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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

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Why Christians should not participate in Halloween: Part 3

Wicca’s High Holy Day

One of Satan’s greatest tools is ignorance. Halloween is a holiday that thrives on ignorance, on the fact that people don’t want to know what it really is. They want to have their fun. It can be hard to believe, the atrocities committed on the night of October 31st, but they happen, and no matter what people may tell you, this is real.

Wicca is all too present in today’s culture, and Halloween is their high holy day. It’s hard to pick a place to start, because it’s not something that I really want to think about, but all of us as Christians need to be aware of what this holiday is about.

Jeremiah Films made a series called The Pagan Invasion. One volume, Halloween: Trick or Treat is a detailed documentary on Halloween, its past and presence today in our culture.  To my great suprise, I discovered the full film on YouTube.  The whole thing is 48 mins.  Please take the time to watch it.

Warning: These videos contain mature content and are not for young viewers.

All the seemingly innocent symbolism of Halloween – blackcats, snakes, broomsticks, bonfires, “trick or treat,” jack-o’-lanterns, apple dunking and costumes – has its roots in Sorcery, Witchcraft and Satanism. Parents’ responsibilities are challenged to decide whether to allow their children to participate in celebrations which glorify Pagan Occultism.

This highly informative video traces the pagan origins and history of Halloween. The Pagan Occult calendar of Druids, Witches, Pagans and Satanists marks Halloween as one of their highest “holy days.” This video uncovers the mystic Druidic rites and ceremonies with which “Samhain” (Halloween) was originally observed 4,000 years ago. The occult rituals seen in this video are real and not re-enactments.

The DVD features Chuck Smith, Caryl Matrisciana and Hal Lindsey, as well as a number of Witches, Satanists, and Law Enforcement Officials.

(quote from Jeremiah Films Halloween: Trick or Treat internet page)

Why Christians should not participate in Halloween (Part 1)  (Part 2)

Why Christians Should Not Participate in Halloween: Part 2

After some of the responses I received from part one, I feel there are some things I need to clear up before I go into the rest of this series.

First off: If you are a Christian, and you celebrate Halloween, I am not condemning you and claiming you are worshipping Satan by participating in Halloween. That’s not was I was saying. I was merely trying to show the truth and speak the message that God had laid on my heart. I’m not judging you or pointing fingers, I’m acting on my own convictions. These articles are meant to educate, not judge. My family use to celebrate Halloween, but once we learned the truth we quit and no longer participate. All I’m asking is that you conceder what I have to say and pray about it. I encourage you to research it for yourself. Search in your Bible, seek God’s guidance in this issue.

Second: I’m talking about the origins of Halloween, NOT Christmas, or any other holiday that originated from pagan traditions. Yes, I know Christmas sprang from the Roman celebration of Saturnalia, a pagan festival that stuck around even after Christmas was made Christian holiday. Here is the point I wanted to make. Halloween originated from the Druid’s summers end festival and was a high point in Satan worship. It STILL is that today. Christmas originated as a pagan festival of violence and crimes, but today, it is the time we celebrate the birth of Christ regardless of when he was actually born.

I bring you back to Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth. Yes there are “pagan” elements involved in a modern cultural celebration, but it is still CHRISTmas, about Jesus Christ. This holiday, as a day set aside to remember Christ’s coming to earth as our savior, reflects the truth, virtue, purity and loveliness Philippians 4:8 talks about. Halloween may not be an open celebration to Satan, and if you don’t believe it is celebrating Satan at all, then look at what it is putting our focus on – zombies, witches, werewolves, vampires, death – there is nothing in this holiday that embodies Philippians 4:8. That detail in and of itself is a reason why Christians should not participate in Halloween.

All Hallows Day/All Saints Day

The name “Halloween” was not given to the day until the 16th century. It was a variation of the Scottish name “All-Hallows-Eve”, the night before “All Hallows Day”. All Hallows Day was also known as “Solemnity for the Saints”, or “All Saints Day”, the Roman Catholic holiday celebrated on November 1st in honor of the saints. Though these two holidays fall at the same time and even share a name; they are not to be confused.

In my opinion, putting All Saints Day on October 31st was an act by the Roman Catholic Church in an effort to cover up the Druid holiday with a “Christian” one, much like what they tried to do with putting another day for the saints (Saint Valentine’s Day) over a Roman festival (Lupercalia).

Reformation Day, the day Martin Luther pinned the 95 Theses to the church door also falls on October 31st. This has become a Christian substitute for the satanic themed Halloween.

Some might consider these holidays as “Christianized” versions of Halloween, but they have nothing in common.
For Christians looking for a clean, Christ centered substitute for the holiday of Halloween, I would encourage you to look into the history of Reformation Day and why Martin Luther wrote the 95 Theses and what it said.

