HALLOWEEN, How to win
by Jide Oboise
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HALLOWEEN ……How to win
To hallow is to sanctify a person or God…OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME…
Glorification of the dead, witchcraft and evil spirits is sure not a pass-time that Christians want to be involved in or associated with, that is the reason why I write on this topic.
Halloween has been a period a time in the year that has been quite intriguing and mysterious but for the children most of all, fun.
How did this paganism and ritualistic practice get so well packaged and sold to more than half of the world without an argument, to be taken as norm, fun and games.
We have to start by looking at history and how it all stated:
All souls day or all saints day…Nov 1st (Aller Heiligen), the church really is guilty of integration and assimilation of so many cultural and traditional practices that do not have anything whatsoever to do with the word of God.
The traditions of men replacing cunningly and gradually the authentic word of God.
Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain
The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in what is now known as modern day Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, this time of year was often associated with human death.
The Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became busy with a flurry of activities. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the other worldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.
During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.
By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.
The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.
By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-Hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were called Hallowmas.
Not forgetting to mention Salem, Massachusetts, this area in the United States has also laid claim to the "Halloween Capital" title, but of course dissociating itself from its history of the persecution witches.
Pumpkins as an addendum were carved because of similar history of celebrating and hallowing a dead soul roaming.
Carving as a popular part of modern America's Halloween celebration. Started in connection with the practice which originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed "Stingy Jack." According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn't want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.
Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then, simply "Jack O'Lantern."
In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack's lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack o'lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack o'lanterns.
The Bible enjoins us not to be ignorant of the devices of the enemy, the children of the world are REALLY wise in their generation, let us guard our loins so that we do not get swept and tossed around by every wind of doctrine, Halloween and how to win ?…… Ask yourself, what does God’s word say about it all, and then inscribe the book of the law on your hearts, on the door posts of your home so that you can declare like Joshua that AS FOR ME AND MY FAMILY, WE SHALL SERVE THE LORD
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