I meant to write this entry sooner, but life dictated otherwise. So here is my response to the article entitled The Truth About Halloween, presented by a local church that shall remain nameless. My responses are in blue.
People everywhere carve out pumpkin faces, hang skeletons on their walls, buy costumes and more to get ready for Devil's Night and, of course, Halloween. Do you know where Halloween originated?
The "een" in the word Halloween refers to the e'en or evening before the day known as All Saints Day. But what kind of saints were they talking about? The Saints of the Bible. No! It was originally a festival honoring the Druid Priests who were involved in the occult and who were priests of Satan.
This is not correct as the saints in question were the saints in the Bible as this article even states later. The statement that the Druids were involved in the occult is true as the definition of "occult" states that it is of or pertaining to magic, astrology or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers, but they were not priests of satan as Druids don't believe in satan, as far as I'm aware.
The Druids and Human Sacrifices
Halloween has clear connections with the Druid's primitive and savage rituals held 2 BC (located in the pre-Roman, pre-Christian Celtic communities of Northern and Western Europe, especially in France (Gaul), Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Wales). They were the builders of Stonehenge; where they would bring humans to be sacrificed in Britain. The Druids worshipped pagan gods which included the sun god, the earth mother goddess and Samhain (Lord of the Dead). Stonehenge was constructed to calculate the sun's movements and then determine the most suitable day to worship the earth mother goddess by sacrificing a human! The date selected was October 31st, Halloween! Think about it.
While it is true that Halloween has connections with the Druid's rituals, the Druids being Celts and all, they were not the builders of Stonehenge; no one knows who built Stonehenge. Nor was Stongehenge used for human sacrifices on Halloween. Anyone who has done any reading on Stonehenge knows that it is set to mark the Summer Solstice, which is why modern day Pagans hold rituals there at that time. Also, there is no evidence that Samhain was the name of any Lord of the Underworld. Plus the calendar that we use today wasn't in use in 2 BC, so how could it be the same day? And was this every year that Stonehenge was used? And it was ALWAYS October 31st?
The Druids believed in reincarnation, which is contrary to the teaching of the Bible (Heb. 9:27). According to their religion, the god, Samhain, judged the souls and decreed in what form their existance was to continue; whether in the body of a human or an animal. They believed that the sinful souls of those who had died during the year had been relegated to the bodies of animals and through various gifts and sacrifices, their sins could be forgiven and the souls freed to claim a heavenly reward. It was common for horses to be sacrificed, but there were also a lot of humans sacrificed: men, mostly criminal, but not all. Some were imprisoned in wicker and thatch cages shaped like animals or giants. The Druid priest set fire to these cages and the men were burned to death. They eventually included women and children in the horrible sacrifices. They not only sacrificed unto false gods (Exo. 20:3, II Chro. 11:15, 33:6), but the rituals also eventually included human sacrifices to the devil. They acknowledged him and worshipped him and multitudes of men, women and children were murdered!
Truthfully, I'm not sure about the Druid belief in reincarnation. I know that it is a belief held by many cultures, but whether or not the Druids did, I haven't run across anything confirming nor denying this. Also, there is much debate over whether or not humans were sacrificed. From what I have read, this stems from one report only: that of Julius Caesar as he invaded their lands, and everyone knows that history is written by the victors. Was this true? We may never know. We do know that the Druids didn't believe in the devil, so they wouldn't have sacrificed anything to the devil.
The men, women and children to be sacrified on Halloween were selected as follows: The Druid's would leave a pumpkin on the doorstep of the house to replace the victim and to let the other members ofo the family know that no one else would be harmed. Now every time you look at a pumpkin on somebody's front porch, you'll know what it really means.
This is clearly something made up as pumpkins are native to the Americas. Yes, faces were carved into turnips and beets, but they had nothing to do with sacrifices. They were used as lanterns and, possibly, to scare away any mischievious spirits wandering the night. Also, how was the "victim" known if just a pumpkin was left? Was it carved in the likeness of the person? And how was it to replace the family member? It couldn't do any of the work that the family member was responsible for and you'd think that everyone in the community would be needed to ensure the survival through the harsh winter.
The day witches celebrate above all others is October 31st, which is All Hallows Eve or Halloween. It is believed that on this night, Satan and his witches have their greatest power.
Yes, October 31st is a very witchy holiday, so I guess witches do celebrate it above all others. I guess those that call themselves satanic witches would agree that satan and his witches have the greatest power on this night, but the rest would disagree. I don't believe witches have their greatest power on Halloween as they can raise power at any time.
The origin of Halloween goes back 2000 years before the days of Christianity to a practice of the ancient Druids in Britain, France, Germany and the Celtic countries. The celebration honored their god Samhain, lord of the dead. The Celtic people considered November 1st as being the day of death. This was because it was the end of Autumn and the beginning of Winter for them. The time of falling leaves seemed an appropriate time to celebrate death, which is exactly what Halloween was to them, a celebration of death, honoring the god of the dead.
