Halloween is an interesting controversy in the lives of Christians. It is reported today that it was not really as widely celebrated in early America, considering many of the early colonies were found on Christian guidelines and principles. The fear that witchcraft was real allowed for the Salem witch hunting to rise to large degrees. Today 100 million Americans practice occult behaviors. In one survey it was found that 67% of Americans believe in the supernatural and 42% think they have spoken to someone who died.
Demons masquerade as the dead. Openness to the occult are created by excessive fascination and involvement in the spirit world. Beliefs make all the difference. Christ calls us to take every thought captive.
I believe God has put in each of us an interest in the spiritual because as we are created in His image we are spirit, soul and body. That hunger can drive us to many wrong places and we get lost. The sorcery warning in the Bible actually comes from a Greek word Pharmacia that means druggist, poisoner. I can tell you from personal experience that the drug world(including alcohol, etc.) can open your mind to confusion, and open doors to the occult. Many of the gruesome murders in the past can be linked to drugs. The current issue in the west with Mexican drug wars are exactly related to the evil part of drugs. It is not all about the illegality of it .
Seeking out of divination, reincarnation, and paganism are all open doors to the demonic. A true understanding can be extrapolated by studying the scripture.
A great deception around today is that all people have psychic powers like another sense and development is like being able to see. There is a lot of studying about spiritual gifts in the scripture. There is a gifting of spiritual things by God but satan is the great deceiver and he wants to mimic everything of God. One scripture to explain that is found in Acts 16
“16Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her..” Acts 16:16-18
Another deception is that there is good magic and bad magic. The interfacing of all this confusion is so blatant even down to the children’s cartoons it is important for us to understand the truth and teach it to our children. This season is a great time to teach what we believe to our children. The fact is that so many, even “Christians”, those who claim to know Christ, have misconceptions and confusion.
Halloween is a special day for the chance of bringing occult into the average peoples lives. There is a quest on the part of many to know the future and walking by faith is trusting God without knowing the future. Many doors are open when people seek to know the future. Do not play with the occult because there is more danger there than you know.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2Timothys 2:15 Study the Bible for yourself and seek the truth. Do not be afraid , but understand what God says about the occult and have a real relationship through Jesus to understand what you want your children to know about this time of year. A could source for scriptural study is Khourse.org. This week there are some audio teachings to help in your research.