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Christmas Tree In Church

How many of you go to a church that has a Christmas tree? Give a yes or a no. What in the world does it have to do with Christmas?

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I am amazed at the lack of spiritual understanding involved with this discussion. Can we not read this verse:

1 Cor 6:12 "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything"

and apply it to the Christmas celebration?

If you disagree, fine, then follow this Scripture:

Rom 14:2 "One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only"

and apply it to the celebration of Christmas, if you have the faith.

If you do not, please pray:

Luke 17:5 "The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
---Mark_Eaton on 12/8/10


Some Christians say "there is no Sabbath any more" or "we should honor the Sabbath everyday".
I wonder if they look at Christ's birth the same way?
---AG on 12/8/10


Pastor Jim, what church do you lead?
---JackB on 12/7/10

I am a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and serve in his chruch only.

I do not, nor will I ever concede to the doctrines of men being dipslayed in the giuse of spiritual doctrine of G-d.

As Scripture tells us...

In the end they will want to be hear what tickles their ears over the truth of G-d..

and so it is today.....
---John on 12/7/10


Im sorry but Im still on the belief that if Christians need other authors to help them understand the Bible then its a sign to me that they arent listening to the Holy Spirit who lives IN them.

Why do you need men to explain something Biblical to you when GOD himself lives in you? Just ask him.
He is our teacher.
---JackB on 12/8/10


Strive for the most accurate and reliable Christian history sources. That is all I will say. And that applies for me too as well.

Fare well
---Kev on 12/8/10




Leading a church has nothing to do about christmas - as I understand it we should clelbrate Jesus every day,not some date human has picked out. what ever you believe - you better be right. GBU
---Rex_Ulmer on 12/8/10


what i see is that a lot of sectarian doctrines run around in christianity. whoever celebrates the birth of Jesus will be judged according their opponents, well then, that God judge me that i celebrate christmass the birth of his son Jesus with every decoration, what did Hittler say again? lie long enough and hard enough and it will become true. and that is what is done, if only they can convince us hat christmass is pagan... by the way i do not believe any real church ever had a doctrine about the christmas tree, so we are free!
---andy3996 on 12/8/10


\\That's why I recommend Iohn Foxe's book, (more famously known as Iohn Foxe's Book of Martyrs).\\

And John Fox has no agenda whatsoever, does he?

He never obscures anything, right?
---Cluny on 12/7/10


The Emperour Constantine was a good and honest Christian man. Protestants, read the real version of the Protestant Reformer Iohn Foxe's book, The Actes and Monuments of Martyrs 1583 edition.

No Christians today should be confused about the Emperour Constantine (seeing that he really was a true Christian man). Yes, truth it is, the Roman Catholic stories obscure almost everything. That's why I recommend Iohn Foxe's book, (more famously known as Iohn Foxe's Book of Martyrs). Maxentius the tyrant with his pride, sorcery, and craftiness went down like the Pharaoh.
---Kev on 12/7/10


\\Its not Jesus birthday, but it is the HOLIEST PAGAN (AKA..SATANIC)Holiday.\\

Except for Halloween, which we're told on these blogs every October.

What we are celebrating is not the DAY of Jesus Birth, but the FACT that God took a human nature and was born IN TIME.

And since now you know, John, you are without excuse.
---Cluny on 12/7/10




Pastor Jim, what church do you lead?
---JackB on 12/7/10


\\2.) Trees have EVERYTHING to do with December 25th, for that is Yule, and a pagan roman holiday. NOT the birthday of Jesus\\

Yule (with various spellings) is NORSE, not Roman, holiday.
---Cluny on 12/7/10


When God gives his people a child, we rightly rejoice: for God commands us to Give honor where honor is due: and all of creation of those in heaven and those in earth and those under the earth are commanded to worship Christ.
---Eloy on 12/6/10

Okay,... so what does that have to do with DEC 25Th.

Its not Jesus birthday, but it is the HOLIEST PAGAN (AKA..SATANIC)Holiday.

And .... YOU worship it!

And now you have NO EXCUSE since you have been told.

AND... (as I say so often)
IGNORANCE IN NOT BLISS IN CHRISTAINITY.

But in this case you can NO longer plead ignorance.

