>>Celebrating one's birthday, or that of another person's, is a practice of the "world". Schism! How could you be a member here for so long and still spout such garbage?
Just proves that I haven't let you rub off on me, Dave. LOL
Can you honestly defend the Watchtower's position in a way that disproves my accusation of arbitrariness? (Is "arbitrariness" a word?)
The Watchtower's position regarding the celebration of birthdays is a proper stand. To me there is a difference between a "birthday celebration" (a worldly practice) and commorating the birth of a child or family member. The latter, of course, would be done for the purpose of the family reflecting on the life (soul) that came into existence on the person's day of birth. The manner in which a Christian would deal with commemorating the birth of a child highlights the sacredness of life. The worldy "birthday celebration," however, is not done for the same purpose; and primarily focuses on the "fun" aspect of the occasion.