesus was indeed born on earth. That’s the doctrine that the Seventh-Day Adventists have. The birth of a Savior. And there is nothing wrong if we remember such Biblical event EVERYDAY, December 25 included. So, do we sin when we remember and contemplate on the birth of Christ? NO. We sin when we adopt the pagan rituals associated with Christmas. Do we sin when we give to others? NO. For “It is more blessed to give than to receive…” We sin when we give based on pagan rituals. Therefore, Christmas as a christianized substitute to a pagan celebration should not be celebrated. But to contemplate on the importance and significance of the birth of Christ is proper for Christians.