by Johnny Carlton
Johnny Carlton is a writer of suspense thrillers available as e-books at www.amazon.com
Halloween, that strange entity celebrated on October 31, is more weird than most people realize. In the first place, it’s highly ironic that the word Halloween means hallowed or holy evening because it comes on the evening before All Saints’ Day; and, of course, All Saints’ Day was intended to celebrate the holy lives of some particularly good people–rather than the lifestyles of pimply-nosed witches and the walking dead.
How did this contradictory thing come about? Apparently it had a lot to do with the Druid religion. The Druids were an ancient cult in Gaul and Britain who believed that on the night of October 31 all sorts of ghosts and supernatural beings came out boldly to mess around. The Druids also had an autumn festival for celebrating the end of summer and the harvest.
Somewhere in the 700’s, the Roman Catholic Church named November 1 All Saints’ Day, and there was a combining of that Christian festival with some Halloween- style pagan customs–which, I suppose, the general populace wanted–and these two slants together became the Halloween festival.
That’s worse than trying to mix oil and water. It’s more like trying to mix healthful vegetables with poisonous loco weed to make an interesting soup.
I once read somewhere (I wish I could remember where) that the above mentioned general populace who were expected to be extra good on November 1, All Saints’ Day, thought that it would be nice to prepare for it by raising hell on the preceding evening of October 31, Halloween night, and did so, getting dressed up as demons, etc., and participating in drunken orgies.
In any case, the idea of Christians being involved in a night dedicated to the glory of followers of Satan (witches and warlocks), flesh-eating zombies, and blood-sucking vampires, etc., even if it’s done in a spirit of fun and games, is repulsive.
For years now, Yvonne and I have refused to have anything to do with Halloween. If you’re a follower of Christ, we strongly encourage you to take a stand against this fun-and-games glorifying of evil. On Halloween night put up a polite, non-preachy notice on your door saying that as a follower of Jesus you do not participate in Halloween traditions which go contrary to your beliefs.
By the way, a little research on the matter of real witches will reveal that there are hundreds of covens across North America and in Europe. Although you won’t become a witch or a warlock by having a little fun with Halloween, you will be sort of playing games in the witches’ backyard, figuratively speaking.
Do you really want to get your hands into that muck?