I personally think it's just more genuine to celebrate something based on what it means to you not based on it's history.
I have to agree because my research finds that sports have roots in Paganism. How many who are against celebrating Christmas and Halloween, have no qualms about participating in sports?I say if God can turn a human sinner into a Holy creature, we can certainly turn any bad rooted event into a good one, by choice and deliberation.
For example.... I just returned from a Halloween costume party that was thrown by my family. Some are christians, some are not, but to us it's all about getting together, having a great time, eating food, listening to music, having a fire and enjoying each others company all while being dressed up in various costumes.
A Halloween party to my family has nothing to do with devil worship or pagan rituals, we've basically turned it into a new holiday. To us, Halloween is much like Thanksgiving, the 4th of July, and Christmas, only with a creative costume theme.
My point simply is, Halloween will become what you turn it into.... My family has taken it and turned it into something fun....
Others teach their kids that it's an evil, satan worshipping holiday, and to those kids thats what it becomes, because thats what it was turned into for them.
Personally, I no longer celebrate Halloween. When I was a kid I was encouraged to do so and didn't know any better.I need to point out that kids aren't worshipping the devil just because they put on a costume and go out and get free candy.
Halloween isn't an evil, satanic holiday unless you teach your kids to believe that.
To them it is a time to have fun, use their imaginations to dress up, and go get free candy. I guarantee thats all kids think of it.
Is their anyone in here who celebrates christmas?? Does anyone put up a christmas tree, hang lights and give and receive presents? If you're going to shun halloween, then you need to not celebrate christmas as well because it's roots are just as pagan.
Jesus wasn't born on december 25th, in all likely hood he was born in the late september/early october area.
The christmas that most people celebrate on december 25th, is just as pagan as halloween.
Quit trying to sound spiritual, praise God for our awesome imaginations that He created, and let your kids dress up and get free candy.
I personally am going as SpongeBob.
(I should also mention that I don't really agree with dressing up as evil, bloody, horrific things related to death and demons, so on and so forth you get the idea. but I think it's perfectly fine to dress up as fun imaginative stuff like Dinosaurs, Super-Heros, Cartoon Characters, Robots or anything else you can think of that is fun and creative.)
I made my own costume out of cardboard and different colored felt paper and I had a blast doing it.
Great point! My kids don't even care about NOT doing it. It's people outside of our home that press the issue. We have taught our children the origins, and pointed out what it is today...they understood without us having to go into detail.COMMERCIALISM and the monies that are generated from purchases by those parents who DON'T KNOW and DON'T CARE is what drives the so-called celebration of Halloween these days. If PARENTS would take time out from their busy lives and take the time to STUDY what is involved now, what the origins were and actually sit down and TALK with their kids about it, there would be NO commercial incentive.
Oh, wow - Parents actually talk with their kids? What a unique concept. (sarcasm intended).
Hmm...can a Holiday glorify God or Satan? Or is it the people and what they do that glorify?
The primary manner that we celebrate Christmas, the most heavily celebrated holiday by Christians, is still very, very pagan. More than that, the pagan winter soltice BARELY got changed at all from our modern day Christmas, while Halloween is barely at all like Samhain, which as I said before is closer to Thanksgiving than Halloween.
In the end, these are all secular holidays, even when they have been adapted by the church and given a good purpose. Commercialism is the new 'god' and what drives all of these holidays.
So...what makes a holiday good or bad? Is it the origin? Is it the way it's currently used today?
I've always believe that it's the usage of a thing that gives it meaning, not it's origins. So dressing your kids as demons, witches, etc, would be just as wrong on Halloween as any other day.
I keep hearing this kind of statement from people…but no one seems to be able to tell me what their source(s) are for this position. When I look at the actual history of Halloween, Sanhain, Druids etc. I see nothing about devil worship.When you've witnessed what this "holiday" is really all about, there is no going back & closing your eyes...you can't gloss it over anymore.