Christmas Tradition vs. Biblical Truth

christmas-tree-giftsWhile I never took to Santa Claus bringing gifts each Christmas, since my cousin spoiled the illusion for me as a child, I used to think erecting and donning a tree for the Christmas holiday was just a fun tradition. 

Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

I didn’t particularly like all the tree ornaments, but I loved the strings of lights weaved in and out of the branches.

Sitting in a dark room at night with the tree all aglow was mesmerizing and soothing to me. I had no idea that what I was participating in was bad, because it made me feel so good.

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. (Jeremiah 10:2-4 KJV)

I recognize this passage in Jeremiah is specifically addressing the making of idols, and not necessarily a Christmas tree, but the elements mentioned in these verses and the idea of idolatry can all be found in the Christmas tree tradition.

When we used to celebrate Christmas, I knew in my heart that this tree had nothing to do with the birth story of the Jesus of the Bible, yet I persisted in putting it up year after year. That is, until the last year about 6 years ago…I couldn’t take it anymore. I was so sick of what the holiday had become even within Christian circles. All the bending over backwards to justify the tree in a Biblical setting was too disturbing for me. 🙁

Now, I don’t miss it for one second, because I had a change of heart.

The Bible is very clear about doing what is right in our own eyes vs. what is right in the Creator God’s eyes. There’s a difference, and the rationale of “that’s not what it means to me” just doesn’t cut it as demonstrated in the golden calf incident found in Exodus 32.

And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

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, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exodus 20:1-7 KJV)

I pray we all continue to take a serious look at these three of the Ten Commandments, and humbly ask our Maker to reveal any wicked way in us, and then remove them as we become aware of them.

This is where the rubber meets the road, I think. Do we really love Him? or Do we prefer to do what feels good to us?

I really do love Him, and pleasing Him makes me feel good. 😉

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2 Responses to Christmas Tradition vs. Biblical Truth

  1. Kay says:

    The first time we stopped celebrating x’mas was 5 years ago (2011), and what a relief it was! I never realized how much of a burden the “most wonderful time of the year” truly was until we decided to stop participating in it. It was pure joy and freedom! HalleluYah!

    Once, I tried to Google “ashera pole,” and one of the links that came up was this:

    Many believers are now waking up from the deception and seeing the abomination for what it is. Yet there are more who either don’t see it or stubbornly refuse to. It is always sad to see them choosing to use the words of Scripture to align with and their desires and justify their deeds, rather than the other way around. They don’t see this as wickedness. There is a growing lack of knowledge and understanding in the Christian church of who our Creator truly is, let alone what His love language is. They are being destroyed, yet know it not. 🙁

    Hosea 4:6King James Version (KJV)

    6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

    We need to continue to pray for YHWH’s people to come out.

    May His light in us never grow dim, but shine brightly, esp. when opportunity comes.

    Thanks, Carrie!

  2. Charlotte lauver says:

    Christmas is just another symbol of the evil in this world. Christmas undermines the truth. Paul in his teachings rules out any kind of faith that is driven by feelings of emotion and human imagination. Once I was awakened to spiritual truth and was guided by biblical truth I could no longer suck into this nonsense. Christmas is based on a fairy tale not biblical truth. It is just another form of idol worship. It is traditional but is not biblical. Choose for yourself and be careful what you worship. I am indebted to Jesus Christ and do not honor any other.

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