Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

.It’s not uncommon for people to struggle with whether to celebrate Halloween. Some see it as a dark day full of evil influence while others deem it a harmless time for fun costumes and candy. What is a Christian to do? Tonight, in our weekly visit with Jessie Czebotar, we discuss how this should be handled in the Christian household. Plus…Jessie answers your questions. Leave the world you think you know behind and join us at the Dark Outpost!

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  1. Halloween is A Pagan Holiday!!!

    True Christians Should Not Celebrate Halloween!!!

    “Take No Part in the Worthless Deeds of Evil and Darkness Instead, Expose Them.” – Ephesians 5:11

    The Bible clearly says to Expose Any Ungodly Actions. It is the duty and responsibility of True Christians to expose sin as prescribed Biblically, not cover it up!
    THE DARKNESS OF HALLOWEEN
    Halloween began in the darkness of heathen paganism many years before Christ came into the world. There is a horde of information on its origin and history. Look in any encyclopedia or any library. The history of Halloween is long, dark and seeped in falsehood and evil. Halloween is full of the works of darkness – there is NO light in it – NONE. It is full of the “ways of the heathen” that Jer. 10:2 warns us NOT to learn or imitate.
    And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hated the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3:19-21)
    Halloween has much to do with false ideas about death: about souls and ghosts that live on after death and are tormented and ruled over by false lords of death and evil. The popular jack-o’-lantern, that hollow pumpkin with a hideous face and a fire burning inside was created to represent the false doctrine of a damned spirit burning in the flames of “Hell.” Surely those of us who are blessed to know better would not think of putting one of these on our front porch or of passing on this tradition to our children.
    Halloween has much to do with witchcraft. Witchcraft is not just something that existed in the past – it has experienced a great revival in our present time, especially in the U.S. and in Germany. To those who practice witchcraft today Halloween is a high and holy night that they believe is the highest time of the year for their so-called special powers of magic spells and curses. On this special night they believe they have the strongest ability to see into the future (false prophets).
    Hallowe’en seems to have a Christian origin, but its roots are pagan. This might be surprising as the word itself, which is a shortened form of “All Hallows’ Evening”, was invented by the Church of England in the Middle Ages.
    All Saints’ Day was followed by All-Souls’ Day, November 2, unless that was a Sunday then it was November 3, this was another Catholic adaptation of pagan festivals for the dead. Prayers for the dead (which is unscriptural) are an integral part of the traditional All Saint’s Day services, which are scheduled in Catholic churches on November 1, and on the next Sunday. Halloween gets its name from the Catholic holiday, it is a Hallowed evening, because it precedes All Hallows’ Day, thus: Hallow’en. Halloween is a pagan holiday to honor the dead and evil spirits. We are warned not to take part in customs and traditions like this in the Scripture.
    Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time. For instance, the carving of jack-o’-lanterns springs from the souling custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory. There is no such place as purgatory which is a false teaching by the Catholic Church and the word purgatory is nowhere in the Bible.
    Pagans served their gods by honoring the evil spirits on Halloween. They did this by dressing up like the evil spirits and giving offerings to the evil spirits. This is why candy is given out on Halloween, as offerings for the evil spirits. The phrase trick or treat was attributed to this practice because pagans believed the evil spirits would do something bad (trick) to them if they did not leave an offering (treat) for them.

