The body of Christ lives in all Christian people, to deny this would be to refute that God created man to have an innate understanding about his frail but yet potent affirmation with the creator. As this time and days travel into the future, is it a sin to celebrate the coming and going of one’s life and times? Does God give us the right to celebrate our birthday, the very year that begat our birth? There has been much controversy related to this very issue, and yet many Christian people do celebrate the year and date they were born. Many Christian men and women feel as though celebrating their birthday is a rite of passage – a practice that ushers in the coming of maturity, which is accepted as a sign of wisdom and prosperity. What does Genesis Chapter 40:Verse 20-23 offer in the explanation on celebrating birthdays. “And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
21: And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:
22: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.
23: Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.”
It would seem that God may not disapprove about celebrating one’s birthday; it would give the impression as how we celebrate our maturity in life, and how we should act accordingly in God’s grace – is proof of one’s Christian faith. The grave awaits us all, but how we live this life, and what we contribute in this life, may be one of the most important and vital attributes that we contribute to one another. Without a doubt, God does take displeasure in celebrating anything that becomes a profane attempt to bring pleasure to one’s own vanity. St. Matthew: 6 21. “But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.” Not only did King Herod regret giving his daughter the right to set a man to death, his birthday was marked as a traitorous mistake by his ill favored judgment.
Maybe the best attribute that Christians can celebrate, is to give praise to the lord of mercy, where Jesus set the precipice for all mankind to follow. In the wonder of our modern world, many Christian people celebrate their birthday and rejoice as if it were a coming of age – maturing into the realm of this life.
There are many religions that are in opposition on birthday celebrating, the Jehovah Witness believe that the credence and custom of this world-wide tradition is not welcome by God. This type of controversy has sparked a rage of debate from many Christian people who question their right to celebrate the gift of life. The Jehovah Witness organization proclaims that “the early Christians did not celebrate birthdays. The custom of celebrating birthdays comes from ancient false religions. True Christians give gifts and have good times together at other times during the year.”
The way that this passage reads, does not give many other Christian people the option of celebrating birthdays. Should today’s Christians presume that God disapproves of modern-man participating in this type of celebration? The Holy Bible does give and support further explanation on the celebration of birthdays, as contained in this next potent prolific verse. Matthew 6:27, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” God may suggest that our days are numbered upon the very time we are born into this existence, and if we are to celebrate each year of our birth – may we do so in a humble commemoration.
Many of today’s modern Christian-Beliefs clash with traditional Christian-Writing which does not give any valid reason why Christian men and women cannot participate in celebrating one’s birthday. In God’s eyes, everything that he created was to be celebrated and cherished in a most special way. This may even be more of a reason to live out our days in humble obedience, giving thanks for the maturity of our Christian lives.