Are Christmas Trees Forbidden in the Bible?

Copyright © 2006
by Tim Roach

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A lot of people quote Jeremiah Chapter 10 Verses 1-4 as being the section in the Bible that says Christmas trees should not be put up by Christians.

If one reads just the 4 verses it does sound like it is talking about a Christmas tree.

Jer 10:1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh to you, O house of Israel:
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 ax.
Jer 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it may not move.

However a mistake so many make is to only take part of the text and not continue reading. Thus they take what the bible really says out of context. In my opinion, that mistake, quoting only part of The Bible's text and taking it out of context, intentionally misquoting The Bible, does more harm than good, especially when done by religious leaders. After all, if one will mislead, or in some cases flat out lie, about various sections of The Bible why should a person trying to decide to follow The One True God believe anything any religious leader says. But I am getting off the topic and we can save that discussion for another time.

Back to the Christmas Tree issue the first four verses do sound like it could be talking about a Christmas Tree. However, if we read the rest of the chapter . . .

Jer 10:5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
Jer 10:6 Forasmuch as there is none like to thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
Jer 10:7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like to thee.
Jer 10:8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.
Jer 10:9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of skillful men.
Jer 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
Jer 10:11 Thus shall ye say to them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
Jer 10:12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
Jer 10:13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
Jer 10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
Jer 10:15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
Jer 10:16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is his name.
Jer 10:17 Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.
Jer 10:18 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them that they may find it so.
Jer 10:19 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.
Jer 10:20 My tabernacle is laid waste, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone from me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.
Jer 10:21 For the pastors have become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
Jer 10:22 Behold, the sound of the noise is come, and a great commotion from the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.
Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Jer 10:24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thy anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
Jer 10:25 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.

As we read through the whole chapter it becomes obvious that it is talking about things, images, statues, etc. that are being worshiped instead of Our Creator, or in their hearts, placed above Our Creator.

However, when it comes to Christmas Trees while the chapter is not specifically talking about it:

How many people do you know that worry more about the decorations of the tree and house than about being kind to others through out the year?

How many people do you know that will become violent trying to get that last toy or gift to place under the tree?

How many people do you know that worry more about what gift they are getting and what gift they have to give instead of remembering the many gifts that Our Creator has already given and continues to give us?

How many people do you know that worry and dread more about who they must go see and who they must invite over through out the holidays rather than remembering to invite Our Creator, His Son and the Holy Sprit to visit their heart?

How many people do you know that have completely forgotten why we put up a Christmas tree in the first place other than it being a place to put gifts?

How many people do you know that even remember who Saint Nicolas was other than the Santa Claus that we are taught about today that puts toys under the Christmas tree for good boys and girls?

How many people do you know that put Santa Claus in a higher standing than the person who's birthday we are suppose to be celebrating?

Could it be that the Christmas Tree has become a demon, or at least the symbol of a demon, of which the stock is a doctrine of vanities, that is worshiped once a year?

Though it shouldn't be a surprise that these things, and more, happen. After all, as verse 21 talks about How many Pastors claiming to follow the Lord have you seen that have become brutish, and have not sought the LORD but rather are more interested in money and material things than with the soles of the congregation?

Could it be that even in the days so long ago the Old Testament the writers foresaw that in time we would forget about the real reason of why we have this day? Or sadly that we would forget so much of Christ's teachings that we would even need a day set aside attempting to remind us what we should be doing all year?

Maybe they are even giving us a warning to avoid the people that place the material side of Christmas above the real reason we have a day which many, many years ago was called Christ's Mass.

Perhaps just, perhaps what we should do instead of doing all the things that cause the stress and hassles that drive so many good people to doing very cruel things during what is suppose to be a season of Peace, Love and forgiveness; Maybe what we should do instead of following what the demons have convinced so many to do; Perhaps what we should do for the holiday is to have simple family times no special dinners, no gift exchanging nothing that we wouldn't do the rest of the year other than to give our family and friends a hug and tell them how much we appreciate them being in our lives.

Though mostly it should be a season to get together with friends and family to thank Our Creator for everything, even the simplest things He has given and done for us.

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