I know most Christians don’t celebrate Halloween because of the witchcraft which it was supposedly associated with. I personally don’t believe that today’s Halloween has any resemblance to the Hallow’s Eve that many celebrated decades ago.
Why would I hold to my belief(s)? It’s simply a matter of time. Except for God of course: nothing today is the same as it was before we were born, or even afterwards. For instance: Gas is nowhere near 10 cents a gallon. Pompadours and poodle skirts are highly not in fashion, and there is a greater evil that is present every single day, not just on one evening out of the year.
Think about it if you will: the legend we have become so afraid of has it’s origins not in the past early 20th Century…but actually much, much later..in fact Paganism has been around almost later than the old black and white TVs that our grandparents had. You know the ones: the TV’s that were around before cable. Modern day paganism could even have started earlier: say around the radio age.
The only problem is that we weren’t there…so none of us know what exactly pagans did to paganize something…or anything.
Let me give you an example: for many of us, Frankenstein was probably among the first monsters that we were introduced to in our youth. We probably first encountered it in a cheap movie theater back in the 50s. Yet the story itself of Frankenstein actually started back in 1818-1820. Of course, later on it made it’s debut as a stage play in 1826. while Universal’s Studio’s Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff debuted in 1931.
You can already discern where I am going with this. Halloween is now all about Special FX and movies. Something that happened waaaay after the Paganism that most if not all Christians are familiar with today.
Now many Christians will disagree with me on my next point, due to everything they have been taught from some less than credible sources: but I’ve watched The Harry Potter movies and have actually enjoyed them. Yes, they are filled with perhaps man-made (Hollowood) signs of paganism: witches hats, spells, and monsters. The character Voldemort in fact looks suspiciously like Count Orlok.
All of this Halloweenish…is nothing but made up stories of man that has been passed down to us through the media. In fact, today it’s based on commercialism and not on paganism at all.
Yes, it’s very true that the Bible tells us to abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22). But I object to the fact taking in a horror/monster movie is a form of evil. I also object to the fact that putting on a piece of cloth, or rubber/latex/makeup is a form of evil. If these things are truly evil, then women wearing makeup are exactly like evil clowns (as if there were any other kind)
Evil only comes from within a person. Pharaoh was an ordinary looking man. Hitler was an ordinary man. Beyoncé is more or less an ordinary looking woman. Obama is an ordinary looking man. Most likely if we were caught face to face with each individual today we would just see a man…not a monster. But each of these people has presented evil to the masses in their own unique way.
Now if we were to take October 31st, and actually use it as a night to sacrifice children, scare someone to death, worship the moon, or satan himself, then that would naturally be a sin. But when was the last time that you even meant, or saw satan in the flesh…enough so that you could mimic the devils appearance? After all, satan was one of God’s beautiful angels, wasn’t he? (Biblically in order to worship something, or someone it would take a lot more than dressing up as that something/someone else.)
I’ll say this contrary to enjoying Halloween: One of the things I don’t like about the celebration is the adult parties at the dance clubs…there’s way too much drunkenness, lewdness, and even sometimes barely there clothing. But such parties are only good for one or two years, after which you tend to mature away from such. That kind of atmosphere is…ghostly.
Speaking of ghosts….I find nothing to fear from a person who covers themselves in a white bedsheet. Except what would happen to them if they didn’t have holes in the sheets where their eyes could be. Ghosts can’t touch you, nor possess you. They certainly can’t kill you either! They may be able to talk to you, as was the case with Saul and the ghost…but when was the last time you heard a ghost speak?
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
“One problem with emphasizing the appearance of evil is that it can make us slaves to the perceptions of others. There will always be someone who thinks that something you are doing is wrong, or that it looks wrong to him. So, rather than spending our time getting to know God and serving Him, we worry about the possibility that someone, somewhere, might misconstrue our actions. In the same letter that he wrote about avoiding evil, Paul wrote, “Just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4). Our goal is to live righteously before God, not to comply with others’ arbitrary standards of conduct.” (GotQuestions.com)
I’d like to hear your thoughts.