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biblical warning vs gentile Christmas Trees

December 9, 2013

Thus says the Lord: “Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move.
Jeremiah 10:2-4 (ESV)

HT James F. McGrath, who gets us looking at “what is problematic about prooftexting – whether carried out by the Bible’s authors or by modern apologists.”

HT J. M. Green, who wants to revisit the ESV “virgin” in Matthew (not necessarily the “young woman” in Willis Barnstone’s Restored New Testament).

The points made are worth exploring.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2013 1:23 pm

    Sure, Xmas trees may have pagan origins, but let’s not lose site of the true meaning of Xmas: massive advertising blitzes and shopping until you drop.

  2. December 9, 2013 8:19 pm

    @Theophrastus, Pope Francis had a word to say about that yesterday:

    Francis, in the heart of Rome’s poshest shopping district, has prayed that the poor never be forgotten. His appearance at the foot of the Spanish Steps Sunday follows a papal tradition of public prayer before a statue representing Mary on Dec. 8, a church holiday honoring he mother of Jesus.

    Full story, with pictures

  3. December 9, 2013 8:39 pm

    Catholic News Service has a 90 second video in which a Jesuit priest describes the origin and Christian symbolism of the Christmas tree, while showing the tree being erected in St. Peter’s Square.

    I think I’ve become a bit jaded, or something, though: the phrase “all the way back to the first millennium” sounded very odd to me!

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