In part 3 of this series I will be posting videos of a documentary made by Jeremiah Films called “Halloween: Trick or Treat.” In this film, they go into detail the history behind Halloween and Halloween today. They interview former Satanists who have become Christians, and Satanists who are still active in their cults and ask them about their own Halloween experiences. This film was made to show Christians the truth concerning Halloween with real people and their real life experiences on this day. NOTE: These videos are not for young viewers and are difficult to watch.

Here is the trailer for what’s up next. Take a look at their website. http://www.jeremiahfilms.com/beta/

Missed “Why Christians should not participate in Halloween: Part 1”?  Click here to read.

Why Christians should not participate in Halloween: Part 1

It’s October.  We’re seeing costumes and creepy decorations in the stores. It’s that time of year again.

Witches, werewolves, spiders, tombstones, skeletons and ghosts, vampires, zombies, the undead, the scarier the better; what is it about day that is so attractive? Is it the candy? The costumes? Being allowed to stay out after dark? Shouldn’t we think very hard about the obvious theme of evil, death and horror before we decided to let young children participate? Shouldn’t we as Christians look at what the Bible says about such things and research for ourselves the history behind Halloween before choosing go trick-or-treating, carve ghoulish faces in pumpkins, and dress in terror themed costumes? The night of Halloween seems to be nothing but a night of costume parties, sugary goodies and fun, but how many Christian really know what this holiday is all about?

In the past, when I’ve spoken with Christians who participate in Halloween, most were surprised when I explained to them the meaning behind Jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating. It makse me sad how fellow Christians can overlook this holiday as mere fun for children. Even if you try and talk to some Christians about what Halloween really is, most won’t believe you and shrug it off, thinking what you are telling them to be exaggerated recollections of old traditions long dead. The origin of Halloween, plus the festivities that go on behind the scenes of this dark night might seem like mere ghosts of the past to some, but the reality of the holiday and what it truly is cannot, and must not be overlooked.

As you read this, please know that this was written from my heart. God has called me as a Christian to represent Him here on the earth and to shine the light of His truth in the darkest places. He has placed on my heart a deep desire to share this truth with you and it is by His grace alone that I write this. Even now I can feel the enemy laughing at me, mocking at my small effort to spread this truth that I feel so deeply. If you are one who disagrees with what I am about to say, please stop, pray, and ask for God to give you an open heart. This cannot be taken lightly. The presence of Halloween illustrates the hold that Satan has over this culture. But God is bigger, and it is in His name that I come before you.

Origins:

Halloween originated as the Druid holiday of Samuin (pronounced sow-in or sow-an). It meant “Summer’s End”. It was believed by the Druids that on this day the divide between the world of the living and the world of the dead was at its thinnest. Halloween night was a night when spirits, damned souls of the dead, would leak into this world or could be called up by those who sought their power. On the eve of this day, pumpkins or skulls with candles in them would be placed by front doors to show the spirits who passed by that night, that those who lived within were sympathetic to Satan. (Jack-o-lanterns are a representation of demonic faces.) These symbols would protect the residents of the house and they would receive mercy from the spirits and trick-or-treaters on their Halloween rounds.

Trick-or-treating began in ancient Celtic practices. People would leave or give food (i.e. treats) in return for blessings from spirits of the dead. If they failed to supply those treats, the demon would curse them. Hence the term, “trick or treat”. The Druids also believed that black cats were reincarnations of evil spirits and possessed great powers.

Druids worship Satan. Halloween is the holiday of Satan. The night was (and still is) a very important night to the Druid cultist. Rituals that included sacrifices to Satan, meditation to contact spirits of the dead, and demonic encounters, were done as part of the Halloween customs.

This isn’t just a history on where Halloween came from; this is still what Halloween is today. The only thing that has changed is this; it’s now covered up. The cultists who celebrate Halloween want you to think that the old ways are all in the past. They don’t sacrifice, they don’t call up spirits, and today’s Halloween celebrations are all very friendly and non-violent. Not true!  The practices of the past are the practices of today.

The Bible says:

“And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and the perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2

“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, [A spirit who acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard.] neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 19:31

“And the soul that turned after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring [seek] after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.” Leviticus 20:6

Halloween is NOT a fun kid’s holiday.  The dressing up in ghoulish costumes, carving Jack-o-lanterns, and going trick-or-treating means allot more than people think it does.  The “fun” is just a thin cover up for the satanic events that go on Halloween night.  By participating in Halloween we as Christian are conforming to the traditions of the world and blinding ourselves to the truth behind the real celebrations.  No, it’s not something we may like or even want to talk about, but it needs to be said.  Halloween, in any form, is evil and should not be celebrated by Christians.

Philippians 4:8 tells us, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Halloween is definitely NOT true, honest, just, pure, lovely or of good report. It has no virtue or anything worth praising. In fact, it is the opposite of these, so, why are we celebrating it?

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