Real Christmas Quiz - Answers
events surrounding the birth of Jesus have been retold so many times and in so
many ways, through poetry,
books and movies that the true events have become distorted. The various
misconceptions about Christ’s
show the need to always test everything we hear against the Holy Bible, God’s
Word, no matter what the
and no matter how old the traditions and doctrines are. The Bible is the final
The Bible says that Jesus was born in December?
– The Bible does not mention when Jesus was born. The most likely date is not
25th December, with
best evidence pointing towards the end of September or early October. The
shepherds were still tending
their flocks in the fields, but practice was that the shepherds would only keep
their flocks in the fields
April to October, taking them back home to shelter them over the winter months.
Jesus was not born in 0 A.D.?
– Jesus could not have been born in the year 0 A.D. as it doesn’t
actually exist historically - our
jumps straight from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. with no intervening year zero. Also,
to establish the year of Christ’s birth and due to insufficient historical
data he arrived at a
which was a few years late. The birth of Christ is generally accepted to be
around 5 or 6 B.C. as Herod
in 4 B.C.
We are told that Mary rode into Bethlehem on a donkey?
– Although perfectly possible that she rode upon a donkey, the Bible says
nothing about how Mary
Bethlehem and there are various other possibilities. The Bible only says that
she came with Joseph.
Jesus was circumcised on the 8th day of his life?
– Jesus was an Israelite (Jew) and therefore would have been circumcised
according to the law of
on the 8th day. (Luke 2 v 21)
Early Christians celebrated the birth of Jesus?
– There is no mention of either the apostles or the early Christians
celebrating the birth of Jesus.
is no trace of Christmas until it was first mentioned by the Roman Church in 336
The barn animals miraculously spoke the night Jesus was born?
– The barn animals talking is an ancient myth that has absolutely no
biblical grounding whatsoever.
God is the real father of Jesus?
– Joseph was the stepfather of Jesus, but God is his real father.
Jesus always celebrated his birthday?
– The idea of celebrating birthdays is a pagan one and neither the Jews,
the apostles nor Jesus
Micah foretold that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem?
– The prophet Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, five
hundred years before
event. (Micah 5 v 2)
Mary, mother of Jesus, did not remain a virgin for the rest of her life?
– Mary went on to have other children with her husband Joseph. (Mark 6 v
3, Matt 13 v 55 - 56)
God told people to remember the birth of his son?
– We are told to remember Jesus’ death, not his birth. (1 Cor 11 v 23 -
The angels told the shepherds that they should worship the baby Jesus?
– The angels did not tell the shepherds to worship Jesus, the shepherds
merely went to ‘see’ the baby
and when the shepherds returned they were praising and worshipping God, not the
baby Jesus. (Luke
v 15, 20)
The angel said “Peace on earth to all men”?
– The angel said “on earth peace, goodwill toward men”. The word
‘peace’ from a biblical sense
not mean the absence of war or strife between people, but rather a ‘peace with
God’, a peace that
was to make with God at his sacrifice. Goodwill looks back to the Hebrew ratzah,
which is often
with acceptable sacrifice, thus ‘goodwill toward men’ means reconciliation
through the greatest
all Days of Atonement – Jesus’ sacrifice. The alternative textual reading
of: ‘to men of goodwill’, means
same thing: ‘peace to men who know themselves reconciled to God through
Jesus’. (Luke 2 v 14)
The wise men were present at the birth site of Jesus?
– Almost every depiction of the nativity scene shows well dressed wise
men, surrounded by
presenting their gifts to Jesus while he was in the manger. The Bible truth is
very different for
clearly did not visit Jesus while he was still lying in the manger (Matt 2 v
11). They met in a house
Jesus was a young child. It is possible that he was walking and talking by the
time they reached him.
ordered the killing of all the children up to two years old for he knew that
Jesus could have been
two years old by then. (Matt 2 v 16)
We are told that the angels sang at the announcement of Jesus’ birth?
– The popular Christmas carol “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” may
suggest they did, but the Bible
say anything specific about the angels singing. (Luke 2 v 13)
The Bible tells us that three kings, riding on camels, visited Jesus?
– The Bible does mention magi coming to visit Jesus, but does not
say how many or that they were
riding camels. There were at least two as the word magi is plural, but
there could have been many
The Bible simply mentions three gifts, but does not imply that there were three
of them or that they
kings. There is no mention of camels either. (Read Matt Ch 2)
Mary gave birth on the night that she arrived in Bethlehem?
– The Bible would suggest otherwise (Luke 2 v 6). Arriving in town well
before her due date would
The star led the wise men straight to Jesus?
– The star led them first to King Herod, after which they saw the star
again leading them to Jesus, but
were two separate sightings of the star and not continuous (see Matt 2 v 2, 9)
The tradition of giving presents at Christmas comes from the wise men presenting
- In pre-Christian Rome, the emperors compelled their most despised citizens
to bring offerings and
during the Saturnalia festival (in December) and Kalends (in January). Later,
this ritual expanded to
gift-giving among the general populace. The Catholic Church gave this custom a
re-rooting it in the supposed gift-giving of Saint Nicholas.
25th December was originally the date of a Roman festival?
- The original significance of 25th December is that it was a well-known
festival day celebrating the
return of the sun. 21st December is the winter solstice (shortest day of the
year and thus a key date
the calendar), but 25th December is the first day that ancients could clearly
note that the days were
getting longer and the sunlight was returning. On this day the Romans worshipped
Sun’ or Sun god.
date for Christmas was chosen by the Roman Catholic Church. Because Rome
dominated most of the
world for centuries, the date became tradition throughout most of Christendom.
why was 25th December chosen to remember Jesus Christ's birth? Since no one
knows the day of his
the Roman Catholic Church felt free to choose this date. The Church wished to
replace the pagan
with a Christian holiday. The psychology was that is easier to take away an
unholy (but traditional)
from the population, when you can replace it with a good one.
Christmas is a festival that has been instituted by man, not by the Bible.
Nowhere in the Bible are believers
the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob required to celebrate Christmas.
The 25th December was celebrated in ancient days as the birthday of the
Unconquerable Sun god, (variously
as Tammuz, Mithra, Saturn, Adonis or Baal) centuries before Jesus Christ was
born in Bethlehem.
The early Christian church did not celebrate Christmas.
In order to win Gentile converts to the Christian faith, the Roman Church,
centuries after the apostolic era,
to displace the ancient pagan winter festival of the Sun god with another
it 'Christmas', mistakenly thinking that it would honor the Son of God.
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