… a testimony by Belinda Pieterse
Halloween vs Christian Eternity
The subject of Halloween I have found to be a subject of much debate and controversy.
Everyone seems to have an opinion about it but few seem to have significant reason or evidence to back their point of view. Most people feel a certain way about it greatly based on tradition, influence of their peers as well as the outside world.
As a Christian, I have given this subject much thought and have felt the Holy Spirit leading me to express what I feel God has laid on my heart about Halloween. I have researched this subject using books, articles and encyclopaedias. What I have found is that some information that we have regarding this subject is rather inconclusive and many of the sources admit that very little is known on the subject. A large amount of the information we have available is based on people’s testimonies and some is biased. What I would like to achieve through this piece is to educate believers on what is known on the subject and to encourage them give real thought to what they choose to partake in and be influenced by.
So what are the facts according to History?
The modern-day celebration of Halloween is descendant from the ancient festival known as Sumhain (pronounced sow-in) which is celebrated by the Celtic people. The festival originally occurred from the beginning of one celtic day to the next. In our modern day calendar it occurs between sunset on 31 October and sunset on 1 November. The festival marks the end of summer and the beginning of winter. The celts believed that during this time the boundary between this world and the ‘otherworld’ could easily be crossed and that the dead and the living could pass between the two worlds. They feared this time as well as the pagan gods and spirits that would be able to cross the boundary and roam around freely. The celts would worship and offer sacrifices to these gods to appease them so that they would not harm them or their livestock. The souls of the dead were also believed to revisit their homes seeking hospitality during this time.
That concludes the history part of my motivation that I wish to share, due to the fact that after that information, there is a lot of speculation regarding the rest which I feel is unnecessary to delve into for my particular point.
Keeping the history of halloween in mind, I would like to base my motivation on 3 points.
All scripture quoted is taken from the NIV Bible translation
Halloween’s origins are pagan.
The history is clear that the Celts worshipped pagan gods as well as pagan idols.
The bible tells us in the Ten commandments (Exodus 20:3-6-Commandments 1 & 2) that we are not to have any other god’s before our God nor should we worship idols. As Christians, why would we celebrate and promote something that originated from a festival which goes against the Lord’s commandments and His Word?
“No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons”
1 Corinthians 20-21
Satanists and devil worshippers take halloween very seriously.
Satanism and other forms of devil worship are recognized as practiced religions today and according to research these people perceive Halloween as evil and a day dedicated to satan. Halloween falls within the three most important days on the satanic calendar. There are accounts of active & practicing satanists that have testified to the horrific things that these people do, which include human sacrifices and many other sick and disturbing behaviours. As Christians, should we be celebrating a day that signifies evil to some and that people practice evil on today…?
“Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall”. 1 Corinthians 8:13
The bible tells us that we are called to love others and to be concerned about their eternity
“A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. John 13:34.
John 28:16-20 (The great commission) compels us to go and spread the news of the gospel so that people would come to know the truth and in turn and be saved. If we truly love people, we should not want to see them doomed to hell if we can change it by speaking up.
Halloween holds no Godly or eternal significance.
As believers God has given us new life through Christ and has a plan for us which surpasses this life and will continue into eternity.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16
God has made it clear to us in the Bible that our hearts should not be distracted and immersed with things of this world.
“Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right Hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things”. Colossians 3:1-2
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is not seen is eternal” 2 Corinthians 4:18
So what is my conclusion after these three points…
-As believers, we should have concerns regarding the festivities of Halloween but our focus should rather be on reaching out to a lost and dying world and praying for those who are far from God.
-We should be focusing on Christmas, Easter and Ascension day and celebrating them with fervour because they are about Jesus and hold much greater significance to us.
So as Christians what should we do on Halloween?
-If the idea of Halloween makes you uncomfortable then don’t celebrate it.
-Get involved in or arrange a suitable alternative function to halloween with God as the focus. Invite everyone you know and pray for the evil that may and will occur on the night and for the souls of the people involved.
If you are not a believer and you are thinking that this is all nonsense anyway then the only thought I leave you with is to give the subject some real thought. Research the subject (find reliable sources) and based on the knowledge that you have acquired for yourself, make a decision, using your brain and not one based on someone else’s influence. Consider all your decisions like that; as something to be considered and to know the facts of first. Many people today partake in things mostly through influence, even things that can cause grievous bodily harm and even death, such as; smoking, drinking, taking drugs & unsafe sex so I think it is realistic to say that a lot of people’s judgement can be questioned, so don’t conform just for the sake of it….give it some thought and decide for yourself !…