Halloween is horrible. The more I understand God’s perspective from studying the Bible, the more I see how horrible Halloween is.
Most folks who celebrate Halloween are nice people, but that doesn’t make Halloween nice. Halloween is still horrible. I just hope I will influence some of those nice people to quit celebrating Halloween.
Halloween is growing in popularity as the popularity of the Bible continues to decline. One goal of United Church of God is to help people understand the Bible, love the Bible and live by the Bible’s message. And when the Bible is respected, Halloween will be rejected.
God created us, so He is our Owner, our Authority, our Teacher, our Boss. God did not leave us in the dark. He gave us His instruction book and holds us accountable to live by those instructions—to “live by every word of God” (Luke 4:4 Luke 4:4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
American King James Version×; see also 2 Timothy 3:13-17 2 Timothy 3:13-17 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue you in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned them; 15 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.
American King James Version×). The Bible represents light, purity and beauty. Halloween represents darkness, filth and ugliness. Halloween is not harmless.
Hallowed versus Halloween
God wants each of us to be hallowed and sanctified—to become holy. The apostle Peter wrote: “As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:13-16 1 Peter 1:13-16 13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy.
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Becoming holy means to develop a very close relationship with God in the way defined by the Bible. It definitely does not mean to become ascetic, ecstatic, sanctimonious or syrupy.
God wants us to have fun, and there are countless ways to have fun that are wholesome and godly. We do not need Halloween to have fun.
Part of becoming holy is imitating God, Jesus Christ and holy people (1 Corinthians 11:1 1 Corinthians 11:1Be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
American King James Version×; Hebrews 6:12 Hebrews 6:12That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
American King James Version×). The apostle John wrote, “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good” (3 John 1:11 3 John 1:11Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil has not seen God.
American King James Version×). In your observance of Halloween, you might not be imitating demons, witches and ghouls, but you are expressing your approval of a holiday that imitates them.
Halloween activities are not all bad. But why engage in customs that are partly bad? Why not choose entertainment, recreation and social activities that are totally wholesome and innocent, that have no connection with ancient evil paganism, and that God fully approves of?
Ever since Adam and Eve, the whole world has been “eating” of the forbidden “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:17 Genesis 2:17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.
American King James Version×). A mixture of good and evil is evil.
Christians are supposed to be followers of Christ (Luke 9:23-26 Luke 9:23-26 23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
24 For whoever will save his life shall lose it: but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
26 For whoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
American King James Version×). WWJD? What would Jesus do? You surely know that Jesus would not celebrate Halloween.
Satan the devil and demons are real!
Satan and the demons are not fictional cartoon characters! God has given us warning after warning about their filthy and dangerous influences throughout the Bible.
Satan is “the ruler of this world” until Christ returns (John 12:31 John 12:31Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
American King James Version×; John 14:30 John 14:30Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me.
American King James Version×; John 16:11 John 16:11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
American King James Version×). “The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19 1 John 5:19And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.
American King James Version×). The devil “deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
American King James Version×). Jesus said “the devil … was a murderer from the beginning” and “he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44 John 8:44You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
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Satan hides the fact that he despises you, he is your enemy, and he is obsessed with killing you! “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14 2 Corinthians 11:14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
American King James Version×, English Standard Version).
Peter warned: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8-9 1 Peter 5:8-9 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brothers that are in the world.
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Why do we encourage our children to masquerade as devils, demons, witches, sorcerers, ghosts, ghouls, goblins or criminals? Why do we put a stamp of approval on a kind of extortion racket of begging for junk food with an implied threat of a “trick” if the homeowner doesn’t fork over some treat?
Well, the devil is delighted when people celebrate his holiday!
Love what God loves; hate what God hates
In Deuteronomy 12:29-32 Deuteronomy 12:29-32 29 When the LORD your God shall cut off the nations from before you, where you go to possess them, and you succeed them, and dwell in their land;
30 Take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before you; and that you inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
31 You shall not do so to the LORD your God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hates, have they done to their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
American King James Version×, Moses warned the Israelites who were moving into lands that had been inhabited by pagans. He said: “Take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them … and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods … Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.”
Moses was saying, “Don’t imitate the pagans!” The Bible has many specific warnings against imitating pagan practices. Halloween imitates pagan practices!
Note that we must not add any religious or spiritual practices to what God has commanded in His Word. Halloween is an add-on, and God forbids it.
In Psalms 97:10 Psalms 97:10You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
American King James Version×, the psalmist wrote, “You who love the LORD, hate evil!” See also Proverbs 8:13 Proverbs 8:13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the fraudulent mouth, do I hate.
American King James Version×and Amos 5:15 Amos 5:15Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
American King James Version×. We should hate what God hates. God hates Halloween because of all the evils it represents. We should hate it too.
John wrote: “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God” (3 John 1:11 3 John 1:11Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil has not seen God.
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Much, much more has been written about all that is wrong with celebrating the holiday of Halloween. Many enlightening articles and sermons are posted on this website. Start with one I wrote a while back .
I hope and pray that all you nice people who are still hallowing Halloween will reconsider. I hope you too will come to see that Halloween is horrible.