On the Watchtower's site right now, there is yet another article that has arbitrarily decided that a pagan-originated, false-religious practice is okey-dokey for Christians. This time it is embalming.
The article is here: http://www.watchtower.org/library/w/2002/3/15/article_01.htm
Watch the fun: (quotes from article above)
"Historians tend to agree that embalming began in Egypt but was also practiced by the ancient Assyrians, Persians, and Scythians."
Began in Egypt. Gotcha.
"The ancient Egyptians embalmed their dead mainly for religious reasons. Their concept of an afterlife was linked with a desire to stay in touch with the physical world. They believed that their bodies would be used throughout eternity and would be reinvigorated with life."
Those nutty Egyptians and their crazy pagan religious practices, such as embalming. What a bunch o' false-worshipping characters they were!
"Scripturally, then, there is no need for concern if local requirements mandate that the body be embalmed or family members desire that this take place."
This practice originated among pagans, for the express purpose of serving a false-religious purpose, and it's alrightly-dightly?
So, birthdays are ok, then? And Christmas? No? Why not?
"'Cause we said so, that's why! Now eat your spiritual food, don't you know there are spiritually starving people in China?"