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Halloween: What are we celebrating?

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?  On one hand, some see October 31st as a harmless time of fun; a time for dressing kids in cute costumes and going door to door asking for treats. But are the traditions we’ve loved since we were kids all that innocent?  There is a growing number of Christians who are concerned about the dark side of a demonically inspired night, saying we should avoid having anything to do with Halloween.


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On Tuesday’s program we’re going to explore where Halloween came from with our special guest, Johanna Michaelsen, and you might be surprised to learn that those cute jack-o-lanterns aren’t as innocent as you might think.  Johanna is a featured presenter  in Caryl Matrisciana’s Wide is the Gate DVD series. Her internationally best selling autobiography, The Beautiful Side of Evil, tells the story of her involvement with the occult, which she left 30 years ago after encountering the one true Savior, Jesus Christ.

Johanna also wrote a book titled, Like Lambs to the Slaughter: Your Child and the Occult.

Halloween Facts:

Some of today’s popular celebrations associated with Halloween have pagan roots stemming from the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain. This harvest festival of the Druids ushered in the New Year.

The word Halloween is derived from the term “All Hallows Eve” which occurred on Oct. 31, the end of summer in Northwestern Europe. “All Saints Day,” or “All Hallows Day” was the next Day, Nov. 1st. Therefore, Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day.

Apparently, the origins of Halloween can be traced back to ancient Ireland and Scotland around the time of Christ. On Oct. 31st, the Celts celebrated the end of summer. This was important because it was when animal herders would move their animals into barns and pens and prepare to ride out the winter. This was also the time of the crop harvests. This annual change of season and lifestyle was marked by a festival called Samhain — pronounced ‘sow-ane’ and means ‘end of summer.’ Sow rhymes with cow.

There was much superstition associated with this time of change including the belief in fairies, and that the spirits of the dead wandered around looking for bodies to inhabit. Since the living did not want to be possessed by spirits, they dressed up in costumes and paraded around the streets making loud noises to confuse and frighten the spirits away. In addition, the new year began for the Celts on Nov. 1. So, the day of Samhain was believed to be a day that was in neither the year past or the year to come.  Since it was in between, chaos ruled on that day. Often, people would pull practical jokes on others as a result.

Later, around the 5th century, as the Catholic Church developed and moved into the area, instead of adding a new day to celebrate, it took over the Samhain celebration. Nov. 1st became “All Hallows Eve” where all the saints of the Catholic church were honored. A later custom developed where people would go door-to-door on Nov. 2, requesting small cakes in exchange for the promise of saying prayers for some of the dead relatives of each house. This arose out of the religious belief that the dead were in a state of limbo before they went to heaven or hell and that the prayers of the living could influence the outcome. This may have been the precursor to Trick-or-Treat.

The Jack-O-Lantern apparently comes from Irish folklore about a man named Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree. Once the devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross on the trunk, preventing the devil from coming down. The devil then made a deal with Jack not to allow Jack into hell after Jack died if only Jack would remove the cross from the tree. After Jack died, he couldn’t go to hell, and he couldn’t go to heaven. He was forced to wander around the earth with a single candle to light his way. The candle was placed in a turnip to keep it burning longer. When the Irish came to America in the 1800′s, they adopted the pumpkin instead of the turnip. Along with these traditions, they brought the idea that the black cat was considered by some to be reincarnated spirits who had prophetic abilities.

So, it appears that the origins of Halloween are a mixture of old Celtic pagan rituals superstition and early Catholic traditions.

What does the Bible say about Halloween?

What does the Bible say about Halloween? Nothing. But it does speak concerning witches, the occult, and paganism.

Exodus 22:18, You shall not let a witch live.

Deut. 18:10-12, “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…”

The Bible definitely speaks negatively about occultic practices, spirits, and witches and condemns not only the practice but also the people who are involved in it. As Christians, we are to have nothing to do with the occult. Tarot Cards, contacting the dead, séances, lucky charms, etc., are all unbiblical and can harm a Christian’s fellowship with God and open the Christian to demonic oppression. Most Christians know this and avoid these activities. But, the question still remains. Since there are ancient pagan connections and present occultic connections, what is the Christian to do?

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26 Responses to “Halloween: What are we celebrating?”

  1. Mr Davis #

    What do the Scriptures say: but remember this is for believers you cannot expect the unregenerate to honor and obey the scriptures. Remember this is the kingdom of darkness we live in, the whole world remains in darkness. Christ Jesus is the only light, the Light of the World.

