I Don’t Celebrate Halloween Because

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Good evening everyone!

Tonight I have a topic on my heart that I want to get off my chest.

Everything that I have to say in this post is in love and I’m going to compare it against the truth of the Word of God.

Do everything in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).

I don’t understand why there are people who call themselves Christian that celebrate Halloween. Aren’t we the light of the world? Isn’t it common sense to say that if someone even sees lot’s of  Holloween decorations in stores that those decorations represent an example of evil, demons, and death? Why is Halloween taken so lightly, even in the church? There is a Devil and demons exist, and Jesus Christ died on the cross to redeem people from the forces of evil. Why can’t Christians take God more seriously? Can’t Christians see that there is no peace in celebrating Halloween? I’m not shunning nonbelievers, but I’m saying, come on Christians, open your eyes!

Maybe some people might think that I’m super religious, or that I don’t have a heart. That’s not the case. I love my neighbors very much and I’m just a simple girl who has a relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I take God seriously and I’m not going to play around with evil, even if Halloween looks like a harmless day for others.

I just want to take a moment to briefly talk about the origins of Halloween. Then I’m going to talk about what the Bible says.

Halloween goes back 2,000 years to the Celtic tradition in Ireland, The United Kingdom, and Northern France when the Celts celebrated a festival called Samhain. Then Pope Gregory III made up All Saints Day on November 1. Both days eventually came together to combine Halloween. The Celts celebrated Sahmein on November 1 which marked their new year. This time marked the end of their summer and the beginning of their winter harvest. They believed that this time was associated with death and that the spirits crossed a blurred boundary between the living and the dead. On October 31 the Celts celebrated Samhain because they believed the ghosts of the dead returned to the earth. The druids, or Celtic priests, believed that the evil spirits caused trouble and damaged crops. They used crops to predict the future and they sacrificed crops and animals to the Celtic deities.

Jack-O-lanterns come from a fable that says there was a man called Jack who tricked the devil but that backfired on him because he was later turned away from the gates of heaven and hell. Jack used a lantern to guide his soul. As a result, the Celts believed that a Jack-O-Lantern would guide lots spirits back home as they wandered the streets. Jack-O-Lanterns were originally made from turnips, and the sinister carved faces were meant to scare evil spirits away.

The commonly known witches with a pointy hat and warted nose actually come from a pagan goddess called “the crone”. It was honored as a representation of Samhain. The crone is also known as “the old one” and the “Earth Mother”. It morphs into a menacing cackling witch, which is supposed to symbolize wisdom, change, and the changing seasons.

I also want to mention that Halloween is a night when crime rates rise and more drunk drivers are on the road (Leonard, 2015).

The examples I mentioned above are commonly seen in Halloween decorations. The historical examples of sacrificing to pagan gods, the use of jack-o-lanterns, and the existence of witches are just a few of those “decorations” that inspire a fire within me to talk about what the Bible warns us about.

Take a look at some of these scriptures:

My heart’s desire is to see more Christians walking in the light as the bible calls us to do. That is God’s heart for his children. The Bible says,

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”

Ephesians 5:6-14

Here is further scripture about walking in light:

I heartfeltly warn Christians about practicing Halloween.

The Bible clearly speaks in Hebrews 10:26-31 saying,

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Let’s not take the blood of Jesus for granted.

Colossians 2:13 is my favorite verse:

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

I don’t celebrate Halloween because I want to be faithful to the Lord. I wouldn’t for a moment take a day to be unfaithful to my future hubby. I wouldn’t much less take one day out of my relationship with Jesus Christ to spend it with the Devil. Celebrating Halloween would invite evil spirits into my life, it would give way to evil strongholds in my life (2 Corinthians 10:3-6), it would become a negative influence for those around me, and it would harm my spiritual state.

I love my friends and family but I will not participate in Halloween, nor will I go outside that night. Jesus loves you. I love you.

I want to make a correction to this blog post, December 29, 2017, 1:24 p.m. I think I owe my readers the truth when I confess that I went out to youth service that night. A friend from the youth group wanted to visit another friend of ours who went on a two-week hiatus. I care about the both of them and wanted to make sure that she was well. So, we visited her home, and she was well. After we left our friend’s house, we stopped at the store because my ride wanted to buy some nail polish. By that time, youth service was only about an hour away, and I decided to go with her. After youth service, we went to the worship leader’s house, then I came home safe and sound. In no way did I celebrate Halloween. Due to the time, I felt convicted to go to service because I love to hear the Word. I wasn’t happy with everything that I saw in the church that night, but it was another experience that I learned in my personal relationship with Jesus. So, that’s what I really did on the 31st.

