Should I Celebrate New Year’s?


Millions around the globe take part in New
Year’s celebrations at the end of each year. Lively gatherings are held to “ring out
the old and ring in the new.” This often involves loud music, kissing at
midnight, and binge drinking. Those celebrating watch with great anticipation
on New Year’s Eve as the clock moves from 11:59 to the stroke of midnight, signaling
the dawn of a new year. Many enjoy tuning in to see the “ball drop”
at Times Square. This holiday seems like harmless fun. Yet, as with other days like Halloween, Christmas
and Valentine’s Day, most do not truly consider why they celebrate it. Have you ever asked, Should I Celebrate New
Year’s? While this day is not directly mentioned in
Scripture, for those who want God’s perspective, many biblical principles apply. Jesus taught, “You shall know them by their
fruits.” Examining the fruits of this day makes clear
whether you should observe it. New Year’s celebrations commonly involve
drunkenness and revelry. The loss of inhibitions often leads to illicit
sex—resulting in broken homes and unwanted pregnancy. The flow of alcohol also can produce heated
arguments, fistfights, firing guns in the air, and even death caused by drunk driving. Instead of making real, lasting changes in
their lives, people seek to forget their problems through partying. Countless “New Year’s Resolutions” are
made, but the vast majority go unfulfilled. These fruits prove this holiday cannot be
of God, whom the Bible says “is not the author of confusion, but of peace.” The Greek word translated “confusion”
also means “a state of disorder, disturbance.” This describes New Year’s perfectly! Paul wrote, “Let your moderation be known
unto all men.” This command is incompatible with a wild night
of unrestrained self-indulgence. Also, history shows the origin of New Year’s
celebrations began with pagan civilizations, motivated by false religious beliefs. According to the World Book, “In early times,
the ancient Romans gave each other New Year’s gifts of branches from sacred trees. In later years, they gave gold-covered nuts
or coins imprinted with pictures of Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings. January was named after Janus, who had two
faces—one looking forward and the other looking backward.” Most do not know that that God’s sacred
calendar established the beginning of the year during Spring—not on January 1st. The Old Testament states, “This month shall
be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” The month referenced in this passage is the
Hebrew month of Abib, which generally falls between March and April. This was important because Israel needed to
know when to observe God’s annual Holy Days. The true God does not want His people to throw
aside self-control for a night of wild partying. Instead, He commands Christians to observe
His seven annual Holy Days, which are full of spiritual meaning. Watch the World to Come broadcast, “Should
Christians Celebrate New Year’s?” and read our booklet, “God’s Holy Days or
Pagan Holidays?” to learn more.

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