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Halloween vs. Christianity: What are the facts? Have you ever wondered about the origins of Halloween? … The origin of Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain
Halloween vs. Christianity: What are the facts?
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Have you ever wondered about the origins of Halloween? Where does it come from? What is its overall significance? Does Halloween glorify evil and darkness? Should a Christian celebrate Halloween? These are all very important questions for Christians everywhere. It is for this reason that this study exists; to help answer important questions with informative answers! We are told in Ephesians 5:11, "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." It is our sincerest hope that you find this information to be a positive blessing in your personal walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. Question #1 – What are the origins of Halloween? The origin of Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced "sow-in"). The Celts, who lived 2,500 years ago, in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1st. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest season. It looked forward to the dark, cold winter that was often associated with human misery and death. On the night of October 31st, they celebrated Samhain! The Celts believed that on this night, the disembodied spirits of all those who had died in the previous year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the following year. This was their idea of an afterlife! On this night, it was believed that the laws of time and space were temporarily suspended, allowing the spirit world to freely intermingle with the living. Naturally, the living did not favor spirit possession; so on the night of October 31st, the villagers would extinguish all fires; thereby making their homes cold and undesirable for any restless spirits. They would then dress up in animal heads / skins and attempt to frighten away any disembodied spirits by acting in a riotous and destructive manner. Primarily, the Celts worshipped nature, and were considered a Wiccan society. A practice that is still observed today! However, we now refer to this form of nature worship as witchcraft. On this night of Samhain, Celtic priests, called Druids, believed the spirits of the dead could be contacted in a necromancy ritual for the purpose of divination and fortune telling. The powers of darkness were conjured up during this celebration, and the devil himself (a.k.a., the god of Samhain also known as the lord of darkness) would be called upon to foretell future events. Among the most common forms of divination had to do with marriage, weather, and the coming fortunes for the following year. These occult rituals included such methods as ducking for apples and apple peeling. Ducking for apples was an early form of marriage divination. The first person to bite an apple would be the first to marry in the coming year – like the modern toss of the wedding bouquet! Apple peeling was an occult ritual to see how long your life would be. The longer the unbroken apple peel, the longer your life was destined to be. Nonetheless, the practice of idolatry, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy and riotous living are all associated with this pagan festival of Samhain! Years later, the Roman Empire would seize control over the land of the Celts. As was common for the Roman Empire, they adapted some of the Celtic customs to fit their own society. The feast of Samhain was assimilated with other Roman celebrations that took place in October, such as the festival of Pomona, the Roman fertility goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, which might explain the origin of our modern tradition of bobbing for apples on Halloween.
Question #2 – How did Halloween make its arrival to the United States of America?
The custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1840’s by Irish immigrants fleeing their country’s potato famine.
Question #3 – Where did the term "trick or treat" come from?
The custom of "trick-or-treating" is thought to have originated, not with the Irish Celts, but with a ninth-century European custom called `souling’. On November 2nd, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village-to-village begging for "soul cakes," made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the donors’ dead relatives. At the time, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a soul’s passage to heaven. Today, this idea is commonly referred to as "Purgatory" in a number of churches; an idea which completely contradicts both faith and the Bible. PDF created with pdfFactory trial version www.pdffactory.com