Jeremiah 10: 1-5 does talk about cutting down a tree and decorating it.
God and Idols
1 Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. 2 This is what the LORD says:
"Do not learn the ways of the nations
or be terrified by signs in the sky,
though the nations are terrified by them.
3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless;
they cut a tree out of the forest,
and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.
4 They adorn it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so it will not totter.
5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch,
their idols cannot speak;
they must be carried
because they cannot walk.
Do not fear them;
they can do no harm
nor can they do any good."
by borgen0128November 17, 2012 at 1:27 PMI am an athiest, but christians celebrate a lot of non-christian holidays. Aren't they supposed to be keeping the feasts?
This is talking about using the tree as an idol. I don't worship the tree, therefore this passage doesn't pertain to me.
And yes.. the Christmas tree is a Pagan tradition. So is the Easter Egg. *shrugs* Many Christians celebrate Halloween too. Who cares??
The Christmas tree evolved from Pagan traditions so did the Easter bunny. I'm an atheist, though, so I don't have to worry about it. For us, Christmas is about family and swapping gifts. We gladly incorporate the tree without having to worry about the origins of the tradition. I'm, also, fairly sure that Christmas being celebrated in December is related to Paganism as well. (They were easier to convert if they got to keep some of their own traditions.)
by AnonymousNovember 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM
I worship God, not a tree, that's the difference and don't see anything wrong with it, but won't have one this year because my budget won't let me.