On Halloween.

Oct, 2008,

Dear readers,

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.

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