Kingdom Corner: The Supernatural
What does the Bible say about Halloween? What sort of festival is it really and where did it originate? Are Christians forbidden to celebrate it? These questions and more will be answered this week in Kingdom Corner.
Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. The festival is pagan in origin and is still celebrated all over the world by pagans and Wiccans.Here’s a question for you to ponder, if you see that something is sweet and good but has disreputable origins would you follow it? If a piece of candy were sitting in the dirt would you pick it up and eat it? It may look good and yummy to eat, but it is tainted. And so, it is with Halloween. Ghosts, scary movies, the undead, costumes, and parties. They are exactly what the pagans do still today. Trust me; I’m not judging. I’m only asking you as a Christian if you think that this is good for you and your family or not. Whatever you decide is up to you.
What Does the Bible Say?
God speaks very plainly about what He thinks about Christians imitating pagans.
When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. Deut. 18: 9-12 NIV.
The Lord God was trying to separate His people, Israel, from the pagans in other countries that worshipped many gods and kept those practices. He still expects us to continue to be set apart from the likeness of pagans today. God is a jealous God and wants us to worship only Him.
You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3 NIV.
Granted, a clear majority of Christians would never think of worshipping another god. However, they still take part in Halloween. So, is it a sin? Well, that’s a little muddled.
Why Can’t We Celebrate?
The Roman Catholic Church instituted November 1st as All Saints Day to honor all the saints and martyrs, yet Halloween remains a secular holiday. Some may not know the history surrounding Halloween and consider it just another children’s holiday. Kids get a break from school during Halloween and townsfolk turn their porch lights on to offer sweets to the cuties that show up at their door. There is nothing in the Bible that markedly says you cannot celebrate a secular holiday. There are warnings against how involving the supernatural in your lives can lead to ruin though. Don’t do as the Pagans do and you should be fine. Celebrate a fun holiday with your kids and give them superhero costumes, or animals or something more positive than a ghoul, vampire, or zombie no matter how popular they are.
The Supernatural has to do with both God and the enemy. Not only are there angels and miracles, but there are things in this world that could lead to a brushing with supernatural evil. Paganism and casting spells may look harmless enough, but it takes a huge toll on the psyche and can make young ones feel insecure about demons and other dark spirits. A pastor once told me that he fully believed in the power of witchcraft and that anyone that has dabbled in it needs to be fully cleansed of it before it became the sole focus of their lives. Pagans revel in free love, casting spells, divination and oftentimes nudity and performing rituals of fertility. They aren’t evil people, but they are misguided. You wouldn’t want any of that in your home because it gives the enemy a foothold.
Halloween for Christians
Rather than celebrate Halloween you can easily celebrate the Fall with your child. Yes, have your silly faced pumpkins, and pumpkin spice everything, and make cookies, and hand out sweets or take your little ones door-to-door. Just remember that witchcraft and paganism are against God. If your child or teen happens to be dabbling in witchcraft or paganism, take time to explain to them how that affects their relationship with God and ask them to give you their books or tools and to take down any altar they may have constructed. Instead offer them the supernatural in the form of prayer, reading scripture, and experiencing the peace and love that God has to offer. Thankfully, Halloween has evolved into a time of child-like fun since the old days. That's why it is so special to children. They're in it for the candy, and we all know it.Just remember, one day your child is going to ask you where Halloween comes from. The answer is going to be a tough one, especially if you have raised them up as Christians. Consider these things as you celebrate this year.