THE CHRISTMAS TREE EXPOSED
Jer 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Jer 10:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
Jer 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
God wants us to be close to Him and to get away from the customs of the heathen.
If we are not deeply moved with the desire to be close to God, there is little hope of entering the kingdom of God.
First of all, it says in this verse "Do not learn the way of the heathen" Don't even learn it, let alone practice it and incorporate it into the worship of Yahweh our Heavenly Father.
After all, shouldn't the roots of our worship be in the scriptures, rather than paganism? Secondly, it says that the heathen were dismayed at the signs of heaven.
History tells us that when the sun began to go further away from the earth and the days grew shorter in the winter, the sun worshipping Gentiles were "dismayed", and feared that the sun would not return.
So they held certain festivals just after the time of the Winter Solstice when it did begin to return.
This return of the sun is why December 25th is the birthday of so many solar deities/gods. One of the customs the pagans had was to decorate a tree that they had cut down and fasten it so that it would not topple.
The evergreen tree seemed not to be bothered by the winter so it would have been a logical choice. We see the same copycat custom existing even today--called the Christmas tree.
We are told not to learn the way of the Gen-tiles. And here He even goes so far as describe a custom that is a way of the heathen.
Since He tells us that this is a heathen custom and He clearly condemned the practice, shouldn't we avoid it?
The placing of gifts under the tree is much like the heathen who offered various gifts to their idols and then kneeling before the tree to receive them back again.
Decorating trees is vain and a heathen practice. Avoid this heathenic practice and let us stick to the word of God.
The Christmas Tree exposed.
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