CHRIST-MASS: CATHOLIC-PAGANISM by benaiah juma.
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 axe.
Jer 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
God desires us to want to get as close as possible to Him, and as far as possible away from the customs of the world: especially the superstitious and "religious" customs. If we are not deeply moved with this desire, there is little hope for us attaining the Kingdom. First of all, it says in this verse "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles" Don't even learn it, let alone practice it and incorporate it into the worship of Yahweh our Heavenly Father.
After all, shouldn't the roots of our worship be in the scriptures, rather than paganism? Secondly, it says that the Gentiles were dismayed at the signs of heaven. History tells us that when the sun began to go further away from the earth and the days grew shorter in the winter, the sun worshipping Gentiles were "dismayed", and feared that the sun would not return. So they held certain festivals just after the time of the Winter Solstice when it did begin to return.
This return of the sun is why December 25th is the birthday of so many solar deities/gods. One of the customs the pagans had was to decorate a tree that they had cut down and fasten it so that it would not topple. The evergreen tree seemed to not be bothered by the winter so it would have been a logical choice. We see the same copycat custom existing even today--called the Christmas tree.
So we are told to not to learn the way of the Gen-tiles. And here He even goes so far as describe a custom that is a way of the heathen. Since He tells us that this is a heathen custom and He clearly condemned the practice of it, shouldn't we avoid it? The placing of gifts under the tree is much like the heathen who offered various gifts to their idols, and then kneeling before the tree to receive them back again. This is one of many other such customs, including the gift giving. Why on earth would we give each other gifts when it's supposed to be the Messiah's birthday?
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