Ghosts, Goblins, and Spirits; Oh My!

~ Ephesians 5:11 (NIV84) ~~  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.




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Today is Halloween.  As modern-day Christians it can sometimes put us in a bit of a dilemma.  On one hand we know the Bible says we are not to partake of such celebrations.  On the other hand, try explaining that to your child who just would like to go out Trick or Treating with their friends to have fun. 

“Awww, but Mom... All My Friends are Doing it?”
Saying “No” to your kids is never easy even when you know it’s for their own good.  Some Christians say “Yes, but no scary costumes”.  Others, simply skip over the questionable parts and take part in the whole shindig hoping that God or their other Christian friends won’t notice. 

Halloween comes from a history of pagan harvest celebrations and the beginning of the Season of Darkness.   People have always worshiped other idols, which breaks the Ten Commandments.  We make gods out of people labeling them ‘celebrities’ and ‘entertainers’.   We go to great lengths to scare ourselves even to the point of making movies for the purpose of scaring each other.  Crimes and gore are revered.  Characters like Freddy, Jason, and Chucky are turned into screen stars. 

You Can’t Worship both God and Satan
Many people today even go as far as attempting to connect with ghosts and spirits in the real world.  I watched a TV show recently about paranormal investigations.  It made me wonder about people in general.  Why do some believe in the bad side (to the extent of trying to connect with it) and not conclude that therefore the good side must also be true?  They are quickly willing to accept the demons but don’t want to accept the idea of Jesus.  Why?  My own basic common sense says that there is a flip side to everything.  Where there’s good there’s bad.  Where there’s summer there’s winter.  Where there’s dogs there’s cats.  Where there’s God (and He is everywhere) there’s Satan trying to lead us astray.  1 Corinthians10:21 says 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 demonsEphesians 5:11 says Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

Jesus is the Light
And, He’s not just a season here and there like those in the season of darkness.  Jesus is forever.  You can live forever too if you celebrate Jesus and not Freddy Kruger and his fan club.  2 Corinthians 4:4 says In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  Don’t be blinded by the darkness, when you have the option of walking out into the Light where there’s blessings waiting for you that no one else can offer you; blessings beyond your wildest dreams.  I promise you that no ghost, goblin, spirit, or false idol can replace the one and only real and living God. 

Let’s Pray
 ~~ Dear God ~~  Wonderful, loving Father.  There are so many times during so many occasions when I want so much to participate in worldly activities even though I know it's wrong.  Thank you for the forgiveness that I have received through Jesus.  Please help me to always choose You in every situation, and help me to always be happy and thankful with those choices.  In Jesus name, AMEN.

Now It’s Your Turn
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39 comments :

  1. Amen! Good thoughts and excellent Scriptures. Kim from SP

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  2. SPARKLINGDREAMSOctober 31, 2012

    Thank you for sharing your article, as a Christian I appreciated reading that today.

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    1. Thank you very much. Thanks for reading and for the feedback. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  3. Amen! Amen!

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    2. Jesus is key to victory! Thank you for your blog post! Love it and I share your view. HUGS Jenny

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  4. You are so right put most Christians do not want to hear that All pagan parts is seen as a bad sin in gods eyes

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    1. Thank you very much. Thanks for reading and for the feedback. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  5. WINNIE-POOHOctober 31, 2012

    Great message Hugs

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  6. This really "hit the nail on the head". The kids in my neighborhood call us "The Grinch House" because we don't hand out candy on Halloween. In my home we celebrate the holidays specified in the Bible not the man made ones that are so popular these days.

    We also don't put up lights for Christmas - Jesus wasn't born in December. Christmas (as well as Easter) was instituted by the "Church Fathers" to make the pagans feel more comfortable and so that they wouldn't miss their spring and winter festivals.

    Food for thought.

    Ruth

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and the great feedback. Keep up your great work in the non-celebrations! LOL Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  7. I admit it: if I have an unfavorite holiday, it's Halloween. I can see the sense in observing All Saints' Day, and I can even understand All Souls' Day, but the sense of Halloween beats me. Having said that, I feel like the Halloween Grinch - but I still only participate on my terms, lol...

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    1. Kasey, it's been a lot of years since I've celebrated Halloween. Even before I was a practicing Christian, I stopped celebrating it. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  9. TEDDYBEARDONNAOctober 31, 2012

    Enjoyed reading your blog and agree with it, but if you have every looked at the history of how trick or treat got started you would find that interesting too maybe. Our pastor many moons ago did an evening sermon on it and I found it interesting. In short many years and years ago after the harvest of pumpkins and other gourds a community decided to carve out faces on them and sent them around to a few homes to show them their work and they were given a small treat. It is just that someone else decided to turn Halloween into something ugly. Just my 2 cents. There are a lot of different stories of how Halloween started and most are ungodly. Again excellent points and scripture. One more comment. For a lot of churches who do things on this day, it is a way to share the gospel with many who might not hear it otherwise. Our church had 3 who accepted Christ because of this outreach.

