Most people think that father’s day is a new phenomenon that started in the early 1900’s. Depending on the source, there are different variations as to how this holiday got started. But when you read the bible it tells you that there is no new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:10(NIV) Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
Setting aside a special day to honor one’s father can be traced back all the way to Babylon, when the earth started to populate after the flood. Scholars have found in the ruins of Babylon, a message carved on a piece of clay resembling a postcard, a message from a boy wishing his father good health and a long life. And if one should go back even further, it was also before the time of the flood.
Father’s day like every other man made holiday can be traced back to some association with an idol
and furthermore the Lord did not tell us to set aside a special day for our fathers.
Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
The Lord told us to honor (meaning respect) our fathers and mothers because they’re the ones who should be raising up the children in the commandments, so that each generation would know the goodness of the Lord and serve him in sincerity.
So when you read the bible nothing at all is mentioned about setting aside a special day for our fathers. The Lord has set up all the days that we should celebrate and you can read about them here.
Many so-called Christians will be celebrating this day when they should not be, following after man made traditions.
Christ scolded the Scribes and Pharisees (religious leaders at the time) for doing the very same thing.
Mark 7:9-10 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: The Scribes and Pharisees weren’t following this commandment but was instead accepting gifts as a bribery.
For those that are blessed to have their fathers around and have a good relationship with them, show them the respect that the scriptures talk about and don’t buy them gifts for father’s day or do any other activity associated for that day.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
In this wicked, commercialized world that we live in, a lot of people are ignorant of these things, but now that you do know, you have an obligation not to celebrate this day anymore.
Acts 17:30(NIV) In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.