(My) Trick or (Your) Treat?

Halloween.

In many parts of the world, my servants, as you no doubt know, today is Halloween.  I love Halloween as the one day out of the year in which it is perfectly normal for people to dress and act in ways that please me.  Especially those for whom Halloween is a special day of worship.

But do you know what I like best about Halloween?

No, that’s not it.

Let me tell you.  I love Halloween because it is the one day I can use to create angst among Christians on earth.

Some, such as a group with the delightful name Demon Busters, forbid any Christian participation in Halloween activities, stating:

No matter what you think of halloween, know that it is the very highest satanic holy day. As a Christian, you should not be observing it in any way, especially IN your church. The catholic church is responsible for this day to be placed in the church.

This person at Christiananswers.net agrees,

The October 31st holiday that we today know as Halloween has strong roots in paganism and is closely connected with worship of the Enemy of this world, Satan. It is a holiday that generally glorifies the dark things of this world, rather than the light of Jesus Christ, The Truth

Is that really the “Christian answer”?  Some, such as a Dr. Anderson Rearick, III, writing in Christianity Today, would very eloquently disagree, saying, for example:

And I am reluctant to give up what was one of the highlights of my childhood calendar to the Great Impostor and Chief of Liars [that’s moi!] for no reason except that some of his servants claim it as his.

In fact, Dr. Rearick even says that by celebrating Halloween with gusto I [moi!] will flee!  He says:

Christians should instead celebrate Halloween with gusto. If we follow the traditional formula of having a good time at his expense, Satan flees.

Now, just to set the record straight, I do not flee from “gusto”.  I flee from those who resist me.

But tell me, my friends and servants.  Is Halloween a day for Christians to shun? Or is it a day to celebrate with gusto?

Ha ha ha ha ha.

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7 Responses to “(My) Trick or (Your) Treat?”

  1. On Trick-or-Treat night , I overcome evil with good. I hand out small comic book gospel tracts (Chick Tracts) in a sealed lunch bag stuffed with candy. Most of the tracts are really quite good and I hear kids get genuinely excited to receive this palm-sized comic book with their candy.
    I think tracts are under-used in general. The Wesleys used them to saturate wide areas with truth quickly, personally, and effectively. That’s what the printing press is for!
    The Christians I know who shun the use of tracts claim they are too impersonal. They are more into the relational gospel where you invest huge amounts of time selling someone on your personality before this winning personality of yours gives you an opening with that person to share the gospel with them.
    Unfortunately for me, my personality is, frankly, just not that cool. Just ask my wife or my kids.
    But I say there is still hope for me in tracts! I give them to kids and adults. I put them door-to-door in my neighborhood as if they were an advertising flier. Thousands of them to thousands of people. No one has ever said a mean word to me (yet). And if they did, I can at least say it was the tract and not my personality that was the problem!

  2. I don’t know about celebrating with gusto but christians need not shun it either. The significance of halloween is only determined by the person celebrating it. for instance, to many pagans, halloween is a big holiday, but, to many christians, it is also “All Hallow’s Eve” or the night before All Saints Day. Many of the pagan holidays were “hijacked” (so to speak) during the early days of the church. (e.g. Christmas is not actually Christ’s birthday – it coincides with another pagan holiday). Some Christians use halloween as a time to reflect on the “dead” but in a spiritual way – soul cakes (doughnuts) are made and eaten to symbolize God’s never ending love (doughnuts are shaped in a circle), the story of Jack O’ the Lantern is shared amongst the Irish – to name just a couple.

  3. also wanted to add that halloween is a good time to combine both the sacred and the secular – like all holidays.

  4. For those who say “shun Halloween, and anything related to it,” I wonder if they think that everyone who celebrates Christmas is worshipping Christ? If they hide Easter eggs, are they acknowledging Jesus’ victory over death? I suspect not.
    Likewise, it is foolish to suggest Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating is somehow bowing to Satan.
    I remember growing up in a church where there was serious discussion regarding TV shows like Bewitched and I Dream of Genie being an attempt by the enemy to seduce our children into practicing witchcraft and seeking “magic.” I can’t say I grew up unscarred, but I’m pretty sure the scars from those TV shows are the least of my problems.
    These people mean well. I applaud their enthusiam and sincerety. But I suspect they really don’t understand the nature of the spiritual warfare we are engaged in.

  5. If the christians partake of halloween then you oh Satan will be able to destroy the pedaphiles apostles and prophets in the christian church. You can destroy those liars and thieves, total hypocrites. Murderers, pedaphiles, baby killers. Their own children. Little girls murdered, little boys raped. Like the crusaders and conquistadors. By their fruit you will know them. (Christians).

  6. The Goddess is waiting for Satan to do his job and destroy my tormentors. Hurry Satan. Do you job so the Goddess will show her favor.

  7. I would like to explain what people refer to as “The Gospel” or “Good News”. In this explanation, I will discuss God’s grace, which unfortunately so many people do not understand or have never been clearly explained.

