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Does the Book of Romans Approve the Observance of Halloween?

by on Sep.10, 2017, under Uncategorized

Oh yeah! Halloween is coming! ! Just a few more days and all your pent up, ‘trick or treat’ emotions, can be expressed in so many evil ways!!! Just think, everything you did, last year, to ‘spook’ your neighbor’s kids… it can be done SOOOO much better this year!!!! Yes! Each year gets better!!! Better make up, better costumes! Better and better special effects(for those who can afford them)!!

Uhh.. just kidding! I do not look forward to this customary night of witches and goblins!! But, millions do, and they really get into it!! Even many churches get involved, and they either ‘celebrate it’ or they ‘denounce it’ with all sorts of efforts to provide alternate activities for their children( and the adults)..

Some of the churches and individuals who ‘celebrate’ it, believe that God is A-ok with their participation!! They believe that, somehow, God’s Word even supports and ‘condones’ the observance of Halloween!

Recently, I had a nice, old lady tell me that the Book of Romans talks about and approves of Halloween!! Wow!! I wasn’t expecting that! Sooo… does the Book of Romans approve of ‘Christians’ observing, keeping, or somehow participating in Halloween?? Let’s check it out!

Romans Chapter 14…
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Verse 17 -For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

This is the first verse the nice lady gave me, and, well… it doesn’t SAY anything about Halloween!! So, I read it to her, “See here? Nothing about Halloween”….

For some reason, this verse sounds more like it’s speaking of ‘eating and drinking’… and, I guess people DO eat and drink on Halloween… I’m sure they do a heap of drinking, but that doesn’t make this verse about Halloween.

So, She gave me the next verse… verse 18

From the KJV: Rom. 14:18 -For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

I explained to her that I’d seen this verse several times and couldn’t see any mention of Halloween or it’s customs.. ??? And, by the way, How could keeping the pagan customs of Halloween, be ‘serving Christ’?? She ignored my question, and gave me another verse!

From the KJV: Rom 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

I read the verse… and said to her…”Believe it or not, I always strive to edify others, and I always strive to ‘follow after the things which make for peace'”… But, really, I said, .. telling someone about the origins of the Halloween customs, and telling them what God thinks of those customs, and telling them about whether or not God wants, expects, or desires those customs, is something I must do. The Bible says, that the TRUTH will set you free! And, truly, thousands of others have been set free from the practices and customs and symbols of Halloween.. I hope a few others will benefit from the truth on these things. If one finds these things upsetting, I can understand that too. It IS upsetting to find out that what one has done all their life, is wrong, and not productive in the active worship of the creator God. It usually takes some time to get used to the idea.”

She didn’t seem very impressed with that, and continued with another verse!

From the KJV: Rom 14:20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

I really wanted to discuss this with the nice lady, but, CLEARLY, these verses ALL appear to have something to do with EATING and DRINKING… but nothing to do with Halloween.. I’m absolutely CERTAIN that Halloween has nothing to do with the “work of God”.
I tried to tell her that, and asked, “What does all this about eating have to do with observing Halloween??”

Hmm… it was sort of like, being in a foreign country, asking for directions in a language totally unknown to either person!! Wow!

She said, Look at verse 21: It is better NOT to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else.(or have Halloween)if…. that will ’cause your brother to fall’

She supplied the part about (or have Halloween)…

From the KJV: Rom 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

Oddly enough, all this conversation was in a peaceful setting and we smiled a lot…

Responding to her, I said, “I’ll try not to eat meat or drink wine in front of you…will that help?”… She smiled again. I said, “you know.. As far as observing Halloween goes, well… NOT KEEPING it will certainly not ’cause [my] brother to fall’… my brother KNOWS the truth about these pagan holidays and he doesn’t observe them either. He, like me, stays as far as possible AWAY from them… Look, I know you like Halloween, I know you desire to take part in the celebration… but, please THINK ABOUT IT!!!.. God does not like it, He does not desire it and He does not desire for HIS PEOPLE to be involved in it, in any way! He hates those customs. Now, truly, if you don’t like these statements, I do understand. But, please, don’t take them personally… they are not offered as any kind of insult, but rather…as the truth they are.
By the way, Telling someone the truth, will never make them WEAK.”

I think she secretly was insulted a bit, and basically wanted me to stop preaching about this holiday and simply ‘keep it to myself’! She offered another verse with that in mind.

From the KJV: Rom 14:22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

She wanted me to take my ‘faith’.. my beliefs about this pagan holiday, and ‘have it to myself‘… She didn’t really enjoy hearing about how evil it really was… her conscience was struggling, I guess. But, we kept talking for a while!!

I explained, that I do have faith. I have faith that the Bible is true, and that IF I read and follow it, instead of following some man, or some group of men, that I will, with God’s help, be on the right track. I try very hard to share the truths I’ve learned about Halloween, and as I said, sometimes, the truth is a little hard to take, especially if it cuts into, or shines an unfavorable light on, the things we love to do. I guess being a Christian isn’t as easy as many would like it to be. 🙁

Friends, I know that millions love Halloween. Next to X-mas, and Easter, it’s probably the biggest ‘money maker’ of the year! And, I dare say, that most, if not all observers of Halloween, do not and will not be ‘condemning themselves’ as they party and celebrate.

