Thank you for your response, Ren, it is appreciated.
mad dawg did you actually miss my point misuse is not the issue, re-dedication of pagan practises from other gods to Jesus is the issue, ones that haven't gone out of practise but are still being dedicated to santa or to xmas itself instead of Jesus by many.
Baptism was originally a pagan ritual in honor of pagan gods. How is it ok to "re-dedicate this pagan practise from other gods to Jesus"? Why is this not an example of the Bible putting its stamp of approval on this?
cats are a created thing so is the sun they were around before they became objects of worship so having them isn't an issue, these are not pagan practises for worship but things that became a focus for worship that is a big difference.
I am afraid I don't understand you here. Would it be alright to bring a pine tree into my house and decorate it (as long as there are no pagan symbols) because it was "around before they became objects of worship so having them isn't an issue, these are not pagan practises for worship but things that became a focus for worship that is a big difference."?
Again having a Party is not the issue, these are specific rituals for specific gods redicated to Jesus. midnight mass was for mithra originally they made it over to Jesus would Jesus want a mass from another god made over to him?
What is your source for you claim about Mithra? Mass has always been the rememberance of the death of Jesus. Christmas was originally simply a mass said in remembrance of Jesus' birth. I have read many early documents (translated into English) and have never seen this claim before. If we can rededicate baptism, why not Christmas?
If we still did human sacrifices to various gods would they be okay if we did them in Jesus's name?
This is silly for two reasons: 1) We, as Christians have never done human sacrifices to various gods. 2) Murder is sin in and of itself.
You are mixing pagan practises with just using the same name or items like wedding rings. A ring on a finger it is not and never has been an object of worship.
So, what's wrong with a Christmas tree as long as it is not and has never been an object of worship? Cats were an object of worship in Egypt. How can you bring a pagan god into your home? If it is ok to use a pagan name for something, then why is it a problem with Christmas?
erm would christmas be christmas if you left out all the pagan rituals and lies that came with it?
ABSOLUTELY, YES! In fact, it would be a most pure expression of the holiday.
Thank you for your thoughtful responses. I am not a JW, but am trying to understand their thinking on things.