Q: #110. Does the Bible say it's wrong to have a Christmas tree?

By: Steve Shirley

    A: This ridiculous teaching is usually based on (Jer 10:2-4). There are people who take these verses and say that they are referring to a Christmas tree. However, if you read these verses, and the ones following, you will find that it is referring to cutting down a tree, bringing it into one's house, and WORSHIPPING the tree, making it an idol.

     If you are making your Christmas tree an idol, then you certainly should not have one. However, if you are like the majority of Christians who have a Christmas tree as part of the tradition of celebrating the birth of Christ, there is nothing wrong with this. We are told in the Bible to do all things for the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31)(Col 3:17,23). When we celebrate Christmas, Christ should be at the center of this day. This day is about the birth of Christ, and the traditions we practice should reflect this. If they don't, we shouldn't do them, and this includes having a Christmas tree.

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