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Canceling church for... Christmas?

Some churches closing on Christmas
"This is a consumer mentality at work: 'Let's not impose the church on people. Let's not make church in any way inconvenient,' " said David Wells, professor of history and systematic theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a leading evangelical school in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

One pastor said: "The best way to honour Jesus's birth is for families to have a more personal experience on that day."
Consumer mentality is right.

The church I attend will not only be open on Christmas - for us, it will be a Sunday like any other. No special Christmas message, our pastor is just going to keep plugging through the Beatitudes (which he started last week). (We'll certainly be singing a lot of Christmas hymns, though.)

In the Christian calendar, the biggest holiday is (or should be) Easter. Jesus's death and resurrection were the culmination of His ministry on Earth, and the reason that we can be justified and pardoned of our sins. Not to mention that we actually celebrate it at the right time of year. Christmas was first celebrated to Christianize a pagan holiday (winter solstice), and it is slowly turning into a totally non-religious holiday. I don't have any problem with the non-religious aspects of Christmas... but when Christmas falls on a Sunday, it becomes obvious just how non-religious this holiday has become.


Thanks to mookieghana, who originally alerted me to this story.
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lil_cherub December 9th, 2005
I believe scientists traced Jesus's birth back to 4BC in April. 3 planets lined up in the sky and they think that was the light which lead the wise men to find the baby. Christmas was placed, like you said, to align with the pagan holiday, as was so many other holidays.

I added you to my friends :)

anitra December 9th, 2005
It's obvious from the Christmas story in Luke that Jesus was born in the spring ("shepherds were in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks.." which, in the immediate vicinity of Jerusalem, only happened in the springtime).

We've also known for many years that Jesus wasn't actually born exactly at the BC/AD crossover - the guy who originally made that calculation was off by a few years.

I'd never heard about that theory with the planets lining up to form the "star", though; that's pretty interesting.

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