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Am I Really Evil?

Holidays, judging | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 16 2014

It’s almost that time of year. The time that people put on all sorts of weird clothes, plastic mask, makeup, and their own fun fantasies. I heard last year that Halloween has become the highest selling holiday, taking over Christmas. Now I can’t really say that I am not pleased with that statement. A part of me cringes when I think back to the money I used to spend on Christmas gifts to my family, and on myself especially. The thought draws deep blood in that so many times I was in “dire straits” for lack of what to get my loved ones. Sure, they had their ideas, but I was, and still am, completely clueless as what to get a person who has everything? This isn’t really about Christmas though. It’s about the day that is highly feared among many church attending, straight and narrow Christians: Halloween.halloween children

Even at the ripe old age of 48, I still adore all the things about what Halloween has become: a day meant for our innocent children, to dress up as a spooky monster, or even an adorable princess. Our little Batmans, Turtles, Princesses…whatever the newest craziness is… for them it’s fun, and there’s no harm in the costumes, neither is there harm going door to door and coming home with a bag full of candy, which our parents (or is that us?) willingly dig into themselves sometimes?

Of course, I stopped dressing up in a costume a long time ago…after I stopped going to the nightclubs for their Halloween parties. I still decorate our house for Halloween myself. I put out some old cobwebs, fog machine, lights, old skeleton. I don’t dwell on the horror stories that many Bible-Thumping, Holier than Though Christians speak of that happened long ago. These same Christians speak of pagans that worship deities that existed long ago. They claim that by celebrating Halloween, many Christians today are worshipping those same deities. The weakness to that age old argument is that I know Who I truly worship! And yes, the One whom I worship does indeed require human sacrifice: but not one of blood, not one of flesh, but a human sacrifice of the spiritual man. God wants our hearts, minds, souls, spirits. He wants our service, our thoughts, our deeds. …God wants it all. God has never looked at the outer man. If God did look at the outer man, I am afraid that the church would be full of elaborate painted masks and outfits. By celebrating the modern day Halloween I don’t go around casting spells, or charming snakes, or flying on a broom stick. I don’t go around sacrificing innocent children, or other victims. I don’t even attend a huge bonfire out in the desert or wilderness somewhere. As a Christian confronting another Christian who desires to correct me, chastise, and even rebuke me for celebrating Halloween with all its costumes, fun, party atmosphere because it leads back to paganism, I’d like them to point out the exact similarities between what happened many, many centuries ago, verses what is going on today. I would point out that the only “doors” that are being opened are doors of having fun and enjoying one day out of the year. I’d also like to point out to them that there are just as many people/Christians who wear masks on a daily basis, hiding the old dead bones that lay beneath. Old dead bones that the Spirit of God desires to breath new life into….every single day.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41

How to Preserve a Halloween Jack o Lantern

Food, Holidays, Something Different | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 04 2014

I hate to spend the time digging into a pumpkin yanking out it’s guts, carving it’s face only to have it mold and rot the next day. But according to this little article I found, it doesn’t have to be that way:

Your carved pumpkin or Halloween jack o lantern doesn’t have to rot or mold before Halloween! Here is how to use chemistry to preserve a jack o lantern so that it will last for weeks instead of days.

  1. Mix up a preservative solution for your carved pumpkin consisting of 2 teaspoons of household bleach per gallon of water.
  2. Fill a sink, bucket, or tub with enough of the bleach solution to totally immerse the carved jack o lantern. Place the jack o lantern in the bleach mixture right after you have finished carving it. Soak the carved pumpkin for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove the pumpkin from the liquid and allow it to air dry. Spray the pumpkin inside and outside with a commercial pumpkin preservative or use your own mixture, consisting of 1 teaspoon of bleach in water. Spray the pumpkin once daily, to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
  4. Smear petroleum jelly on all of the cut surfaces of the pumpkin. This will prevent the pumpkin from drying out and getting that puckered, shriveled look.
  5. Protect the jack o lantern from sun or rain, since one will dry the pumpkin out, while the other will promote the growth of mold. If possible, refrigerate your jack o lantern when it’s not in use.

How It Works

Bleach is dilute sodium hypochlorite, an oxidizer that kills microorganism that decay the pumpkin, including mold, fungi, and bacteria. You need to reapply it because it loses its effectiveness fairly quickly. The petroleum jelly locks in moisture so the jack o lantern doesn’t get dehydrated.

Now that you know how to keep it fresh, make a science Halloween jack o lantern.

A Thought on Halloween.

Holidays, judging | Posted by Eddy Damas
Oct 26 2013

Ok, with this holiday fast coming up in a couple of days I thought I would write some thoughts about it. Now I just want everyone to know I welcome all input and thoughts on this.

I know that for the most part, Christians are divided on this holiday as well as Christmas. So many are against Halloween because they have read in the Bible were we are instructed to “avoid all appearances of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). My thoughts on this are quite simple: if Christians want to avoid all appearances of evil, then please go out and stay in the desert for 40 years. Furthermore, stay out of the bars, stay out of the concerts, nightclubs, internet, social media, bookstores, coffee shops, hotels, motels…I believe you get the point. At some point or another, we will have to interact with “appearances of evil” whether we like it or not.

But truly, if we were to shun the Halloween festivities, then we should also shun giving money and food to the poor. (On the same line, if we were to shun the Christmas festivities, then we shouldn’t ever give food to the poor, nor cloth the poor, etc.).

As far as I know, neither children nor adults who take part in Halloween is actually initiating evil, calling forth evil spirits, nor acting evil.

Now for a slight confession: my past before Christianity (and even a bit during my early Christian days) has allowed me to visit Halloween Costume Parties at various nightclubs, and I have witnessed some daring, if not suggestive costumes. I don’t know if witnessing such is a sin, but I never “interacted” with them, in fact, I avoided those wearing the costumes…yeah, yeah, excuses don’t work….I get it. 🙂

Many Christians “point the finger” at others because they have read, heard, or researched where the Druids  and Celtics celebrated Halloween by making sacrifices to their own Gods. My argument is this: no one seems to have any idea just what those sacrifices are.

So many have done their own research, and found that “witches” tend to have their own rituals on this day and night. What many don’t realize is that neither children, nor adults, who either give out candy, or dress up in a costume, or even act like Frankenstein, Dracula, Luke Skywalker, a Hobo, Superman, or Batman, etc, represent or worship evil, and the chances are, that they will most likely go home to a meal consisting of red meat, french fries, and an orange soda. Of course, a Frosty is delicious as well.

If a Christian wishes to condemn the day that has been known as Halloween, and the children of the Lord whom dress up in some funny, and sometimes neat costumes, then they should also condemn the other 364 days of the year, where the appearance of evil abounds much, much more than on a single day and where evil is also not as easily identifiable.

Again, there is nothing evil with putting on a costume, facepaint, and giving out candy to children. But there is something dreadfully wrong when we judge by mere appearances.

I should add, if I have not made it clear, that the worship of Jesus Christ involves a deep, intimate relationship with the Lord, and that many who accuse Christians of worshipping something other than God are judging harshly, especially when the same Christian who is doing the judging is not on an intimate relationship with those whom they judge. If this is the case, then they are guilty of judging with their eyes on what they see, something that the Lord is highly against.

What are your thoughts?


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