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Hal Sanders

January 02, 2014  3:25pm

Legalistic and pretentious is the best way to describe this article. I know of no one who sees an icon or picture of Jesus as an infant or as an adult as an object of worship. The writer will find a lot of agreement in one cult in particular. She is forgetting that while Jesus is divine He was also human. He came as human flesh to dwell among us.

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Bishop Wayne Felton

December 28, 2013  6:27am

The tenor of this article resonates with an unquestionable love for God and His Word. Far from perceived legalistic innuendo, there's a clear and cogent call to always embrace the ancient commandments of God as existential realities. Imperative writings such as this, vocative enough to arrest our attention yet warm enough to capture our heart, is an encouragement to those who diligently seek the Lord. In the midst of a church-world which reeks with deteriorating moral fiber, voices such as the noble author of this article should be commended. Her exaltation of the Godhead coupled with uncompromising Scriptural resolve seems inept in todays pluralstic world, magnifying how far the so-called Evangelical has fallen from receiving the pure presentation of the Word of God (as well as how deep pluralism has influenced individual Christian's theology). "To God be the Glory" and strength to every voice which exalts God, heralds Scripture, and holds to (as the late Yaroslav Pelikan stated), "Everything the 1st Century Church of Jesus Christ believed, taught, and confessed."

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Charles Cosimano

December 25, 2013  2:09am

If you really want to make someone not want to ever have anything to do with Christianity, this article would probably be a good place to start. It feeds every negative stereotype of Christians since the days of Tacitus. What an utterly joyless existence it presents.

audrey ruth

December 23, 2013  3:26am

Brittany, I am familiar with Jeremiah 10:1-4, and I can't see what it has to do with Christmas trees, unless people are actually worshiping Christmas trees. In our home, nativity scenes take precedence over the Christmas tree which is very small (tabletop size). Our children (and now grandchildren) have learned from birth what Christmas is all about - that's it's a day to honor the coming of JESUS into the world as our Savior to show us the goodness of God and pour out His lifeblood, then rise from the dead, that we might have His presence continually with us in this world and be heirs of His kingdom throughout eternity as well. Thomas, I hope you can see that my comments here have indeed been clearly thought out and without indignation. Look at the nativity scene pictured above - do you see Jesus' skin tone, hair color, eye color, etc? Our nativity scenes are the same way. We've never had any focus on Santa, etc, because we've always wanted to focus on TRUTH instead of myth.

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Brittany Stevens

December 21, 2013  10:06pm

I understand the position in the sense that she wants to follow the commandments, but at the same time, why are wreaths, stockings, etc. allowed in the house? I personally have struggled with whether or not I was being legalistic, one thing being not having a Christmas tree (see Jeremiah 10:1-4). What would Jesus REALLY feel about all of this? Is having an image to represent him really making an idol? Eh.. I'm not sure I would go that far. Yes please stand up for your beliefs and make them known. Don't go with the crowd of today and question things, but I also believe there is a point when things have gone a little far. Then again, that's why we're all allowed (for now) to have our own opinions.

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