BIRTHDAYS

T. PIERCE BROWN

“Is it lawful for us to observe or celebrate our birthday?” The Bible does not say anything directly about that subject. It speaks in Galatians 4:10 about observing days, months, times, and years, but the preceding verses show that he is talking to those days of the Law of Moses, and the whole context shows that he was (as in verse 5) speaking of redeeming them that were under the law. So the days are the religious days of the Jewish law which they were not to observe. Any day which we would observe as a RELIGIOUS day would be wrong, whether it be a birthday, Christmas, or any other man-made holiday. However Paul shows in Romans 14:5-6 that it is O.K. for a person to think of a day above another day as long it was just a private remembrance, and not a religious day, binding upon Christians. The fact that Luke1:15showed that many would rejoice at the birth of John shows that it is not wrong to rejoice on a birthday. I Cor. 12:26 indicates that when a person is honored, we are supposed to rejoice with him, so if a person is honorable, and has a birthday, since we are supposed to give honor to whom honor is due (Rom. 13:7)it is appropriate to celebrate that birthday. Since Phil 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice,” and since there is no prohibition of which we are aware that would prevent us from rejoicing about the day we were born, we conclude that God would not be displeased for us to celebrate any occasion that we thought was proper, as long as we did it in a decent and orderly manner.

 

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