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Can cleaning the house an act of following a pagan religion?

My wife is Chinese & every year just before Chinese new year we have a big clean up of the house & I help my wife.It’s a Chinese thing.
This year I asked her why & she told me it is to clean out the old spirits .
Is cleaning the house for Chinese new year an act of false worship for a Christian ?
I hope so , now I have a reason to get out of helping.

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  1. *laughs* not really, since the bible acknowledges that a) spirits exist, and b) clearing out bad ones is a good idea. Nice try, though.

  2. I clean the house trough-out twice a year..because i hate dirt..it breeds things i would breathe otherwise
    But, i think you are correct

  3. Well since many Christians probably do a spring clean (the equivalent of the Chinese pre New Year clean) without seeing it as a pagan act, I guess you are OK.

  4. On the other hand, Jehovah is a clean God and his worshipers must be clean (including house). I had never heard this before. Is she doing a deep clean or just surface cleaning? Either way, the house has to be clean. I work full time and G has to keep the house tidy. Never heard any evil spirit business from him. But then he is a “redneck.”

  5. cleaning the house is not pagan brother but the chinese new year is pagan and there is no such thing as spirits. if cleaning the house was pagan, then none of us would clean our homes and boy would our homes be dirty

  6. Absolutely nothing wrong with doing this wonderful tradition. There’s no mandate against doing things of other early religions (Chinese in this case). Please, I know the loud Evangelical preachers/Jehovah’s Witnesses as well, seem to spread this idea that Christians are anti-pagan, but it’s not the case at all. All good things come from God, and in fact, if you would meet the Chinese Catholics and Christians, you would see that they incorporate and enjoy carrying out all of these wonderful traditions as well.
    Feel free to include any artwork as well, as they are beautiful and worthy of preservation. Buddha statues all of these wonderful, I love them.

  7. I disagree with the others who have answered your question.
    If cleaning the house out is a way to remove old spirits & I assume a clean house would attract new spirits (from what I know of chinese most likely spirits of luck) .It sounds very much a pagan ritual .
    It’s your relationship with Jehovah you have to protect so if I where you I would take no part in it .Help her another time of the year but stay away form this one.

  8. This scenario reminds me of the situation we might face when asked to stand for the national anthem. Of course there is nothing wrong in general with standing. The complication comes in where the purpose is concerned, and the impression it might give to others.
    If we were already standing when the national anthem started to play, we would not need to sit down in order to prove the point that we do not take part in nationalistic ceremonies. However, if we were sitting down and stood up when the national anthem started to play, it would look as though we were doing so in order to take part in that ceremony.
    With that in mind, one thought I have is that the answer to your dilemma in the future might be to have a habit of keeping the house super clean all year so that whatever you do around this time of year to clean the house is no different than what you do any other part of the year. Or, if you choose not to do any cleaning around this time it won’t end up being a burden for her. Since you are now aware of your wife’s reasons for doing the deep cleaning, it might be seen as your taking part in a pagan ceremony by her or by others if you do so around this particular time of the year.
    Chapter 2 in the God’s Love book on how to maintain a good conscience might be helpful as far as this situation is concerned, since of course there is nothing wrong with cleaning in general and it really only becomes an issue in this case because of the reasons your wife mentioned for doing so. Whatever you do, you might want to take extra care to reassure her of your love and respect for her and your willingness to help out in general, since this scenario is likely to be a sensitive one with her and her family.
    I’m not sure if the cleansing of the house is related to a fear of the dead or not, but if it is, she might appreciate this article in Chinese on whether or not we need to fear the dead, what evil spirits really are, and how ones can truly resist them: http://www.watchtower.org/ch/20090101a/article_01.htm

  9. I will agree with Lone on this one. They just do it at their New Year’s Day, while the traditions of the Western world practice is not that productive (a clean house). In the west, it results in hangovers and regrets. I would suggest more study on it.
    I sure it is related to Taoist beliefs, since in my home town, Weaverville CA. they have an ceremony for the Joss House on the Chinese New Year.
    Lunar New Year–Is It for Christians?
    EVERY year in January or February, Asia hosts the largest annual human migration in the world. Hundreds of millions of Asians return to their families to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
    Lunar New Year is the most important festival on the Asian calendar. “[It’s] like New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all rolled into one,” says an American writer. The festival begins on the first new moon of the Chinese lunar calendar, or between January 21 and February 20 on Western calendars. It lasts from several days up to two weeks.
    The basic concept of the New Year’s celebration is renewal, closing off the old and welcoming the new. To prepare for the festival, people clean and decorate their homes, buy new clothes, prepare foods with names that rhyme with “good fortune” or “prosperity,” and settle their debts and differences. On New Year’s Day, they may exchange gifts and good wishes, usually for wealth and prosperity, hand out red packets of so-called lucky money, eat special foods, set off firecrackers, watch colorful dragon or lion dances, or just enjoy the holiday with family and friends.
    These customs are rich in meaning. The book Mooncakes and Hungry Ghosts: Festivals of China explains: “The primary concerns of family, friends, and relatives are to ensure good luck, pay respects to the gods and spirits, and wish good fortune for the coming year.” Since so many traditional and religious elements are involved, how should Christians view the celebration? Should they simply go along with the customs? Is it for Christians?
    Watchtower 12-1-2009 page 20
    If you have the WT Library, that article will lead to other information the customs. I don’t know if it gets right down to the cleaning, but it would seem to be in harmony with the “getting rid” of the last year, and making room for the new year.
    I put a link to it below and you might find other links from there about the Chinese New Year.

