jdreyer wrote on Dec 24, 2016, 04:14:
Kxmode wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 19:52:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 23, 2016, 12:48:
K, y'all. Serious question:
What's your favorite Christmas movie?
I'm a bit partial to Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas myself.
I don't celebrate the holiday, but I like "It's A Wonderful Life", "Christmas Vacation," and "Scrooged"
Don't celebrate Christmas? I thought I recall you mentioning you're pretty Christian a few times. Perhaps because Xmas has moved so far away from its original meaning/purpose?
I am a Christian but don't celebrate Christmas for three very specific reasons.
1. Christmas is not in the Bible in any form. It's not a Christian holiday that Jesus or his followers observed in the first century. The core origins of Christmas go back to an ancient Roman pagan celebration called The Saturnalia, also known as Feast of Natalis Invicti ("birthday of the unconquered") for sun worshipers.
2. In the Bible, the Jews did not celebrate their birthdays. This custom was something the surrounding pagan nations did and seen by the Jewish people as a pagan thing. There are only two mentions of birthdays in the Bible at Genesis 40:20-23 and Matthew 14:1-13, and both of those ended in the death of someone. One was hung, and the other was beheaded.
3. Jesus' date of birth has not been mentioned in the Bible for a very particular reason. It was so people wouldn't celebrate his birth, which is precisely what Christmas is (a birthday celebration). His birth did not even happen in the winter months. In the account of his birth at Luke 2:8 it reads, "There were also in the same region shepherds living out of doors and keeping watch in the night over their flocks." If Jesus were born on December 25th, the shepherds would not have been living outdoors keeping watch over their flocks during the night because it would've been too cold, rainy, and miserable.
There's way more than the above. So much so that I put together this article, "What would Jesus Say About Christmas?"
that goes into great details about the origins. That being said people can decide to do whatever they want. As a Witness, my job is simply to share the truths found in the Bible, like what Christmas really is.This comment was edited on Dec 26, 2016, 21:07.
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