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Old 02-17-2009, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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By the request of "Freedom" i'll put this one out there. This question is geared more to the religious ones but all should feel free to answer. Considering that Christmas is based on the birth of Christ; should celebrating it the way it is commonly done be a form of sin/blasphemy? If you are honoring his birth wouldn't putting up trees,stockings, and honoring a false profit (Santa Claus) be the ultimate betrayal? Now this isn't my holiday and how you celebrate it is your option but if you are someone who goes strictly by the bible then this would have to be a sin.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Montrose, CA
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Christmas is only masquerading as a religious holiday. Not only is it not in the time of year when Jesus was supposedly born, it's become a generic family holiday based around gift-giving, eating, and socialization.

And it does seem a little strange how some Christians celebrate it, yes.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Christmas is only masquerading as a religious holiday. Not only is it not in the time of year when Jesus was supposedly born, it's become a generic family holiday based around gift-giving, eating, and socialization.

And it does seem a little strange how some Christians celebrate it, yes.
Yeah, but it sure is fun! Without all the Christmas lights, it would just be the dark days of the year.
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Montrose, CA
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Yeah, but it sure is fun! Without all the Christmas lights, it would just be the dark days of the year.
Never claimed it wasn't I like xmas just as much as the next person; I just don't waste my time claiming or celebrating it as a religious holiday.
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:24 PM
 
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Hey OP, "Freedom" doesn't speak for him-?/herself?

i am on record with a few good friends for this childish wisdom:
sometimes, in hot mid-summer, we would just turn up the volume to the max for Joy to the World ...

and

ought not every day be a Christmas day?

in that sense, right now with some decency

to all who are constituting the c-d family (hey, my Never-miss BLUE, can you hear me?)


YouTube - winter into spring


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Old 02-17-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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By the request of "Freedom" i'll put this one out there. This question is geared more to the religious ones but all should feel free to answer. Considering that Christmas is based on the birth of Christ; should celebrating it the way it is commonly done be a form of sin/blasphemy? If you are honoring his birth wouldn't putting up trees,stockings, and honoring a false profit (Santa Claus) be the ultimate betrayal? Now this isn't my holiday and how you celebrate it is your option but if you are someone who goes strictly by the bible then this would have to be a sin.


My wife and I put up some decorations, but we don't teach our kids about santa claus.

I don't see an issue with decorations. We're certainly not praying to the tree, or doing it for a pagan reason.
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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My wife and I put up some decorations, but we don't teach our kids about santa claus.

I don't see an issue with decorations. We're certainly not praying to the tree, or doing it for a pagan reason.
I just see the tree as a nice symbol of hope and life in the darkest days of winter. Nothing religious about it at all. Isn't that the real point to it? Having something evergreen and with light?
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Old 02-17-2009, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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I'm a Christian and I don't associate Christmas with Christ in any way. It's a time we celebrate family, eat a lot, decorate for fun, and give a gift.
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Old 02-17-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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My wife and I put up some decorations, but we don't teach our kids about santa claus.

I don't see an issue with decorations. We're certainly not praying to the tree, or doing it for a pagan reason.

I don't either. I mostly started this because the ultra religious people believe their views or opinion on sins is absolute.Based on that Christmas celebrated in the modern way would be a sin.I don't celebrate it because i'm jewish and if you did believe or taught your kids about Santa thats okay too, but you can't at the same time say that you adhere to the bible 100% and celebrate it this way.I do think Santa makes it fun for the kids and unfortunately my religion is based mainly on suffering, but it's very focused on the past. The fact is if you swear by the bible and you say that you must follow it EXACTLY then the thought of EVER mentioning or bringing into play Santa would be hypocrisy which is a SIN. This is why I think we have to interpret it in our own way and realize that what is written isn't always right!!!
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:11 PM
 
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Quote>> The most common justification that one will hear regarding Christmas is that people have replaced old pagan customs and intents by asserting that they are now “focusing on Christ.” I have heard many say that they are “honoring Christ” in their Christmas-keeping. The problem is that God does not say this is acceptable to Him! Actually, He plainly commands against it! Keeping Christmas dishonors Christ! He considers everything about it to be an abomination! We will soon see why.


Christ said, “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9). Christmas is not a command of God—it is a tradition of men. Christ continued, “Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:9). Every year, throughout the world, on December 25th, hundreds of millions do just that!


We will see that God plainly commands, “Follow not the way of the heathen.” But most people do not fear God, and He allows them to make their own decisions. Human beings are free moral agents—free to obey or disobey God! But woe to those who ignore the plain Word of God!>>


to read more:
The True Origin of Christmas
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