    1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby : 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 To whom coming , as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

    1 Corinthians 3;16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy ; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

    2 Corinthians 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate , saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

    1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy , but now have obtained mercy . 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

    1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

    1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 20 And we know that the Son of God is come , and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

    October 9, 2012 at 2:43 AM Reply
  2. Mr Davis #

    Arm yourselfs with the mind of Christ

    1 Peter 4:

    1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

    3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

    October 9, 2012 at 2:49 AM Reply
  3. Jennifer #

    Good Morning,
    My name is Jennifer McCarty, my church has done a harvest hoot for the past 8-10 years. We have done it at St. James park in green bay, during this time we serve over 350 hot dogs and play games with the kids as they go through, we have a wheel that the kids can play if they resite a Bible verse. We have about 400 people come through how may or may not know the Lord, I feel that God has made us a light during a very dark time. Even if 400 people come through and we save one of those 400 people, isn't it worth it…. isn't it our job to witness to others when they are in their or celebrating the darkest time. We are still part of this world but we must not conform to the world, as a church we are a light for the world that once again can shine so bright in a dark time. I just want to share that at this event we have a big tent that is white and has a lot of lights around it, when you are coming up to the park you can see it from a long way away. The Lord has made us a light in the darkness.
    Thank you,

    Jennifer McCarty

    October 9, 2012 at 4:52 AM Reply
    • Rose Vosburgh #

      I don't see anything wrong with what you describe as long as there is a very clear presentation of the gospel during the event and maybe gospel tracts handed out to the children and their parents.

      October 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM Reply
      • Jennifer #

        Yes we hand out tracts to both the parents and children and we also have people talking with the parents about Christ and having a relationship with him, while the kids are playing various little games like mini golf and spinning a wheel for prizes like kid's Bibles, candy, and other stuff.

        October 10, 2012 at 3:43 AM Reply
    • Jennifer #

      I agree that what you all are doing is to worship the LORD instead of celebrating a pagan/RC holy day, but I wonder how much this scripture speaks about that? Deuteronomy 12:29-32 “When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations whom you go in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. “Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it."

      October 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM Reply
  4. Diana #

    I agree that celebrating Halloween is wrong d/t its very pagan roots. What about telling the truth about the origins of the holidays that most Christians observe and have adopted into Christianity such as Easter and Christmas? I did not want to believe this but after much research into the origins and practices of these pagan holidays and much study of scripture and prayer I can no longer participate in these either. I was so saddened that I had been so deceived by the church for so long and that I never questioned our traditions. By the way, I am not a Seventh Day Adventist. I am Christian searching for all truth, no matter where it leads…..

    October 9, 2012 at 5:37 AM Reply
    • Dannie #

      I agree Diana, I use to take part in this pagan event. It started to disturb me so I withdrew from partaking in these harvest events, santa claus and easter bunny and avoided any churches that held events like this. I want my kids to know the truth and not about this untruthful holidays. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 (NIV)
      And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.

      October 31, 2012 at 3:53 PM Reply
  5. Nate #

    First I need to correct a couple things.

    #1) "Limbo" is NOT a Catholic belief. It is mentioned by some non-official documents as a "theological possibility". It NEVER has been taught as Catholic teaching. Even the nuns who "taught" it, were actually teaching something the Catholic Chruch NEVER taught.

    #2) Praying for the dead has to do with souls on their way to Heaven, but needing to be purged of the last vestiges of sin. "No that's not Biblical" you say. But it is. First off, if you were to die RIGHT NOW, are you perfectly clean or have "All sinned and Fallen short"? Remember Nothing unclean gets into heaven (Rev 21:27)

    So what is the REAL Catholic belief? Catholics believe in the Biblical process where someone who has believed in and obeyed Jesus as best as they are able – by Grace – but still have some "sins that do not lead to death" (1 Jn 5:16-17) they must be cleansed as if by fire before entering heaven…. TBC

    October 12, 2012 at 2:10 AM Reply
  6. Nate #

    "So where is that in the Bible?" You say…

    1 Cor 3: 11-15 is the plainest text:

    "For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble—each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire."

    "The Day" is universally recognized as the day of judgement or day of your death. So how is it someone is "saved" but "will suffer loss… through fire"? Only the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory satisfies this and all the other supporting passages in Scripture: Mt 5:25-26 (being judged, going to prison "until you pay the last penny")
    Mt 12:32 (direct implication that sins can be forgiven in "the life to come")

    Praying for those souls in Purgatory has been a historic and pious practice since Judism and is also Biblical: TBC

    October 12, 2012 at 2:34 AM Reply
  7. Nate #

    St. Paul prays for the deceased Onesiphorus in 2 tim 1:16-18 "May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus."

