Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the LORD, “Do not learn the way of the nations, And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Although the nations are terrified by them; For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. “They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter. “Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, And they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because they cannot walk! Do not fear them, For they can do no harm, Nor can they (Jeremiah 10:1-5 NASB)
Christianity has adopted an incredible amount of pagan traditions which are referred to above as “the way of the nations”. Some of these traditions have become the most important holidays of mainstream Christianity. Christmas has nothing to do with Jesus or the Bible at all. Easter, while coinciding with the timing of the Messiah’s resurrection, is still nothing a first century Christian would have identified with. It is frustrating that many of today’s most popular preachers were actually taught the truth about these days in college but they don’t tell their congregations the truth. In fact, they continue to elevate the false days and lead their flocks astray.
Israel was instructed not to learn the ways of the nations. They were commanded directly by the voice of Yahweh NOT to worship other gods and not to worship idols. The blending of worship practices is called syncretism and it is the chief sin Israel and Judah were guilty of. This sin cost millions of God’s people their lives. Yet here it is today, alive and well, in the vast majority of churches who profess Jesus and Messiah.