Christmas Cultural Clashes
As Christians, it should be noted in the very first place that the Lord Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th, but most likely on Rosh HaShana, which would have been in September. Not only is Rosh HaShana the Hebraic civil New Year, it was also the time that Israel coronated their Kings. This is very apropos in that the Lord Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Another major clue being that the Biblical text states that the shepherds had their sheep out in the fields. Shepherds would not have had their sheep out in the fields in December. Why? Basically, it is too cold; not only for the sheep, but the shepherds as well.
Lately, there has been a lot of cultural clashes regarding the celebration of Christmas, with non-Christians trying to eliminate CHRIST from Christ-mas. Of course, Christmas is really Christ’s Mass. However, when the early church was evangelizing pagans and they were turning from their evil ways and becoming believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ; the church attempted to help these pagans leave their traditions and so they modified a pagan festival, Saturnalia, exchanging it with a Mass for Christ: hence, CHRIST-MAS.
We have also lately seen that non-Christians no longer wish to exclaim, “Merry Christmas,” because the sentiment contains the name of CHRIST and the suffix of -mas refers to the Roman Catholic Church mass. So they have opted to exclaim, “Happy Holidays!” However, it still refers to the Christian church…in that the origin of HOLIDAY is really…HOLY DAY. Let us remember the English grammar rule of “Y to I” shall we? How does this grammar rule work?
Words ending in a consonant, followed by a ‘Y’, the ‘Y’ is changed to ‘I’ when adding a suffix. This rule also explains the spelling of business and holiday:
•busy = busi + ness = business •holy = holi + day = holiday
Source: Wiltshire College, UK
From the perspective of being a Christian, this writer finds it rather intriguing that the Almighty God saw to it that everyone will acknowledge His Holy Son, the Lord Jesus, who is the Christ even as the Scriptures attest in:
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
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I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
So what does this mean for Christians? It means that the Lord God Almighty has it covered! He said that “every knee would bow and every tongue shall confess to God,” that He alone brings His words to pass. Another prophecy found in the book of Isaiah says:
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name IMMANUEL.
The very name of Immanuel, which means GOD WITH US, should reassure all Christians that even when non-Christians want to forget that the name of Christ is in Christmas, and they prefer to say, “Happy Holidays,” they still are acknowledging that indeed these days are HOLY DAYS! Why? Because a young virgin girl named Mary chose to submit to the will of God. Because of her choice to be obedient to the will of God, she became the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ: the Savior of the World. In due time, he would grow up, establish His Church, laying down His life, shedding His Holy blood on the Cross of Calvary. Thus did He make a way for people to be reconciled back to God Almighty, His Holy Father.
So to the non-Christians this writer says: Give it up! You will never defeat the Lord God Almighty, nor His Holy Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Because God has known the end from the beginning of time. However, you are most welcome to become a Christian and when you do, the name of CHRIST will cease to be an offense to you. The following Scripture is how you become a Christian:
That if thou shalt CONFESS with thy mouth the LORD JESUS, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
As this writer finishes this article, she would like to express to everyone around this globe:
Have a BLESSED HOLY DAY and a very BLESSED CHRIST DAY