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Jehovah's Witnesses and Thanksgiving
Why don't Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate Thanksgiving
have various reasons why they don't celebrate many holidays. Thanksgiving is one of those that doesn't seem to make sense. Wouldn't a Christian organization enjoy the opportunity to give thanks to god? Strangley enough this is one of the reasons they don't celebrate it. Here is a quick breakdown of the major reasons Jehovah's witnesses don't celebrate Thanksgiving. Jehovah's Witnesses
- God never asked for this holiday in the bible.
- Thanksgiving promotes gluttony and drunkenness.
- We should worship god not just one day but everyday.
- The Watchtower society tells them they can't.
How do Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs differ from Christianity?
Looking at the bible, and using logic we can see weather their view of Thanksgiving is religiously logical.
1. God never asked for this holiday.
That's great, but the bible does promote the worship of the Christian god. It also mentions praying and giving thanks to god.
So we can safely assume that god will not have a problem with a group of people coming together and giving thanks to him.
2. Gluttony and Drunkenness
They have a valid argument on this one. We all look forward to the food and drink around Thanksgiving. Drink may even be necessary when you add that this holiday is spent with large portions of our family. This would be a pretty good reason to look down on Thanksgiving if Jehovah's Witnesses were to stick with this belief in all aspects of life.
Unfortunately for their case however, they do celebrate wedding anniversaries. If an anniversary party doesn't at least promote drunkenness, I don't know what does. Many of them promote gluttony as well. It is difficult to condemn one celebration for a particular reason and to condone another that promotes the same thing.
3. We should worship God everyday
You would be hard pressed to find a Christian or even a religious person whom is not christian that disagrees with this. Not only does the bible agree with this, but the bible also states that god is more than thrilled if you reserve a day just for him. The bible even speaks against judging people for having their days for god.
5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
4. The Watchtower says they can't
This is the main reason it is so hard to get your Jehovah's Witness friends and family to join in your Thanksgiving festivities. The Watchtower Bible and Track Society is their gospel source. What they say goes. If the "Society" told them that they had to pluck all of their nose hairs with rusty pliers, they would start soaking their pliers in water. The "society says no Thanksgiving and that is the final word.
As long as your worship and thanksgiving is pure, it is OK to celebrate Thanksgiving. The bible instructs that no one should tell you when you can worship god. With that said, the Watchtower is wrong for comanding people not to give thanks with their family. They are men just like everyone else, and they have no right to judge anyone. They have no right to say what day is holy and what day is not.
If you are going to come together with your family and give thanks for the love, forgiveness and grace that has been given to us by god, may nothing stop you. If you do not feel that November 25th is a day you should get together with your family and praise God, then I encourage you to pick a day that you feel you can.