Christmas: When was Jesus Christ Born?

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

We are approaching the time of the year, where Christians around the World celebrate the supposed birth of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), which is December 25th. Question arises:- ‘is there any evidence from the Bible for the assumed date, 25th December?’ The Gospel of Luke relates the time, the birth of Jesus Christ:

Luke 2:8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Notice, the shepherds were abiding out-door in the field. They had their flocks in the field at night. The imagery of the shepherds living out in the fields’, in the open field at night, and it is the coldest part of the day, and the coldest season of the year is absurd for some Christians to say that ‘Jesus was born in December’. No shepherd would be outside at that time of the year, sitting outside in the field watching their flocks. Common wisdom suggests that Jesus Christ was born in spring and possibly summer time the latest, but not winter time. The evidence presented from the Gospel of Luke thus shows that Jesus could not have been born in December.

C. L. Chapman in his book ‘Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth’ writes:

“The Idea of shepherds being in the field in the middle of winter is outrageous. The birth of Jesus had to be in the spring, summer or, most probably, the fall.”[1]

Holman Christian Standard Bible ‘Harmony of the Gospels’ also comments:

“The closest thing to biblical evidence is the reference to the shepherds watching over their flocks at night in the open fields (Lk 2:8). This would indicate a night-time birth (hence our Christmas Eve traditions). It would also seem to indicate a birth between March and November, since the sheep were usually kept in folds rather than in pen fields during the winter months, making our December date of the observance suspect.”[2]

It is commonly known among Christian clergy that 25th December was chosen by the Church to adopt and absorb pagan festivals. So whose Birthday are Christians really celebrating on the 25th December? The answer, they are celebrating the pagan god Mithras. The Persian god Mithras’s birthday had always been celebrated on 25th December.

Episcopal Deacon Vicki K. Black says:

“….Christians in the fourth century decided to adopt December 25 as their feast of Jesus birth. This was the day that the Romans celebrated the birthday of the ‘unconquerable sun,’ a festival in honor of the sun-god Mithra, a deity of Persian origin. The festival was linked to the winter solstice and was a day marked by joyful celebration and great splendour in Rome, making it a fitting date for Christians to celebrate the birth of their own ‘unconquerable Son.’ So from the very beginning Christians has shared it day with celebrations from other religions.” [3]

Reverend Scotty McLennan also admits that the birthday of the god Mithra was celebrated on the 25th December:

“In the ancient Roman world, December 25 was celebrated as the birthday of the god Mithra, who was identified with the sun and called the sun of righteousness. Along with his December 25 birthday date, the title ‘sun of Righteousness’ was subsequently transferred from Mithra to Jesus and is preserved that way in the third verse of the Christmas carol ‘Hark the Herald Angels sing.’” [4]

In the book ‘An Introduction to the Bible’ written By Robert Kugler and Patrick J. Hartin say that ‘December 25 the was taken over by Christians to celebrate the birth of God’s son’, in reality as they will explain, it was copied from the pagans:

“The mysteries of Mithras originated in Persia, and the cult was very popular among Roman soldiers. In the 3rd Century C.E. it became the state religion of Rome. Women were excluded from participation. Information about this cult is gleaned from carvings found in caves (called Mithraeum) where rituals took place. Mithras was worshipped as the sun-god, who was born on December 25 (the winter solstice) and was visited by shepherds. Later sacrificed a bull (the Zodiac sign of Taurus), and from this bull’s blood came new life. Initiates had to go through seven stages of initiation, each under the protection of a planetary god. These seven stages were a preparation for the eventual salvation that the initiate would experience at death when the soul moved through seven planetary stages to the place from which it originated. Every Mithraeum had a central statue of Mithras slaying a bull. One can note many similarities with the rituals of Christianity: December 25 was taken over by Christians to celebrate the birth of God’s Son on earth, while baptism and common meals were two features that Mithraism and Christianity held in common.” [5]

Since it is established clearly that Jesus was not born in December, but most probably in Spring or summer time, why do Christians still continue to celebrate Jesus Christ’s birthday on December 25th?

