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Choice News FRIDAY, OCT 15, 2004  |  34 comments
Sunday Halloween Irks Some in Bible Belt


Realistic looking corpses go too far. Is this Christian?

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Across the Bible Belt this Halloween, some little ghosts and goblins might get shooed away by the neighbors - and some youngsters will not be allowed to go trick-or-treating at all - because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year.

"It's a day for the good Lord, not for the devil," said Barbara Braswell, who plans to send her 4-year-old granddaughter Maliyah out trick-or-treating in a princess costume on Saturday instead.

Some towns around the country are decreeing that Halloween be celebrated on Saturday to avoid complaints from those who might be offended by the sight of demons and witches ringing their doorbell on the Sabbath. Others insist the holiday should be celebrated on Oct. 31 no matter what.

"Moving it, that's like celebrating Christmas a week early," said Veronica Wright, who bought a Power Rangers costume for her son in Newnan. "It's just a kid thing. It's not ...


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News Item10/16/04 12:00 PM
Tony | Greenville, SC  
Only such religious duties God has put forward in His word is that which we are to do. Everything else is as "strange fire" to Him. I admit that there are things civil in cultures that we can attend upon if the remembrance is righteous and good, though these days there are few.
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News Item10/16/04 11:56 AM
Yamil Luciano  
Jolee,

My family chose to celebrate Hannukah since it is far more of a Biblical holiday than Christmas.

I know that Christmas is so entrenched in our culture, that even Christians have a hard time letting go of it.

It is obvious from its title, its history, its philosophy, and even its cultural connnection to the world that it is an unholy holiday where Christopaganism is so imbedded in it.

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News Item10/16/04 11:51 AM
msc | Michigan  Contact via email
Jolee, my opinion on this: "And whats everyones thoughts on the traditional Christmas most people celebrate ? I am not sure , but have heard that it's origins are pagan also . The tree , yule log , holly and stuff like that . Any good input ."

I have nothing against celebrating Christmas as it is understood outside all the commercialism. Christmas is possibly my favorite time of year--I go all out with lots of lights, decorations, etc..going to church. I don't impose it on others though. If someone else doesn't want to celebrate, they don't have to. Whatever was pagan in Christmas decorations and all has Christian meaning now, to me anyway. The problem with halloween is the emphasis on death, fear, devils, etc. with no emphasis that Christ has come to defeat the powers of darkness, or the Resurrection of those who have died in Christ who will have glorified bodies, not skeletons, rotting flesh, etc. There is a big difference.

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News Item10/16/04 11:48 AM
Tony  
Right technically October 31st is All Hallow's Eve not All Saints Day. Thanks for the correction. Yet in substance the arguement remains the same. Though as to your argument it still holds no force. Seeing that everyone's conscience is bound to adhere to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament and to endeavor through God's grace to believe what they say and practice what they put forward. My arguement hinges on understanding that religious observances must be commanded by God to be done. If not we set ourselves up to attempt to offer something to God as duty which He has not commanded. Is this not one of the principle reasons Saul in the OT loses the kingdom? No one's conscience is bound to what I see if I do not put forward truth. Yet if I do then it is binding. Not because I say it but rather because the truth put forward even by an ass(a donkey) is binding upon the conscience to obey. Look to Christ alone and receive Him by faith alone then look to have your faith work through love. May we endeavor to do with God's help and flee the evil desires of youth and pursue holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

In Christ, our Prophet, Priest and King,

Tony

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News Item10/16/04 11:41 AM
Tony | Greenville, SC  
Right! It is never right to do evil on any day of the week most especially the Lord's day. It would only be more heinous but it would be sin even if done on Saturday. We, Christians, so try to look so much like we carry the world's ideology so much of the time. I shame myself often when I think of things I have left undone and things I have done because of such. May the Lord show mercy on us all through His beloved Son given for the salvation of all those who believe.

In Christ, our Prophet, Priest and King,

Tony

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News Item10/16/04 11:32 AM
GG | Dixie  
The Roman Church in her wisdom has known that the best way to win the public away from paganism and change culture is to replace the pagan celebration with a "Christian" celebration. Years later people forget the original meaning and only remember the later celebration. And it has worked. Few people in Mexico and S. America worship the Aztec and Mayan gods. Who celebrates Saturnalia,Sam Hain or Astara (Easter) but dyed in the wool neo-pagans intent on going to Hades. The trouble with y'all is that you can't tell the difference between belief and culture. When "Tony" says, "Christians can't..." I wonder who he is talking to. Certainly not me. Where does he get the Authority to talk for anyone but himself. Neo-paganism aside, Halloween is fun for the children as long as it remains fun. But, there are those of you out there that turn "purple" at the thought that some living person is actually daring to have a "good time". Get over it. Then there are those who say, "But Rome is still all about paganism". May God grant you "better sense" someday. I'm declaring Sunday "Counter-Reformation Day", I intend to go to mass on Sunday, watch scary movies that night and pray for my beloved departed on Nov 1, which is "All Sainst Day". Ciao!
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News Item10/16/04 11:23 AM
Nicole D. | WI  Contact via email
So it's OK to celebrate the Devil on Saturday, but not on Sunday? People are so inconsistent!
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News Item10/16/04 11:11 AM
Tony | Greenville, SC  Contact via email
Halloween or All-Saints Day can be looked at in two ways. One has it originally was designed to be a holy day ordained by the Roman Catholic Church or as it was appropriating of pagan practices giving a day for the dead. In my mind, there is really not much difference between the two. Both would carry religious connotations in either case. Christians therefore cannot celebrate it any capacity seeing as God alone is Lord of the conscience and able to prescribe acts of religious duty. Same thing would follow through with Easter, Christmass, Palm Sunday, etc. As to the origins of Christmas, Jeremiah the prophet has some comments as to the pagan practice of cutting down a tree and decorating it during that particular time of year. Recommended listening would be to listen to Pastor Price's sermons on the Christmass on sermonaudio. Here is the link:

Christmass condemned by Christ
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Greg%5EPrice

I hope this helps!

In Christ, our Prophet, Priest and King,

Tony

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News Item10/16/04 10:59 AM
Jolee | Pennsylvania  
Halloween isn't even an offical holiday , I wonder why it's on all the calenders ? And whats everyones thoughts on the traditional Christmas most people celebrate ? I am not sure , but have heard that it's origins are pagan also . The tree , yule log , holly and stuff like that . Any good input . Thanks and have a great day .
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News Item10/16/04 9:05 AM
Mike | south of the border  
Those saints aren't going to make you more spiritual. The better thing to do would be what MSC said and focus more on what God's Word says.
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News Item10/16/04 8:09 AM
Lance Eccles | Sydney, Australia  Contact via email
I thought Halloween was for recalling the Saints ("Hallows") who have passed on to the next life.
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News Item10/16/04 1:14 AM
C K Peterson  
Mike I believe they do.....they lack that "surprise, hell is real" smirk and wear that 'just had dinner on the grounds with all the fixins" smile.......

on the topic, I believe Christians should never celebrate Halloween no matter what day it falls on! I know it is hard to go against the grain of paganism as we are deeply entrenched in tradition in america. But we have to make a stand when it comes to things that glorify out right darkness and death and hell!

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News Item10/16/04 12:14 AM
Mike | New York  
"Realistic looking corpses go too far. Is this Christian?"? I don't know. Do the corpses of Christians look better than unbeliever's corpses?
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News Item10/15/04 5:15 PM
msc  
Why even worry about celebrating it? I don't. Consider the other point of October 31--Reformation Day, and hold a special service in church or home dedicated to learning the Bible and what the historic Protestant Reformers stood for.
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