• Why don't Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate Christmas?

    Best answer: Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas because of their reasoning on Ephesians 5:10, 11 and 1 Corinthians 10:20, 21, among other scriptures. More on that in a moment, please. I found it exceedingly curious that one person’s response, rather than giving a factual explanation for why Jehovah's... show more
    Best answer: Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas because of their reasoning on Ephesians 5:10, 11 and 1 Corinthians 10:20, 21, among other scriptures. More on that in a moment, please.

    I found it exceedingly curious that one person’s response, rather than giving a factual explanation for why Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas, simply proceeded to inform all of the many things he feels are wrong about them. You have heard it often: they “blindly” obey the Watchtower Society and the governing body, they judge others as evil if they put one day above another, they have no problem with hypocrisy since they call the fourth day of the week Wednesday. Gasp! incidentally, in America, Monday is the first day of the week according to the international standard which makes Thursday the fourth day. But in the U.S, Canada and Japan, Monday is the second day of the week which would make Wednesday the fourth day. So I guess where you live determines whether you are a hypocrite when it comes to the day of the week. But yes, Jehovah's Witnesses still call the day Wednesday. Seriously, what do you think this person would have them call it? Most of the world operates on the Gregorian calendar (introduced by Pope Gregory XIII) which came into existence in the 16th century. Before then, folks were on the Julian calendar - introduced in 46 B.C.E. when Julius Caesar issued a decree changing the Roman calendar from a lunar year to a solar year. August was named after Augustus Caesar; July after Julius, June after Juno queen of the gods. Christians of the first century used the names of these months with no problem and they were not censured for this. They most assuredly were not being hypocritical and there is no basis upon which to make such a contention. This person’s attempt at applying reason with the use of calling the names of the week as an example of the so-called hypocrisy of the Witnesses bears no resemblance to reason at all.

    Jehovah's Witnesses do not judge anyone respecting Christmas. People ask us why we do not celebrate it, we give them a scriptural answer and then the people get upset and say we “judge them.” How silly is that? If you want to celebrate Christmas, do it.

    Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas because of their reasoning on Ephesians 5:10, 11 and 1 Corinthians 10:20, 21, among other scriptures.
    It is well-established that Christmas and its attendant features are pagan in origin and have unsavory beginnings. Although many attempt to apply Biblical scenarios to their activities of Christmas, such is not the case. For instance, the exchanging of gifts at Christmas is not based on what the magi did. They did not exchange gifts with people, they gave gifts to the child. Moreover, they did not arrive on Christ’s birthday. By the time they got there, Jesus was living in a house with his parents. Moreover, the sorcerers (yes sorcerers) were not there to celebrate Christ’s birthday and they most assuredly were not there to worship him. They were pagans, they worshipped false gods. By their own admission, they were looking for the one ‘born king of the Jews.” Why? Anciently, it was the practice to present kings with gifts. Compare for instance 1 Kings 10:1, 10 and 1 Samuel 10:24, 27.

    Why would worshippers taint pure worship with pagan idolatrous practices? God roundly condemns that. Every time the ancient Hebrews did it, they were severely punished and fell out of favor with God. When they participated in festivals for Baal, and continued to try to serve God, God was incensed! And what was his response when they made that golden calf? They has JUST told God that were willing to follow all of his commandments including the first one regarding idolatry. But what had they learned in Egypt? See Joshua 24:21. Now they were to put away all of their idolatrous practices and worship only Jehovah and this they said they were willing to do. Do we think they thought that calf was Jehovah? Of course not. They decided they needed a visual since Moses was taking so long and they concluded that an Egyptian idol would give them just what they needed. Meantime, they would just continue to worship Jehovah. Three thousand were put to death that very day. It is as Paul says under inspiration at 1 Corinthians 10:21, you cannot partake of the table of the demons and the table of Jehovah. Jehovah is not having it.

    There is much more scripturally on which to reason but this should be sufficient to serve as explanation for why Jehovah's Witnesses remain far away from anything that is tainted by false worship, idolatry, false religion. You simply cannot separate Christmas and its features from its false worship. The practice itself did not even come into existence until the fourth century. Jehovah's Witnesses refrain because they do not wish to damage, jeopardize or destroy their relationship with the Sovereign Lord God Jehovah. They wish to honor, respect and glorify both Jehovah God and our reigning king Christ Jesus. This means making sure of what pleases them and rejecting anything that dishonors or disrespects them, no matter how pretty that thing seems to be. Christmas dishonors and disrespects Jehovah God and Jesus Christ.

