October 31st is a date well known for its costumes and candy.
Many people regardless of race and religion unite together to celebrate this holiday with the excuse that it’s “for the candy” and “the harmless fun.”
So is it a spiritually meaningless, mass-marketed tradition? Or is it a masked holiday used to promote a Satanist agenda?
And better yet, should Christians be participating?
Origin of Halloween
Samhain, (pronounced Sah-win) also known to many of us now as Halloween, is a pagan religious festival that has its origins in Celtic traditions. It is a holiday celebrated from October 31 to November 1st.
When this tradition originated, it was believed that “it was the time of year when the veils between this world and the Otherworld were believed to be at their thinnest: when the spirits of the dead could most readily mingle with the living once again.
Later, when the festival was adopted by Christians, they celebrated it as All Hallows’ Eve, followed by All Saints Day, though it still retained elements of remembering and honoring the dead.” This is where the name evolved into what we now call Halloween.
This celebration originated as a way to honor the dead, believing that the dead spirits would come to help their priests predict the future. As “Halloween” evolved through the Irish, and others, things like mumming were introduced to the holiday.
“In Ireland, mumming was the practice of putting on costumes, going door-to-door, and singing songs to the dead. Cakes were given as payment.”
So Is It Bad?
Many say that as long as you simply put on a costume for fun, do it for the candy, and do not have any spiritual connection to the origin of Halloween – Samhain, then there is no harm.
I do not believe that.
The truth is that after seeing people get delivered from demons on a regular basis and seeing the damage that they cause to people, I don’t understand how anyone in their right mind could want to celebrate anything that is closely related to the realm where demons operate.
Anton LaVey, author of The Satanic Bible and founder of the Church of Satan, said, “Two major holidays, Halloween and Walpurgisnacht are celebrated by the Church of Satan. I am glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year. Welcome to Halloween.”
As always, the choice is yours, however, here are a few things to think about:
- It promotes fear. As Christians, we celebrate faith. We are believers who belong to the household of faith and our lives revolve around it. We have the gift of faith, and are called to live lives of faith because that is what pleases God! The Bible says that “perfect love casts out fear…” it does not celebrate it (1 John 4:18).
- It promotes darkness. Jesus is the light of the world and we are called to be a reflection of His light in this dark and broken world. The Word of God is Light and nothing about Christianity revolves around darkness.
- It promotes death. The only death we remember is Jesus’. It defeated the grave and death. We believe in the cross, not in a skull! As Christians we believe in the Holy Spirit and in Him alone are we to rely on for guidance and direction in our lives – not the dead, and not any other spirit from “the great beyond.”
If we imitate the world, we will lose our distinction; but, if we isolate ourselves entirely from the world, we will lose our influence.
Christians need to engage the culture if we expect to make an impact, but the Bible is clear about not conforming to our culture.
We don’t celebrate Halloween because it promotes fear, darkness, and death.
Although the Bible does not give us clear specifications regarding this, the wisest thing would be to not give any room or “place to the devil” to have power over you or your family.
At the end of the day, there is more possibility for risk (spiritually speaking) if you celebrate it than if you decided to act like it was just another regular day.
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