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In a marketing sense, Halloween today has become big business
The second most popular event for marketing activity, behind Christmas, is now Halloween
In the United States alone people spend 6.9 billion dollars on Halloween
Canadians also spend a tremendous amount in retail stores to celebrate Halloween
Besides the kids, at least one in three adults will buy costumes for themselves
For adults, Halloween has become the third most popular reason for a party – behind the Superbowl and New Year’s Eve
Let’s look briefly at this practice of celebrating the holiday known as Halloween
Also known as All Soul’s Eve
Also known as National Magic Day
Also known as the key day of satanic worship each year
Halloween is not a simple, fun evening for children to go trick or treating and get some free candy.
It is a dangerous feast day for those who do not follow the Lord nor worship our Father God
It is not something we can ever be neutral aboutas some who profess to be Christians believe
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF HALLOWEEN?
In 835 CE Pope Gregory IV designated November 1st as All Saints Day or All Hallow’s Day
The term “hallow” was an ancient word for “saint”
Packed with non-biblical things
Prayers for the dead
Prayers for dead saints (Pergatory)
All dedicated to Mary
The night before All Hallow’s Day then became known as “All Hallow’s Evening” which soon was shortened to “Halloween”
However, long before the organized religious church got involved – this special evening and next day had already been spoken for by the pagans
The earliest records indicate that these two specific times were special times celebrated by the ancient Druids
Druids were the learned or priestly class of the Celtic religion
The Celtics were the first white people who came from Asia to settle in Europe – especially France and the British Isles
Aryan race with Druids as their priests and they were the ones who set this time aside as special to their religion
The Druids believe (notice the tense):
In a large number of different gods each of which requires a different aspect of devotion and worship
Cernunnos – a horned god who is always in the yoga position
Lug or Lugus – the god of the sun similar to sun worship cults in Egypt and India
Mother earth is worshipped – worship of nature
Certain trees and plants – such as oak and mistletoe – are given great spiritual significance
They also believe …
In transmigration of the soul – which teaches that people may be reborn as animals
But their chief god and most powerful god is known as “Samhain” who major feast day (special day) is October 31
The time of the winter festival
The time when human sacrifices are offered
Powerful even in the days of the Roman Empire – in fact, Julius Caesar mentions in his Commentaries that the Celtic people believed they were descended from the god “Dis” – “Dis” being the Roman name for the god of the dead
So “Samhain” is the Lord of Death and is the chief druidic deity
His special day to be remembered – October 31/November 1
Let me quote Lewis Spence – an expert of Druid worship
“The Celts and their Druid priests began their New Year on November 1, which marked the beginning of Winter. They apparently believed that on October 31, the night before their New Year and the last day of the old year, the Lord of Death gathered the souls of the dead who had been condemned to enter the bodies of animals. He then decided what animal form they would take for the next year. (The souls of the good dead were reincarnated as humans.) The Druids also believed that the punishment of the evil dead could be lightened by sacrifices, prayers and gifts to the Lord of Death.
Druid worshipers attempted to placate and appease the Lord of Death because of his power over the souls of the dead, whether these souls were good or evil. For those who had died during the proceding 12 months, Samhain allowed their spirits to return to earth to their former places of habitation for a few hours to associate once again with their families.
Thus, the Celts believed that on their New Year’s Eve (our Halloween) ghosts, evil spirits, and, some say, witches roamed about.
On this night, evil or frustrated ghosts were also supposed to play tricks on humans and to cause supernatural manifestations. As part of the celebration, people donned grotesque masks and danced around great bonfires often pretending they were being pursued by evil spirits. And while these bonfires were lit to scare away evil spirits, food was put out to make the ghosts or souls of the good dead that Samhain had released feel welcome and at home.
Because Samhain marked the beginning of a new year, divination and fortune-telling became an important part of this holiday celebration. For example, the Druids believed that the particular shape of various fruits and vegetables could divine the future. Victims of human sacrifice were used for the same purpose.”
“For the most part, then, our modern Halloween appears to initially be traced to the practices of the ancient Druids at their Winter festival on October 31.”
The Encyclopedia Britannica:
“In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic Festival of Samhain was observed on October 31, at the end of the summer…The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, goblins, black cats, fairies and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature. In addition, Halloween was thought to be the most favorable time for divination concerning marriage, luck, health, and death. In was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes.”
A little history:
The observance of Halloween as we now know it is not world-wide nor is it wide-spread
It is very much centered in the areas that no longer believe in the supernatural world of demons and the devil – Rational – thinking places such as North America, some of South America, and Europe. Other nations and areas that believe in the realm of the demonic and the spirit world’s influence and power – see it for what it really is
It did not become popular in North America until after the national spiritist (pagan) revival that began in 1848 which has led to today when Wicca and the current women’s movement of white witchcraft number 3 million followers in the U.S. alone with 200,000 hard core witches. Of course, we have taken some pagan things and put a thin veneer over them to apparently make them more acceptable.
