Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A Good Reason for an X in the Season

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A Good Reason for an X in the Season

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"PUT the X back into Christmas", QT Dec 30.

Most thinking Christians know the pagan root of the Christmas festival.

What most people don't know is that the word Christ, from which we derive the word Christian, and yes, Christmas, comes from the Koine Greek word "Christos" which is spelt with an X, in English pronounced as "ch" (the New Testament documents were written in Koine Greek).

Put the X factor back into Xmas, but you still cannot get rid of the person of Christ, no matter how you want to spell the word.

You cannot change the meaning of the word Christ, Christos. The X still means Christ as any good Greek lexicon will tell you when you look up the correct spelling for Christ, Christian, etc.

Lastly, the word Christ with an X, means anointing, anointed one.

Play your word games - the more you try to remove Christ, He appears in the most unexpected way. In this case, in the "X".

ROBERT McBEATH

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