Friday, October 30, 2009

Trick OR Treat? Halloween Is NOT All Hallows' Eve

It's Halloween...Trick or Treat?

Fisherguys and Fishergal


Kid at the Macchu Picchu hike in Peru Halloween is a trick word...the word hallow means to make or set apart as holy; to respect or honor greatly; revere.

Historically, All Saints' Day was introduced on May 13 (7th century), but later changed to November 1 in 834 AD, which is the day to honor the saints and martyrs who died for CHRISTianity. The night before is October 31; therefore, All Saint's Eve or All Hallows' Eve (hallows meaning saints).

Kristika, my friend Lata's daughter in Taveuni, FijiToday we observe All Hallows' Eve as Halloween, a festival for the dead which has its roots from pagan tradition -- the Celtic celebration of Samhain. Halloween is certainly NOT about hallowing the dead saints and martyrs.

All Hallows' Eve, a time to commemorate saints and martyrs, is instead marked by wild parties celebrating the wicked dead -- those dead in spirit who delve in the occult, witchcraft, sorcery, devil worship, darkness, wantonness, sexual immorality...

Monique, my niece, in Zambales, PhilippinesSo Halloween has become a time for all of us to be tricked deeper into believing it's just another fun thing to do with the kids...they get the treats...the sweets...who doesn't want free candies?

But we provide the trick...we trick them into believing Halloween is just for fun...just another innocent activity for the young at heart and the young in years. We introduce the sense of the occult to their sponge-like minds...we think nothing's wrong with all this "fun stuff" that's garbed in darkness...dressing up, pretending to be witches and dragons and Harry Potter and monsters and ghosts and goblins...

Little New Yorkers from Long IslandBefore you label me a party-pooper, check out Halloween Origins and Customs by Vic Bilson of Jeremiah Project. As adults we can discern and decide for ourselves what trick or treat with which to feed ourselves...but very young children have not yet learned to discern what is spiritually healthy. They'll eat this trick laced with arsenic if adults show them that it's a sweet treat.

Kid watching a volleyball match in Aitutaki, Cook IslandsAll children are gifts of GOD. JESUS said, It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. (Luke 17:2)

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