«Home

Why Do Christians Celebrate Birthdays?

Is birthday keeping a good thing in Christianity? did Christ tell us to celebrate our "date of birth" and his also?

lets look at the Birthday occurences in the Bible and how they turned out.

The first account is in Genesis. Pharaoh, the Egyptian king, celebrated his birthday by executing his chief baker (Gen. 40:1-23). God gave Joseph special understanding of a dream by Pharaoh’s butler and baker, that the baker would lose his life three days after Joseph interpreted the dream. Joseph understood that Pharaoh would use this occasion—his own birthday party—to put his baker to death. As the dream had foretold, the baker was hung at the party.

In the second account, the New Testament figure Herod the tetrarch reluctantly ordered the beheading of John the Baptist (Matt. 14:3-11). Notice verse six: “But when Herod’s birthday was kept…” During the dancing and merry-making at his birthday party, Herod got carried away and eventually made a promise that he did not want to keep. As a result, a great servant of God lost his life.

so really what do Christians mean when they celebrate birthdays?

Avatar
Newbie
129 answers

Poster. . .

Are you Daft!

0
Avatar
Newbie

My people, I'll like you all to read the book HEAVEN IS SO REAL by Choo Nam Thomas. You will get to meet a woman whom Jesus Himself had taken to heaven 17times while she still lives! that's relationship with God. What am saying is that there is a part of the book where the woman testified to the fact that Jesus celebrates his birthday every year! Read this book yourself and you'll have a better understanding instead of these arguements. God bless you all.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I quite agree with you. Even Nairaland chat was not supported in the bible yet we do chat!lol

People like to form a doctrine around their self discovered research as practiced by a sect who claims to be christains.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I left with no doubt that people here who criticize birthdays have no damn clue what pagan practise is and they try to argue what they dont know, that right there is a damn shame. @ Beewhyfocs, thank you for distinguishing the differences between the two. Just because Idol worshiper drinks alchohol and offer it to their gods, necessarily does not define drinking alcohol beverage as a sin.

I will keep saying it again, anyone (self righteous people) that claims they want to live righteously,  I bet that half of the things they do today was not quoted in the bible neither was it demonstrated by Jesus Christ, in that sense would it still be paganistic? I believe everyone should stick with their beliefs, if you are convinced in your heart about not doing something, then don't do

0
Avatar
Newbie

@ Segan

Apart from all those cases cited by the poster, tell me other pagan people who celebrated birthday? As much as God himself did not out rightly warn us in the bible that it is paganistic, why should you twist the bible to suit your religious sect?

God warned the Isrealites not to offer their child to Molech or other Idol exclusively and dint tell them about birthdays. I feel there was no emphasis on that at all in the bible, as these are lesser compared to the weightier matters of the Kingdom!

0
Avatar
Newbie

@ Poster

I hope you are not trying to justify your personal belief and beef against christain. Those cases you mentioned might be the first recorded experiences in the bible but not necessarily the only one.

What makes a pagant event is not the events but the object of worship. If you direct your birthday at worshipping and thanking God, how then is it  Pagan?  The bible says; "teach us to number our days that we might apply our heart to wisdom", Psalm 90:12.

The essence of the birthday is to appreciate the gift of life and re-examine your progress and purpose!

0
Avatar
Newbie

Birthday is not scriptural if u like it or not, during jesus period on earth birthday was celebrated by pagans,

if anyone can tell me any person in the bible that was jesus christ disciples or any body that was going what the right in God eyes,like abraham,job,lot .e.t.c that celebrated birthday, then this forum should be close with that answer then it will be logical and scriptural to celabrate birthday, dont forget the day of accountabily will come, what will u say, where did u get that birthday notion from? From who in the bible?all pagans where the genesis of birthday, so take it of leave it,

0
Avatar
Newbie

so all these people saying celebrating birthdays are unscriptural have never attended any celebration before whether wedding reception, child dedication after party, get-togethers, picnics?? abeg you guys should just stop this attempt at self-righteousness, not everything we do as Christians is written in the bible and the same bible says that "let he who eats not judge those who do not", the fact that you do not do something and others do it does not mean you are the saint and they are sinners, if your heart does not feel right with it then don't do it but don't impose your ideology on those who are not convinced that it is wrong.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Birthday keeping is not from God. It encourages pride and self worship. What happened to humility? You are the same people that says God gives and God kills, so you are celebrating that you havent being killed yet, silly.

