Why we should not practice HALLOWEEN

As I was checking my friendster account, the post of Sis Ethel in the bulletin caught my attention, on "Why we should not practice Halloween." Many people blindly celebrating this day not knowing the meaning of what they are doing. So why WE, especially Christians, should not celebrate Halloween?

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Every year, Americans spend over 6.9 billion dollars on Halloween alone. Imagine all the good that could be done with that kind money!

Kids dressed up as witches, ghosts, demons, and other ghoulish creatures yelling out "Trick or Treat!"

Decorations filled with skeletons, vampires, and evil-looking pumpkins.
Parties involving scary stories, horror movies, fortune telling, and haunted houses.
Rebellious teenagers soaping windows, smashing pumpkins, throwing eggs, and vandalizing property.

No one can deny that Halloween is mainly focused on fear, darkness, monsters, the occult and violence. Are these the kinds of things that we should be exposing our children or ourselves to? Paul said that Christians should "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." (Ephesians 5:11) He also wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 that we are to "Keep away from every kind of evil." (New Living Translation)

Halloween is a holiday that glorifies that which is dark, that which is diabolical. The Bible tells us that we have been called out of darkness and into the marvelous light of Christ (1 Peter 2:9). Jesus wants to lift us above the paganism and wickedness of this world (John 17:14-15). How are we to let our lights shine (Matthew 5:14-16) if we are relishing in a custom that promotes darkness? "And what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14). Our delight and meditation should be on that which is pure, lovely, and virtuous (Philippians 4:8).

The Bible is clear: God is opposed to occultish practices (Deuteronomy 18:10-12, Galatians 5:20, Revelation 21:8). You can also read in Acts 19:18-19 about Christians who renounced all dealings with the occult after they accepted Jesus as their Savior.

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