Research by Pastor Wayland B Strong "What's wrong with Halloween"!

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What’s wrong with Halloween

In order to understand Halloween, please allow me to play with words “over-stand” Halloween, It is important to go back to the history behind this pagan holiday. Since the 800’s November 1st was a religious holiday known as All Saints Day. The mass that was said on that day was called All Hallowmas. The evening before it, was known as All Hallows Eve. Halloween, which stems from Irish, Scottish, Welch and British folk customs. Celebrated as the Druids autumn festival. The Druids were pagan priests who worshiped nature. They revolved around the worship of evil spirits and were magicians and wizards 200 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. This unholy holiday was originally celebrated to honor Samhain, the lord of the dead, on October 31(the end of the summer). This celebration marked the end of the summer and the beginning of winter; they thought that this was the season of death. When even nature-died, grass no longer grows, flowers and trees, it’s a time of cold, darkness, death and decay.

The whole concept behind Halloween involves death, darkness, deception, fear, and pagan rituals. Halloween is a celebration of darkness I don’t like darkness. When I was a boy I used to ask my mother to leave a light on in my room. It always made me feel better. That’s what we should be doing—lighting up our world with God’s love. Darkness hides things in the Bible, darkness symbolizes evil.

Ephesians 5:8-11

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.”

Many Christians find Halloween an uncomfortable topic. It’s a little like walking into a graveyard and seeing among the tombstones a raucous party in progress–a bizarre mixture of horrible screams and laughing–and then wondering who might have organized it. Let me pose this question: What in the world do demons, witches, vampires and blood have in common with the people of God, who John refers to as “children of light?”

The Druids believed that on this date, Samhain called all the souls of the dead condemned within the last past year to live in animal bodies. These lost souls were believed to roam the city on Halloween night and return to haunt the homes where they once lived. The only way the current occupants could be free from being haunted was to lay out food and give shelter to the spirits during the night. If they did not, the spirit would cast spells on them. This is where the phrase “trick or treat” comes from. They would be tricked if there was no treat. The town’s people baked and made food all that day and when night fell they dressed up and tried to look like the dead in actual dead animals skins many dripping in the blood. They did this believing they could fool the spirits into thinking that they were one of them, hoping that the ghost would leave peaceably.

Carving pumpkins into jack-olanterns is a Halloween custom, which grew from a legend about a man named Jack who was so stingy that he was not allowed into heaven when he died. He couldn’t enter hell either because he had played a trick on the devil. So he had to walk the earth with his lantern until Judgment Day. Fearful people carved faces out of pumpkins, turnips, beets or potatoes represents Jack of the lantern. The druids had many other unbelievable beliefs, which have since turned into traditions. For example, they were afraid of black cats because they believed that when people committed evil, they would be turned into a cat. Cats were considered evil. To scare them away, or to trick them into thinking they were one of them, the Druids decorated their homes with witches, ghost, goblins and the like. They also decorated with cornstalks, pumpkins and other good offerings of thanks and praise to their false gods. In addition, to celebrate they built huge bonfires to frighten away evil spirits, and often offered their crops and animals to them as a sacrifice; sometimes they even offered themselves or others as human sacrifices.

The Romans began to conquer the Celts around A.D. 43 during this time two Roman autumn festivals were combined with the Celtic festival of Samhain. One of them honored Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The practice of bobbing for apples became associated with Halloween because of this festival. In pre-Christian Britain, October 31 was considered, as the eve of the New Year, Much later, when Christianity spread throughout Ireland and October 31, was no longer the last day of the year. After it became a so/called Christian festival, the evil supernatural symbolic association continued, customs such as the shaping of a demonic face out of a hollow pumpkin, in which a candle is placed. Many of the practices have a direct connection with witchcraft. Then millions of Irish people immigrated to the United States in the 1840’s the tradition came with them.

Halloween became a celebration mostly for children. Dressed, as ghosts they went from door to door asking for treats, or else a trick would be played on the residents. Black is the traditional color of Halloween, probably because Halloween festivals took place at night. Originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits. Witches flying on brooms, with black cats, ghost, goblins and skeletons they are popular costumes and decorations for greeting cards and windows.

Satan has become bolder in the United States; occult practices are springing up all over America. Halloween parties provide a perfect setting for them. Often at these parties fortune telling, quija boards, séances, and other UNGODLY things. Spiritualism and witchcraft is very real and we should not be providing our children with the opportunity for involvement. We can’t afford to have our children to be exposed to these evil celebrations. What might seem to some as innocent children’s games is an open door to satanic influence and even demonic possession in some cases. It introduces them to witchcraft, making it easier for them to become involved in cults. When children are taught that it’s alright to play with the things of darkness it doesn’t give them the repulsion and resistance they need to stand against greater satanic involvement. Games played at carnivals promote fear as they are ushered through spooky places, haunted houses and horror rooms. Children can be tormented with evil spirits of fear that can torment them through this involvement that stays with them throughout their life.

No Christian should participate in the activities of this unholy holiday. Satan has gained mans approval to celebrate his day by simply making it a tradition that seems like fun, the opposite is true. Because so many of us have grown up celebrating Halloween, and seemingly did not experience any negative effects whether you feel it or not we have really been hurt by celebrating a day that glorifies death and darkness. Christians we have been called out of darkness into the marvelous light. How does God feel to see His people making light of demons and witchcraft. Shouldn’t we be thinking about how to honor God and show our love for Him?

Ephesians 5:6-12

Let no man deceive you with words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of the 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. For it is a shame to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”

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