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Should a True Believer Celebrate Birthdays


When Jesus was born, there was much joy in Heaven:." 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!" (Luke 2:13-14)

Whilst bringing a new life in the world is surely a joy for the parents and shared also by others, the question is asked: "Should we celebrate the birth anniversary of the birth from there on?"

The day of birth is amply used by astrologers to read oneís horoscope. The word horoscope is defined as: "The aspects of planets and stars at a given moment, such as the moment of a personís birth, are used by the astrologers as an astrological prediction of a personís future, based on a diagram of aspects and relationships between planets and stars." From: American Heritage Dictionary.

We are informed of the pagan practice to attribute power and influence on the life of a person due to the position of the stars at the time of birth. Astrologers declare that celestial stars and planets exercise influence on the future of a person. Practically every newspaper lists daily horoscopes for the zodiacal signs. The modern astrology and horoscope came from Babylon.

"The ancient world of Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia celebrated the "godsí" birthdays, and also of kings and nobles. In the other hand, even if ancient Jews kept record of their male citizens, there is no evidence that they kept the anniversary of their birth." (American Encyclopaedia 1991)

People believed in good and evil spirits and fearing that these spirits will cause harm to the birthday celebrant, so he would be encircled by friends and relatives for their good desires and their presence would protect him from unknown perils that the birthday celebration would bring. (Birthday Parties Around the World)

The Word of God strongly warns against participating to the feastings of pagans: This is what the Lord says: Do not go in the way of the nations; have no fear of the signs of heaven, for the nations go in fear of them. (Jeremiah 10:2)

Of major importance are the Biblical references to the birthday celebrations, not the most happy ones. The first one concern the Pharaoh of Egypt, Genesis (40:20-22): the cup bear lived, but the baker was executed at that very feast. Also Herod celebrated his birthday, when John the Baptist was beheaded, Mark (6:21-28). Some scholars contend that Jo 1:4-5 and Job 1:18-19 speak of the death of Jobís children whilst they were celebrating a birthday, for that reason Job offered burnt offerings for his children, for that reason.

In no part of the Bible we are commanded to celebrate birthdays, or even implied. In fact the Bible says the opposite: A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of oneís birth. (Ecclesiastes 7:1)

In no part of the Bible we find that the birth anniversary of our Lord Jesus Christ was ever celebrated. However, we are to celebrate the Lordís Communion (not the pagan Easter) to remember His death. (1Co 11:26)

We believers do not observe the birthday of Jesus, as the world tries to do on the 25th of December. Why, then, must we celebrate ours?

The followers of Jesus Christ try to put themselves in line with Jesusí programs (not those of the world) and celebrate His commandments, thus readying their hearts and their minds for the coming of His Reign. (Isaiah 66:23)