    How Did a Pagan Holiday Become a ‘Christian’ Celebration?
    Originally Halloween was a pagan festival oriented around fire, the dead and the powers of darkness.
    Originally Halloween was a pagan festival oriented around fire, the dead and the powers of darkness. Most everyone knows that Halloween takes place on Oct. 31. Far fewer, however, understand the connection between Halloween and the next day on the calendar, the festival of All Hallows’ or All Saints’ Day, celebrated by some churches and denominations Nov. 1.
    One author surmises that All Saints’ Day was established to commemorate the saints and martyrs of the Roman Catholic Church and was first introduced in the seventh century (Man, Myth, and Magic, Vol. 1, 1983, p. 109). Oddly enough, history shows that Halloween—this ancient, thoroughly pagan holiday with its trappings of death and demonism—is inseparably tied to All Saints’ Day.
    Pagan festivals from time immemorial have had a curious way of worming their way into Christianity over the centuries. The Encyclopedia of Religion explains that “the British church attempted to divert the interest in pagan customs by adding a Christian celebration to the calendar on the same date as the Samhain [the ancient Celtic name for the festival that eventually would be renamed Halloween].
    “The Christian festival, the Feast of All Saints, commemorates the known and unknown saints of the Christian religion just as the Samhain had acknowledged and paid tribute to the Celtic deities” (1987, Vol. 6, p. 177).
    How did this strange turn of events come about—the Catholic Church transforming an ancient pagan festival into one to supposedly honor deceased saints?
    The 1913 edition of The Catholic Encyclopedia records this about All Saints’ Day: “In the early days the Christians were accustomed to solemnize the anniversary of a martyr’s death for Christ at the place of martyrdom. In the fourth century, neighboring dioceses began to interchange feasts, to transfer relics, to divide them, and to join in a common feast. Frequently groups of martyrs suffered on the same day, which naturally led to a joint commemoration.
    HALLOWEEN: Of this, the Encyclopedia Britannica says–
    “Halloween long antedates Christianity. History shows that the main celebrations of Halloween were purely Druidical [ancient Britain]. The Druids believed in the calling together of certain wicked souls on Halloween by Saman, lord of death. Upon the Druidic ceremonies were grafted some of the characteristics of the Roman festival in honor of Pomona [pagan Italian goddess of fruits and gardens] held about November 1st, in which nuts and apples, representing the winter store of fruits, played an important part.”
    And this became the Roman Catholic “All Hallows”, or “Festival of All Saints,” and was so passed on to a besotted world. The Encyclopedia Americana says—
    “Halloween is associated in the popular imagination with the prevalence of supernatural influences and is clearly a RELIC OF PAGAN TIMES.”
    “In the persecution of Diocletian, the number of martyrs became so great that a separate day could not be assigned to each. But the Church, feeling that every martyr should be venerated, appointed a common day for all. [Eventually] Gregory III (731-741) consecrated a chapel in the basilica of St. Peter to all the saints and fixed the anniversary for 1 November” (Vol. 1, p. 315).
    Pope Gregory’s choice of Nov. 1 for this celebration was significant. Author Lesley Bannatyne explains: “That the date coincided with Samhain was no accident: The Church was still trying to absorb pagan celebrations taking place at this time . . .
    “Villagers were also encouraged to masquerade on this day, not to frighten unwelcome spirits, but to honor Christian saints. On All Saints’ Day, churches throughout Europe and the British Isles displayed relics of their patron saints. Poor churches could not afford genuine relics and instead had processions in which parishioners dressed as saints, angels and devils. This religious masquerade resembled the pagan custom of parading ghosts to the town limits. It served the new church by giving an acceptable Christian basis to the custom of dressing up on Halloween.
    “In addition, the Church tried to convince the people that the great bonfires they lit in homage to the sun would instead keep the devil away . . .” (Halloween: An American Holiday, An American History, 1998, pp. 9, 11).
    Later a second celebration, All Souls’ Day, was instituted on Nov. 2. Eventually these two holidays merged into the present observance on Nov. 1, which was also called All Hallows’ Day. The name of All Hallows’ Even (evening) for the night of Oct. 31 evolved into the name Hallowe’en, or Halloween as it is called today.
    CHILDREN AND “FUN”
    One of the main attractions that Halloween has for our children is that it looks “fun.” But how far are we willing to go so that our children will not miss out on “fun”? In our desire for our children to have “fun” should we encourage them to celebrate the “powers of darkness”? For those of us who know the Truth, can we make the curse of death fun? Can we make the chill darkness of the grave fun? Can we make a witch cute and harmless? Can we cause the glorification of evil to seem fun when we are commanded to avoid all appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22)? We should not make a mock of sin or make sin fun (Prov. 14:8-9, 15:21).
    Besides the dark false doctrines Halloween celebrates, the traditions of Halloween teach lessons contrary to a child’s good behavior as well as their safety.
    Today, “trick-or-treating” is the most recognized of Halloween activities, and it is simply a form of extortion. Children, whether they know it or not, are acting as the spirits who will play a trick or put a curse on the one who does not pay up in food or treats.
