God, Halloween and You

Hi, spiritual family. How important is God’s will to you? What if it conflicts with your own? How important is it for you to please God? I ask these questions because of the upcoming Halloween celebrations, in which many who call themselves followers of Jesus will participate in one way or another. Some of you give the excuse that it gives your kids pleasure to dress in costumes and collect candy. What kind of spiritual example are you setting for them by honoring a day which dishonors God and instead honors satan, the demons, death, witchcraft and the occult? Some of you say that you have the right to determine what you will and won’t celebrate.

Understand that it doesn’t matter what you think of me. I’ve been called bad things when I share the spiritual truth of what it means to follow Jesus and live His way. If you can, show me in scripture where God says it’s okay to observe pagan rites and celebrations.

God always comes first. His priorities need to become ours. God longs to see how much being with Him for eternity means to you. I implore you to examine yourselves and see if you are truly in the faith, not according to your own standards but according to God’s standards. God wants us to come out of this world and not to be in this world and of it. Be physically and spiritually safe and be blessed.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV)
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 26:39 (NIV)
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

 

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4 Responses to God, Halloween and You

  1. Jamie Carter says:

    Every coin has more than one side. Christianity ‘christianized’ halloween by appointing it as ‘all hallow’s eve’ – a day of prayer and fasting in preparation of All Saints Day, a day of feasting honoring all of the saints. Protestants eventually dropped the celebration, but it still occurs in Catholicism. Just because the world has a worldly celebration, it doesn’t mean Christians can’t celebrate something Christian about it.
    I really don’t see anything in the accusation that it’s all about satanism, occult practices, or dedicated to evil. As long as Americans have been celebrating Halloween, there’s not that big of a Church of Satan presence – Christianity still wins in terms of numbers and location. Nobody I know turned out evil by dressing up and saying the code word to get free candy. But I do know of some who saw nothing but legalism from Christianity that said “don’t!” and walked away from it all.

    • The key here is to see how God feels about it. That’s what matters. What you refer to as “All Hallows’s Eve” was approved by the Catholic denomination and is not found in scripture. Scripture defines saints as all believers without special differentiation. What is found in scripture is “there is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is (eternal) death” and the first commandment “you shall have no other gods before Me” Halloween worships and honors the god of this world, satan, who is about evil, lies and destruction. You can have your way or opinion, but understand that it’s your choices that keep you in or out of God’s eternal kingdom. Regarding your comment about legalism, that doesn’t fit in my case. I love God and honor Him. I don’t worship law, for I am under God’s grace. Hope that clears it up for you.

      • Jamie Carter says:

        So too, Lent was not found in Scripture. And yet it’s one of the oldest Christian celebrations there is, dating back to the first century. God seems to prefer that he be worshiped, be it through fasting and prayer in Lent or in fasting and prayer and attending Church services on All Hallow’s Eve, the difference seems to be the dates on the calendar and God would prefer to be worshiped daily – any and all adoration to Him is not diverted to forces opposed to him. And if kids want the grace of free candy by saying the right words – well that’s not unlike the sinner’s prayer and salvation – with a little bit of dressing up just for the fun of it; after all, what kid doesn’t like to dress up?

  2. There’s a huge difference between Lent and Halloween. Lent, while not in scripture, honors God. Thanksgiving, while not in scripture, in theory honors God. Halloween clearly dishonors God and honors death, satan, the demons, witchcraft, the occult and the kingdom of darkness. It is very wrong to think that it’s all about receiving candy and dressing up. It’s actually a deception. Parents are literally allowing their kids to see that the kingdom of darkness is fun and enticing when in fact, it is very dangerous.

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