Is Christmas Christian?
Is Christmas Christian? What a strange question, you may exclaim.
‘ Of course Christmas is Christian:’ it commemorates
the birth of the Saviour of the world - Jesus Christ - the Son of God!
'What a strange question,' you may exclaim. 'Of course
Christmas is Christian: it commemorates the birth of the
Saviour of the world - Jesus Christ - the Son of God!'
Stunning as the following facts may appear, it is essential to
bring them to your notice.
This article will first answer the question: When, according to
Scripture, was Jesus Christ born? It will then go on to quote
various historians who wrote concerning Christmas, then list the
scriptural alternatives to Halloween, Christmas, Saint Patrick's Day,
Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday, Mundi Thursday, Good Friday, Easter,
All Saints day etc. and the customs associated with them. It will
end with a challenging question which all true believers - of
whatever faith - must answer.
- Christmas is a PAGAN not a Christian festival.
- The 25th December was celebrated in ancient days as the birthday
of the unconquerable SUN god, (variously know as Tammuz, Mithra,
Saturn, Adonis or BAAL) centuries before Jesus Christ was born in
- Nowhere in the Bible are believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob required to celebrate Christmas.
- The early Christian church did not celebrate Christmas. Instead it
celebrated the sacred festivals mentioned in the Bible, in Leviticus chapter 23.
- In order to win Gentile converts to the Christian faith, the Roman
Church, centuries after the apostolic era, adopted this ancient pagan
winter festival of the SUN god and renamed it 'Christmas' mistakenly
thinking that it would honour the SON of God.
- Scholars have for centuries known these facts. They can be
confirmed in any reference library.
To begin with let me plainly state that the Scriptures do not give
the precise date of the Saviour’s birth. However, by close
examination of various passages in the Bible we are able to conclude
that most certainly he was not born on the 25th December (mid-winter
in the northern hemisphere) but at some time in the autumn of the year.
Here is how we arrive at that opinion.
2. Scriptural Evidence
The story of the Saviour's birth is well known; but for those who do
not have Bibles here it is.
||5: “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.|
6: And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7: And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
8: And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course,
9: According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
10: And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
11: And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12: And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
13: But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
14: And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
15: For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
16: And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
17: And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
18: And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
19: And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.”
This passage tells us that the angel Gabriel visited Zacharias during
the course of Abia. What is meant by “the course of
The “course of Abia” (Abijah in Hebrew) we learn
from (1 Chronicles 24:7-10), was the 8th of 24 courses during a 12 month year.
Each group of priests (all except the most senior who were on duty more often)
officiated in the Temple for two weeks every year. Zacharias’
turn of duty came when the 8th group (Abijah’s) attended; which
was during weeks 15 and 16 after the start of the year.
A year in the sacred calendar begins with the new moon nearest the
spring equinox. Consequently the new year starts in March or very early
April. For the purpose of this study we will work with the equinox date of
20th March. Fifteen weeks (105 days) after the 20th March bring us to early
July. In other words, in early July the angel Gabriel told Zechariah
that his aged wife Elisabeth would conceive and bear a son, whose name was
to be John. Six months into Elisabeth’s pregnancy, that is in
early January, Gabriel informed the virgin Mary that she also
was to conceive and bring forth a son, the Son of the Highest - the
Messiah! When Mary said that this was not possible as she had
never had sexual intercourse with a man, Gabriel told her that the
aged Elisabeth, who had been barren for many, many years, was already
six months pregnant - another apparent impossibility with man, but not
with God. “For with God nothing shall be impossible!”
||26: “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,|
27: To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28: And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29: And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30: And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31: And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32: He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34: Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35: And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36: And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37: For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
From the above passages we learn, amongst other things, three vital facts:
From the above scriptural evidence it is certain that Jesus Christ was
not born on the 25th December but in the autumn of the year. Now
this is an amazing fact because late September/early October coincides
with the Week of Tabernacles, the most sacred week in the sacred
calendar. (Leviticus 23: 23-44) The Week of Tabernacles is a
memorial of Israel's 40 years in the wilderness when the nation lived
in ‘tabernacles’ (booths or tents) and when Jehovah
took up residence in a ‘tabernacle’ which was pitched
in the centre of the camp. That is the low-level memorial of Tabernacles.
