Well, I guess I will start with this.
My name is Mark Bishop.
As a former witch who is now involved in outreach to the folks walking in witchcraft’s many forms, I feel the need to respond to yet another article that has been brought to my attention dealing, erroneously, with the subject of Halloween.
As the author of a piece at Answers in Genesis, Paul S. Taylor has trotted out a few of the half-truths that have been running around the church for years and deserve to be looked at with a different light. ¬†I have no issues at all with his assertion that this is one heavily debated topic in the western church. ¬†His next paragraph contains some good and some bad.. :
“The history of Halloween should give cause for concern.” ¬† Why? ¬†I would think the present of Halloween would be of more concern.
“It was originally the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This was a night when the spirits of the dead allegedly walked abroad, and it was thought that they could be conjured to do the will of those who summoned them.” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Actually, not quite right here either. The Celts lived in many areas and had their harvest festivals roughly at that time of year. ¬†Samhain is somewhat different as it is a season where the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is thinner for some reason that I have never figured out. ¬†It’s not actually tied to the man made calender that we use.
Rather than continue point by point, we’ll cut to the chase.
Halloween is not an ‘occult’ holiday. ¬†If anything, it is the candy maker’s holiday. ¬†Do some evil things happen then? yes. Sometimes even more than on other days. ¬†October 31st is a day that the Lord has made, and we should rejoice in it too! ¬†All the more since the local mission field will walk the path to our respective doors looking for treats, and getting prayer as well and maybe even age appropriate Gospel tracts to go with those treats. ¬†No, the witches don’t really do much with Halloween except perhaps to make it a party, Any real work is done elsewhere, on a day usually not too far from it.
Are parents opening their children up to occult influences by letting them go ‘trick or treating’? ¬†not really, but if the child goes, the parent better go since there are bad people in the world. ¬†That is the real danger that is posed in the current times. A little different than in years gone by but not really different from any other day of the year when you shouldn’t let your children go wandering around unattended.
Yes, the culture is going downhill fast in many places, and this does have an effect on all days, including October 31st. ¬†As with many things though, it is a matter of intent. You won’t be accidentally dabbling in the occult by celebrating Halloween, just don’t engage in some of the more ignorant things that go on… such as intentionally trying to contact the spirit world…
There is much more to the subject, but it will have to wait for another time.