Are Birthday’s Evil, like the Jehovah Witnesses say that they are?

Jehovah’s Witnesses in good standing do not celebrate birthdays. They will not even let their children eat birthday cake when someone brings it to their child’s school.  They believe that Birthdays are evil. Mostly because of two passages in the Bible.

The first one is in the Jewish Testament

Genesis 40:20-22 NIV

20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand— 22 but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.
While this is most certainly horrific to think of  what happened to the baker, ask the Jehovah’s Witness is it the birthday or the Pharaoh that is to blame here?  If they say it is his birthday that is to blame ask them if the Pharaoh was a good man for the rest of the year.
Then remind them that the cup bearer was forgiven and restored to his position on the Pharaoh’s Birthday, so the Pharaoh also did a good deed on his birthday.  If an evil event makes the entire day evil, then would not a good event make the day good?

The other passage that they use is in the New Testament

Matthew 14:3-11 (NIV)

 3 Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 4 for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.  6 On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much 7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother.

Once again something bad happens on a birthday, but it did not begin then. Herod wanted to murder John ever since he was arrested.
He didn’t do it right away, not because he a man who was sleeping with his brother’s wife suddenly got a conscience.  He was afraid of the people. He knew the Jews hated him, but loved John, and he was worried that John’s death would cause a riot, which would get him into trouble with Rome.  Birthday or not he would have eventually have killed him. This isn’t a prohibition of Birthdays it is the description of an historical event.  If it is a prohibition against anything it is against making open ended promises like he did with his niece.

The birth of someone you love should be a special event, and birthdays are a way to make a person feel special in a way that would be impossible if you had to do it all year around.  EXP. Most people can’t afford to buy their child an expensive gift every day of the year, nor should they, but they can afford to buy them a bike for their birthday.

Birthdays are not an essential part of our faith, so please don’t get into a big fight over this with them. Try not to fight at all, but if things get more heated then they should, it should be over bigger issues then birthdays.

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Kingdom of the Cults, The

Walter Martin , Ravi Zacharias (Editor)

Should we keep politics, and religion separate?

I used to think that we could not legislate morality, but then someone with a lot clearer thinking then mine set me straight.
If it is wrong to legislate morality then what do we do about laws that protect life? Thou shalt not murder is a moral principle that many of our laws are built around.  Why is it illegal to speed? It isn’t because politicians are party poopers (well many are but that is beside the point). It is illegal to drive 100 miles an hour in a residential area because your chances of murdering an innocent person go way up when there are no traffic laws. We have laws that say you must go to school for a certain amount of years before you can practice medicine. The reason for these laws isn’t without reason. It is because when idiots practice medicine the chances of people dying go way up.
Thou shalt not steal is a moral principle, is it wrong to create laws to protect private property?

It turns out that most if not all good laws have a basis in someone’s morality. I am not saying that all Biblical laws should be made into secular law, a law forcing people to worship God would be a bad idea, because forced worship isn’t worship at all, it is acting.  The trick is to recognize that personal freedom is a moral principle as well. While we can not divorce morality from the law, we do have to balance the idea of personal freedom, with the protection of others. One can not be free to murder, without taking away an innocent person’s right to live. One can not be free to steal without taking away another person’s right to private property.  One can have the freedom not to worship, but they can not have the right of freedom from religion without taking away another person’s right to freedom of religion.

Many good non-religous reasons to obey the Bible

I have been watching the Investigative Discovery channel and I am struck with how many murders begin with the victims doing things that the Bible says not to do. I am NOT saying that these people deserved their fate, But I am saying that this proves that God’s rules are wise. Even if you don’t believe in God his rules serve a purpose, to protect you from the awful consequences of living in a world without them!

What is evil, and where does it come from?

Who decides what is evil?

Is it the individual?

If it were for the individual to decide what is evil, then I could decide to do anything that was good for me, was good.
But if I were to decide to steal your Ipad I think we all know it would be wrong, even if it is good for me.
Moral relativist say we make up our own rules, but they all complain when someone cuts them off in traffic.

