What If Christians Stop Celebrating Christmas?

What if we stopped celebrating Christmas?

Christmas is celebrated in most parts of the world every year in commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Saviour.

Yes, Jesus was born to save the world from sin. By all means, this ought to be the reason for the season of Christmas. But it is hardly so in some places.

Many people celebrate Christmas without having acknowledged Christ as their Saviour. To them Christmas is just a holiday. They eat. They drink. They party. They buy and sell.

They do everything else but they do not care about having a personal relationship with the Person they are celebrating His birthday.

On the other hand, some people have argued that:

  • The celebration of Christmas has a heathen origin;
  • It was not commanded by Jesus to be celebrated;
  • It has been fully commercialised;
  • Materialism takes a better hold of people during Christmas…

The above observations may be correct. But do you know that even if all Christians stopped celebrating Christmas today, Heaven will not fall?

Please don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas, I have been celebrating it since I was a child and I will continue to celebrate it for the rest of my life.

But I’m just saying that as significant as the celebration of Christmas is in Christianity, it doesn’t mean that our true essence as Christians would be lost if we stopped celebrating it.

What if Christians stopped celebrating Christmas?

  • It will not change the fact that a Saviour, Jesus was born at a point in time in history;
  • Celebration of Christmas is not a criteria to enter the kingdom of God;
  • We can still spread the gospel of the kingdom without Christmas;
  • Not celebrating it will not reduce the power of the gospel to save;
  • Sinners will still be won to Christ;
  • We will not be offending God by not celebrating.

I could go on and on with the list but I believe you’ve got my point already. So what do you think would happen if as Christians we should stop celebrating Christians?

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18 thoughts on “What If Christians Stop Celebrating Christmas?

  1. Bruce December 23, 2017 / 10:22 am

    You’re right Victor, our celebration of Christmas is just a representation of reality and the reality remains regardless as to whether we celebrate regarding the truth or not. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. It matters not whether you believe this truth or not, non-belief doesn’t erase the reality. For those of us who do believe, it is the greatest truth there is and we rejoice! Have a joyous and blessed Christmas Victor!

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  2. Evad Mac December 23, 2017 / 11:43 am

    Jesus would still be Jesus. It doesn’t matter if we celebrate or not. Thanks for sharing

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    • VictorsCorner December 23, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      You are welcome Evad. And you are correct about that. Thanks for the contribution.

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  3. God's Warrior December 28, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    This is a good post, Victor. For me, I feel that even if we as Christians stopped celebrating Christmas, there wouldn’t be anything different in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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    • VictorsCorner December 28, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks for the contribution. I agree with you completely.

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  4. If real Christians would stop celebrating Christmas than they would be following Jesus’ wish not to be part of the world and God’s wish to abstain from any heathen connection.
    As you say it It will not change the fact that a Saviour, Jesus was born at a point in time in history (on October 17, 4 BCE) but it also should not change anything to the fact that we do not have to celebrate Jesus his birthday.

    As you rightly say “Celebration of Christmas is not a criteria to enter the kingdom of God” but can always a criterium not to enter God’s Kingdom, depending on what sort of attention you have given on Santa, his reindeer, a furnished or decorated tree, the presents around that day, the way you behaved in those festival days.

    As you say “We can still spread the gospel of the kingdom without Christmas” but we should add ” You should take that occasion to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God and show the people that Jesus is the way to God and not God himself.”

    We as Christians should obey god and keep to His commandments and His feasts and abstain from heathen festivals. Such periods we can use to show people where they go wrong and how they should keep to the bible, the infallible Word of God which should be our Guide to life.

    Real Christians should show the name Christians and the unbelievers that Jesus is the Way to God but also the way to life and that all people are able to fall under the grace of his ransom offer.

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    • VictorsCorner January 3, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Your contribution has greatly enriched the discourse. And I would agree with you in most part, except where you said Jesus is not God. Recall that Jesus Himself told us that “I and my Father are one.” And that’s what is believed in most of christiandom as well.

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      • You are welcome.

        The oneness Jesus is speaking about is the same oneness we do have to have with Jesus and with Jesus his heavenly Father, but that would not make us to be Jesus nor God like it also did not make Jesus to be God. Both father and son are one in spirit, like in our life partners should be one and parents with their children should be one, the same as teachers with their pupils should be one, but never would have to mean that they are one and the same person.

        God declared Jesus to be His only begotten beloved son and Jesus to be the sent one from God. Jesus also tells us he is the sent one from God, who received the authority from God Who is greater than Jesus and without God Jesus can do nothing.

        Both are saying the truth, because we are told that the eternal omniscient omnipresent eternal Spirit Being (who no man can see) does not tell lies and that the son of man did no sin and as such would also not have lied. So when Jesus told his disciples he did not know when he would return or who would be seated he told the truth because he did not know though God knows everything.

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        • VictorsCorner January 3, 2018 / 6:22 pm

          Having previously examined this issue, based on Biblical records, the only conclusion I came to was that Jesus Christ is God.

          For instance 1John1:1 tells that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Word here is Jesus and He is equated with God.

          I agree that Jesus had a human side, and that’s why He was called the Son of man. So some of the points you raised above, especially in your conclusion, bothered on His humanity. But that doesn’t take away His divinity.

          Except we don’t accept the evidence the Bible presents, we cannot doubt that Jesus Christ God.

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        • The apostle John talks about the Word or Speaking of God. In the Garden of Eden God had given His word to provide a saviour. About 2 millennia ago in Bethlehem became born a child which was that promised Messiah and as such the word = god His Speaking, became a reality and became in the flesh. It was not God Who came in the flesh but the promise spoken in the garden of Eden that became in the flesh. God Himself declared that man to be His only begotten beloved son, His sent one.

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        • VictorsCorner February 13, 2018 / 6:40 pm

          Yes, I agree that God became flesh in Jesus. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        • VictorsCorner March 1, 2018 / 9:47 pm

          I believe the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the God-incarnate. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1. Even Jesus Himself said, “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

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        • The oneness spoken about is a oneness of spirit like it is required of us to be one with Christ like he is one with his Father. That oneness we do have to have with Jesus and with God does not make us to be god like it does not make Jesus to be God.

          John 1.1 speaks about the Word, which is referring to god speaking first in the Genesis, Him creating everything by uttering His Words and secondly by speaking to Adam and Eve after they had eaten from the fruit of the Tree of knowledge. God promised them a breaker of the curse and that promised one is Jesus or the second Adam. The original text may be much clearer to you telling the Word was with god (His speaking is something with goes with His personality) and the word was a god (God His speaking or His promise from in the Garden brought forth a god or a high person, who is the sent one from God and the way to god: Jesus Christ).

          You seem to take the Word like so many also take the Wisdom to be God Himself though both are elements and/or characteristics of what God does or has (speaking and having wisdom). The Word and the Wisdom are in itself not a person.

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        • VictorsCorner March 2, 2018 / 8:19 am

          Doesn’t the gospel of John say that the Word became flesh? That word, the Bible reveals, is Jesus.

          Paul revealed in the Corrinthians that Jesus was our righteousness and wisdom. So from the two examples able we can see that the word and wisdom can mean a person, in this case Jesus.

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        • Yes John tells us that the <word of God or the Speaking of God became flesh, which means that what God had said, the words He uttered, became in the flesh or became a reality by the birth of the son of man, Jeshua from the tribe of king David.

          Concerning what Paul said you seem not to understand idioms or expressions or the way of speaking, and again seem to be philosophising yourself though you claimed that we would be philosophising.

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