Why don't Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate birthdays

Why don't Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate birthdays?

Question: "Why don't Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate birthdays?"

A. For the same reasons that God's faithful worshipers, both pre-Christian and the 1st century, did NOT participate in the custom of Christianity, yearly Celebrating birthdays.

I say "yearly" , due to the fact that during the pre-Christian period, during the period of Christianity in the 1st century and today, God's faithful worshipers enjoyed the joy brought about by the birth of a child and the To celebrate this blessed event arises, fully recognized and recognized by family and friends (after all, LIFE is a blessed gift from God).

The custom, the day of his birth annually to to celebrate, however, it is a completely different matter and the faithful worshipers of God in pre-Christian times, in the time of 1st century Christianity, and those of today who fully acknowledge and actually acknowledge this.

"The idea of ​​a birthday party was a far cry from the idea of ​​Christians in general at the time." - The history of the Christian religion and churchin the first three centuries ( new York , 1848 ), Augustus Neander (translated by Henry John Rose), p.190 .

"The later Hebrews viewed the celebration of birthdays as part of idolatrous worship, a view that would be amply corroborated by what they saw of the common observances associated with those days." - The Imperial Bible Dictionary ( London , 1874 ), edited by Patrick Fairbairn, Vol.I, p.225 .

There are actually 4 main reasons why we, the modern day Jehovah's Witnesses, DO NOT participate in the custom of celebrating birthdays (our own and those of others) annually.

# 1. Scripture itself presupposes the practice of Almighty God NOT in a favorable light. There are only TWO examples of the custom of the annual celebration of birthdays recorded in the Bible, and it is from great importance for seekers of the TRUTH of God (whether or not they are Jehovah's Witnesses) who on BOTH occasions attended by those who were not God's Faithful Worshipers and the events of the celebration were manifestly unjust.

# 2. The custom, the date of birth ANNUAL to to celebrate, is of pagan origin .

“The various customs with which people celebrate their birthdays today have a long history. Their origins lie in the realm of magic and religion. The ancient customs of saying good luck, giving gifts and celebrating - complete with burning candles - were supposed to protect the birthday party from the demons and ensure its safety for the coming year. . . . Until the 4th century, Christianity rejected birthday celebrations as a pagan custom. "- Swabian newspaper , 3./4. April 1981 , p.4 .

“The Greeks believed that everyone had a guardian spirit or demon who participated in their birth and monitored them in life. This spirit had a mystical relationship with the god on whose birthday the individual was born. The Romans also followed this idea. . . . This idea was written down in human belief and is reflected in the Guardian Angel, the fairy godmother and the patron saint. . . . The custom of lighting candles on the cake began with the Greeks. . . . On the temple altars of [Artemis], honey cakes were placed around the moon and lit with cones. . . . According to popular belief, birthday candles are equipped with special magic to fulfill wishes. . . . Illuminated rejuvenations and sacrificial fires have had a special mystical meaning since man first erected altars to his gods. The birthday candles are therefore an honor and homage to the birthday child and bring luck. . . . Birthday greetings and wishes for happiness are an integral part of this vacation. . . . Originally the idea was rooted in magic. . . . Birthday greetings have power for good or bad because on this day one is closer to the spirit world. "- The tradition of birthdays ( new York , 1952 ), Ralph and Adelin Linton, P. 8 , 18-20 .

#3. The scriptures reveal at Psalm 51: 5, Romans 3:23, 5:12, 19, and 1 Corinthians 15:22 that (1) ALL human offspring of Adam are born imperfect (fall short of God's glory / grace).

# 4. The world into which we are ALL born into it are, will NOT ruled by God Almighty, but by Satan the devil (God's chief enemy), the 2 Corinthians 4: 4 revealed as "the God of this world".