    2 Mac 12:39-46 also shows the just praying for the dead.

    "But wait 2 Maccabies isn't in the Bible!" Well, it's not in YOUR Bible. But I pose this question: Under who's authority did Luther remove it? Answer: his own. Or you might get tricky and say he used the Jewish canon of Scripture but there was No Jewish canon of Scripture for hundreds of years AFTER Jesus' death. The "council" of Jamnia didn't have the authority to decide anything for the whole Jewish religion plus there's much debate over whether it actually existed….. TBC

    October 12, 2012 at 2:44 AM Reply
  8. Nate #

    Here's another interesting question: Where did the Bible come from anyway? How do we know 3 John is inspired or Hebrews? Who wrote the "Gospel of Mark" – the author doesn't name himself and the title in our Bibles is an editor's addition, i.e. NOT Inspired. How do you know what books belong in the Bible because the Table of Contents is not inspired? But I digress.

    All that set up is for this: If you believe in "Individual Interpretation" of Scripture then you can see that the Catholic possition on Purgatory is based on Scripture and therefor must have equal weight as someone else's individual interpretation that it is not in Scripture.

    So just the fact that "All Hallows Eve" is "Catholic" is not enough in-and-of-itself to condem Halloween….. TBC

    October 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM Reply
  9. Nate #

    Now what about the "Pagen" roots and are we "participating" in paganism if we dress up and practice the redistribution of candy on Oct 31st?

    Did some pagens somewhere celebrate something on or around Oct 31st? Sure. Does that alone make "All Hallows Eve" a participation in paganism? No

    Do pagens hold the market on decorating with pumkins, squash, cornstalks, harvest moons etc? Of course not. Satan does not "own" a symbol like a pumpkin, squash corn etc.

    Does dressing up like the dead automatically mean participation in a pagan ritual?
    Again, no. We are giving Satan too much power to say that it does. If you put on your deceased grandmothers wedding gown, are you participating in a pagan religion? No If you're in a play about Abraham Lincoln and you dress up in a costume of him, does that mean you're participating in a pagan religion? No again. So does it mean you're participating in a pagan religion if you dress up like your favorite Bible character, Saint or roll model? Again, No.

    So why does it stand that if you dress up like Abraham Lincoln or your Grandmother on a certain day of the year, does it mean that NOW all-of-a-sudden we're participating in paganism?

    Just because two holidays happen to be on or near eachother does not mean one is derived from the other. And just because one came first does not mean it created the other.

    Notice, though, I have not said anything about vampires, witches, ghouls etc……. TBC

    October 12, 2012 at 3:00 AM Reply
  10. Nate #

    Another bit of historic note, "All Saints Day" was origionally on March 1st but because that corosponded too closely with Easter – another NON PAGAN holiday – it was moved to Nov 1st.

    Again some more history. In the Jewish and Early Christian (33 AD – Modern, in some circles) way of thinking the evening before a feast day is considered to be part of that feast day. I.E. the Sabbath day was Saturday, however, Sabbath Day began on Friday evening. So "All Hallows Eve" was a reminder that it was really a celebration of "All Saints Day".

    Our Modern American way of thinking has eliminated much of the historic context by which much of our Christian HIstory (the Bible especially) needs to be understood.

    But I digress….TBC

    October 12, 2012 at 3:08 AM Reply
  11. Nate #

    So what happened with the pagan "stuff" seeming to get mixed with the Christian "stuff"? Simple, as she has done for 2,000 years, Christianity took the good or harmless stuff out of the pagan practice – RID IT OF ALL PAGANISM – and used it for her own Christ-centered, Godly purpose.

    How do we know this happens? The Arc of the Covenant is case and point. The whole design of the Arc, including winged creatures on the cover – hmm an "image" anyone? – and the poles to carry it with… EVERYTHING about the design of the Arc was…. wait for it…. EGYPTION!

    Now there isn't one of us here (I don't think) who believe that the Hebrews were participating in paganism when they used the Arc in their worship.

    So what happened? God took something – a symbol, item etc – Rid it of all paganism and used it for His Glory.

    Want another example? It's the supreme example….. THE CROSS! The cross was a symbol of horrific execution, torture and Roman Domination.

    God took the Cross, emptied it of all it's evilness and to this day uses it as a symbol of Freedom from Sin, Hope, Joy and Redemption!

