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Top Five Common Fallacies Being Propagated During the Christmas Season
There are various fallacies being propagated during Christmas season but I decided to just name, which I believe, the top five common fallacies concerning Christmas. Unknowingly, most people celebrate Christmas with all its mistaken beliefs. While others already know the mistakes, they still choose to live by it anyway. It is very sad to note how pervasive these beliefs are. And most importantly, people do not care at all. We must take an honest look at these mistakes and how we can change our ways for the better.
Top 5: Three Wise Men
Nowhere in the Bible that you can find three wise men who visited Jesus Christ. It is even funnier to see people naming these three wise men when the Bible did not even mention their names. The only thing that the Bible say is that they presented three types of gifts and these are gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:1 and 11).
Top 4: False Nativity Scene
Most people assumed that Christ was born in a manger and in some extent this is true since they cannot find any inn to stay in during their visit (Luke 2:7). Unlike most nativity scenes, the wise men found Jesus in a house and not in a manger (Matthew 2:11).
Top 3: Exchanging Gifts
Many Christmas advocates will agree that the practice of exchanging gifts originates from the wise men that brought gifts to Jesus when He was born. But does the Bible support this belief?
The wise men brought gifts to Jesus because this is a custom during their time to present gifts to royalties. It is only fitting for the wise men to bring gifts to Jesus, born as the “King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2). But did they exchange gifts? It was ONLY Jesus who receives gifts and the others did not receive anything.
So what is the implication of exchanging gifts? In my opinion, Christmas is becoming MORE OF GETTING RATHER THAN GIVING. Children will throw in tantrums just to get what they want and will be depressed if they do not. Business establishments will try hard to persuade people to buy more as a gift for their loved ones. Let us face it; Christmas has become more of commercialization rather than having a selfless love. Moreover, people tend to limit themselves to giving only during Christmas while it can be best to practice it the whole year round.
Top 2: Santa Claus
We pride of ourselves as being far more superior to animals. We are rational and able to discern what is false and what is true. But why do we still kid ourselves that a fat man in a red suit with long white hair and beard residing in the North Pole does exist? It is very evident that Santa Claus does not exist and yet people LIE to their children that a fat man will give them gifts if they remain to be good boys and girls. And what is weird about this story is that the name “santa” is considered FEMININE compared to “santo” as masculine. And when you scramble the letters in “santa”, you may end up with “satan”. I am not really sure about the origin of santa and if this is just a coincidence but there is NO denying that Santa Claus does not exist.
So what the implication? Lying to your children about his existence sends a signal that it is alright to lie. What a way of parenting! Imagine what the long-term effects this lie on their young minds may bring.
Santa Claus also diverts the attention of most people, young and old, away from Jesus Christ who is supposed to be the center of the season.
Top 1: December 25 is the Birth of Christ
There are many proofs that Jesus is not born on December 25. But in fact, December 25 was chosen not because it was the day of His birth but because it was the pagan celebration of birth of the sun.
The scriptures tell us that the shepherds are out in the field (Luke 2:7-8) when Christ was born. If it was really Christ’s birth, shepherd should have kept their flocks inside a shelter since it is usually rainy and cold in Judea during the December month.
Another proof that December 25 is not Christ’s birth is that the main purpose of Jesus’ parents going to Bethlehem is to register in a census. The Roman Empire will not command for a census during December because usual temperature drops below zero degrees Celsius and the road are in poor condition.
Throughout the New Testament, there is no record of Christ telling His disciples to celebrate His birth. Mark and John did not even mention Jesus’ nativity event and Matthew and Luke did not give any dates. If Jesus meant to celebrate His birth, He should have mentioned it in the Gospels.
Should We Celebrate Christmas?
I firmly believe that true Christians should NOT celebrate Christmas. Any sincere and honest person will come to conclusion that Christmas was never instituted by God or Jesus Christ. And to make things worse, Christmas is rooted in PAGAN WORSHIP. The same type of worship that God Abhors.
Deu. 12:30-32 says, “Take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them (pagan worshipers), after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also do likewise.’ YOU SHALL NOT WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD IN THAT WAY; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.”
We do not have any right to tell God or Jesus Christ on how we should worship them. Jesus Christ said that TRUE worshippers will worship Him in Spirit and in TRUTH (John 4:24). Is Christmas true? The plain answer is NO. Instead of worshipping Him, people exactly do the opposite.
I John 1:5-7 say, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, WE LIE AND DO NOT PRACTICE THE TRUTH. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin.”
The Bible is clear that we should not have anything to do with paganism but rather we should abhor it. If you think that Christmas is harmless, then think again. It is founded in lies and anything that is founded in lies does not measure up to God’s standard.
If you really want to please God, you should only do what is right and pleasing to His sight. Instead of celebrating pagan customs, we should celebrate God’s feast mentioned in Leviticus 23. We become A GOD OF OUR OWN when we decide what is right and what is wrong. It is my sincerest hope that you, reading this article will come to the knowledge of truth revealed in the Bible.
The words of Jesus Christ resonate until to this day for those people who celebrate Christmas; “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. And IN VAIN THEY WORSHIP ME, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Mat. 15:8-9).