I used to love Halloween - Fall is my favorite time of year and I love the deepening of the golden color of late afternoon sunlight and the changing colors of plant life, the crispness in the air - everything is so alive as it prepares for dormancy and death, the atmosphere crackles with life. As a kid in Wisconsin I loved dressing up: as a gypsy; as a beatnik (beret. cigarette holder, long blond wig; as a monster with funny rubber feet; as a Spanish flamenco dancer; yes my mother was creative. It seemed like we went for ten miles or so - it was probably more like two - running through empty fields and over railroad tracks, past abandoned barns, through woods, into exotic neighborhoods in a town whose population was around 8000, with our plastic pumpkins and flashlights, sometimes on ten speed bicycles or stingrays. We started out with coats and hats that our parents made us wear because the October nights in Wisconsin are freezing cold, until we got around the corner and whipped them off so we could traipse around for the rest of the night in our skimpy Halloween outfits. Even as an adult, before deliverance, I felt like I was missing something if I did not go out to a party or bar on Halloween. But I am over that now, because I became a new creature in Jesus Christ, when I was born again - I put away the things of a child and became an adult in Christ.
So now that the movable feast that is Halloween is upon us, or should I say, upon me, and for me it is less a travelling carnival and more a recurrent phantasm that I can consistently look forward to same time, next year, I feel compelled to write about it as I get a lot of passive aggressive feedback that my distaste for Halloween falls somewhere between making a big deal about nothing and thinking that everything is demonic. There are a few things that I've learned in my life, and one of them is people are sneering at me for making a big deal about nothing, I am more than likely, definitely on to something. I don't have the energy, even with other Christians, to try and tether some sort of dialogue about Halloween in reason. There will be none. People's attachment to Halloween is, at best, irrational, and at worst an aggressive and obstinate insistence that they WILL ignore the diabolical basis of this holiday because it is interfering with their fantasies, which tend to run along one of three basic lines: #1 being that it is a wonderful fun-filled children's holiday and they are adding to the wholesome delight of children.
What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have of God, and you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19- KJV
About that 1 Corinthians 6:19Ramirez brings up the point that during this holiday children are encouraged to establish a false identity - seeing themselves not as children of God, [created in His image as the Word says, or as a temple for the Spirit of the Lord as it says in Scripture], but as a fantastical creature of darkness. My own bemusement of this has to do with wondering why a parent would want to dress their beloved, precious and beautiful child as a rotting corpse (zombie), skeleton (remains of a dead person), or devil (evil incarnate, enemy of humankind).
Lest you think that Satanism is a figment of the overactive religious imagination:
#2 - Reason number two posits that Halloween is a harmless, non-denominational holiday where everyone can cut loose. Because, it seems, we don't have enough time set aside in our repressive culture to cut loose - cutting loose meaning drinking, eating junk food, acting-out sexually and otherwise destructively. Halloween gives us a chance to blow off steam by acting "in character," while remaining in essence the mature, responsible person we present to society. I suppose that is why so many of the alter-egos are sleazy, criminal, insane, sadomasochistic, homicidal and so on - think pirate, naughty school girl, Freddy Kruger, Jason,
monsters - not to mention evil supernatural - vampires, zombies, skeletons, ghosts, demons, the devil, werewolves, witches. This year I've heard that transgender costumes are in. I don't know if that is really, really politically correct; or ultra-, ultra-politically incorrect.
Excerpts from the website: www.goodnewsaboutgod.com:
How about Halloween?
"In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-inn), the Lord of the Dead, was observed on October 31, at the end of summer. The date was also the eve of the new year in both Celtic and Anglo-Saxon times and was the occasion for one of the ancient fire festivals when huge bonfires were set on hilltops to frighten away evil spirits. The souls of the dead were supposed to revisit their homes on this day, and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, hobgoblins, black cats, fairies, and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about."
"Members of Wicca, the modern-day name for Witchcraft, celebrate Halloween as one of their highest holy days. They also gather on May 1st, May Day, the pagan festival of Ishtar. Present-day witches claim they do not worship the devil, Lucifer, or Satan. They say they believe "in a balance of both male and female." Thus, they say, they worship the god and the goddess. They, according to their literature, honor Mother Earth, and hold all of nature with great respect. However, the god and goddess they worship are the same gods worshiped in ancient Babylon, Egypt, Rome and Greece: Nimrod (Tammuz) and Semiramis, just with different names. These are pagan gods and have nothing to do with the true God of the Bible."
"Halloween is also a high, holy day for Satanists, those who openly admit to worshiping Satan. It is obvious that Halloween is all about death, skeletons, vampires, ghosts, witches, witches' cauldrons, and various other items connected with darkness, evil and the devil. It originated from the ritual of human sacrifice of a cult of the ancient Celts in Britain, the Druids.
The Druid priests met at stone temple altars, such as Stonehenge, and sacrificed human beings to appease the gods. They also wore frightening masks and clothes (costumes) in an attempt to scare away the ghosts of the dead who were supposed to be revisiting their homes on that night.
The Druids who could not attend the rituals of human sacrifice, instead celebrated this Satanic holy day with Harvest Festivals , also celebrations to the pagan gods of nature. Harvest Festivals, even though completely pagan in their origins, are now often put on by churches as a supposedly "wholesome substitute" for the celebration of the pagan, Satanic rite of Halloween."
Spiritual Warrior, Pastor Russ Dizdar on YouTube:
I understand that fellow Christians want to exercise free will; they can and will do whatever they want on Halloween regardless of warnings and teachings from other Christians. Because of my own background, history and experiences, I have to be careful about everything that I do, the choices I make and what I choose to participate in.
The Bible —Deuteronomy 18:9-12a- forbids witchcraft and necromancy in the strictest of terms. Why? Because Almighty God and the Lord, Jesus Christ is a buzz kill that wants to limit the enjoyment of children and fun harmless adult revels?Think about it Christian. If it is really so harmless than why so vehement about defending your motivations for participating in it?
I believe that there is a reason that there is so much in the Old Testament about worshiping strange gods and and speaking to spirits. It is not Almighty God being a control freak - it is because communing with unclean spirits allows them entree into our world, they are not beneficial to humankind, in fact they are harmful, they come to rob, kill and destroy.
And to end on an upbeat note: a highly entertaining video by minister Chris LaSala - he does a 2013 commentary on an upload of an original video he came across on the net that he calls:
STREET FIGHT: Power Of Satan vs Power of Jesus Christ
This video commentary is awesome!