The Celebration of Evil, Satan, and Sacrifice to Spirits

Halloween is the result of a pagan religious festival called Samhain, celebrated by the Celts some 2,000 years ago. Samhain was a three-day festival in which it was believed that the line between the spirit world, or the “world of the gods,” and mankind was blurred. Spirits, ghosts, and gods would come into the physical world which caused trouble for humans.


To appease the gods and spirits, animal sacrifices were burnt for protection. It is even believed that firstborn children were sacrificed as well (there is a much darker side to this but I will keep it from this post). Fires with the bones of the sacrifices, or bonfires, were lit which was thought to offer protection and cleansing. Turnips were carved and called jack-o'-lanterns to keep spirits away. During this time, druids (Celtic priests and magicians) would practice divination, or the foretelling of the future. This is witchcraft.


If the historical evidence of Halloween’s history is not convincing to you, then look at modern Halloween. In my neighborhood alone, I have seen decorations depicting covens of witches casting spells, and very evil portrayals of demons and the undead. Many allow their children to dress up as evil creatures and demons. It is highly acclaimed and celebrated by the occult. The founder of the Church of Satan is quoted saying, “I am glad that Christians allow their children to worship the devil one night of the year.” If the followers of the enemy rejoice in it, we should not.


If you are in Christ, you have no fear of Satanic power, but you have to acknowledge its presence. Satan is more powerful than humans but he is powerless in the sight of God. However, we are called strictly not to make light of evil and have absolutely nothing to do with it, even more so the evil festivals of other religions. If your children are dressing up as evil or demotic entities, you are presenting those figures as acceptable and even enjoyable, even if it is just for one day of the year.


We are called to do all to the glory of God and no matter how I look at Halloween, I can not find a way it could glorify God without first glorifying evil. If you’re in any way glorifying evil, in this case, Satan himself, you cannot be glorifying God. What does the Bible say about this?


“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible” - Ephesians 5:11-13
“Abstain from every form of evil.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:22
“What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. ‘Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” - 2 Corinthians 6:16-18

Research this for yourself. Use the research of historians to aid in knowing how the world works, but ultimately go to the Word of God. He has spoken to us, we have to hear what He has said. The Christian life is not meant to be easy, go read a book of the New Testament you’ll find that out quickly. This is going to be hard. We’re going to be made fun of. We have to take stands for Christ that no one will understand. But the only Sovereign, supreme, all-knowing, all-powerful God is here with us, strengthening us in this age and forevermore.

Halloween is the result of a pagan religious festival called Samhain, celebrated by the Celts some 2,000 years ago. Samhain was a three-day festival in which it was believed that the line between the spirit world, or the “world of the gods,” and mankind was blurred. Spirits, ghosts, and gods would come into the physical world which caused trouble for humans.


To appease the gods and spirits, animal sacrifices were burnt for protection. It is even believed that firstborn children were sacrificed as well (there is a much darker side to this but I will keep it from this post). Fires with the bones of the sacrifices, or bonfires, were lit which was thought to offer protection and cleansing. Turnips were carved and called jack-o'-lanterns to keep spirits away. During this time, druids (Celtic priests and magicians) would practice divination, or the foretelling of the future. This is witchcraft.


If the historical evidence of Halloween’s history is not convincing to you, then look at modern Halloween. In my neighborhood alone, I have seen decorations depicting covens of witches casting spells, and very evil portrayals of demons and the undead. Many allow their children to dress up as evil creatures and demons. It is highly acclaimed and celebrated by the occult. The founder of the Church of Satan is quoted saying, “I am glad that Christians allow their children to worship the devil one night of the year.” If the followers of the enemy rejoice in it, we should not.


If you are in Christ, you have no fear of Satanic power, but you have to acknowledge its presence. Satan is more powerful than humans but he is powerless in the sight of God. However, we are called strictly not to make light of evil and have absolutely nothing to do with it, even more so the evil festivals of other religions. If your children are dressing up as evil or demotic entities, you are presenting those figures as acceptable and even enjoyable, even if it is just for one day of the year.


We are called to do all to the glory of God and no matter how I look at Halloween, I can not find a way it could glorify God without first glorifying evil. If you’re in any way glorifying evil, in this case, Satan himself, you cannot be glorifying God. What does the Bible say about this?


“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible” - Ephesians 5:11-13
“Abstain from every form of evil.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:22
“What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. ‘Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” - 2 Corinthians 6:16-18

Research this for yourself. Use the research of historians to aid in knowing how the world works, but ultimately go to the Word of God. He has spoken to us, we have to hear what He has said. The Christian life is not meant to be easy, go read a book of the New Testament you’ll find that out quickly. This is going to be hard. We’re going to be made fun of. We have to take stands for Christ that no one will understand. But the only Sovereign, supreme, all-knowing, all-powerful God is here with us, strengthening us in this age and forevermore.

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