Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Timothy J. KellerFrom pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller comes the perfect gift for the holidays—a profoundly moving and intellectually provocative examination of the Nativity story
Even people who are not professing Christians think they are familiar with the story of the Nativity. Every Christmas displays of Jesus resting in a manger populate lawns and churchyards, and songs about shepherds and angels fill the air. Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture, how many of us have examined the hard edges of this biblical story?
In his new book Timothy Keller takes readers on an illuminating journey into the surprising background of the Nativity. By understanding the message of hope and salvation within the Bible’s account of Jesus’s birth, readers will experience the redeeming power of God’s grace in a meaningful and deeper way.
The SHOCKING Truth About Christmas
Tis the season to be.. We all love Christmas, but how much do any of us actually know about why Christmas is the way it is? Smarten up! Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December But there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the spring. December 25 was probably chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving. Many of the popular Christmas traditions today found their roots in Saturnalia: Branches from evergreen trees were used during winter solstice as a reminder of the green plants that would grow in spring when the sun gods grew strong.
Does Christmas really celebrate the birthday of Jesus? Was He born on December 25th? Stop and think! We were born into a world filled with customs. Without asking questions, we have blindly assumed its observance must be one of the principal teachings and commands of the New Testament.
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I love Christmas and ever since I was a child my family has celebrated it as a religious holiday. Over the years, though, I've learned some odd facts about Christmas that are fun to bring up in conversation. Try one of these if you need a conversation starter at your next holiday party:. December 25 was originally a pagan celebration. Nobody knows when Jesus of Nazareth was born and nobody celebrated his birthday for hundreds of years. December 25 was co-opted from pagan rites connected with the winter solstice.
Where did it come from? Did you know December 25 was the concluding day of the pagan winter festival called the "Saturnalia"? Where did "Santa Claus" come from? The "Christmas tree"? How did this pagan feast become connected with "Christianity"? Here is an amazing "whale of a tale"!
Hidden Truth Revealed What Is It About Christmas? By Mark Withey Christmas. Why is it so magical and so full of fond memories? It got me thinking.