The Christmas Tree  

What The Bible Says About It

If the Bible is silent about telling us to observe CHRISTMAS, or recording any such observance by the apostles or the early Church, it does have something to say about the Christmas tree!

This will come as a real surprise to many.  But here it is:

Jeremiah 10:1-6, "Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen...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."

There is a perfect description of the Christmas tree, as the Holy Spirit inspired the prophet Jeremiah to write and he said it was "the way of the heathen--the custom of the people."  We are commanded NOT to learn that way or follow it! It is also viewed in this passage as idolatry.  The fifth verse shows that these trees cannot speak--cannot walk--must be carried. "Be not afraid of them, for they (the trees) cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."  They are not gods to be feared.  Some people mis-read this to make it say there is no harm in having a Christmas tree, but that is not what it says.

Isn't Exchanging GIFTS Scriptural?

But when it comes to the most important part of all in this Christmas observance--the Christmas SHOPPING season--the buying and exchanging of GIFTS--many will exclaim triumphantly, "Well, at least the Bible tells us to do THAT!  Didn't the wise men give gifts when Christ was born?"

Again, we are due for some SURPRISES, when we learn the PLAIN TRUTH!  First let's look at the historic origin of trading gifts back and forth, then see exactly what the Bible does say about it.

From the Bibliotheca Sacra, Vol. 12, pages 153-155, we quote.  "The interchange of presents between friends is characteristic of Christmas and the Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the Pagans, as the admonition of Tertullian plainly shows.

The fact is, this custom of people exchanging gifts with friends and relatives at the Christmas season has not a single trace of Christianity about it!  Strange tho that may seem!  This does NOT celebrate Christ's birthday or honor it or Him!  Suppose someone you love has a birthday.  You want to honor that person on his or her birthday.  Would you lavishly buy gifts for everyone else, trading gifts back and forth with all your other friends and loved ones, but IGNORE COMPLETELY any gift for the one whose birthday you are honoring? Would you like to have your birthday honored on you enemies birthday?  Rather absurd, when viewed in that light isn't it?

Yet this is exactly what people the world over are doing!  They honor a day that is NOT Christ's birthday by spending every dime they can scrape together in buying presents to trade back and forth among friends and relatives.  But I can say by years of experience, as I believe most pastors and ministers can say, that when the month of December rolls around nearly all professing Christians forget to give gifts to CHRIST and HIS CAUSE almost altogether!

Now consider what the Bible says about giving gifts when Christ was born.  It is in Matthew 2:1-11.  "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, " Where is he that is born King of the Jews?..."  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

We are not told any place in the Bible that Joseph or Mary exchanged gifts with the wise men.  Christmas is a pagan holiday and I would challenge each believer to pray and ask God about whether you should celebrate it.

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