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Eventually, the gentile-Christians dominated the faith. Most Christians today were pagans in their ancestral histories - hence our Saturnalian December Christmas (Jesus likely born in April, but it doesn't really matter) - and the good old pagan Christmas trees.
Usually just a lurker, but I just looked up this verse because I was taking on the annual "Christmas Trees are a pagan symbol" pronouncement that is so popular. I disagree that they are solely of pagan origin.
In the Old Testament book of Hosea, Ch 8:14, God himself declares to the Isrealites: "I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found."
That verse should come to mind when one views any Christmas tree. Call it a Hosea Tree, if one wants to be legalistic. But a Christmas tree, as a symbol or reminder of God, is indeed Biblical.
David Mamet, apex artist intellectual, has been of late steadily knocking the horsehide off the ball over at the WSJ. Now that he has broken the Medusa tentacles of liberalism, he can be Jewish again, and he is doing just that, with alacrity.
Anyhoo, h/t PJ Tatler, Mamet has an intriguing new title up on WSJ, Israel, Isaac and the Return of Human Sacrifice. It's behind a sub wall, but will appear soon enough elsewhere, just search the title and author.
David Mamet: Liberal Tax Dodgers and the Disrespected Sushi Chef ...
Oct 11, 2011 · In The Wall Street Journal, playwright David Mamet writes about those who voted for Obama and higher taxes yet try to evade the taxes they are liable to pay.
LOL --rich, very rich brain food indeed, from the formerly ferociously leftward creator of Glengarry Glenross --an acid-soaked bookend for 'Death of a Salesman' as a compass-boxing indictment of capitalism's 'quiet desperation'.
Many if not most religions have rituals involving candles and lighting the darkness in December (in the N. Hemisphere); has to do with the anxiety about the short days and the hopes for more light. It's pagan insofar as it likely preceded the major religions and were adopted by them.
as for God and trees, he compared himself to a lot of different plants. Look at Song of Songs (pomegranates), allegedly about God's love for Israel, but a rather poetic ribald song.
There was the Canaanite woman who came to Jesus--Matthew 15:22-29.
But, does that really matter? John 20:29--"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."