Christmas Trees & the Bible

In the previous article it was displayed that applying Jeremiah chapter 10 to Christmas trees is not sound Bible interpretation.  Does the Bible speak of or allude to Christmas trees in any other portions of the text?  I believe the answer is yes. Isaiah 55:13 speaks of evergreen trees as an everlasting sign of God’s name.  Isaiah declares that instead of the curse/death (tree of knowledge) there will be blessing & life (tree of life).  This is the story of the Christmas tree which came forth from the Paradise plays depicting Jesus Christ’s victory over the tree of knowledge (sin

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Christmas Trees & Jeremiah 10

Christmas Trees & Jeremiah 10 For over a decade I was opposed to Christmas and especially customs such as the Christmas tree.  I believed that Jeremiah chapter 10 was speaking of the Christmas tree but the more I looked into the text the more I saw this was not a legitimate interpretation. Jeremiah 10 isn’t speaking of Christmas trees. Using Scripture to interpret Scripture (cross referencing Isaiah) displays that the prophet Jeremiah is talking about idols being made and placed in one’s home, not putting an evergreen in one’s house and decorating it. The Christmas tree is not an idol,

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Christmas: Pagan Festival or Christian Celebration? – Dr. Anthony McRoy

Christmas: Pagan Festival or Christian Celebration? – Dr. Anthony McRoy Christmas: Pagan Festival or Christian Celebration? Dr Anthony McRoy Joseph F. Kelly, The Origins of Christmas, (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004) J. Neil Alexander, Waiting for the Coming: The Liturgical Meaning of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, (Washington DC: Pastoral Press, 1993) Susan K. Roll, Toward the Origins of Christmas, (Kampen: Kok Pharos, 1995) Maxwell E. Johnson (Ed.), Between Memory and Hope: Readings on the Liturgical Year, (Collegeville: Pueblo/Liturgical Press, 2000) John F. White, Restorer of the World: The Roman Emperor Aurelian, (Stroud: Spellmount 2007) Atheist and Muslim polemicists – and some Protestants

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Is Christmas Really a Pagan Holiday? – Come Reason Ministries

Is Christmas Really a Pagan Holiday? – Come Reason Ministries   No, Christmas Is Not Based on a Pagan Holiday Christmas is a much-beloved holiday, celebrated by billions of people across the globe. In the U.S. Alone, the Pew Center reports that nearly 96% of the population celebrates Christmas, including eight out of ten non-Christians, including atheists, agnostics, and those who have no faith commitment.1 However, Christmas is also a uniquely Christian holiday; its core message is about a personal God taking humanity upon Himself and stepping into the world to redeem sinful human beings who could never redeem themselves.

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Christmas Was Never a Pagan Holiday – Marian T. Horvat

 Christmas Was Never a Pagan Holiday – Marian T. Horvat Around this time of year we are bombarded with anti-Catholic propaganda questioning the blessed day of Christ’s birth as December 25. This date, we arrogantly are told, was originally a pagan holiday. The Early Church “chose” it to “Christianize” a Roman feast of the Sun. According to this theory, the Christmas date was only established in the 4th century, when we have the first evidence of the Nativity being celebrated in Rome in 336. The conclusion: The origins of Christmas are pagan, and we do not really know the date

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Presbyterian & Puritanial Curmudeons and the War Against Christmas – Kurt Simmons

Presbyterian & Puritanial Curmudeons and the War Against Christmas – Kurt Simmons [Editor’s note: The Puritans came to power with the defeat of Charles I, the son of King James, whom they convicted of treason and beheaded.  Their leader was Oliver Cromwell.  Like the Presbyterians of Scotland, the Puritans were Calvinistic, and believed that certain men are predestinated to salvation, others to damnation.  Their conception of God was therefore of the most tyrannical and arbitrary nature.   They imagined that God savingly loves some, whom He causes to believe and obey the gospel, but actively hardens the rest for no reason

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Is Christmas Lawful, or Is It Pagan? – Kurt Simmons

 Is Christmas Lawful, or Is It Pagan? – Kurt Simmons It’s that time of year again, the time when men of good will are subjected to the complaints of crusty, hard-hearted, Puritanical curmudgeons who would shut out every particle of joy from life; the time of year when we hear stale protests against the most celebrated event in history, the crowning point of the year, when the whole world rejoices at the Savior’s birth, and the story of the Nativity is told in every language; at that time when we should most rejoice for heaven’s salvation and the triumph of

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December 25th & Paganism

This meme sums up the belief that Christians adopted the date of December 25th for the birthday of Jesus Christ to counteract the births of the pagan gods.  However is this true or just repeated enough that it becomes common belief? I have been greatly convicted in regards to these claims in recent years. This picture personifies the problem with the “Christianity is pagan” beliefs of many. On the surface level, those familiar with the claims that Christians supposedly “synchretized” paganism into Christianity will see this picture as truth and move on. The fact of the matter is that this

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Christmas – Throwback Christianity

Christmas and Paganism Part 1: December 25th was not an Ancient Pagan Holiday – Throwback Christianity According to popular myth, Christmas was an ancient Pagan Holiday. As a result of the wide range of belief in this myth Christmas has become an extremely touchy and controversial subject not only between Atheists and Christians, but sadly even among fellow believers in Christ. It is common around Christmas to hear, read or see protests by Atheists calling for the removal of Christ from the holiday. But in the last few years opponents of Christmas from within Christianity have steadily risen beyond the historical

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Calculating Christmas: The Story Behind December 25 – William J. Tighe

Calculating Christmas: The Story Behind December 25 – William J. Tighe Many Christians think that Christians celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th because the church fathers appropriated the date of a pagan festival. Almost no one minds, except for a few groups on the fringes of American Evangelicalism, who seem to think that this makes Christmas itself a pagan festival. But it is perhaps interesting to know that the choice of December 25th is the result of attempts among the earliest Christians to figure out the date of Jesus’ birth based on calendrical calculations that had nothing to do with

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