Was Jesus Christ Born On December 25th?
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Was Jesus Christ born on December 25th?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, said, "An overwhelming percentage of Christians surveyed believe that Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th."
With nearly 2,400 Christians responding to the survey, 70% felt that Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th. Responders suggested both spring and fall as the possible season of Christ's birth. "According to biblical historians, the description of the weather conditions during His birth were the indicator that it could not have been in December but more probably around October," said one responder. "He was born at a time of year when the lambs were in the fields. December was too cold for this," another responder explained. Some Christians were less concerned about exact dates and more concerned about reverence and reflection. "We have no proof of the exact date of His birth, but it (December 25th) gives us a specific day each year to celebrate and remember how His life has impacted ours."
Seventeen percent of Christians surveyed were unsure as to the date of Jesus Christ's birth. "...The Bible does not tell us exactly on which date He was born, it just states the town where He was born and also that He was born during the night time because the wise men were guided by the star." Other Christians felt that the simple fact of His birth was the only truth worthy of notice. The exact date was not important for these responders: "Does it really matter? I think we can celebrate His birth equally well on any day of the year."
Thirteen percent of Christians said that Jesus Christ was indeed born on December 25th. Many responders cited the authority of Christian tradition as proof of Christ's date of birth. One Christian said that Christ was born on December 25th "according to Christian traditions." The responder went on to say: "How accurate is this date, only God knows...However, to me it is not relevant...It is His teachings that matter and the message of salvation...for all human kind."
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