Why a country as England, who defines itself as Christian and part of Europe who defines itself as Christian too, does it have only the appearance of Christianity? If you consider that many who profess themselves christians they have attitudes that strongly clash with the teaching of the Word of God, so we wonder if they really know what it means to be christians. As the Apostle Paul wrote “what is the relationship between righteousness with unrighteousness?” Let’s read the all passage.
“We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open. Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2Corinthians 6:11-18; 7:1)
How is it possible that the Lord introduced by God’s Word has become a stranger for many Christians? The description of the Athenian religiosity in Acts 17 seems to be very actual. There’s an altar for everyone, but the true God is recognized as “unknown”. Let’s turn to the Halloween celebration. Nowadays to justify it we focus on children’s needs, also supported by the child pedagogy who emphasizes the importance for children to disguise. However we should question if it’s correct satisfy these needs during a day where it’s clearly celebrated darkness, ghosts and evil spirits! As christians we cannot stand by and watch, and also sometimes undergoing in silence. I definitely not agree that we can share these choices: what is the fellowship between the light and the darkness?
A glance to the history can help us to a better understanding and to make the right decisions. “All Saints Day” on 1st November, was established in 840 A.D. and it was originally celebrated in May. During the Middle Ages the believers came to know the ancient festival honouring the Celtic God of death, Samhain. There was a sort of combination between the Northern faith, the Roman Empire faith, that was permissive and linked to the Christianity, and the mental obscurantism tendency, that defended their own identity. From this mixture, in 1048 the feast was moved to the 1st November, to cover the worship of the Celtic God Samhain. Still now this date is the Celtic new years eve and the God Samhain is the chief of the demons! It is said that Samhain goes around with the spirits of the dead to cause damage, and the festival purpose is to control Samhain’s and his troops thirst for revenge whose that night are celebrated. In addition to this there are other legends, as the one of Jack o’lantern that it’s said he sold his soul to the devil. The negotiation of his soul after several ups and downs ended with a coal thrown by satan into a pumpkin that Jack carried with him, and it became so enlightened as a lantern.
The legends, the beliefs, the symbols of this celebration are the same of those in the world of witches, and from a simple Celtic feast, Halloween has now become a container of satanism: it’s well known all over the world that on the night of 31st October the satanists do the ritual to invoke the evil forces. We don’t fight satan or the satanists as the Scripture tells us that the Lord has already won giving us authority in His name! Those who are not able to use His authority the Word reminds us “resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Christians should not fear to declare their faith, by affirming that these rituals are clearly against the will of God! The encouragement to all who profess to be Christians is to hold fast the faith has been teached and transferred to us in Its purity. I hope that many can join the Way shown by Jesus, and if we want celebrate, let’s celebrate calling upon His name: we rejoice in Him for He has given us life!