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...
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