Spiritual Danger As Halloween Approaches

Sometimes choosing to engage in an action is based on the risk involved and determined by the questions we ask. “Is that ski slope too steep? Is there a rip tide today? Is it okay if I watch that kind of movie? Would it really matter if I miss church this week?” Usually our assessment of the risk level tells us whether or not to engage in an activity. But occasionally, despite a high level of risk, we decide that if we are careful or participate only briefly we will be alright. However, there are also risks we decide are too dangerous…..especially risks that could harm us physically or spiritually.

We make our best decisions when we have all the facts about a proposed action. When we are faced with a decision about participating in something that can harm us spiritually we should err on the side of caution and ask ourselves if what we propose is pleasing…not displeasing….to God. As Christians we should ask ourselves how we would feel if God were to join us in our proposed participation. Halloween is one such activity where we need to gather facts before becoming engaged and make our decision to participate based on both these criteria.
During the dark ages, about 2,000 years ago in Ireland, England, and Northern France, the Celts, known as cruel and barbaric warriors who worshipped many gods, held a heathen festival that was filled with superstition and occult ceremony in honor of the Celtic god, the lord of death, Samhain. The Druids, who were the more educated and priestly group within the Celtic people, taught that terrible curses and punishments would befall those who did not participate in the ceremonies honoring Samhain.

The Druids believed that the worlds of the dead and of the living became one on the night of Samhain, October 31st. Samhain, the lord of death, allegedly gathered the condemned and evil souls from eternity and allowed some of them to return to earth and associate with the living. The festival of Samhain was marked by the visitation of ghosts and mischievous spirits.

While many writings say that cruel human sacrifices were offered, historical writings seem to indicate it was that animal sacrifices that were offered. Nevertheless, from the dying sacrifice, the Celtic priests would make predictions about the future. This alone should give us pause for thought. Jeremiah 14:14 tells us “They prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of naught, and the deceit of their heart.” And Deuteronomy 32:17 states “They sacrificed unto demons, not to God; …….” And in Matthew 6:24: “No one can serve two masters…..you cannot serve God and mammon.”

While the festival of Samhain was the origin of Halloween, (All Hallows Evening), the influence of these occult beliefs and practices, persisted through the subsequent centuries. In AD 43 two Roman festivals joined this celebration. One was ‘Feralia’, which commemorated the passing of the dead, and the other honored the Roman goddess ‘Pomona’.”

In 835 A.D, in an effort to convert this heathen custom into a spiritual celebration, Pope Gregory IV decreed November 1st as All Saints Day when departed souls would be prayed for. Thus at this point in time these three festivals were joined together and celebrated with bonfires, parades, and costumes. However, over the years some satanic groups considered Halloween the time when Satan could be called upon to exert his influence in various matters. An event called Irish Mischief Night, when fairies, elves, the traveling dead, and wicked supernatural spirits were thought to roam, was added to these other events. These festivities, Samhaim, Feralia, Pomona, All Saints Day, Satanic groups and Irish Mischief Night combined into what we today consider Halloween and all but one are closely related to evil.

The Halloween celebrations we experience today champion the use of a variety of costumes. If we look closely at the costumes we see ghosts, witches, vampires, ghouls, skeletons, and bloody masks, fingers, and clothing. Thus we can see that Halloween trivializes and mocks the souls who have died but whom God still longs to save. God would never want us, His children, Christ’s Bride, to join celebrations that had their origins in evil or the activities previously mentioned. These activities are in overt opposition to God’s love and His future plans for those who have already died and wait for The First Resurrection. The Bible clearly and adamantly tells us not to imitate what is evil. In 3 John: 11 we are told: “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil…” And in Ephesians 5:1, 11 scripture clearly states: “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children…and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them”

If our children wear costumes that imitate witches and ghosts, zombies and vampires, magicians and shamans, and accessories with blood dripping from mouths and bloody fingernails, Christians can deduce that allowing our children to imitate these figures couldn’t possibly be pleasing to God. We can ask ourselves whether or not we would wear such an item to church on a Sunday morning or to the wedding feast with Christ? If not, then why would we wear them behind His back or allow, even encourage our children to wear them? We should ask if the proponents who claim that this is a time when people honor the dead believe that God feels they honor them with these costumes.

Arguing that if a child wore a more suitable costume celebrating Halloween would be acceptable is debatable. To a Christian, just mingling with the costumes previously mentioned should give us cause for worry. We would be aware that the other costumes depict the Sanhaim ceremony and other satanic celebrations that promote the work of underworld. Scripture tells Christians that this couldn’t possibly be pleasing to God.

Satan is subtle; he can blind us, fool us, make us complacent, tweak God’s words, pervert, and he works unceasingly to prevent us from being a part of the Bride of Christ. Knowing this, we should ask ourselves if it is possible that Satan uses the celebration of Halloween to hurt the Holy Spirit within us and somehow open our hearts to the spirits of evil. Remember, it never happened overnight…it is slow and insidious…and deadly.

As Christians, we should consider engaging our children in a non-costume fall festival celebration on Halloween that can be held in our churches, in a backyard, or the home of our minister or someone from our congregation. Campfires, hot dogs and marshmallows, games and even the candy children gather at Halloween can make this day safe, fun and godly. Sunday school and youth groups can also participate and neither they nor their parents will have to worry about their safety spiritually or physically, nor worry about razor blades in apples or poison in the candy. Further, through these thoughts and actions we can set an example for others and be sure not to displease God nor awaken the spirits so intent on harming our relationship with Our Heavenly Father.

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