In America, we love to celebrate holidays.  Birthday celebrations are a way to honor someone we love.  It is only fitting that American Christians would think it’s a great idea to have a big celebration to honor Jesus’ birthday.  But nowhere in the Bible is there ANY indication that Jesus, or His family, or His disciples/apostles celebrated His birthday.

So, to celebrate Jesus’ birthday is totally an invention of man.

Now, for reasons that we don’t always understand, God is very particular about how we worship Him.  One principle that has been consistently true is that GOD wants to tell us how to celebrate Him.  The few times that men have taken it upon themselves to do things THEIR way have had marked and memorably bad results.

  • Cain thought that God would love the bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains that he brought as a sacrifice to Him.  It was a fresh idea . . . an expression of his love and gratitude (or so he probably thought) . . . but God was not pleased.
  • Nadab and Abihu used ‘strange fire’ to light the incense in the temple.  That was when the people learned that there are two kinds of fire: one that proceeds from God, and one that doesn’t.  The fire from God consumed Nadab and Abihu.
  • The children of Israel needed to move the Ark of the Covenant, but instead of bearing it on their shoulders as God had taught them, they placed it on an oxcart.  ‘Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.  And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.’

In all three of these cases, men were simply doing what they thought was best.  From what I can see, none of them had bad motives.  In each case, the displeased response of God seemed to come as a shock.  People were happy and excited . . . they were doing what they thought was the right thing, or a loving thing . . . and God reacted with what seemed to be a very unloving, thankless response.

In none of these cases do we know of any particular law that said ‘don’t do ____________’, and yet the people WERE being disobedient.  God saw their hearts.  Their motives don’t appear to US to be wrong.  They don’t appear to be deliberately breaking any rule–and yet, they WERE disobedient.  They were disobedient because God had laid out specific instructions for how things were to be done YET THEY DID THINGS THEIR OWN WAY INSTEAD.  They did what seemed to THEM to be right . . . thinking that their way was just as good as how God had told them to do things, or maybe better . . . and they usurped God’s authority in the process.

Think about that.  Let it sink in.  When God gives us instruction for what we are supposed to do, and how we are supposed to do it . . . IF WE DO IT DIFFERENTLY we are USURPING HIS AUTHORITY.  We are showing that we have not yet submitted ourselves to God’s authority.  We are revealing that we think WE can make judgments that are just as good as God’s, or better.  We are being presumptuous, and competing with Him to be in charge.

Now, lets think again about ‘Christmas’.  Did God ordain this holiday?  No.  Do we have ANY example of Jesus or the early Christians having such a celebration?  No.  Does God ever specifically say ‘don’t celebrate Jesus birthday’?  No.  BUT THAT DOESN’T MATTER.

Do you still think your ways are as good as, or better than God’s ways?  Having seen the examples we just looked at, do you think it is such a good idea for you to launch out on your own and do something that God has not told us to do?  Are you so much better than Cain, Nadab and Abihu, and Uzza that you think God will overlook your presumptuousness based on the good motives of your heart?

If you think so, then go ahead and celebrate Christmas.  Some people have to find out the hard way.  But remember, you have something that Cain, Nadab, Abihu and Uzza didn’t have: you have their examples, and YOU have received a warning.

(As for Halloween . . . do I really NEED to write a note telling you not to celebrate Halloween?)

 

https://dontbefooled666.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/does-god-require-strict-obedience-or-does-he-judge-us-by-our-intentions/

https://dontbefooled666.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/why-would-you-even-want-to-celebrate-pagan-holidays/

 

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