Halloween: is it a trick or a treat?

Posted: October 30, 2010 in Holidays, Me and God, Me and people, Parenting

Some people say it is ok for Christians to dress up and take the kids to ask for candy, and some say it is not. The ones who hold an opposition against ‘celebrating’ or participating on Halloween, argue that this day has pagan origins as it was initially used for ‘celebrating the “The Festival of the Dead” by the Celtic tribes; the “Feast of Samhain,” for witchcraft, and some report that even today, people who do dark cultish practices do special rituals on October 31st.

Tough one; However, without going in full with what I think, I wondered if, since this is a ‘day’ that some argue has been ‘dedicated’ to witchcraft -or let’s say ‘idols’, would the same principle apply from when Paul instructed The new Jew Christians in Jerusalem about ‘food’ sacrificed’ to ‘idols’?

This is my attempt to compare what would happen if we took Paul instructions in 1 Corinthians 8 about the ‘food-sacrificed-to-idols’ and replace them with the ‘day-dedicated-to-Halloween’ issue. This is what I think it would look like:

(1 Corinthians 8; originally about ‘Food Sacrificed to Idols’ here changed to ‘day dedicated to Halloween’ in underlined sentences):

Now about the day dedicated to Halloween: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3But the man who loves God is known by God. 4So then, about dressing up and asking for candy in Halloween; the day dedicated to witchcraft,: We know that a witch is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. 5For even i…6yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 7But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to ‘days and traditions’ that when they dress up or ask for candy they think of it as having been dedicated to witchcraft, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. 8But a day or costume or candy does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not dress up, and no better if we ask for candy.

9Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

…13Therefore, if what do or wear on Halloween causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never observe Halloween, so that I will not cause him to fall.

Please read the original passage on 1 Corinthians 8 and consider, does this apply? What do we learn? Is it ok, is it not?

In the meantime, I’m going to prepare my costume and my candy bag; happy weekend!!

PS. Angela came up with the title.

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