Let your Conscious be MY guide? A Case For Halloween

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During the holiday season, many well meaning Christians start their crusade against Halloween. I respect Christians for following their conscience, after all, Paul, in Romans 14 tells us that we are to discern things not spelled out in the Bible by our conscience. The question is, does the conscience and convictions of another have anything to do with me? Just because apparently the Holy Spirit tells one person not to do something – is that confirmation that one has the right to tell another not to do that thing as well? Many Bible Believing Christians are, in my humble opinion abusing the Holy Spirit and manipulating God to get the world to work by their terms as opposed to seeing the world as it actually is. Is this what Christians are called to do?

Don’t get me wrong, I applaud people for doing what they think is right. We need more people with Godly convictions. Who I am addressing are people who think they are called by the Holy Spirit to condemn and bring light of sin to others because others have a conscience that tells them to do something different than the judger’s.

One of the most damaging teaching I see in Christianity is; if my freedom gets in the way of your freedom I should abstain from following MY conscience and instead follow yours. These teachers would have you believe that I am responsible for knowing your conviction and worse yet, I am responsible to follow your convictions as opposed to mine! The passage that seems to confirm this teaching is Romans 14, which clearly states:

If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.

The previous passage seems to contradict the former passage for it states:

The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.

It seems to me that we have a bona fide contradiction! One passage states not to judge people based on what they feel is right and then the next says that you are not free to act based on your convictions. Is the Bible inaccurate? Of course not! Perhaps we need to look at the tone and context of the passage to find out what Paul is teaching instead of reading one apparent proof text and then closing our minds. The passage is talking of harmony amongst the church. Paul is stating that people who have more freedom by their convictions are right in acting by such freedom. However, he also says that you need to be sensitive when dealing with people who do not have such freedom. You shouldn’t rub your freedom in their faces or make them participate in something that the Holy Spirit or their own wishes forbids them from doing. Paul is calling for harmony in all things. So does this mean that I should not celebrate Halloween with my family because my friends may be offended? Of course not! It is simply stating that I shouldn’t rub my freedom in their faces. I shouldn’t tell these people that they are sinning by NOT celebrating Halloween. My freedom is my freedom and their freedom is theirs. Live and let live. Live in harmony even though there is disagreement. Some would have you believe that harmony and agreement are the same thing. They are not. If you are wrong, but I choose not to get into a dispute over it, you are still wrong even though we are living in harmony. Essentially Paul is telling us to pick our battles. Sometimes it is better to the lose the battle but to save the soul.

Those that believe that one is responsible to follow another’s convictions seem to be missing that the forbidden judgment Paul is speaking of goes both ways. It seems to me that when someone says I am wrong for celebrating on Halloween when the Bible, the church and my conscience say otherwise; these people are breaking the very thing Paul is speaking of. When someone tells me that my family shouldn’t carve pumpkins, or go dress up in costume that I am breaking GODS law; that they, not me, are sinning and for this I have every right if not an obligation to judge. Frankly, Paul starts out the passage by telling people who unfairly judge others based on their freedom as having weaker faith. In other words the person with the greater conviction – Showed in the passage as only eating vegetables – has a weaker faith. Yet I, with more freedom, am felt to be the one with no faith in GOD and his Word.

Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

With that said, we are bound by certain laws. The Law of Nature (general revelation), The Law of the Land (statutory law) and The Law of Special Revelation (the Bible). The question is, does a Christian who is celebrating on Halloween breaking any of these laws? If so, those judging have every right to take a stand against those that are sinning. However before taking the stand they first are told to remove the plank from their own eye and to insure they are following the truth and not just superstition. It is obvious that statutory and natural laws are not broken by the celebration, Halloween Isn’t illegal and it doesn’t defy the laws of physics, or mathematics. So the only law in question that might be broken is Gods Special Revelation – The Word. What does the bible and those champions for it have to say about Halloween?

The Bible makes no mention of Halloween. As long as we are not honoring or worshiping other gods (which could include candy), it seems apparent that the Bible is silent. So what did the early church have to say about the issue? A little history of the day will answer this question.

Halloween definitely has a pagan past that started sometime in the early history of the Celts. The Celts celebrated the day as a thank you to there 300 plus Gods at the beginning and end of summer (November 1st being the end of summer)..

