What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us

Sometimes, what we don’t know can hurt us. For instance, if I were to write Xmas, many will be upset because they will immediately believe that I just crossed out the Christ in Christmas. They will believe that and they will be wrong.

The “X”  indicates the Greek letter “Chi”, meaning “Christ”.  You could write the word Christian as Xmasian. The Greek letters “X” (Chi) and “p” (Rho) overlaid one on the other is a common symbol representing Christ.

None of this is to say that Xmas should be used in this day and age. Although its origin is from Biblical scholars as far back as 1000 years, the meaning has been lost and, in most cases, never understood. Christians, today, look at Xmas as crossing Christ out of Christmas. In the true meaning, it was just the opposite.

Using this phrase could have been a form of short-hand on the monk’s part. The thing is…we don’t always know a person’s intent. I am afraid that if todays well-intending Christians would have been around 2000 years ago, they would have tried to stop the crucifixion of Christ. If that had been accomplished, we’d all be loss.

Often, we think we know what something means, when we have no idea. Without research, we remain vulnerable to the consensus around us. We jump to conclusions because it seems to make sense, without any effort to find or verify the truth.

Unfortunately, the damage is done. Xmas will remain a negative in our minds. So be it. The thing is…no one can X out Jesus Christ. He is the babe in the manger and He is the Christ on the cross. He is the Savior…the Prince of Peace…the great I Am.

He is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)

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12 thoughts on “What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us

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  4. Thank you for sharing. I had learned this information several years back. Glad that you put it out there. It is so important that we know our Christian history. Will be sharing!


  5. Thank you Butch. I enjoyed reading this.


  6. A good lesson Butch – thanks for sharing!


  7. Thanks Butch. The unthinking reaction to “Xmas” has been a bugbear of mine too. One of my favourite symbols is the Chi Rho.


  8. I didn’t know that! I was never allowed to use Xmas and taught my children to do the same. Now I won’t tell them it’s ok.


  9. A fabulous post! I would give myself little negative thoughts when writing Xmas on something personal. Thank you for bringing this into the light.


  10. Good truthful info & right on time with the Xmas season here …. I needed to know this!


  11. Thank you for telling us about this. My daughter knows when I write Xty, I’m not “x-ing” her out.


  12. What you say may be true Butch, but it’s more appealing to see Christmas instead of Xmas.
    Blessings ~ Maxi


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