Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

First the basics:  What is Halloween and where did it come from?

The ancient Druids of Ireland, who were the pagan priests of the age, celebrated Samhain, which was a time when the dead, demon and evil spirits alike were believed to be able to have a greater influence upon the world of the living.  As such it was a time of fear and the people were encouraged to disguise themselves as monsters and evil spirits so that the real demons would pass them by, thinking they were fellow denizens of darkness.

As the presence of Catholic missionaries seeking to convert the pagans increased in Ireland, they effected fervent efforts to divert the people from the pagan practice.  It is natural that the Catholic missionaries of the time would have been very zealous in this endeavour, since our Lord, in Scripture, repeatedly thunders against witches and wizards and the practices of the occult, including seeking after or consult with spirits or ghosts:

Exodus 22:18: "Wizards thou shalt not suffer to live."

Deuteronomy 18:10-12: "Neither let there be found among you any one that shall expiate his son or daughter, making them to pass through the fire: or that consulteth soothsayers, or observeth dreams and omens, neither let there be any wizard, Nor charmer, nor any one that consulteth pythonic spirits, or fortune tellers, or that seeketh the truth from the dead. For the Lord abhorreth all these things, and for these abominations he will destroy them at thy coming."

Galatians 5:20-21: "Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects,  Envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God."

1st Paralipomenon 10:13-14: "So Saul died for his iniquities, because he transgressed the commandment of the Lord, which he had commanded, and kept it not: and moreover consulted also a witch, And trusted not is the Lord: therefore he slew him, and transferred his kingdom to David the son of Isai."

And now let's approach the question of whether or not Christians should have any part of Halloween from a position of common sense:  

If God said: "If any man commit adultery with the wife of another, and defile his neighbour's wife, let them be put to death, both the adulterer and the adulteress." do you think He will gladly smile upon those who encourage their children to PRETEND to do such things?  Or who allow their children to associate with kids who THINK IT IS OKAY to commit adultery?

When children go out trick or treating, they are going to be exposed to all manner of grotesque, evil and frightening imagery that parents WILL NOT be able to control.  This is almost inevitably include wizards, witches, ghosts, demons, and all manner of beasts.  Parents might delude themselves, thinking "Well, I'll take them out early, before it's dark, and that way they won't see the older kids misbehaving in their horrid costumes."  Oh yeah!?  How do you know?

Don't think that encouraging your children to dress up as St. Dominic or the Crucified Saviour will somehow exonerate you from taking your kids out on such an EVIL night, exposing them to countless neighbourhood kids whose purpose is to extort as much candy as they can so that they can go home and make their belly into a god.

Don't be so in love with the world that you will be blind and inconsistent to the point of saying "Well God DESTROYED NATIONS for doing these things, but I'm sure He wouldn't mind these things if it's only make-believe play time in order to get CANDY for MY KIDS!"  If you to succumb such a thought, especially considering that OCTOBER 31st IS ON THE LORD'S DAY THIS YEAR, then I weep over you as already damned.

1 Thessalonians 5:22: "From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves."

Don't encourage trick or treaters either.  Turn the lights off, or if you have the guts, admonish or rebuke each and every one that comes to your door.

As a side note:  This principle of avoidance obviously applies equally to anything that proposes itself as a form of entertainment (which is what Halloween does) and which also promotes, encourages or makes light or fun of condemned elements such as sorcery, magic, wizardry, witchcraft, etc.

So most anime is off limits to Catholics, as is Harry Potter, Star Wars and the like.  Do you think that continually exposing yourself or your children to things God has marked as abominable is good entertainment?  Do you think you will be able to persevere in virtue and justice if you seek enjoyment in such things?  If so... do you really want to make me weep?

Note: I probably won't actually weep, but rather mournfully lament the loss of your soul, and think you are pretty foolish to lose it for something so stupid.

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