I want to know what celebrations JWs don't consider pagan?

by Chook 27 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Phizzy

    Wedding Anniversary celebration must be wrong too, (from a JW perspective), as weddings themselves pre-date the Bible, so must be "Pagan".

    I don't get this whole Pagan concept that Christians and, especially JDubs, go on about.

    Are they saying that anything not endorsed by the Bible is wrong ? if so why ? And why do they NOT celebrate the things that early Jewish Christians would have celebrated ?

    O.K "Not under Mosaic law" would be trotted out, but what about say Hannuka, not actually prescribed in the Law, which itself pre-dated the events clebrated, but obviously celebrated by Jesus and his early Jewish followers, Paul included. Why do they, JW's and others, not celebrate it ?

    Because secretly they wish Jesus had not been a Jew ?

  • RubaDub

    How about Festivus ?

    Rub a Dub

  • Moster

    truth_b_known a day agoa day ago

    The wedding ceremony practiced by JWs in the United States and the use of wedding rings comes from pagan beliefs of preventing the bride from being possessed by spirits.


    Began in Egypt as a symbol of eternity. Romans take over adopting this tradition but with their own twist. Rather than offering a ring to a woman as a symbol of love, they awarded them as a symbol of ownership. Roman men would “claim” their woman with the giving of a ring. In 860 the ring becomes a Christian symbol, but one not without it's heathenish undertones.

  • zeb

    "they allow anniversaries is if they didn't the whole JW sisterhood would go on strike. " Absolutely spot on! and add to that the gala showing of the engagement ring, the big build up to the wedding, the wedding and reception etc

    then the post mortem of the wedding who was being un scriptural, who danced with who, who didn't attend, whose kids were running amok, whose kids were into the food before any one had even sat down...

  • OneEyedJoe
    I don't think they could regard Thanksgiving as pagan since it was inaugurated by Christians, but it's still against the rules. Really, the whole "it's pagan objection" is just an excuse to isolate JWs from non-JW family members.

    Yeah, thanksgiving isn't considered pagan. But they cast it as a holiday designed to promote national pride and it is therefore banned under the "no part of this world" clause. If it ain't one thing it's the other.

    The only real structured celebrations that I ever knew of as a JW were anniversaries and graduations. All the others were either pagan, nationalistic (memorial day, labor day, 4th of july, etc - I never knew of anyone who dared even have friends over to grill on those days) or put too much emphasis on a person and bordered on creature worship, or some combination thereof.

    I refuse to list the memorial as a celebration. It wasn't and isn't.

  • BluesBrother

    What DO they do ?

    Speaking of around here..... 1] Their Memorial (not to have fun at but keep up the custom). 2] Wedding anniversaries. That is all I can think of .

    I have never heard of "American customs" like wedding and baby showers being practiced . I am sure they would get the cold stare of disapproval. Last memorial we heard of a group arranging to go out for a meal afterwards . The "mature ones" treated it with disdain.

  • CookieMonster

    Line dancing

  • carla

    Line dancing? really? what is the rational on that one?

    My jw says jw's really know how to party and dance up a storm at weddings. Keeping in mind he never actually went to one....... I laughed so hard when he told me that, guess you had to be there.

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