What is the true meaning of Christmas — does it matter what you are celebrating?

Hi everyone,

I am going to begin doing my own blog every week beginning with this Christmas one that I have wanted to write for a very long time! I hope you will join me and begin following these blogs and share them with others.

This “holiday season” (formerly called Christmas) is very special to people all over the world. In an effort to include everyone, many people have mistakenly eliminated the word Christmas and any reference to Christ Jesus because of a lack of understanding of the universal nature of the Christ love and the significance of Jesus’ virgin birth to all mankind.

The virgin birth of Jesus, celebrated over the centuries, demonstrates that God, Spirit, is the real Father of every single one of us (whether we call ourselves atheists, Catholic, Baptist, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, etc.) and we are therefore each the precious, beloved child of this infinite divine Love, called God.

Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Those instructed in Christian Science have reached the glorious perception that God is the only author of man. The Virgin-mother conceived this idea of God, and gave to her ideal the name of Jesus — that is, Joshua, or Saviour. The illumination of Mary’s spiritual sense put to silence material law and its order of generation, and brought forth her child by the revelation of Truth, demonstrating God as the Father of men.” [Marginal Note: Spiritual conception] (S&H 29:14-24)

Christ Jesus’ message to all mankind is that the Kingdom of God (peace, health, purity, wholeness, goodness) is already within us, thus fulfilling the promise of Genesis 1, which says we are each made in the divine image and likeness. None of us can ever be separated from this omnipotent, ever-present Love. Jesus also taught that since Spirit, divine Love is the source of all true peace and harmony, then the way to see this peace manifested in our lives is to embrace everyone in this divine Love which he embodied.

Never before had anyone taught: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. . . . Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:44, 45, 48).

He demonstrated this by laying down his own life for others and forgiving even his enemies on the cross. And this love enabled him to triumph over hate and death in a way that no one else has ever done before or since. And yet he said that anyone who followed his teaching would be able to demonstrate this peace and wholeness in their own lives as well.

This is why Christmas carols celebrate Jesus as the “Prince of Peace”. His message of love and peace transcend mere human love, which can sometimes be unreliable, deceitful, short-lived, manipulative, or self-serving. The spiritual love which was illustrated in the life of Christ Jesus is the only love which can bring an end to violence, hate and suffering. This Love is unconditional, unchanging, pure, unselfish, and compassionate to all because it is based on an understanding of our inherent goodness and perfection as God’s beloved creation. But more importantly, since this Love is divine and not human, it is all-powerful and ever present, so evil cannot stand in the face of it.

Movies such as “Love actually” present Christmas as a time to celebrate human and sensual love with no mention of Christ Jesus, and yet human love has never been able to insure happiness and peace, and sensuality often leads to suffering or even death. This message is actually the antithesis of the true meaning of Christmas because the Christ love never leads to infidelity, divorce, abuse, disease, or death as human and sensual love may. The Christ love is actually the only kind of love that can insure peace, health and harmony in our lives. That is because God, Spirit, is the only true source of Love and God is absolute good, in whom is no evil.

The purposeful elimination of Christ Jesus from this Christmas celebration and the continual criticisms of Christians today are simply modern day manifestations of the Herod thought which attempted to kill the baby Jesus in order to silence his message. People who are not religious do not hesitate to quote, acknowledge or even revere people from Eastern religions, while silencing the message of the Christ. To sideline true Christianity and the true meaning of Christmas is to deprive the world of a unique message that heals and insures peace for all.

The true meaning of Christmas is that God, infinite good, divine Love is the Father of all of us and protects and prospers each one of us. As in Biblical times, the advent of this Christ message in the flesh as the baby Jesus (coming not from a sexual act but from the Holy Spirit active in the human experience revealing man’s true spiritual nature) can bring hope, security, freedom and peace today to people in Syria, Egypt, North Korea, DR Congo; in prisons, brothels, war fields; in governments, schools, homes. The Christ message is irresistible and cannot be silenced. It cannot fail to bring healing and peace to hearts open to its message. No one is excluded. This is the most precious gift we can be giving our families, friends and the world this season! Let’s cherish this “babe of Christian healing” this Christmas!

Other references from the Writings of Mary Baker Eddy and the Bible:
Miscellaneous Writings p. 370:12 (Mis.)
John 20:17
Matt 6:9
Science and Health, 31:4-11
Unity of Good p. 29:28
Mis. 161:1 – 168:20