0
Avatar
Newbie

hello everyone! i just joined and found this topic interesting. honestly speaking, everything in life is not in the Bible. God gave us a brain and a spirit of discernment to make decisions. there is nothing inherently sinful with celebrating the anniversary of the day you were born. i don't think God gets angry seeing someone celebrate it either. God has other things to worry about.

0
Avatar
Newbie

So what is your point? I would assume that since it's not scriptural, therefore it's pagan. If that is your point, I would bet that there are so many thing that Christ never demonstrated in the bible or instructed you to do, yet you do.

0
Avatar
Newbie

the fact is that while not judging any1 for what he/she does. We should find out if what we do has any precedent from the Scriptures. Is there any God's servant who celebrated his/her birthdays in the Bible? Jesus lived more than 30years on earth and there is no record of him celebrating his birthday not once during those period. The fact is that if he want us to he would have demonstrated this as he did of his death, therefore in my own opinion birthday celebration is not scriptural.

0
Avatar
Newbie

That is what you think because you interpreted the bible that way and like you said you can call it what u like it's no pagan practice period.

Shouldn't people be ashamed of themselves criticizing birthday as pagan practice, yet they engage themselves in one way or another with supposed pagan practices. Since people want to be an exemplary Christ- like, for a start how about supposed people back off from using the internet, or a computer for a start; most computer makers are not operating the Christ like way. Turn down your job offers because your employers are corrupt, after all the bible said give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and God what belongs to God

0
Avatar
Newbie

, and maybe we 'all' should stop elections too, and stop everythng and anythng civil,

paganisn=birthdays?!

i wonder why the 3wise men went to visit jesus when he was born, with 3 GIFTS

, or just maybe cos they were ''WISE'',

May God keep givin me wisdom and common sense,.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Christainity means being christ-like, Jesus christ and his disciples did not celebrate birthday, yes for sure no records in the bible that they did,

is not the matter of JW stuffs is factual, so if you say u are a chrsitain then follow the christ and do what he did when he was on earth,

if u clain to be a christain and do contracy you are u fooling yourself,

IF you like it or not Birthday is a pagan celebration call is what u like,

ace

thaz all folks,

let those who can hear do,

if you dont buy the notion take a walk and dont abuse anybody,

nairaland i saluta all of u guys, miss nija,

0
Avatar
Newbie

I told you those who do it are herectic like you miserable cross worshippers

0
Avatar
Newbie

Birthday is pagan innovation period. Fasting, marriage, eating etc were first done by our first parent Adam and eve who happen to be true believers

0
Avatar
Newbie

For one to think that Pharaoh celebrated a birthday and would thus take any one that celebrates a birthday ceremony as being paganic, really has an absurd thinking.

Ok. If celebration of birthdays by pagans makes it paganic then learning the sciences and being educated in the ways of Egypt as done by Moses and even Daniel in the case of Babylon made him a pagan as well. We have to think realistically and in the light of love. SOmetimes I really do think that those who castigate the practices of christians are just being legalistic not reading the spirit behind the letters but the letters only. Have they not heard that meditation brings out the spirit in the letters?All the reasons proffered by those who celebrate birthdays tend towards worship of God in the spirit;faith that he is and he is the one that prolongs life.

I think that these explanations should clarify the issue to an extent.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Birthdays are associated partly with religious practice, don't you know that?

And b'day predates, with thousand years, internet. Further still, the OP is about b'day.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Technology (in yoruba) is associated with Sango and Ogun.

Fasting is also religious practive.

I use these as examples to point out why there is NOTHING wrong with birthdays. If you don't want to celebrate them, then stop. Nobody is forcing you. And mind your own business instead of nosing around and complaining about other people celebrating their own birthdays.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Don't be ridiculous, jesus enjoin marriage and i can prove it to you in ur bible if you are ignorant of ur bible.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Sigh.

