I am wondering if the members of the Roman Catholic Church are aware on the truth about the Halloween in which they are celebrating every year.
According to the Wikipedia, this celebration is being held on the night of October 31:
Halloween is an observance celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets or money. (Wikipedia. Org)And that Halloween is originally a pagan festival.
Halloween originated in Ireland as the pagan Celtic harvest festival, Samhain. Irish, Scots and other immigrants brought older versions of the tradition to North America in the 19th century. Most other Western countries have embraced Halloween as a part of American pop culture in the late 20th century. (ibid)Today, Catholics and other Christian community might wonder why this pagan festival is now celebrated by Christians. Did the Apostles and the members of the first century Church of Christ celebrated this holiday but was not recorded on the Bible or was just part of their tradition? Well, just as what has been revealed above, this celebration is originally a pagan festival. The Apostle and the first century Church of Christ didn't celebrate it. It became a Christian celebration when Christian missionaries adopted it as if it is already a Christian celebration.
The holiday was a day of religious festivities in various northern European pagan traditions, until it was appropriated by Christian missionaries and given a Christian interpretation. (ibid)In other words, Halloween is a Christianized pagan celebration.
But do we think true Christians are free to celebrate Halloween? Is celebrating this pagan or heathen celebration in accordance to the will of God?
It is recorded in the Holy Bible, that Apostle Paul urged his brethren in the true Church of Christ that they should not live as heathen:
"17So this I say and solemnly testify in [the name of] the Lord [as in His presence], that you must no longer live as the heathen (the Gentiles) do in their perverseness [in the folly, vanity, and emptiness of their souls and the futility] of their minds. (Ephesians 4:17, Amplified Bible)"Celebrating the pagan or heathen rituals or feasts means living as heathen. But, why should we, the true Christian, avoid those heathen celebrations? From that verse again, it is clear that celebrating heathen celebration like Halloween is stupid and those who did it are godless people:
"17As a follower of the Lord, I order you to stop living like stupid, godless people. (Ephesians 4:17, Contemporary English Version)"Not only that, this kind of celebration is ungodly and the people who did this are hopelessly confused.
"17With the Lord’s authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly[a] do, for they are hopelessly confused. (Ephesians 4:17, New Living Translation)"That's the reason why the Apostles didn't teach Halloween to the members of the true Church of Christ, and that the members of the true Church of Christ do not celebrate Halloween, because it is God's will not to live like heathen.
Let us just leave those so-called Christians but celebrate Halloween, for they are not the true Christians. The true Christians are those members of the true Church of Christ and are not celebrating this kind of celebration.
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