a reply to: sweord
Well the sort of carriers of animosity I am used to encountering rarely bother with verbal abuse, and just go straight for the lethal assault
approach, hence the broken arm, rather than the quick witted riposte.
The point stands however. The simple fact of the matter is, that Christians should not react badly to others expressing their religious freedoms. We
enjoy our religious freedoms, and have done for hundreds of years, and for many of those years we did so to the exclusion of others freedoms. That
situation was always wrong, and I for one find it a much better state of affairs that EVERYONE, has the freedom to celebrate their faith, no matter
what it may be.
As I said, free will is something God given by the lore which governs my faith. It is not for any of us to judge a person, it is explicitly
recommended against in fact. A persons free will choice, to worship either the God to whom I swear fealty, or not, is not a matter for any of us to
judge, if we wish to call ourselves Christian, and mean it when we say it.
It also has to be said, that the reality of the situation is that there were winter celebrations happening in the world before the time of the birth
of Jesus Christ, and the people who pay homage to the old ways from before hand, have every right under law to celebrate their religious holy days,
just like we Christians do. In fact, from a purely historical standpoint , we really ought to celebrate Christmas in either late spring, or early
autumn, since historically speaking these would have been more likely to be periods where the necessary elements from the story of his birth would
have come about in conjunction.
Either during the Jewish Passover, earlier in the year, or during another feast day of theirs later on in the year, would have been much more likely
times for a census to be taken, and would also have explained why there would have been no room at the inn, because both events would have drawn
people from all over the place to Bethlehem, causing the room shortage in question.
The fact is that the timing of the Christian celebration of Christmas, was probably selected because previous religious holidays like Yule, or winter
solstice or something similar were already being celebrated at this point in the year, which would have made it easier to get all the celebrating done
in the same time frame, and one has to assume, which would also have made it easier for some of those involved with pagan religious practice to
convert. People do love a routine after all. So ever since the Christian expansion, we have had Christmas during the wintertime, and I think it is
about time that Christians, pagans, atheists, everyone who has something to celebrate at this time of year, came together in love, rather than
allowing themselves to be overcome with an overprotective instinct.
We Christians have had hundreds of years of exclusive rights to party down around this time of year, despite the chronological inexactitude that
represents, and so it is bad form at its utmost for a Christian to flame on a pagan for celebrating what is a much older holiday, and one which in all
likelihood has more relevance to this time of year!
Can we not just damned well love one another? Please?