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why do they say xmas instead of christmas

ANSWER: Abbreviating the word Christmas to Xmas does not 'cut Jesus short' as your Emailed question suggested. Before we explain this, let us first discover where the X in the abbreviation came from and then provide a little history
The word for Christ in the Greek is Christos (which is Strong's Concordance #5547). In Greek, the twenty-second letter of their alphabet is written as X (the X of Xmas) and is pronounced CHI. It is the first Greek letter in the word for Christ. Many years ago, retailers realized they could save both space and costs by shortening the word Christmas to Xmas using the letter X to replace the letters Christ. After a few years of this practice, however, the religious community countered with the slogan that called for Christ's name to be put BACK into the holiday. Their efforts succeeded primarily because advertising layouts no longer depended on the number of letters in a word. Changing the Christmas holiday's name to Xmas does not disrepect the Lord. This is primarily because most people (whether they go to church or not) realize Christ never really was in the holiday in the first place. Most know that its origin is based on pagan, not Christian, beliefs and practices. These facts about Xmas should be no surprise to most people, since every year we are reminded by the media and even ministers that Jesus was not born anywhere near December 25. In fact, a good argument can be made that he was born in the FALL of the year, around our September - October period, in 5 B. C. The date of December 25 was picked by the Catholic Church many years ago because it was when the pagans had an important festival. The Catholics believed that if the church adopted some pagan holidays and stripped off some of the more blatant non-Christian activities ( Christianizing it in a sense) it would be in a better position to attract the pagans and have them convert.

One such non-Christian celebration that worshipped the Sun was adopted, changed, and had its focus changed to worshipping the Son. Its celebration was eventually called the mass of Christ or CHRISTMAS. The church, over the years, adopted and changed many pagan ideas and used them to honor Christ at Xmas, For example, the pretty balls (orbs) you might use to decorate your tree originated with the pagans as a representation of the female egg. Candles that are sometimes used around Christmas were at one time used by pagans (non-Christians) as a symbol for an erect penis (the pagans loved to worship their ability to procreate). The wreath many people today still hang on their door around Xmas was first used, again, by those worshipping a false god, to symbolize the opening of a female's vagina. In addition, although not used much today, years ago wreaths use to have a candle standing upright within them. It does not much of an imagination to see what they together symbolize. Even something like mistletoe, used today to solicit a kiss, had it start with the Druids. God has clearly stated what he thinks about mixing how he wants to be worshipped with the practices and symbols used by those who worship false or pagan gods. He clearly does not accept the majority of customs surrounding Xmas. take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them. and that you do not inquire after THEIR gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve THEIR (false) gods? I also will do likewise. ' You shall NOT worship the LORD your God in that way (Deuteronomy 12:30 - 32) Why do churches today continue to combine pagan practices with the day they use to remember Christ's birth?

It is simply because of tradition. Jesus, however, told the religious leaders of his day that following man's traditions regarding how to obey and worship God is simply not acceptable (Mark 7:9). Since God does not endorse his Son's birth being celebrated, let alone with pagan symbols, shortening its name to XMAS does not disrespect our Savior. Joshua the papacy is not able nor has it ever changed God s laws. And Galatians 3:1 clearly is referring to a crucifix with a portrayal of Jesus on it, for starters. But you seem to be utilizing the bible in a way that it was not made to be used. The bible even admits itself that it does not contain everything that Jesus did. And nowhere does it say that we can ONLY do what is written in it. That would be ridiculous, and we couldn t get through much of our day if that were the case much less a worship service of any kind (including a Jehovah s Witness service or whichever you are). Christ founded a Church the Catholic Church. That Church was given a certain authority (which they used to compile the books in your Bible). It also gave them a certain organizational authority to help the Church grow and celebrate and worship God in communion with each other. So naturally, scheduled feasts, structure, rituals, etc. developed. There is nothing wrong with them at all. In fact, they are beautiful and good. JW s or whoever else all have their own rituals or rules they ve come up with on their own based upon their own fallible interpretations of scripture and whatever else.

Your arguments simply have no weight. Call no leaders of the Church father? Where did Jesus say that? You are twisting scripture. He said call no man father. And obviously, like ANYTHING you read, you have to understand the context and literal intent of the writer. It did not mean that you plainly can not call any man father. That would be silly. It was obviously getting at a much deeper theological point. And actually, Catholics don t just practice weekly worship. We constant perpetual worship (as scripture says to pray without ceasing). It is the most communal and unified prayer mankind has ever known. But the weekly observance on Sunday was something the very first Christians practiced. And you really need to learn a bit more about how the Church prays, why we pray to saints, etc. And if you think that the woman who literally gave God His humanity, His own flesh and blood body so that we could all be saved, was just a normal woman I m not sure you understand the importance of Jesus and his death and resurrection. It s BECAUSE Jesus is so Great that Mary is honored. It s all Jesus, sir. I encourage you to learn more about what the Church actually teaches. But again, you are misusing the bible anyway. And it doesn t matter at all when Constantine got baptized. Really. Like means absolutely nothing regarding the Catholic Church, what she teaches, her authority given to her directly by Christ, or anything of that nature. Additionally, you should check out what many of the early Christians said and did. You ll find that what they believed and practiced was explicitly Catholic. And they did so long before Constantine (which you seem to be obsessed with). Merry Christmas!

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