Since life is short, it has been up to us to make it meaningful for ourselves, the people around us, and indeed, the world at large. One way that humanity has been able to add value to existence is through the celebration of significant moments in life which often manifests as anniversaries. Apart from death, wedding, and birthday anniversaries, people have taken to celebrating things like the anniversary of quitting smoking and whatever they deem worthy of commemorating. However, birthdays have remained the most popular as they are celebrated everyday across the globe. The reason for this is not far-fetched: birthdays affords us the chance to celebrate life and the sweet memories we made.
Because of how often people send out birthday wishes, they have come to lack in variety and interest. As such, it is no longer significant for most of the people that receive it, unless it is very unique and relevant to the recipient. It really doesn’t take much to create a unique birthday wish, all one has to do is to understand what the recipient values, the things that are important to them, and keep in mind the events and stories that are peculiar to their lives while creating the wish. For instance, if religion is important to the celebrant, you should think of wishes that would include the sentiments of his or her religion.
Do Christians Celebrate Birthdays?
Yes, Christians celebrate birthdays, so you don’t have to worry about sending religious birthday wishes to your Christian friends and relatives. However, you might have to consider the denomination of the persons involved. While Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christians, they are known for their nontrinitarian beliefs which are distinct and most times, contradict those of mainstream Christianity.
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate most of the holidays and events that honor people: from birthdays to Valentine’s Day, Easter, and even Christmas. They believe Christmas has pagan roots and that there is no proof Jesus was born on December 25th. Because of this, a devoted member of Jehovah’s Witnesses might find it offensive if you send them birthday wishes. Also, as the religion (Christianity) has expanded to include many doctrines and denominations, one can hardly tell what is okay and the boundaries to not cross, so, be sure that whoever the recipient is, he or she wouldn’t have a problem with your wishes before sending it.
Mainstream Christians have no problems with celebrating birthdays as there is nothing that prohibits it in their holy book. In fact, they celebrate the birthday of Jesus, whom the religion revolves around every 25th of December. Just as there is nothing that prohibits them from celebrating birthdays in the Bible, nothing in the holy book also requires them to celebrate it. There are stories of people who celebrated their birthdays in the book, like King Herod in Jesus’ time. The bible didn’t specify if it was good or bad of him to do so. In all, mainstream Christians celebrate birthdays and it is okay if they choose not to do so.
Therefore, for anyone that believes Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah whose coming was prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, you can send them any of the religious birthday wishes for Christians listed below, or better still, use them as a guide for creating something unique.
Examples of Religious Birthday Wishes for Christian Friends and Relatives
How to Wish a Christian Happy Birthday
There are no special ways to say happy birthday to a Christian unless you want to include sentiments of their faith in the wishes. If not, you can say happy birthday to a Christian the same way you would wish anyone a happy birthday without minding what religion they belong to.
For obvious reasons, it is only ideal for one to introduce the doctrines of Christianity while wishing a Christian a happy birthday if the person is also a Christian. If you don’t believe in God, that Jesus is the Son of God, or in Trinity, then you don’t have any business referencing any of those. Doing so is not only mischievous but also an indication that you are not being sincere with your wishes. It could also be interpreted as a mockery of what the person believes in. You don’t want to be in that situation.
Having said that, one can create religious birthday wishes for Christian friends and relatives by referencing the Bible. It is the holy book of the Christian faith and thus, a good place to cull religious birthday wishes for Christians.
Random Bible Verses to Use for Birthday Wishes
If you choose to use any of these bible verses or others that are similar, be sure to personalize it. For instance, you can attach the last Bible verse on the list to a message that says: “Happy birthday, may you always be aware of God’s unlimited grace in your life and constantly trust He would perfect His good works in your life”.
Wishing a Christian God’s Blessings on His/Her Birthday
From the foregoing, one can tell it is okay to wish a Christian God’s blessing as they mark their birthdays. Like other religions, Christianity dwells a lot on the blessings of God and Christians believe in it a great deal. For them, God is the source of all blessings, and to bless someone means to ask for the person to be favored by God.
The faith also teaches that one attracts God’s blessing by living a good life, loving the people around them, and not being self-centered. When one goes against living the good life, it is believed that he or she would attract cruses from God which would make life hard for them and ultimately, lead them to hell when they pass on.
In all, the concept of blessing in Christianity boils down to wishing someone all the good things of life with the belief that God would grant the wishes. You have to be a Christian or at least believe that there is God to wish your Christian friends and relatives God’s blessings as they celebrate their birthday. At least we can agree that there is something very insincere about an atheist asking for God’s blessing on someone.
Examples of God’s Blessings to Wish a Christian Celebrating Birthday
Is Birthday Blessing the Same as a Birthday Wish?
For a Christian, birthday wishes mean asking for God’s favor in someone’s life. As we know, wishes are expressions of a desire or hope for something to happen, and people usually wish those celebrating their birthdays’ good things. So, a Christian would regard birthday blessing as a birthday wish because they believe in God, and that He is the only one that can direct good fortunes towards their path.
On the contrary, birthday blessings and birthday wishes shouldn’t mean the same thing for someone who does not believe in the existence of God. For such people, the concept of blessing in religion ought to be a fallacy. So, when an atheist wishes you well on your birthday, he or she is only expressing hope for things to be good for you and it ends at that. If you don’t believe in the existence of God, would you believe in divine favor?