  10. “Is cleaning the house for Chinese new year an act of false worship for a Christian ?”
    The simple answer would be yes.
    Take a look at how your question would look in other “holiday” scenarios:
    “Is cleaning the house for CHRISTMAS an act of false worship for a Christian ?”
    “Is cleaning the house for HALLOWEEN an act of false worship for a Christian ?”
    “Is cleaning the house for THANKSGIVING an act of false worship for a Christian ?”
    “Is cleaning the house for NEW YEARS EVE an act of false worship for a Christian ?”
    Do you see where I’m coming from dude?
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with cleaning your home. Keeping themselves and their property clean IS a requirement for a Christian (1 Peter 1:16).
    However, the question comes into play of WHY a person is keeping their home clean.
    The Bible says:
    “Therefore, whether YOU are eating or drinking or doing ANYTHING else, do all things for God’s glory.”
    ~1 Corinthians 10:31~
    “For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness? 15 Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Be”²li·al?…. “‘Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’”; “‘and I will take YOU in.’”
    ~2 Corinthians 6:14, 15, 17~
    So then, IF you were keeping your home clean for the explicit purpose of Chinese New Year, then yes, YOU ARE participating in and condoning a pagan tradition.
    I am sure that there are MANY Jehovah’s Witnesses in China who would tell you pretty much the same thing. For them, keeping the principals and laws of God doesn’t depend on a “Chinese thing”, it depends on whether or not the “Chinese thing” violates God’s laws and principals.
    If you were to clean your home or join in with your wife in cleaning the home, it wouldn’t necessarily mean that YOU yourself would be found guilty of participating in a pagan event.
    You could make it VERY clear to your wife that your cleaning the home and or helping her clean the home has nothing to do with Chinese New Year, rather, your cleaning/helping is so that you have a clean and respectable home for yourselves that honors Jehovah.
    Then again, IF helping your wife clean the home around Chinese New Years would definitely show or give the appearance to others that you are participating in the pagan act of Chinese New Year, then you may want to copy the apostle Paul’s example concerning the principal surrounding food:
    “But keep watching that this authority of YOURS does not somehow become a stumbling block to those who are weak. 10Â For if anyone should see you, the one having knowledge, reclining at a meal in an idol temple, will not the conscience of that one who is weak be built up to the point of eating foods offered to idols? 11Â Really, by your knowledge, the man that is weak is being ruined, [your] brother for whose sake Christ died. 12Â But when YOU people thus sin against YOUR brothers and wound their conscience that is weak, YOU are sinning against Christ. 13Â Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat flesh at all, that I may not make my brother stumble.
    ~1 Corinthians 8:9-13~
    Ciao

  11. It seems like there is too much focus on the clean house aspect of the thing. Of course, cleaning ones house is not pagan. But, I repeat BUT, if on this one day of the year its done out of a sense of ritual or tradition, in keeping with ancient Chinese religious/spiritual ideas about spirits, which it sounds like it is, its wrong.
    Why not have the cleaning day January 28, or March 1, or practically any other day. The house would get every bit as clean. It sounds like the day before Chinese New Year is chosen out of a sense of responsibility to ancient tradition, false religion, and hence would not be for christians. The fact that there are no “old spirits” to clean out is not the point. There is much in false religion that’s not real, that’s what makes it false. Anything that even smacks of false religion is not for true christians.

  12. How can a christian not believe in ghosts, spirits and cleanliness? (which is said to be next to godliness). Does not the Holy Trinity in your faith acknowledge the Father, Son and Holy GHOST? Does is not also acknowledge a devil ( a negative energy form)? House cleaning is part of many traditions. My Mum would “spring clean” just before Easter and again do a “Fall clean” to prepare for winter. I do a thorough cleaning just before Samhain which would make OCD house cleaner proud.
    The other thing that you might want to consider is what the Diety is. To imagine that the christian god is the only god is rather narrow minded. All gods are One god. Just because my hubby calls me “dear”, my kids call me “mum” (or “My Fricken’ Mother!!)and my friends call me “Memy” doesn’t mean that I’m three different people.
    Lastly, I’m sure you expect your wife to honor your christmas and easter traditions. I bet she goes to your mums and eats turkey and wears a silly paper hat with the rest of the family. If you can’t embrace who she is and her traditions, then, frankly you don’t really love her. Sorry if this sounds harsh. I just want you to actually think about this.

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