Merry Christmas to everyone on Iranian.com & Thank You for your respectful and kind thoughtfulness towards me and the other participants on the site. It's pretty obvious 'great and pure characters' have influenced your behavior, and you in turn have influenced mine.
In my opinion atheists, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and others who do not belong to a Christian Church, especially one which might have exclusivist tendencies, as well as Jews who do not believe they are Chosen to be our betters, if these people do celebrate Christmas, it might be because they have some insights that many 'ordinary' Christians, such as fallen away Catholics like myself don't think about too much.
They might celebrate it with some notions in their minds like those Einstein believed when he said "If one purges the Judaism of the Prophets and Christianity as Jesus Christ taught it of all subsequent additions, especially those of the priests, one is left with a teaching which is capable of curing all the social ills of humanity.... It is the duty of every man of good will to strive steadfastly in his own little world to make this teaching of pure humanity a living force, so far as he can. If he makes an honest attempt in this direction without being crushed and trampled under foot by his contemporaries, he may consider himself and the community to which he belongs lucky.... No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause. The example of great and pure characters is the only thing that can produce fine ideas and noble deeds."
Thomas Jefferson believed the same thing. As a matter of fact, he 'wrote' his own Bible, but he did it in a unique way, simply stripping away all the 'magical' additions which he felt had been added to the original core belief. It's available on the net as a free book.
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