References:

[1] Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth [Copyright 2010] By C. L. Chapman page 102
[2]HCSB-[Holman Christian Standard Bible] Harmony of the Gospels [Copyright 2007] By Steven L. Cox, Kendell H. Easley page 290
[3] Welcome to the Church Year: An Introduction to the Seasons of the Episcopal Church [Copyright 2004] By Vicki K. Black page 28
[4] Jesus Was a Liberal- Reclaiming Christianity for All [Copyright 2009] By Reverend Scotty McLennan page 201
[5] An Introduction to the Bible [Copyright 2009] By Robert Kugler, Patrick J. Hartin page 345

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12 Responses »

  1. When was the exact day and season dat jesus christ was born

  2. What language do they speak in new jerusalem

  3. One wonders when will christendom get rid of the shackles of ancient paganistic beliefs, rituals and feasts!

  4. once u recognise that idol is nothing in d world,u will definitly belive u ar celebrating jesus birth..any other person can celebrate anytin they like for me am comemoratin the lord jesus bcos..whatever u do do it to d glory of God

    • This is what this post is trying to highlight, that you are in fact not celebrating Jesus’s birthday at all. Perhaps your intention is for that but in reality it turns out that its orgins lie in paganistic rituals. And to celebrate on this day is to do an injustice to the message of Jesus Christ may peace and blessings be upon the noble and great Prophet of God!

      • Well as again I am christian and it is a known fact that Jesus was not born on 25 but you again missed the whole point when you get ritualistic about a date…..the point is people are grateful that they could not save themselves and a saviour was needed and God sent his son….it’s just a remember acne not a dogma…..but get so focused on a natural aspect….God is Spirit and so so so much bigger than these small mindsets……its Not crucial when He was born the historical fact that He came died and resurrected and you can know Him at a heart level today and even be grateful together with others on a day which people just choose to rejoice makes this so much more meaningful….I hope you understand brother what I am trying to convey.

      • I have read and understood your point. However, regardless of whether one thinks that we are getting too pedanctic over a date and we see people who strongly affirm this date as the actual date then it is upto to educate the masses, if the Christian takes this matter lightly, and doesn’t clarify the position themselves then people are going to assume it is all legit. Now, everything also has a symbolic or figurative narrative to it. Now, you may take this and use this day as a remembrance day however, the point of this point is to merely educate the people.

        If Jesus is who you claim him to be which we Muslims for a second refuse to agree on that he is indeed God incarnate. Then why would you remember him on a day that has paganistic roots when he came to teach monotheism and you throw it back in his face by celebrating his ‘so called’ birth on a day that in fact has nothing to do it. It is disrespectful. Reagrdless of how else you want to see it.

        This is our position on this…

  5. all we need to know and understand is’ That God is an almighy Spirit and the all power-full eternal creator of “all” that exists’ and all this nit picking only causes more doubts and confusion to mankind and whenever he The Son of GOD WAS ACTUALLY BORN is not really an issue today . But the fact that millions of believers still by Faith acknowledge the fact that Glory to God Amen’.

    • Apparently, George, you think that discussing whether Jesus (peace be upon him) was born on Dec. 25th or not is “nit picking” and “only causes more doubts and confusion”, but you don’t have a problem with the fact that people celebrate his birthday on a particular day, even when evidence from the bible proves he wasn’t born on that day. Apparently you think it’s not important when he was born, but you DO think it’s important to celebrate on only one particular day out of 365 days of the Gregorian calendar. If you really think it’s not important when he was born, why don’t you celebrate on another day, for example August 8th, and encourage others to do likewise? Or celebrate on a different day each year? Apparently you think that clearing up a falsehood is a bad thing.

    • What God ‘is’ is something beyond our imagination. Any human rendering of the nature of God is merely an idol created by the mind. There is no disagreement that all this is a smaller issue compared to the larger theological issues that can be debated. However, seeing as this festival is key in the Christian tradition it needs to be dealt with as to where its orgins lie. If we see that it is part of the religion then so be it, however, we notice the opposite and this is something that is a big problem. Once you allow innovated matters to occur without having ‘any’ basis in the faith you open the doors for the acceptance of everything. This is where you become scrutinzed and mocked. If one looks at UK Census report for 2011 we see a drastic decrease in members of the Christian faith. Alarm bells should be ringing.

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