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What Christmas is Really About [video] And I’m On Break

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If you’ve been a part of the Not Ashamed of the Gospel community for some time now, then you know that I publish one blog post a week on Tuesdays.

I’m going to be taking a break for the next 3 weeks, not because I’m going on vacation, but because I’m working on something that I hope you’ll find helpful in the New Year.

So in the mean time, I leave you with this Christmas video that serves as a reminder as to what Christmas is all about.  The video isn’t your typical Christmas video so I highly suggest you check it out.

It’s from Ray Comfort and our friends over at Living Waters.


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 God with us

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  1. The Bible does not give Jesus’ birth date. But we can safely conclude that he was not born on December 25 because the bible tells us that when Jesus was born, shepherds were “living out of doors” tending their flocks at night in the vicinity of Bethlehem. (Luke 2:8) The cold, rainy season usually began in October, and shepherds—especially in the colder highlands, such as those around Bethlehem—brought their sheep into protected shelters at night. The coldest weather, sometimes accompanied by snow, occurred in December.

    Significantly, the early Christians, many of whom had accompanied Jesus in his ministry, never celebrated his birth on any date. Rather, in harmony with his command, they commemorated only his death. (Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) Still, some may say, ‘Does the pagan connection really matter?’ The answer? It does to God. “The true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth,” said Jesus Christ.—John 4:23

    “The establishment of December 25 evolved not from biblical precedent,” says The Christmas Encyclopedia, “but from pagan Roman festivals held at year’s end,” about the time of the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Those festivals included the Saturnalia, in honor of Saturn, god of agriculture, “and the combined festivals of two sun gods, the Roman Sol and the Persian Mithra,” says the same encyclopedia. Both birthdays were celebrated on December 25, the winter solstice according to the Julian calendar.

    Those pagan festivals began to be “Christianized” in the year 350, when Pope Julius I declared December 25 to be Christ’s birthday. “The Nativity gradually absorbed or supplanted all other solstice rites,” says the Encyclopedia of Religion. “Solar imagery came increasingly to be used to portray the risen Christ (who was also called Sol Invictus), and the old solar disk . . . became the halo of Christian saints.”

    We really need to read the bible well and not follow the traditions of man to be able to please God and worship him acceptably.

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