Jeremiah 10:1-5 states, “Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: ‘Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the people are false. A tree from the forest is cut down, and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. Men deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move. Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Be not afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.”
I have been challeged by anti-Catholics with this scripture as they believe this is about the Christmas tree.
There is no connection between Jesus Christ, the one true God and “Asherah” who was worshiped as the “Tree of Life”.
As a result of the Tower of Babel, mankind was forced to move on and into the world.
In doing so, many of the foundations were carried down into legend.
In the worship of this pagan goddess “Asherah”, the tree of life was located in a garden. There is also a serpent that was considered sacred to many in the Middle East.
It is obvious that this is based from the story of Adam and Eve. It is obviously modified to a pagan deity.
King Solomon referred to Asherah as “Qaniyatu Elina” which means “She who gives birth to the gods”.
I see counterfiet all over it, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, another hot juicy subject of attack by anti-Catholics.
Jesus is not related to any pagan goddess nor is the Virgin Mary a “christianized” Asherah.
Exodus 34:12-13 states, “Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither you go, lest it become a snare in the midst of you. You shall tear down their altars, and break their pillars, and cut down their Asherim for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they play the harlot after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and one invites you, you eat of his sacrifice…”
King Solomon allowed these god to enter into Israel. 1 Kings 14:23 said, “For they also built for themselves high places, and pillars, and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree; and there were also male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.”
2 Kings 21:7 states, “And the graven image of Asherah that he had made he set in the house of which the Lord said to David and to Solomon his son, ‘In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever…”
It is clear that the Israelites worshiped these pagan deities and played the Harlot. They made sacrifices to these false gods. This was what Jeremiah was writing about and not the Christmas tree that is used to promote the story of Christmas. The worship of anything outside the One True God would be idol worship.
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