|Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. |
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We often see the word Christmas shortened to Xmas. In fact according to my Random House Dictionary, the abbreviation for Christian in Xn. Really? Where'd this come from?
There are several explanations that I have found for this replacement, but overall it makes me wonder. Why do we need to x out the name of Jesus? A reasonable explanation is that the term for Christ in Greek is Χριστός. So the X is an abbreviation. Or in many cases it is a cover up.
In some countries an "X" rating denotes something vulgar, obscene, or offensive. But come to think of it, Jesus Christ is becoming offensive to many--He always has been. We can't have Jesus in the schools or in public places where others might be offended. If we replace Christ with a X then maybe we don't have to think about him.
No, thank you--no x for me. Give me Jesus Christ, not x as in the unknown factor. The equation has been solved. The x is Jesus Christ. Let His Name be praised!
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