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Archive for December, 2008


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The traditions surrounding Christmas stir warm feelings in the hearts of many—young and old alike—all over the world. Families come together. Shoppers go into a shopping frenzy. Kids await the day they’ll receive their presents.

There is no other time quite like it, maybe that’s why for most people it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

The attachment people feel to these days isn’t surprising. After all, these traditions have been going on for hundreds of generations. Consider the following description in the Bible:

“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” (Jer. 10:3-4)

. That description, clearly describing a Christmas tree, recorded hundreds of years before the birth of Christ.

Most people simply follow the customs of their family, region or nation without knowing where those customs originated or why they are kept. Most never ask about the origins of Christmas, why people exchange presents on this day, or even whether this holiday really represents the birth of Jesus Christ, after whom it is named!

What does God think of Christmas? Does the Almighty God command its observance? If not, does He forbid that we partake in it?

I’m curious to hear your opinion in the comment field below.

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With Christmas right around the corner, and people everywhere are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

But there is one question which continues to run in the back of my mind – “Is there one true Religion?” And is there any truth among all of this religious confusion?

According to Ron Fraser – a columnist for The Trumpet.com , the are three primary religions of man that are considered Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Fraser believes that all three religions revere the city of Jerusalem as a holy city, but none agrees fully one the way to worship the one God they all support.

It’s no different here on our nature isle, various divisions of Christianity lay claim to the same book, the Bible – incorporating both the Old Testament and the New Testament as the basis to their religions. Yet they disagree on their interpretation of its teachings.

The question arises, is there one true faith? If not, then based on the assumption of all three of these religions that there exists one supreme God over all, has that God destined mankind to a life of confusion over the very basic questions about His nature, His religion and the reason He created man?

These are deep-seated questions with which countless generations of thinkers, philosophers, religionists and educationalists have wrestled for 6,000 years of documented human history, but are to yet to come up with a clear and logical answer.

I’m curious hear you opinion, on whether or not there is there one true religion? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Nowadays it is hard not to notice that the true meaning of Christmas tends to get buried in the clatter and glitter of the ever-expanding commercial explosion that occurs every year at Christmas time.

As the Christmas season unfolds, shopping, feasting, drinking, dancing and exchanging of gifts, along with Santa Claus and Rudolph take center stage in many people’s lives. This non-religious surge diverts attention away from the real reason why we choose to celebrate Christmas at all.

There is clear evident that the frenzied commercial activities at the time of the year tend to saturate many people’s senses and harden their hearts. In a world choked with greed and vice, it is easy to lose sight of the true spiritual importance of Christmas – that Jesus Christ was born, lived, died, conquered death and is alive again.

That is why the true meaning of Christmas is found in our recognition and expression of the importance of family – our own families, the families of our relatives, friends and neighbours, and our entire human family.

What matters is not shopping and partying until you drop, or showing your face in church or lustily singing a few old hymns. What matters is that the Christmas gifts and gestures goodwill genuinely reflect the emotions in our hearts and that these should be the feelings towards each other that Christ commands and expect us to have.

But our flawed human nature does not permit us to express genuine love for each other all the time, which is why in other to embrace the true meaning of Christmas we need to reflect on the birth of Christ and reflect on the purity of His love and try our utmost best to live up to His example, even if it is only during the Christmas Holidays.

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