Why have a Christmas tree? There’s nothing to justify it

O Christmas tree, where did you come from? In the ancient world the people used trees and the wood from trees to honor their gods. Historically, God admonished his people not to use such things to honor him.

“You shall not plant for yourself any tree, as a wooden image, near the altar which you build for yourself to the Lord your God.” Deut. 16:21

“The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in pagan Rome and pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm-tree; in Rome it was the fir, the palm-tree denoting the pagan Messiah as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith.”

“The Christmas-tree, as has been stated, was generally at Rome a different tree, even the fir, but the very same idea as was implied in the palm-tree was implied in the Christmas-fir for that covertly symbolized the new-born God as Baal-berith, ‘Lord of the Covenant,’ and thus, shadowed forth the perpetuity and everlasting nature of his power, now that after having fallen before his enemies he had risen triumphant over them all.” The Two Babylons, page 75.

If a Christmas tree can stand to symbolize “the new-born God Baal-Berith,” then is it all right to use it to symbolize or honor Messiah Jesus? I cannot find one witness in the New Testament to support keeping this tradition in his name.

“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21

“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people…” Rev. 18:4

Ron Clark


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