Jeremiah Chapter 10 And Your Christmas Tree

There are those , like The Ed Show  guest hostist  MSNBC contributor Joy Reid, who kicked off the show discussing Duck Dynastyn, who interpret Jeremiah 10 as an injunction against using Christmas trees as we celebrate the birth of our Lord.

On the Ed Show last Monday, 12/16/13,  Reid started the segment saying that the Bible can be manipulated to support any argument. She admitted that the Bible views the act of homosexual activity as a “sin” but also said, in her opinion, that the Bible is also anti-Christmas trees. Reid used Jeremiah 10:10 for her “The Bible is against Christmas trees” argument, which she read before showing a clip of Phil Robertson cutting a Christmas tree in a scene from the A&E show.  Now let us consider her argument, which she did not  make bty, she just asserted it was so.  Reid started the segment saying that the Bible can be manipulated to support any argument.

Verses 8 and 9 speak of “worthless wooden idols” on which workmen place hammered silver and gold, and rich apparel. When we consider that these verses condemn idolatry, we can understand what Jeremiah meant when he said “the customs of the peoples are worthless” in verse 3. No wonder he tells us not to “learn the way of the nations” in verse 2.

Jeremiah is not condemning Christmas trees. He is condemning idolatry. The trees in Jeremiah 10 are cut down to carve them into worthless idols that will later be decorated with gold and silver. Jeremiah says nothing about Christmas trees. That custom originated in northern Europe, not in ancient Judea.

Below are the first 10 verses of Jeremiah Chapter 10.

Jeremiah 10:1-10
King James Version (KJV)
“Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 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 theaxe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 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.  Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. 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 unto thee. But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.  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 cunning men.  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.”
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  1. El comic no me llama tanto la atencion… pero la pelicula si…. para cuando tienen pensado hacerla y lanzarla?

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