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How should believers respond to Halloween? I know people opinions are divided over this topic. However, I will try to shine a light on the subject.
What is Halloween?
Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic tribes of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. On October 31, the tribes would celebrate the festival of Samhain. The Celts believe the spirits of the dead returned to mingle with the living people during the celebration. Moreover, they would wear masks and light bonfires. And even today as people celebrate Halloween, the imagery of death with skeletons, color black, skulls, and things similar to these, persists.
The name “Halloween” comes from the ‘All Saints Day’ celebration of the early Christian church; a day set aside for the remembrance of the martyrs. However, Pope Gregory IV, in the year 835, changes the celebration from May 13 to November 1. And the day before ‘All Saints Day’ was named ‘All Hallows Eve’ which eventually became ‘Hallow-e’en’ and then ‘Halloween.’ On November 2, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates All Souls Day.
What is the Bible saying about Halloween practices?
Many early Christians found Halloween as not being Biblical. Especially because of scriptures like Deuteronomy 18:10-13 (TLV)
There must not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or a fortune-teller, soothsayer, omen reader, or sorcerer, or one who casts spells, or a medium, a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is an abomination to Adonai, and because of these abominations Adonai your God is driving them out from before you.You are to be blameless before Adonai your God.
Needless to say, that in Judaism, Halloween is prohibited. Moreover, Christians began to see that actually behind the ‘nice appearance’ of Halloween there are quite a few things that are not in order. Like all this fascination for vampires, witches, death, spirits, superstitions, ghosts, spells, sorcerers, etc. All the things the Bible condemns radically! Interestingly, many people who would ask you ‘what would Jesus do’ believe Jesus would identify Himself with the works of Satan on Halloween.
I want to give you three reasons why I do not practice and do not agree with Halloween:
1. Yeshua is not the centre of Halloween
You can see this principle clear from what I said about Halloween. And what you already know about it. Jesus has nothing to do with this festival and nor does the Holy Spirit. Halloween is about demons, foul spirits, occultism, superstitions, and necromancy— to name a few.
Thinking about Halloween, I was reminded of the enemy number one of the first believers— Gnosticism and its mission to reconcile
Good is good, and evil is evil— pretty straightforward. Therefore, do not try to ‘christianise’ Halloween. See who is in the center of this festival! And do not try to put Jesus in the center of it because it does not work.
2. Halloween does not bring glory to Yeshua
Therefore, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Just consider for a moment what you are celebrating and what Halloween is all about. Is the holiday uplifting your faith? Moreover, is Halloween pure and godly? Is it praiseworthy or of good report? Can you imagine Apostle John, Peter, or Paul dressing like a vampire, sorcerer, witch, or necromancer and preaching the gospel? If you can answer ‘yes’ to the above questions, I have great concerns about you. Needless to say that I cannot answer ‘yes.’
I am aware that many of you might ‘unsubscribe’ from my blog and will not like my person anymore. However, I feel compelled to share the underlying truth about this ancient festival.
3. Halloween is not Biblical
By that I mean two things. First, the Bible, Yeshua, or the Apostles do not command us to keep it. Second, its principles and focus are obviously against the teachings of the Scriptures. Ask yourself if this festival has in its center the principles of salvation, peace, or holiness or the themes of fear, bondage, and sin? The Bible does not sanctify witches, sorcery or witchcraft.
Moreover, the Bible clearly states that these things are an abomination to the Lord. And we are not even to ‘play’ with these things! Please, do not be skeptical about the spiritual realm of darkness. Please do not play with it as there are consequences. And please, do not tell me greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4, TLV), as this does not apply in the context.
Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them—
We are to expose and bring into the light the things of the darkness. And not take part in these practices. I believe Halloween was one of the biggest mistakes of the early Church— when they accepted it. However, it is time to make a change and be different.
Usually, the people who advocate for celebrating Halloween will say things like: it is an excellent opportunity to share the gospel. Or ‘remember the Christian roots of the festival,’ etc. However, the ‘Christian roots’ of Halloween are Catholic. And Catholicism is a false religion!
Friend, do not ever celebrate dead people, not even the martyrs. And do not associate yourself with those who do that, even if you believe you are not.
Yes, the martyrs are an example for us, we appreciate the model they gave us but that’s pretty much all. We do not pray to them and we do not worship them. And we should not put them in the center of our lives and days.
I know many Churches all over the world gather together for prayer on Halloween. Therefore, I want to encourage you to better participate to such meetings than to associate your life with the things of the world and the devil.
Moreover, I want to encourage you to renounce, repent and ask forgiveness to God for any present or past involvement or association with Halloween. And if you do not agree with me, I want to ask you a favour— pray about it before you dismiss my points.
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