Is The Celebration Of Christmas Biblical?
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Is the celebration of Christmas Biblical?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, responds, "If your celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ glorifies God, then it's Biblical."
Out of 1,000 Christians surveyed, 56% believed that the celebration of Christmas is Biblical. Most Christians believed that anytime one celebrates Jesus it is considered Biblical. "It is Biblical to worship and praise our King of Kings no matter the day," one respondent stated. Some cited examples from the Gospel accounts where the angels, shepherds and wise men were all celebrating the birth of Immanuel, "God with us." As one Believer said, "According to Luke 2:13-14, all of Heaven was praising God at the announcement of the birth of His Son." Others felt that because the birth of Jesus was a significant event in redemptive history, it should be celebrated just like other major events such as Passover or the Resurrection.
Only thirty-six percent of those surveyed did not believe Christmas to be Biblical. They focused on Christmas having its roots in pagan celebrations rather than the celebration of Jesus. "Christmas is a pagan religious festival Christianized by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century," cited by one respondent. Others felt that Jesus was not born on December 25th; therefore, Christmas was a man-made tradition making it unbiblical. While many others in this group stated that, "Jesus Christ only left instruction to remember His death not His birth."
Eight percent of poll takers were unsure about whether or not Christmas is Biblical. One unsure poller said, "I do not see anything in the Bible specifically making it a holiday, but the event was important enough to be in three of the Gospels." Another said, "As long as we celebrate it as Jesus' birthday, I believe it's Biblical." Many believed the day is not relevant as long as God is being glorified. "Scripture does not mention a day, but since Angelic hosts proclaimed it and wise men brought gifts, we too should glorify God for the gift of His Son."
To help educate Christians, ChristiaNet has just released a free Christmas Story Quiz. Using the latest interactive technology, one can test their Biblical knowledge on issues facing the Christian Community.