The only begotten Son of God (Jesus Christ) was born into the world as a PERFECT / SINLESS man (Heb 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22). Absolutely NOWHERE IN THE WRITING however, one will find either Jesus Christ himself, Jesus 'parents (Mary, his mother, and his adoptive father Joseph, their husband) or one of Jesus' followers participating in the custom of annually celebrating the birth of Christ (in fact the Scriptures do not give once the date of birth of Jesus ... But that's for a different topic ).

If none of the above participated in the custom of annually celebrating the date of birth of the Son of God in the world and / or their own birthdays ... why should someone have something to complain about the fact that we, the Jehovah's Witnesses, nowadays choose * not to participate in the custom of celebrating the date of birth annually? *

There are also people who claim that Job 1: 4 states that Job's children celebrated their birthdays annually. Job 1: 4 however, does NOT apply for birthdays.

Job 1: 4 says: “And the sons of [Job] went and made a banquet in each one's house on his own day; and they sent and invited their three sisters to eat and drink with them. "

Day “In Job 1: 4 translates the Hebrew word yohm and relates for a period from sunrise to sunset . On the other hand is " birthday “A combination of the two Hebrew words yohm (Day and hul·le'dheth . The distinction between " Day “And your own birthday can be in Genesis 40:20 should be mentioned , Where both Expressions appear: “On the third Day [ yohm ] it turned out to be Pharaoh's birthday [literally "the day ( yohm ) of birth ( hul·le'dheth ) of Pharaoh ”].”

At Job 1: 4 appears hullédeth * Not *; in the Hebrew text is only yowm used . So it speaks of Job's sons doing something " each on his own day ", Not " everyone on their own birthday " .

So it is more than certain that Job 1: 4 NOT refers to a birthday like this undoubtedly in Genesis 40:20 the case is. It appears that Job's seven sons were simply holding a family reunion (possibly a spring or harvest festival), and when the festival made the week-long tour, each son hosted the banquet in his own home " on his own day.

As mentioned elsewhere in this answer, the Bible refers directly to only two Birthday celebrations for Pharaoh of Egypt (18th century BC) and Herod Antipas (1st century AD). These reports too were not presented in a favorable light in the Bible. These birthdays were celebrated by people who were clearly God Not venerated, and both accounts were marked with a grand feast and favors, and both are remembered for executions: the hanging of the Pharaoh's chief baker in the first place, the beheading of John the Baptist in the latter. Everything that is in the Bible is there for a reason (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). Jehovah's Witnesses take note that God's Word is definitive reported unfavorably about birthday parties, and that's why we avoid them.

It would also be good to consider that even if the account in Job 1: 4 spoke of his son's birthdays, inScripture does NOT mention that Job is present . Indeed prayed Job as recorded in Job 1: 5 for her and was concerned that they had "sinned and cursed God in their hearts". Plus, they all died on one of the occasions. Even if it was a birthday party, we wouldn't have two BUT THREE birthday reports that killed people. Hardly an outstanding record.

Jehovah's Witnesses respect the fact that other who are not members of the worldwide united Christian congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, can and may celebrate their date of birth and the date of birth of their family and friends annually, and we do not interfere with this one right to do so ... You just won't find US participation (for reasons stated earlier) and we just want people to respect one another's right and our choice not to do so.


~ NOTE: I am a dedicated and baptized member of the worldwide united Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.


Thanks for that, but I don't see how this answers the question. Just because a festival has been attended by pagans or not does not in and of itself go wrong.


"Thanks for that, but I don't see how that answers the question. Just because a festival has been attended by Heiden or not doesn't in and of itself do anything wrong."


You're welcome. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, the answer I have given is very sufficient to explain in detail why WE choose not to celebrate our birthdays or others annually. In short, NONE of the faithful worshipers of God before Christ ever celebrated his birthday annually, NONE of the faithful worshipers of God during the 1st century Christian Church ever celebrated his birthday annually (including Christ Himself ... Our Leader) and we who we do not are not even the worldwide uniform Christian congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in this "modern" time.