Updated: Jul 19, 2019
The internet seems to be increasingly filled with posts, articles, and even whole websites dedicated to instructing Christians to "return to" the feasts and festival observances commanded in the Scriptures and to reject the "paganized" Easter and Christmas traditions that have "replaced them." And the posts and articles can be very convincing, offering reasoned arguments and even citing Scripture to support the claims that the Easter and Christmas observances, and all their customs and traditions, derive from ancient pagan holidays and therefore should be rejected in favor of the Biblically prescribed feasts and holidays. But is it true that Easter and Christmas, the two most important observances of Christendom, and the many customs associated with them, are in fact pagan in origin? What actual evidence is used to support the charge, and does it really even matter? For some, perhaps not. But for others, it does matter, and it matters greatly.
The Judeo/Christian faith is not based on myth or legend or grand philosophical theories. It is a faith that is squarely rooted in actual historical events, intimately drawn in the lives of real people, etched in the ancient stones of past civilizations, and forever engraved in the words of those who laid down their lives to bear witness to the things they saw and heard. The Judeo/Christian Scriptures are the single most important historical record mankind has been graced with, for it is the record of the hand of God at work in this world to bring about His will and His purpose.
For Christianity ... history matters.