13 Oct Halloween is Not of God
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain celebrated their new year on November 1. The Druids believed that on October 31, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. People would leave out food in order to appease dead spirits or demons wandering around the streets. They would also carve out turnips and rutabagas, and place embers in them to ward off demons. People also wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins to avoid demon possession. People also practiced occult practices such as foretelling, animal sacrifice rituals, and contacting evil spirits through devices such as mirrors, water, etc. Different occult groups today such as Wicca, Neopagan, Satanism, etc. celebrate this holiday. They consider Halloween one of the major days to practice occult rituals and witchcraft.
Should We Celebrate Halloween?
We as Christians shouldn’t celebrate Halloween because it is clearly not of God. Things that associate with Halloween such as the dead, witches, vampires, goblins, and occultism are from the Kingdom of Darkness. The Bible states clearly, You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. – 1 Thessalonians 5:5. Kids going from door to door screaming trick or treat for candy may seem innocent. However this is part of commercializing this holiday. In 2016, Americans spent about $8.4 billion on Halloween spending. This is not God’s will for us as Christians to feed ourselves on the things of the flesh but to feed ourselves on the things that are holy (Romans 8:13-14).
What about the kids?
It is written, Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6. Kids are not missing anything from Halloween because it is not of God.
We must realize as Christians that once we accept Jesus Christ in our hearts, we are obligated to denounce the ways of the world and to not compromise (Romans 12:2). We also need to understand that the whole world is under the control of Satan (1 John 5:19). Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. – 1 John 2:15-17.