The question is what observances did Christ say to keep? Did he say to specifically not celebrate his birthday? No, but when you tell your children not to do something, do you spell out every detail? When they do something they know they shouldn't be doing, and say you didn't specifically say not to do it, do you accept that and move on?
The greatest difference between JWs and the rest of Christendom can be answered with just one question. What day do you observe the memorial on?
Everyone else will falter around and perhaps come up with a day in May, but JWs will say at sunset on Niacin 14, which falls on the first full moon after the vernal equinox, the Memorial of the Last Supper. This is the only day, aside from wedding anniversaries, that Christ said to continue keeping, yet Jehovah's Witnesses are the only Christian organization that does.
Whatever you may say about whether it is right or wrong to observe the man-made holidays created since the first congregations, the fact remains that Christendom does not observe the one day Christ said to keep. What does that say for the leaders of Christendom, that they ignore that one important day of the year, and don't even know what day it falls on?
This question gets asked a lot, yet the facts of why are clearly evident. Even the Churches of Christendom recognize that the holidays and observances are not in keeping with Bible teachings, yet they fear that doing anything about it will jeopardize their positions and power. Check any religious encyclopeia about the holidays and their history.
So the question is not why don't witnesses celebrate the holidays, but why do you celebrate something not taught in the Bible? Further, why don't you know what day Christ said to observe and why don't you observe it on that day?
Whatever you may think of any of the other beliefs of JWs, you have to ask yourself is the need to observe these holidays more important than observing the day Christ said to keep?
1982 Corning, CA Congregation
For cause, but not the ones ex-JWs who want to put themselves on a pedestal, want you to believe.
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