Should Christians celebrate birthdays?


Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
There is no prohibition against a Christian celebrating birthdays in Scripture, nor is there anything to indicate we are required to celebrate them. Scripturally speaking, a Christian's celebrating...

July 01 2013 6 responses Vote Up Share Report

Stringio Vincent Mercado Supporter Skeptic turned believer, Catholic, father of 3
Should a PERSON celebrate his birthday? Yes! 

Should we celebrate the birthday of a beloved? Yes!

How? Around family and friends, with food, prayers and thanksgiving to God for adding another year to our lives. Enjoy the fullness of Christian life.

October 09 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Salem Markus Purba
Well, as a Christian we have to be born again as Jesus told Nicodemus (John.3:3-21).and who ever want follow Jesus, he/she has to deny him/herself and take up his/her cross daily and follow Him. (Luk.9:23-27). So, as a Christian we should not celebrate our birthday as a form of denying our self as Psalm 119:105 says: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path"

December 20 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Robert Bills High Pursuit Ministries
No, we as Christ's followers should not celebrate birthdays. 
There are two specific mentions in the Scriptures, and one 
Strong suggestion:

- Herod's birthday party where John the Baptist 
ended up dead, at the request of his promiscuous step daughter(Matthew 14). 
- The pharaoh's birthday party which ended in the baker being killed (Genesis 40). 
- Job chapter 1 where he was afraid for his children for celebrating " their day" and made sacrifices for them out of fear. 

Birthdays are also the most popular day in satanism because it's all about 
'Yourself' - they put you in the spotlight, and we know by the scriptures we are to deny ourselves (Matthew 16)

Also, the customs used in birthday celebrations are pagan in origin and used for false god worship which our one true God hates.

November 01 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Shaunelius Sterns
In my opinion, I do not see anything wrong with celebrating the day you were born. That day can also be celebrated to thank God for being on this earth, for giving us life to worship and praise Him, and to thank Him for all that He has done and will do in the lives of His people.

November 02 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Joshua Babbitt
1. When the Bible mentions birthdays it's the heathen who are celebrating them. 
2. Birthdays have you focus on yourself instead of others, setting a bad example for the rest of the world. 
3. Birthdays are filled with traditions of pagans. If you want to learn more about the wickedness behind birthdays, take a look at this teaching:
It doesn't matter if you see birthdays as acceptable, what matters is how God sees it.

July 03 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini lynn Sander
It boggles my mind that this would even be a question!
God knew me before the foundation of the world was made. From the time I was conceived, I was fearfully and wonderfully made. Children are a blessing from the Lord and therefore being born is a wonderful and miraculous thing!
Unfortunately, I was born into a sinful world with a sinful nature. I am a flawed scarred vessel.

In spite of that, God loved me enough to have His own Son die in my place so I could be a child of His! That is cause for celebration!

I think that is a very important message for parents to pass on to their children...how much they are loved and how blessed we are that God gave them to us.

If a birthday celebration is a drunken brawl, obviously that’s not pleasing to God...but neither is overeating at dinner...should we stop having dinner?

The concept in 1 Tim 1:3-7 and 2 Tim 2:14 is not to wander away from love, pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith by getting caught up in meaningless inconsequential matters.

October 05 2018 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Data Francis Opoku
My opinion is that when you read Matt 14:6 and Mark 6:21, it talks about Herod's birthday. It ended up with beheading John the Baptist at his birthday party.

Many Christians are tempted, even fall into sin at their birthday parties like what happened to Herod to kill John the Baptist.

Just thank the Lord for another year and pray for more years to be added to your years.

August 21 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Img 0236 MMin Jeffrey Green
I Believe, as a Set Apart Believer, follower of Jesus, we should do what Jesus did and taught. Jesus was and still is a Jew and never was nor will ever be a "Christian". He taught Torah and the Prophets to Jewish people in the Jewish Synagogue, and Rav Shaul/Paul taught Gentiles the same. We are not to honor a day of our birth. Matthew 10:24 The disciple is not above his Master, nor the servant above his Lord. 

Consider the record of His birth in Scripture: Luke 2:8. Is not this an indication of celebration? Notice that the text says that this "great joy...to all people" is in a future context as noted by the words SHALL BE. When is there to be great joy to all people? Not until the Kingdom of Christ is come, that is when there will be great joy unto all people! This time of "great joy that SHALL BE" told of by the messenger of God does not refer to Jesus' human birth! 

A saviour being born sounds like a reason for this joy, one might say, but had Christ saved anyone at that point? Was He anyone's saviour at that point? Had He overcome all temptations to be worthy to act as our intercessor? No, not at this point...but Christ would live 33 1/2 years before He had overcome all temptation and was sacrificed for our sins and that is when He became our Saviour! 

Consider Luke 2:12 To whom is the glory given here? Was it to the little baby Jesus? Or do we see the glory and praise being given to God in the highest? This is not to say that Jesus becoming flesh was not a great thing, but it is not by His birth that we are saved, neither are we told by God to celebrate it. Does the Scriptural record witness that annually, at this day of Jesus' birth (whichever day it truly was), the heavenly host would once again offer up praise and glory to God in the highest in honor of Jesus' birth? No! Nowhere! Never! 

If we take the "ideals" of the pagan christmas day and begin to apply them to God's true feast days, then how are we any better than Constantine who blended paganism with the faith once delivered to create modern Christianity? What did the shepherds do upon witnessing this event? Did they praise the infant and exchange gifts between themselves? Let us read more from Luke's record: Luke 2:15. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 

Please notice that the shepherds gave all praise and glory to God! They did not exalt the day of Jesus' birth nor mark the day in anyway. Should we celebrate that He was born a King? 

Matthew 2:1 "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Jesus was born to be King but was not King at the time of His birth (Actually, Herod was king of Judea at this time!) We must take notice that His kingdom is a great future-coming rulership: Matthew 2:6 "And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel." Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!

July 30 2017 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Of course, Christians should celebrate their birthdays, even more than anyone else because it is the day that God determined that we should enter this world! It’s each Christian’s special day, so enjoy it with thanksgiving! My good friend, brother in Christ, and fellow seminary graduate (from Dallas Theological Seminary), Barre Griffith, thinks this. And so do I!

March 11 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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