HALLOWEEN AND CHRISTIANITY-PART THREE
Halloween and the Bible
Listed below are Bible verses that discuss the very things that took place when Halloween first started and what still takes place at times. Many people have been exposed to oujia boards, seances, and other forbidden practices during Halloween. Some may reply, "But we only do this in fun...we don't practice witchcraft." That which represents Satan and his domain cannot be handled or emulated "for fun". Such participation places you in enemy and forbidden territory and that is dangerous ground. And why would you want your child exposed to such practices.
Some may think that we are over emphasizing the influence of the demonic during Halloween. Too much emphasis on witchcraft and the satanic. It is not as bad as we think. What about the presentation of violence, murder, blood, atmosphere of fear, and death that is during Halloween. Many more homes have goulish decorations. The violent and grotesque movies come out during Halloween and are the number one videos rented during Halloween. Halloween is preoccupied with death. More destructive acts are done during Halloween. The Bible makes it very clear that we are to not have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness.
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret." Ephesians 5:11-12
"When you come into the land which Yahweh your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of the nations. - There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer" - "Or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead" - "For all who do these things are an abomination to Yahweh, and because of these abominations Yahweh your God drives them out from before you" Deuteronomy 18:9-12
"And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people. Therefore Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
"Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." 2 Corinthians 7:1
"Learn not the way of the heathen" Jeremiah 10:2
"Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions," Galatians 5:19-20
"No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons." 1 Cor. 10:20, 21
"and do not give the devil an opportunity." Ephes. 4:27
After reading the origin of Halloween and what the Bible has to say, why would a Christian parent allow their children to dress up as witches, monsters, or any other evil representation? Why would they allow their children to go to haunted houses? Why would they allow their children to go to a Halloween party that plays around with seances, ouija boards, tarot cards, or watching violent videos? Why would they let their children trick or treat in a neighborhood that has displays that are intentionally made to be frightening and/or grotesque?
You know what many parents say, "Because my child will get upset if I don't let them. Their friends will make fun of them". Where in the Bible does it say that we should allow our children to rule over us? Where in the Bible does it say that we should allow other people's opinions influence us. I would challenge you to do something constructive with your children this Halloween.
In our next nugget we will share of some ways to "redeem" the Halloween season.
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