Ep. 50: Is Christmas Rooted in Paganism… And Should Christians Celebrate It?

Released: December 15, 2022
16 mins 07 sec

Is mistletoe really a pagan symbol? Where did our Christmas celebration come from? This episode shares the story of Christmas traditions and whether Christians should celebrate it!

Show Notes:

Is mistletoe really a pagan symbol? Where did our Christmas celebration come from? This episode shares the story of Christmas traditions and whether Christians should celebrate it!

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0:00 – INTRO

1:29 – WHY ALL THE CONTROVERSY ABOUT CHRISTMAS AND PAGANISM?

2:50 – WHY DO WE CELEBRATE DECEMBER 25 AS JESUS’ BIRTHDAY? We don’t know the exact date of Jesus’ birth.

4:47 – Are there Pagan Rituals Associated with Christmas? Yes and no. Some traditions have their origins in ancient pagan practices, but the meaning of any word, symbol, or custom is determined by current usage, not its origins.

6:56 – SO WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT SOME OF THE CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS THAT SUPPOSEDLY HAVE PAGAN ORIGINS? For us modern Christians, they don’t hold relevance anymore (ringing bells, giving gifts, mistletoe, etc.)

10:20 – IS THERE ANY BIBLICAL EVIDENCE OF REDEEMING PAGAN SYMBOLS OR BELIEFS? Yes: Paul appropriated a pagan altar for gospel evangelism in Acts 17:22–24.

11:14 – SHOULD A CHRISTIAN CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS? Whether you choose to celebrate Jesus’ birth falls under the category of “Christian liberty” (Rom. 14:5-6; 1 Cor. 10:31).

12:29 – SO WHAT? WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED? CHRISTMAS GLORIFIES GOD. PAGAN ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS ARE IRRELEVANT

13:29 – WHAT’S YOUR NEXT STEP? GIVE ATTENTION TO JESUS.

14:31 – THANK YOU & WRAP UP

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