Part 3 of 3: So how did Halloween come about and more importantly, what can we learn from the Bible to answer the question on whether or not we should participate in Halloween?
As many books and websites like Wikipedia have a lot of information on the origins of Halloween, I won’t spend a lot of time covering that here. But here’s the gist of it, even the seemingly harmless activities like collecting candy from strangers, dressing up in costumes whether cute or sinister looking, or carving a simple pumpkin into a Jack-o-Lantern, all of these have dark and twisted ties to Pagan roots, rituals, and rites. These originate from Celtic and Gaelic folklore and have been influenced by different cultures and traditions ever since. Trick or treating stems from the folklore about setting candy or treats out on doorsteps for the Druids to collect to appease the night spirits so they would pass homes and not harm families; dressing up in costumes was to fool evil spirits into thinking they were one of them to avoid their evil tricks and spells; and the story of a devil casting a burning hot ember cast from hell into a hollowed-out gourd after Jack had trapped the devil in a tree; all of these have their roots in darkness.
It also goes without saying as our own local and National news records events every year that Halloween is an evening glorified by Satanists, Pagans, and other occult groups. And then there are millions of Americans that likely participate out of tradition, cultural influence, and maybe out of ignorance or indifference to the origins of Halloween. It’s just fun to dress up, carve pumpkins, and collect candy. Where’s the harm in that right? Woe! We must be careful with what we dabble in. An evangelist once said, “You may be playing with sin, but sin isn’t playing with you.”
So I have lightly touched on the origins of Halloween that have become ingrained in culture and continues to get passed on as tradition from generation to generation. But what does God have to say about it? Specifically, what does God say about darkness as it relates to His saints? Let’s take a look:
John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. These are the very words of Jesus (red letter) speaking to whosoever believeth on Him. What does He say? That we should not abide in darkness.
1Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. The children of light mentioned here are the saved, born-again believers; ye are all the children of light. Ye are not of the night nor of darkness.
1John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. I love this verse. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. Aren’t you glad that God has no darkness in him at all? Knowing how evil sinful man can be, I’m glad our God is holy, pure, love, and light. That’s worth rejoicing about!
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: Ouch, the Word of God is piercing at times isn’t it?
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. Amen!
Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Pretty straight forward – walk (a command) as children of light.
2Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? That just makes plain sense doesn’t it? What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness and what communion hath light with darkness? That’s not telling us to avoid the unrighteous (the lost) because we were all unrighteous before God before we got saved. Rather, it is telling us what “fellowship” – the condition of sharing similar interests, ideals, or experiences; A close association of friends or equals sharing similar interests; friendship; comradeship – should we be having with the unrighteous and with darkness? Friend, we are to witness and share the gospel of Christ with every creature, but not have fellowship and communion with it!
Ephesians 5:8, 11 For ye were sometimes darkness [that was our spiritual condition before the new birth], but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: And Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [rebuke] them.
Lastly, as there are many more references in God’s Word on this subject:
1Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. When we’re home on Halloween, we choose to pass out Chick tracts (Gospel tracts) and candy (and yes, this is a degree of participation in Halloween). Others may just turn off the porch light and enjoy some time with the family. Still others will participate in Halloween to varying degrees. How about you? In light of what you have read about the origins of Halloween, how the Word of God looks at darkness vs. light, and how God specifically addresses His followers, will your family participate in Halloween? Let it not be said of us, that men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19b).
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