Here is a teacher of Islam sharing his belief’s on saying “Merry Christmas.”
Now, what we have to say is: If Jesus is not God, then this man is absolutely correct in his pronouncement. We are blaspheming God if Jesus is not God. Remember, even the Jews were faced with this reality. The moment that Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I AM,” they should have picked up stones and stoned Him, for what He said was that He was equal to God the Father. This is why the Jews picked up stones. They knew the implication of Christ’s proclamation.
The problem with the Jews viewpoint, and this Muslim cleric’s viewpoint, is the same: Both fail to see that Jesus Christ truly is God incarnate.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
In other words, both the Jews and those trapped in Islam are blinded by Satan and fail to see the truth of Scripture. I point this out because we need the reminder that our warfare is not one of the flesh. We cannot change this man’s heart and mind with the sword (Ephesians 6:10ff). Christianity has never operated that way, although there are those who have tried. True Christianity comes about by the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s word together and we cannot force it upon anyone. Our goal is to proclaim the truth and let the Holy Spirit do His job.
Another fact about what this man is saying is really helpful. For when we do say “Merry Christmas” with the full meaning, then we are proclaiming that God became flesh (John 1:14). How many fully believe this when the enter into the festivities of Christmas? How many understand that Jesus became flesh to dwell among us, and was the Second Person of the Trinity? Since this is true, how many fully understand the reason why He did so? Was His coming just so we could decorate a Christmas tree, put up lights, and maybe get a new DVD player? Or was there something more to it than that?
If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know the answer to that last question.
Just a side note, isn’t it interesting that the enemies of true Christianity always hold hands together? Both the Islamist and Atheists hold the same position on Christmas: God was born in the flesh. It is like Satan takes the same lie and dresses it up differently for those who oppose the truth, and these groups end up in agreement together.