Monday, October 17, 2011

No Halloween For Me?

One of my online friends asked me why my family does not celebrate Halloween. In answering, I don't want anyone to think I am pointing a finger at people. Each of us has to make our own decision about what we do in our lives. It is not up to any of us to judge anyone. My family and I feel, however, that the practices associated with Halloween are not something anyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ would participate in. It is a holiday that celebrates Satan and his demons, all of whom, if you believe in and follow the Bible, are his arch enemies. I also want to explain my belief, though, because it makes me feel uncomfortable to be leaving comments on many of your blogs when every one I visit contains pictures that in some way represent celebrating Halloween.

One scripture that is important to note in deciding whether God wants us to celebrate Halloween is found at Deuteronomy 18: 10 - 12. It reads in the King James Bible,

"There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee."

That was written in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). God definitely did not want his people to engage in any kind of spiritistic practices.  The question is, does God still feel the same way? 2 Corinthians 6: 14 - 17, from the Greek Scriptures (New Testament) reads,

" Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness? Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Be´li·al? Or what portion does a faithful person have with an unbeliever? And what agreement does God’s temple have with idols? For we are a temple of a living God; just as God said: “I shall reside among them and walk among [them], and I shall be their God, and they will be my people.Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing; and I will take YOU in."

Do the customs of Halloween fit into the description above? The Encyclopedia Americana says: “Elements of the customs connected with Halloween can be traced to a Druid [ancient Celtic priesthood] ceremony in pre-Christian times. The Celts had festivals for two major gods—a sun god and a god of the dead . . . , whose festival was held on November 1, the beginning of the Celtic New Year. The festival of the dead was gradually incorporated into Christian ritual.”

The words "Christian ritual" take on a very questionable meaning when we read Ephesians 5:  10 - 12. "Keep on making sure of what is acceptable to the Lord; and quit sharing with [them] in the unfruitful works that belong to the darkness, but, rather, even be reproving [them], for the things that take place in secret by them it is shameful even to relate."

I know I have used skeletons in some of my art work, but skeletons are a natural part of our body. They are what is left of us once our bodies decay. God created our skeletons. Witches and ghosts and demons are in no way part of what God created, though. They are all part of Satan's world that he uses to misguide people and take them away from the teachings of Jesus. Jesus expelled demons. Why would his followers turn around and celebrate them?

Well, this has certainly been some heavy duty reading! I hesitated on posting it now, right before the holiday, but I didn't want anyone to feel I was ignoring their artwork by not commenting on it. I always enjoy visiting your blogs and seeing your work!  I definitely enjoy your online friendships. I just won't be commenting on your Halloween creations.

3 comments:

  1. Strange that I'm the first one who is writing on this post of you Bill but you know I'm from Holland and I have quite often a strong or different opinion :-)

    What concerns this post...it's CLEAR...
    YOUR opinion and YOUR Blog !
    And I respect you.

    In Holland we don't celebrate Halloween as you know. At least not as in the States. I must say that our stores are lately filled with halloween stuff but I think that the most Dutch people only buy it because it is such Well know in America.
    So is Santa Claus.
    Also a feast coming out of the States !
    15 years ago we didn't celebrate that eather but now it seems if Santa has driven Sinterklaas !
    Sinterklaas is in our country well know and we celebrate that childfeast on december the 5th.

    To me it seems that the only people who laugh the loudest during these "parties" is the commerce !!
    *******
    I hope you can understand me because I'm aware of the fact that my English is bad but your post could not pass up on me.
    Hearty greetings
    Rian

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  2. Halloween is not a tradition in Australia and I am not too pleased to see commercial interests trying to introduce it. My small grandchildren want to be part of it but it is quite foreign to me and my childhood. I was brought up as an Irish Catholic (now lapsed) and October 31 was a sombre day to remember all those who had passed away. I get your point entirely, Bill. (you will note that we don't feature Halloween on our two challenges, Take a Word and The Three Muses.

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  3. Dear Bill!
    Respectful congratulations on your post. As Rian said, it's your blog and your opinions.
    I have done a couple of Hallowe'en challenges but I have had enough of the witches and wee beasties, so no more from me and I'm quite tired of it all.

    In the States it's a big thing I know but that's commercialism for you! The shops are trying hard to sell the same sort of stuff here.

    In church here we celebrate the Eve of All Hallows when we light candles and remember our dear ones who have gone before. This I'm afraid is where it began, with the dead leaving their graves and walking about at night. Such rubbish! TV programmes thrive on it too.

    It's a shame that religious festivals such as Christmas have been commercialised so. I choose to remember that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Hugs
    June xx

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