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#4. WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD NOT CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS

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Considering that Christmas is not even once mentioned in the bible, nor is it recorded that Jesus or his family or his disciples ever celebrated his birthday, it is amazing that such great numbers of Christians still celebrate Christmas. You may ask the questions, "Why celebrate Christmas?" Or "How do we celebrate Christmas?" If you look to the bible for your answers you will not find them, because God has given no such instructions. For any serious Christian this alone should be sufficient to leave it completely alone, but for those who won't; this is a bible study that gives scriptural reasons why a Christian should not celebrate Christmas.

#4.1 DO NOT ADD TO WHAT GOD HAS COMMANDED

DEUTERONOMY 4:2
2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish anything from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

DEUTERONOMY 12:32
32 Whatever thing I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add to it, nor diminish from it.

PROVERBS 3:5-6
5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield to those who put their trust in him.
6 Do not add to his words, lest he reproves you, and you are found a liar.

REVELATION 22:18
18 For I testify to every man who shall hear the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book."

Note: Is it not true that celebrating Christmas and adding it to your Christian calendar totally contrary to these commands?
Is Christmas not adding to God's word? and how then will you not be found a liar? all of whom will have their part in the lake of fire after the judgement day:

(Revelation 21:8) "all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

Many believe that Revelation 22:18 certainly applies to the book of Revelation, but some would attribute it to the whole bible. Are you also prepared to risk the plagues in Revelation in order to continue to celebrate Christmas?

#4.2 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS ARE PAGAN, NOT CHRISTIAN

GENESIS 40:20-22
20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast to all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
21 And he restored the chief butler to his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:
22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.

MARK 6:21, 27
21 And when a convenient day came, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his great men, chief officers, and first men of Galilee;
27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

Note: Celebrating birthdays is a pagan custom, and God has said, "Do not learn the way of the heathen," (Jeremiah 10:2). In scripture there are two examples of birthday celebrations, Pharaoh (Genesis 40:20), and King Herod (Mark 6:21). Both of these men had someone put to death on their birthday, Pharaoh had the baker hanged (Genesis 40:22), and Herod had John the Baptist beheaded (Mark 6:27).
On the other hand, there is no account anywhere in scripture of any godly person, or a Christian in the New Testament, celebrating their birthday. Therefore, we cannot be following Jesus or the Apostles if we do it.
Birthdays are a time when someone is made to feel really important, because of something that was none of their doing. This is exaltation of a person, which leads to pride, and should therefore be avoided.

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