Saturday, October 31, 2009

:: A Masquerade::

I’m sure there are some who might disagree with me on this post but I thought I’d go ahead with it anyway. Christian’s, more often than not, participate in halloween “for fun” but do not realize the dangers they could be opening themselves up to. Halloween is serious business for those who oppose Christ. On October 31, all over the world, satanists and witches are performing satanic rituals, casting spells, and even offering blood sacrifices to the devil. I would really love some feedback on this. Please comment and tell me your thoughts.

Jack-O-Lanterns: The tradition originated in Europe and they were first carved from turnips or rutabaga. It was thought that the head was the most powerful part of the body, containing the spirit and knowledge, so the “head” of the vegetable was believed to frighten off any bad spirits or superstitions. In Ireland they would carve out a turnip or beet, which represented the souls of the deceased or “goblins” freed from the dead.

Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” John 3:19-20

Trick-or-Treat: The Gaels (Of Scottish or Irish heritage) thought that October 31 was when the barrier between the alive and deceased dissolved and the dead would wander back to their former homes. The frightened people would offer their finest food and treats to sooth the ghosts. If they didn’t leave goodies the people feared that the dead would destroy their homes, crops, or livestock. The Gaels dressed up as the evil spirits using masks and costumes to blend in. The masquerades consisted of devils, demons, witches, trolls, ogres, goblins, gnomes vampires, and other demonic creatures.

"Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

Witches: To witches (yeah, they do exist), Halloween is the festival of the dead. It represents the beginning of the witches year, which is marked with death and destruction that is said to be associated with winter. They believe that the powers of the “underworld” are free to roam the earth along with spirits. Witches say that this is the best time of year to contact spirits.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11

Visiting “haunted” caves/corn mazes/hayrides/houses: Yet again more harmless fun, right? Not. There is a haunted cave near us and I found this on their website: "... an awesome encounter with the Devil... will confuse and intimidate the bravest of souls... unnerving elements that play on your senses." Excerpts from Ohio Valley Haunts Did you catch that it says? It’s an awesome encounter with the devil. What Christian wants to have that when the Bible clearly states “…avoid every kind of evil” 1 Thess. 5:22. I’m pretty sure that things that include the satan would be called evil.

"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, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. 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." Deuteronomy 18:10-14

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  1. I totally agree with you! Halloween is Satanic!

  2. This year I felt more pressure than I ever have before as a parent. Hearing about all of our friends and family and their "celebration" activities on fb made me question our convictions. Thanks, Olivia, God wanted me to read this.

    We didn't falter from what we believe, but I sure was shaken and carrying guilt. "Come on, everyone is doing it. It's just fun."

    You're appreciated.

    Traci Smith

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  5. I SOOOO agree with you, Liv. And I falter on it some too. Big Sister and her Dad carved a happy face on a pumpkin. It was so cute. And I do like the spiritual themed carvings: the face of Jesus, the cross, etc. Turns the whold pumpkin thing into a 'Thanksgiving' theme to me instead of 'halloween'. I think if the focus is on God and Thanksgiving you can have fun with pumpkins. But the evil stuff? witches, goblins, ghosts? NOT!
    We've never let our kids go trick or treating and after the first couple of years of having kids stop in for treats we quit that too. As Big Sister started growing up it didn't seem right to let the kids come here but tell her she couldn't dress up and go out with them. So now we go out to eat on 'beggers night'.
    Great post, keep it up!


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