Do you hear what I hear?
December 7, 2016
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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening. Yes. It’s Christmas time for most people. But should it be?
In a poll done by ABC, 83 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christian. With this high number of “claimed Christians”, I thought it would be good to examine what we celebrate and why. Time to bring out the magnifying glass and see what is truth and what is “traditions of men“.
The Bible, aside from the birth of Jesus, never looks back or celebrates his birth. In fact the whole manger scene that we traditionally think of is false.
The Shepherds watching their sheep at night were visited by an angel to tell them of the birth of Jesus. Think though. Isn’t December a little cold to have your sheep in the field? Traditionally Shepherds keep their sheep out to graze in the summer and fall months and bring them in to keep them together and warm in the winter.
So Jesus most likely wasn’t born in December.
Now what about those three wise men we see in our manger scene? The Bible never mentions how many wise men there were at all. Only that there were men and not a single man. But think, if I were going to search and give gifts to a king wouldn’t I want more then three people?
Once again, we are adding words to the Bible.
Christmas trees and presents aren’t even mentioned in the Bible. But we put them in anyway. Most people defend the giving of wrapped gifts by saying that Jesus was a gift given to us and erecting a Christmas tree by saying that all creation is God’s.
But what does He think of it?
A similar thing happened during the Exodus. Moses had gone to talk with God for a while and the Israelites had worried that he was dead. So in short Aaron, their priest, decided to make an image of a calf made from gold to try to communicate with God. He even dedicates a feast or a festival to Him!
However, God saw this and was furious because they were doing something to Him in a way that He had warned them not to.
“Do not do what they do. Do not bow down to their gods or worship them. You must destroy the statues of their gods. You must break their sacred stones to pieces.” Exodus 23:24