CHRISTMAS: FACT, FICTION, AND FRUITCAKE – NAC:8

In light of the upcoming Christmas holiday of 2018, I thought I’d share some of my favorite insights from my personal journey to find the truth about Christmas and its place in our modern Christian belief system.

A few years ago I was on a quest to figure out why Christian traditions existed, and how so many religious assumptions found their way into our daily lives. Things like music-led worship on Sunday morning, tithing, altar calls, communion, and holidays… especially holidays. Why do we do these things? Do we HAVE to do these things? What happens if we do them wrong? Heck, for that matter, what happens if we do them right?

It was during this season that I found out the Christmas day (December 25th) was originally a Pagan holiday, and that many of the traditions we embrace today in our Christian heritage were actually VERY Pagan in origin. The question then became… Should I still celebrate Christmas now that I know the truth behind the traditions?

The answer to that question is something I’ll leave up to you to decide. But as for me and my family, the things I learned during that time have proven to be a source of deeper meaning and significance for Christmas. I hope these little tidbits can do the same for you.

SUMMARY

In this episode you will learn:

  • What the star of Bethlehem REALLY was.
  • Why the traditional nativity scene is historically inaccurate.
  • Why we celebrate Jesus’ birth on Dec. 25th.
  • How the wise men knew who Jesus was.

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