QUESTION: Hello, I appreciate your explanation why Jehovah Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas. I respect your decision to not celebrate, just as I expect Jehovah Witnesses to respect others decision to celebrate it. Your views are not the views of others. The Bible does not prohibit the celebrating of Christs birth. I see many Witnesses on this site "bad mouthing" Christmas, and those that choose to celebrate. That is not right. The Bible speaks often of tolerance, and not sitting in judgement of others or being self righteous. There are many scriptures to support this fact, and yet I see this behavior from the Witnesses too often. What are your thoughts on this? Thank you.
ANSWER: Hi Chris,
Thank you for your question but you're mistaken in what you said, that I'm "bad mouthing" Christmas. Quite to the contrary, I'm not. I'm merely exposing the lies associated with it. Like a watchman in the night, I and my fellow brothers and sisters are here to give warning to those who will listen. To be aware of the "dark side" of Christmas. A "dark side" that many don't want to see.
Whether you want to admit or not Chris, the origin of Christmas is undeniably pagan. Hence those observing it are in actuality observing an ancient religious pagan ritual. So for any who claim to be a true follower of Christ but consciously participate in it (after knowing the facts) is/are really lying to themselves and most of all to God.
Now how serious do you think is this? Especially for a Christian?
But what about those who are in the know. How do you think God will react if His worshipers do not warn others about it?
Do you think God will say what you said? I doubt it.
No! He will say exactly what he said to His watchman Ezekiel who he commissioned to give warning to a wayward people.
"As for you, son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman to the house of Israel; and when you hear a word from my mouth you must warn them from me. 8 When I say to someone wicked, ‘Wicked one, you will surely die!’ but you do not speak out to warn the wicked one to change his course, he will die as a wicked man because of his own error, but I will ask his blood back from you. 9 But if you warn someone wicked to turn back from his way and he refuses to change his course, he will die for his error, but you will certainly save your own life." (Ezekiel 33:7-9)
So if you're a Christian, Chris, do you take the words above seriously?
We do. And like the apostle Paul in his day, we too join with him freely in saying:
"...So I call you to witness this very day that I am clean from the blood of all men," (Acts 20:26)
Can you do the same?
Will you have the courage to tell others that December 25th - Christmas day - is NOT the Lord Christ's BIRTHDAY but the day in which the pagans celebrated the 'birthday of the unconquered sun' (Natalis solis invicti)?
Will you have the courage to deliver the Lord's words to those who don't know or unwilling to know?
Will you tell them as Jesus did: YOU "overstep the commandment of God because of your tradition"? (Matthew 15:3)
If you're are true Christian - a true "footstep follower of the Christ", then you would join us.
As for the scriptures you alluded to, about "tolerance, and not sitting in judgement of others or being self righteous". Yes, I completely agree with you. Hence, I'm not here to stop you in celebrating your Christmas tradition! I have no power over you and furthermore, that's your personal decision. So what you do is your business. But I'm here to warn you that doing such thing is contrary to what the Bible is saying.
Listen for yourself what God Himself said to his people Israel about their traditions:
"I have hated your new moons and your festivals. They have become a burden to me; I am tired of bearing them." (Isaiah 1:14)
So, will you as the Lord Jesus asked, continue to "transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?" ([Mat 15:3 NKJV]
Only you can answer this question.
You said: "The Bible does not prohibit the celebrating of Christs birth" -- if so, why December 25th then? Who picked this date?
Was it God, Christ or men?
If men, whose tradition is Christmas then?
What others are also saying:
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QUESTION: Hello Eddie, My question was not to debate you on why or why not Christmas can or cannot be celebrated. My question was more about respecting others that do not agree with your views. I did not say you specifically were "bad mouthing" Christmas, but I said Jehovah Witnesses have, because I have read it here on this board from other Jw's. It was not any kind of "warning", it was flat out criticism. That is not respect, as far as I can see. You are entitled to your beliefs, just as others are entitled to theirs. Thanks again Eddie.
Thanks for the follow up. I got what you're saying and I do understand where you're coming from. But I'm sure you're aware that each one of us is different and that and each has a way of delivering a message. So you should expect that some will be blunt while others, not. In fact if we don't have these differences we're going to be accused of as being brainwashed-robots.
Now it would be good if you can provide a quote of what was said. That way we can take a look at it closer. To see if it was a valid "criticism". Or if it was factually accurate, warranted or not. So write back if you can.
But in any case I can think of something similar to what you're alluding to. The one where Elijah made fun at the Baal worshipers.
At 1 Ki 18:25-29 [NKJV] this is what it said:
"Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare [it] first, for you [are] many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire [under it]." 26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared [it], and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, "O Baal, hear us!" But [there was] no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made. 27 And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them
and said, "Cry aloud, for he [is] a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, [or] perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened." 28 So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them. 29 And when midday was past, they prophesied until the [time] of the offering of the [evening] sacrifice. But [there was] no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention."
Now, whether you agree or not with what the prophet Elijah did to the Baal worshipers, Elijah was correct to point out the utter folly of what they were doing.
The same goes with the Christmas festivities, although they seem to be innocent and lots of fun, even "holy" in appearance, it's still detestable to God and an insult to the Lord Christ. After all Christmas was created for the sake of Christ based on a date dedicated to a pagan god.
Of course you will say this is my belief and I'm entitled to it. Sure but I'm, we're also obligated and commanded to exposed the lies associated with it. After all the Lord Jesus said:
"I tell you, if these remained silent, the stones would cry out...." (Luke 19:40)
Now how pathetic and embarrassing would this be for us if we do not to say anything about the "dark side" of Christmas? We who were given a mouth to speak yet not say a word about it? It can't happen. Why even a mouthless, voiceless stone will say something to knock the truth out of anyone willing to listen.
So as Christians, if we don't do our part then we're not worthy of him.
"For whoever becomes ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38)
Now, funny thing is, the "criticism" that you're alluding to might just be the way wake up some from "spiritual sleep". It might have a negative effect on you but it might have a positive effect on others. Who knows?
Besides, it's not us that matters but God. That is, if ones heart is right with God, he will find a way to get the truth to you!
Just like what Paul said:
"What, then, is A·pol′los? Yes, what is Paul? Ministers through whom you became believers, just as the Lord granted each one. 6 I planted, A·pol′los watered, but God kept making it grow, 7 so that neither is the one who plants anything nor is the one who waters, but God who makes it grow. 8 Now the one who plants and the one who waters are one, but each person will receive his own reward according to his own work. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field under cultivation, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:5-9)
Of course if the criticism was intended to pick a fight then that's a different story.