I have Christmas spirit as an atheist. Should I feel guilty?
- Anonymous1 month agoFavorite Answer
The true spirit of Christmas
Late Christmas week I was rushing around trying to get some last minute
shopping done. I was stressed out and not thinking very fondly of the season
right then. It was dark, cold and wet in the parking lot as I started
loading my car up with gifts that I felt obligated to buy. I noticed that I
was missing a receipt that I might need later. So, mumbling under my breath,
I retraced my steps to the mall entrance.
As I was searching the wet pavement for the lost receipt, I heard a quiet
sobbing. The crying was coming from a poorly dressed boy of about 12 years
old. He was short and thin. He had no coat. He was just wearing a ragged
flannel shirt to protect him from the cold night's chill. Oddly enough, he
was holding a hundred dollar bill in his hand.
Thinking that he had gotten lost from his parents, I asked him what was
wrong. He told me his sad story.
He said that he came from a large family. He had three brothers and four
sisters. His father had died when he was nine years old. His mother was
poorly educated and worked two full time jobs. She made very little to
support her large family. Nevertheless, she had managed to skimp and save
two hundred dollars to buy her children Christmas presents. The young boy
had been dropped off by his mother on the way to her second job. He was to
use the money to buy presents for all his siblings and save just enough to
take the bus home. He had not even entered the mall when a boy grabbed one
of the hundred dollar bills and disappeared into the night.
"Why didn't you scream for help?" I asked.
The boy said, "I did."
"And nobody came to help you?" I queried.
The boy stared at the sidewalk and sadly shook his head.
"How loud did you scream?" I inquired.
The soft-spoken boy looked up and meekly whispered, "Help me!"
I realized that absolutely no one could hear that poor boy cry for help.
So I grabbed his other hundred dollar bill and ran.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Kind of but the good thing is with that guilt you can find Christ and no longer be atheist. Look up "Divine Mercy Diary" and you will learn about the mercy Jesus has for all that seek it. We must seek it though.
- 1 month ago
Not at all. That whole christ birth thing is only one part of Christmas. You don't have to be religious to enjoy Santa and Christmas movies about Santa and putting up a tree.
- alLv 51 month ago
No, because Santa is real!
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- Donut TimLv 71 month ago
If you think so then, yes.
- 1 month ago
No. I'm atheist and I celebrate Christmas. Not the religious aspects, obviously, but the secular stuff - Santa, gift giving, putting up lights, having a big feast with friends and family, etc...
- David SLv 71 month ago
No reason to be. The music and decorations bring back wonderful memories.