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My Questions about Baptism

 

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Hi everyone, how are you all doing? I haven’t forgotten about this blog. I’ve just been busy getting back into the groove of college. I graduated with my Associate’s degree in May 2017 and now I’m working towards my Bachelor’s degree. I just finished my first class this semester, and throughout that time I came across a burning question. I wanted to know what baptism means! I know that baptism is submerging a believer in water, but I wanted to know what it really means. I was baptized when I was seven years old, but I feel that I didn’t really understand the significance of baptism in my walk with Christ. I was introduced to a few points about baptism in church as I grew up, but I just didn’t understand what it really means. So I dove into a bible study of my own.

First of all, I just want to say that I’m not a scholar or a theologian. I’m just a repentant sinner that has a personal relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I also want to quote “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel — not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (1 Corinthians 1:17).

Now I can get into my bible study! I started by searching the index and the dictionary and concordance of my study bible. I wanted to answer a few basic questions like who, what, when, where and why. I know those questions are a little elementary but they really did help me answer questions that I had about this topic.

So, what does the bible have to say about baptism?

  1. What is baptism?

Baptism is the action of immersing a believer of Jesus Christ in a body of water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It also includes praying for that believer(s) by laying hands on them so that they will receive the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:12, 14- 17, 26-39; Acts 19:1-6).

2. What does baptism symbolize?

Romans 6:1-4 explains it this way:

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

You can also read Colossians 2:11-12 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 for further reference on the symbolism of baptism. So I came to the understanding that baptism symbolizes that we were buried with him through baptism and raised with Christ so that we may live a new life by faith! Now, we are now part of the body of Christ and the Holy Spirit gives us gifts so that we can serve God and each other.

3. Who gets baptized?

Everyone can get baptized! Men, women, and children. Some believers can even choose to be baptized for the dead. Acts 16:13-15, Acts 16:32-34 and 1 Corinthians 15:29.

4. Why do we get baptized?

Well, it’s part of the directions that Jesus gave to his disciples when he gave them the Great Commission.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-19

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16

5. When do we get baptized?

I read up on a few examples in the book of Acts. Any believer can get baptized anytime after they receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Acts 8:12-17, 26-40, 19:1-6). One of my favorite examples example of this is of the Ethiopian eunuch.

6. Do we need to be baptized to be saved?

I take this question as a two-part answer. It’s important to remember that we are saved by grace and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). 

Romans 10:8-10 says But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

After we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, as it says here in the Word of God, then we can follow God’s commandment to be baptized as it says in Mark 16:15-18

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16

Yes, believe and be baptized. You don’t have to get baptized right after you believe. You can if you want to. If you can’t get baptized right away take comfort in knowing that you’re saved because you believe. Keep the faith, and if years go by and you still haven’t been baptized, but you believe in Jesus Christ as it says in Romans 10:8-10, then you’re saved! I suggest getting baptized after you learn about what it means. Baptism is a step of faith in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a commandment, so it’s good to obey God’s word since the Bible says that obeying God’s word is love for him (1 John 5:3).  If you can, get baptized now, or do it later. The point is, is that you believe!

Did you know that Jesus was baptized?

7. Why was Jesus baptized?

I’ll tell you in a minute. My heart kind of skipped a beat when I read about Jesus’s baptism. You’ll see why when you read his response to John in Matthew 3:15.

The Bible says that Jesus went to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”

Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

These few lines filled my heart with love and wonder. I could see the relationship between Savior and man as Jesus humbled himself to take the place of all sinners. John was even humble in saying that he needed to be baptized by Jesus! But Jesus was sweet in his reply when he basically said, “No, I need to do this.”

Matthew 3:15 makes me think about how Jesus’s baptism was one of the first acts that he did to fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17). I think that remembering about Jesus’s baptism is a great example for us as born-again believers to think about as we think about getting baptized because his baptism was such a great example of his love for mankind. Of course, the greatest act of love that Jesus ever did was dying on the cross and rising again.

Now I believe that I quenched my questions. I’m confident that I know what baptism is: It’s submerging a believer in a body of water, and laying on the hands to pray so that they will recieve the Holy Spirit; I know what it symbolizes: that we have been buried with Christ, and risen with him to live a new life; when to get baptized, who gets baptized, etc. I hope that you readers found help in my blog post. Please feel free to make copies, take notes or comment if you have any ideas about this post.

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