Jehovah`s Witness/celebration of birthdays

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SC wrote at 2009-12-14 14:38:40
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What is the origin of birthday celebrations?

Birthday celebrations are actually rooted in paganism.



The Encyclopedia Americana (1991 edition) states: "The ancient world of Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Persia celebrated the birthdays of gods, kings, and nobles." Authors Ralph and Adelin Linton reveal the underlying reason for this. In their book The Lore of Birthdays, they write: "Mesopotamia and Egypt, the cradles of civilization, were also the first lands in which men remembered and honoured their birthdays. The keeping of birthday records was important in ancient times principally because a birth date was essential for the casting of a horoscope."



So, there is a direct connection between the Pagan practice of birthday celebrations and astrology. (horoscopes and fortune telling)



Notice what the Bible says about astrology and fortune telling at Isaiah 47:13-15: "You have grown weary with the multitude of your counselors. Let them stand up, now, and save you, the worshipers of the heavens, the lookers at the stars, those giving out knowledge at the new moons concerning the things that will come upon you. "Look! They have become like stubble. A fire itself will certainly burn them up. They will not deliver their soul from the power of the flame. There will be no glow of charcoals for people to warm themselves, no firelight in front of which to sit down. "Thus they will certainly become to you, with whom you have toiled as your charmers from your youth. They will actually wander, each one to his own region. There will be no one to save you."



Not surprisingly then, the ancient Jews did nt celebrate birthdays, regarding them as Pagan.



Also, The World Book Encyclopedia states: "The early Christians did not celebrate His [Christ's] birth because they considered the celebration of anyone's birth to be a pagan custom."




Patricia wrote at 2011-03-01 23:45:29
Derrik, You gave this young lady a great and thorough response. I am an ex-JW, myself and was with them 18 years and my children both missed Birthdays because of this cult. I'm glad you gave her the scrpture in Job as I found that years ago. I was just listeing to Pastor's Perspective and someone called in. As well versed in the scriptures, I was surprised that both Chuck Smith and Don Stewart were unfamiliar with any scripture that indicates a birthday celebration other than those with Pharoah and Herod. JW's used the term "You Will Know The Truth And The Truth Will Set You Free" I eventually had someone to saw me the truth and--AMEN--it does set you free--from Occultic enslavement. Thank you for your convicting answer to her question and concern.


delila wrote at 2012-11-03 01:39:54
ridiculous! i wasted 23 years of my life to this bullshit. i am a recovering jw, and am happily "worldly"....i am so much happieer and fulfilled now. and i have the world to thank


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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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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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