The holiday went through several transformations by the conquering Romans before the influence from the Christians sometime in the 7th Century changed it’s meaning dramatically. Pope Boniface IV introduced All Saints Day to replace the pagan Festival of the Dead. All Saints Day, celebrated on November 1st , was deliberately placed there to hijack the pagan day for Christ. The word Halloween is the informal name for All Hallows Eve. The word hallow means saints. So translated, Halloween means, Eve of the Saints! Obviously the early church didn’t have any trouble masking a former pagan holiday with a Christian one. Several hundred years later, Martin Luther didn’t seem to have an issue with the day either when, in 1517, he posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church. This event is formally recognized as the start of the Christian Reformation (at least in Germany). October 31st is commonly known as Reformation Day, the start of the very religious movement that many mistaken Christians think is the Demon’s Day. One could make the argument that there is no more important day in America than the 31st of October as we would not be worshiping freely had Martin Luther not decided to take a stand against the Catholic Church.

I think I have successfully built a case that October 31st is not a pagan day, but I must concede that Halloween is definitely full of troubling things. The biggest issue I have with Halloween is the fact that people make light of very real demonic themes. We have Halloween to blame for the cute little devil with the red suite and pitchfork. The Devil is a real threat and I choose not make him into a cartoon character. So there are major problems with Halloween, and we should be conscious of this fact. Devil worshipers use the day to sacrifice to the Devil. Witches use the day to worship the Pantheistic spirits, and many teenage kids use it as a day to be destructive of personal property. I was even a victim of robbery on Halloween several years ago.

The fact is, Halloween is full of very confused people doing some very demonic things. It is clear that the Prince of this World has hijacked Halloween. So what does Jesus tell us about dealing with the lost world? Did he tell us to close our blinds, shut our doors, turn off our lights and pout? Or did he tell us to be the shining light of the world? To show the confused the way of truth? The truth that will set the world free? It seems to me that Jesus never teaches us to turn away from a fight. He may have said not to fight back (this is debatable), but he never said to run It seems that Jesus would rather Christian’s homes and Churches become a refuge for confused pagans and destructive teenagers, than a place of protest.

So instead of protesting Halloween, so that the devil might successful hijack OUR day. Why not use the holiday as a way of reaching the world. Why not carve a cross and dove into a pumpkin? Why not give out candy with a religious theme or literature? Why not host or support a party at the local church that gives the children a safe place to have fun? Or why not just have a smile on your face when you answer the door? Sometimes being a loving neighbor is all that it takes to make people realize that not all of us are religious freaks and perhaps there is some truth to the way we live. This says a lot more than being the only dark house on the block. I personally do not choose to protest the day. I do not choose to potentially sacrifice one soul to the devil when I could have been a shining light by simply opening my door to another and doing what’s right. I would feel horrible if one child dies by a drunk driver while walking the streets getting candy when the child could have been safely playing at a Christian Halloween party. I would be devastated if a child dies of poison candy because there is no more Christian spirit left in the world only Christian protest.

Every day an average of 80 people are murdered in the US. It seems to me that the Devil has a hold on just about every day of the year. Should we never leave the houses because we live in an evil world? Are we called to hide our heads in the sand? If so the Devil has already won! If the church would just decide to, like Martin Luther did in the 1500’s, become the shining light in the world, the murder rate would go down and the streets would become safer. Our desire to separate ourselves from the world in a destructive way makes us as much to blame for the world’s problems as those who are committing the crimes. We are called to be the light of the world, and this light can shine in a Jack-O-Lantern just as nicely as anywhere else.

JUST ONE MAN’S OPINION…

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    • Faith Woodard
    • October 17th, 2007

    Exactly.

    • schooloffish
    • October 17th, 2007

    Here’s a link to a nice Blog on evangelizing with pumpkins. My wife found it and thought I was appropriate.

    http://reneeswope.blogspot.com/2007/10/i-love-fall-my-kids-love-it-because-it.html

  1. It’s very popular and so does Satan appear to be. If you believe in that everlasting hell hoax then that’s where they are bound

  2. what is the meanung of salvery in plain language please ive been reading your writings but im not comprahending it .. thank you very much lynn

      • schooloffish
      • January 27th, 2009

      I will respond to this via email

    • Alan Rudnick
    • October 31st, 2009
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