Article originally write in 2013.
Dickens' written tale is, perhaps surprisingly, a blatantly Christian story. It is a story of a conversion to a Christian worldview (though not as blatant as an evangelical gospel tract). Of course, our modern Hollywood and Disney takes on the conversion of Ebenezer leave out the Christian details, but it is obvious nonetheless in the book! Here Jacob Marley's lamentation of having a selfish heart when he lived as a human . . .
Ebenezer was a man very rich according to the world’s standards of money, business, and commerce. A self-absorbed man. A man with a shriveled, cold heart. A miserable, pitiful wretch of a man. A man who did not seem to enjoy the world, its people, and its pleasures around him. But also a man who changed in the latter years of his life and became a totally different person.
Many people do not realize, though, that Dicken's original story is one of Christian conversion.. A miserly, self-ruled man who submits himself to the Christ of Christmas. Replete with biblical-Christian language and references (which are ignored in our modern and secular retellings of the story), Ebenezer comes to know His Creator in a real way, and the One born in a manger changes his life. (Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode? - Jacob Marley) Scrooge spends the rest of his life making amends to those he has wronged, spreading goodwill and compassion, and keeping Christmas every day in his heart.
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