The high-level reality of Tabernacles was when Yeshua the Son of the
Highest, the Messiah, GOD INCARNATE, took up residence in a frail human
body. In other words, God ‘tabernacled’ with mankind in the
person of His Son - Jesus Christ!
- Elisabeth conceived in early July.
- Mary conceived some 6 months after Elisabeth, in early January.
- Therefore Jesus was born just over 9 months later; which brings
us to an autumn date in late September/early October.
3. Authoritative Quotations
Now that we know that the Saviour was not born on the 25th December but
in the autumn of the year, probably during the Week of Tabernacles,
let us consider what various historians say about how the 25th
December came to be celebrated as the Saviour's birth.
Pause a while and consider the stunning truths you have just read. Here are
famous scholars and historians revealing amazing facts:
- “The festivals of Rome are innumerable; but five of the
most important may be singled out for elucidation - viz., Christmas-day,
Lady-day, Easter, the nativity of St. John, and the Feast of the Assumption.
Each and all of these can be proved to be Babylonian.”
(The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hyslop, page 91)
- “...within the Christian Church no such festival as Christmas
was ever heard of till the third century, and that not till the fourth century
was far advanced did it gain much observance. How, then, did the Roman Church
fix on December 25th as Christmas-day? Why, thus: 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 honour 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 the Christians to meet
Paganism half-way was very early developed... Upright men strove to stem the tide,
but in spite of all their efforts, the apostasy 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 time of
the year, the ceremonies with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin.
In Egypt, the son of Isis, the Egyptian title for the queen of heaven, was born
at this very time, ‘about the time of the winter solstice.
’” (Ibid. page 93)
- “Even where the sun was the favorite object of worship, as
in Babylon itself and elsewhere, at this festival he was worshipped not merely
as the orb of day, but as God incarnate. It was an essential principle
of the Babylonian system, that the Sun or Baal was the one only God. When,
therefore Tammuz was worshipped as God incarnate, that implied also that he
was an incarnation of the Sun. In the Hindoo mythology, which is admitted
to be essentially Babylonian, this comes out very distinctly. There, Surya, or
the Sun, is represented as being incarnate, and born for the purpose of subduing
the enemies of the gods, who, without such a birth, could not have been subdued.
” It was no mere astronomical 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; loose reins were given to drunkenness and revelry, slaves had temporary
emancipation and used all manner of freedoms with their masters. This was
precisely the way in which, according to Berosus, the drunken festival of the
month Thebeth, answering to our December, in other words , the festival of
Bacchus, was celebrated in Babylon...
The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in pagan
Rome and pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm-tree; in Rome it was the fir;
the palm tree denoting the pagan Messiah, as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring
to him as Baal-Berith.” (Ibid. 96-97)
- “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church...
the first evidence of the feast is from
Egypt.” (Catholic Encyclopedia 1911 edition)
- “Christmas customs are an evolution from times that long
antedated the Christmas period - a descent from seasonal, pagan, religious
and national practices, hedged about with legend and tradition... In the
beginning many of the earth's inhabitants were sun worshippers because the
course of their lives depended on its yearly round in the heavens, and
feasts were held at its return from distant wanderings. In the south of
Europe, in Egypt and Persia the sun-gods were worshipped with elaborate
ceremonies at the season of the winter solstice, as a fitting time to pay
tribute to the god of plenty, while in Rome the Saturnalia reigned for a
week... The exact day and year of Christ's birth have never been satisfactorily
settled, but when the fathers of the church in A.D. 340 chose the day of
the winter solstice which was firmly fixed in the minds of the
people and which was their most important festival.”
(Encyclopedia Britannica article Christmas page 642)
- “In a famous letter to Augustine, Pope Gregory directs
the great missionary to accommodate the ceremonies of the Christian worship as
much as possible to those of the heathen, that the people might not be startled
at the change, and in particular the Pope advised Augustine to allow converts
to kill and eat at the Christmas festival a great number of oxen to the glory
of God, as they had formerly done to the Devil.”
