Christians opposed to Christmas
There are several Christian groups who
are opposed to Christmas. For example, they take the verse from the Bible in
Jeremiah 10:2-4 as an admonition against decorating Christmas trees.
The King James Version reads: "Thus
saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen.... 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."
In order to understand this subject, it
is helpful to trace some of the history of Christmas avoidance, particularly its
roots in Puritanism.
The Puritans believed that the
first-century church modeled a Christianity that modern Christians should copy.
They attempted to base their faith and practice solely on the New Testament, and
their position on Christmas reflected their commitment to practice a pure,
scriptural form of Christianity. Puritans argued that God reserved to himself
the determination of all proper forms of worship, and that he disapproved of any
human innovations - even innovations that celebrated the great events of
salvation. The name Christmas also alienated many Puritans. Christmas,
after all, meant "the mass of Christ." The mass was despised as a
Roman Catholic institution that undermined the Protestant concept of Christ, who
offered himself once for all. The Puritans' passionate avoidance of any practice
that was associated with papal Rome caused them to overlook the fact that in
many countries the name for the day had nothing to do with the Catholic mass,
but focused instead on Jesus' birth. The mass did not evolve into the form
abhorred by Protestants until long after Christmas was widely observed. The two
customs had separate, though interconnected, histories.
As ardent Protestants, Puritans
identified the embracing of Christianity by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the
early 300s CE as the starting point of the degeneration and corruption of the
church. They believed the corruption of the church was brought on by the
interweaving of the church with the pagan Roman state. To Puritans, Christmas
was impure because it entered the Roman Church sometime in this period. No one
knows the exact year or under what circumstances Roman Christians began to
celebrate the birth of their Lord, but by the mid-300s CE, the practice was well
Islam requires Muslims to respect the
faith of others
Regardless of historical facts and
theological differences that Christians may have among themselves or theological
differences Muslims may have with Christianity we cannot disregard the
sentiments of practicing Christians who use this occasion to revere Jesus .
was always very respectful towards the Christians. According to Islamic
historians, Ibn e Saad and Ibn e Hisham, once there was a delegation of
Byzantine Christians, who were traveling from Yemen to Madinah. The delegation
was lead by a bishop by the name of Zqyd
al-Usquf, who came to discuss a number of issues with Prophet Muhammad
When the time of their prayer came, they asked the Prophet if they could do
their worship in the mosque of the Prophet. He answered, "Conduct your
service here in the mosque. It is a place dedicated to God."
should never ridicule the religious beliefs of others, no matter how much we
disagree with them. God says in the Quran: "And insult not those whom
they worship besides God, lest they insult God wrongfully without knowledge.
Thus We have made fair-seeming to each people its own doings; then to their Lord
is their return and He shall then inform them of all that they used to do".