Scriptural Principle and Christmas

Romans 14:2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.

Let me paraphrase that, change the subject while maintaining the principle…

One person’s faith allows them to celebrate Christmas, but another, whose faith is weak, celebrates only Hanukkah.

To those who would judge those who celebrate Christmas as being weak, let me say that the Scripture says that you have it backward.

The argument against eating meat was exactly the same kind of religious garbage and Paul rejected it. You will find that in Rome, every single butcher shop was attached to a pagan temple. All of the meat available had been sacrificed to a pagan deity. Those who were weak in the faith could not eat it because it was connected to idols. Having full faith in God, the strong in the faith realized that meat is meat, is meat and that for the Christian, the connection to the idols was of none effect; it was meaningless because God saw the heart, not the meat.

I would make the same argument that the strong in the faith can celebrate Christmas because God sees the heart and the ancient connection to pagan gods is of none effect.

I would highly suggest that even if you fear the spirits of Christmas, you refrain from condemning those who have the faith to celebrate the day. Paul goes on to write:

14:5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.

If I am convinced that God sees my heart and not the pagan connection, you have no right to judge me…

14:4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand…

Nonetheless, if you do fear the pagan connection, you would want to heed the final warning of the chapter…

14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin…

That speaks of food but the principle applies fully to the celebration of Christmas…

If you can, do. If you can’t, don’t…

That is the strongest of New Testament doctrine and principle…

Think about it…

David…

Author: davidrice1951

I am a vile sinner. I have been a soldier and a sailor. I have been a student and a teacher. I taught English in Mexico. I started and taught in a Bible College in Venezuela. I am married to Cathy, a beautiful lady from Guyana. We have two children, Christopher and Amanda. I am saved by Grace, washed in the Blood and filled with the Spirit. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids and you...

2 thoughts on “Scriptural Principle and Christmas”

  1. I was reading through the the New Testament and while taking a break I came to your blog, and you are writing about Romans 14 and there I was on the exact same passage. This is not the first time this has happened.

    A couple years ago after watching some YouTube videos, I decided not to celebrate any of the “pagan” holidays like Christmas and Easter anymore. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit brought me to my senses and I’m able to eat meat now!

    Thank you for your ministry and God Bless you and yours through Our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus!

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  2. Honestly I was going to tell you off, but ha-ha you are right, See how God works, I was led to this verse:
    Food Sacrificed to Idols
    (Ezekiel 14:1-11; Romans 14:13-23)

    1Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2The one who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3But the one who loves God is known by God.

    4So about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world, and that there is no God but one. 5For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many so-called gods and lords), 6yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we exist. And there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we exist.

    7But not everyone has this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that they eat such food as if it were sacrificed to an idol. And since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. 8But food does not bring us closer to God: We are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

    9Be careful, however, that your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10For if someone with a weak conscience sees you who are well informed eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged to eat food sacrificed to idols? 11So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12By sinning against your brothers in this way and wounding their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.

    13Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to stumble.

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