Primary Bible passage: 1 Corinthians 8
Secondary passage: Acts 17:16-33
Focus Verse: Acts 15: 28-29
"For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well."
Okay, so I’m a bit of Halloween Scrooge. Bah- Humbug! Several Christian bloggers try to justify taking part in on All Hallow’s Eve, but I don’t accept their misinformed logic. All Hallow’s Eve is the night before All Saint’s Day. It is the one time a year presumed by modern day witches to be when the veil between life and death is at it’s thinnest. Ancient Druids and Celts used scary costumes and Jack-o-Lanterns to “scare evil spirits away”. Now do you understand my comment in the previous blog post about demons rolling around on the floor howling in laughter at us? The Catholic church, under Pope Gregory, moved All Souls' Day to November 2 to include, not only those martyred, but also all of the saints who passed on. It was moved from from the May 13 date which was declared by Pope Boniface only honoring martyrs.The Celts blurred their pagan practices with the Catholic observance of celebrating the dead, which became All Hallow's Eve. Many believe it was a way the Church's used to reach people who didn’t go to church back then, but their Halloween doesn't resemble what we practice today.
Any way you choose to view it, it really has nothing to do with anything godly. It also has nothing to do with the meat sacrificed to idols passage in 1 Corinthians 8, anymore than participating in a yoga class with all it’s religious garb. In Acts 15:28-29, the Council of Antioch wished to clear up some confusion about how the Gentile Christians should integrate with the Jewish Christians. They were told there should not be an undue burden on them, but to avoid meat sacrificed to idols,the blood, anything that was strangled, and to stay away from sexual immorality. Very simple. The Gentile Christians had some issues with their consciences and eating the meat sacrificed to idols because they grew up with it. The Jewish Christians did not. Neither group was to participate in the rituals! For us today, we do need to be careful what we do, whether it be to participate in Halloween as it is, or do yoga or tai chi; we need to avoid pagan practices (i.e. Wiccan and Celtic religious practices). We live in a post-Christian world today. By staying away from doing these things, we are less likely to be drawn to religious practices which will pull us away from God and damage our witness.
Acts 17:16-33 you will see that Paul recognized the people of Athens were religious. They even acknowledged an Unknown God, just so they didn't leave any god out. Paul didn't participate in their idol worship, but he did find a common point to share Christ with people -- the Unknown God. Since All Hallow's Eve is the night before All Saint's Day, November 1st now, we can take the time to honor those in the Christian faith for their loyalty to Jesus Christ by thanking God for the legacy of faith we learned from them. We can also appreciate Fall and the wonderful bounty of produce we have, while keeping our faith in tact.Now, if you look at the Mars Hill passage in
I do realize not everyone is a Scrooge about it like me. There are some different ways to approach the Harvest time without caving in to Halloween trappings. First understand what Halloween is and is not. Second, find something valuable from the season to enjoy:
You can honor God during Halloween and have a fun time during this Fall season. May God bless you!
For other reading:
Wikkipedia on Samhain
Answers in Genesis
Focus on the Family
Simply do this Google search: halloween thin veil between worlds to find out more from pagan viewpoints. I refuse to link to their blog posts and websites. You will be shocked at what you learn.