So, then, I asked her about Jesus! WWJD? Yeah, what about Jesus? What would He do? If He was here now, I asked her, do you suppose that He would be keeping and observing Halloween? “trick or treating”?? What type of demon or evil spirit do you suppose that He would dress up as ??? hmm… Just something to think about!

She blinked, and shrugged and didn’t appear to really want to think about it!

She just gave me another verse, hoping that I would see what she ‘saw’ in these verses from the book of Romans!

From the KJV: Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

I wonder if she thought it couldn’t be a sin, if she ‘had faith’ that it was all right?

Once again, I tried to explain, that this verse, like all the others, is NOT speaking of Halloween. But, I did ask her, “IS Halloween ‘of faith’??” Really? Whose faith? I wonder…

It was time for a point-blank, direct question!!!!!! I said, “are you, or do you claim to be, a Christian?? If so, why do you keep Halloween?”

She Said nothing, and that was the end of that! 🙁

As I said, she was a nice lady and I appreciated the opportunity to discuss these things, it was an interesting conversation. But, if people are looking for some validation or support for the observance of Halloween in these verses, or any others in the Word of God, they are totally ‘out of luck’!!

Many tell me that the TRUTH is important to them, but is it really? The truth is, Halloween is a celebration of death, and destruction. A celebration of the END of life… It is not something that God or Jesus find harmless, and not something that they want their people involved with! But, alas, people(including nice old ladies).. WILL do what they want to do. At least, for now!

That ‘nice old lady’ is dead and gone now, but, one of these days, I look forward to continuing this conversation! 🙂

Ben.

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The ‘Complete Story’

by on Sep.01, 2017, under Uncategorized

Some say, that each human is born with a ‘conscience’.

Some say that this ‘conscience’ tells us that stealing, lying, killing and adultry are wrong.

In other words, we are born ‘knowing those things’! !
(I, personally, believe that we are born with a blank slate and that we are taught those things as we live and grow… Parents, teachers, preachers, all contribute to this programming of the conscience)

However, there are ‘wrong things’ that we do not automatically ‘know’ are wrong.

We are not ‘born knowing’ that breaking the Sabbath is wrong… or, that Coveting the belongings of others it wrong….

We are not ‘born knowing’ that it is wrong to use the Name of the God who made us as a curse word, or an expression of disgust.

The Law of God is the ‘complete story‘… that ‘complete story’ is what Adam and Eve rejected in the Garden… they were convinced that it was A-OK to go ahead and ‘decide for themselves’, what was ‘right and wrong’… they chose to take that priviledge to themselves and to forgo getting the ‘complete story‘ by being obedient to God’s Command and having opportunity to take from that Tree of Life!!

Those Two Trees… they DID represent something!!

They represented the Right Way of Life, as opposed to the Wrong Way of Life!!

They represented God’s definition of ‘Right and Wrong’ as opposed to the serpent’s LIMITED DEFINITION….

Trying to live one’s life by a limited defintion of Right and Wrong is the WAY of Death… Believing, and Obeying the True God, and keeping His Commandments, are THE WAY to Life Eternal.

Most of us grow up living our lives with that ‘limited definition’ written on our Conscience!! Those are ‘good things’!! Yes, but they are not the whole, complete story!! They are not the ‘programming’ that we need to allow our conscience to serve us correctly.

Most people will tell you that they ‘know right from wrong’! Most of them will tell you that they have always known it, from birth!

Rom_7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.”

Obviously, the Apostle Paul was not ‘born knowing right from wrong’!! That is, not with the whole, complete story, written on his heart(conscience).

We humans are born into this world, and for the most part, grow up with that ‘limited definition’ of Right and Wrong… that limited definition of SIN written on our ‘Conscience’… and the firm belief that all we have to do is LISTEN to that ‘still, small voice’ and it will guide us to do right!

Friends, a ‘Limited Definition’ is FAULTY DEFINITION!! Following a faulty definition, (even though the limited info is TRUE) will NOT result in LIFE Everlasting!

If we want to Live Forever, we need three things: THE WAY of life that includes having the True, Full, defintion of SIN, so we can know and know that we know, RIGHT FROM WRONG!

We need THE TRUTH!! … Lies and partial definitions will only lead to DEATH!

We need THE LIFE of a begotten Child of God that will allow us the full and unfettered CONTACT with the True God of the Universe… That Great and powerful Holy Spirit residing in our minds, leading and guiding us to have that fully, and correctly programmed, Conscience we need to be able to LIVE that LIFE in a way that is truly PLEASING to God and His Holy Son!!

WE NEED JESUS!! He is The Way, The Truth and The Life!

Ben.

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