Jehovah's Witnesses and birthdays

Jehovah's Witnesses and birthdays

There are 675 comments on the Examiner.com story from Feb 22, 2010, titled Jehovah's Witnesses and birthdays. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

Jehovah's Witnesses believe it is a sin to celebrate birthdays. They base their prohibition largely on their allegation that early Christians refrained from doing so, without citing specific ancient Christian author .

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Examiner.com.

First Prev
of 34
Next Last
wonder

Warrensburg, NY

#1 Feb 22, 2010
There are no scriptures telling us not to acknowledge birthdays.. Granted there are two mentions of birthdays in the bible and the reason they were mention at all is that an event happened that was noteable..
And each event was Lawless.. It's the lawlessness that one would not want to copy.. We are not Kings or rulers and remembering a birthday certainly doesn't have to be a mardi gra event..
The Watchtower Society in their endevaor to be different in their dogma. had scant to choose from that wasn't already taken.. So they.. like the pharisees washing their hands up to their elbows in order to make themselves look more faithful then others.. They tried condemning everything that might have been done in other Churches or by it's members.(We are better then everyone else ..IS their constant feature.. Thinking that they are far and above all others is Not a humble attitude.. Nor is it approved by God.
Yet ..to those who have usurped his son's position . They think they are safe.
dee lightful

Williamston, SC

#2 Feb 22, 2010
wonder wrote:
There are no scriptures telling us not to acknowledge birthdays.. Granted there are two mentions of birthdays in the bible and the reason they were mention at all is that an event happened that was noteable..
And each event was Lawless.. It's the lawlessness that one would not want to copy.. We are not Kings or rulers and remembering a birthday certainly doesn't have to be a mardi gra event..
The Watchtower Society in their endevaor to be different in their dogma. had scant to choose from that wasn't already taken.. So they.. like the pharisees washing their hands up to their elbows in order to make themselves look more faithful then others.. They tried condemning everything that might have been done in other Churches or by it's members.(We are better then everyone else ..IS their constant feature.. Thinking that they are far and above all others is Not a humble attitude.. Nor is it approved by God.
Yet ..to those who have usurped his son's position . They think they are safe.
There is one birthday that you forgot to mention and that is the birth of Jesus. God and all the angels celebrated. God never told us celebrating birthdays were a no no. The WTS continually add to Gods' words.
wonder

Warrensburg, NY

#3 Feb 22, 2010
dee lightful wrote:
<quoted text> There is one birthday that you forgot to mention and that is the birth of Jesus. God and all the angels celebrated. God never told us celebrating birthdays were a no no. The WTS continually add to Gods' words.
You are right.. I only used the ones the WTS. mentions.
as that is what they drew their decree from.

Since: Feb 10

Location hidden

#4 Feb 22, 2010
Let's see...,here my take on it.

We have an average life span of 70+ years.

So that means you could eat 70+ cakes throughout your life time.....not bad.

Then its over....You live, you die.

Under Jehovah's Kingdom rule....,we will eventually forget how long we have lived.

Besides, one cake a year would not be enough for me.

Since: Feb 10

Location hidden

#5 Feb 22, 2010
p.s......Jesus told us to commemorate his death.

"Keep doing this in remembrance of me."
Luke 22:19

Not his birth.

I mean, Jehovah knew how to transfer Jesus' glorious heavenly spirit life to the womb of a human. Right there would be quite a sacrifice, being transferred into something so tiny as we are.
wonder

Warrensburg, NY

#6 Feb 22, 2010
NEVADA ROSE-2 wrote:
Let's see...,here my take on it.
We have an average life span of 70+ years.
So that means you could eat 70+ cakes throughout your life time.....not bad.
Then its over....You live, you die.
Under Jehovah's Kingdom rule....,we will eventually forget how long we have lived.
Besides, one cake a year would not be enough for me.
Hmm! I guess cake is the general treat of the B-day. And I don't think the b-day person is supposed to eat the whole bloomin thing. But your right if one was to live forever they might eventually forget their birthday.. hee hee But , at this point we don't do that..
I expect after armageddon those remaining will have much to celebrate.. unlike today..
wonder

Warrensburg, NY

#7 Feb 22, 2010
NEVADA ROSE-2 wrote:
p.s......Jesus told us to commemorate his death.
"Keep doing this in remembrance of me."
Luke 22:19
Not his birth.
I mean, Jehovah knew how to transfer Jesus' glorious heavenly spirit life to the womb of a human. Right there would be quite a sacrifice, being transferred into something so tiny as we are.
To God .. his sons death was the ultimate sacrifice. and with it.. it fullfilled the law ..
And so his death does have a great significance.. out weighing his birth.. But .. if he had not been born.. then this would not have taken place.
wonder

Warrensburg, NY

#8 Feb 22, 2010
here a question.. What is the difference between achknowledging a wedding anniversery and b-day?? On your wedding day.. you have done nothing to show the commitment of the vow you've made.. And at your birth you have done nothing but come into this world..??
A yet it remained up the the couple as to whether they rejoiced with others on their anniversery.
aardvark

Blairgowrie, UK

#9 Feb 23, 2010
Good question

What is the difference between fondly remembering the anniversary of a wedding day and fondly remembering the anniversary of a birth day ?

One is good , one is sinful

Where is the logic in that ?

