Saturday, December 17, 2011
Why Jehovah's Witnesses Do Not Celebrate Christmas
A lot of people think Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs) are not only crazy, but bound for hell. Too bad. They don't think the same thing about the rest of the world. They believe that when you die, if you are part of the Elect (144,000 as mentioned in the Bible), you will go to heaven. The rest of humanity has the opportunity to be resurrected to an earthly paradise and remain there, as long as one is virtuous. Those who turn away from the JWs' message will simply cease to exist. No eternal soul condemned to an eternal hell. That would violate the loving nature of Jehovah.
Now, JWs do not celebrate most holidays or birthdays. They only celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, whom they consider the Savior, distinct from Jehovah, and came to earth to do a job. No Trinity either.
Here's what they say about Christmas:
But why don't Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate Christmas? Jehovah's Witnesses take their worship very seriously and insist upon keeping their worship of God undefiled (James 1:27). So Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas simply because Christmas has pagan origins and associations; Christmas is based upon falsehoods and Christmas also promotes idolary, a practice the Bible condemns. Jehovah's Witnesses do not want to offend God by imitating these celebrations which incorporate so much falsehood and are associated with the most horrible beliefs from the past.
Now you know, if you didn't before. It makes as much sense as any other view of this (pagan) holiday, don't you think?
In the mean time, believe as you choose, enjoy (or not) Christmas in your own way and see you in the new year.
(If for any reason you'd be interested in learning more about this particular sect/cult/religion, the Watchtower Society will be glad to inform and educate you. Here's the site: http://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/15-minute-guide-to-truth.php )