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10/29/2016 - Is Halloween Just an Innocent and Funny Holyday?
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     Halloween is a holyday celebrated by millions of people not only in the United States but all over the world.  Children, accompanied by adults, wait impatiently for the day of October 31st of each year to dress in funny costumes in order to go from door to door asking and receiving candies. The business of selling costumes, goblins, skeletons, pumpkins and ghosts is flourishing and bringing millions of dollars to the pockets of the owners of the stores.
     Many could say, “It is the time of the year for fun, joy, excitement and celebration.” Celebration of what? If we look at the origin of this holyday (I don’t know how “holy a day” this could be), we discover that the Celts started to celebrate this day at the end of the year. They started the new year on November 1st, and then they added scary stories, such as the spirits of the dead chasing the living to enter into their bodies. Because people were scared of them, they did everything to keep away the spirits of the dead by dressing in costumes and making loud noises to scare the spirits.
     Many of these practices were borrowed from the pagan civilizations that used to celebrate Halloween, and now they are accepted as an amusing part of our Christian life.
     Not to mention the movie industry.  If you want to have a good sleep without nightmares, don’t watch the movies “recommended” for this time of the year. Even the producers encourage you to not watch them by yourself.
     Why don’t I celebrate Halloween?
1. I don’t want to be involved or support anything that the Bible condemns: witches, demons, the spirit of the dead (ghosts), and occults – generally. I will not spend one penny for me or my (grand)children to buy clothes to look like a demon, a ghost or a witch.
2. I like to focus on life instead of focus on death. Halloween is a celebration of the spirits of the dead which, according to the Bible, are the spirits of evil (Revelation 16:14). In Jesus we have the gift of life not the gift of death.
3. One of the “funniest” parts of Halloween is FEAR. Only Satan wants to scare us. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love…” 2 Tim 4:7.
4. Most of the stories of Halloween happen in cemeteries, at midnight, in empty and haunted houses, with everything in connection to zombies, corpses, ghosts and demons. The Bible encourages us to stay away from “the deeds of darkness” Romans 13:12.
5. I choose to celebrate Jesus, life, light and truth over death, demonic spirits, fear, witches, darkness and Satan.
“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them]” Ephesians 5:11.
 
Happy Sabbath! – Let’s celebrate the day that the Lord actually made holy!
 

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