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Do JW's not celebrate Christmas?

I don't care one way or the other, I was just wondering WHY they don't.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:28 AM on Dec. 13, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Because they do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah foretold in the Bible. They are still waiting for one.
    BlessdMommyof2

    Answer by BlessdMommyof2 at 2:32 AM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • I don't think that's right, blessdmommy. They believe he was the SON OF GOD, but not God.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:36 AM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Hm. I was under the impression they simply believed his birth date was earlier than December 25th.
    Ruby_Slippers

    Answer by Ruby_Slippers at 2:53 AM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Anon...Im sorry but you are wrong or ill-informed. My DH who is Jewish says this is the opinion of most Jews.


    Jesus exercises a powerful historical fascination. He was without doubt a profound and enigmatic personality. Nonetheless, he remains for many Jews a man whose wisdom and wit place him among the great teachers of humanity, but neither a messiah nor a god.

    BlessdMommyof2

    Answer by BlessdMommyof2 at 3:08 AM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Jews do not accept Jesus as the messiah because:

    1) Jesus did not fulfill the messianic prophecies.

    2) Jesus did not embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah.

    3) Biblical verses "referring" to Jesus are mistranslations.

    4) Jewish belief is based on national revelation.


    BlessdMommyof2

    Answer by BlessdMommyof2 at 3:44 AM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Uh JW's stands for Jehovah's Witnesses, not jews. 2 different beliefs!
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 8:17 AM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Jehovah's Witnesses do not single Christmas out. They don't celebrate ANY holiday. And for various reasons. But I'll stick to Christmas...

    Christmas in all it's christian glory is a pagan celebration and was long before it was converted. The traditions, the date and even the reason. The pagan holiday of Yule celebrates the birth of the sun God. It was a fitting choice for a celebration of the birth of the son of God. No matter what you believe the reasons no one can deny the origin of the pracitce. JWs strive in all things to seperate themselves from pagansim and all those that follow pagan traditions. Therefore they would not keep this tradition.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:09 AM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • They also do not celebrate births. The reason for this is that the only two birth celebrations in the bible were again pagan celebrations. And both ended in the death of someone. Since the JWs view the bible as an instruction book on life they see these examples as what not to do. There was never a celebration talked about for a reitgious man's birth only pagan.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:09 AM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • When you add these to things together you get one big NO NO!! They believe if god wanted us to celebrate Jesus' Birth he would have made sure we knew when it was. We know the exact place and circumstance of his birth so why not the date? We know the date of his death... And they celebrate the last supper as comanded... BUT since there was no date given for his birth it's assumed that God did not want his people to celebrate it. And since ALL the traditions of the holiday were and are pagan they stear clear.

    Jehovah's Witnesses feel that you should love and celebrate Jesus on a daily basis in your life. That no one day is special in his eyes. And that is what they strive to do. Christmas just goes against every thing they believe...

    Any questions... Just ask!
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:09 AM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • jews have chanaka not the proper spelling they ahve different beliefs
    goatmom4

    Answer by goatmom4 at 9:56 AM on Dec. 13, 2008

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