YOU KNOW!!!
---John on 12/7/10


The Christmas tree, like many of the Christmas tradtions, was orgianally a pagan thing, but was later adapted into Christianity. The Christmas tree is a symbot of eternal life and a powerful Diety. And, yes, our church has one. In this present age, it's more of a tradition to have a Christmas tree than anything else. It was first considered part of Christian tradtion in Germany is the 1600s, later, Martin Luther added candles. It was brought to the states and became our tradion in 1890.
It is not Biblical, but it must be remembered that the Bible is book of instruction on how to live the Christian life. You can't prove or disprove something not the Bible.
---wivv on 12/7/10


Philippians 1:18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached, and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
---micha9344 on 12/6/10


1.) The Church is the body of christ. beleivers. NOT a building.
2.) Trees have EVERYTHING to do with December 25th, for that is Yule, and a pagan roman holiday. NOT the birthday of Jesus
3.) The "swastika" is actually an Early Peace symboly,came from Babylon, its for luck peace and fortune. India, still to this day, adorn their houses with it, and YES it used to be found in Synnogauges, and Early Mosques...
4.) The "Meggan David" The star of "David" which is also called the star of Soloman, is a Babyilonin magic symbol, used to envoke The God Remphan,(Amos 5:25, Acts 7:43) who is called, by romans, Saturn. It is Kabbalistic, and comes from the Tzadik(righteous ones) Hmmm..Rigteous ones? Ecclesiates7:20
---Rob on 12/6/10


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It has nothing to do with Christmas.

But the question is different: Is the Christmas Tree evil?

I would prefer that the church to which I go did not have a tree, as it seems to me to be a meaningless symbol, taken from some pagan idea (that I do not know), but I think it is simply silly

Of course, if I knew more, I might find it dangerous, but so far, I just find it silly
---peter on 12/7/10


\\did He command us to make a crucifix and let it represent Him? Just like when Christ was born, did He instruct us to celebrate His birthday?\\

In the same place He commanded you to use computers, cristan.

\\Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above,\\

Except, of course, for the images of the Cherubim He commanded to make for the Tabernacle and Temple.
---Cluny on 12/6/10


When God gives his people a child, we rightly rejoice: for God commands us to Give honor where honor is due: and all of creation of those in heaven and those in earth and those under the earth are commanded to worship Christ.
---Eloy on 12/6/10


Do not think that by having a crucifix (cross) before the pulpit makes you a Christian. Any form of a graven image is an abomination to the Lord Almighty.

"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God..."
Exodus 20:4,5

When Christ died on the cross, did He command us to make a crucifix and let it represent Him? Just like when Christ was born, did He instruct us to celebrate His birthday? And what has santa, reindeers, trees, glittering lights, merry-making to do with Jesus Christ?
---christan on 12/6/10


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Cluny, the enemy using swastika grafitti to deface a synagogue, is not the same thing as a Jew adorning their synagogue with the Magen David or Star of David.
---Eloy on 12/6/10


Cluny---That's an excellent point. The celebration of Christ's birth is a creation of the church, not a command from God.

He never said "Remember my birth til I come". And consequently, I cannot imagine Him being upset if His "birthday" is celebrated on the "wrong" day...or not at all. My birthday, being close to Chritmas, is almost NEVER celebrated on the "right" day and I don't mind a bit!
Christmas, for all it's tarnish and tinsel, is one time of year (perhaps the only time for some) when people entertain unselfish thoughts and try (happily or not) to retain family ties. I cannot imagine God disapproving of this!
---Donna66 on 12/6/10


It seems funny to me that 'paidion' which the wisemen visited is never translated 'infant' in the KJV, but when Jesus was born, the word used is 'brephos' which is translated 'infant' or 'babe' elsewhere.
---micha9344 on 12/6/10


Cluny,
I think it's plain to see that man can not separate symbols from their history. Many people will sincerely say they only see the Christmas Tree as something that celebrates the birth of Christ. Unfortunately, their denial or ignorance won't change the complete meaning seen by God and the rest of the world.
---AG on 12/6/10


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"God does not command us to celebrate His birth but His death" (cristy)

God does not command us to do a lot of things (i.e., log on to Christianet and reply to blogs), and yet we do them anyway. What is your point cristy? As Cluny stated, God doesn't forbid one to celebrate His Birth. And why shouldn't we?

