Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Real Meaning of Halloween


Halloween.
 
It's such an innocent holiday right? I mean the kids dress up as their favorite character and are more than happy to go around getting loads of candy. But where did the skeletons, evil, demonic faces and ghosts come from? Is it just a silly coincidence that they are used as decorations for halloween?
No, they come from the superstitious beginnings of halloween.
It started as the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1st, as it was the end of summer and the time of harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter; which was a time that was associated with death. They believed that on October 31 the worlds of the living and the dead crossed. The souls of the dead were believed to return to their homes in hopes of food and shelter, if these were not provided the evil spirits were believed to cast spells on those who did not give them what they wanted. The spirits caused crop damage and were thought to be able to make predictions of the future.
To celebrate the event, they would build bonfires and burn crops and make animal sacrifices to the Celtic deities. They would also dress up in costumes made of animal heads and skins and then try to predict each others futures.
It was widely believed that at death, the good spirits took the good people to paradise, but the wicked men were banished to the unseen world. These spirits were known to haunt the living and in order to exorcise these spirits, people had to offer them food and shelter during the night and if they were satisfied they would leave you alone, but if not they would cast a spell on you.
Today, Satanism and Witchcraft say this is the day that Satan comes to fellowship with his followers.
In 609 A.D. the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church and later included all saints as well as martyrs. It was celebrated on November 1. By the 9th Century Christian influence would spread into the Celtic lands and the church called November 2nd All Souls Day, to honor the dead.  The All Saints Day celebration was called All-hallows or All-hallowmas and October 31st began to be called All-hallows Eve, which eventually turned into Halloween. It appears that the church was trying to replace the evil Celtic festival with a church-sanctioned holiday, but without making the pagans drop their evil practices and accept Christianity, it just made it easier to miss the real meaning of halloween.
 
Did you know that Jack o' Lanterns were used to ward off evil spirits? That was their intended purpose.  To read the whole story, go here.
 
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
- I Peter 5:8
 
"reject every kind of evil."
- I Thessalonians 5:22
 
"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead."
- Deuteronomy 18:10
 
 
 
 
I know that this post is likely to not be very popular. It will likely step on toes and it is often a subject that people are totally for or against. I am simply hoping that through this post, that you will do some research of your own and see what the Bible has to say about such subjects. Then let God give you the conviction for how you are to treat halloween.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing on this topic. I have felt torn for many years. I don't mind the fun family carnivals and such but I also don't like the scary, ugly costumes and the evil associated with the holiday.

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    1. Our church has a fall festival where we have a meal, play games, the kids get to go on pony and hay rides and they get candy and little toys. I have no problem with this at all, as it is not associated with halloween at all (it just happens to fall close to it), but I feel like to many people don't look into what halloween is all about and don't ever feel "torn" as you say you have. I just want people to make an informed, God-lead decision.

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  2. Newest follower here! I found you through the Tuesday blog hop. Cute blog, I can't wait to read more.
    -Melanie

    P.S. I’m doing a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway on my blog. You should check it out here: http://meandmr.com/post/35113285949/shabby-apple-50-giveaway

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    1. Hi Melanie! So glad you found my corner of the world wide web! I stopped by your blog for a moment and I will definately have to stop by again soon!

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  3. I too have often felt torn over this holiday, more so since becoming a Mom (it was easier to ignore before!) We try to keep it light and do the trick-or-treating just for fun but as my son gets older and understands more..I dunno? We may just do the fall festivals at church instead. Such a tough one! Thanks so much for sharing this great info:)

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    1. Thanks Brittney! Yes, it's just something to pray and ask God what He would have you to do. As long as you're following God's leading, you can't go wrong!

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