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Dear Rev Brian

Christmas Day is celebrated for the birth of Lord Jesus Christ.

Will you be against lighting Fire crackers on the Christmas Day as part of Christmas celebrations which Hindus celebrate during Diwali festival?.

Thanks
Prashant

Answer
Hello Prashant

This question is actually not one of Biblical Studies!  However, I will respond anyway, and hope that my answer is helpful.

First of all, it is generally accepted, for a number of reasons, that the Lord Jesus was not born on December 25th.  However, whenever we may wish to celebrate the Incarnation, I would not see the necessity for setting off firecrackers as a part of that celebration.

Surely we should celebrate the coming of the Creator of all that is, in the very human flesh that He had created, from the glory of heaven, to a sin-filled humanity, with praise and worship that comes from our hearts, and not from noise that comes from a man-made device!  Gifts to others, at that time, are not unseemly as, although it was up to two years before the Magi arrived with their gifts for the Infant King, the shepherds brought their own gifts of obedience and devotion.

If a Christian celebrates Christmas in the same way as a Hindu celebrates Diwali, that gives the underlying message that one is as important as the other.  This I would strongly dispute.

Blessings, and shalom.

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Rev C.Brian Ross

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I am happy to offer answers to anyone with a question that refers to the Christian Faith in its widest possible sense. I believe that the Bible is the living Word of God, and seek to base all of my life on its teaching. I also have some knowledge of some of the cults, and of Islam and Judaism. Of course, my answers are just one man's thoughts, and I would always advise a questioner to check with others, and with the Word of God.

Experience

Served as a full-time parish minister in Scotland for about six years, and then spent the last thirty as a teacher (now 'retired') of Religious Education in Secondary Comprehensive schools (ages 11-17) while continuing my own preaching and teaching ministry. I have spent three years as a voluntary Chaplain with Strathclyde Police Force. I also believe that learning is a life-time process, and have recently completed a Master's degree in Divinity. I now spend most of my time in France, ministering mainly to English-speaking groups.

Organizations
Former Presenter on Revival FM - a local Christian, community radio station, broadcasting in west central Scotland, and online at revival.fm Involved with a number of organisations that support Christians who are currently suffering persecution in some 70 countries around the world. Until the formation of the new Police Scotland Force, I was a Chaplain with Strathclyde Police Force, deployed within 'Q' and 'N' Divisions, and also responsible for the Force Training and Recruitment Centre.

Publications
Various articles in Christian magazines. I also maintain a blog - www.crazyrev.blogspot.com My first book, Great Words of the Faith, is available as a Kindle e-book at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009EG6TJW My second book, Foundations of the Faith, is available as a Kindle e-book at http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00XTAE98C?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Education/Credentials
Diploma of The Bible Training Institute, Glasgow; Licentiate in Theology of the University of Glasgow; Associateship of The Philosophical Society of England; Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons) in History from The Open University; Post-grad Certificate of Education - Religious Education and History; Post-grad Certificate in Learning and Teaching; Post-grad Diploma in Management and Learning in Education; Master of Science Degree from the University of Strathclyde; Master of Divinity Degree (with Distinction) from Trinity College and Seminary (accredited by the University of Liverpool)

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