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 12/6/10


\\God does not command us to celebrate His birth\\

Nor does He forbid it.
---Cluny on 12/6/10


God does not command us to celebrate His birth but His death -1 Cor.11:26. Besides Immortal has no birth and His being a human ended the moment He returned back to His throne as God the Son. It is expelicitly declared in 1 Cor.4:6,"...do not go beyond what is written." Deut.4:2,"Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it,but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you." God,s anger was kindled against Juda because they did the things that God did not command them-Jer. 7:30-34.Hence, celebrating christmas is not biblically founded.
---cristy on 12/6/10


\\And to incorrectly say that Jews adorned their synagogues with this symbol, would be the same thing as incorrectly saying that Christians adorned their churches with upside down satanic crosses.
---Eloy on 12/5/10
\\

This doesn't change the fact that before the Nazis, synagogues were adorned with swastikas going either direction (like the courthouse I described).

And the inverted cross is not in itself satanic, as St. Peter was crucified upside down on one.
---Cluny on 12/5/10


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Is that "The Gospel According to Eloy"???

Because Matthew 2:11 reads....
(NIV)

After coming into THE HOUSE they saw THE CHILD with Mary His Mother......

In your case Herod would have executed Infants under 3 months NOT 2 years

So I see you have taken the authority upon yourself to Blasphemy the word of G-d, by replacing it with your own words.

Have a nice life Eloy , because judgement is coming very soon for Blasphemors!!!
---John on 12/5/10


Cluny .... AKA is right.
---alan8566_of_UK on 12/5/10


John, because you speak falsehood you are sorry. But when you speak the truth as I do, then there is no need to be sorry and no shame from you. lit.Gk: "And they went into the lodging, and found the infant with Mariam the mother of him. And opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: amber, libani, and sweet myrrh. At that time Herod seeing that he was mocked by the magi, was enraged greatly, and sending he put to death all the childlings in Bethlehem and in all the borders of it, of two years old and under, at the time which he exactly asked from the magi." Mt.2:11,16.
---Eloy on 12/5/10


swastika points to the right.

the jewish symbol pointed to the left, which i have also seen in a Catholic cathedral.
---aka on 12/5/10


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Some people are stuck on stupid. The swastika is 2 es-es, "SS", representing the Jew's enemy Adolph Hitler's covert "Secret Service". And to incorrectly say that Jews adorned their synagogues with this symbol, would be the same thing as incorrectly saying that Christians adorned their churches with upside down satanic crosses.
---Eloy on 12/5/10


"For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not acceptedyou may well put up with it!" 2 Cor 11:4

"and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
---christan on 12/5/10


\\//Did you know that the swastika was originally a Jewish symbol used to decorate synagogues?//

Please provide your source. Scott has been great in giving his sources for historical comments.\\

Among other places that I've seen mentioning the Jewish use of the swastika is James Michner's archaeological novel THE SOURCE.

The county courthouse in my hometown is adorned with them, too, which was built in 1925 or so.
---Cluny on 12/5/10


//Did you know that the swastika was originally a Jewish symbol used to decorate synagogues?//

Please provide your source. Scott has been great in giving his sources for historical comments.
---Rod4Him on 12/5/10


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Cluny,
I understand the swastika to originally be a Hindu symbol. Either way it's not about what Jews or Christians have done throughout history (both have done numorous things that are incongruent with God's Word), it's about what God has told us to do or not do.
---AG on 12/5/10


According to the Bible, Christmas trees and Christmas are a Pagan celebration of the gods of Nimrod (Baal). In blood covenant, the final part is celebrated by planting a tree, so when we put up Christmas trees we are making covenant with the gods of Baal. Deut. 12:2, 1 Kings 14:23, 2 Kings 16:4 & 17:10-17, 2 Chron. 28:2-4, Is. 57:5, Jer. 3:6,13 & 10:3-5, Ezek. 6:13.
---Leslie on 12/5/10


\\Scripture gives example after example of God's desire for his followers to cast down idols,\\

But the Christmas tree is not an idol. (And lest you think I have an agenda, I don't put one up.)

**By your logic Christians could cover their homes in Nazi & KKK symbols as long as they claim the symbols have been redeemed...they somehow no longer retain their old meaning, now they can be used to glorify God.**

Did you know that the swastika was originally a Jewish symbol used to decorate synagogues?
---Cluny on 12/5/10


Cluny,
I did not miss your point. I disagree with it.
Scripture gives example after example of God's desire for his followers to cast down idols, be seperate from pagans and not look back. God alone has the power to turn that which was meant for evil into something good. There is no example of God allowing his follows to choose for themselves what they will and won't use for His glory. (See Cain & Able.)
By your logic Christians could cover their homes in Nazi & KKK symbols as long as they claim the symbols have been redeemed...they somehow no longer retain their old meaning, now they can be used to glorify God.

