Lead: For 1500 years, most Christian believers have celebrated the nativity or birth of Christ on December 25th assuming that he was born on that day. They are almost certainly wrong.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Before and after the adoption of Christianity by the Emperor Constantine of the Roman Empire around 300 of the Christian Era, the early Church faced threats even as the early church’s numbers and influence were increasing. The flood of new converts brought with them behaviors, traditions and beliefs that the church found hard to digest. From almost the beginning and for several centuries thereafter, the Christian Church struggled to define orthodoxy and rid its richly diverse growing membership of pagan beliefs and habits. One of the earliest leaders, Paul of Tarsus, grumbled in his pastoral letter to Galatia, that Christians were turning back to their bondage to the observation of “days, months, and seasons,” (Galatians 4:8-11).

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