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Featured SHOULD CHRISTIANS CELBRATE HALLOWEEN?

Discussion in 'Christian Philosophy & Ethics' started by One Of The Elect, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. I would give up Halloween.

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  2. I would not give up Halloween

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    22.5%
  1. One Of The Elect

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    With Halloween quickly approaching I was wondering if Christians should celebrate it?
    Do you know its origin?
    Does it glorify darkness as far as what you see in media and television?
    Does it break the first commandment?, " Thou shalt not have strange gods before me".
    When people say it is just make believe, does this mean that Satan does not have creative entertainment? Is Halloween the imaginative entertainment of the jezebel spirit?
    Is it a pagan celebration of darkness?
    Are we called to be of the light?​
     
  2. rockytopva

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    I would prefer all-hallows, or all saints day, on November first.

    I don't do Halloween.
     
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  3. Hammster

    Hammster You turn on any of my crew, you turn on me. Staff Member Administrator Supporter

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    Define “celebrate”.
     
  4. JCFantasy23

    JCFantasy23 In a Kingdom by the Sea Staff Member Administrator Supporter CF Senior Ambassador Angels Team

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    I can't answer the poll since the way it's phrased makes it sound like if you celebrate Halloween, you're doing it against Christ like it's something that should be given up in the first place if you're "serious about your faith."

    Most holidays have a questionable or downright awful origin, but Halloween today has turned into a positive way people take a break from the mundane life routine. My friend and I will be going to the Polk Theatre, which is an incredible place, to watch a movie and show deal on Halloween. I'm going to a "Haunted Trail" event Saturday to fit into the season where they make a fake village and two trails with actors. Previous years I've attended parties with friends. I don't see anything wrong about any of this.
     
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  5. Living Soul

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    Yup. Halloween isn't a holiday anymore since it really has nothing to do with Christ. If you partake in some of the original traditions of Halloween set forth by the Church, then I see no reason not to celebrate.

    Just don't dress your misbehaving kids up as John Snow, Yoda, or Gollum and parade them around my neighborhood looking for a hand-out, all while taking thousands of unnecessary and sometimes inappropriate selfies.
     
  6. NothingIsImpossible

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    More and more celebrate it every year as if its no big deal. This is why the church is failing when it comes to teaching parents what is right and wrong to do. Even pastors are becoming ok with halloween. Or they give it a diffrent name and have something at the church. Which doesn't mean anything at all, your still celebrating the day whether you want to accept it or not. I do realize they usually give in because of kids whining until they get their way, which is another aspect of the church not teaching the parents to discipline their kids right.

    I don't even talk about halloween anymore because people get mad about it, especially on this forum. They would rather side with the devil because it makes them feel good about themselves and it makes their kids feel good. Which is exactly what the devil wants "Just do it this year, its ok. Your kids will be happy and you will feel happy! You want your kids to be happy right?".
     
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  7. One Of The Elect

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    May the Lord bless you, may His light always shine upon you! Thank you for your honest response in Christ. It is refreshing. I butt heads all the time with people of all denominations. And most are as you said.
     
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  8. Phil 1:21

    Phil 1:21 Well-Known Member

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    Halloween? You mean there's another holiday on October 31st?

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. tulc

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    I look at Halloween as just one more pagan redeemed by Jesus. :wave:
    tulc(just like this pagan was redeemed by Him) :)
     
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  10. Kenny'sID

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    Yeah, "celebrate" as in trick or treat and all the traditional Halloween stuff.

    For me, if I had a family and had done that all my life, then became Christian or as a Christian, realized what was really going on, I'd dump it and maybe fill it in with something more fun, like a theme park, pizza out, anything to take away the sting, and make em think "Who needs Halloween anyway?" :)

    That after a sincere talk to help them understand. If it was just me, I'd just stop, and if I needed the reward, fine.
     
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  11. JCFantasy23

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    I found it interesting reading how Halloween was affected positively by Christianity and helped convert others - here's one article Christian History of Halloween

    "Many scholars agree that the commemoration of saints on November 1 first originated in Ireland, spread from there to England, and then to the continent of Europe with the rise of Christianity. By the ninth century, the Roman Catholic Church adopted the Celt’s Halloween tradition and Pope Gregory IV sent out an official letter of notification urging that Halloween be observed in harmony with All Saints Day throughout the Roman Empire. "

    It was something turned from negative origins into positive.
     
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  12. Anguspure

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    Celebrate: abstaining from marriage and sexual relations, typically for religious reasons.
     
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  13. Hammster

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    I don’t think that’s correct.
     
  14. seeking.IAM

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    Halloween can merely be a fun holiday, unless you have some evil construct in your mind of what Halloween is or represents. For most people it means dressing up in costumes, consuming candy, bobbing for apples, drinking cider, and having fun. There is nothing evil about that, unless you make it that way.

    I didn't vote in the poll, which doesn't seem to go with the theme of the narrative content of the original post.
     
  15. Phil 1:21

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    So the first 22 years of my life were one big party?
     
  16. One Of The Elect

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    Not true, you have this backward, the RCC instituted All Saints day to combat the pagan explosion of followers of this demonic celebration. Samhain( pronounced - sow-in) Was the lord of darkness and was the the highest worshiped in Celtic belief. The Celtics 2000 yrs. ago in the area known today as Ireland celebrated the days of darkness- fall is the beginning when the days of light are shortened and darkness is longer.
    The worship of Samhain included: food, animal and human sacrifice. Skulls of victims whether human or animal were left out with a candle in them to direct the spirits of the dead away from Samhain who pursued them. The people hoped the blood sacrifice given would satisfy the demon and he would let the dead rest. The food sacrifice and other gifts of the harvest were to satisfy the spirits of darkness to prevent mischief that the pagans believed was from these spirits. This evolved into Halloween or Hallowe'en .

    The pumpkin came to represent the skull of the victim. The trick or treat derives from the acceptable gift of the giver to prevent an ill response from the demon. On this day people do as the ancients did. Glorify the dead and the spirits of darkness and entertain lying spirits. The Celtics also dressed as the spirit of the dead and performed ritual dances to communicate with spirits.

    However, unless you are into the occult and witchcraft , the only death occurring is the dying of the light of the soul. To most this does not seem problematic. People use every excuse possible to try and justify its celebration. Somethings are elementary and people know the Christian view of it is right. Anyone with eyes and commonsense can see what is being glorified on Halloween. Denial does not make it something it is not. Why do you think Halloween is the witches and those of the occult's" HIGH DAY". It is their day as Dec.24 is to Christians. Except Satan is glorified.

    Rev.3:15-16 " I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth." The entwining of pagan with Christianity is not true Christianity and people are only fooling themselves . Celebrating Halloween is another type of lukewarmness that Christ hates. You do not have to agree, but I will not censor the truth of God's Word for popular opinion.
     
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  17. Phil 1:21

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    I seriously want this on my front porch.
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  18. Audacious

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    I'd give up Halloween for Jesus if I thought it was necessary.

    I don't, however. It's just a fun holiday where people watch scary movies and sometimes wear fun costumes. Nobody takes it seriously and that's how it should be.
     
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  19. JCFantasy23

    JCFantasy23 In a Kingdom by the Sea Staff Member Administrator Supporter CF Senior Ambassador Angels Team

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    It's not something I've done indepth research on, so your facts may be right over mine on origin

    Either way I see nothing wrong with the way the holiday is celebrated now
     
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  20. Anguspure

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    I don't know, better ask the Pope.
     
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