Todd from North Carolina asks:
Where do we find Bible authority for celebrating the birth of Christ?
That is a great question. There actually is no command to celebrate the birth of Christ in the Bible.
We began celebrating the birth of Christ in the 4rth century. It was a decision made by the Roman Catholic bishops. They chose to celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December as a way to overshadow the Pagan Winter Solstice celebrations. The pagans didn’t really conform to Christianity. Pagan rituals were allowed into the celebration of Christmas which remain in essence today.
The question is, “If it’s not biblical, then why do we still celebrate?”
There is a long history of celebrating important events in the Bible. God even commanded Israel to celebrate as a remembrance of many important events. Where we are not commanded in any way to celebrate Christmas, we most certainly are at liberty to, so long as we remember we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ our savior and not Santa Clause or any other social ritual promoted today.