Halloween!

Harmless or Harmful?



        Did I dress up as a youngster? Did I go to Halloween parties? Yep, sure did. Did it have a bad or lasting effect on me as a person as I grew older? I’m not sure exactly, I do know however that it indoctrinated in me a sense that there really is or was no harm in witches if they were cute, that there really is not a realm out there but only “make believe” when it comes to that stuff. I know full well that my parents never knew what I know now, about this day set aside called Halloween. And now as a parent myself… It is apparent to me that it is something that is not to be a part of our life as a family when it comes to “celebrations”.

        We, as a family do not look for other ways to celebrate it , or as some that might call it “alternative ways” ….. We do however take this opportunity to turn on the porch light, and hand out candy to those that do partake, wrapped with a rubber band holding a gospel tract on it.

        So, if you are here to be scared, I think if you open your mind and thoughts to what you will read here, you most certainly will get your wish. It scares me to think that unknowingly some find NO fault with this day. For me and mine though, we hope to uphold what the Bible tell us “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness". Please don’t be offended If you don’t like what you find here. I am simply trying to point out more of what the Lord has showed us.





HALLOWEEN - THE ANNUAL PERIL

        Halloween is associated with paganism, witchcraft and romanism and yet most professing Christians are found participating in related activities. Some churches will even cancel services when Halloween falls on a Wednesday, so that their members may be free to celebrate. "Haloween, the popular name for October 31, the ever of All Saints Day, Also called All Hallows Eve, Holy Eve and Cake Night." [Grolier Encyclopedia, p.380]

HALLOWEEN AND PAGANISM

        Celebrated by the Druids who were "Members of the Celtic religious order of priests, soothsayers, judges, poets, etc. in ancient Britain, Ireland and France." [Webster]

        The earliest Halloween celebrations were held by the Druids in honor of Samhain, lord of the dead, whose festival fell on November 1st. Halloween...from early times it has been associated with many superstitions and customs. "Halloween is supposed to be a survival from the ancient festival of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit trees. There still lingers a belief that children born on Halloween possess super-natural gifts." [Grolier Encyclopedia, p. 380]

        In Mexico, Halloween is observed by taking the favorite food of a departed loved one to the cemetery on the night of October 31 and spending the night in the cemetery with candles set up around the grave of this loved one. it is believed that the departed spirits return and feast on the aroma of the food. Fire works are shot off all night which are supposed to scare away other spirits who might intrude. On November1, during the day, the people then feast on the food and usually thee is much drunkenness in the cemeteries and it is not unusual for people to be killed during drunken brawls in the cemetery." [Holidays Christian or Pagan, Milton]

HALLOWEEN AND ROMANISM

        "What is the meaning of Halloween? Halloween is related to an old old festival. The Romans held a feast about the first of November in honor of Pomona, goddess of fruit trees. In Britain the Druids celebrated a festival at the same time in honor of the sungod, and in thanksgiving for harvest, and the two festivals seem to have become one in the minds of the Britons. When the people became Christians the early church Fathers wisely let them keep the old feast, but gave it a new association by holding it in commemoration of all saints. The eve of the festival came to be called All Hallow E'en. The name comes from the old English word halwe, or as we now say, holy. The Feast of All Saints occurs on November 1; the eve, therefore, is on the October 31. Bonfires were lighted in ancient Halloween celebrations.

        "Many beliefs grew up about this day, such as the belief that on this one night the spirits of the departed were allowed to visit their old homes." [Grolier Book of Knowledge, p. 1453]

HALLOWEEN AND WITCHCRAFT

All over this country and the world, witches will gather around their altars on Oct. 31 for that is their "New Year's Eve". "Andras Corban and Deirdre Pulgram are witches... Corban says that on Halloween, which the pair sees as an ancient celebration of death, their witches' coven will perform rituals to remember dead relatives and freiends" [The Morning Union, 10/29/83]


THE JACK-0-LANTERN

        " The apparently harmless lighted pumpkin face of "Jack-O-Lantern" is an ancient symbol of a dammed soul. (didn't know that did you?) "Jack-O-Lanters were named for a man called Jack, who could not enter heaven or hell. As a result, he was doomed to wander in darkness with his lantern until Judgment day." "Fearful of spooks...folks began hollowing out turnips and pumpkins and placing lighted candles inside to scare evil spirits from their house." [The Truth about Halloween].


TRICK OR TREATERS

        Trick or Treat - "The modern custom of "Trick-or-treat" began in Ireland hundreds of years ago. A group of farmers went from house to house begging for food for the village Halloween festivities in the name of their ancient gods. Good luck was promised to generous donors. and threats were made against those who would not give. Thus these ancient pagan traditions continue today as youngsters, masquerading as ghosts, skeletons and demons go "trick-or-treating" begging in a sense for food while promising to refrain from evil deeds.

The principal of blackmail is being taught to children by today’s trick-or-treat involvement.




Consider WHAT SAITH THE LORD;

"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:{For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;}

"Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."

We find clear instructions for Christians, in regards to Halloween and its related activities, in 1 Thess. 5:21-22

"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good, Abstain from all appearance of evil."







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