Common sense is not common.

I said Marriage is pagan. You said everyone marries.

Using the same logic, everyone celebrates birthdays.

Do you not understand?

During Jesus time there were weddings, and there was sex, just like there were birthdays, what does this have to do with anything?

0
Avatar
Newbie

You get strong head o, we are admonishing you that Bday is a pagan innovation, or don't you know what is innovation.

During jesus time there was Bday so whatz yo xcuse

0
Avatar
Newbie

Exactly. Birthdays are not religious either. Cut it off.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Christianity = 200+ years old

Islam = much younger than christianity

marriage = waaaay before the birth of christ.

Simple logic.

Fasting? Budhist writings define and speak about fasting LONG before Saudi Arabia existed.

Druids, Sango worshippers, they all fast.

Did you really think Mohammed invented it?

0
Avatar
Newbie

Really? Strangely you're unable to point out what part of my post is funny.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Lol: did i mention civilization to you or civic innovation. Do me a favour and quote or have your research if marriage, fasting etc were innovated by pagans. Am waiting !

0
Avatar
Newbie

Fasting is pagan, yet muslims do it.

Marriages are pagan

Sex is pagan.

Again, why are you on the internet?

And Jesus had a reputation (amongst the pharisees) of being someone who went out "partying",

0
Avatar
Newbie

@bandres: Birthday was a kind of culture of the pagan like the op post said and this is the very reason why jesus and the disciples never did it even though it exist at their time, so why will you later christian embraced it. Reason with me

0
Avatar
Newbie

@banderas thankyou, u nailed it

@abuzola, wot ru talkn about, ur not in anyway betta than d poster, u always luk 4anythn to say even when not necessary!, grow up!!its nt by ranting

0
Avatar
Newbie

true talk, funny how people assume everything has to be backed by some scripture. that's what differentiates a fanatic from a normal human, they probe into things so much that they lose the basis of their initial question. The more you look the less you see

0
Avatar
Newbie

This is damn funny.

The bible didn't instruct you to breathe, yet still you do.

Pagans also pray, and probably did before the advent of christianity. Will you then stop?

I haven't seen instruction in the bible or quoran that it's okay to drive a car. Or drink water from the fridge. Or use any form of technology (including the PC). These discoveries were to a large extent made by pagans. Hahaha. The PC is pagan, log off at once. The internet is pagan also

This thread confirms it - religion is BACKWARD.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Yeah.

God Bless Nigeria!

0
Avatar
Newbie

na wa o for the poster, I have heard it all on nairaland.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@OP

Because God did not command it does not mean that celebrating it is bad, therefore, it's not pagan. If you have money to celebrate your life, then do it, if u don't then I guess. My birthday is next month/labor weekend and I sure hell ain't killing nobody, instead, I'm taking off all week/end off to; Vegas baby Vegas . I don't understand why people twist the bible upside down to suit their belief which is cool, but don't criticize everyone else who disagrees with you. I will tell you get used to it.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Anybody wey get money fit celebrate his/her birthday, if u no get money u fit go read bible where they behead people head for birthday occasions, I guess it's a better way to tell ur friends u r broke on ur birthday

0
Avatar
Newbie

To every true christian, your belief brings you closer to God. Also the way you see him. Do u see Him as a father u can run to n talk to no matter what, one who feels what you feel, a father who smiles with you, laughs with you and loves you inspite of all or do you see God as someone with a perpetual frown on his face and a whip in his hand ready to strike at the slightest provocation to put us in line.