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    1. I found a few different stories about the history when I went looking for it. I suppose there will always be debates on how it started. Praise God that people have been saved because of that outreach! I pray there will be others as well. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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  10. Very good! I haven't participate in Halloween activities for years. I would rather celebrate Jesus and anything remotely connected to Satan and his evil, dark side.

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    1. Thank you very much. Thanks for reading and for the feedback. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  11. Such simple words for a complex set of circumstances. I am one of the only 2 of us in our building who will not participate in this Hallowed's eve......

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    1. Our building doesn't allow trick or treating at all. I'm happy about that. Thanks for reading. I hope you liked it. Blessings to you. HUG

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  12. PATTYCAKE17October 31, 2012

    As a Christian I don't believe in celebrating Halloween, but during my work years as a recreation therapist I always helped my clients celebrate, and as the president of a handicapped organization, I put on a party because it's something that the others enjoy. We don't "get into it", but dress up, and this year the main event was our Pizza Party luncheon. I think most people just enjoy the fun aspects of the day without really believing"in it" or what it represents. And I ALWAYS have candy for the kids!!Thanks for the opportunity to talk about it.

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    1. Our church throws a costume party with the rule of 'no scary costumes'. They call it a fall family costume party. The youth, when they go out in the neighborhood don't collect candy; they collect food items for the food bank instead. I think it's a good alternative. Thanks for reading and for the feedback. Sounds like you had fun at your pizza party. You can't go wrong with pizza! lol Blessings to you. HUG

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  13. MS_PERCEPTIONOctober 31, 2012

    Thanks for sharing. I know we've always apprecaited having a church that has a party so we can have an alternative where the gospel is presented and kids are encouraged to spend time with their parents and siblings and play games. Such a different atmosphere than the dark, fear-inducing things that others celebrate and/or worship. It's a shame even the schools make it all about the ghosts and witches.
    I'm not sure how it makes any sense to introduce young children to things that produce fear and yet God, whose perfect love casts out fear, is so taboo in the public school. Such is the world we live in.

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    1. Our church throws a costume party with the rule of 'no scary costumes'. They call it a fall family costume party. The youth, when they go out in the neighborhood don't collect candy; they collect food items for the food bank instead. I think it's a good alternative. Thanks for reading and for the feedback. Blessings to you. HUGS

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  14. Thank you.

    We are in the world but "of the world".

    Sunny

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    1. Thank you very much. Thanks for reading and for the feedback. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  15. CASTIRONLADYNovember 04, 2012

    I enjoyed the blog. I no longer have young children but, I did participate in Halloween when they were little. Today I do things differently and while helping with Fall Festivals at church, I don't decorate or display satanic symbols anymore. Now I can do it but then I wasn't a mature enough Christian to say no to a lot of the world's ways.

    Thank God for His continuing walk with me in becoming more like Him.

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    1. Thank you very much. Thanks for reading and for the feedback. Many blessings to you. HUGS

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  16. Thankful I don't have to deal with the little goblins at the door any more.
    We live way out in the country, in the middle of a forest, off of a back road, at the end of a long driveway, behind a gate.

    Never have been a fan of Halloween . . . but would like to tip my hat to Martin Luther for posting his thoughts on that door!
    Thank you

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  17. I'm with you guys, girls...Halloween celebrates Satan in my view and I want nothing to do with it. Fortunately, our Bible study was tonight and I wasn't around for the kids...I also trick or treated as did our kids. I think i'm looked at as a weirdo but PTL! Thanks for sharing all! :-)

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  18. Our church celebrates halloween by cooking soup beans hotdogs chips cookies ect for the neighborhood ! They give out candy and bible story books coloring books and jesus stuff to the kids . All they ask of the church people or kids is to dress in happy outfits. The neighbor hood loves it !

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  19. Lots of churches I visit in Florida sponsor events of "family fun" called Harvest or Fall Festivals and a lot of street signs for "Trunk or Treat" as an alternative to some of the more traditional Trick or Treat gatherings. They still doll up in costumes and give our candy, and I'm not sure if the untrained eye would notice anything different, but I have not as of yet participated. I do know they mean well, as their intention is to offer a quality alternative . . . not to worship a pagen, but to give glory to our Lord and Savior. It is my prayer that the Christian church can find more creative ways to draw in people to hear God's great message. Hug, hug -- (ejoy) Evelyn

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    1. Thanks for sharing. Blessings. HUG

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