I have seen this year, some pretty strong reactions regarding “all hallows eve”. Some Christians and I only mean the ones I know or have seen, came up against it pretty aggressively. Their point being that it is a ritual which has its roots in occult and Satan worship and that we as Christians should not participate in “devil worship” and “glorifying Satan”.
Now I am all up for care, as I genuinely believe these people care about our spiritual lives but I also think this is highly inappropriate i.e to label Halloween as satanic and the participants as glorifying the devil. And to lash out against it in such harsh style is to only complicate the issue.
The celebrations of Christmas tree and Easter bunny, water baptism, etc. all have some form of pagan influences in them. These ceremonies and their roots are not totally christian. Yet when it comes to that, many critics of Halloween don’t have any objections. For general information, honeymoon is also a pagan tradition, involving mead and honey which was given to the groom on the wedding night as a toast to their gods.
The thing is, this kind of attitude projects are very wrong look of Christianity on the world. And the catch is, not all Christians are saying this but we end up showing the world, we are close-minded and we have double standards.
If some one feels that he should not be a participant in Halloween for personal and spiritual reasons then I believe they should not; however going ahead and demonizing the whole thing is something which should not be done.
If something general, as the Halloween is a danger to our faith, what good is Christ’s work on the cross? isn’t it all in vain then?
Unless someone believes that old Jack ‘O’ Lantern is still wandering the fields, carrying his glowing amber from hell, in a turnip (pumpkin for Americans) we are safe from the devil and his agents, eating our corn.