And yet the Magi provided gifts to the Christ Child and celebrated his birth. Ask your friend where in the Bible that celebration was condemned.
My friend told me that Easter and Christmas are not metioned in the Holy Bible to observe or celebrate and that God put certain times to celebrate and observe but Christmas and easter are not the ones.
Tell your friend that lots of Christian practices are not mentioned in the Bible. Pulpits, use of pagan names for days and months in church bulletins, Powerpoints in church, the order of worship, the table of contents and order of canon in the Bible, use of organs, guitars, electrical guitars, and other instruments in church, youth pastors, singing, altar calls, televised services, radio services, use of the Internet for evangelization, “worship teams,” Mozart’s music, Bible colleges, seminaries, Sunday Schools, celebrating “Reformation Day” on October 31, having a national flag inside of a church, pews, Biblical chapters and verses (added in 1227 and 1551 A.D., respectively), the varying systems of numbering and enumerating the “Ten Commandments,” and lots else. We find lots of ways to celebrate the Incarnation of Christ. Ask your friend why he/she wants Christians to practice a pinched, mean, stripped-down, Bauhaus version of Christianity? If he/she is not a Christian, why does he/she care how Christians celebrate? How weird is* that*?
So my question is does God want us to celebrate Christmas and would you think Jesus the son and God the father would be happy with our Christmas celebration and us christans observering Christmas as the birth of our saviour.
Yes. God’s Mystical Body on Earth, the Church that Christ Himself established, i.e. the one Holy, Roman, Catholic, and Apostolic Church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity on December 25.
My friend told me that the 25th of December is not even the correct date of jesus Christs birthday. I was shocked to hear this !
Why? If you don’t know the date of birth for someone whose date of birth was not recorded, why should you have a problem with celebrating it on a day and time of year that seems appropriate - such as when the days begin to grow longer and warmth returns to the earth.
That’s even assuming December 25 is NOT the correct day. It may have been. St. Augustine thought so, and that God chose that date to be conceived for its symbolic importance. The early Christian’s thought so, based on the Jewish belief that a great man will be born and die on the same date. As March 25 was reckoned to be the date of the Crucifixion, and as Christ’s Conception was thought to be the miracle that began the Incarnation, a date 9 months back from that puts us right at about December 25. We also have the dating from internal evidence in the Bible - we know the date and time Zecheriah’s priestly line offered sacrifices in the temple, and calculating forward from that we can know approximately that Jesus was born in late December. Makes sense.
Do we give presents and have a Christmas dinnear and put up decorations in respect and gratitude to our lord Jesus Christ or is there something iam missing.
That should be the reason you do so. Attending Mass should also be part of that celebration.
btw, my friend is a atheist so I don’t really listen to much to her but it kind of made me think a little.
Consider the source. Someone who is wrong in their initial premises is likely to be wrong in their conclusions.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful and happy Christmas.