Strip the nativity Bible narratives of all human traditions that have been added to the birth of Jesus.
- Luke 2:4-7. Mary did not ride a donkey to Bethlehem.
- Luke 2:9-15. There is no “innkeeper[a]However, if the house belonged to Joseph, and the guest chamber/κατάλυμα was already full, then Joseph clearly had a host who managed the house and residents while he was away in Nazareth. … Continue reading(and “inn” is a poor translation of the word for an “upper room”).
- Matthew 2:9-11. The star was capable of standing still above a single house as a supernatural guiding light, not a giant incandescent body like our sun.
- Matthew 2:9-11. We don’t know how many wise men. Three types of gifts are given.
- Matthew 2:9-11. The wise men were not at the manger with the shepherds.
- Matthew 2:11. The wise men visited a house, not a barn or stable.
- Luke 2:9-15. There was no angel at the manger.
- Luke 2:9-15. There was no angelic choir or singing to the shepherds.
- Luke 2:16. There is no mention of a stable or barn. (Mangers were common features found inside houses.)
- Luke 2:9-15. There were no animals at the birth of Jesus.
- Luke 2:9-15. There was no drummer boy… or even a shepherd “boy.”
- Luke 2:9-15. There were no talking animals not even at midnight.
- There is no Santa Claus, Rudolph, or Frosty. No Christmas tree or Christmas stockings. There is no gift exchange.
Be divisive and argumentative about Christmas traditions.
…if you have no interest in bringing others to Christ, no interest in being a peacemaker, but only want to prove your own arrogance.
Here is advice from 2 Timothy 2:
Make every effort to present yourself approved to God, a worker having no need to be ashamed, guiding the word of truth along a straight path. But avoid pointless chatter, for it will progress to greater ungodliness…
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.
God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. [b]2 Timothy 2:15,16,23-26
We have many extra-biblical traditions every day of the year, not just at Christmas. We have birthday traditions, graduation traditions, sports traditions, family traditions, wedding traditions, and so on. Perhaps a person can consider human traditions as decorations or adornments that are useful for celebration without elevating those traditions as if they were the central truth.
|↑a||However, if the house belonged to Joseph, and the guest chamber/κατάλυμα was already full, then Joseph clearly had a host who managed the house and residents while he was away in Nazareth. This host person is the equivalent of an innkeeper/πανδοχεύς, one who receives all. So, deduced from Scripture, there was an “innkeeper/host” necessary.|
|↑b||2 Timothy 2:15,16,23-26|