In this blog I wanted to discuss this false occult based holiday for children as well as for many adults who partake in this costume filled day, known as Halloween. We did find this comment to be a very interesting aspect from the perspective point of Anton LaVey. I do NOT condone LaVey nor promotion of his falseness which he stood for. However this comment made by him is truly mind opening thus causing this blog to be made.
Many people both Christian and non-Christian in our secular society today believe Halloween is nothing more than a harmless festival of dressing up in fun costumes which allows our children to collect candy. But is this act of dressing up that simple and innocent? The origins of Halloween lie deeply rooted in the occult realm and Christians should stay away.
I am about to lay out to you the reader as to why if you profess to be a Christian, which means that you profess the Lord Jesus Christ in your heart and off of your lips, then you shouldn't partake in an occult and pagan holiday, especially Halloween. Doing a simple google search you can find any amount of data pertaining to this pagan day.
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the New Year (November 1), the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 the Celts celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Now as you know the Bible clearly denounces Ghosts, which are nothing more than Demons. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween. On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III (731–741) later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1.
Here are several reasons as to why a Christian should not partake with any aspect such as Halloween or even cause for celebration of this date which I shall lay out for you to understand better.
A. The date of October 31st is known as "The Festival of the Dead." Where the Celtic tribes and their priests and the Druids celebrated this day as a marker for the change from life to death.
B. Today Halloween is presented to those adherents of witchcraft who use the night for their rituals. Witches celebrate Halloween as the "Feast of Samhain," which is the first feast of the witchcraft year. Being a festival of the dead, Halloween is a time when the pagan witches attempt to communicate with the dead through various forms of divination.
C. Christians are not be involved with occultic practice or divination. God command against divination in Deuteronomy 18.
D. Some occultists believe Halloween is a time of ‘transition’ between life and death. Some occult practitioners attempt divination and believe you can learn the secrets of life and wisdom by Laying down on a grave and listening for any messages from the deceased.
E. Occultists have also taught that spirits and ghosts leave the grave during this night and would seek out warmth in their previous homes. Villagers, fearful of the possibility of being visited by the ghosts of past occupants, would dress up in costumes to scare these spirits away. They would also leave food and other treats at their door to appease theses spirits so they would not destroy their homes or crops but instead move on down the road. That is the real reason to this day why kids dress up in costumes today and go door-to-door seeking treats.
F. Occultists also would try to scare away the spirits by carving a scary face into a pumpkin. This visage would hopefully move the spirit on to another home or village and spare that home from destruction. Sometimes the villagers would light a candle and place it within the pumpkin and use it as a lantern (hence the name, Jack-o-Lantern). Hence, the origin of carving pumpkins at Halloween.
G. In some witchcraft covens, the closing ritual includes eating an apple or engaging in fertility rites. In the Bible (Genesis 3), eating a piece of fruit brought sin and death into the world. In witchcraft, eating an apple is symbolic of bringing life. The practice of bobbing for apples blends together two pagan traditions: divination and the fertility ritual. Many Christians do NOT know this aspect.
H. The schools especially here in the U.S are removing any religious significance from Christmas (often called winter break) and Easter (spring break). Do you find it ironic that most public schools still celebrate Halloween even though it stems from occultic origins?
I. Participating in Halloween sanctions a holiday which promotes witches, devils, conjuring of spirits/divination, haunted houses and many other occultic practices. Just because people say ‘oh it's innocent fun’ so is this just innocence but is promoting Witchcraft? If Lord Jesus Christ stood next to you would you proudly profess let's go do these acts together?
So hopefully now you have a better understanding as to why Christians should not partake or have anything to do Halloween because it’s far more than ‘innocent fun’ just gathering candy and wearing costumes.
Rev. Bradley Luoma, Exorcist