Since: Nov 09

Location hidden

#10 Feb 23, 2010
wonder wrote:
here a question.. What is the difference between achknowledging a wedding anniversery and b-day?? On your wedding day.. you have done nothing to show the commitment of the vow you've made.. And at your birth you have done nothing but come into this world..??
A yet it remained up the the couple as to whether they rejoiced with others on their anniversery.
And what about that wedding CAKE?
Spike

Boonton, NJ

#11 Feb 23, 2010
NEVADA ROSE-2 wrote:
p.s......Jesus told us to commemorate his death.
"Keep doing this in remembrance of me."
Luke 22:19
Not his birth.
I mean, Jehovah knew how to transfer Jesus' glorious heavenly spirit life to the womb of a human. Right there would be quite a sacrifice, being transferred into something so tiny as we are.
not commanded does not equal wrong, assuming the bible is an accurate rulebook

“Tight lines”

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#12 Feb 23, 2010
How come the fact that Witnesses don't celebrate birthdays bother the non-Witnesses so much?
Spike

Boonton, NJ

#13 Feb 23, 2010
florida native wrote:
How come the fact that Witnesses don't celebrate birthdays bother the non-Witnesses so much?
how come the fact that non-Witnesses celebrate birthdays bother Witnesses so much? After all, they point out from time to time how wrong they are and feel it is one of the many points that distinguishes themas true worshippers.
wonder

Warrensburg, NY

#14 Feb 23, 2010
aardvark wrote:
Good question
What is the difference between fondly remembering the anniversary of a wedding day and fondly remembering the anniversary of a birth day ?
One is good , one is sinful
Where is the logic in that ?
There isn't any.. When it comes to serving GOD. One would not want to do anything Lawless. And acknowledging either should be a conscience thing.. As only you will be responsible to God not those that seem to think they have to enact rules or laws. One can acknowledge both with out ( lopping off a head- or any of the things sighted in the the accounts they used . to base their dogna on.

“Tight lines”

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#15 Feb 23, 2010
Spike wrote:
<quoted text>
how come the fact that non-Witnesses celebrate birthdays bother Witnesses so much? After all, they point out from time to time how wrong they are and feel it is one of the many points that distinguishes themas true worshippers.
Actually, on this board, the "Birthday" thread are almost always started by Non Witnesses. I say "Almost" but the fact is, I have NEVER seen a birthday thread started by a Witness.
So, I answered YOUR question so, how about you answer mine?
JWForever

Charleston, WV

#16 Feb 23, 2010
NEVADA ROSE-2 wrote:
p.s......Jesus told us to commemorate his death.
"Keep doing this in remembrance of me."
Luke 22:19
Not his birth.
I mean, Jehovah knew how to transfer Jesus' glorious heavenly spirit life to the womb of a human. Right there would be quite a sacrifice, being transferred into something so tiny as we are.
Yes, he gave us the date of his death but not his birth. Go figure...goes to show which one that we celebrate.
wonder

Warrensburg, NY

#17 Feb 23, 2010
Spike wrote:
<quoted text>
how come the fact that non-Witnesses celebrate birthdays bother Witnesses so much? After all, they point out from time to time how wrong they are and feel it is one of the many points that distinguishes themas true worshippers.
. Another good question.. That problem.. As I see it ..is the Witnesses , have a high fluting idea that everything they do and say makes then better then anyone else.. When their arrogant attitude only proves that they do not have a humble spirit.
wonder

Warrensburg, NY

#18 Feb 23, 2010
The Real Karen wrote:
<quoted text>
And what about that wedding CAKE?
Well, for some reason they don't look at it as being a problem.. And yet.. one called a birthday cake has them having a hissy fit. Go figure.. Common sense would show us that there is no difference.
Each one is the beginning of something.. Whether a marriage or birth.
Spike

Boonton, NJ

#19 Feb 23, 2010
florida native wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, on this board, the "Birthday" thread are almost always started by Non Witnesses. I say "Almost" but the fact is, I have NEVER seen a birthday thread started by a Witness.
So, I answered YOUR question so, how about you answer mine?
okie dokie i will answer yours. nonjws are not bothered that jws dont celebrate birthdays, only that they are not allowed to make the choice to do so or not, that is not without facing the heavy hand of the organization
Spike

Boonton, NJ

#20 Feb 23, 2010
wonder wrote:
<quoted text>
. Another good question.. That problem.. As I see it ..is the Witnesses , have a high fluting idea that everything they do and say makes then better then anyone else.. When their arrogant attitude only proves that they do not have a humble spirit.
wonder it is only to make the witnesses different and claim they are the truth

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 34
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Classical Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Jehovah's Witnesses had right to refuse blood t... 5 hr Frindly 9
News The Watchtower sign is gone from the Jehovah's ... Dec 11 red blood relative 12
News Jehovah's Witnesses' withheld info will cost them Dec 10 red blood relative 50
News Jehovah's Witnesses look in other direction Dec 9 red blood relative 395
News Mendocino Ballet brings holiday performances to... Dec 8 Smith smith famly 1
News South Ossetia Joins Russia in Ban on Jehovah's ... Dec 6 soviet reunion pa... 2
News Does Science Require a Leap of Faith? Dec 4 TempleBBQ 2
More from around the web