This truth means that for well over a third of recorded human history, no one in civilized society thought it proper to worship divine beings through images made of earthly materials. Such early people would have considered that procedure to be silly and absurd.
Why Was Idolatry So Wrong?
The representation of divine beings in image forms, or planting trees in commemoration of divine favors, or making pictures was not wrong in itself! In the time of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph such things were done without the slightest condemnation by God.
BUT LET ME BE VERY CLEAR HERE :
This is where ALL RELIGION GOES WRONG!
Christmas Celebration - History of Its Hidden Origins (Traditions of North America and the Western World)