    Final example…… Christians. We, who were dead in sin, were taken by God, emptied of our sinfulness and now – if we cooperate and choose Him – are used for His Glory in teaching the Gospel of Christ!
    TBC

    October 12, 2012 at 3:16 AM Reply
  12. Nate #

    So what is the Bottom line on "All Hallows Eve"? Well if you want to take away the Christianity and fill it back with paganism, then, yes, you would be celebrating a Pagan Holiday.

    But as for me and my house, WE WILL WORSHIP THE LORD!

    I will celebrate "All Hallows Eve". My children will dress up like their favorite good heros, Bible Chraracters and Saints. We will practice the "redistribution of Candy", All our Candy will include a tract on "God's Love for You".

    We will then continue the celebration on Nov 1st with All Saints Day – remembering all the holy (meaning set apart for God's purpose….I.E. "Moses… you're standing on holy ground) Men and Women who have died and are in Heaven presenting our prayers before the throne of God (Rev 5:8 and Rev 8:5ish).

    Then the week will continue with Nov 2nd "All Souls Day" where we will pray for those souls in purgatory to be cleansed of the last vestiges of sin so that they can live in the fullness of God's Glory! We will ask for them to pray for us as well. (Do you ask your family to pray for you? Those in Heaven are our Brothers and Sisters in Christ. We ask that part of our family to pray for us as we would our Earthly Brothers and Sisters in Christ).

    I suggest that if you want to allow the pagans to have one more foot-hold in our society, the yes, give Oct. 31st back to the pagans. But if you Love Jesus Christ, if you are his spritual warrior here on earth, if you want Christ to keep another foothold in this world, don't celebrate "Halloween"… Celebrate All Hallows Eve as God so moved the Christian world to do.

    God Bless you all in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
    Nate

    October 12, 2012 at 3:26 AM Reply
  13. Nate #

    P.S.

    The above article also shows a misunderstanding of "All Hallows Eve" vs "All Saints Day" vs "All Souls Day".

    "All Hallows Eve" is the evening before All Saints Day and is considered to be part of the same celebration (again as the Sabbath began the evening before – a practice continued by the Early Church – Read Polycarp of Smyrna, Ignatiuous of Lyons or Justin the Martyr for good Early (90AD – 160 AD) writings about how the Early Church functioned – none of it is inspired, but it confirms and fills out, what is not stated in Scripture).

    "All Saints Day" is Nov 1st. It is the true holiday of the season, not "All Hallows Eve". On this day, all Christians are called to remember and celebrate those holy men and women who have died and are living the beautific vision in heaven with Christ! I.E. St. Francis of Asisi, Mother Theresa, C.S. Lewis, Eric Liddel, Gladys Alward, John Paul 2 etc. Also, most parishes recite a litany of parishoners who have died in the last year.

    "All Souls Day" is Nov 2nd. It is considered almost a continuation of "All Saints Day". On this day we remember and pray for those who are on their way to heaven, but need to be purged of the last vestiges of sin on their soul – again, this is Biblical, please see my earlier posts for just a few of the cites.

    If you don't believe this time-honored Christ centered, Godly practice, that's fine, but take a moment that day to remember a loved one who has died. (Plus the practice of "praying for the dead" is NOT condemed in Scripture… practicing necromancy and 'mediums' are but recall that even our Lord and Savior, Christ, talked to the dead: Eliza and Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration. Recall also that Moses spoke to – some could say 'bolstered' – Christ about His Exodus (Greek for 'deliverance'.).

    P.S.S. "Prayer" in the context of 'to' and 'for' the Saints (and saints) means "a rational entreaty between two parties" as defined by Webster's. It does not mean "to worship" as it has come to be synonymous with in certain circles over the last few (50ish) years. Case / point: when applying for a Search Warrant, the police must "pray to the court" according to Wisconsin (and most state) laws. NO ONE beleives the police are actually "worshiping" the courts.

    That is the use of the word "pray" used here.

    Again God Bless you in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

    October 12, 2012 at 3:41 AM Reply
  14. Jeremiah #

    Instead of Christians having their own Halloween festival, such as trunk or treat; the Church needs to be celebrating the Reformation. It was on Oct 31, 1517 that Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Germany. It would be a great time to teach children and the adults about the importance of the Reformation and why Christians celebrate this great day in the history of the Church.

    October 12, 2012 at 5:28 AM Reply
    • french toast #

      the reformation was terrible! worst idea for christianity ever!

      October 13, 2012 at 5:36 AM Reply
  15. Mr Davis #

    Today dispite english bibles, Denominations hold traditions over the authroity of the Scripture even though they contradict scripture. I can't fault any Catholics here for even in so called reformed churches tradition is practiced that is contrary to scripture. It would seem here all are wrong for even those who hold scripture is true do not practice all it says to do. In large part are problems begin with how we see our fellow man.

