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THE BELIEVER’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS BIRTHDAYS
It does not take too much of an effort to find out that, although there are many references to the age of people in Biblical times, birthdays were not celebrated by any of the “heroes of faith” in Scriptures – at least not in the way they are generally celebrated today. It is also not difficult to establish that birthday celebrations have a pagan origin and that there were (and still is) a great multitude of birthday customs and rituals originating from all forms of ancient pagan worship and the desire of the people of old to bring honour to their so-called “gods”. Here are just a few sources confirming and underlining this irrefutable fact:
“The ancient world of Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Persia celebrated the birthdays of gods, kings, and nobles” (The Encyclopedia Americana – 1991 edition).
“Mesopotamia and Egypt, the cradles of civilisation, were also the first lands in which men remembered and honoured their birthdays. The keeping of birthday records was important in ancient times principally because a birth date was essential for the casting of a horoscope” (The Lore of Birthdays, by Ralph and Adelin Linton).
“[The early believers] did not celebrate [the Messiah’s] birth because they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom” (The World Book Encyclopedia, Volume 3).
“Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years. In early civilisations, where the development of a calendar made an organised reckoning of birth dates possible, the horoscopes of ruling monarchs, their successors and rivals had to be cast with care and birthday omens meticulously examined, for the prospects of the mighty would affect the prospects of the entire society” (Birthdays, by Linda Rannells Lewis).
“The custom of observing birthdays was very ancient and widely extended. In Persia they were celebrated with peculiar honour and banquets, and in Egypt the king’s birthday was observed with great pomp (Gen. 40:20). No reference is made in scripture of the celebration of birthdays by the Jews themselves… The later Jews regarded the celebration of birthdays as a part of idolatrous worship” (Unger’s Bible Dictionary).
“Josephus (BJ vii.3.1) refers to Titus’ celebration of his brother’s and father’s birthdays (genethlia) by slaughtering Jewish captives. By the time of the NT, genesia could be used to designate the birthday celebration of a living prominent person, hence Mt. 14:6; Mk. 6:21. When Herod celebrated his birthday he was acting in accord with a Hellenistic custom; there is no evidence for the celebration of birthdays in Israel in pre-Hellenistic times” (The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia).
“Not one from all the saints is found to have celebrated a festive day or a great feast on the day of his birth. No one is found to have had joy on the day of the birth of his son or daughter. Only sinners rejoice over this kind of birthday” (Homilies on Leviticus 1-16, by Origen of Alexandria).
“The highest of all holidays in the Satanic religion is the date of one’s own birthday. This is in direct contradiction to the holy of holy days of other religions, which deify a particular god who has been created in an anthropomorphic form of their own image, thereby showing that the ego is not really buried. The Satanist feels: ‘Why not really be honest and if you are going to create a god in your image, why not create that god as yourself'” (The Satanic Bible, by Anton Szandor LaVey).
“Among people with well developed sense of time, birthdays mark the transition from one stage of being to another. Because any change is dangerous, birthdays are the times when good and evil spirits and influences have the opportunity to attack the celebrants who at these times are in peril. The presence of friends and the expression of good wishes help to protect the celebrant against the unknown pervasive peril. Ceremonies and games at birthdays frequently are a symbolic wiping out of the past and starting anew” (Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, by Funk & Wagnalls).
In the light of this clear evidence, together with the fact that at both the two confirmed birthday celebrations that we know of in Scriptures (those of the Pharaoh in Bereshit / Genesis 40 and of King Herod in MattitYahu / Matthew 14 and Mark 6) someone was murdered, believers in the Name of Yahweh should approach the matter of birthday celebrations with extreme caution. The warning throughout Scriptures is echoed repeatedly: Do not bow down to their mighty ones, nor do according to their works (Shemot / Exodus 23:24). Do not learn the way of the gentiles (YermeYahu / Jeremiah10:2); Do not do as they do in the land of Mitsrayim (Wayyikra / Leviticus 18:3); Do not walk in the laws (i.e. customs) of other nations (Wayyikra / Leviticus 20:23); Do not be ensnared to follow these nations (Devarim / Deuteronomy 12:30); Do not defile yourselves with the idols of Mitsrayim (Yechezkel / Ezekiel 20:7); Do not be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2); We have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the desire of the gentiles (1 Kepha / 1 Peter 4:3).
Even the traditional “birthday wish” in many of our modern languages, like “happy birthday” in English and “veels geluk” in Afrikaans, is polluted with pagan traces. The word “happy” is related to the name of the ancient Nile deity (or mighty one) called Apis, Hapi, Hap or Hep. Apis or Hapi was, among other things, revered as “father of the gods”, “provider of fertility and vegetation” and often portrayed with the symbol of a bull or a calf – could this, by the way, be the origin of the idea of making a golden calf while Mosheh was on the mountain receiving the instructions of Yahweh; an idea copied from the time when the people of Yisrael had been in close contact with the customs and religion of old Mitsrayim (Egypt)? In later cultures Apis was still very much “alive”. Apis (pronounced “happy”) was worshiped in Old England when it was under the rule of Rome. Wishing someone a “happy birthday” is in reality a wish that the “good luck” and the “good fortune” coming from Apis, in combination with other pagan deities, will come upon that person and remain with him or her for the coming year! The idea of “good luck” and “good fortune” is very much paganistic in origin and may also be heard in the Afrikaans saying, “veels geluk”. It is clear that believers in Yahweh and his Word should refrain from these kind of congratulations and celebrations altogether.
Should we therefore pay no tribute whatsoever or make no wish or take no notice at all when it is our own or someone else’s “birthday”? The answer is: Pay tribute to Yahweh only, for showing favour and caring for us – providing us with good health, a preserved life and daily gifts from Above. Wish (and pray) Yahweh’s favour upon one another – not only on “birthdays” but whenever the opportunity arises. And if you have a desire to invite people for a special occasion, convert these meetings into celebrations of Yahweh’s faithfulness and his wonderful gifts, especially the gift of life and the hope of an eternal inheritance. And when you are invited to someone else’s birthday party or even just an intimate and / or private celebration, make sure (as far as possible) that no pagan traditions or typical birthday customs (like blowing out candles and making a wish, or excessive giving of presents, or temptation towards
drunkenness) are followed. Once again, the criterion should be: Is this a celebration of Yahweh’s favour and faithfulness or is it just an excuse to satisfy selfish and carnal desires and to focus on man – his abilities and achievements and talents, and nothing more?