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For years, Christians have debated about the right way and time to celebrate religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Many are concerned because the dates and some of the traditions in current use may have been influenced by pagan religions.

As Christians, we need to be aware of these things. At the same time, we need to remember that God is the One Who instituted the concept of holidays.

He instructed Israel to have feasts and special memorial celebrations in the Old Testament, knowing it is beneficial for men to continually remember and praise God for all the good things He has done for them.

Satan is the one who imitates and twists whatever God originally created or instituted. So if anyone is doing the imitating in regard to the celebrating of holidays like Christmas, it is the ungodly, not Christians.

We should make no apologies for wanting to commemorate and thank God for the greatest gift He ever gave us—His precious Son, Jesus.

Instructions for celebrating the life of Jesus are not specified in the New Testament, except for the instructions given regarding communion in 1 Corinthians 11:23-34.

But there are certain principles we can follow. Colossians 3:17 says,
Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
And Colossians 2:16-17 makes it quite clear that we are not to let anyone else judge how we choose to celebrate a holy day or special religious festival:
Therefore let no one sit in judgment on you in matters of food and drink, or with regard to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath. Such [things] are only the shadow of things that are to come, and they have only a symbolic value. But the reality—the substance, the solid fact of what is foreshadowed, the body of it—belongs to Christ!
(The Amplified Bible)
Regardless of the day designated as a holiday by the world or the Church, as believers we should give honor to Jesus every day, in everything we do.

As long as we are celebrating the reality of the One Who is the real reason for the celebration, we are not condemned whether we have a Christmas tree, or not, or whether others are celebrating at the same time for reasons other than to glorify God.

Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka: Kenneth Copeland Ministries

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Kenneth Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God’s WORD to their lives.

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