    The “trick-or-treat” mentality induces a selfish aggressive attitude. Do we really want our children to learn that it is acceptable to threaten others with violence or harassment when it is for “fun”? When children go out to obtain as much booty as they can it caters to and encourages lust and greed. Do we really want to impress on the minds of our children that it is acceptable, fun behavior to impose ourselves on our neighbors or on strangers demanding (by the tradition of a pagan custom) a treat? Would we want them to learn that it is acceptable to try to control the will of others by the use of fear? These attitudes are contrary to the “gentle” and “harmless as a dove” and “love your neighbor” attitudes we are trying to develop.
    It is confusing to small children when we work hard to teach them that it is not safe to roam the streets at night and that they are never to knock on strangers’ doors and they are never to take candy from strangers – and then turn around and hope they can understand that on one night of the year this type of behavior is not only acceptable but also “fun.”
    Evil is evil and good is good.
    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness. (Isa. 5:20)
    We must teach our children to discern the difference between the holy and the unholy, between the clean and the unclean (Ezek. 44:23). Unlike the Apostasy, we should not attempt to have some sort of a “substitute” that mimics what the heathen do by calling an activity a “harvest party,” or celebrating it on or next to the actual date, dressing up and doing what the pagans do and calling it by another name. We cannot work these pagan ways and holidays into our Christian lives and the lives of our children in the name of “fun”.
    We must be careful not to relate the attitude to our children that God is a killjoy and that He opposes having fun and having a good time. This is so unfair and untrue! Yahweh only is good and only those who keep His Truth pure with their whole heart will be truly happy (Psa. 119:2).
    Surely on this dark night we can think up some good, honest, pure and wholesome activity that is worthy of praise for ourselves and our children to do. Opportunities for good works abound that do not promote idolatry, sorcery, witchcraft and other works of darkness.
    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matt. 5:16)
    We have a great responsibility in raising God’s children in this wicked and perverse generation. Our children are His and we will have to answer to Him for what we pass on to them.
    Then said he unto the disciples, it is impossible but that offenses will come but woe unto him, through whom they come! It was better for him that a millstone was hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend [cause to sin] one of these little ones. (Luke 17:1-2)
    We should not pass on to our children the customs and activities of darkness, for the time of darkness is almost over and the day of light is speeding along.
    This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.
    (1 John 1:5-6)
    What does the Bible have to say about Halloween? Should Christians celebrate this pagan-influenced holiday? These verses will help you examine the issue for yourself before you go trick-or-treating.
    Deuteronomy 18:9-13
    9 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 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, 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; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God.
    Galatians 5:19-21
    19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
    2 Chronicles 33:6
    6 He sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced divination and witchcraft, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, arousing his anger.
    Titus 1:15
    15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
    Micah 5:12
    12 I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells.
    Acts 19:19
    19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.
    2 Kings 17:17
    17 They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, arousing his anger.
    Deuteronomy 18:14
    14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.
    Ephesians 5:15-16
    15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

    Philippians 4:8
    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
    Revelation 22:15
    Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood
    Ephesians 5:11
    Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
    James 4:4
    You, adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
    3 John 1:11
    Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
    Romans 12:2
    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
    Ephesians 5:6-12
    Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore, do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true) and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. …
    Romans 13:12
    The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
    Romans 12:9
    Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
    Romans 12:21
    Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.
    1 Corinthians 10:31
    So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
    Ephesians 6:12
    For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
    John 4:23-24
    But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
    1 Thessalonians 5:21
    But test everything; hold fast what is good.
    2 Corinthians 6:17
    Therefore, go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,
    2 Corinthians 6:14
    Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
    1 Peter 2:9
    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
    Galatians 5:16-21
    But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
    2 Corinthians 4:4
    In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
    Psalm 1:1-6
    Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore, the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
    James 1:27
    Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
    John 3:19-20
    And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
    Isaiah 5:20
    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
    1 Thessalonians 5:22
    Abstain from every form of evil.
    John 8:12
    Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
    Hope This Helps
    Tony

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