Is Halloween Bad for Christians? The Catholic Church doesn’t think so!

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Commentary By:  Gordon King

The time is soon coming for the world to celebrate Halloween, but just what is it that they are celebrating anyway?  And should we as Christians be celebrating it also?

It is believed by many that the traditional roots of Halloween first began by people dressing up in ghoulish costumes in order to scare off ghosts, others believe that it originated as a Harvest Festival, but it was the medieval Catholic Church that melded together this pagan festival and celebration with times that they have made up themselves, All Saints Day (a Catholic Church celebration of the saints).

I have read a post (Why Catholics Should Embrace Halloween) from the website www.catholic.com, that states the following:

Never forget that the raison d’être of Halloween is holy mockery of the devil. As St. Thomas More observed of the devil, “The proud spirit cannot endure to be mocked.”

Apparently the Catholic Church is applauding the celebration of Halloween!  After-all, they are the ones that melded it together with pagan traditions and labeled it Halloween.

But is Halloween the celebration of saints, and are we to celebrate Halloween in order to mock the devil?  Is this how Christians are supposed to behave?  According to the Catholic Church it is not only ok but we are encouraged to do so!

I for one do not believe that we celebrate Christian saints (not the way the Catholic Church does it and mean by it), nor do I believe that we should be mocking the devil, unless of course we want the devil and his minions to attack us!!!  What in the world are they thinking?!!!  It’s certainly not from Jesus Christ!  We should not make fun of or taunt Satan, and we need to believe that Satan is real and his fallen angels are also real, and they are out to get us from the very beginning!  As Christians we are already in a battle with Satan, why make it worse for ourselves by provoking him to anger?!

The Catholic Church prays to saints, but where in the bible does it ever tell us to do this?  Nowhere, it doesn’t!  Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men!  The only one!

1 Timothy 2:5-6

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,”

Having a day to recognize the saints that came before us is fine by me, but not in order to give them worship nor to meld it together with pagan celebrations which obviously welcome in evil spirits is definitely not fine by me!  And that’s another thing that really gets me about the Catholic Church is that they seem to be worshiping saints!  Don’t they know that all who are born-again become saints of God Almighty?  Are we then to worship ourselves, to pray to ourselves, and to then become gods ourselves?  What?!!!  Are you kidding me?!  There is but one God, our Father in heaven, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit!

James 2:19

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

Many things which come out of the Catholic Church are not written in scripture, and they are most definitely not taught in scripture.  The bible strictly forbids the adding to or the taking away of the words of that book, and those that preach any other gospel shall be accursed!

Galatians 1:8-9

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

 

Deuteronomy 4:2

Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.

 

Revelation 22:18-19

“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

Halloween is a tradition which is welcoming evil spirits, while it may seem tame to some we must remember that it is a tradition which is filled with evil and wickedness, a tradition that welcomes in evil and wickedness!

Students from the Brainshire Science School dress in Halloween costumes as they parade along the main street of Paranaque, in Manila, Philippines Picture: REUTERS

Does the preceding picture look like it is a celebration of the saints?  Not to me it doesn’t, it looks more like the celebration of evil spirits!  It looks to me like children being indoctrinated into a satanic cult!

What about the following picture?

From: TimeOut.com in Chicago

Does this picture look like a good thing?  Does it look like something Christians should be celebrating?  Would Jesus Christ be celebrating this and things like this?  I know for a fact that He wouldn’t!!!  So why should we?!  Where in scripture have we ever heard of God dressing up like Satan or demons?  We haven’t, never!  But we have heard of Satan and demons dressing up like believers and as angels of light!

2 Corinthians 11:14-15

And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

God nor His children have any need to dress up as fallen angels, as ministers of darkness, as satanic beings, as evil and wicked!  And I believe that we are supposed to stay away from such things, just as we also to stay away from witchcraft, necromancy, soothsayers, sorcerers, spiritists, and diviners.  Celebrating Halloween is doing the things that God told us not to do!  It is learning and practicing the abominations that the good Lord told us to stay away from!  The Lord our God has not appointed us to such things!  I’m not making this stuff up it’s written in the bible!!!

Deuteronomy 18:9-14

When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. 14 For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.

So many of you may be asking is it ok to celebrate Halloween?  After reading this post you should know my answer and where I stand on the matter, absolutely not!  But then you may ask is it ok to celebrate the day if we do it as a harvest festival or celebrate it in religious costumes at church?  I can’t tell you what you should do or not do, but for me I don’t believe that we should be celebrating the day, with or without our own twist on it.

My view is that if we celebrate Halloween then we celebrate Halloween no matter what twist we put on it, it’s still celebrating it, we’re just trying to do it without offending God.  We can pretend that it isn’t but it really is!  It’s a pagan religion celebrating evil spirits plain and simple, we can change the way that we celebrate it but then we are still celebrating it.  It’s a pagan celebration that is difficult to break away from because it has been ingrained in most of us since our birth.  The Catholic Church has blessed this pagan day of worship as a day for us all to celebrate, thereby confusing believers in Jesus Christ as to what is right and what is wrong about it.  We all have to pick and choose what to believe and how to believe it, let the Holy Spirit be your guide!

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!