> Birthdays: > > First of all, there's the question of how birthday celebrations are > presented in the bible. Is it in a favorable light or not? > There are only two refrences to any such celebrations in the bible: > > Gen. 40:20-22 which says 'Now on the third day it turned out to be > Pharaoh's birthday, and he proceeded to make a feast...accorrdingly he > returned the chief of the cupbearers to his post of cupbearer...but the > chief of the bakers he hung up." > > Matt. 14:6-30 which says 'When Herod's birthday was being celebrated the > daughter of Herodias danced at it and pleased Herod so much that he > promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Then she, under her > mother's coaching said: 'Give me here upon a platter the head of John the > Baptist'...He sent and had John beheaded in the prison" > > In 2 Timoth 3:16,17 we read All Scripture is inspoired of God and > beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for > disciplining in righteousness that the man of God may be fully competent, > completely equipped for every good work. > > nothing in the bible is just there on a whim, instead, as the scripture at > 2 Tim 3:16,17 points out, everything in the bible is there for a reason. > Take note of the fact that God's word reports unfavorably about bithday > celebrations. > > now the second question is how did early Christians and Jews of Bible times > view birthday celebrations? this question is important because the Jews in > bible tiems were God's chosen people and the early Christians were taught > either directly by Jesus or by one of his apostals. The boot, The History > of the Christian Religion and Church, During the Three First Centuries (new > York, 1848) by Augustus Nander (translated by Henry John Rose) on pag 190 > states: > "The notion of a birthday festival was far from the ideas of the Christians > of this period in general" > The the Imperial Bible-dictionary (London, 1874), edited by Patrick > Fairbairn, Vol. I, Page 225 states "The later hebrews looked on the > celbration of birthdays as part of idolatrous worship, a view which would > be abundantly confirmed by what they saw of the common observances > associated with these days." > > Since the Jews in bible times who were under a special contract with God > and were given an extensive set of laws to live by avoided birthdays as > idol worthsip AND the early christians who were first taught by Jesus > himself then by his apostals shunned the practice, people living now that > want to endever to live as close to what God requires as possible do well > to look at the examples of these two groups. > > The next thing to consider is what the origin of popular customs associated > with birthday celebrations are. > Schwabische Zeitung (magazine supplement Zeit and Welt), published april > 3/4 1981 on page 4 says: > "The various customs with which people today celebrate their birthdays have > a long history. Their origins lie in the realm of magic and religion. The > customs of offering congratulations, presenting gifts and celebrating - > complete with lighted candles- in anchinet times were meant to protect the > birthday celebrant from the demons and to ensure his security for the > coming year...down to the fourth century, Christianity rejected the > birthday celebration as a pagan custom.' > > The book, The Lore of Birthdays (New York, 1952), Ralph and Adelin Linton > pp. 8, 18-20 states: > "The Greeks belived that everyone had a protective spirit or Daemon who > attended his birth and watched over him in life. This spirit had a mystic > relation with the god on whose birthday the individual was born. The Romans > also subscribed to this idea...This notion was carried down in human belief > and is reflected in the guardian angel, the fairy godmother and the patron > saint...The custom of lighted candles on the cakes started with the > Greeks...Honey cakes, round as the moon and lit with tapers were placed ion > the temple alters of Artemis...Birthday candles, in folk belief, are > endowed with special magic for granting wishes...Lighted tapers and > sacrificial fires have had a special mystic significance ever since man > first set up altars to his gods. The birthday candles are thus an honor and > tribute to the birthday child and bring good fortune...Birthday greetings > and wishes for happiness are an intrinsic part of this holiday...Orginally > the idea was rooted in magic...Birthday greetings have power for good or > ill because one is closer to the spirit world on this day." > > There are many other refrence works avilable at the library and on the net > concerning the origins of birthdays and the customs with them. The > celbration is steeped in all sorts of God dishonoring practices and so, > true christians avoid it as did the early Jews, Jesus himself and the early > Christians. Hopefuly this helps answer the question?
Basically, it boils down to it originating from idolotrous and pagan / magic / demon worship.