Christ!

Merry Xmas, everybody!

Today on twitter, a surprising number of persons spoke out against the use of Xmas as a short form of Christmas. They were wondering why ‘X’. Some felt it was morally wrong because the ‘X’ indicates that Christ(supposedly the true meaning of the ‘season’) was being crossed out. Wouldn’t the ‘X’, then, be appropriate, since Christ reportedly died on a cross? With some alignment, it could even become the ‘T’ shaped symbol many Christians highly regard as the bane of their ‘master’ and the avenue to their redemption.

It is good to see an effort by some to keep Christmas intact but it’s all so unnecessary, in my humble opinion. While we’re being critical of the omission of ‘Christ’ from Xmas, why not delve a bit deeper and realise that everything about the holiday is absolutely fictitious and irrational, if viewed only from a religious stance.

I am a big fan of the holiday season but there is no reason to kid ourselves. I encourage all of you to consider the following questions before getting overly emotional about such petty matters.

  1. On which date was Jesus actually born? No birth certificate? I thought so.
  2. The earliest Christians either didn’t know or didn’t care about Jesus’ birth date. In fact, the first gospel of Mark begins around Jesus’ baptism. Why is it such a big deal to you now?
  3. Why is Christmas celebrated around the same period of an ancient (pre-Jesus) Babylonian festival?
  4. Why, if Jesus was so humbly born as expressed in the bible, are you celebrating in such an excessive manner? and
  5. Count how many times you’ve said Jesus this week, not more than you’ve said Santa Claus, right?

Perhaps you’re genuinely seeking to restore Christ to Christmas, but if you look deeply enough you’ll realise he was never really there. I do not condemn anyone for their beliefs but it is a good idea to be rational about all aspects of a matter you’re passionate about, not just the nomenclature.

Happy Holidays to all.

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2 Comments

  1. Wayne Clacken
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

    1) It doesn’t matter on which day Jesus was born. It could be in March for all we know. We don’t know the date and so we ‘picked’ or ‘chose’ a day. There was a man born without hands or feet who recently entered X Factor in Australia. He didn’t know when he was born either so he just picked a date. Are you saying he shouldn’t celebrate his birthday because he doesn’t know which day of the year he was born?
    2) How interesting that you would choose the Gospel of Mark as an example. Why not the Gospel of Matthew? It starts from Abraham and at verse 18 of chapter 1 it tells of Jesus’ birth. Why not Luke? It starts with the conception of Jesus and in chapter 2 tells of the birth of Jesus.
    3) In that period Christians were attempting to change the ‘fleshly’ celebrations at the time by introducing another ‘festival’ of the ‘spirit’. How is that a bad thing?
    4) Humbly born? I don’t know exactly what you mean by that but hundreds of prophecies came true on that day. A star followed the child in the sky. Men and women received visions of His birth. Angels appeared before people and spoke to them. God Himself veiled His divinity and clothed Himself in humanity for our sake etc. etc. etc.
    5) Wrong. You think that Christians think like you and they don’t. I don’t remember even saying the word Santa once over the past week. I haven’t even thought about him until I read the article. I go to bed thinking about Jesus, wake up thinking about Him, I think about Him and call His name throughout the day and even dream about Him.

    As for Jesus dying on the cross. You forgot to include that He also rose from the dead.

    I have much more I could say about your article which has been written without any empirical evidence but rather with what seems to be a hatred for Christianity. I don’t hate you for it though. May you find the peace that only a relationship with Jesus Christ can bring.
    Have a Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

    • Karee
      Posted December 26, 2011 at 6:12 PM | Permalink

      I chose the gospel of Mark because its, chronologically, the first to have been written and Matthew and Luke were based upon it.
      Thanks for your comment.

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