    Hannah J Paul
    67 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • Was religion created merely from the fear of death and not knowing what happens to us after death?

    Best answer: To some degree. There's a higher power, whether you believe it or not, but its incomprehensible and that doesn't make people feel safe and secure. They want specific dates, figures and rules so they can feel safe and secure, yes.
    Best answer: To some degree. There's a higher power, whether you believe it or not, but its incomprehensible and that doesn't make people feel safe and secure. They want specific dates, figures and rules so they can feel safe and secure, yes.
    46 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 24 hours ago
  • Why are atheists so against discrimination yet have no problem with discriminating against Christians?

    It is funny how a lot of atheists talk about being opposed to discrimination on the basis of race, sexuality, or gender, yet they take no issue with discriminating against Christians. They don't want God in the public sphere (i.e. our government or public education), yet they don't mind it when the... show more
    It is funny how a lot of atheists talk about being opposed to discrimination on the basis of race, sexuality, or gender, yet they take no issue with discriminating against Christians. They don't want God in the public sphere (i.e. our government or public education), yet they don't mind it when the government gives Muslims religious freedom (including entering our country) illegally or indoctrinating impressionable children into believing that Muslims deserve equal rights. I know an Atheist who went to a Mosque for the sole purpose of learning about Islam, yet they won't step foot in a church. So, tell me: Why do atheists seem to despise Christians a lot more than other religious people?
    24 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 18 hours ago
  • Is abortion murder?

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    Bonus question: Are blowjobs cannibalism?
    29 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 day ago
  • Can atheists feel love?

    Best answer: I'm sure some of them can feel love for family, pets or whatever. I have personally found more atheists to be very cold, immoral, cruel, and emotionally unstable/unpredictable than most Christians. Let's say for example I place an ad for a room to rent out to someone. I would feel much safer renting to a... show more
    Best answer: I'm sure some of them can feel love for family, pets or whatever. I have personally found more atheists to be very cold, immoral, cruel, and emotionally unstable/unpredictable than most Christians. Let's say for example I place an ad for a room to rent out to someone. I would feel much safer renting to a Christian or even a heavily religious person of any background, rather than an atheist. I have rented to both atheists and Christians. I had rented out rooms years ago, and today I'm still friends with one of the Christian women that I rented to. The atheist guy and I got into a fist fight, so no I am not friends with him anymore. I'm certain however that there are plenty of well mannered and kind self professed atheists in the world, and occasionally I'll meet one or two.
    53 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 days ago
  • How the hell do people still believe in " god "?

    I literally can't fathom the fact that people still believe in this invisible being floating in space that no one actually sees or has a conversation with. How the hell are so many people brainwashed?
    I literally can't fathom the fact that people still believe in this invisible being floating in space that no one actually sees or has a conversation with. How the hell are so many people brainwashed?
    24 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 4 hours ago
  • If God exists then is he some sort of sicko for making this world the way it is?

    Best answer: For his own amusement? Yes he must be a sicko.
    Best answer: For his own amusement? Yes he must be a sicko.
    35 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 days ago
  • When is Jesus' real birthday?

    Best answer: Based on the Bible, it tells us about when it was - during lambing season which is March/April in the area. We don't know the exact day he was born, but what matters is he was born, he was on earth for 33 yrs and he died for our sins and rose from the dead. And he is coming back soon. So does it really... show more
    Best answer: Based on the Bible, it tells us about when it was - during lambing season which is March/April in the area. We don't know the exact day he was born, but what matters is he was born, he was on earth for 33 yrs and he died for our sins and rose from the dead. And he is coming back soon.

    So does it really matter when his real birthday is?
    30 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 19 hours ago
  • Christians, do you believe that abortion is murder, if you do why?

    Best answer: They can't because they know that God terminates more pregnancies than Man does
    Best answer: They can't because they know that God terminates more pregnancies than Man does
    23 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 hours ago