posted on Dec, 7 2012 @ 06:18 AM
reply to post by reeferman
I am well aware of the concept you and Network are trying to push, but it is in error. Moreover, you are way late on trying to push this concept. It
may be that you are just repeating the concept because you feel it's applicable or some revelation, but it's not, nor is it usually pushed for the
actual benefit of anyone of faith.
To help you catch up: Some Christian allegedly allowed Paganistic festivities to be practiced during Christmas celebration in order to convert Pagans
into Christians. It should be obvious, and a given, that the Pagans were allowed to do this, because the traditions were no longer strictly
ritualistic in celebration of Odin, but had become more akin to festivities of a festival. After some time, Christians saw other Christians, the ones
who were formerly Pagans, practicing Christmas with Christmas trees, so they adopted the tradition in honor of celebrating Christ – not Odin. From
there, trees being brought into homes spread throughout the world and became what they are today - a Christmas tree brought into the home in
celebration of Christ, a tree brought into the home in celebration of the holidays by Atheist, and maybe even still to this day, a Yule Tree brought
into the home in celebration of Odin or other Paganistic God, etc, etc.
With that said, I want you to understand that I never argued who brought a tree into their home first. My argument is that a Christmas tree is not
Paganistic, nor is it some "world tree" as you contend. You cannot just slap labels on rituals simply because they resemble another ritual. I think
you might want to reread everything that was mentioned in prior posts.
In case you missed it, what is in question is if the group in the OP are practicing Paganistic rituals by way of symbolism.
What do you think?