Is Halloween a Christian Holiday?

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Is Halloween a Christian Holiday?

Tomorrow is Halloween or “All Hallows Eve”, and is it okay for Christians to celebrate it? After reading about it, and what I have concurred, Halloween has Pagan and Christian origins. Pagan in the way that the ancient Celts’ last day of the year was on October 31st, and they would bring in all their livestock as a way of getting ready for the upcoming winter. October 31st marked the end of summer and was commemorated with a festival called Samhain (‘sow-ane’). The next day, the winter season began. The way they celebrated their Samhain festival or “Summer’s End” festival, is much like spring cleaning in today’s modern context, “it mostly involved eating a lot, cleaning the household, extinguishing the hearth fires and restarting them in a gesture of renewal, commemorating those who had passed away during the year, and dancing around a communal bonfire.” (Sandy Love, the True History of Halloween).

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Furthermore, the day of Samhain was a day in limbo, that it was neither the old year nor the new year, so with much superstition about the changing of the seasons there was the belief there were spirits wondering about, like fairies and ghosts. Therefore, to counteract that, the ancient Celts would dress up in costumes, make loud noises, and parade the streets. This is where the “evil” side of Halloween came from.

The Christian part of the History of Halloween comes from the Roman Catholic Church in 800 AD. In an attempt to combine all three festivals into one, they combined Feralia and Pomona’s Day with Samhain. “Pomona’s Day was originally a harvest festival in honor of the Roman goddess of fruits and trees; this may explain the tradition of bobbing for apples. Feralia was a day for mourning and remembering the dead,” (Love). Therefore, with all these festivals combined into one, it is a no brainer that people felt the need to dress up. All saints day, November 1st, began at sunset the night before. In order to scare away the evil spirits, that the Celtics said were there, people would dress up as Saints to commemorate “All Saint’s Day” also known as “All Hallows Day”. ‘Hallo’ is a word which means ‘Holy’ and ‘ween’ means ‘eve,’ and soon the phrase became known as ‘Halloween’. “A later custom developed where people would go door-to-door on Nov. 2 requesting small cakes in exchange for the promise of saying prayers for some of the dead relatives of each house. This arose out of the religious belief that the dead were in a state of limbo before they went to Heaven or Hell and that the prayers of the living could influence the outcome,” (Matt Slick, Where did Halloween Come From? Can a Christian Celebrate it?) This is an interesting thought, this might be where Tick-or-Treating came from.

All-in-all, hiding from the dead or praying for the dead has been a part of the Halloween tradition for centuries. Whether or not you decide to pray on Halloween or participate in its festivities that is up to you, just remember:

“10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…” Deuteronomy 18:10-12

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Works Cited

  • Love, Sandy. “The True History of Halloween.” All About Halloween: The Complete Source. (2005 -2015) Web. 30 Oct. 2015
    Slick, Matt. “Where did Halloween Come From? Can a Christian Celebrate it?” Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry. Web. 30 Oct. 2015

Pure in Heart

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Pure in Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8

Tomorrow is my son’s first birthday. Would you like to know what my prayers for him have been for the last year, and while he was in my womb? I would pray that he would grow up loving Christ above all else and that he would grow up with a pure heart. That he would respect and honor women and girls, and have no interest in them expect for their friendship or when he meets the one. As well as, he grows up to his fullest potential in Christ, to be the man that Christ designed him to be, doing whatever is God’s will. This is my prayer for my son.

Purity is a big part of the Christian life, and with the way people are becoming so lax with what is being put out there by the media, and by everyday people, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep one’s mind on Christ and to keep one’s thoughts clean.

“14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16.

God has created each and every one of us in His OWN Image. He desires us to live as clean lives as possible. He wants us to constantly renew our minds by reading and meditating on His word.

