As you gather with family and friends for Christmas celebrations, here are some fun conversation facts to tell everyone! In a previous post I talked about 3 Things You Thought The Bible Says About Christmas, But It Doesn’t. Here I have 5 more myths that some may think that are taught in the Bible but really are not.
The Bible says Mary rode a donkey to Bethlehem (False!)
Maybe she did ride a donkey, but all the Bible says is she came to Bethlehem with Joseph.
The Bible says Jesus was born on December 25 (False!)
Many have different ideas on when Christ was born. While I don’t want to get into that debate right now, I do want to say that while December may be the date, the Bible never says this.
The Bible says Jesus was a baby when wise men came (False!)
In all the pictures we see baby Jesus in a little manger with some wise men handing gifts. Unfortunately the Bible does not teach this. In Matthew 2:11, it just say Jesus was a young child.
Luke 2:8 just say that the angels came to them at night. It may have been midnight, but the Bible does not have any greater definition than that, so we just don’t know.
The Bible says Christmas trees are wrong (False!)
This thought comes from the misinterpretation of Jeremiah 10:1-5. In the KJV it
Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
However, in context one will see that it is talking not about Christmas trees, but rather idols. In fact the NET translation demonstrates this:
You people of Israel, listen to what the LORD has to say to you. The LORD says, Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. For the religion of these people is worthless. They cut down a tree in the forest, and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools. He decorates it with overlays of silver and gold. He uses hammer and nails to fasten it together so that it will not fall over. Such idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field. They cannot talk. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them because they cannot hurt you. And they do not have any power to help you.
So Christmas trees are not anti-biblical. There, you are not sinning for having one in your living room!
Don’t miss the other three myths about Christmas! Check them out and feel free to email both posts to your friends and family!
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