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Please help me... What does this mean? Jer. 10:2-4

Jeremiah 10:2-4: "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. 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. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not." (KJV).

Wouldn't this mean that the heathen tradition of putting up a tree and decorating it is condemned in the bible? So wouldn't that apply to the Christmas tree as well? Since that's where the tradition came from???

Why or Why not... What do you think??

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:39 AM on Dec. 4, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • NO! Do you worship your Christmas tree? Do you know anyone that does? I don't know a single person that worships their Christmas tree.

    "The customs of the people are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a CRAFTSMAN shapes it with his CHISEL"

    The craftsman shapes an idol out of the wood. These people worhsipped the wooden figure because they thought a god resided inside.
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 11:44 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • It means not to worship idols

    virginiamama71

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 11:51 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • ReneeK you should do some homework. Pagans do not worship the tree... Just as they didn't then. It was a representation of what the gods have given them... They brought them inside and decorated them... In some cases this meant by carving in others it meant by hanging gold, silver or other decorations... Sound familiar? It's the same thing as a Christmas tree and in fact is where the tradition comes from. It's far from worthless to those of us that still have the pagan beliefs... In fact what is more worthless than a tree you cut down and bring in and decorate that has NO religious reasons behind it? At least a Yule tree has religious meaning to it... Where is the religious meaning behind the Christmas tree?
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:54 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • Did I say pagans worshipped the tree???
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 11:56 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • Answered at 11:44 AM on Dec. 4, 2008 by: ReneeK3
    NO! Do you worship your Christmas tree? Do you know anyone that does? I don't know a single person that worships their Christmas tree.


    It was rather clear that you felt the tree was being worshiped...

    The craftsman shapes an idol out of the wood. These people worhsipped the wooden figure because they thought a god resided inside.

    They did NOT worshipp the carved tree because they felt a god resided in it! The tree was a symbol... NOT the god!
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:59 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • People were attracted to worshipping idols probably because they believed that a god - a piritual being - resided within each idol. But there may have been other, more "practical" concerns. To stay on good terms with their Assyrian overlords, for example, the Isrealites imported Assyrian idols. Thus, Josiah's decree against worshipping false gods was seen as more than a religious act,--it was also a sign of politcal independence. Other popular practices, such as the fertility cults with their prostitutes, appealed to the people's immoral desires.
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 11:59 AM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • Oh for Pete's sake..I'm not talking about the tree. The OP is the one making it appear as those of us that put up a Christmas tree must be worshipping it.
    ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 12:04 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • By having a Christmas tree. It like having an idol. Don’t do it. Christmas is supposed to (for Christians) be a time to celebrate his birth. Accept it really has nothing to do with his birth considering the fact he was not born on that day. It has to do with Yule/pagan festivals different things Nothing Christian. But just say it was his birth like most people think. What does a tree have to do with anything? It’s just showing that you are bringing something in your home to show that you do worship Christ. That is not acceptable in any way shape or form as a Christian.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:06 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • The OP is trying to spread her beliefs by asking supposed questions. Why post anonymously? It's silly to be ashamed of your beliefs. Show yourself! LOL
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 12:08 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

  • OP here... Did I say the tree is being worshiped? NO! I simply came accross this scripture that to me would mean that Christmas Trees are in fact condemned in the Bible... If so I want to know why is it they are so widely accepted? And if this scripture would apply to it???

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:09 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

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