Though each theologian has their own issues with doctrinal differences, this quote from Albert Barnes’ “Notes on the Bible” seemed quite pertinent for people today who make a claim of having faith in God.
“In one word, faith is feeling and acting as if there were a God, a Saviour, a heaven, a hell; as if we were sinners and must die; as if we deserved eternal death and were in danger of it; and, in view of all, casting our eternal interests on the mercy of God in Christ Jesus. To do this is to be a Christian: not to do it is to be an infidel.” —Albert Barnes “Notes on the Bible” for Mark 16:16.
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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.
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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.