Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 4:00 PM
By Tim Lugg
The birth of Jesus Christ is the central reason for Christmas. There are many components of Christmas that are right from the Bible; to name a few, the shepherds, the wise men, children in Bethlehem, the virgin birth and, of course, Mary and Joseph. Add to these many non-biblical elements such as trees, lights, snowmen, snowflakes, elves, Santa, etc., and we end up with a hodgepodge of things that seem equally important. They may all be a part of American Christmas traditions, but they are not all equally important. For thinking Christians, it is important to make accurate distinctions. Mixing biblical and non-biblical events creates confusion and undermines the Bible’s message.