In this episode of Theonauts we explore the awesomeness that is Christmas. There have been many debates and arguments as to the origins of this holiday. Because of this, many Christians have suggested that we should not celebrate certain aspects of the holiday, or to simply celebrate it at all. So join us in discussing the origins of Christmas.
The Origins of Christmas
We begin with an exploration of where the name and idea of advent came from. Many believe that Advent comes from a celebration of Augustus Caesar. But the actual word means “coming,” as in the start of a new era. Therefore, we began using this word to describe the coming of God’s Kingdom by the birth of His Son. We also look into the origins of many traditions including Santa Claus, the Nativity Scene, and the Yule Log, the date of Jesus’ birth, Mistletoe, and the 12 days of Christmas (or epiphany). We discuss the origins of the Christmas tree, and whether Jeremiah 10:1-5 forbids us from having one in our house. We also discuss the fact that many of these origins are unknown.
Although many of these traditions begin as pagan, they have been changed or adapted to have Christian meanings. Therefore, are we forbidden to practice such things?
We talk about what it means to redeem the culture; which is to say that we are to use the culture in order that some will come to know Christ. In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul tells us that he becomes all things to all people in the hopes that he might win some to the Father. A great example of this is when Paul used the idols in Athens in order to share with the locals about Jesus.
In 1 Cor. 10, we are told to do all things for the Glory of God. Not to worry about false idols or “meat” sacrificed to them, but to redeem it by giving the Glory the One who deserves it!
- The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop (Against Christmas)
- Babylon Mystery Religion by Ralph Woodrow (Against Christmas)
- The Babylon Connection? by Ralph Woodrow (Woodrow refutes his previous book)
- Christmas Reconsidered by Ralph Woodrow (Supporting Christmas)
- Empires Of The Ancient Near East By The Folio Society (The Hittites, The Babylonians, The Egyptians, The Persians, 4 Volume Set In Case) (Unbiased historic examinations of these cultures)