“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them; Iam the Lord your God.”
“So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, toinquire of it.”
(1 Chron. 10:13)
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or daughter to pass throughthe fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or acharmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer (one who tries tocommunicate with the dead). For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord; andbecause of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”
(Deut.18:10-12, 21:8; Lev. 20:27, 20:6)The Bible instructs us to have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness. Both Christian and Jew areforbidden to participate in the occult practices listed in Deuteronomy 18:10. Necromancing is the delvinginto contacting the dead. God said all such practice was an abomination to Him. Some may reply, “But weonly do this in fun...we don’t practice witchcraft.” That which represents Satan and his domain cannot behandled or emulated “for fun”. Such participation places you in enemy and forbidden territory and that isdangerous ground.Through the ages, Halloween has gone by various names but all have been tributes to the same dark force, Satan. There is no place in the life of the Church or the Christian for such participation. Halloweenis a rite with pagan, demonic roots.
A Short History of Halloween
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It seems that anything dark and wicked will find its wayinto prominence. The American celebration rests upon Scottish and Irish folk customs which can be traced,in a direct line, from pre-Christian time. Although Halloween has become a night of celebration to many,its beginnings were otherwise. The earliest Halloween celebrations were held by the Druids in honor of Saman, lord of the dead, whose festival fell on November 1.It was the Druid’s belief that on the eve of this festival, Saman called together the wicked souls that,within the past 12 months, had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals. They were released in theform of ghosts, spirits, witches or elves. The Druids, an order of priests in ancient Gaul and Britain, also believed that the cat was sacred because cats once had been human beings but were changed as a punishmentfor evil deeds. From these Druidic beliefs come the present-day use of witches, ghosts, and cats inHalloween activities.The Christian church tried to eliminate the Druid celebration by offering All Saint’s Day as a substitute.As Christianity spread over Europe and the British Isles, it attempted to replace the pre-existing pagan cultworship of Apollo, Diana or Ymir, but to no avail.Although the outward forms of such worship disappeared, the belief in these deities did not. They foundan outlet during the Middle Ages in the open practice of witchcraft which is presently enjoying a revival inmany countries, including the U.S.A. In Germany the occult is considered more prevalent than in the MiddleAges. The deistic cults held periodic meetings known as witches sabbaths, and it is the same today withOctober 31st becoming more important.Traditional Halloween symbols appeared in the U.S. during the late 1800's. Witches, black cats, death’shead cut from a pumpkin, candles, masks, parties and pranks were used. In rural areas, aggravating and