By Jonathan Harris
If you're looking for extensive information on the pagan origins of Halloween you're in the wrong place. I'm working off the correct assumption that the holiday itself is a pagan festival. Halloween literally means "All Hallows Evening" and represents the day in which the separation between the spirit and physical worlds is the thinnest. Each practice has spiritual significance. The costumes are for the purpose of confusing dead acquaintances who might want to enact vengeance on you for a wrong you did them while they were still alive. The "Trick or Treating" is meant to appease the evil spirits so they won't carry out wicked plans on your living quarters. Just about every aspect has some kind of pagan significance. Assuming this to be true, how should a Christian react? Should we participate? After all, the Christmas tree also has pagan origins, yet we use that all the time? Should we substitute our celebration of Halloween with the celebration of "Reformation Day?"
- Will it force me to compromise my beliefs by participating in actual pagan practices for pagan reasons?
- Will it cause another Christian to stumble and use your example to violate their own conscience?
- Will it compromise the Gospel to non-Christians?
- Would you invite Jesus to come with you?
- Is it a profitable use of your time?
- Will it violate your conscience?