- May 24, 2006
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- Greek Orthodox
The bible is speaking about Idols and not Christmas trees.stanley123 said:That is what I was thinking. And we celebrate both the popular and religious aspects of Christmas. However, some missionaries came to my door and they read the following passage from the Bible: "(Jer 10:2-4) 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 ax. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."
According to what these missionaries say, Christmas trees, etc., are forbidden by the Bible.
I actually have my tree up already. This has never bin a problem for me. Besides. It's no longer called a Christmas tree in New York. It's called a Holiday tree. They don't leave anyone out of filling the economy with money. :laugh:
My problem is with Santa Claus ;D. He is an imaginary figure. And yes. My kids do sit on his lap to take pictures at the mall. My point is that it is easier to teach children Christianity when society conforms with Christs teaching. If Santa Claus was St. basil instead. The child would instantly know who we venerate and why. It makes the job much easier for a Christian parent. Wheather we like it or not society is the largest influence on people. Have you ever heard the expression you are what you eat. Or, You are a product of your society. Well if society was Byzantine roman there would most certainly be many more Christians. Where is GIC when you need him. :-X