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I don't know about you, but I am not the least bit impressed by this pagan 11 million dollar Christmas tree in the United Arab Emirates decorated with gold ornaments and jewelry of rubies and diamonds, which indeed reveals poor taste as Bible believing Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of the one true God, Jesus Christ. There's not enough gold, diamonds or rubies that could buy the free gift of salvation and faith in the freedom in Christ that Jesus gives for free.
As shameful as it is, if these people want to flaunt their money celebrating a pagan tradition, when much of the world is going hungry and starving, this is their choice; but it has nothing to do with the celebrating the birth of the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ. I can guarantee you, based upon the teachings of our Lord, I doubt the Lord is the least bit impressed either.
The decorated 'Christmas Tree' tradition comes from the pagan Roman seven-day festival of Saturn known as Saturnalia Festival, which began on December 17, a celebration marked by unrestrained revelry and often licentiousness.
As the pagan tradition goes, the Romans, the Vikings and the Druids all decorated their homes with evergreen plants in the winter as a symol of life.
Just as the Romans hijacked Biblical Christianity and turned it into a pagan religion, Roman Catholicism does not represent Biblical Christianity anymore than a pagan 'Christmas Tree' decorated with gold ornaments, rubies and diamonds represents the celebration of the birth of the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ.
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