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Thank God for Halloween

 
         Whenever I think of Halloween, my memory immediately goes back to when I was in 3rd grade. I wore a Batman costume. Remember when they made the mask out of the most inexpensive plastic manufactured and it was held on your head by a single rubber band stapled into place? The hole for you to breathe through had to be smaller than the eye of a needle. And, when you arrived at the front door to shout trick or treat you could only muster a muffled attempt at sound. Once I accomplished the goal of attaining the treat, I would lift the mask in order to examine my bounty, only to find that I literally dripped in sweat. I spent most of my evening drying my face and wishing that more neighbors would give the cherished Snickers or M&M’s.
 
         Now that I am all grown up, I’ve traded in my costume for a much more fulfilling Halloween experience; I no longer wear a mask while in costume! Oh yes, I still enjoy the festive occasion of visiting my neighbors in the attempt to attain those Snickers or M&M’s. And, I would say that I (almost) deserve the prized candy whilst donning my Goofy costume. Goofy’s my favorite Disney character because he lives life simply and seems to enjoy himself so much. I know, you’re thinking that someone who’s goofy might not be the smartest in the pack, but you’ve got to admit, as one grows up, we have a real tendency to not allow ourselves to be goofy and enjoy life. So, I choose to wear my mask-less Goofy costume with the awesome hat with ears. I don’t even mind putting on a little make up. But, only once a year will I wear make up!
 
        You may ask yourself,’ Hey, why isn’t this guy taking Halloween more seriously? Doesn’t he know that it is evil?’Yes, I know. I used to be a Satanist. And, I used to take Halloween very seriously. So seriously that I believed the lies that are associated with Halloween.
 
         Anton Szandor LaVey, the founder ofthe Satanic Church in 1966 and proclaimed author of The Satanic Bible was someoneI used to listen to for ‘spiritual’ growth. He stated that after one’s own birthday, the two major satanic holidays are Walpurgisnacht and Halloween. I literally took him at his word. But, how good is his word? His real name is Howard Stanton Levey and he didn’treally even write The Satanic Bible. He came up with a much more theatrical name and plagiarized the works of Ragnard Redbeard, John Dee and Ayn Rand. (Moreinformation on ‘who’ Anton LaVey actually was can be found @www.refugeministries.cc /blog/ )
 
         LaVey states what Halloween is in TheSatanic Bible, but he never gave a reason for it being a major holiday. Nor did he ever give a method of observingsuch a major holiday for the Satanist. The Satanist who follows LaVey’steachings is left without direction. One is left on his own. I bring all ofthis up about LaVey because I have read and heard too many Christians stating that Halloween is evil because they take LaVey at his word. I’ve learned my lesson. I no longer listen to Mr. Howard Stanton Levey.
 
         So, what is Halloween all about? Many have heard unsubstantiated reports of Halloween beginning with the ancient Druids. Truth be told, we know very little about the Druids. We do know that ancient civilizations were prone to superstitions. And superstition from early pagan civilizations is primarily where we get the belief that the veil between the living and the dead is most thin on the eve of October 31st. Because of this false belief, many pagans participated in condemning practices. We know this. We know that witches of old and today build bonfires for reasons that God Himself condemns. We know that ‘bobbing’ for apples was used as a means of divination. Again, divination is a condemned practice Deuteronomy 18:10.  We know there are a lot of things going on at Halloween that we need not participate in like the lies and superstitions about Halloween.
 
        As a Christian, my life is to honor and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. And, the way I do that is by knowing the Truth. Jesus promised me that knowing the truth would set me free. The truth sets one free of lies. And lies, when acted upon, result in bondage.That’s exactly what occurs in pagan civilizations; both ancient and today. They do not have revealed truth. But, the Christian does. We’re not left ‘in the dark’ seeking hidden knowledge. God has revealed Himself in His Son and the Bible.
 
         God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.Colossians 1:13-14
 
         I simply love that verse and live its truth. I’m not to be dominated by darkness especially in my mindset.Satan is no more active on Halloween than any other day of the year, yet so many of us allow ourselves to be dominated by fear; for no reason.  Enjoy Halloween! How? By being free! I know that the theme of death surrounds the celebration of Halloween. I know that the activities of Halloween had pagan beginnings. I know that there are even criminally minded occultists that do very evil things on Halloween. But, that doesn’t nullify the reality that we are not to be dominated by all of this. We can celebrate life, instead of death. We can participate in activities, without compromising our Christian faith. Let me explain this one; ‘bobbing’ for apples may have been used as a means of divination, but when I bob, I’m not divining anything. I’m simply attempting to get an apple out of the water without drowning! I’m playing and enjoying myself; free from the pagan practice. And,since there may be criminally minded occultists out there doing very evil things on Halloween, I as a Holy Spirit filled Christian, should be out there doing very Godly things.
 
         What are you going to be doing to celebrate Halloween? I plan to be Goofy, enjoy life, God and participate in a Godly manner sharing the love of God with the pagans.
 
 
 

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Neil on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:21 PM
I love this blogpost regarding Halloween. It is so refreshing to hear a balanced and true perspective! I agree with everything you said. In my neighborhood, unfortunately, there are not many children and on Halloween, very few trick-or-treaters - it really seems to be a dying (he,he -no pun intended) tradition. But what I have done and continue to do is to put bags of candy together with one of Ron Wheeler's most excellent tracts to give to those who come. I also do several pumpkin carvings - your typical 'scary' ones and then always a cross. Anyway, thanks again for the encouraging words.
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Jeff on Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:53 PM
Thanks for the comment, Neil. I think maybe too many of us run from the darkness. But, light shines in darkness.....let's be an influence and overcome evil with good. Be blessed


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