Some Burning Questions About Christ’s Birth We Honor Christ's Birth But Not the Pagan-Inspired Birthdate

Jun P. Espina         4 min read

Written on December 25, 2022


Are you aware that “Merry Christmas” is now replaced with “Happy Holidays”? I searched the Internet concerning Christ’s birth and found a common pickup line from atheist websites. They said, “Christ’s birth was a fairy tale.” They reasoned that those events related to the birth of our Lord, like the census of Quirinius, clashed with the man-made calendar.

The Bible is Silent About Christ’s Birth

Every thinking person knows that Christ was presented to the world by religious powers (such as the Catholic church) and non-Christian writers based on pagan and extra-biblical traditions. December 25, for example, was the birth of Mithras, the sun god of the pagan world. Why do they teach us that Christ was born on December 25, when the Bible is silent about the exact date of our Lord’s birth? People’s appetites for what is mythical and superstitious drove the export of their traditional and pagan religious concepts into the Christian world. That’s why it’s always prudent to base our Christian beliefs on the Scriptures.

Their Continued Attacks Against Christ After They Crucified Him

For the past two thousand years, the enemies of the gospel of Christ have continued their attacks against our Lord from all angles, as they could not accept the truth that Jesus rose to life again after His death.

I read somewhere a quoted passage that tries to shrink, weaken, and deny the glory of our Lord Jesus. It states:

“Both Mithras and Christ were described variously as ‘the Way,’ ‘the Truth,’ ‘the Light,’ ‘the Life,’ ‘the Word,’ ‘the Son of God,’ ‘the Good Shepherd.’ The Christian litany to Jesus could easily be an allegorical litany to the sun-god. Mithras is often represented as carrying a lamb on his shoulders, just as Jesus is. Midnight services were found in both religions. The virgin mother…was easily merged with the virgin mother Mary. Petra, the sacred rock of Mithraism, became Peter, the foundation of the Christian Church.” (Akron Beacon Journal)

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Non-Christians Have Everything They Need to Discredit Our Lord Jesus

With the invention of the Internet, non-Christians have all the tools they need to discredit and slander our Savior, Jesus Christ, as the only Truth in the universe. That is why our Father God did not write down the exact date of Christ’s birth. Had there been an exact record in the Scriptures as regards Christ’s date of birth, powerful non-Christians who dominate the world would distort it just the same as they have always stormed and censured everything that goes against their rejection and denial of the Holy Scriptures.

Our Lord Jesus once said,

“‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, “A shower is coming,” and so it turns out. And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, “It will be a hot day,” and it turns out that way. You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?’” (Luke 12:54-56)

Christ asked, “[W]hy do you not analyze this present time?” It is like asking, “Why don’t you recognize Me as the Son of God despite all the miraculous things I did?”

We Don’t Want the Whole Truth About
Christ’s Birth

That’s our basic problem as humans under the influence of Satan, which started with Adam’s fall. We don’t want the truth. Paul said, “[H]ow is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years. (Gal. 4:9b-10) That’s it. We want to worship days and seasons, even the sun. Had the date of Christ’s birth been written, we would have worshipped that date, too.

Instead of the Creator, They Worship Creation

The greatest illustration of humanity’s worship of creation instead of the Creator, is fake Christianity’s merging of our Christ’s birth with Mithra’s, the sun god. The worship of the sun and other divine creations is ingrained in human DNA. One of the Egyptian gods, for example, is Ra, which is the sun. Here are the names of the sun god in different cultures:

  • Apollo (Greece and Rome)
  • Ama-terasu (Japanese’s version)
  • Mahu and Liza (African sun gods)
  • Maui (the Polyesian sun god)
  • Ra (Egyptian)
  • Yang (Chinese)
  • Utu (Sumerian)
  • Yhi (Aboriginal sun spirit)
  • Freyr (Norse)
  • Garuda (Hindu)
  • Helios (Greece)
  • Hepa (Hittite)
  • Huitzilopochtli (Aztec)
  • Hvar Khshaita (Iran)
  • Inti (Inca)
  • Lugh (Celtic)
  • Mithras (Iran/Persia)
  • Arinna (Syria)

How Do We View Christ’s Birth as
Born-Again Christians?

I asked a retired pastor about Christmas since Christ was not born on December 25. He replied, “It’s like celebrating a birthday party on the wrong date. What is important is that the birth was remembered.” In short, we celebrate Christ’s birth not just every December, but every day. Or as we reminisce about our Lord’s love by undergoing the process of human birth, though He is God. As Christ ordered us: “[D]o this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19b) This Scripture is related to Christian communion, or the Lord’s Table, but it speaks to our topic of remembering Christ’s birth not just during December of each year.
 
 

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About Jun P. Espina

Jun P. Espina loves nature, music, painting, and poetry, but couldn’t find inner joy during his first 27 years of life. After his father’s death, he taught in college and met religious friends who couldn’t satisfy his search for meaning. In 1984, he was converted to the biblical Christian faith. He married his girlfriend, Virgie, the following year—God blessed them with three children—and served Christ as a believer in different spaces of the Christian ministry. After over 30 years of orthodox Christianity, he wrote a few Christian eBooks in his home in Davao City. Sometimes his four little grandchildren played with their smartphones by his side. Find him on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.junespina.com.


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