What is the Truth about Halloween?
Halloween… Is it a Godly celebration or a satanic ritual?
The people of God need an effective and clear explanation regarding this traditional holiday. Let us look into its past history and find out about its origins.
Halloween was originally known as All Hallows Eve, meaning the return of dead people’s spirits to haunt their house and relatives. It is a combination of catholic and pagan festivities. It was this pagan belief, even today, that spirits come back to haunt people, what gave rise to the myth of witches, ghosts, and creatures of darkness coming out only at night. The pagans thought that a lit room or any light was their only means of protection against such spirits.
Halloween, which is celebrated on the 31st of October, had its origin in the Celtic regions of today’s Ireland, Great Britain, and Northern France. The Celtics were pagans who worshipped Samhain, the god of death. They believed that spirits could come back to earth whenever they worshipped Samhain and when they made sacrifices while calling on those same spirits. In Leviticus 20:27 though, God says: “A man or woman who has a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.”
This day held a very special meaning for the Celtics. Their priests, who were sorcerers and wizards, held different diabolic rituals to celebrate death. They made both human and animal sacrifices to Samhain, the god of death while enchanters and witches engaged in divination practices and foretelling the future to the families who made the sacrifices.
Around the year 43ad, Rome conquered the Celts and their rule lasted about 400 years. During the Roman empire, the Romans mixed their pagan beliefs with the Celtic’s faith and consequently, the outward appearance of Samhain was somewhat changed. By the year 600ad, under the authority of the Roman Catholic Church, All Hallows Eve became known as “Dead Saints Day”, which is now celebrated on November 1st. In other words, Halloween or Witches’ Day, was born from this intermarriage of Celtic rituals and catholic traditions.
On May 13, in the year 609, Pope Boniface IV officially dedicated a pantheon in Rome in honor of the Virgin Mary and of all the dead saints. Later, during the leadership of Pope Gregory II (731-741) a chapel in Rome was dedicated in honor of all the dead saints, and the celebration date was changed from May 13th to November 1st. However, it wasn’t until the year 1900 that this satanic practice became popular in America.
Today, with every year that passes, the curse of Halloween keeps growing larger still and on that day, many rituals are currently being performed where sacrifices and prayers are made to Satan. This has become a special day for doing all kinds of evil things.
The following are the words of a priest from the Church of Satan, in California: “We are very pleased with the popularity given to Halloween. It is the best kind of free propaganda our cult could receive.” In this church their followers dress up as witches, ghosts, skeletons, etc. Their behavior proves to all that they still relate Halloween to a celebration of death, vengeance and of bloody rituals in honor of their god Satan, whom they worship and serve.
It is also interesting to notice that on this day all the costumes used by children and adults have to do with terror and death. Jesus said, “But the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.” That’s just what goes on in Halloween, isn’t it? Our Lord Jesus reminded us in Mark 7:8 that, “For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men…” And Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, tells us in Colossians 2: 8-10, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
Nowadays, many people, including Christians, are participating in this celebration because they ignore its origin and its real meaning. They believe it’s just a fun thing to do. This day is very serious in the spiritual world, and it should not be taken lightly. Remember Satan followers wait and prepare for this day all year long.
“Little children, Keep yourselves from idols!” 1 John 5:21
Is it trick or treat?