It's Christmas season and the Armstrongite groups are getting into full gear ready to throw "paganism bombs" at those who celebrate it.
One of Armstrongism's favorite scripture bombs to use is the Jeremiah 10 verses as PROOF that Christmas trees are condemned in scripture.
2″Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them.
3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.
4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.
5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk.
Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” (Jeremiah 10:2-5, NIV).
It doesn't take a rocket scientist or even anyone with a small amount of theological education to see that the above verse does NOT speak about trees, but idols. Trees are cut to fashion wood idols, usually in the shape of the god being honored. These gods then were covered in gold and silver and placed in positions of honor.
Just like a scarecrow in a field, they do not speak and cannot walk. Idols usually were in the form of a human. Humans have legs. Trees do not. Scarecrows sit in fields to serve a purpose. Trees do nothing more than cast shade. Craftsman shape the idols to resemble human forms representing gods. Craftsman do not shape trees to resemble trees.
Bob Thiel and the others need to stop making fools of themselves when they lie that these verses pertain to Christmas trees.