What Do Christians Really Believe About Christmas?

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ChristianWith the hype, commercialism, and pagan roots of Christmas, it’s natural to question what Christians really believe about Christmas. A group of 110,000 or more Bible readers were offered the opportunity to contribute in four polls about Christmas, and below are the results.

Overview:

  • 25 Percent of Christians do not believe in celebrating Christmas.
  • 83 Percent of Christians do not believe December 25 is when Jesus Christ was born.
  • 64 Percent of Christians are not OK with letting kids believe in Santa Claus.
  • 39 Percent of Christians are not OK with having a Christmas tree in a church building.

This report summarizes four separate polls about Christmas, conducted in December 2012 from is King James Bible Facebook page.


Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

Question:
“Do you think Christians should celebrate Christmas?”

Response:
Yes – 71% (95 people)
No – 25% (33 people)
Not sure – 2% (3 people)

134 people answered among 1,277 who saw the post. Asked on December 21, 2012.

Interpretation:
Most Bible-reading Christians say ‘Yes’, Christians should celebrate Christmas. Nearly three times as many Bible-reading Christians say they should celebrate Christmas than those who do not. However, it is significant that 1/4 of Bible-reading Christians indicating that Christians should not celebrate Christmas.

Sample comments from those in favor:
“It’s good to celebrate xmas as a season for the whole world”
“That is the day Jesus was born. Of course.”
“Why wouldn’t it be good for believers to celebrate the birth of our Saviour???”
“Yes! This is our Celebration of Jesus’ Birthday! There isn’t anything else to say.”

Sample comments from those NOT in favor:
“Xmas is for the world not for Christians.”
“Christians should not celebrate Christmas. If God really wanted us to celebrate His birthday He would not have made it so mysterious for us. We are encouraged to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ everyday.”
“To Me Celebrating Christmas Is Worshiping Idols As Indicated In Jeremiah 10”
“What do presents, shiny lights, a tree, and a fat santa claus have to do with Jesus Christ?”


Do you believe December 25th is the true day that Jesus Christ was born?
Do you believe December 25th is the true day that Jesus Christ was born?

Question:
“Do you believe December 25th is the true day that Jesus Christ was born?”

Do you believe December 25th is the true day that Jesus Christ was born?
Response:
Yes – 11% (27 people)
No – 83% (208 people)
Not sure – 6% (16 people)

251 people answered among 4,440 who saw the post. Asked on December 7, 2012.

Interpretation:
A vast majority of Bible-readers do not believe December 25th is the true birthday of Jesus, but many are still in support of celebrating it. Nearly 7 times more of the Bible readers believe December 25th is not Jesus Christ’s birthday than those who do.


OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus?
OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus?

Question:
“Do you think it’s OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus?”

Do you think it’s OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus?Response:
Yes, it’s just for fun – 28% (52 people)
I think so – 2% (3 people)
Neutral / no opinion – 6% (11 people)
Maybe not – 1% (2 people)
Definitely not, it’s a lie – 64% (121 people)

Interpretation:
The results show extreme opinions with few responses in between. More than twice as many Bible readers believe that it is ‘definitely’ not OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus. However, it is also significant that one third of Bible readers think it’s OK to let kids believe in Santa Claus.

189 people answered among 3,114 who saw the post. Asked on December 20, 2012.


OK to have a Christmas tree in a church building?
OK to have a Christmas tree in church building?

Question:
“Do you think it’s OK to have a Christmas tree in a church building?”

Do you think it’s OK to have a Christmas tree in a church building?Response:
Yes – 58% (108 people)
No – 39% (72 people)
Not sure / it depends – 3% (6 people)

Interpretation:
Christians are divided on this issue. Christmas trees in church sanctuaries and lobbies seem to be a common occurrence during the Christmas holiday season and this poll indicates that 39 percent disagree with having them there.

186 people answered among 2,249 who saw the post. Asked on December 21, 2012.


SUMMARY
These four polls were conducted in December 2012, using the King James Bible Facebook page. The most interesting statistics are listed at the top of the page in red. While the poll data shows differences of opinion about Christmas, the comments pointed to a unifying belief in celebrating Jesus Christ, which represents salvation, forgiveness, and hope of eternal life.

The demographics of the 110,000+ users of this page are as follows:

  • 100% have ‘liked’ the King James Bible Facebook Page. Mostly scriptures are posted to the page. We can presume the users are Bible readers.
  • 96% reported they are Christians
  • 82% reported they have been a Christian for more than 10 years
  • 79% reported having read the entire Bible at least once.
  • Female 59.5% / Male 40.1%
  • 65% live in the United States.

For more information, please contact the King James Bible Online.

96 Percent of Bible Readers Do Not Believe December 21, 2012 is the End of the World

A Facebook poll of 338 Bible readers showed that 96% did not believe the end of the world would be on December 21, 2012. Further, 3.8%, said they were ‘not sure’, and only 0.59% (or 2 respondents) marked ‘yes’, that they believe the end of the world is indeed December 21, 2012.

Mayan prophesy December 21, 2012

The poll was conducted through the King James Bible Facebook page on December 14, 2012, which currently has more than 112,000 likes, and 33,714 active participants. The outcome of the poll was reminiscent of a similar poll done earlier this year related to Harold Camping’s Judgment Day Prediction.

People have made doomsday and end of the world predictions for many generations. The Bible is clear that such predictions are without merit. Mark 13:32 says, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”