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QUESTION: Do We Worship Satan by Observing Christmas & Easter?

Is it true that Christmas and Easter are both days of worshiping the Sun God from pagan history, and is it true that Satan is misleading millions to unknowingly worship him?

The Bible does not mention Easter or Christmas.

The King James Version does have Easter in Acts 12:4, but the word there is the same word elsewhere translated Passover. The context here is a Jewish feast day, not a Christian holy day. Most other translations give it as Passover here, as well as in its other occurrences in the New Testament. The King James has Easter only in this one place; elsewhere it also translates this word as Passover.

“The English word [Easter] comes from the Anglo-Saxon Eastre or Estera, a Teutonic goddess to whom sacrifice was offered in April, so the name was transferred to the paschal feast” (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: “Easter”).

Resurrected Jesus with Mary Magdalene

The annual celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus began early in the history of the church, but the Bible does not mention it. The word Christmas is a combination of Christ’s Mass. This name did not appear until hundreds of years after the church began. The actual celebration of His birth probably began in the second or third century AD. It began as a way of emphasizing Jesus had actually come in the flesh, to counter the false doctrines of Gnosticism. Thus, the Bible does not mention the celebration of Christmas either, though the event it commemorates is in the Bible.

There were pagan observances of the Winter Solstice (i.e., the shortest day and longest night of the year), which occurs about December 21 or 22. This, of course, is near December 25. There were so many pagan celebrations of so many different things that it would be almost impossible to pick any specific time of the year that would not be near one of them. There has never been a standard day to observe Jesus’ birth. Even today, different parts of the world celebrate Christmas on different days.

Wise Men Visit Jesus

You ask if Satan has influenced millions to worship him unknowingly by observing Christmas and Easter. It is difficult for me to see how remembering the coming of the Son of God into the world or remembering His resurrection from the dead would constitute “worshipping Satan.”

Satan did all within his power to prevent Jesus from coming into the world. When He was born, Satan tried to have Him slaughtered along with all of the other boy babies near his age in Bethlehem (See Matthew 2:16).

The resurrection declares Jesus to be the Son of God (Romans 1:4). Thus, it declares His power over the one who previously had held the power of death, that is the devil (Hebrews 2:14).

How could celebrating either of these events be worshipping Satan?

The Bible does not command us to observe either of these days. There is no example in the Bible of any early Christian observing them, not even by inference (except some that are very far fetched).

However, we do have a clear statement in Romans 14:5-6, which tells us that observing days, while not required, is not “wrong” either. In these verses, the Bible says:

One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. (New International Version).

The context here is questions about differing opinions within the church. One group was vegetarian, while another ate meat. One group observed some days as sacred, or holy, while others thought of all days as the same. The point is that either of these was acceptable to God if people were satisfied in their own minds that what they were doing was “to the Lord.”

It would not be ok for one group to decide that because they observed a special day, everyone else should observe it too! Conversely, it would be wrong for those who did not observe the day as special to say that whoever observes the day is worshipping Satan instead of the Lord.

In other words, since God said nothing about Easter or Christmas observance, it would be wrong for us to bind something He has not bound or to forbid something He has not forbidden. I should neither tell someone they must observe these days nor that they must not observe these days. In the words of Romans 14:22,

So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.

If you think you should not observe the days, then don’t. If you believe it’s ok to observe the days, then observe them with joy.   Which ever you do, do not look down on your brother whose conviction (opinion) does not agree with yours.

Who are you to judge someone else’s servant To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. – Romans 14:4

You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. – Romans 14:10

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another… – Romans 14:13

This 14th Chapter of Romans adds something else to this too. That is the love factor. If I insist on exercising my “right” to do something that I think is ok, but which makes my brother stumble, I am not acting in love. In fact, I could “destroy” this brother for whom Jesus died by my stubborn insistence on my own way.

This is not to say, though, that a person who has scruples about something can insist others observe his scruples. To do so would “bind” his scruples on others and make everyone subservient to his opinion.

The church should not tolerate such willfulness. When some said that Titus, a Gentile, must be circumcised Paul would not give into them for a moment (Galatians 2:3-5). Doing this would violate the truth of the gospel. Yet, he had Timothy circumcised “because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek” though his mother was a Jewess (Acts 16:1-3).

What made the difference? With Titus, some were saying circumcision was necessary for salvation. It was something he must do. With Timothy, Paul was looking to those he was trying to win. This was part of becoming all things to all men to save some (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).

Paul acted in love to remove a possible stumbling block to unbelievers. We should do the same.


4 Responses

  1. You will call,and the Lord will answer;you will cry for help,and he will say:HERE I AM.. Isaiah589

  2. Really? You need a hobby.

    • Mary, Sarcastic replies do not further our search for the truth of the gospel, which we are attempting to have on this blog. As I said to Larissa, I fail to see the relevance of your comment to the content of this post.

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