    Psalm 94:11 KJV
    King James Version
    The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

    1 Corinthians 4:6 KJV
    And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

    James 2:8 KJV If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

    Hold up Denominations if you want but know this Christ Jesus, who made man, is greater and He wrote the Bible and He alone is True. Think yourself superior if you want for think you have a true head in the denomination you cling to.

    I would urge you consider who Christ Jesus is:

    Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created , that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist . 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence . 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell ; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

    21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard , and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:

    When you come together and do not discern the Lord's body it is that you do not discern that the body is the gathering of believers. This is the mystery

    Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

    And about the Apocrypha. It was not accepted as scripture even though it is included even in early codexes but then in its own section. It is useful for to understand history tradition and beliefs of the Jews but not to be trusted for doctrine because at times it does contradict the law and the prophets which all point to Jesus the Christ the promised One.

    What about the dead, who sleep. Even the saints who have went before us.

    Nate, You are right in God all are alive for God is the God of the Living. Matthew 22:31-32. So in the transfiguration who did Christ prove He was and is, for in Christ's presence the dead are alive. You are not Christ though you may think you are when you talk to those who are dead and cannot speak. Pray to God alone, on behalf of the living and for yourself as for those that sleep know this they will only harken to the Lord's voice!

    Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. 18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. 19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.

    Job 14:12 KJV
    So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. (Until when?)

    Psalm 17:15 KJV
    As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. ( Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.)

    Daniel 12:2 KJV
    And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

    If we place our faith in men what do you think the outcome will be? I trust you know it will not go well with them.

    October 12, 2012 at 6:05 AM Reply
  16. d #

    there is only ONE referance to celts sacrificing humans in fires by Julius Caser,and he just said it to demonize his enimies, and their is no archeology to prove that the celts did,

    October 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM Reply
  17. french toast #

    She said that the ancient Celts put criminals, bats and owls into a large wicker basket and set it on fire. This is probably not an historical event. It can be traced back to a single passage by Julius Caesar in a book about the Gauls. There have been countless references to human sacrifice by the Celts since, but all were derived from Caesar's book. Caesar was fighting a war against the Celts at the time that he wrote this. Participants in wars typically demonize the enemy

    October 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM Reply
  18. french toast #

    the ouija board was invented in 1890….real ancient

    October 12, 2012 at 3:03 PM Reply
  19. waffles #

    Michaelsen also claims that satanists/wiccans like to proslotize on halloween, sorry but those kinds of religons rarely do such things and speaking of cathocism and pagans…. .http://www.catholic.com/tracts/is-catholicism-pagan

    October 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM Reply
  20. Really good article! Thank you for reminding us of the true "spirit" of this not so holy day. Regardless of the denomination, we who know Christ should consider, would He dress up his children as vampires, ghouls, witches, chopped up people, the "undead"? I think not! In the same vein, would he celebrate at the festivities of Thoth, Ashtart, Molech, Isis, Osiris, or any other ancient pagan deity. What about the idolatry of today? Would he worship at the altars of Hollywood, Wall Street, the Pentagon, the United Nations, the World Bank? For you younger people: would he worship the stages at Bonoroo? "Take no part in the works of darkness, rather expose them!"

    October 24, 2012 at 2:30 AM Reply
  21. Marie #

    The inspired Word of our God always speaks for us as He wills…

    "Do not love the world or the things of this world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life–is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour."

    1 John 2:15-18

    Does halloween/all saints day, easter/ishar, or christmas/yule resemble the Spirit of God or the spirit of the antichrist?

    We must ask ourselves, what would happen if these man-made holidays were for some reason, outlawed here in America…..would the majority of those who profess to be believers and followers of our LORD Jesus Christ become angry and seek revolutions to regain control of the religious calendar in reinstituting these special days and times?

    And if we call ourselves believers and followers of our LORD Jesus Christ and seek anger and revolutions of any sort, then are we not making idols of such prefered days and times and seasons?

    "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God; Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world." 1 John 4:1-3

    So then, what spirit is ultimately behind halloween and how much do we love our days set apart with special names? Do any of them really, truly Glorify our Father, who art in Heaven?

    Indeed, we love these days unto idolatry and have turned them into gods before us. And if we truly search our hearts and give an honest answer to our Father who knows all things, we must in all humility admit, God, the Holy Spirit, is not the author of any of this darkenss…..no, our LORD does not trick us or treat us….for He alone is Spirit and Truth.

    October 29, 2013 at 8:44 AM Reply

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