Halloween - Tradition or Treat?
Introduction (Halloween - Treat orTradition)
Many Christians today, participate in Halloween and other holiday celebrations without really questioning the origin of their practices or spending time to learn the history of the tradition. Many of these holidays are not in the bible, and there is no command given by any of the prophets of God that requires us to observe these days.
Halloween- Tradition or Treat
A lot of the Halloween costumes, depict characters that are evil and devilish. Some of the rituals of Halloween can be described as of sinister origin, and clearly mock the things of God. The ghoulish nature of some costumes often cause many to participate in activities that are not of a christian nature.
Halloween - Religious Holy day or Pagan tradition?
During Halloween, there are many costumes with blood, swords and other signs and symbols that could be described as of pagan origin sold in the stores, but when I answer the door bell for trick or treat, the children wear the cutest outfits that I am forced to ask myself -Tradition or Treat.
Bet You Didn't Know: Halloween
I have referenced two biblical incidents below to prove that some of the days celebrated by Christians may not rooted in pagan traditions, but may be authorized by the church of Jesus Christ.
Upon this rock I will build my church
When Jesus asked his disciples, who do men say that I am, the disciples replied, some say thou art John the Baptist, some Elias and others Jeremias or one of the prophets. He asked them, but who do you say that I am.
And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God". (Matthew 6:16 KJV).
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou Simon Barjona for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:17 -19 KJV).
Mark 9 verse 1
The book of St. Mark chapter 9 verse 1 states:
And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. (St. Mark 9:1 KJV)
This should mean that the kingdom of God has already come with power, or some of them standing there have been living for over 2000 years.
The chapter continues to describe Jesus taking Peter, James and John into a high mountain, and Jesus was transfigured before them. What does transfigured mean?
Isaiah 53: 1 & 2 states:
Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him. (Isaiah 53: 1& 2 KJV)
Therefore transfigured means that HIs appearance was changed.
Mark 9:4 & 5 states
And there appeared unto them, Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus: And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses and one for Elias. (St Mark 9 4 & 5 KJV).
Skip to Mark 9 verse 7:
And there was a cloud that overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud; saying; this is my beloved Son; hear him. And suddenly when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. (St. Mark 9: 7 & 8 KJV)
Here God is revealing to Peter, James and John, His son (Jesus) in His new (or right body). The event takes place in a high mountain. He also introduces them to Moses (of the Ten Commandments) and Elias. Peter asked to make three tabernacles, because He was so frightened. Jesus said no, and commanded them not to tell anyone, till He had risen from the dead. The apostles questioned among themselves "what rising from the dead" meant. This should indicate that Jesus had not risen from the dead yet, and thus the Ten Commandments, the law and the Jewish holidays are still in effect.
In Mark 9 verse 1 Jesus told them that some of them would not taste death till they see the son of God come with power. Coming with power should mean that God did something powerful to or with the Sun, to influence the changing of the day of celebration, merrymaking and gift giving from December 17th to December 25th and the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday. Thus the introduction of Christmas Day.
The book of Revelation
In the book of Revelation we find the transfer of power to the lamb:
And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts and in the midst of the elders stood a Lamb as if had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. (Revelation 5:6 KJV).
And they sung a new song saying, Thou are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof, for thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred and tongue and people and nations. (Revelation5:9 KJV).
Peter was the given keys of the kingdom of heaven; hence he is the holder of the key of David. (Church of Philadelphia - Revelation 3:7)
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth and no man shutteth; and shutteth and no man openeth; (Revelation 3:7).
This transition will not take place without other amazing acts taking place.
Revelation 6 verse 1 states:
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying Come and see (Revelation 6:1 KJV)
There are no popular religious holy days today to "remember" the missions of Peter, or to remember his birth and death. So obviously, religious days will be established to celebrate the life of this martyr. Where are these holy days in the bible?
First Penn relay trophy
The Penn Relays
Thus one has to re-question the origin of some of the days celebrated by Christians. Were they Pagan or really of Christian origin? I have included two videos of events from the Penn Relays. There are a women's 200m relay and a college men's sprint medley relay. The Penn Relays is not a popular sporting event like the Super bowl or the baseball World Series. The Penn Relays started in April of 1895. It is held in the last week of April every year on the campus of University of Pennsylvania. What would the origin of these relays be described as?
This is a women's 4 x 200m relay in the Penn relays
college men Sprint medley, Penn Relays
Today almost all Non-Jewish religious holidays and festivals are described as of Pagan origin since no record of these days are found in the bible; and the question of whether Christians should celebrate these days is highly debated. When Jesus came to earth he did not do away with the old testament Jewish religious customs, but those Holy days and festivals were meant for the children of Israel.