(The Story of Christmas by Michael Harrison, page 28)
- “It is nevertheless almost certain that the 25th of December
cannot be the nativity of the Saviour, for it is then the height of the rainy
season in Judaea, and shepherds could hardly be watching their flocks by night
in the plains ... Not casually or arbitrarily was the festival of the nativity
celebrated on the 25th of December. One of the principal causes that co-operated
in fixing this period was that almost all the heathen nations regarded the
winter solstice as the turning point of the year - the beginning of the renewed
life and activity of the powers of nature, and of the gods who were merely the
symbolic personifications of these. In more northern countries this fact
must have made itself peculiarly palpable - hence the Celts and Germans, from
the oldest times, celebrated the season with the greatest festivities. At the
winter solstice the Norsemen held their great Yule-feast in commemoration
of the fiery sun-wheel, and believed that during the twelve nights from the 25th
December to the 6th January they could trace the personal movements and
interferences on earth of their great deities, Odin, Beretha, etc. Many of
the beliefs and usages of the old Germans, and also of the Romans, relating to
this period, passed over from heathenism to Christianity, and have partly
survived to the present day.”
(Chambers Encyclopedia 1908 Edition Vol.111 page 222, article Christmas)
- “There is no authoritative tradition as to the day or month of
Christ's birth ... The winter solstice was regarded as the birthday of the
sun and at Rome a pagan festival of the nativity of 'sol invictus' was
introduced by the Emperor Aurelian on 25th December 274. The church,
unable to stamp out this popular festival, spiritualized it as the feast
of the Nativity of the Sun of Righteousness. When Christianity
spread northwards it encountered a similar pagan festival also held at the
winter solstice - the great Yule feast of the Norsemen. Once again
Christmas absorbed heathen customs. From the various sources came the Yule
log, the Christmas tree introduced into England from Germany and first
mentioned in 1789.”
(Chambers Encyclopedia 1970, page 538, article Christmas)
- That each year on the 25th December the pagans held a festival in
honour of the SUN god.
- And that centuries after the Saviour's birth in Bethlehem this selfsame
festival of the SUN god was adopted by the Christian Church, given the name
Christmas and thereafter celebrated as the birthday of the SON OF GOD!
These are truly eye-opening facts. Remember them.
4. Bible Feasts, What Are They?
Christmas is not merely a Pagan festival, its adoption into the ecclesiastical
calendar along with several other heathen observances (Easter, Ash Wednesday,
Halloween etc.) has almost blinded the church to the sacred Sabbaths of Yahweh
mentioned in the Bible: sacred days the whole Christian church is commanded
to keep. What are these sacred times? They are:
Yes, these are the sacred Sabbaths of the Almighty God, which we are now proclaiming to you.
- The Passover: This service commemorates the death of Jesus Christ,
the Passover Lamb of God, who gave his life to purchase our salvation.
- The Feasts of Unleavened Bread: Which commemorate Israel's hurried
departure from Egypt when they lived on unleavened bread. Unleavened Bread
also foreshadows the time when the Almighty will totally rid His household
- the Church - of the leaven of sin, hypocrisy and false doctrine.
- Pentecost: This feast commemorates the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit:
not just the event that happened on the day of Pentecost in apostolic times (Acts 2),
but also when the Most High will pour out His Spirit on His people in these last
days, after we have been cleansed of every vestige of sin.
- Trumpets: This feast still awaits even partial fulfillment. It
foreshadows the time when cleansed, Spirit-filled believers will proclaim the
final warnings to mankind. Warnings which will be preached when the terrifying
events described in the book of Revelation are in progress.
- The Day of Atonement: This day of fasting prefigures a time
of judgment and atonement when the church will finally be brought
into the very presence of the Almighty and be at-one with Him.
- The Feast of Tabernacles: This feast commemorates Israel's 40 year
stay in the wilderness in temporary dwellings (booths/tents). Tabernacles also
commemorates the incarnation, when the Almighty God took up residence in
the human body of His Son Yeshua!