It's not sound theology. I should know. I used to think that way...so I dare not throw stones.
---AG on 12/4/10


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The Magi

"Contrary to tradition, the Magi did not visit Jesus at the manger on the night of his birth as did the shepherds. They came some months later and visited him as a child in his house.'" This is verified by the fact that Herod, when seeking to have the young child killed, ordered the slaughter of all boys two years of age and under throughout Bethlehem and its districts. He targeted that age group by calculating "according to the time that he had carefully ascertained from the astrologers." Matthew 2:16,

The New International Version Study Bible
---scott on 12/4/10


Magi or Astrologers?

'Magas' (Strongs)

a) The name given by the Babylonians (Chaldeans), Medes, Persians, and others, to the wise men, teachers, priests, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, augers, soothsayers, sorcerers.

b) The oriental wise men (astrologers) who, having discovered by the rising of a remarkable star that the Messiah had just been born...

c) A false prophet and sorcerer

Justin Martyr, Origen, and Tertullian, when reading Matthew 2:1, thought of Ma'joi as astrologers. "We know the mutual alliance of magic and astrology. The interpreters of the stars, then, were the first...to present Him [Jesus] 'gifts.'" (Tertullian, Ante-Nicene Fathers, 1957, Vol. III)
---scott on 12/4/10


devil really enjoys taking the last fun outof christianity ...Disney's christmas special, and not once Christ was mentioned.
****

curious thing you MISSED the glaring contradiction

Biblical Christ NEVER in christ-mas(s) this day was given to gentile professing christiandom by MOTHER RCC (Rev 17)

Second Disney has a glorious xmas special omitting a Christ and unable to see contradiction in these two statements?

whether you call it xmas or sun-gods day it is the SAME DAY!!

wake up!!! Biblical Christ and Apostles did not honor or celebrate pagan days

xmas tree simply bears evil fruits that christiandom buries under the lies of ANOTHER spirit of the suns-day season
---Rhonda on 12/4/10


Don't be afraid christan:
Jer 10:5 They are upright, like a palm tree, And they cannot speak, They must be carried, Because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil, Nor can they do any good.
I guess it boils down to why: something to awe or something to give glory to God.
Now, we just need to find out how a decorated Christmas tree gives glory to God.
They did hang Him on a tree like an ornament, but is that what we think of when we see a tree or an ornament?
Maybe someone out there has some reasons and actually sees the reasons when they see a decorated tree.
As for me, we put a tree up in our home out of tradition, which has no other meaning like Jer 10:5 explains.
---micha9344 on 12/4/10


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It was established by the magi whom came and offered their gifts to baby Jesus.
---Eloy on 12/4/10
SOMEBODY NEED TO STUDY!!!

Sorry but the Maji did NOT visit Jesus at his birth or at the Manger.

He was about 18 months old and He was at Marys relatives house when they visited.

Again Christmas was the Holiest Pagan day celebrating the gods of light, Pagan Emperor Constantine added Jesus to the list of gods. Since he heard Jesus was a god of light.
They bought in Evergreen trees to appease the gods to come back in Spring. As I posted before, it is indeed a VERY evil day!!!

so... "THERE WILL BE THOSE WHO PREACH THE TRADITIONS OF MEN AS DOCTRINE"

and they will face The Judgement !!!
---John on 12/4/10


Christian, Christmas, Christ's birth, was not established by the RCs. First it was established by God himself, and next it was established by the magi whom came and offered their gifts to baby Jesus.
---Eloy on 12/4/10


\\Eloy & Cluny,

Long before "Christmas" was established by the RCs,\\

But the Roman Catholic Church didn't establish the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.

It was observed by Christians BEFORE the Roman Catholic Church split off from Orthodoxy in 1054.
---Cluny on 12/4/10


Eloy & Cluny,

Long before "Christmas" was established by the RCs, the heathens in the days of Jeremiah were doing what many people of the present time is doing at this time of the month. The heathens may not have a name called "Christmas" attached to their celebrations as described in Jeremiah 10.

But read to a child this chapter of the Bible and I'm sure 9 out of 10 will immediately shout the name "Christmas tree".

There's a reason why such a period of time is mentioned in the Holy Bible and taught as a doctrine.
---christan on 12/3/10


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\\True but unlike idols, God called us to repent from our wicked ways and promised to transform us into new a creature.
---AG on 12/3/10\\

My point, which you missed, is that the whole aim of the Incarnation (which we celebrate at this time of year in a particular way) is to take what was alienated from God and use it for His glory.

