Don’t be Stupid About Christmas

Christians, in general, have lacked, shall we say, “intellectual rigor” in their long history. Seemingly every oil stain or gastrointestinally induced brain flatulence gets equal play with God’s Word.

This is a problem. Add two thousands years of this and we have huge problems. Many Christians believe things that make no sense. One area where this is prevalent is in our holiday beliefs. Here are my top 4 candidates for most annoying Christmas Belief.

1)  The X in X-mas is not a serious issue, if it is for you, it may merely reveal an ignorance of Church History.

2)  Jesus was not born on December 25. Seriously, He wasn’t.

3)  The wise men did not show up at the manger scene. More than likely they showed up years later. They also did not smell like smoke, even though they “came from a fire.'”

4)  Contrary to the scene on your coffee table, Jesus was probably not born in a stable. More than likely he was born in a house just like most kids.

Have a well-informed Christmas.

5 thoughts on “Don’t be Stupid About Christmas”

  1. In reply to # 4
    “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”- Luke 2:6-7

  2. Yup, the link deals with that verse. It never says he was born in a stable. They laid him in a food trough, true, but that does not necessitate a stable.

    Merry Xmas to you too, Paul!

  3. And Mary probably didn’t ride a donkey. Actually a lot of scholars think Jesus was born in a cave. Oh, yeah, and there were probably a whole caravan of wiseman. (The three comes from the number of gifts.) People simply didn’t travel across those dangerous deserts in small groups – too many thieves.

  4. I’ve seen many houses in the small towns in Germany where a barn is attached to the house, so it is possible it wasn’t a free-standing stable. Nevertheless, it indicates that Jesus was born in a place where animals were kept…which is very, very humble. He was to come among the poorest, so that none could say that He didn’t know what it was like, and couldn’t sympathize with them. No one can use poverty or circumstances as an excuse for not following Jesus.

    Also, it rebukes human pride…how many people would choose such a lot for a son who was to be king? God the Father would be charged for “not properly caring for His Son” by many today, yet it was just what Jesus needed…it was the beginning of the best training every given, which resulted in the best man who ever lived.

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