Birthdays and the Bible

Birthdays, Satanism, and the Bible

The Biblical calendar and how it would not allow the keeping of birthdays.

The Bible teaches in the book of 1Thes. 5:21 that christians are to prove, that is try or check, all things. Not just a few things. Not just the things that make us feel funny. Not just the things we like or dislike. All things; all things must be proven. And this is not a suggestion, it is a command. This article is written to prove that the observance of birthdays is not found in the Bible and is part of the way of the heathen that is condemned in scripture. (Jer. 10:2-4)

Rom 12:1    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Rom 12:2    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The whole purpose of not conforming to this world is so we can “prove” that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. This is how it is supposed to work. Upon salvation we are not supposed to continue in our old ways until we have tried them with God’s word. Everything is supposed to be tried and proven whether it is good or evil. Most people never even give a thought as to whether birthdays are acceptable to God, but it is certainly part of all things. So, with that said, this article will look at the roots of this tradition, and what the Bible teaches about it. I will also look at the biblical method of date keeping and prove that it would not allow for the celebrations of birthdays. Look at a few quotes.

“Originally the idea [of birthday greetings and wishes for happiness] was rooted in magic. The working of spells for good and evil is the chief usage of witchcraft. One is especially susceptible to such spells on his birthday, as one’s personal spirits are about at that time. Dreams dreamed on the birthday eve should be remembered, for they are predictions of the future brought by the guardian spirits which hover over one’s bed on the birthday eve. Birthday greetings have power for good or ill because one is closer to the spirit world on this day. Good wishes bring good fortune, but the reverse is also true, so one should avoid enemies on one’s birthday and be surrounded only by well-wishers. ‘Happy birthday’ and ‘Many happy returns of the day’ are the traditional greetings” (The Lore of Birthdays, Linton, p. 20)

This next quote is from Anton Lavey’s Satanic Bible. This is very revealing.

“THE highest of all holidays in the Satanic religion is the date of one’s own birth. This is in direct contradiction to the holy of holy days of other religions, which deify a particular god who has been created in an anthropomorphic form of their own image, thereby showing that the ego is not really buried.

The Satanist feels: “Why not really be honest and if you are going to create a god in your image, why not create that god as yourself.” Every man is a god if he chooses to recognize himself as one. So, the Satanist celebrates his own birthday as the most important holiday of the year. After all, aren’t you happier about the fact that you were born than you are about the birth of someone you have never even met? Or for that matter, aside from religious holidays, why pay higher tribute to the birthday of a president or to a date in history than we do to the day we were brought into this greatest of all worlds?

Despite the fact that some of us may not have been wanted, or at least were not particularly planned, we’re glad, even if no one else is, that we’re here! You should give yourself a pat on the back, buy yourself whatever you want, treat yourself like the king (or god) that you are, and generally celebrate your birthday with as much pomp and ceremony as possible.

After one’s own birthday, the two major Satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht and Halloween (or All Hallows’ Eve).”

(Lavey A, Gilmore P. The Satanic Bible.  Avon, September 1, 1976, p. 96–note it is on page 53 of an online version I found also).

What this person is saying is true. if you served yourself, then your own birthday would be sacred to you and to your friends, and family. The Bible is not for this however. Scripture teaches that “He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.” (Pro. 12:9) You know the “big wigs” in Washington, and the rich business owners that you detest because of their wickedness. Yeah, they are better than the people that honour themselves, yet still lack. The people that say, “it is my birthday, I want and deserve (?) presents,” Yet they still lack in their life. Those people are worse than the ones that, though they may be despised, are well off.

The Bible further states that “it is more blessed to give than to receive,” and that “a gift destroyeth the heart.” (Acts 20:35, Ecc. 7:7) In the same passage of that second quote the Bible says that “better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” Better, better, better is the end of a thing, you know? like a life… than the beginning.  You say, “It’s my birthday, let’s celebrate.” The scriptures say a gift destroyeth the heart and the end of a thing is better than the beginning. That is the opposite of what we are taught today about birthdays.

Is a gift wrong? No, by no means. It is good to give, better, in fact, than to receive. Therefore it must not be wrong. But why would a christians and Bible believer set their date of birth aside as being a day to celebrate and expect to receive gifts contrary to God’s word? The Bible says that “he that hateth gifts shall live.” (Pro. 15:27) Does that verse make it sound like expecting gifts is a bad thing? Yes, absolutely.

The Bible is against the honouring of self. And that is exactly, exactly what a birthday is about. Clearly the Bible says that loving gifts is a type of rebellion. (Isaiah 1:23) So, to set up a day for oneself to receive gifts is in violation of biblical standards.

The only 2 people in the Bible that celebrated their birthdays were 2 pagan Kings. Pharoah and Herod, and both times people were killed. And for Herod’s birthday the greatest  man born of a woman was executed. (Mat. 11:11)

Gen 40:19    Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.

Gen 40:20    And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

It seems to me like a birthday is a time that the person whose birthday it is, is allowed to do as he pleases. That is how it really is even today. The same thing happens with Herod.

Mat 14:6    But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

Mar 6:21    And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;

One thing is clear. The celebration of birthdays was a heathen custom, but also only for the leaders. In this modern age everyone desires to be a leader, and therefore people celebrate their own birthdays as a way to seem important, like a king, or god.

