I recently posted the post, “Telling the Truth” that expressed my views on the virgin birth of Jesus the Christ. I do not believe in the virgin birth, finding it a knockoff of Pagan beliefs of a similar strain. I also believe that such a tale makes the message of Jesus childish and “harmless” for the masses.
For even a casual reader of that post, they would probably ask the question, “Okay Vic, if you feel that way then what’s the purpose of Christmas? Why celebrate it?” Glad you asked. Let me explain.
The Christmas story is not so much a historic event, but a spiritual event. It represents the Divine bursting through into the dead, cold and cruel places in our lives. It’s the Divine potential that can be born in each and every one of us.
It’s “Emmanuel,” God with us.
It’s the story of rebirth and regeneration during the winter as celebrated by the Ancients. It’s God’s taking the ordinary (a gal named Mary), to bring about the extraordinary (the “virgin birth”)-an event that can happen with-and in-each of us.
It’s how a man named Jesus could do the impossible, being infused with the Divine Erotic power that is God’s spirit. How that same power is available to us too today.
The angels, wise men, the adoration of the shepherds, and the manger, all tell of the newness of Jesus-not as history, but a beautiful allegory for all time and for all people.
It’s the recurring promise that God is with us and in us, waiting to break through-just as He/She was with Jesus. And it’s that promise we share and celebrate each and every Christmas and beyond.
We give gifts not to buy favors, but because God gives of Him/Herself all the time. God gave of Self in Jesus. It’s not an exercise in Capitalism, but love and goodwill.
We make merry because Jesus showed us that life is a banquet to attend, to celebrate. And to celebrate life and all that it is-even with the bad”-is our gift to God.
That’s why I still celebrate Christmas. That’s why we need Christmas.
Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All!,,