Jehovah`s Witness/birthdays

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Hello again,  may I start by thanking you for offering your free time to answer questions.  There are so many JW sites, but I can't find one that I can direct my questions to via email (perhaps you know of one?). With no disrespect intended I think perhaps a member may have a more difinitive answer.  Just a thought.  I do appreciate that you have studied the "faith" closely.

I wonder how organising a children's birthday party is viewed by the JW church?  Or, if a Witness attended her Grandchildren's birthday party is that OK? And, why or why not.

Thank you once again for your time.

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Hello Michelle, and thanks for writing.

The way this particular site works, your questions come directly to our e-mail account, which we have linked to this site.  We as the volunteers do not see your e-mail address...we merely click on a link to answer your question.

On this particular site, there are those who are both currently practicing JWs, and those who are not.  But each and every volunteer on this site is going to give you basically the same answer to this particular question.  If you want this question answered from a practicing JW, you can certainly get their input as well, although I am happy to help with this question also.

You asked..."I wonder how organising a children's birthday party is viewed by the JW church?  Or, if a Witness attended her Grandchildren's birthday party is that OK? And, why or why not."


ANSWER:  A birthday celebration of ANY sort, is against the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses, be it an adult's or a children's party.  In fact, you mention about a Witness attending her Grandchildren's party, and ask if it is ok?  In fact, it is NOT okay for a Witness to attend or take part in a birthday party.  The truth is, my mother is a JW, and she has never attended one single birthday party for any of her grandchildren.  My boys are 17 and 15, and she does not come to their birthday parties/cook-outs.  If they have a ball game, she will come.  If they have an event at school, she comes.  But not to a birthday gathering.

The JW reasoning for this, is that they teach that there are only 2 birthday celebrations mentioned in the Bible, and both of them were celebrated by wicked rulers, and both resulted in someone being beheaded.  Therefore, they claim the Bible must be "trying to show us something" about birthdays, and how Jehovah God views them.  Now, the above reasoning isn't exactly Scriptural, but that is the reasoning, nonetheless.  

I believe a JW volunteer on here would give you the same answer, and probably some comments about early Christians avoiding birthday celebrations.  Of course, even if this were true, early Christians also believed in the deity of Jesus Christ, the Personality of the Holy Spirit, and the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ as well, all of which are denied by Jehovah's Witnesses.

I have also heard another reason used for not celebrating birthdays, and that reason is, that it is wrong to give undue honor to a "creature", instead of the Creator.  Now, this may not be a commonly used reason, but it is one that JW members of my family have used.  Of course, those same JWs have been known to throw graduation parties, "going away" parties, and other types of events, for the same "creature" who's birthday they are forbidden to have a gathering for.  

I hope this answer has helped, and if I can be of any further help to you, please do not hesitate to ask.  Take care, Michelle, and have a wonderful evening.


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I was raised in the religion known as Jehovah`s Witnesses for 13 years. Since becoming a born-again Christian, I have researched extensively this religion, especially their doctrines and their history. I can answer questions about their doctrines from the perspective of Biblical Christianity. To be clear: Jehovahs Witnesses is the religion of my upbringing, though I myself was never baptized into the religion, nor have I ever been considered as a Jehovahs Witness.

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29 years of Biblical research into the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, and how they differ from the teachings of the Watchtower.

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I would advise each questioner to this forum, to carefully READ the profiles of the various volunteers. There are several such as myself, who are not practicing JWs, but will provide you with an accurate and honest answer, regarding JW teaching. If we don't know the answer, we will try to research and get it for you. There are also some excellent practicing JWs here, who also endeavor to give you a factual and honest answer, based on their point of view. I believe by getting both points of view, the questioner can weigh the evidence for themselves, and make an informed decision. Unfortunately, there are also 3 here who claim to be JWs, but do NOT give honest, or well-researched answers. They will tell you only what they want you to believe, and they often hide facts about the history of their religion, as well as print untruths about other people's beliefs. This is done in an attempt to deceive the unsuspecting reader. It can be easily seen who these 3 are, simply by reading the public posts and "answers" which they write. Their posts will normally be filled with personal attacks, and if you question them about some teaching or aspect of the Watchtower that makes them uncomfortable, they will often reject your question, question your motives for asking it, tell you that you have been reading "apostate" sites, or turn the conversation into an attack on another expert. These ones are better avoided, as there is nothing to be gained by way of positive discussion, as they are not interested in intelligent conversation, or honest dialogue. If after reading the forum, you still have any questions as to who they are, just ask me, and I will be happy to tell you. And I can also provide documentation of their willful dishonesty. One thing is for certain...in a forum where people from both sides claim to be "Christians", there should never be any willful lying. Such ones only create a distraction in the forum, and provide nothing of any real value.

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High School, some college. Studies of God's Word, the Bible, and how it compares to JW theology. I have found my own personal study and experiences to be far more valuable than any formal education or training. The Bible message is clear...Salvation is ONLY through and by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and no religious organization has a thing to do with it. While attendance at a Bible-preaching, Bible-believing church is a must for spiritual growth and fellowship, no church can grant salvation to its members. Nor is joining a particular group a prerequisite for being saved.

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