Sunday, October 30, 2011

Why We Don't Celebreate Halloween

Well, it seems that I have been asked this question pretty frequently lately, even from some of my children.  The main reason that I do not celebrate Halloween is because I want to honor God in my life and Halloween is a pagan holiday.  Yep, pagan! Halloween may be fun and candy to some but it is really much more. 

Have you ever gone and researched how Halloween came about?  It stemed from pagan worship and even today, true pagans and witches do esteem Halloween as a high holy day.  I consciencely can not partake. 

I grew up celebrating Halloween because I did not know what it was really about nor did my mother.  But now that I know the meaning behind the trick or treating and dressing up I am convinced that it is not pleasing to God.  Not because I am more righteous or holier than anyone else, simply because I have been given the truth and, again, I want to please the Lord. 

The History Channel has a pretty good little documentary about the origins of Halloween if you are interested.  If you want to know that truth about Halloween you can simply look it up.  The truth about Halloween is obvious, if you are willing to look for it.

Like if you read this article about the origin of Halloween, you would read that dressing up for trick or treating was done because people wanted to blend in or copy the dead spirits.   Did you know that many have lost their lives on Halloween because they were sacrificed to false gods and spirits? Sounds cozy, right? Hmm, no thanks.

I think sometimes as Christians we forgot or are just not aware how massive the demonic/ spirit realm is.  The Bible says it best...
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

I heard a message from Focus on the Family several years ago about a man called Chief Shoefoot.  He was Shamian before God saved him.  When he came to visit the United States around the time of Halloween he said that the spirits of that holiday are the same familiar spirits that he used to deal with.  To him it was obvious and grieving.  This was very eye opening to me. 

I just imagine that Satan is in all his glory when people, especially of the Christian variety, are partaking his high holy day. 

I am sure that reading this might not settle really well with some but I just really felt the Lord put it on my heart to share this truth. 

I know that many of us can get cozy in our traditions but we {including myself} must be careful..
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Have you considered taking this matter to the Lord and asking Him what he would have you to do? Have you asked the Lord if Halloween is something you should be doing?


Tina Hollenbeck said...

Amen! I wrote my own post in a similar vein today:

Shawn said...

"I think sometimes as Christians we forgot or are just not aware how massive the demonic/ spirit realm is. The Bible says it best..."

So true! I really think people don't take this seriously enough.

jkmom said...

Thank you for speaking truth. It's so hard when so many Christians like to "candy coat" this holiday.

Joyce said...

We don't celebrate it either. We don't do harvest festivals or anything. They all pretty much include the same rituals.

akumaxkami said...

Hmmm, as a pagan who celebrates Halloween, I can safely say that the cultures of old did not festoon themselves with costumes to "copy" the dead - it was to disguise themselves so evil spirits wouldn't attack them.

Halloween may be a festival to honor the dead, but there is no harm in honoring and remember our loved ones who have fallen.

Having that said, do you put up a Christmas tree? Did you also know that's actually a Norse pagan tradition? And easter eggs and bunnies.....again, Pagan. They're fertility symbols for the equinox.

Just curious as to whether you pick and choose what you want to celebrate or if you discard ALL pagan traditions.

Brandi said...

Thank you for your comment.

I grew up in a home where we did Christmas trees , Santa, bunnies and eggs. After The Lord saved me, and I found out that these traditions of men do indeed have pagan origins, I do not partake in them.

So, no we not put up a tree, do Santa, bunnies or eggs. ; )


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