Birthdays

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Aid to Bible Understanding, 1969 ed., p 237

"However, there is no indication in the Scriptures that faithful worshipers of Jehovah ever indulged in the pagan practice of annually celebrating birthdays."


The Watchtower, July 15, 1980, p. 31

"So even though the Bible does not contain a specific prohibition against birthday celebrations, Jehovah's Witnesses have long noted the Scriptural indications and have not celebrated birthdays. In this, they harmonize with the pattern of the earliest Christians."


The Watchtower, September 1, 1992, p. 31

"Given the known origin of celebrating birthdays, and more important, the unfavorable light in which they are presented in the Bible, Jehovah's Witnesses have ample reason to abstain from the practice."


The Watchtower, July 15, 1994, p. 25

"The celebration of birthdays is regarded by most people today as merely an innocent custom. But the Bible does not paint a positive picture of this tradition."


The Watchtower, April 15, 1995, p. 30

"According to The World Book Encyclopedia, 'the Early Christians did not celebrate [Jesus'] birth because they considered the celebration of anyone's birthday to be a pagan custom."


The Watchtower, May 15, 1995, p. 19

"In time, it was seen that if the most important birth that ever took place could not be celebrated, we should not celebrate any birthday."


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