Joe asked:

A friend said I shouldn't put up a Christmas tree because of what Jeremiah 10 verses 2 through 4 say. What is the Lord talking really talking about here?

Jimmy Akin replied:

"...this is so fun when you read it context. So here it is in the King James version... '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 an axe. They deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.'

Okay so sounds kinda like a Christmas tree right? You've got a tree, you cut it out of the forest, you put it on a base so it doesn't topple over and you put silver and gold on it right? ... Let's keep reading.

'They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not; they must needs be borne because they cannot go.' So you have to carry them around because they can't walk. 'Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do no good.'

So here we've got some very interesting information. If He's talking about a Christmas tree then why would He be telling us that Christmas trees speak not? And why would He be telling us that Christmas trees can't walk? And why would He be telling us not to be afraid of them because they can't do either good or evil? It doesn't really sound like He's talking about a Christmas tree. Instead it sounds like He's talking about something else that was very common in the ancient world, an idol..."


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2014)

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Show air date: December 11, 2014

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Jimmy Akin

Question appeared in show: 44:50

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