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An origin of Halloween. Fun for all or determent to our faith?

By Lisa Dees
On October 26, 2012

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     When most people are carving jack-o-lanterns, trying on costumes and buying candy for those trick-or-treating, I can't help but wonder where these strange Halloween traditions emerged.

     Just about every Halloween tradition stems from a pagan, satanic belief. According to preparingforeternity.com, Halloween began in Europe and was greatly influenced by the Celts and Druids.

     The Celts and Druids set aside a day, Oct. 31, to celebrate all that was evil and to honor and communicate with the dead. The people carved pumpkins as a warning so that others would not offend the devil. They went house to house gathering food to "appease" the evil spirits with an offering. They also feared animals because they were regarded as sacred.

     But it did not end there. When food sacrifices and jack-o-lanterns weren't enough, the Celts and Druids would sacrifice animals, crops and even themselves.

     Other places in Europe during the Dark Ages, held a satanic festival on Halloween, in which people believed demons roamed the streets at night.

     I think it's pretty easy to just ignore the above information. I mean, after all, those are just ancient beliefs. You don't have to believe that just to enjoy Halloween, right?  

     If we profess to be Christians, we must first seek the will of God. It is an abomination to God to dabble in anything pertaining to honoring or communicating with the dead, spiritualism, worshiping the devil, or regarding anyone or anything above the Lord.

     Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says that practicing human sacrifice, divination, fortune-telling, interpreting omens, sorcery, casting spells, consulting with mediums, spirits or the dead is detestable to the Lord.

     Isaiah 8:13 says, "You are to regard only the Lord of Hosts as holy. Only He should be feared; only He should be held in awe."

     If Halloween can be celebrated by avoiding the appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22), then by all means, celebrate. But do bear this in mind: Halloween is not the day of the dead. And it is not a day for the devil and his angels.

     My friend, Clifton, had it right when he said, "On Oct. 31, when the sun rises and sets, it's because God set in motion. Every day belongs to the Lord, and no day has or ever will belong to the devil."  
 


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