I guess you could look at the Celts believing November 1st to be a day of death as those who have passed are honored at this time and it is the end of the growing season. Maybe celebrating death is a bit much. It's more like honoring death and respecting it. And once again, there has been no evidence found to suggest that the Celts had a lord of the underworld named Samhain.
The Druids and "Trick or Treat"
The Druids believed that on this particular evening the spirits of the dead returned to their home to visit them. If the living did not provide food for these evil spirits, all types of terrible things would happen to the living. If the evil spirits did not get a treat, then they would trick the living. This ancient practice is still celebrated today where people dress up as the dead, knocking on doors and saying "trick or treat," not realizing the origin of what they are practicing. Nevertheless, witches still consider Halloween as the night on which they have their greatest power.
Druids didn't invent Trick-or-Treat. From my understanding, it is based on a Catholic practice of Souling, when children and beggars would go from door to door to get food and money in exchange for prayers for the families' loved ones. Once again, I don't believe Halloween to be the night witches have their greatest power.
Introduction of "All Hallows Eve"
Before the introduction of Christianity to these lands, the celebration of death was not called Halloween. Halloween is a form of the designation "All Hallows Eve," a holy evening instituted by the Church to honor all the saints of Church history. Some Church historians propose the hypothesis that All Saints Eve was designated October 30th to counteract the pagan influences of the celebration of death. While All Hallows Eve began as a strictly Christian holiday, the pagan influence from earlier traditions gradually crept in while the Church's influence waned.
Wait a minute! Didn't the very first section say that All Hallows Eve wasn't for the saints of the Bible, but for the Druid priests?! Oh, yes, they used All Saints Day instead of All Hallows Day to confuse the reader. True, All Hollow's Eve is a Christian holiday, but it was originally thought up to help the Pagans become Christian. The Pagan influence didn't creep in, it was the other way around.
Witchcraft and the Celebration of Halloween
Today, Halloween is largely a secular holiday, an excuse to get dressed up as somebody else and have a party. However, true witches and followers of witchcraft still preserve the early pagan beliefs and consider Halloween a sacred and deadly powerful time. Having turned their backs on the God of the Bible, they invoke the help of Satan, fallen from God's favor and relegated to darkness. Modern day witches and wizards believe this night to be the most suitable night of the year for magic and demonic activity. In Deuteronomy 18:10-11, God forbids us to participate in any kind of occult practices or witchcraft. Further in the New Testament, we are told to abstain from the appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22). As Christians, we should not celebrate Halloween, rather we should recognize October 31 as the day the Lord has made - a day we can rejoice in (Psa. 118:24). We also do not have to be fearful, for God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Tim. 1:7).
While some Witches did come from Christian backgrounds, others did not. I guess you could say that those Witches did turn their backs on the God of the Bible, but I see it that they just realized that divinity can be found other ways. Same concept, different name. And NO, WITCHES DON'T INVOKE SATAN! Unless one calls themself a Satanic Witch, Witches don't believe in satan! How can someone invoke a being they don't believe in? It's like having a Christian make a request to Zeus or Odin! I don't see Halloween as the most suitable night for magic. Magic can be performed anywhere, at anytime. Yes, there are some forms of magic that would be most suited for Halloween (Samhain), but this isn't the only night magic can be done. Demonic activity? Only if you believe.
Ask Yourself These Questions:
1. Should God fearing Christians celebrate Halloween?
Why not? It is, after all, so removed from it's original intention, that it has nothing to do with honoring the dead, unless you celebrate All Saints' Day, which is not Halloween. And why fear God? Love him/her, respect him/her, but fear?
2. Would loving parents let their precious beautiful children collect candy from total strangers?
Why not? It's all about trust. It's the one night out of the year that you can go up to that neighbor that you've only seen on the street and interact with them. They wouldn't be total strangers if you didn't keep to yourselves! And if you went with them, wouldn't they be that much safer?
So What's the Alternative?
Most bible believing churches have what they call: "Harvest Celebration" where children and teens and even the whole family can celebrate Jesus and glorify God and have real clean (demonic activity free) FUN
Harvest celebrations, isn't that what Halloween originally started out as? See, everything does go in a circle!
Parents should teach their children faith in God. Children can have just as much fun on a Halloween centered around the Word of God and family fellowship as those can trick or treating.
Or, you can honor the Saints as what was originally planned by the church.
Make a commitment today to give your children the Word of God instead of the fairy tales the world offers. This will help them grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4).
Fairy tales? Don't get me started!
Now the choice is YOURS! (Deut. 30:19)
And I choose the REAL truth about Halloween! See what happens when there is just enough truth mixed in with the lies? It sounds all so convincing.