As a Christian, I thought I should post about the controversial celebration of Halloween. While there are some Christian families who think it’s harmless fun, there are also those of us who do not; who see the dark ,occult nature of it and who, being commanded to stay away from anything to do with the occult, shun it altogether.
I used to think it was just a fun day for kids to decorate pumpkins, dress up, get candy and have parties. I also didn’t used to know the pagan origin of it either, or that for Wiccans and other occultists it is still a high holy day,and remains an important day on their calender.It glorifies the occult and honors Satan, which as Christians we are cautioned,and obligated, to avoid. You can’t do both; dabble in the occult AND serve God. You have to take sides, and to choose God is to shun *anything* that has any occult nature,incl. but not limited to, Halloween, psychics, palm-reading,astrology,seances,voodoo,crsytal balls,horoscopes,divination,sorcery,Wicca,New Age practices(incl. yoga, Reiki, channeling,Feng Sui,etc..)hypnosis,re-birthing,reincarnation,Santeria,Nature worship,and the like. It is easy to get sucked into it as the world has it promoted *everywhere*, from books(eg. Harry Potter) movies and TV shows(about witches,ghosts,vampires,occult powers, Scooby-Doo, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the teenage witch,a nd others come to mind here) even in some schools they teach spell-casting as part of their curriculum,and the world is so seeped in New Age and occult practices and you don’t have to look too far to find them,and they can be so thinly veiled you don’t even recognize it iS occult, and this is how Satan deceives and lures us.If you start in what you think is a “harmless: entertainment it graduates into even more sinister things and before you know it you are immersed into the Dark Arts. Once demons have a hold on you, once you invite them in(either willingly or by accident) they are hard to be rid of and can even “stick” to families for generations.It very well may be your misfortunes, hardships, ailments,crisis,and discord are demon caused.
It is so hard to get away from Halloween as well; it is everywhere, surrounding us; TV shows(I refuse to watch episodes of even my fave. shows if it’s a Halloween special or theme) movies, commercials and ads, decorations abound on houses and in stores,shops and malls, and even the shopping bags at the stores have Halloween decor; even on a Hawaiian cruise last year it was all over; the decorations,Jack O’Lanterns, even the staff were all dressed up and shouted “Happy Halloween!” everywher eyou went.I had to barricade myself in my cabin for the day just to have spiritual peace and to get away from it. It disturbed me greatly.It’s like an infection that spreads,and I am always so relieved once it gets to November and it’s gone for another year!
it’s very hard for people of faith at this time of year.It takes alot of patience and fortitude.It takes strength to go against the crowd and turn you back on what everyone else is doing and involved in. You have to take a stand and stand up against it.We do not give out trick-or-treats. We keep the curtains drawn and the lights off.We don’t answer the door. We refuse to participate in a worldly,anti-Christian activity. It’s up to other people if they want to engage in it(and we don’t give them a hard time) but we don’t promote, encourage,condone, or have anything to do with it ourselves. We let others know why we don’t and why having it shoved in our faces everywhere we go offends us; we explain and even some in church are puzzled, but we have made the right spiritual decision for our family.. I note none of the other Christian(be it Catholic or Protestant for that matter) homeschoolers in our group celebrate it either, for the same reason,and the priests at Church never have their house decorated for it,nor do they even give any mention of it during Mass, so it seems clear where they stand on the issue too.There is no official Vatican decree on it either way, so it is an individual choice; a conscience call, each of us has to make.For us, it disturbs us spiritually,and we don’t feel comfortable celebrating it.
It also saddens me that schools have Halloween parties but aren’t allowed to have Christmas pageants or anything to honor God and Christianity. It seems ok to encourage occult activity but not to promote the Bible.I guess freedom doesn’t go both ways. The world is free to flaunt and encourage sin(eg. halloween, gay pride,abortion ‘rights”,and the like) but Christians do not have the same freedom to speak up against it, or to promote moral values(eg. abstinence,Prayer, Christmas celebrations,pro-life teachings,etc..) What a sad twisted world we live in.It feels like we’re the only ones out there that defend God’s Truth(and we ARE) and that it’s almost “us against them” mentality as we are told although we are IN the world we are NOT to be OF the world,and to stay clear,and clean of it and it’s immorality.In shunning dark celebrations such as Halloween we are doing just that.
I prefer the folowing day: 1 Nov.: ALL Saints Day,and 2 Nov: All Souls’ Day.I prefer to honor God and NOT the dark things of this world,incl. the spiritual darkness.So, this Halloween,as on every other, you will find my family and I turning away from the world and turning toward God.
Imani the baby hippo.
I am happy to hear that my cousin in Europe has said that this YR for the first time her family will NOT be celebrating Hallowe’en ! Perhaps all my anti-Hallowe’en posts on Facebook have opened her eyes and hopefully the eyes of others to the true meaning of it. People need to hear the truth. Satan is very deceptive and the father of all lies,
“You can’t drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons, you can’t participate in the table of the Lord and the table of demons.” – 1 Corinthians 10:21.
On a TV show I watch they referred to a woman’s private parts as a “secret garden” (as in wait awhile before you let a man into your Secret Garden) and I howled laughing; I’d never heard that before and thought it was hilariously funny but I wish that I had a real secret garden that I could escape to, a place of solitude,tranquility, and peace where I could escape from my life and be happy again, even temporarily, where the “real” me could be revealed,released, and come out, the happy one that’s been hidden away and trapped for so long. I’m so desperate to be happy again I’d try anything, if only there was such a place,and I feel “suspended” between 2 worlds; my happy past I wish I could go back to(and still try to live in my head) and my present reality I’m stuck in and have no hope of ever improving.
