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Are Birthday Traditions Pagan

Is celebrating one's birthday or birthday traditions considered pagan?

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Is celebrating one's birthday or birthday traditions considered pagan?

There is nothing in the bible that tells us that birthday celebrations are pagan.

Here is a biblical account of birthday celebration

Job 1:4 And his sons went and feasted [in their] houses, every one his day, and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of [their] feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings [according] to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
---francis on 2/2/13

It is very interesting, any time birthdays are mentioned in the Bible, someone dies. Pharaoh's birthday, beheaded. Herod's birthday, beheaded. Jesus birth, Rachel in Ramah weeping because her children are no more. Job cursed the day that he was born. Jeremiah cursed the day that he was born. The Teacher (Solomon) says better the day of death than the day of birth. LET'S CELEBRATE!

Job 5:7 Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.

Job 14:1
Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble.
---Born on 2/2/13

Mark V: Indeed there is no fault in celebrating our birthday...... Finding a 'birthday' for Christ was indeed done just to have something to celebrate on that day. If someone does not want to celebrate it, that's fine, bit I don't consider there is something wrong with celebrating 25th of December, as long as we know it's not the correct day
---Peter on 2/2/13

---Peter on 2/1/13

short answer

read Job
---francis on 2/2/13

Francis: The Bible verses you quote only list age, they do not list a record of anyone birthday. Someone may know their age, but if their parents did not carefully note their birthday there may be not record of when a person was born.

Just a somewhat silly not. Knowing one's are does not automatically mean knowing one's birthday
---Peter on 2/1/13

Hi, great answers Mark V, God bless :) Mary
---Mary on 11/27/12

What's wrong giving thanks to God for our birthday's? We should be thankful to God for our births. Nothing in Scripture against it. The same goes for giving thanks to God for the birth of Jesus Christ. We don't have a date exact, but nothing wrong with celebrating His birth? We should be thankful He came to save us. No where are we taught not to honor the Lord. We know the date chosen by the Church was to counter the pagan diety celebrations. The church at that time, wanted to make it easy for those pagans and heathens converting who were use to celebrating that day, to now celebrated for the Lord. What the church did many years ago, was their own doing. What we do today, is our own doing. So long as we know in our hearts, that it is for Christ.
---Mark_V. on 11/27/12

everyone who has ever been born, has a BIRTHDAY

Both Jesus and his parents kept track of his birthdays
Luke 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age
Luke 2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

Others in the bible also kept count of their birthdays
Mark 5:42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked, for she was of the age of twelve years.
---francis on 11/26/12

Follow of Christ: 'The Lord Jesus and Apostles never honored or celebrated the Lords birth.'

You do not know that.......

You only know that the Bible does not record them doing that - the Bible does not record every word said between Jesus and His disciples
---Peter on 11/25/12

2 Kings 17:15
And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them, and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.

most people are indignant when someone doesn't acknowledge them on their day of birth. Lords birth is not recorded. The Lord Jesus and Apostles never honored or celebrated the Lords birth.

following and living for heathen traditions you reject God and ignore his warnings. To celebrate, honor, and glorify yourself is not found in a walk with the Lord.
---Follower_of_Christ on 11/24/12

Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years
Genesis 5:6 And Seth lived an hundred and five year
Genesis 5:9 And Enos lived ninety years

we have always kept track of the time that God has given us, and been able to celebrate and than God for ONE MORE YEAR

Is God against celebrations:
Isaiah 38:18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can [not] celebrate thee:

God cage isarel so many many annual feast that they can celebrate surely God is not against celebrating or remembering the years that God has given to us

What intrigues me, is that some pretend that it is not thier birth day

But God marks everything with TIME even the years of man
---francis on 11/22/12

I'm quoting someone else because they put it so well: "The Holy Bible only mentions two birthday celebrations. Both those celebrations were by persons who didn't worship the God of the Bible. And on both those celebrations, someone was killed [See Genesis 40:20-23 and Matthew 14:6-11]. The Hebrews and early Christians didn't celebrate their birthdays."
---Wanda on 11/22/12

They probably are, but I am not going to deny my children/grandchildren a birthday party. I have birthday parties for my parents and they're up there in years. There is so much legalism in the church today, and 'junk' church programs, birthday parties are the least of our worries.
---Lori on 12/23/07

**Are Birthday Traditions Pagan
Is celebrating one's birthday or birthday traditions considered pagan?**

By "Jehovah's Witnesses", they are.
---Okebaram on 5/28/07

Birthdays are no more/or less pagan than months, days of the week, most holidays, democracy, or other aspect of our culture.

