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Halloween

Many Christian parents do not allow their children to participate in Halloween activities. Is such a prohibition Biblically sound? Oh yes, indeed it is. Halloween has its origin and basis in evil paganism, which God condemns (see Witches And Sorcerers). Halloween may perhaps best be described by its associated name, Devil's Night.

Evil Wizard The respected and authoritative Encyclopedia Britannica has a startling account about what's behind Halloween:

"Halloween, in medieval times All Hallows Eve, a holy or hallowed evening observed on October 31, the eve of All Saints Day; in modern times, it is the occasion for pranks and for children requesting treats or threatening tricks."

"In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic festival of Samhain was observed on October 31, the end of summer. The date was also the eve of the new year in both Celtic and Anglo-Saxon times and was the occasion for one of the ancient fire festivals when huge bonfires were set on hilltops to frighten away evil spirits. The date was connected with the return of herds from pasture, and laws and land tenures were renewed. The souls of the dead [see What Happens When You Die? and Where Is Your Soul?] were supposed to revisit their homes on this day, and the autumnal festival acquired sinister significance, with ghosts, witches, hobgoblins, black cats, fairies, and demons of all kinds said to be roaming about. It was the time to placate the supernatural powers controlling the processes of nature. In addition, Halloween was thought to be the most favorable time for divinations concerning marriage, luck, health and death. It was the only day on which the help of the devil was invoked for such purposes." (Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition, volume 4, page 862)

And what does God's Word say about participating in activities based on paganism, witchcraft, demons, divination, and "seeking the help of the devil"? From the pages of The Bible:

  • "the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of The Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both The Lord's table and the table of demons." (1 Corinthians 10:20-21 NIV)

  • "Let no one be found among you who... practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to The Lord." (Deuteronomy 18:10-13 NIV)

Fact Finder: Does Satan himself masquerade as "an angel of light"?
2 Corinthians 11:14
See also -
That Old Serpent
Did God Create The Devil?
The Lame Duck
What Does Satan Look Like?
Could Satan Repent?
Why Demons Are Afraid Of You


This Week's Bible Quiz

True or false:

1. Elisha made an iron axhead float.

2. King Ahab was married to Jezebel.

3. Zedekiah was king of Judah when the Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians.

4. The prophet Ezekiel was taken to Babylon along with the rest of the people of Judah after they were conquered by King Nebuchadnezzar.

5. The prophet Daniel was taken to Babylon along with the rest of the people of Judah.

6. John The Baptist baptized for repentance.

7. Satan once quoted verses of the Scriptures to Jesus Christ.

8. Peter and Andrew were the first of the twelve that Jesus called.

9. Peter, Andrew, James and John were all Fishermen.

10. Jesus told The Twelve Apostles to go to the "lost sheep of Israel," not to the Gentiles.

For the answers to this October 31 2000 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page


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