By Doug Newman
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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.
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Well I guess I don’t have to spend the wekened figuring this one out!
Thank you very much for the information and clarification around thi isues which become so controversial in the wolrd today. I believe the devil is doing all he can to ensure that people ae not aware of the truths and facts that are recorded in history as well as the infallible Word of God. May God richly bless you brethren for the wonderful job you did on these articles — they are real eye openers (Psa. 119: 130)
All of my 60 years, we’ve known that He was not born in December…but we just embraced a time when everyone was joyfully thinking about Him.
I believe Christ was placed in Mary by the Holy Spirit (give or take a day due to calendar conversions) on our current date of December 25th; just as Christ was not crucified on Friday, but on Wednesday, the high Sabbath being Thursday that year. I believe Jesus rose as Lord of the Sabbath on the weekly Sabbath, Saturday. I do not judge, but I do not attend Sunday Sunrise services, which follow the practice of certain priests who faced the rising sun, instead of the alter of God Jehovah. The important point not to miss, is the 2nd coming of Christ ending this 2nd earth age. The great apostasy has begun even as Christianity is supposedly the fastest growing ‘religion’. God says ‘religions are the invention of man’. There is only the body (bride) of Christ, His Church of which I am a member. amen.
Growing up in church as a youngster amd learning about religion, I thought I knew a great deal about our Lord and the Bible until I began to really study the Word (the Bible) myself as a true follower of Jesus Christ. It was then that I came to the realization that the man-made church (religion) filled my head with tons of untruths and I actually knew very little about God and the Bible.
Read the Word of God from the Bible (I prefer the NIV study version) and forget man-made religion and following the modern church or you will lose your way quickly! What I’ve learned from the scriptures (the Word of God) compared to what I learned in church is as different as day & night and you know what the Bible says about the darkness. Study the Word of God and you can’t lose!
There is also a theory that a prophet was concieved and died on the same day. One of Jesus office was Prophet as well as Priest and King. One thing that bugs me is people will swear it wasn’t December 25, but when you ask they don’t know.
we always say it doesn’t matter to search for the day that Jesus was born but sometimes its better to search for such things and to know what was really happening in those days
I published a book, Bright Morning Star, in which I show that Jesus was born April 18, 6 B.C. by the Julian Calendar, and that the star was Spica in the constellation Virgo. It can be found on the Barnes and Noble website and also at Amazon.com.
Kraig, as a Kabbalist, using astrology we believe Jesus was born 7 Nissan 6 B.C. You have 18 April, which would be Nissan as well. I do have His chart, however, I cannot attach it here. I will go to Amazon for your book Bright Morning Star.
That is intriguingly close. I would like to hear more about your date of Nissan 7, 6 BC. Any further info would be appreciated.
Nowhere in the Bible will you find Jesus asking us to commemorate his birth. Check it out.
This is very true!
Knowing when he was born and commemorating his birth are two different things.