    Unfortunately, many people attend a Christian church regularly (or attended one in the past) but have never been clearly taught what the Bible stresses as the most important decision that one could ever make. It is only in making this decision that one actually becomes one of God’s children and is “saved” from His eternal judgment. This decision deals with what is referred to as “The Gospel”. If you have never heard “The Gospel” before, here it is. Around 33 AD, Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, paid the price for every single person’s sin in history by dying the death of crucifixion at the hands of the Romans. He willingly died for every person’s sin that has ever lived and every will live. That includes both you and me. He willing died a death that we deserve for our moral failures in life. Jesus was brutally beaten, whipped, mocked, spit upon, nailed to a wooden cross, and then died. Three days later, He rose from the dead, as He foretold His disciples (group of followers). Jesus then ascended into heaven forty days later. He currently lives with God, His father, in heaven today. During Old Testament times (times prior to the birth of Jesus Christ – B.C.), people had a keen awareness of their moral guilt, as any honest person still does today. I know that I have wronged many people and have felt a deep-seated guilt within many areas of my life. Many people during Old Testament times sacrificed animals to God as a form of limited atonement for their immoral actions. God often accepted these sacrifices, but only in a temporary and limited way. Over time, God changed this extremely limited form of atonement, as He had planned from the very beginning of time. Moreover, God sent His one and only son Jesus Christ down to the Earth. Since Jesus was both sinless and blameless, He willingly died on the cross as an unlimited atonement. It was in God’s will for His son to die in this way. This unlimited atonement is available to any person who whole-heartedly repents of their sins (moral failures) and then asks God to personally apply Jesus’ undeserved death and resurrection as a payment for their sins. It is imperative here that one believes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was ultimately an act of God’s grace. God did not have to offer an escape from our moral guilt and eternal punishment. However, God is gracious. He has a compassion and love for people that is indescribable. God wants to “wipe the slate” clean for us, in regards to our moral failures. Through this action, we could then enter a personal relationship with His son Jesus Christ and escape his eternal judgment. The Bible refers to moral failures as ‘sin’, or missing the mark of God’s perfect standard of morality. “Sin” is an ancient archery term for an arrow that missed the target. God is loving in the purest sense of the word and would like to grant us victory over the sins that still haunt us from our past. All we have to do is accept this gift of grace from Him. It is free.

    God promises us a way to become morally blameless and gain entrance into heaven after living our physical live here on Earth. Here is what we must willingly do on our part. First off, we must truly believe that God is gracious and extended His grace by allowing His one and only son to die as a ransom for our sins on the cross. We must admit to God that we have failed morally during our lifetime and that Jesus Christ’s brutal death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could ever forgive our sins. After making this decision (accepting God’s grace), we are immediately forgiven of all past, present, and future sins. In addition, we would be guaranteed entrance into heaven after our physical death here on Earth. We would then live with both God and His son Jesus forever. We would be guaranteed to see all of our loved ones who had made this decision during his or her physical lives on Earth.

    You could make this decision today. Please do not wait for the “perfect time”. You could ask God for eternal forgiveness through applying the death and resurrection of Jesus to your life within the quietness of your bedroom tonight. This is the most important decision that you will ever make.

    So you might be asking, “Where in the Bible does it explain what has just been summarized?” Here are some passages clearly stating that Jesus seeks a personal relationship with us:

    “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
    – Romans 10:9-10

    “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; “
    – Acts 3:19

    “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
    – John 3:16

    As long as you repent of your past sins (moral failures) from the heart, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and apply Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection on the cross as a payment for your sins, you are guaranteed eternal life with God in heaven. You can make this decision at any time, anywhere. You can make this decision alone with God or within a group setting.

    Please know that one cannot sit the fence on making this decision of accepting God’s gift of grace. If one chooses not to decide, he or she has still made a choice. This would be like receiving a check (hearing “The Gospel”) but never endorsing and cashing it in at the bank (personally applying Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection towards one’s sins).

    “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
    – John 3:18

    The result of not choosing to accept Gods gift of grace, which offers eternal life with both Him and Jesus in heaven is clear. You will live the remainder of your life here on Earth apart from Jesus Christ and His empowerment. You will then follow your life plan and not His plan for you. After you physically die, you will then be brought to a dark place where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth”. It is a place of eternal regret. Here, you will remember this very letter and how you were told the truth but chose not to repent and begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Remember, if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. You could be diagnosed with a terminal illness tomorrow or be the recipient of a head-on collision while returning home on that all too familiar, two-lane highway this Friday night. If you are considering starting your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please do not wait to make this decision. You never know what tomorrow will bring.

    The following passage outlines the only requirements Jesus Christ has set to both gain eternal life and begin a personal relationship with Him while you are still alive here on Earth. He makes it crystal-clear in the Bible what is required…

    “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
    – Romans 10:9-10

    God has a plan for your life. You can watch this plan unfold once you accept His gift of grace. This great plan involves your life experience while here on Earth and continues after your physical death on into heaven.

    “For I know the plans that I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
    – Jeremiah 29:11-13

    Please consider what I have said here. I am not sure if you have ever made this decision before, but I needed to make sure that you had the facts. If you should decide that you want to learn more about the life of Jesus and gain a better understanding of authentic Christianity, I strongly recommend reading the book of John within the Bible (NASB or NIV translation).

    In closing, here is a verse that someone once shared with me that finally brought me into a relationship with God during an extremely low point physically and emotionally. The understanding of Jesus’ desire to know me personally changed my life forever. Here it is:

    “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
    – Revelation 3:20

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