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What Do They Say About Christmas?


There is not one word in the New Testament, or anywhere in the Bible, telling us to observe Christmas. The Christians of the first century, under the inspired teaching of Peter and Paul and the other apostles, never observed it.  There is NO BIBLE AUTHORITY for its observance, strange as it may seem.

Then where did we get "Christmas"?  Since it has come to us thru the Roman Catholic Church, and has no authority but that of the Roman Catholic Church, let us examine the Catholic Encyclopedia, published by that Church.  Under the caption "Christmas", you will find:

"Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church...The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt."  "Pagon customs centering around the January calends gravitated to Christmas." And, further, we find this truth acknowledged: "...in the Scripture, sinners alone, not saints, celebrate their birthday."

Encyclopedia Britannica has this: "Christmas. (i.e., the Mass of Christ). Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church..."  It was not instituted by Christ or the apostles, or by Bible authority--it was picked up afterward from paganism.

The Encyclopedia Americana says: "Christmas.  It was, according to many authorities, not celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian church, as the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth..."  

(The "Communion" which is instituted by New Testament Bible authority, is a memorial of the DEATH of Christ.)  "...a feast was established in memory of this event [Christ's birth] in the fourth century.  In the fifth century the Western Church ordered it to be celebrated forever ON THE DAY OF THE OLD ROMAN FEAST OF THE BIRTH OF SOL (the sun god), as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ's birth existed."

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