December 25th & Paganism

This meme sums up the belief that Christians adopted the date of December 25th for the birthday of Jesus Christ to counteract the births of the pagan gods.  However is this true or just repeated enough that it becomes common belief? I have been greatly convicted in regards to these claims in recent years. This picture personifies the problem with the “Christianity is pagan” beliefs of many. On the surface level, those familiar with the claims that Christians supposedly “synchretized” paganism into Christianity will see this picture as truth and move on. The fact of the matter is that this

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Christmas – Throwback Christianity

Christmas and Paganism Part 1: December 25th was not an Ancient Pagan Holiday – Throwback Christianity According to popular myth, Christmas was an ancient Pagan Holiday. As a result of the wide range of belief in this myth Christmas has become an extremely touchy and controversial subject not only between Atheists and Christians, but sadly even among fellow believers in Christ. It is common around Christmas to hear, read or see protests by Atheists calling for the removal of Christ from the holiday. But in the last few years opponents of Christmas from within Christianity have steadily risen beyond the historical

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Calculating Christmas: The Story Behind December 25 – William J. Tighe

Calculating Christmas: The Story Behind December 25 – William J. Tighe Many Christians think that Christians celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th because the church fathers appropriated the date of a pagan festival. Almost no one minds, except for a few groups on the fringes of American Evangelicalism, who seem to think that this makes Christmas itself a pagan festival. But it is perhaps interesting to know that the choice of December 25th is the result of attempts among the earliest Christians to figure out the date of Jesus’ birth based on calendrical calculations that had nothing to do with

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How December 25 Became Christmas – Biblical Archaeology Society

How December 25 Became Christmas – Biblical Archaeology Society “There are two theories today: one extremely popular, the other less often heard outside scholarly circles (though far more ancient). The most loudly touted theory about the origins of the Christmas date(s) is that it was borrowed from pagan celebrations. The Romans had their mid-winter Saturnalia festival in late December; barbarian peoples of northern and western Europe kept holidays at similar times. To top it off, in 274 C.E., the Roman emperor Aurelian established a feast of the birth of Sol Invictus (the Unconquered Sun), on December 25. Christmas, the argument

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Dating the Birth of Jesus of Nazareth – Michal E. Hunt

Dating the Birth of Jesus of Nazareth – Michal E. Hunt Dating the year of Christ’s birth is as controversial as dating the day of His birth.  St. Luke provided several historical references that are helpful in determining Jesus’ birth year in his Gospel in Luke 1:5, 2:1-3 and 3:1-2.  St. Luke records: In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the territories of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, and while the high-priesthood was held by Annas and Caiaphas, the word of

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Refutation of Ernest Martin’s “The Star that Astonished the World” – Kurt Simmons

Refutation of Ernest Martin’s “The Star that Astonished the World” – Kurt Simmons Simmons’ Refutation of Martin’s “The Star that Astonished the World” Kurt Simmons, JD Dr. Ernest Martin is a world recognized authority concerning the date of Christ’s birth.  Beginning with publication of his 1976 article in Christianity Today, “The Celestial Pageantry Dating Christ’s Birth,” Martin has gained attention until he is now perhaps the leading authority in astronomical dating of Christ’s birth.  Over 600 planetariums world-wide have revised their Christmas programs to correspond with dating theories and data he has advanced.  His book, “The Star that Astonished the

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Objections to Christmas and the Dec. 25th Birth of Christ Answered – Kurt Simmons

Objections to Christmas and the Dec. 25th Birth of Christ Answered – Kurt Simmons In this article, we answer common objections to the celebration of Christmas and the Dec. 25th birth of Christ, including allegations it was Invented by the Catholic Church, Is of pagan origin, Takes its date from the Saturnalia, Sol Invictus, and solstice, The shepherds would not have been in the field in December, and that Jesus was probably born in September or some other month.   Objection: The Dec. 25th birth of Christ invented by the Catholic Church in the 4th century. Answer: There is no

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Star of Bethlehem or Nazareth? – Kurt Simmons

Star of Bethlehem or Nazareth? – Kurt Simmons In this article we look at attempts to identify the star seen by the Magi in the east, and show that the star led them, not to Bethlehem, but to Nazareth forty-odd days after Christ’s birth. Johannes Kepler Attempts to identify the “star of Bethlehem” have come and gone down through the ages.  Various phenomena and astrological occurrences have been proposed and served to corroborate the date of Christ’s birth. Among the earliest and longest standing attempts was that made by Johannes Kepler (1571-1630). Kepler was one of the great mathematical minds

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The Nativity of Christ & Death of Herod the Great – Kurt Simmons

The Nativity of Christ & Death of Herod the Great – Kurt Simmons Matthew Chapter Two The Nativity of Christ & Death of Herod the Great by Kurt Simmons, JD Having established Jesus’ genealogy and claim to the Davidic throne in the preceding chapter, Matthew provides the historical details of Christ’s birth, punctuating the narrative with accounts of prophetic fulfillment.   1 – Now when Jesus was born Matthew opens his discussion of Nativity with the arrival of the Magi. The Greek term here is gennhqentoj, “having been born,” perfect tense, showing completed action in the past. Thus, Jesus was

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John the Baptist Six Months Older than our Lord – Kurt Simmons

John the Baptist Six Months Older than our Lord – Kurt Simmons Knowing the age of John relative to Jesus, helps us to identify the time of the Savior’s birth.  Luke indicates that Elisabeth concealed her pregnancy five full months (Lk. 1:24).  Luke then reports it was during the sixth month of Elisabeth’s pregnancy that Gabriel appeared to Mary with word that she would conceive Christ (Lk. 1:26).  The phrase “in the sixth month” signifies that Elisabeth had completed five months and was fulfilling her sixth month when Gabriel brought tidings of Christ’s coming birth.  We are not told how

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