Is Christmas pagan or Christian ?
- atomic fireballLv 67 months ago
Pagan. Most scholars do not even believe that date is an accurate one for the birth of Christ and the holiday we now call “Christmas” is based on the ancient Roman pagan celebration known as Saturnalia.
- 7 months ago
funny thing is people really think the three wise men showed up to the manger where Jesus was born. Scripture clearly indicates that the three wise men didn't meet Jesus until Jesus was the age of two. Which is why the king Herold wanted every child of the age of two living in the area Jesus was living in to be investigated. Which is when the wise men were sent out to find Jesus and bless him with gifts. Also scripture indicates Jesus was born on the 7th month. People should really study scripture and not go by hear say
- PrinceLv 58 months ago
Christmas is Christian. Pagans do not have exclusive rights on things like Nature, the Sun, and the Moon. The Sun shines on everybody. The tides ebb and flow for everyone. Even sexuality and fertility exist for those who are not pagan. Christ was born, which you do not have to be a pagan to be. Midwinter is dreary for everyone and some evergreen greenery spruce up the place when the weather sucks, and it does not make you a pagan to decorate with it.
- Dr. DLv 78 months ago
Before it was Christmas it was the Roman feast of Saturnalia. The Christians hijacked it because they needed to celebrate the coming of their Messiah. Nowadays nobody gives a hoot about Saturnalia and all the merriment is focused on baby Jesus and Santa Claus.
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- Chi girlLv 78 months ago
Is "Christ's Mass" pagan. You might want to think about that.
@ R -- Duh. Of course that's not the date of his birth. We don't know it. His birth was originally celebrated on January 6. It was later moved to December 25 to encourage conversion. Good strategy. It's still the celebration of th birth of Christ.
@ skate -- Your ignorance is showing. Christianity isn't a "rip-off" and intelligent people understand that the celebration is in the mind of the celebrants. I know the whole US doesn't celebrate my birthday on July 4th.Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
- RichardLv 68 months ago
A pagan tradition taken by the Christians
- fixerkenLv 78 months ago
So many today do not care where Christmas came from, but is it okay for it to be called a religious holiday, I think not! Why did the Romish Church fix on December the 25th as Christmas-day? Long before the fourth century, and long before the Christian era itself, a festival was celebrated among the heathen, at that precise time of the year, in honor of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven; and it may fairly be presumed that, in order to conciliate the heathen, and to swell the number of the nominal adherents of Christianity, the same festival was adopted by the Roman Church, giving it only the name of Christ. This tendency on the part of Christians to meet Paganism half-way was very early developed; and we find Tertullian (who also adapted the trinity godhead, another pagan belief into the Christian faith) bitterly lamenting the inconsistency of the disciples of Christ in this respect, and contrasting it with the strict fidelity of the Pagans to their own superstition. "He said" who are strangers to Sabbaths, and new moons, and festivals, once acceptable to God, the Saturnalia, the feasts of January, the Brumalia, and Matronalia, are now frequented; gifts are carried to and fro, new year's day presents are made with din, and sports and banquets are celebrated with uproar; oh, how much more faithful are the heathen to their religion, who take special care to adopt no solemnity from the Christians." Upright men strive to stem the tide, but in spite of all their efforts, the apostacy went on, till the Church, with the exception of a small remnant, was submerged under Pagan superstition. That Christmas was originally a Pagan festival, is beyond all doubt. The very name by which Christmas is popularly known as “Yule-day” proves at once its Pagan and Babylonian origin. "Yule" is the Chaldee name for an "infant" or "little child"; * and as the 25th of December was called by our Pagan Anglo-Saxon ancestors, "Yule-day," or the "Child's day," and the night that preceded it, "Mother-night," long before they came in contact with Christianity, that sufficiently proves its real character! The fact that Christians celebrate a religious holiday on the same day as pagans have and still do is disgusting to our creator! We are to worship in spirit and truth! Far and wide, in the realms of Paganism, was this birth-day observed. This festival has been commonly believed to have had only an astronomical character, referring simply to the completion of the sun's yearly course, and the commencement of a new cycle. It was no mere astronomic festival, then, that the Pagans celebrated at the winter solstice. That festival at Rome was called the feast of Saturn, and the mode in which it was celebrated there, showed whence it had been derived. The feast, as regulated by Caligula, lasted five days; subsequently, the number of the days of the Saturnalia was increased to seven; loose reins were given to drunkenness and revelry, slaves had a temporary emancipation, and used all manner of freedoms with their masters. (2 Timothy 4:3-4) For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts; 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables So those that celebrate Christmas are celebrating a pagan festival whitewashed as a religious holiday! What do you think Christ thinks about that?
- 8 months ago
Although many of the practices and traditions of Christmas stem from a mixture of paganism and religiosity, it is not a problem, if the intent of the people celebrating is for the right reasons. Christians rejoice,celebrate and commemorate that one day God sent his only son to save us from eternal death. It is a day to worship Our God and Savior. the tradition of giving gifts commemorates the gift of the Magi to the King and Savior of the world, Jesus. And we show love to one another by giving. Jesus said it is better to give than to receive and this tradition commemorates the act of giving to our loved ones as Jesus gives to us.
The intention of worship is what God wants, he doesn't care about traditions. Paul says in Colossians 2:16
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
- PaulLv 78 months ago
Look up the word "Christ".
- Pearl LLv 78 months ago
i think it depends on how you celebrate it