I was raised in church, but now I am wondering why we do certain things. I saw on the history channel that christmas started out as a pagan holiday. So why are we taking on pagan traditions? I am curious, not putting Christmas down, i want to learn the history of it and actually know what I am doing is right in God's eyes.Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 1:07 PM on Dec. 4, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
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Answer by Anonymous at 1:25 PM on Dec. 4, 2009
And yet Martin Luther put up a tree. Remember that the History Channel is controlled by non-Christians, and they do a good job a raising doubts. Learn all you can, but consider the source.
Answer by Anonymous at 1:39 PM on Dec. 4, 2009
There isn't anything new under the sun. The Christmas holiday makes use of many symbols, themes, etc. of holidays that predated Christianity, like all holidays draw from holidays that came before them. Bringing in a tree celebrates continued life. For Pagans that can mean continued life of the Sun, living creatures, or may represent reincarnation. For Christians it may represent continued life in Heaven thanks to Christ. It is important to know the history of things you do, but just as important as the history is what these things mean to you NOW. If you want to know how your God feels about your traditions, pray about it (ask him). Based on the history of Christianity it seems that most of your Christian forefathers believed God felt it was acceptable to absorb traditions from Pre-Christian holidays.
Answer by nysa00 at 1:42 PM on Dec. 4, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 2:07 PM on Dec. 4, 2009
There are many prechristian holidays that were celebrated in December and many traditions can be traced back before Christianity including Pagan and many non religious traditions. I celebrate Christmas. In our house we celebrate the birth of Christ. There are many Christian symbols and traditions that we follow, and we talk and read about Jesus. For others its different. Christmas is what you decide to focus on in your home, in our home its Jesus.
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Answer by Anonymous at 2:41 PM on Dec. 4, 2009
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