Let God lead you and follow what he has put in your heart. He wants you to be happy so do what makes you happy and glorifies Him all the way.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@last poster. Thank you very much for the hadith, they thought muslims transgress like them, going beyond the scope of Quran and hadith

@osisi, can you see how ur folks refuted ur claim that Christian is christian religion. Lol

0
Avatar
Newbie

HELLO, ALL,

The evidence in the Qur’aan and Sunnah indicates that celebrating birthdays is a kind of bid’ah or innovation in religion, which has no basis in the pure sharee’ah. It is not permitted to accept invitations to birthday celebrations, because this involves supporting and encouraging bid’ah. Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Or have they partners with Allaah (false gods) who have instituted for them a religion which Allaah has not allowed…?” [al-Shoora 42:21]

“Then We have put you (O Muhammad) on a plain way of (Our) commandment. So follow that, and follow not the desires of those who know not. Verily, they can avail you nothing against Allaah (if He wants to puish you). Verily, the zaalimoon (wrongdoers) are awliyaa’ (protectors, helpers, etc.) to one another, but Allaah is the Wali (Protector, Helper) of the muttaqoon (pious).” [al-Jaathiyah 45:18-19]

“Follow what has been sent down unto you from your Lord, and follow not any awliyaa’ (protectors, helpers, etc.) besides Him. Little do you remember!” [al-A’raaf 7:3]

According to saheeh reports, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever does something that is a not part of this matter of ours (i.e., Islam) will have it rejected” (reported by Muslim in his Saheeh); and “The best of speech is the Book of Allaah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). The most evil of things are those which have been newly invented (in religion), and every innovation is a going astray.” There are many other ahaadeeth that convey the same meaning.

,

0
Avatar
Newbie

When ur bday reach make u no celeb am u hia?

Na today nyase dey back?

Abegi jo,

0
Avatar
Newbie

Truth is, if anyone of you spent a little time just to find out the basis and origins of most of what obtains in present day christianity, yu'll be shocked. Birthdays are the least of your worries, but to many of us,we are too busy to search beyond the obvious but just willing to accept what was passed on to us by our parents and pastors. To many of us, we are just content with being ignorant and that is very, very sad.

My advice is simple: always do adequate research before making comments on sensitive issues or else you sound like an ignorant fool.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@ Abuzola - Christainity is not a religion, it is more than that, Christainity is a lifestyle, the very life of GOD HIMSELF imparted in human, 1Peter 1:23; John 1:1-13

0
Avatar
Newbie

Abuz,you're either running a deficit educationally or the hunger is getting to you.If people who celebrate birthdays are heretics,welcome to the club.Because i know you must have had ur share of birthday parties before you became brainwashed.De Owambe that u people do nko?

0
Avatar
Newbie

So what is ur religion or are an atheist ?

0
Avatar
Newbie

Hahaha. See me see people want to devour me simply for telling the truth. Muhammad never said we should celebrate his birthday, those celebrating it are herectic like you.

Please check your dictionary the differences between christian and christianity before taking up with me else you will be humiliating yourself just like now. To do me and others a favour kindly show us in the bible where Paul said christianity or christian is a religion. Am waiting . If you cam't then save your stories to yourself

0
Avatar
Newbie

Christians celebrate birthdays to glorify God and than god for keeping them safe and sound throught the year. Christians celebrate birthdays to appreciate God for giving them the opportunity to see another year. Just because birthday events recorded in the Bible had bad reports dosen't mean I cannot celebrate my own birthday. The question is - What is the meaning of birthday?. A birthday, as the term implies, is the anniversary of the particular day on which a person was born. The day Jesus was born, what happened according to the reports in the Bible. The Heavens opened and the Angels glorify God that our saviour has been born. He was later given gifts by the 3 wise men or call them whatever you want. . There is nothing wrong in celebrating your birthday as long as you used it to remember your creator and glorify God Almighty. Period!

0
Avatar
Newbie

god told us in d book of psalms to countour days and apply our hearts to wisdom,so dt is saying we should mark our birthday.i dont see anything wrong in celebrating a birthday,if only d motive is right,according to what nezan said.i agree with him totally.

0
Avatar
Newbie

i dont think there is anything wrong in a girl giving a guy gifts because it only shows that the girl luvs and cares 4 d guy but d guy shouldnt use dt to be xploiting d lady.

0
Avatar
Newbie

@poster

I'm a Christian; I celebrate my birthdays when I have got the chips. I neither kill nor behead people on my birthday.

0
Avatar
Newbie
Your answer
Add image

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.