One interesting thing to note is that the Jews were specifically commanded not to do the things that were done in the land of Egypt, and the Bible clearly points birthdays out as being observed by

Lev 18:3    After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

Now, before some ignorant says something like, “well, the Egyptians ate and drank and wore clothes, does that mean we are not allowed to do that,” let me explain something. Only a fool would bring up something like that, and believe me I have met people that consider themselves to be wise, but they say such foolish things to try and disrupt truth. This passage, and all like passages, when they say this, are referring to the ways that set the heathen apart from christians, and normal living. Food, drink, and clothes are required for living and they are approved of in the Bible. A birthday, however, is portrayed as an Egyptian custom (seeing as up to that point in scripture Pharoah’s was the only one celebrated) that brought the death of a man.

Another thing that should be noted is that in the context of the verse used above this would apply to this age as well. In the passage immorality, witchery, and all sorts of pagan customs are mentioned and condemned. So, unless you feel like all that is ok in this age then you should not say “that was a different dispensation.” And what more can be said, even in the NT conforming to the world is condemned.

Some people try and use Job 1:13 as a means to prove birthdays are ok. The claim is that the reason the kids were at the eldest brother’s house was because it was his birthday. The passage gives no such inference. “There was a day” in no way assumes a birthday. Grasping at straws simply proves that there is no way to defend your position.

Job 1:13    And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:

There can be no doubt that the roots of birthdays is heathen. A look through the Bible quickly proved that. Whether this will change you is not my concern. The fact remains that the only birthdays in the Bible are heathen kings’ birthdays. If you are apathetic to the truth that when you celebrate your birthday you are following the way of the heathen then so be it.

The following will be proof that according to God’s sovereign plan of date determination we should not observe the heathen way of keeping specific dates, such as birthdays.

Gen 1:14    And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

Ok, let me make a short explanation about how this worked. The sun and moon play a part in these four things.

  1. The sun is used for signs, such as equinoxes and solstices. Almost every high day among the heathen is determined by one of those.  Jeremiah 10 talks about this, and how the heathen are dismayed at these signs.

  2. The moon is used for seasons, or months. (Psalms 104:19)

  3. The sun is used for days

  4. The sun and moon are both used for years.

Now, here is a longer explanation. Solstices are times of the year when the sun is in the right position to make the days shorter (winter solstice) or longer (summer solstice), and equinoxes are times when the sun makes days be equal to nights, those times are in spring and fall. There are heathen festivals connected to each one of those.

It takes the moon about 30 days to make its full course. For Israel the crescent moon started a new month. That is the reason why Jews celebrated the “new moon” in scripture. Psalms 81:3-5 points out the the observance of new moons started when the Hebrews left Egypt. And that month began the beginning of months for Israel. (Exodus 34:18) A month had to be 30 days. The Bible many times parallels 42 months to exactly 1260 days. Rev. 11:2-3 shows this.

The sun, obviously was used for days. But here is where it gets interesting. A year, in the Bible could be 12 or 13 months. A month had to be 30 days, so a year would be 5 or 6 days shorter each time around. Therefore to make up for the time they would have a leap year, but instead of an extra day, they had an extra month.

Some may contend that they just let the days work themselves out over the year, but according to the Bible the 1st month was always in spring and around the harvest of the firstfruits.

Exo 34:18    The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt. (first month, unleavened bread)

Exo 34:19    All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.

Exo 34:20    But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.

Exo 34:21    Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest. (and here we find that this is done during the harvest)

Deu 16:9    Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn.

Deu 16:10    And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:

So, they would keep the feast of unleavened bread and then right after that they would begin to harvest and count 7 weeks and the 50th day is the feast of weeks, or pentecost. Why am I saying this all. Now we know that a year would have to have 13 months every 5 or 6 years to make up for the lost days. Let’s summarize this and move on.

  1. A month is 30 days making 12 months 360 days.

  2. 360 days does not make a solar year, and would be a month off every 5 or 6 years.

  3. Therefore a month would be added every 5 or 6 years.

The point of all this is to show that the keeping of birthdays would have been very difficult, or nearly impossible with such a calendar system. Every year your birthday would be on a different day. That may have been the reason for the system. The observance of yearly events is clearly condemned in scripture.

Lev 19:26    Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. (times could mean years in scripture.)

Weren’t the Lord’s appointed feasts yearly? To a degree, yes, but they were based on months. They too would have been on different days every year, though the day of the month would have been the same. Notice how this observance of times is yoked together with enchantments. That is the root of birthdays, as has been shown. It had to do with magic and witchcraft. Even today, among christians, it has to do with blessings and gifts.

Look at this quote. Even birthday cakes and birthday wishes are heathen practices. And yet people set these things up as good things.

“The traditional birthday cake and candles also have their origin in ancient pagan idol worship. The ancients believed that the fire of candles had magical properties. They offered prayers and made wishes to be carried to the gods on the flames of the candles. Thus we still have the widely practiced birthday custom of making a wish, then blowing out the candles. The Greeks celebrated the birthday of their moon goddess, Artemis, with cakes adorned with lighted candles…” (

Of course many will find ways to squirm their way out of this truth, so my question is this, Why does the Bible contain passages like Romans 12:2 if it is not wrong to conform to this world? When is a custom “too pagan” to promote? Is it when it is found and promoted in the satanic Bible? If birthdays are not wrong even though they are always portrayed as bad in scripture, and they are rooted in heathenism, then no high day could possibly be wrong. Yet, the Bible clearly condemns such customs even in the New Testament.

Gal 4:8    Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

Gal 4:9    But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

Gal 4:10    Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

Gal 4:11    I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

Paul blasted these people for keeping their old heathen traditions. He then had to say, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (vs. 16) Remember this, I am not your enemy, Satan is. And he will make evil look good and try to get you to fall in his traps. Paul said keeping days was bondage. I know you think you birthday is important, but it is bondage; it is weak; it is beggarly. Ultimately, it is the way of the heathen, and an evil that must be abstained from.

Th 5:22    Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Rom 12:2    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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