Halloween and the Bible

There are plenty of detailed discourses about Halloween and whether or not the Bible says it is okay for Christians to celebrate it. Surprisingly, there is still a mixed opinion. Rather than address the history of the holiday, I would like to just point out a few Bible verses to get people thinking.

Before listing the Bible verses, I want to mention that I know some Christians who allow their children participate in Trick or Treat celebrations, and I know others who would not even entertain the idea. I have heard of churches who have altered the event to become a “Trunk or Treat” celebration. This is where church members decorate the trunks of cars and back ends of SUVs and trucks according to different themes. The vehicles typically park in the church parking lot, and the kids go from vehicle to vehicle to get a treat. There is even a website devoted to the idea that shows pictures all kinds of creatively decorated vehicles. Churches usually discourage scary decorating themes, so you are likely to see everything from Biblical themes to popular children’s movie themes. The adults handing out the treats often dress in character according to the decorative theme they chose.

Is it safer than going door to door in the neighborhood? With how well most of us know our neighbors now, and being that Trunk or Treat is likely to be a much more controlled environment, I would say it is most likely safer. However, does that make it appropriate? I am not telling, I am asking. On a fundamental level is it appropriate to simply alter how an event is celebrated to make it acceptable? Is not this one of the founding tenets of an entire denomination who simply renamed and altered how pagan festivals were celebrated when the celebrants converted to Christianity?

I would ask that you consider the following passages from the Bible to decide whether or not it is appropriate to celebrate Halloween in any manner from its original form to its diluted version celebrated by the masses today.

Isaiah 8:19 NIV. Deuteronomy 18:10-13 NIV. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 NIV. 2Kings 21:6 NIV. Acts 19:18-20 NIV. 1Thessalonians 5:22.

Jesus is Lord!

Follow the Word and see . . .

First the Psalm. Make a mental note of the words/phrases, “heathen, “kings,” “rulers” “Thou art my son,” “rod of iron” and “Kiss the Son.” Notice that “Son” is capitalized. David is prophesying of Jesus the Christ, the Holy One of God.

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”
Psalms 2:1-12

Now in Acts we see the people lifting up their voices with one accord after Peter and John through the name of Jesus heal the lame beggar at the temple gate called “Beautiful.” The Sadducees, who do not believe in resurrection from the dead, along with the priests and temple captain put Peter and John in prison overnight and had them give account of what was done the next day.

The religious leaders counseled to stop them from teaching in the name of Jesus. However, we know that the truth of Jesus of Nazareth being the Christ and risen from the dead could not be held back. Though the heathen, kings of the earth and rulers resist, God wins! Here we see who the “Son” in Psalm chapter two is.

“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”
Acts 4:24-31

Now, let us see how it all turns out.

Remember “rod of iron”?

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Revelation 19:11-16

Remember “Kiss the Son”?

As servants of the Most High God we willingly bow to Jesus as our King. To kiss the son is making a gesture of obedience to our Lord. As Christians it is our heart’s desire to serve our King. Look at the “mind” that should be in us. See what will come. Isaiah foretold of it.

“I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”
Isaiah 45:23

Paul shows where we should be in our mindset as servants of Christ and what is to come to all living things.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
Philippians 2:5-12

The Lame Beggar

Acts 3:11
“And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.”

Peter and John spoke a healing miracle to the lame man. The man was on the ground every day next to a gate of the temple that was called Beautiful. He was crippled from birth and people would carry him to the gate and put him there so he could beg money to survive. Such a contrast of a crippled man on the ground who had to rely on friends or family to carry him to the temple and back home every day so he could beg in front of a gate that was called “Beautiful.”

One source indicates the gate was big and covered in brass plates. The actual Greek word that “Beautiful” comes from in this context is “hōraios.” According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible it means, “belonging to the right hour or season (timely), that is, (by implication) flourishing (beauteous [figuratively]): – beautiful.” With what happened to the beggar, I would say it was both “timely” and “flourishing!”

Out of all the glory of this miracle that Peter plainly gives to Jesus there is one small thing that sticks out to me and that is that the lame man “held Peter and John.” He went from being powerless in one single moment in time to being powerful enough to physically hold two apostles. Also take note that the lame man was” . . .walking, and leaping, and praising God.” God was both due and did receive the glory for the work.

There is no doubt to me that our enemy derived pleasure for every moment the lame man lay on the ground begging. Then there was that moment when the power of God was demonstrated for a purpose. The formerly crippled beggar held onto Peter and John, and then the Holy Ghost held onto everyone there because of the miracle so that the Gospel message would be declared in that timely moment and so it would flourish all the more.

I pray healing into your life so that God receives glory and that the message that Jesus is the Christ and is still offering forgiveness of sins and eternal life to anyone who calls on his name flourishes more!

(I invite you to read the whole text of the healing in Acts chapters 3 and 4.)

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I do hope that we can all learn together. I learn a little bit more every single day! I have not sent out an Expound  newsletter recently, but I do invite you to sign up for the next one coming out. Thank you for your patience.

I am making a personal request to those who believe in Jesus as their Savior to pray for my voice so that I may be able to speak for long periods of time again. If it be God’s Will, I would like to teach in that way too. I have a problem with my throat that causes bad pain from speaking. Sometimes I can only speak for about five minutes or less before the pain starts.

Thank You,

Cody