Hello again. It’s Halloween today. A lot of Christians consider the day to be evil, and want nothing to do with it. Well I’ve done a bit of research, and this is what I’ve found out, about the origins of this controversial holiday.
It’s actually a mixture of a pagan holiday, and a Christian one. This is not unusual. Most of the man-made Christian Holy Days are mixed with paganism. It was a way of the early church, making Christianity more palatable for the masses who had always followed Pagan Rituals. Do you remember me mentioning Easter in my last post? Well Easter is a case in point.
Easter is mixed up with the worship of an Egyptian fertility goddess called Eostre Her symbol was a rabbit. This rabbit is now world famous, and we call him, ‘The Easter Bunny’. So do you see how our so-called holy times become corrupted?
Getting back to Halloween. Early Christians created a time to remember the Christian Martyrs. It is called, All Saints Day, or All Hallows Day, or Hallowmas. The day before is called, All Hallows Eve, which we now refer to mostly, as Halloween.
This holy time became mixed up with an Irish pagan harvest festival, called Samhain. Samhain means, Summer’s End.
It is said, in Irish legend, that Samhain is the time when the walls of the spirit world grow thin, and spirits walk the Earth. This ties in to my late Irish Nana’s belief that the souls of the dead visit the living on the evening of All Saints Day (All Hallows Day) In her family, they used to put out chairs before they went to bed, so that the souls of the departed would have somewhere to sit. I kid you not!
It doesn’t take much imagination therefore, to believe that if good spirits can walk the Earth, then so can evil ones, and for the idea of evil spirits walking the Earth on Halloween, to become much more of an issue to people. So now we get Halloween, depicting the time when evil can come to Earth and posses people.
Is Halloween evil? Well, and this is just my opinion, it is no more evil than any other day of the year. If people want to bring evil spirits out into the open, they are going to do that anyway. They are not going to wait for October 31st.
Even the holy days, All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day, are not true holy days. The only true holy days are the ones talked about in The Bible. All else is man-created, not God-created, so there is no proof that the souls of the dead actually do come to Earth, or that the spirit world is more accessible to us at this particular time.
The spirit world is accessible to us, if we pray to Jesus. That’s how we access the world beyond this life. We can really do it, no other way. If we try to, then we may invoke demons, and that is not a good idea at any time of year.
So, should we shun Halloween? Well my opinion is that we don’t really need to worry about the day itself. For most people, Halloween is a chance to have some fun. Most people aren’t interested in bringing out any evil spirits, they just want to dress up in costumes and have a laugh. If that is all they are doing, then, in my opinion, no harm is being done.
When I was a child in the 1960s, we did not bother with Halloween. The idea behind making a big thing of Halloween, originated in the USA. They started the ritual of knocking on doors saying, “trick-or-treat”, and the dressing up in costumes. We copied America, just as we always seem to do. But in my day, Bonfire night was the time we got excited about.
Instead of knocking on doors saying “trick-or-treat”, us kids used to make an effigy of Guy Fawkes out of old material, stuffed with old socks and other rags, then, we would wheel the effigy around in an old child’s stroller (then called a trolly) and knock on doors, saying, “a penny for the guy.” People would give us one old penny which we could put towards sweets or fireworks. On Bonfire night itself, Mum used to bake potatoes in the oven and then we would light the bonfire and set off our fireworks.
So, I hope I’ve given you some good information. Everything I write is only my own opinion. I don’t personally think Halloween is threatening. Like any other day of the year, it is, what you make of it. Evil will always beget evil, no matter the time of year, and at all times of the year, we can always pray to Jesus. He is our only safe haven and always will be.
I will post again soon
Love from Mari