Those who don't understand this simply don't understand the Gospel.
---Cluny on 12/3/10


Cluny - "So did you and I before we came to Christ."

True but unlike idols, God called us to repent from our wicked ways and promised to transform us into new a creature.
---AG on 12/3/10


Another view: Life is about choices. I choose to put up a Christmas tree. I like them and this time of year is very pretty and cheerful. I would rather be singing around some Christmas tree than doing what I use to do on Christmas. Drinking,smoking and hunting the clubs for men and any action I could get. What's pretty about that? God delivered me from that life and I am so grateful. That is my main focus. Whether Christ was born on Christmas Day is not important to me. All I know is: He came to this world as God in the flesh. You had better believe this,too. A christmas tree can't save us.
---Robyn on 12/3/10


\\The yule log, the xmas tree & its decorations all have histories connected to idol worship similar to the kind practiced in Jerimiahs day.\\

So did y ou and I before we came to Christ.
---Cluny on 12/3/10


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Cluny,
Regarding Jer 10...
The yule log, the xmas tree & its decorations all have histories connected to idol worship similar to the kind practiced in Jerimiahs day.
Xmas is not similar to anything practiced by Christ, the Apostles or the early church, BUT it is similar to a number of celebrations that honor the birth of pagan gods.
---AG on 12/3/10


\\andy, there is only one "s" on the end of the word ChristmaS, n\\

As a matter fact, it was originally spelled with a double s.
---Cluny on 12/3/10


andy, there is only one "s" on the end of the word ChristmaS, not two. If you add another s to it you make it into a false word. The "-mas" in Christmas is an archaic word which means feast or festival. Thus Christmas means, "Festival of Christ".
---Eloy on 12/3/10


another blog trying to get rid of Christmass, i think the devil really enjoys taking the last fun outof christianity. yesterday i was looking at Disney's christmas special, and not once Christ was mentioned. however christmass is the MOST CHRISTIAN celebration ever.not even passover is as christian (we share that one with our jewish brothers)claim back the real christ mass. and all those hypothesis about paganry inside christmass are nonproven slanders (probably from a bunch of freemacons that want to disturb us with nothing important
---andy3996 on 12/3/10


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Christian, Jeremiah does Not talk about Christmas trees, Jeremiah talks about carving idols out of trees:

"They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be carried, because they cannot walk. The woodstock is a doctrine of vanities. Silver beaten into plates, and gold, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the metal smith: blue and purple is their clothing. Every metal smith is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and no breath in them." Jeremiah 10:5,8,9,14.

This is no description of a Christmas tree here, but an idol made out of wood.
---Eloy on 12/3/10


Christian, Jeremiah 10 has nothing to do with Christmas trees.
---Cluny on 12/3/10


cluny, please reread my post. samuel seems to understand what i meant.

i was talking about the endless blogs that are leading us to another discussion of pagan blah, blah, blah...these discussion border on idolatry themselves.
---aka on 12/2/10


\\In fact,often, the prisoner parent writes or signs the gift card that accompanies the gift so that the church does not get the credit.
---Donna66 on 12/1/10\\

May God bless your generosity in this life and the next.
---Cluny on 12/2/10


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No I donot, nor do we have one at home. I personally donot believe that trees should be inside buildings.Of course Christmas is still not Godly no matter how to try to cover it up, so I do avoid it.
---candice on 12/2/10


I already answered this question somewhere else. But yes, my church does display a Christmas tree. Which I love. I put up a Christmas tree at my home also. Along with decorations. It is tradition behind gift giving and Christmas. Suppose to signify the birth of Jesus Christ. It does not matter what the tradition is to me. I love the holiday, it gives me a chance to bless someone with a gift, spend time with family and other activities. We do everything else. Why can' t we just relax and enjoy the season. It is a beautiful time of year.
---Robyn on 12/2/10


Legend has it that Nimrod (the mighty hunter) was torn to pieces by a wild boar.His mother/wife deified him as the constellation "Orion" . So as the "yule log" represented Nimrod's death so the decorated tree signified his resurrection in splendor!
Least that's the way I heeeeared it!
Christmas is OK so long as you don't make a religion out of it!
---1st_cliff on 12/2/10


Jeremiah 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."

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."

4 "They deck it with silver and with gold, they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."

