So, early Christians began the tradition of celebrating the birth of Jesus during a Roman Pagan Celebration? Why? Does this diminish the Truth of Christmas?
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Dave: Jesus was born on Dec 25th!
Jeff: Except that Luke 2:8 says “and there were shepherds living out in the field nearby keeping watch over their flocks at night”
Dave: Shepherds only let flocks graze at night during the warm season
Jeff: Christ was probably born in warm season, like Summer… not a cold one, like Winter
Dave: In fact, early Christians chose December 25th during a pagan festival of Rome
Jeff: Right, but some people say “Christmas isn’t about Jesus, because it’s really a pagan celebration”
Dave: But early Christians used December 25th as a rival celebration, to say we believe our God is better and REAL!
Jeff: So the relevant question isn’t “who celebrated December 25th first?”, the real question is “Who won?”
Dave: Not many people celebrate the birth of another god on December 25th
Jeff: So Christmas was on a pagan holiday and Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th, so what? We celebrate His birth, and we won!