Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I don't do Halloween

It's Halloween. This is the only night of the year when I turn off my porch light. Don't want any little ones ringing my door bell begging for candy. I'll bet 90 - no 95% or more of them don't even know why they do it. All they know is that, one night a year they dress up and go begging for candy. Yay!

As most of our holidays do, this holiday has its roots in a pagan festival. I won't go into detail. If you want to know more, just google "origin of halloween." The short version is that "in the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saint's Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday." I find it interesting that we still hold Halloween on October 31, the original day of the dead, and not on November 1, "All Saints Day."

I'm a born-again Christian, but I don't celebrate a lot of our so-called Christian holidays. I don't celebrate Christmas because I know that Jesus wasn't born on December 25. Christmas is, once again, a made-up holiday to replace a pagan festival. Those pagans. They didn't want to be Christians if it meant giving up their festivals. And I won't celebrate a lie.

I guess I'm a little different than most of the Christians, born-again or not, you'll meet. Most of the people I know who call themselves Christians are happy to celebrate Christmas in the most capitalistic and non-religious ways possible, as well as Easter and Halloween. (Am I forgetting any?)

If it's not mentioned in the Bible, then we shouldn't celebrate something as a Christian event or holiday.

Halloween's not in there. Christmas isn't either. Oh, they mention the birth of Christ, but give no date. What little evidence they give points to a warmer part of the year. Easter is in there, so we should acknowledge it, but not the way we do now. It should be a serious occasion. A celebration, yes, but no bunnies and chicks and eggs. None of those symbols that come from who-knows-where.

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