You show me your verse, I’ll show you my verse.
One way to better understand our Bible is to have to scripturally defend a doctrinal position. Whether you are debating the vast differences between amillennial and pre-millennial positions, or showing a Mormon the way of his error, it strengthens your foundation and causes you to develop sound doctrine. And doctrinal purity is commanded by scripture.
. . . we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; — Ephesians 4:14
. . . speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. —Titus 2:1
. . . show yourself to be an example . . . with purity in doctrine . . . —Titus 2:7
. . . be able to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. —Titus 1:9
So, it’s healthy to have a disagreement with a true brother or sister in Christ. But make sure you are using Scripture, not opinion, to back up your position.
I am curious as to why you would promote Christmas as a Christian holiday when you must know of its root and origins. After reading your article “Santa Claws,” I was struck by the thought—you wouldn’t want to lie to your child about Santa Claus but you would lie about it being Jesus’ birthday?
What month was Jesus really born? If Christmas is a pagan holiday, what in the world are Christians doing celebrating it? It’s all about gifts, not Jesus. And isn’t the Christmas tree bad? Wouldn’t it be better to determine the correct date for Jesus’ birthday and celebrate it then?
Yes, there are many reasons for assuming that the birthdate of Christ would have been in September or October, rather than December. And yes, a search of history shows the December 25 date to have pagan roots. However, we don’t support any moves to another date. Nor do we think it wrong to celebrate Christmas on December 25.
There is no way to know the exact date of Jesus’ birth—only speculation. So changing the date would not make it “accurate.” If God had wanted us to know the exact date, He would have written it in no uncertain terms in the Bible, like He did when He wanted us to know when the “70 Weeks of Daniel” began.
And it came about in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, that wine was before him, and I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. —Nehemiah 2:1
In this day and age, to have a national holiday centered around Jesus’ birthday, regardless of the date, is incredible! Even the Government gives Christians the day off! It is, of course, incumbent on Christians to keep the correct emphasis (Jesus) and not run along with the world. But that doesn’t mean we can’t exchange gifts, have a Christmas tree, plan Christmas activities, etc. BECAUSE . . . God looks at our hearts!
. . . God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. —1 Samuel 16:7
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