When little children gather together in their costumes, glowing with excitement, they are not anticipating devil worship. In most cases, Halloween will come and go in our lives' with little thought and will be relatively uneventful in a negative way. But, as christians, we might want to think about it. We are told by Paul in I Corth.8 that the more enlightened "christian" may not see eating meats sacrificed to idol, as sin. But, because there are believers who do think it is sin, we must consider their hearts and not cause them bitterness or a stumbling block. So,with that thought in mind, let's take a look at Halloween.
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In 834 A.D. Gregory IV extended the feast for all the church and it became known as All Saint's Day, still remembering the dead. Samhain, a Druid god of the dead was honored at Halloween in Britain, France, Germany and the Celtic countries. Samhain called together all wicked souls who died within the past year and that were destined to inhabit animals. This celebration of the dead honored the god of the dead on this particular night.
This is the action that "Trick-or-Treat" emulates today. The Samhain celebration used nuts, apples, skeletons, witches and black cats. Divination and auguries were practiced as well as magic to seek answers for the future. Black cats were considered to be reincarnated beings with the ability to divine the future. During this festival supernatural beings terrified the populace. Even today witchcraft practitioners declare October 31st as the most conducive time to practice their arts.
The Christian church has tried to eliminate the Druid celebration by offering All Saint's Day as a substitute. As Christianity spread over Europe and the British Isles, it attempted to replace the pre-existing pagan cult worship of Apollo, Diana or Ymir, but to no avail. Although the outward forms of such worship disappeared, the belief in these deities did not. They found an outlet during the Middle Ages in the open practice of witchcraft which is presently enjoying a revival in many countries, including the United States.
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