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In an effort to help with this ever-growing problem of impurity, the modesty movement has been developing and growing rapidly. However, anything good is always outshone by anything bad, and with that, the movement has not gotten the spotlight that it deserves. By spotlight I do not mean, total media coverage, I mean just enough attention to give Christians a touch of hope in our fallen world. Although, while the modesty movement is good, and I am all for it, I just hope it does not forget to tackle the inner issues, the ones that God truly cares about. The issues of the heart.

Modesty is not just for girls, but for boys as well, because a girl can cover up her body, head to toe, and a guy will still have impure thoughts about the woman. The real issue is not of how much a woman covers up, but the perception of women and girls overall. The fact that we live in a fallen world is no secret, but demanding change in the media is a step closer to the goal of humanizing females again.

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This can be done through fasting and prayer. God will listen to those who give something up, just to be closer to Him. Christian have been anointed, as it was written in the book of Isaiah:

The Year of the LORD’S Favor

61 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted,
To proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion –
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
instead of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD.
For the display of his splendor.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
5 Aliens will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards,
6 And you will be call priests of the LORD,
You will be named ministers of our God,
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.

7 Instead of their shame
my people will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
they will rejoice in their inheritance;
and so they will inherit a double portion in their land,
and everlasting joy will be theirs.

8 “For I, the LORD love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity.
In my faithfulness I will reward them
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their decedents will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”

10 delight greatly in the LORD;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
And arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise
spring up before all nations.
Isaiah 61: 1-11

There is still hope for purity in, not only our own selves, but in our nation. Many believe that we are too far away from turning back, as individuals and as a nation, or that God is ignoring us, and there is no hope, but no matter what, never stop believing in hope. There is still hope, in you and in our nation.

Just:

Praise Jesus

repent

ask for  forgiveness, to forgive, and for your needs

yield

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Be a Prayer Warrior for Committed Relationships

Be a Prayer Warrior
For Committed Relationships

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

Becoming a prayer warrior is not easy. It is easy to be angry, and quick to blame, but it is not easy to forgive and ask God to take over. As with anger, a person has to put on their full armor of God. “14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6: 14 – 17

Praying for God to intervene in a situation, especially, one as complicated as a committed relationship/ marriage, is going to take time. Being a good prayer warrior for your situation requires a person to ask God for forgiveness and to never cease in prayer. I have noticed that in my situation, when I cease in prayer, things tend to begin to fall apart, just a hair. When I am too self-centered to let God be God that is the moment when God proves to me, once again, that I cannot fix this on my own. God is telling me, that if I do not hand everything over to Him, time and time again, that He will allow it to crumble a little bit, just as a reminder to give it back to Him.

As Christians, God has given us the ability  to preserve through trials and tribulations. He wants us to use the gifts that He has provided for us to help others to become the Christian they truly are. There are times when two people will marry who seem to be unequally yoked. However, to God, they are a perfect match for one another, but it will not be seen until both parties are true Christians and rely fully on God. But, when one person is not living up to their true Christian potential, it really does cause many problems in their relationship. This is why, the one closer to Christ needs to pray unceasingly. Because no matter what happened in the past, God wants them to get past it, forgive each other, and place God at the forefront of their marriage. Once this is the case, the couple can and will get past their past hurts and stop hurting each other in the present. They will finally begin to feel as one, the way God has intended marriage to feel, as it was written in Genesis.

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam[a] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[b] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[c] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2: 18-24

Only God can get us there, because He created the concept. No two people will feel closer to one another, unless God is in their relationship.
Another thing a good prayer warrior does is ask others to pray with them and over their situation. “20For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 God knows that there is strength in numbers, and with more people gathered to pray about your situation, then great things begin to happen. For me, God has begun to place people in my life, whom I would have never had met without His grace. This small family has been through the same situation that I have been struggling with, and they have provided me with hope. Hope, not only for my situation, but for my overall happiness. This kind of hope has given me more faith that my situation will improve and that God is answering my prayers.

I pray for whatever situation you might be facing today, that God is already working, and that you do not give up. I banish the darkness that is set before you and ask that Jesus shine is light over you, bless you and give you grace.
In Jesus Name,
Amen.

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