I talked to my priest the other day when I did Confession and I told him how unhappy I am; I needed someone to talk to; I feel so alone and I needed to confide in someone I feel safe with and who isn’t part of the problem, and I told him how I hate my life, how miserable and hurt I am, how I can’t trust or forget, how I want to move to the other end of the Earth, how I’ve always been abused, victimized, bullied, and blamed, have strained relationships with some family members,and I’ll never be happy again. He mostly just listened but also said that we’re all a work in progress, The Adversary plays a big part in our struggles, God loves me, sees my effort,and will reward me, and commented I’d be really lonely if I moved to the other side of the world but I said it’s what I want as I need to avoid the “triggers” and get away from it. I also asked him to pray for me and he said that he would. There’s just so much emptiness and hurt and the pain that fills those spaces is indescribable.
I also had a headache for 4 days and am sick and exhausted from it and it’s not like my usual headaches either but feels different, and my FB friend with the brain tumour had her biopsy which took 30 minutes; they put her to sleep and extracted fluid from around her brain to test for cancer and she should get the results in about a week and said now her head’s really sore, and my hubby tried to order me a Faberge-style hippo jewellery box for Christmas as well but of course they don’t ship to this country( like most places don’t) it figures, something ELSE that doesn’t work out or go right for me( just MY “luck!”) like always, and he was hesitant to promise me if the 12 YR old’s gymnastics class was doing anything for Hallowe’en (Satan’s Day) that he’d bring her right home(because he’s a godless heathen and doesn’t care) and everything for God has an equal for Satan; for everything holy there’s it’s opposite in something unholy, for example Hallowe’en is the antithesis of Christmas, and Christians have NO business celebrating Satan’s feast day; you can’t serve two masters!
My mother was talking to the travel agent about her trip in 2 weeks as well and went on about how she’s “72 YRS old” and “has a bad knee”, is “slow” etc. and “needs priority boarding” and ” someone to help her with her bags”, etc. playing the “I’m old” card again( like she always DOES) to get special treatment,(she’s really something!) and on the news they said more personal info was stolen from tax forms from gov’t employees on citizens again just like how personal info got in the wrong hands on people from student loans applications recently,too, such as social insurance numbers, banking info, etc. and this happens alot apparantly; more half-assed incompetency and Big Brother State intrusion and snooping this gov’t and this country is soooo well known for! No WONDER people are so hesitant now to release private and personal info on forms (gov’t or otherwise) not knowing whose hands it’ll end up in and what they’ll do with the info! It’s making everyone paranoid! Canada sucks!
Surprise, surprise, well, not really. USA and Canada have both been caught spying; USA on their allies and Canada on their own citizens. Leaked documents from whistle-blowers have exposed truths they’ve desperately wanted to keep hidden and are now scrambling to try to “save face”; USA has been caught spying on- get this- 40 of it’s own ALLIES’ phone calls and e-mails, incl. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone conversations for the past 10 YRS (she must feel so hurt and betrayed and it would be esp. troubling to her having grown up in the former East Germany, a Police State that routinely spied on it’s own people), France, Mexico,and Brazil) who are said to be furious at the betrayal(and rightly so, who can blame them) and their relationship with the USA has been greatly harmed as a result. It would serve them right if they LOST all their allies and trade partners! They’re hypocrites as well as just recently they were criticizing China for spying yet here THEY are doing the exact same thing, only to their allies which is even worse! SOME “friend!” You can’t even trust your own “friends!”
As for Canada, this piece of shit was caught spying on it’s OWN citizens’ e-mails and phone calls even though it denied it. At first they were caught spying on other countries and their excuse was they only spy on other countries but not in this country (as if that makes it ok) but then they were also caught spying on their own citizens as well. I’m not surprised,though, this country has been a fascist Big Brother Nanny State for quite a long time now, with less and less privacy, rights,and freedom all the time and more and more State intrusion, interference, monitoring, and regulation. My hubby’s excuse is “Everyone spies” but there’s a big difference between spying on your enemies and competitors and spying on your allies and own citizens! I wouldn’t be surprised either if both Canada and USA are spying on eachother as well; if they spy on their own people and on their other allies, why not spy on eachother,too? In any case, they deserve eachother!
If you can’t trust your own friends, who CAN you trust? My life has taught me not to believe or trust anyone(I’ve been hurt, betrayed, abused,screwed over, used, lied to, cheated,back-stabbed, deceived,etc. by family, friends, authorities, professionals, loved ones, or anyone I have ever trusted) and cases like THIS only prove my point and reassure me that my survival strategy has been the right choice.
Amy Roloff’s Pumpkin Scones
2 cups of flour, plus more for dusting
⅓ cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. sea salt
½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
½ cup cold buttermilk
½ cup canned pumpkin pureé
½ cup dried cranberries
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
candied ginger, finely chopped, to taste
¼ cup heavy cream
1. In a small bowl, soak the dried cranberries in hot water for 15-20 minutes to plump and soften them up. Remove, drain and set aside.
2. Preheat the oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and salt. Incorporate the butter cubes into the mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, pumpkin puree and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture along with the cranberries and candied ginger. Mix until it is all just combined (do not over-mix or the scones will be tough).
5. Transfer to a lightly-floured surface and knead the dough gently 4 or 5 times. Pat the dough into a disc (about 8-inches round and 1½-inches thick). Cut the disc in half, and then cut each half into 4 pie-shaped wedges (triangles).
6. Place the scones on the baking sheet and brush the tops with the heavy cream. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on a baking rack for 15 minutes before serving.