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DOCTRINE QUESTION 80
Some people tell us that Christmas is not in the Bible. Is not the true spirit of Christmas giving?
The spirit or keeping of Christmas is an age old controversy. There are always extreme to be avoided in anything. For a Christian to reject it completely, they become known as "one who does not believe in Christmas" so the glow of their real testimony is lost. To go to the other extreme is to follow the spirit of the world and not the Spirit of Christ.
The Bible is absolutely silent as to the birthday days of Christ. The thirty-three years He was on earth there is no mention of His birthday. It is therefore very evident that God never intended the Christian or the world to observe His birthday. His virgin birth and His holy sinless life here was necessary in order for Him to become our Redeemer; but His death alone is what Christians are told to commemorate. "Do this in remembrance of Me" Luke 22:19.
The real giving of the Person of Christ was not a GIVING of one to another, neither was it of a materialistic nature; but "UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN" - Isaiah 9:6 "God so loved the world He GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON . . . " John 3:16. The commercial world has capitalized on Christmas and gullible people, including Christians, buy what they can't afford to keep up with the Joneses who aren't going anywhere. The greatest gift ever given is in the Person of Christ. It is the GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord, Romans 6:23.
Have you received this gift yet. Whatever you get for Christmas will not last; but God's gift lasts forever. It is the kind of life you need to get to heaven. Take Him into your life as your Saviour from sin and you will fulfill the real meaning of His birth, death and resurrection. Do it today!
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated July 2009, by Shelly Allen