If Christ Had Not Come

Duane P. writes: 
This poem was passed on to my wife by a resident at an old age home that she was caroling at.  Apparently it was written by the resident’s mother, on her death bed… She had hoped that it would be shared with anybody that would value it.   (Unfortunately my wife didn’t catch the author’s name)

If Christ Had Not Come

If Christ had not come, there’d be no Christmas Day.
There’d be no Christmas trees, with gifts on display;
There’d be no present given and no carols sung,
There’d be no Christmas stockings, on bed to be hung.
There’d be no cards sent to let friends know,
The Saviour came down to this earth below.
There’d be no Peace on earth, or goodwill to men,
Or hope of Christ Jesus returning again.
There’d be no New Testament, with stories to tell,
How Christ performed miracles, and made people well.
How he set us examples, and showed us the way,
To help one another and taught us to pray.
There’d be no bridge gulfed between God and man,
Of the promised fulfillment of the salvations’ plan.
There’d be no cross to remind us that God once came,
Revealed in Christ Jesus this world to reclaim.
So let us remember and thankfully say,
We are glad Christ was born and we have Christmas Day.

Thanks Duane

 

30 thoughts on “If Christ Had Not Come”

  1. Nah, there’d still be solstice holidays, there just wouldn’t be any nativities or the name “Christmas”

      • You are supporting the knowledge that Christians stole “Christmas” from the pagans and you said ramen. You are my new favorite person.

    • It never ceases to amaze me how atheists tout their beliefs as fact as they condemn those of us who want to have faith in something beyond this flawed existence. I agree with Scott; this message was intended for those that believe. If you don’t believe in God or Jesus, that’s fine, but stop being such a self-righteous prick about it. This country is rapidly bobsledding towards having no freedom of religion. When I was a child, I never would have dreamed that my beliefs would be under such attack in my lifetime. BTW, the secularists come out in droves when some folks start protesting a mosque being built somewhere. Funny how that works, huh?

      • You’re confusing atheists with anti-theists. All anti-theists are atheists, but not all atheists are anti-theists. Even most anti-theists would be perfectly happy just with a secular government that endorses no religion at all, rather than the Christian theocracy some people seem to think we should have. Pretty much all of us realize it would be a losing battle to try to get rid of religion at this point in time.

  2. This was intended to be shared with people who value it. If you don’t value it, keep your opinions to yourself today. Amen.

  3. The evil genius Sir Isaac Newton was also born today, and he did far more good than Jesus. Why don’t we celebrate him instead?

      • Newton still did more for us than Jesus. We understand so much more about how our universe works because of him. Jesus gave us a bunch of parables no one listens to any more and indirectly, dozens of wars fought in his name.

        • Thank you, Hollywood for making seem like only fanatics believe and go to church any more. The percentages are much, much higher than popular culture would have you believe. Around 85-90% say they believe in God and around 40% of Americans say they attend religious services regularly. Thanks to the all-out assault on religion by Hollywood, the so-called progressive media and celebrities in general, those figures are diminishing every year.

          • In a rational society, I find that a great thing. Look at countries like Norway. Mostly atheist, or at least secular and an amazing standard of living. You don’t need God to be a good person, and God doesn’t stop bad people from being bad.

            inb4 “why don’t you move there”

            • Discovery of oil in it’s adjacent waters in the ’60’s makes Norway’s economy unique and quite lucky, which accounts for it’s standard of living, not it’s secularist leanings. The rest of Europe’s socialist, secular countries are collapsing, economically speaking. An again, it’s strictly anyone’s opinion that this is rational. No, you don’t need God to be a good person, only a touch of godliness.

              • What you call godliness I see as simple group dynamics hardwired into human DNA from our early days, when the group was all you had. They’re still beneficial now though.

                And that wasn’t what I meant about Norway, I’m not saying the secularism CAUSED it, just that you don’t need God to run your country, and frankly, those that do seem to suck. I mean, look at any theocracy, or something like North Korea…when you let a god run your country, you have to choose one. And anyone who doesn’t follow that god is going to suffer.

  4. Not the response I hoped for when opening the comments. Jesus did far more for man kind than Sir Newton. If your a Christian you accept that Christ paid a debt mankind never could. If you don’t believe, one still has to accept that governments, laws, and societies have been built around Christian principles, which are based on the parables and teaching of Jesus. No matter your belief I would have to argue that Jesus is worthy of celebration.

    • According to the Bible Jesus was tortured to death for my benefit. Well, I do not want anyone to be tortured for my benefit, and if I had a time machine I would go back and save him. Wouldn’t you? I regard the ecstasy of the Christians at his suffering as crazy, to put it mildly.

      And I do not need the Bible to know the difference between right and wrong.

      • This right here. Society had laws before Christianity, and it would have had similar ones if he hadn’t been.

        Besides, he died, so what? A day or two of pain to supposedly ascend to heaven and be adored for millenia? Doesn’t seem like that much of a sacrifice.

        I have issue with the alleged debt anyway. If Eve had no knowledge of evil before eating from the tree, how can she be blamed? You don’t sentence a child for accidentally killing a sibling or something, do you? No, because they have no concept of right or wrong.

        It also rubs me the wrong way to think that people think an innocent baby or child is a sinner. You can’t blame a child for something their parents did, why would you blame all humans for what our alleged ancestors did?

        Christianity just makes no sense to me. The main principles Christ taught are great, but I feel if Christ hadn’t taught them, they’d still be around.

  5. Christmas has very long traditions. Most of the customs come from three pre-Christian pagan practices associated with the winter solstice: worship of Mithras which originated in Persia and travelled to Rome possibly peaking with the conquest of Palmyra; the ancient Roman Saturnalia; and Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, part of the worship of the Roman sun god.

    The yule log was a later practice of German paganism.

    One could go on.

    None of these customs is even mentioned by the Bible and the hard evidence is that no Christians celebrated Christmas for at least three centuries after Jesus’ death.

    If you claim to be pagan, or are a secularist, or atheist then there is no conflict – you can pick whatever customs suit you. But Christian churches condemn paganism in often fiery terms, so it seems a contradiction of their own faith for them to perpetuate unabashedly pagan customs. Was it not your own St Paul that said “a little leaven ferments the whole lump?”

  6. Thanks for the beautiful poem Duane. I am a Christian and I make no apologies. Now I am pretty darn sure that more B&P’rs are Christian. Grab your keyboards and make a comment; don’t be ashamed. The rest of you still rock; I will just be praying a bit harder for y’all. Happy new year folks!

  7. Agreed!

    I see both sides of this poem though.
    It is suppose to make people feel good.
    But at the same time, other are correct. If Christ was not born then we would still be celebrating Yule.
    Christ was not born in December as it is. The reason that he is given that day of birth is to make it so the Christian holiday ruled over the Pagan one. (I am saying that nicely not in a sarcastic sense)

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