- The Last Great Day: This feast prefigures eternity; when through the
ages to come the ransomed will live with Yahweh the God of Abraham, Isaac and
Jacob and His Son Yeshua - our Redeemer!
||1: And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,|
2: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
These are the only sacred feasts in the Bible which believers are commanded to observe.
5. What Now?
If you have read thus far, you will no doubt be wondering, How does this
information affect me? Believe me, I sympathize with you if you are now
in a dilemma. Many years ago I was in just such a situation. If all this
about Christmas is correct, then how must I react? To ignore truth is
obviously not a safe policy to follow: especially when it concerns the choice
between Baal worship on the one hand and obedience to the
commandments of God on the other. Perhaps you should do what I did
when I first learned the truth about Christmas: Go to the library and
check it all out. Read as many encyclopaedias, dictionaries and other
reference works to see if all this is true. Also read A Voice In The
Wilderness - Canada booklets on the
Feast Days of the God of Israel and
The Sacred Calendar of the God of Israel.
And, when you have really studied the matter, make your choice to:
There really is no other option.
- Go along with the pagan festival of Christmas.
- Or obey the Almighty’s commandments.
6. What About My Family?
Many sincere folks will nervously ask: What about my family, my children,
my friends? How can I possibly stop keeping Christmas; it's a family day
for us and the children and grand-children all expect presents; they'll all
think I've gone crazy! Well let me tell you that it was exactly the same for
me. I have numerous family members. Do they suffer? Do the children feel
deprived. Did they understand? I can tell you that the children are the
least problem. They'll understand faster than you think. You will no longer
need to tell them all those lies about Santa Claus visiting millions
of homes each Christmas with presents for good little boys and girls. Just
tell them the truth: that Xmas is not a festival the Almighty wants
Christians to keep and that they will get their presents on the Almighty's
Feast Days and on their own birthdays. Incidentally, the patriarchs of
old remembered their birthdays: that’s how all of them knew how old
Is it possible to stop keeping Christmas? Yes it is: tens of thousands of
Christians the world over have already done so. What's more they are now
keeping the Feasts of the God of Israel. Believe me, and I can speak
from experience, their children and grandchildren are in no way deprived.
I'll end this article with a prayer that the Holy Spirit will grant
you the humility, understanding and courage you will need in order to
brake with paganism and take your stand for the Truth of the
Almighty God as revealed in His Word.
- According to the Scriptures Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah was born in the autumn of the year; probably during
the Week of Tabernacles. This extremely important Biblical feast commemorates and foreshadows two important events:
- Israel's 40 year wanderings in the wilderness when the nation lived in temporary dwellings (booths/tents)
- And the incarnation! when the Almighty God took up residence in the person of Yeshua the Messiah - the SON OF THE
- The early apostolic Church did not celebrate Christmas. You may read the New Testament again and again
and you will find this to be the case.
- Only after several centuries did the Roman Church begin to celebrate Christmas: which was - and still is - a pagan festival.
It commemorated in honour of the SUN god, variously known as Tammuz, Mithra, Saturn, Adonis and BAAL!
In order to win converts to the Christian faith the Catholic Church adopted this pagan festival, renamed it Christmas and now celebrates it in honour of the SON of GOD!
Alas! the whole Christian world, with the exception of a few believers, has followed suit.
But Christmas is still a pagan festival through and through.
Its change of name from Saturnalia, the birthday of the Sun god, to Christ's Mass has not altered its true character one iota.
The evil spirit behind its celebrations still produces the deception, debt, drunkenness, misrule and licentiousness that characterized the pagan revelries of bygone days.
- The sacred feasts listed in the Bible (Leviticus chapter 23) are for Jewish as well as Gentile believers in the God of Israel.
These divine feasts constitute the Signature (Sign) of Yahweh the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
- True believers must give up celebrating the heathen festivals of Christmas, Easter, Ash-Wednesday etc.
They must begin keeping the Bible feasts listed in (Leviticus chapter 23). There really is no other safe alternative.
In the Son’s Name - For the Father’s glory.
Elder: Max W. Mader