Make issues out of real evil, like what destroys the family, drug abuse, crime etc, not trivia
---MikeM on 5/10/07

Bless you Randy :) Tonight at Celebrate Recovery, I will get my 3-year chip--praising God for my very life today. :)
---Mary on 5/10/07

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Good for you Mary. I will pray for you.
---randy on 5/9/07

I think we need every chance we can get to celebrate. celebrating a life is one great way to share joy with one another and to direct that praise to God. I'll celebrate Tuesday for being Tuesday if I have a chance the Church needs more Celebration not less. We are too caught up with not looking worldly that we have become so stiff that we can't have fun.
---Jared on 5/8/07

Even though I'm over 40 now, I am immensely grateful for each birthday God has chosen to give me, especially after almost throwing my life away some years back. Yesterday, too, I celebrated 3 years of sobriety and on Thursday I will get my chip so I'm very grateful to be alive and well today. :)
---Mary on 5/8/07

Weren't all of us considered "pagans" until we came to Jesus?

Isn't this the purpose of Christianity--to take what was alienated from God and use it for His glory?
---Jack on 5/8/07

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I love Birthday celebrations. It's the first day of a brand new year in our lives.
It should be celebrated and fun.
Placing things we celebrate on one side or the other of the fence will have us doing nothing but looking over the fence at others having fun. Our spirits will let us know what is wrong and what is right.
I'm going to be spirit led, enjoy myself, and still be a Godly woman.
---lynet on 5/8/07

To me it is a blessing to see another great year that God gave me. I've had really hard times but by the grace of God I made it. My son will be 8 yrs old in 2 weeks. We are going to celebrate his birthday, with a party. I see nothing wrong with this at all. it is not a sin to celebrate one's birthday.
---Rebecca_D on 5/8/07

Birthdays are a wonderful way to honor another person. They are full of joy,happiness,and love and this world needs more of that. I think there is too much looking for a "snake in the woodpile" about every celebration. People just need to focus more on loving like God does and stop worrying about things being pagan. Focus on the Holy and you don't have to worry about the nonChristian. God will lead you.
---Darlene_1 on 5/8/07

No, it is not pagan to celebrate Birthdays. It is perfectly normal.
---Helen_5378 on 5/8/07

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No. But why would that be a problem if it were? It's not like there aren't other traditions Christians celebrate that weren't taken from Pagans.
---Tammy on 5/8/07

Paganism connotes idolatry and polytheism and satiating the flesh, but birthdays are not representative of that. No, celebrating that a person has survived another year on earth is not pagan.
---Eloy on 5/8/07

The Jews celebrated birthdays. When a woman is delivered of a baby she has joy that a human is born into the world. Jesus was a Jew, "and when they had opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts; gold, and olibanum, and sweet-smelling myrrh." Matthew 2:11. And John was a Jew, "And you will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth." Luke 1:14.
---Eloy on 5/8/07

There is nothing whatsoever in the Bible to say that we should not celebrate the anniversary of our entrance onto God's earth, and birthday parties are a celebration of our lives, which God gave us, here on God's earth. What can be wrong with that?
---alan_of_UK on 5/7/07

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Some people even think rainbows are pagan because they are New Age. And folding your hands is Yoga. This kind of ridiculous theology leads to nothing being good if a heathen uses it.
The rainbow, laughter, and celebration is something God invented. We are not copying the pagans, they are copying us. Go have a nice birthday celebration. Be happy and filled with joy. It's God's desire for us.
---john on 5/7/07

Hi; well put Lori (hope I spelled that right--couldn't see the page when I typed this lol); soooo true--too much legalism and that was what Jesus really came down on when He was on earth. I'm glad He doesn't like legalism either lol :D
---Mary on 5/7/07

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