25 "Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate."
---christan on 12/2/10


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So do you worship G-Ds holy days OR do you worship pagan King Constantines holy days???

I worship no "days"... but Jesus and His Father only. Also I believe any day is appropriate for that.
---Donna66 on 12/2/10


CHRISTMAS/EASTER ARE BOTH EVIL!!!

Yet ignorant Christians celebrate these Pagan Holy days! Blindly thinking they are Christian Holy Days.

DEC25TH Pagans worshipped the gods of lights/burned Yule logs effigies and TOOK HOME THE EVERGREEN TREE to appease these gods to return in spring. Constantine added Jesus to the list since he heard he was a god of light. Jesus was born on in September. (High Holy days)

Easter worships Ister. The goddess of the rising sun. The pagans would climb a mountain and have a "Sunrise Service" as she rosed from the sea.

IN CHRISTIANITY... IGNORANCE IS DEFINITELY NOT BLISS!!!

SO DO YOU WORSHIP G-Ds HOLY DAYS OR DO YOU WORSHIP PAGAN KING CONSTANTINE HOLY DAYS???
---JOHN on 12/2/10


//it seems that conversations about the pagan holidays itself borders on idolatry. the focus seems to be on man's taditions and not God's glory. ---aka on 12/2/10//

Well said. This is clearly seen in the preponderance of blog questions focused on those traditions right before and during such times. They have been asked every year at the same time. Our minds are to be set on things above, not on things of the earth. We are dead and our life is hid with Christ in God. Does He care if someone puts up a tree? No. He is yearning for your presence while you give your time to arguing about a tree or a snowman or a reindeer or a santa claus. Those are no gods if He is the only true God.
---Samuel on 12/2/10


How many of you go to a church that has a Christmas tree?
No I don't.
What in the world does it have to do with Christmas?
The tradition of bringing into the house an evergreen tree during Christmas time is traced back to Alsace, a little town of Selestat between Colmar and Strasbourg, in France, in 1521 A.D. During this time Alsace was in German territory. The pryramidal shape of the tree was indicative of the trinity, and the evergreen nature indicative of the everlasting life of God displayed in the dead of winter, and knowing that green life will again come in the spring.
---Eloy on 12/2/10


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What the Christmas Tree represented originally was the new Tree of Life with the fruit of salvation that Christ has made available to us, btw.

\\it seems that conversations about the pagan holidays itself borders on idolatry. the focus seems to be on man's taditions and not God's glory.
---aka on 12/2/10\\

But we're not discussing a pagan holiday, aka. We're discussing the Christian Holy Day of the Nativity of Christ.

But I guess it depends on where your mind is.
---Cluny on 12/2/10


I believe that Christmas is about the Birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas Tree is symbolic will of celebrating Him. "The angel said to them,'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people." Luke 2:10 NASB
---Kimbe7395 on 12/2/10


Yes, my church has a Christmas tree. So do most other churches according to my friends, Christian comrades, etc.

I have to agree that Christmas trees are just another "man made" part of the Holiday, Season, etc. No Biblical significance.

However, I do know that these things can be a very effective way to attract others into your church. And, possibly, WIN them to Jesus Christ. Same goes for:

Dinners, Plays, Youth Game Nights, Children's Camps, Marriage Seminars, Retreats, Singing, etc. And, of course, decorating the Christmas tree.

Anything wrong with any of that? It's all better than secular, worldly events.
---Sag on 12/2/10


Christmas trees were originally a German Protestant custom.

It originally was NOT set up until Christmas Eve, and was left up until after 6 January (Epiphany or Theophany).

The marriage of Albert to Victoria brought in a lot of German cultural practices into the English-speaking world, and through American influence elsewhere.

We have one in the parish hall, but not in the church itself.

If they offend you, don't look at them.
---Cluny on 12/1/10


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Yes, we have one... only instead of the usual ornaments, it is decorated with slips of paper showing the needs of prisoners children, so we can buy them gifts of what they need for Christmas. In fact,often, the prisoner parent writes or signs the gift card that accompanies the gift so that the church does not get the credit.
---Donna66 on 12/1/10


it seems that conversations about the pagan holidays itself borders on idolatry. the focus seems to be on man's taditions and not God's glory.
---aka on 12/2/10


Christmas trees (and Santa Claus) are a distraction from what Christmas is really about - the birth of our saviour. Same goes for Easter bunny (death/resurrection of Jesus) and lots of other things.
---psommerfeld on 12/2/10


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