Is it societies that get to decide what is good and evil?
In 1933  Hitler’s Germany decided that it was OK to do a lot of do a lot of different things that shook the world to it’s core, including committing  mass murder. If societies get to decide what is good and evil and they decided that mass murder was OK then we could not say that Hitler was wrong. All we could say is we did not like what he did. But sane people all agree that what Hitler did was PURE EVIL. If a society could be that wrong about what is good, and what is evil then clearly societies do not decide what good and evil are.

Does evolution decide what is good and what is evil?

The core of evolution is about survival of the fittest reproducer. Evolution does not care about animals that are to far away to mate with. It is all about you and your pack.  If morality came from evolution it would be wrong to give up your resources, to help someone in a far off place who could not aid in your survival in the least little bit.

If evolution were the cause of morals then morals are all in the gene.
If that is the case then Hitler and Mother Theresa are different in the same way brown eyes , and blue eyes are different. We do not hold people accountable for things that are accidents of birth, but deep down in our souls we know that when someone shoots up a movie theater that person should be held accountable for their actions.
If anyone has ever done anything so evil that we know that person should be punished, then in can not be evolution that is responsible for morality.

The way I see it good and evil can only exist is if it is something that is discovered and not created.

Science can not account for most parts of it’s existence. But yet it is very real.I believe the best way to

account for the existence evil, is the absence or perversion of the good. And the best explanation for good is

God.

The world is a dangerous place.

      When we refuse to judge, we render ourselves powerless. We can’t tell people that they have done a good job, and we can not tell evil people to cool it!  I am so grateful for the Corrie ten Booms and the Irena Sendlers of this world. Their willingness to judge evil saved many lives.  To see so many Christians tell me that I should quit calling out the evil I see hurts my heart.
Not only is Matthew 7:1 taken out of context, but it simply doesn’t make sense to refuse to judge. When you pick out a babysitter for your kids, would you let someone who looked like they sold their body for crack baby sit, or would you prefer to miss work until you could find someone else to take care of your kids?

If you are at a store and see someone smack a kid so hard that they get a split lip and a bloody nose, that is something that a good person CAN NOT ignore! For the good of society sometimes you have to judge!
Now I realize that these cases are extreme, but I believe they prove that there are cases where judging is nessesary.

Did the Germans in Nazi Germany Know what was happening to the Jews?

I used to live in Germany,  and I love the German people this article isn’t about hating Germans.
I have been reading the Nuremberg Trial. One thing I have been noticing in it again and again it that the leaders of the NAZI movement continually claimed that they did not know just how badly the Jews were being treated. I have also heard others claim that the common citizens did not know either. My question is how could they not know that something was rotten?
During the Night of Broken Glass 30 thousand Jews were victimized, and that was just one night at the beginning. How could one not notice that so many people that you used to see daily were gone? Anyone with eyes and ears should have known that something was wrong, even if they did not know just how bad it was. In fact many people did know, some of my greatest heroes are people that during that time risked their lives fighting the evils that went on during those dark days.
Were the good elderly people that I met in Germany hiding a very deep dark side? I don’t think they were evil I think their minds had trouble believing that anyone could really be as evil as people like Hitler were. Even today we fall into this trap. Every time we catch a serial killer or a child rapist, or some one who commits a great evil there are people who stand up to say they don’t believe that the person did anything wrong even with clear evidence that they did.
We don’t want to believe it so we don’t. We don’t want to believe that there are people who are willing to kill babies for a living so we simply doubt that the thing inside a human woman is a human baby.
If you are a Christian you are supposed to be the light of the world. You must fight this impulse to only see the good in folk, and call out the evil you see. But unlike the world when we judge we are supposed to do it with as much love as possible. If loving the person doing the evil is impossible for you do it because you love the victims and you want to prevent any more victims from getting hurt.