Monday, October 26, 2009

H-Ween.....Should Believers Participate?

Should a person who professes to worship the Creator participate in Halloween? In the Bible, we are commanded not to become involved with the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5-11).
Yahweh tells us very clearly nine things that He hates. "When thou art come into the land which Yahweh thy Elohim giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto Yahweh: and because of these abominations Yahweh thy Elohim doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with Yahweh thy Elohim (Deuteronomy 18:9-13). We don't know about you, but we are pretty sure that we wouldn't be perfect with Yahweh if we kept Halloween.....Now, you might be thinking....Perfect...just what does "perfect" mean? We think that some people may have a distorted conception of what perfect means in the Bible. That it is some unattainable condition that only Yahshua(Jesus) could attain. We do not think that is true. Yes, certainly, Yahshua was perfect in His perfection, but if you look at the definition in Strong's of perfection, of what Yahweh is looking for, we hope you will see that you can obtain perfection in His sight by simply following His instructions! He is not an un-pleasable task master by any means. He just wants our obedience from love for Him. (Jerimiah 7:21-23 In this manner says Yahweh of hosts the Elohim of Israel: Add your burnt offering to your sacrifices and eat flesh. For I spoke not to your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt-offerings or sacrifices: but this thing I commanded them, saying, Listen to my voice (the Torah) and I will be your Elohim and you shall be my people; and walk in all the way that I command you (the Torah) that it may be well with you.) And again: 1 Samuel 15:22 "And Samuel said, Hath Yahweh as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahweh? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." And again: Isaiah 1 11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith Yahweh: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. 16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
So, obey, obey what? Obey His instructions, the Torah! What is evil? Doing things he tells you not to in the Torah!
If you have ever been a parent, or a child of a parent, you have had experience with this concept. Parents would like their children to obey them out of love, knowing that the parent only wants what is best for the child at all times. Children of those parents have had to deal with learning that to behave, or follow the parents instructions, is for their own good. (Obviously we are talking about a normal, healthy relationship between a parent and a child, which is the only type of relationship Yahweh has with us.)
In Strong's Concordance"Perfection" is # 8549 in this case and it says, "Entire, integrity, truth, without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely, sincerity, sound without spot, undefiled, upright, uprightly, whole." It is from 8552 which says "a primary root, to complete,in a good or a bad sense, accomplish, cease, be clean, consume have done, come to an have an make an end, fail, come to the full be all gone, be all here, be (make) perfect, be spent, sum be (shew self) upright, be wasted, whole. So, obviously if the root word shows the negative(bad) and positive(good) and # 8549 represents the positive(good) aspects of the root word, we can see that He wants us to behave with integrity, truth, no blemish, without spot, to be clean, etc. and that keeping Halloween would not put us in that category of being "perfect" before Yahweh.
Halloween traditions can be traced to the ancient Celtic Day of the Dead. Halloween retains features that hearken back to the original pagan harvest holiday Samhain, such as the customs of bobbing apples (which was a horrible real life activity that used boiling water with people who were accused of crimes without a witness), and carving vegetables. Halloween doesn't glorify the Creator, in fact, it is dedicated to the spirits who oppose Him. The Creator wants Believers to walk in light rather than in darkness. Believers can rejoice that "He who is in you is greater than he who is int he world" (1John 4:4); that we can "resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).
Know Your Rights! Believers have the legally protected right to keep their public school children from participating in any spiritually compromising activity, such as listening to ghost stories, coloring pictures of witches, wearing costumes and participating in Halloween "parties."
The law in PA is found in the Pennsylvania Code, Title 22, Chapter 11.

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