The Jack-o’-lantern – The carved pumpkin may have originated with the witches’ use of a skull and a candle in it to light the way to coven meetings
Trick or treat where people went about collecting fruit and nuts and other treats so as to set them out on a table so that the ghosts when they arrived would treat the living well. If you did not supply enough ‘goodies’ then the spirit or ghost would then “trick” you.
Halloween costumes – Masks and costumes were worn to either scare away the ghosts of the dead or to keep the ghosts and disembodied spirits from recognizing you and maybe then harming you
From The Holiday handbook: “…People thought that ghosts and spirits roamed after dark on Halloween. They lit candles or lanterns to keep the spirits away, and if they had to go outside, they wore costumes and masks to frighten the spirits or to keep them from being recognized by these unearthly beings.”
Bobbing for apples – The Druids believed that this was a very good way to tell the future especially in the area of romance – divination. The Bible condemns divination of any kind!
Every aspect of today’s Halloween celebrations can be directly related back to an ancient practice of the pagan religions … way back to before the birth of Christ and since.
1> It is the most sacred day of witchcraft and the occult
2> It was and still is believed to be the only day of the year in which the devil’s help could especially be invoked for a variety of things
3> It was and is a special day for Satanists
4> Human sacrifice was and is offered on this special day more than any other day of the year
5> It encourages occult activities on the part of both children and adults
6> It is a special day to call on spirits via the Ouija board and other forms of spiritism and white witchcraft
7> It is a day noted historically and even today for powerful divination
8> It supports such pagan beliefs and practices as reincarnation, animism, Shamanism, and Druidism
9> It encourages people’s interest in ghosts and the para-normal
10> Occultists use this day especially for winning new converts to their professions and activities
11> It can unequally yoke Christians and pagans
12> No Halloween activity or symbol can be found that does not go back to pagan occultism
So we need to ask some questions…
1> Can we be a part of this event and do so detached from the deeper meaning and significance of the event? Can we be a part of this special occult night and still remain detached spiritually? Realize that it is impossible to remain spiritually neutral. The event either glorifies God or it glorifies and draws attention to the devil. Do we really glorify God by our participation in Halloween activities?
The purpose of our lives as Christians is to glory God so we need to ask: Does this activity glorify God?
1 Corinthians 10:23 “Everything is permissible” – but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible” – but not everything is constructive.
2> But we are not engaging in the original practices or intent – so what harm can it do?
We are just out “Trick or Treating” … we are really imitating the things that the occult does on this day
and the Bible tells us over and over again not to imitate the evil practices of pagan nations.
3 John 11a … do not imitate what is evil but what is good.
Greek for “imitate” means to mimic, to act out or copy. The Scripture is saying not to imitate, mimic, act out, or copy what the occultists are doing. So, we need to ask: Is participation a form of imitation?
3> As we participate are we not, indirectly perhaps, setting up our children to become familiar with the “flavour” or practices of the occult? Afterall, we are mixing in with those who are dressed in a way to celebrate the devil and his night. Even if our children dress in Bible costumes – they still go door-to-door with those who are dressed as demons and represent evil
4> What is your answer when your children ask you why they and other kids dress up in costumes and why they trick or treat? If they ask you where such a practice comes from – can we as their parents give them any other answer that is not tied back to pagan, occult practices?Stick a thin veneer on it – even a religious one … it is still pagan. Even what other members of the Christian faith believe – praying for those in purgatory and shortening their time of penance – is 100% non-Biblical and pagan
There is no Born Again Christian reason for this night of activity
5> How do you reconcile this activity with Scripture?
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
What are we teaching our children to think about and dwell on by participating in Halloween activities?
6> Could being involved in any way with Halloween simply be mocking God?
God’s children involved in and participating in a celebration of the work of the devil, pagan gods, and all kinds of evil – this is not good.
7> If the Ku Klux Klan or the Alberta Arian Nation held a special day and a parade – would you let your children dress as little Klansmen and send them out … even in fun and jest?
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
Romans 12:9b Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Avoid every kind of evil.
3 John 11a do not imitate what is evil but what is good.
Ephesians 5:1, 8-11 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Can a Christian participate in Halloween and still fulfill these Bible passages?
In my research I came across many more things we could talk about
Ghosts – what are they and why?
Poltergeists – German: Polter – to make noise / geist – ghost or spirit – So, Poltergeists – noisy ghosts
Role of demons in the para-normal
People who spontaneously catch fire
Necromancy and séances
Halloween practices and all these other related practices – open the door to the occult and can introduce forces into people’s lives that they do not understand and often cannot combat.
Halloween is not an innocent practice
You cannot be neutral and go along for the ride …
It does not glorify God
Therefore, we need to be very careful with this special day.
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