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Birthday celebration: biblical or not?

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A birthday is a day that comes once a year when a person celebrates the anniversary of his or her birth. Birthdays are celebrated in numerous cultures, often with a gift, party, or rite of passage.

Many religions celebrate the birth of their founders with special holidays (e.g., Buddha’s Birthday, Christmas).

Note the distinction between birthday and birthdate: The former occurs each year (e.g. April 12), while the latter is the exact date a person was born (e.g. April 19, 1985).


In many portions of the world[vague] an individual’s birthday is celebrated by a party where a specially made cake, usually decorated with lettering and the person’s age, is presented. The cake is traditionally studded with the same number of lit candles as the age of the individual, or a number candle representing their age. The celebrated individual usually will make a silent wish and attempt to blow out the candles in one breath; if successful, a tradition holds that the wish will be granted. In many cultures, the wish must be kept secret or it won’t “come true”. Presents are bestowed on the individual by the guests appropriate to her/his age. Other birthday activities may include entertainment (usually by a hired professional, i.e. a clown, magician, or musician), and a special toast or speech by the birthday celebrant. The last stanza of Patty Hill‘s and Mildred Hill‘s famous song, “Good Morning to You” (unofficially titled “Happy Birthday to You“) is typically sung by the guests at some point in the proceedings. In some countries a piñata takes the place of a cake. An occasional activity is spanking the birthday individual, with one usually gentle “swat” for each year since birth.[citation needed] In North America, the celebration of a birthday is fundamentally about celebrating the role of friends and families in an individual’s life and recognizing their importance


Section 1. Christianity

1) Christianity: Early centuries

Origen in his commentary “On Levites” writes that Christians should not only refrain from celebrating their birthdays, but should look on them with disgust.[22]

Orthodox Christianity still prefers the celebration of name days only.

2) Christianity: Medieval

Ordinary folk celebrated their saint’s day (the saint they were named after), but nobility celebrated the anniversary of their birth.[citation needed] The “Squire’s Tale,” one of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, opens as King Cambuskan proclaims a feast to celebrate his birthday.[23]

3) Christianity: Modern

While most Christians accept the practice today, Jehovah’s Witnesses and some Sacred Name groups refrain from celebrating birthdays. They believe that birthday celebrations are portrayed in a negative light in the Bible and have historical connections with magic, superstitions, and Paganism.


In the Holy Bible there is one basic and most important celebration that correspond to the birth of Christ. But that was only during his birth.

Mat 2:10

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10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.  

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  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Mat 2:11

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11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. presented: or, offered  

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  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

There were no other record of celebration in remembrance to the Lord except the Last Supper which was commanded to the church:

 

Mat 26:26

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26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. blessed it: many Greek copies have gave thanks  

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  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

Mat 26:27

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27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;  

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  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

Mat 26:28

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28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  

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  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Mat 26:29

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29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.  

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  But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Luk_22:19  And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1Co_11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1Co_11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

Php_1:3  I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

But this instruction of the Lord is not to be done only annual like a birthday feast. Therefore, the Holy Scripture has no record of birthday celebration even to the apostles and saints.

 

 

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666: Mark of the beast – in your daily groceries’ barcode

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Is the barcode the Mark of the Beast?

Do barcodes really contain the number 666?

Is the barcode paving the road to 666: the Mark of the Beast?

Before we answer these questions, we need to briefly examine the barcode technology. . .

What are barcodes?

Barcodes, of course, are those ever-familiar “bars” and “numbers” on virtually everything. In 1973, “Mr. Barcode” (or is it Mrs. Barcode?) quietly strolled into our world. In just over 25 years, Mr. Barcode has literally taken over the world. Now there’s a barcode for virtually everything. There’s short barcodes, and tall barcodes. There’s skinny barcodes and fat barcodes. There’s postal barcodes and international barcodes. There’s 2-D barcodes. And there’s even barcodes for the humble “bumble-bee”. From letters, to cokes, from fishes to smokes – it’s “clothed” with friendly “Mr. Barcode”.

As someone truthfully said, “If it exists, bar code it”.

The primary barcode used in the United States is the UPC (Universal Product Code) barcode. The UPC is also the “original” barcode. The UPC was designed for the grocery industry. Because of the large number of items normally “checked-out” at the grocery store, a method was needed to speed up and eliminate “human” cashier errors. In 1973, the UPC barcode was born.

To the average person, the barcode looks confusing and complex, but to a “bar-coded” friendly computer, it’s actually very simple.

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Blessed are they

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Mat 5:1

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5 1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:  

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  And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
Mat 5:2
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2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,  

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  And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Mat 5:3
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3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  

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  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4
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4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  

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  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5
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5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  

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  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6
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6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  

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  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Mat 5:7
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7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  

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  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mat 5:8
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8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  

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  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Mat 5:9
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9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.  

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  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Mat 5:1
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5 1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:  

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0  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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5 1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:  

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1  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
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5 1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:  

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2  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.