The Truth about Halloween is No Trick

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With Halloween being just around the corner it have me thinking about how my beliefs about this holiday began to change as my relationship with God began to change. 

I never knew growing up why kids put on customs, went to haunted houses, or went trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.

I just went along with it with pillow case in hand (my trick-or-treat bag) as I followed my older brothers around the hood trying to get as much candy I could carry.

Today many Christians celebrate this holiday going along with the status quo, but is celebrating Halloween a Christian thing to do?

To help answer this let’s look at where Halloween originated and what God says about it.

Festival Of The Dead

The Celtic people who were once all over Europe observed an ancient festival called Samhain (the Lord of Death).

During this day the Celts believed the dead was able to mingle with the living. They sacrificed animals and food to help the dead travel to the “otherworld.”

When the Christians decided to convert the Celts to Christianity they labeled Samhain evil since it dealt with the supernatural.

Therefore, from a Christian’s perspective Halloween is a day that celebrates evil.

October 31 was the eve of All Saints Day and was considered the most active day of the year for the supernatural and the living.

Eventually this day was branded All Hallows Eve then Hallow Evening became Hallowe’en, which finally came to be Halloween.

Most Halloween practices of today such as costumes and going door-to-door comes from the Celtic day of Samhain.

Mask Must Go

What does God have to say about these practices?

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,  or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

It’s obvious God doesn’t like these practices.

The mask must go on all Christians who think that it’s just a harmless Holiday for their children to have fun.

There were a resurgence of demonic activity in the world back then and still today.

We must beware of the occult.

 2 Corinthians 4:4  Satan, the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them.

Satan not only blinds those who don’t believe in the Lord but also those who do!

The Devil is called “the God of this world”, because he have a lot of interest is this world.

He is also called the God of Darkness because he darkens the understanding of men.

This is why God urges you to gain knowledge. Why?

Because knowledge is light and lack of it can cost you your salvation.

Traditions vs. Jesus’ Commandments

In 2 John 2:15-17

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

You cannot love the world and God at the same time.

When most of humanity participates in a certain practice doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

Some people use the Bible as if they’re eating at a smorgasbord. They pick what they like and leave the rest.

Jesus said He would never leave or forsake His children. However, we can walk away from His fellowship by refusing to be with Him and following His commandments.

The Devil Tricks But God Treats

Ephesians 6:11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil

I believe celebrating Halloween is wrong and many of our struggles in life are a result of direct attacks by our spiritual enemies.

These spiritual demons trick us in the name of having fun.

The Bible says there is a spiritual warfare going on and I believe it.

While we may think we are firmly grounded in our walk with God many Christians wear only half or maybe one-third of God’s armor.

We must put on the complete suit of armor.  Don’t make excuses rather admit the truth.

God is the truth and a treat.

 

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  1. This is a great blog. Wanted to share this in facebook but somehow failed. Please help. I want my fb friends know about this. Thank you and God bless you.

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed it Joanne. Now actually there’s two ways you can share it to Facebook. You can click the Facebook like button or you can do want I like doing. Coping this link http://www.startsandendwithyou.com/2012/10/29/the-truth-about-holloween-is-no-trick/ then past it into your status. Let me know how that work out for you and please come back to see us. God bless you too!

  3. Vernon you need to place your new blog link/address into your settings. In the top right corner you should see the image of a man. Click on “settings” and change the “web address” to your new one or people will get sent to your .org site through clicking your name. 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    I grew up in a highly religious family and Halloween was looked down upon as satanic. I still don’t like Halloween and I wonder if my childhood is the reason. I will admit I was the odd kid that never liked dressing up… so maybe I just have no sense of humor heh. -OM
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  5. I am an Atheist. I don’t believe in any religious backgrounds for holidays. I do, however, like to celebrate all the fun ones, because it makes childhood fun. I am a mommy,so I like having kid fun with the kiddos lol.

  6. The stories behind them are always cool too.

  7. Dear Vernon,

    There is no historical evidence that the Samhain was a pagan celebration of the dead, but a festival that marked the beggining of winter in Ireland. Moreover there is absolutely no evidence that the Catholic Church intentionally adopted that day to “baptized a pagan holiday” and many neopagan website claim.

    According Ronald Hutton in his book Stations of the Sun:

    “The medieval records furnish no evidence that 1 November was a major pan-Celtic festival, and none of religious ceremonies, even where it was observed (p. 362)”.

    A great article that dispel this misconception can be found at:

    http://www.catholic.com/blog/jon-sorensen/halloween-or-samhain

    Cheers,

    Caleb

  8. Actually I disagree. I believe that Christians demonize some holidays and misappropriate others. (And yes I was raised devoutly Christian as well ).

    December 25th was originally the winter solstice and saturnalia. The Roman Catholic Church chose that day to celebrate Jesus’s birth so that they could get rid of the pagan celebrations that happened during that time.

    Not to get off topic;

    The word “Halloween” dates to 1745 and is of Christian tradition.

    Even ” All Hallows’ eve” is not referred to until 1556.

    It is true that celtic culture celebrated the “holiday”, but they celebrated it starting in the 15th century.

    Now, to the Christian origins (which date to the year 609 ((long before the 15th century )).

    Halloween falls on the day before
    All Hallows’ day . And after All Hallows’ day came all saints day. This period of three days was referred to as Allhallowtide. They were a time for honoring the saints and the recently departed. Major Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter had feasts and celebration on the “eve” before. All Hallows’ day

    All saints was fist celebrated on May 13th but in the year 835 ( still well before the 15th century) it was changed to November 1rst by
    Pope Gregory the 4th.

    By the end of the 12th century Christian celebrations of the holiday involved ringing church bells, criers dressed in mourning wares,and souling (the custom of baking a sharing soul cakes).Souling (which predates the 15th century) is thought to be the origin of trick or treating as groups of children would go door to door collecting these cakes as a way to pay for the souls in purgatory.

    All of this changed when Christians asserted that there was no purgatory as the pope claimed and that meant that the souls could not be Christians traveling between purgatory and Heaven and that they must be evil spirits instead.

    As far as US celebration goes , the catholic and Anglican colonists celebrated it as a church holiday whereas Christians were against it.

  9. I cannot claim to have studied the history of Halloween, but what I can add is that as a child in the 50’s Halloween was definitely “celebrated’ (Christian or not) here in the UK as an evening you stayed home and didn’t go out unless you really had to because evil spirits were traditionally free to roam on that day (similar days exist in the orient). There was no celebration of any sort here that I know of until it was imported by US media. Everyone knew Halloween was evil, there was no question.
    It saddens me that it’s become so popular. I think it doesn’t take much in the way of mental skills to realize that kids choosing to dress as an evil character if not actually acting out the role at the least become familiar with evil and loose their natural abhorrence for it.
    Thanks for having the guts to put out this article. I seem to now be a lone voice every Halloween .

  10. No Claire I thank you for having the courage to share your experience. Your experience speaks for itself because there’s no substitute for it.

  11. I grew up in a Christian household, but we celebrated Halloween. I think my parents didn’t know about the history behind the holiday, but they NEVER allowed us to dress up as anything scary, macabre, or dark. The girls were always genies, princesses, or cheerleaders, and the boys super heroes or knights. Thank you for writing this! I always love learning about holiday traditions. 🙂

  12. When I was little we also wasn’t allowed to dress up like monsters. I don’t know what I was half the time. Smh Thanks for commenting.

  13. I completely agree with this. “Spiritual demons trick us in the name of having fun”. This is such a great post!

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