So, I wanted to have a little debate about how or why telling someone "Merry Christmas" is offensive. I don't see where the problem is... except perhaps for the ignorance of person I tell "Merry Christmas" to. Keep in mind, when I say "ignorance," I don't mean "you're a dumb, fucking idiot." No, I mean, you are just uninformed or unaware because you haven't had the opportunity (or didn't take it) to be informed or become aware. In other words, it's not a insult; it just describes the circumstances.
While doing a little web research, I ran across this article, called The True Meaning of Christ-Mass. It's very interesting and here are a few excerpts to get your juices following:
1) As previously stated, the word "Mass" in religious usage means a "death sacrifice." The impact of this fact is horrifying and shocking; for when the millions of people are saying, "Merry Christmas", they are literally saying "Merry death of Christ!"
2) Again, I ask, what is so merry about the pain, bleeding, suffering and death of Jesus Christ? Satan has done quite a job of getting millions of so-called "Christians" to blaspheme. What a deceiver he is.Please, go read this thing. It's about a five minute read. I'll wait.
Back? Ok... Let's go. For this, keep in mind I got the article off of the internet, which is, of course, 100% fully true and accurate and can always be believed without refute. In other words, let's pretend it is actually completely accurate.
While they make a few good points with, well, historical truth (pagan holiday popularized by Roman Catholics, Jesus wasn't born on Dec 25th, etc), they miss the point completely. Literally, according to the article when you wish someone "Merry Christmas," you're saying "Happy death of Christ." The article even asks, "What is so amusing about our Saviour's painful death?" And you know, the answer to that is PAINFULLY SIMPLE... There is much joy that comes from JC's sacrifice.
At this time of year, Christians (regardless of when Jesus was historically born) celebrate that our God loves us so much and so desperately wants to have a deeply personal relationship with us that he sent his only son to die and redeem us. Yes, there was much violence and brutually in the human death of Jesus Christ. But, the joy, love, and salvation that comes from his death and resurrection infinately outweighs the bloodshed.
And, my friends, it is that joy, love and salvation I wish for you when I tell you "Merry Christmas." Honestly, I can think of no better gift to give. So don't be offended when I wish you the ultimate joy I have come to known. It's really not a bad thing.
The article states that Satan has tricked "millions of so-called Christians to blasphem" through wishing others "Merry Christmas." But, I don't think that's quite right. True, Satan has tricked and deceived many about Christmas. Only, he's making us so P-C we forget the ultimate sacrifice Christ made so we could have a wonderful relationship with God. To be cliche and trite, "Jesus is the reason for the season."