May 2018           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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Does Hallowe'en Really Matter?

Is it just fun for the kids, or is it something more?

From the 1960s musical The Music Man, we get the lyrics, "How can there be any sin in sincere? Can there be any good in good bye?" There’s a similar question that should be asked every year at this time: Since hallow means holy, how can there be anything hallowed in hallowe'en?

Each October 31, children dressed as super-heros and goblins, as ghosts and skeletons, go to the neighbours’ homes and yell, "Trick or treat." Many are too young to understand what the phrase means, but that’s what they’ve been told to say. Worse yet, they have no clue that the world will not be saved by Spidey or Superman or the man-boy team in the Batmobile.

Something else. They don’t know who’s behind the entire hallowe'en thing.

"It doesn’t matter," say the parents. It’s just a bit of fun for the kids." But it does matter. Hallowe'en is not an invention of man.

A powerful spirit realm, composed of Satan and his demons, has influenced man to believe it’s OK to set aside one night a year to worship them. That’s right: worship. Now I know it’s not cool to believe in the devil, but it’s difficult to believe all the wars and murders and rapes and kidnappings just happen. When a person shoots up a bunch of university students, or some of his fellow employees, the question is asked, "Why would he do such a thing? He was always such a nice boy."

Then comes the arguments, "You’d think his teachers would have realized there was something strange about him," or "The guys he worked with teased him because he was different," or "The system (whatever ‘the system’ is) let him down."

Despite what you may want to believe, his actions, and the arguments, go back to that unseen spirit world. The seed of evil may have been planted years ago when the person, dressed up as a ghoul, yelled, "Trick or treat," at his neighbours. Each year, as he unwittingly worshipped the satanic forces of hallowe'en, the seed grew in his mind until it finally erupted and the heinous deed was done.

Just a bit of fun for the kids? What if we could see those demons?

Would we want to continue the hallowe'en tradition?

Demons can reveal themselves as nearly anything they want (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). Suppose one chose to inject a kind of life into the cardboard skeleton on your door, and use it to terrorize your little son or daughter?

"Impossible," you say? Delude yourself, if you wish, but I’ve seen "the impossible" occur enough times to make me a believer.

Fortunately, I’m also a believer in an even more powerful spirit realm: God and his angels. Although God allows Satan and his demons to seek the worship of humans once a year, the day is coming when the source of all evil will be banished into everlasting darkness forever (Jude 1:13).

Never again will they be able to instigate the horrors that may be planted in children’s minds while they’re out trick-or-treating. Halloween will become a thing of the past.

Meanwhile, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).


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