The real origin of Halloween
The real origin of Halloween
Struggling to make ends meet on a first-call salary, the pastor was livid when he confronted his wife with the receipt for a $250 dress she had bought. "How could you do this?!"
"I was outside the store looking at the dress in the window, and then I found myself trying it on," she explained. "It was like Satan was whispering in my ear, 'You look fabulous in that dress. Buy it!'" "Well," the pastor replied, "You know how I deal with that kind of temptation. I say, 'Get behind me, Satan!'" "I did," replied his wife, "but then he said, 'It looks fabulous from back here, too!'"
This morning I want to talk with you about something a little different, I want to show just how Christians and followers of Christ have compromised the faith and do not even know it. We have holidays that glorify Christ even though everyday should do that, but coming up this week we have a holiday coming up that has be literally sugar coated to hide the real meaning of it. I want you to know that it is a holiday that celebrates demons goblins and satan and anything evil. Now let get one thing straight I’m not here to make you feel bad, I’m here to tell you the truth, the rest is up to you and God. So If you have brought you bibles turn with me to 1 john 2:15-17
Do Not Love the World
1 john 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.
17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
As you know Halloween is coming up this Wednesday and we will see many little kids and many adults too. I know a lot of people who can’t what for this so called Holiday to come so they can go wild. Have you ever wondered where and how did Halloween start, Well if you have today is your lucky day. I started to do some digging and some research and this is what I have found.
The real origin of Halloween.
The name was not always Halloween, It was called Samhain,
Samhain was the original festival that the western Christians moved their calendar to and celebrated All Saints Day./ The eastern Christians continued to celebrate All Saints Day in the spring as the Roman Christian did originally.
Since the Celts,
Celt \kelt, selt\ 1 : a member of a division of the early Indo-European peoples distributed from the British Isles and Spain to Asia Minor
Since the Celts, like many other cultures, started every day at sunset of the night before, Samhain became the evening “of “all Hallows (Hallowed= holy= saint) which was eventually contracted into “Hallow-e’en or modern Halloween”.
Now Samhain was the beginning of the winter or Dark half of the year. But the day before Samhain is the last day of summer or the old year-The day after was the 1st day of winter or the new year. But you see there was 1 day in-between the seasons or years that was nothing a free day if you will, it was call Samhain and it was considered a very magical time, when the dead walked among the living and the veils between past, present and future are lifted.
On this night many Celtic myths happens. Many of these events have to do with temporary victory of the forces of darkness over those of light.
Samhain was from Oct 31- Nov 2 and was a time of no-time, Celtic Society, like all earlier society were highly structured and organized, everyone new their place. But on these days the Celts knew that there had to be a time when order and structure were abolished, when chaos could reign Samhain was such a time. Time was literally abolished for 3 days and people did crazy things, Men dressed as women and women dressed as men, Farms gates were unhinged and left in ditches, peoples horses were moved to different fields and children would knock on doors for food and treats in a way we find today, just watered down.
It was a night when Druids would try to make contact with the spirits of the dead. The dark moon festival represents a time when our mortal sight needs to be obscured in order for us to see into the other worlds.
It was the Christians who turned this festival into Halloween on Oct 31 and All Hallows/ All Saints Day Nov 1 and finally All Souls Day Nov 2.
See the Christian Church was unable to stop people from celebrating this holiday so they sprinkled a little Holy water on it and gave it new names. As we did with other pagan holidays and customs.
Let look at a few myths and events that are glorified in the holiday. We have haunted houses, Now before you say man Pastor is a old skeezer that doesn’t like anything. I have kids and I grew up with Halloween. And only until I started to find out what it meant and represents did I feel this way. But Haunted Houses are fun but do you know what they are and what you are doing. Listen to what the bible says 1st.
9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 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, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.
Medium’s are witches and we imitate these things for Halloween. We think it is fun to get dressed up and go out and play. I understand but what we are doing is playing with evil forces that we do not understand. Listen to what it says in Isaiah.
19 When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?
Listen church I’m not hear to ruin your fun, I’m telling you to educate yourself. I’m telling you what God says, But I am telling you that you are playing with things that you do not understand.
Each year kids disappear, Cults even sacrifice people and pets to Satan on this night. But you very seldom see or read about it in the media, because Halloween in a big money maker. So who cares what it means and who dies. Its all about money.
I want to ask you.
Do you know what the bible says about these things?
When you are doing things that you know you shouldn’t does your heart ach?
As we sing today I want to have an invitation. Not to glorify The demons of this world but I want to Glorify the one true God?
Do you know Him?
If you do not you need to be up hear with me we can both get on our knees before God and pray the salvation prayer. Pray for others, sickness, finical, problem. Or if you just want to feel Gods powerful presence in you life. You come
As a church during this time prayer If you are saved then prayer for those who are not.
If you looking for a church home—Let me tell you Beaver Creek is a wonderful family of believers who will love you. The family start here.
So as we sing you come for what ever reason you come.