By Doug Newman
Most pastors, at least privately, will tell you Jesus was not born on December 25. Our celebration of His birth on this date has cultural, not biblical, roots. Ancient pagans celebrated the Winter Solstice in late December. The ancient church fathers jumped into the game with their own celebration a few days after the Solstice.
Most likely, Jesus was born in September. A few months ago, I received an email with three fascinating articles by people far more scholarly than I will ever be. All three use Scripture and astronomy – not astrology, mind you – to point to a September birthday.
1) This is an article by a pastor from the Los Angeles area uses the old Hebrew calendar to to point to a September birthday.
2) This article by a pastor in Pennsylvania discusses celestial signs pointing to a September 29 birth.
3) Dr. Gregory S. Neal of Irving, Texas, near Dallas, has this to say about the specific date of Jesus Birth. Near the end of the article he states:
What does it matter if Jesus was born on or about September 29th? In terms of our salvation and matters of eternal life: nothing. Salvation comes by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not through the keeping of high holy days. However, it is important that we speak the truth, and this includes being truthful regarding what we are doing on December 25th.
There is a whole lot more information out there in cyberspace about when Jesus was born. As always, be discerning. But do some research. Don’t buy everything the secular world wants to sell you.
And, as the world seems like it is on a bobsled ride into the prophesied End Times, make the following resolution for 2012: Dial down the worldly media and internet. Make it a point to get a good study Bible – preferably a King James* study bible – and read it for 30 minutes every day. Do this for a month and see how much clearer and defined your worldview becomes.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
- John 8:32
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
- Revelation 22:21
* I am not nearly enough of a Bible scholar to weigh in on the “King James only” controversy. However, 2011 was the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. I have read many translations in my 25 years as a Christian and I always feel that when I read the King James, God is speaking to me much more directly than when I read any other.
Even though the language may be archaic, I still recommend the King James. Bible translations, as well as the English language, are much like rivers: they run downhill.