Halloween Dabbling

Today is Halloween.

For many, this is a night of fun and candy gathering. A secular holiday which allows people to shed their normal persona and dress-up to be whoever they want to be for one day. What had become a child’s night has once more been adopted by adults. It’s a time for scary movies and to “whistle” at things in the dark.

There is another side to Halloween though.

A spiritual one, which should not be ignored, with its own activities designed to engage in the supernatural realm. One which many find interesting or “fun”. So they will find a way to indulge this interest through attending séances, ghost hunts, or visiting those skilled in the art of divination. Why?Perhaps it’s an interest fueled by the current paranormal offerings of  television programs or movies? Maybe they are a Christian but have held a secret fascination for ghosts or magick, but didn’t want anyone to know about it? Maybe they just want to scare themselves a bit?

Whatever the motivation there will be those who find a way to dabble in the supernatural tonight.

What makes Halloween night so special for these activities? Well, it is believed on October 31st, the “veil between worlds” is at it’s most thin. It is believed (or known) to be a prime time for spirits to communicate with the living, among other things. This is an intriguing concept for people, especially in this day and age when all things paranormal or magickal have captured the attention of so many (including many who consider themselves Christian).

Which is why you will find a myriad of offerings such as ghost tours, public ghost hunts, psychic medium readings, opportunities to have the potential future foretold through the Tarot or other forms of divination. Sure. These things are available throughout the year but Halloween finds opportunities to be booming. There will also be people who will pull out a Ouija board or play some other occult “game” because it’s spooky and weird. What better night than Halloween to dabble in such things?

The problem is once a spiritual door has been opened in a person’s life it can be very difficult to close it once more. There has been some argument made (recently) that ghost hunting or spirit communication can bring someone to faith in God or closer in relationship to Him. Really? There is a major fallacy with that notion. The Bible is filled with the Lord’s commands to stay away from such activities or beliefs (and here is a post written last year explaining why ghost hunting is included).

Participating in such activities as ghost hunting, consulting a medium, getting advice from a psychic, having a tarot card reading, playing with a Ouija board, using a pendulum to determine the future (or find water, disease, lost objects, or to communicate with the dead, etc), reading a horoscope, or participating (actively or passively) in any of the things associated with the occult are in direct opposition to God’s will:

Isaiah 8:19
And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?

Leviticus 19:31
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 4:19
And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven.

2 Kings 21:6 
And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger.

Leviticus 20:6 
“If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.

Revelation 21:8
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

 Acts 19:19
And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver.

Galatians 5:19-21
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Yes.

There will be an abundance of activities going on tonight.From the games and costumes of children to Wiccan circles as they honor the dead and celebrate their new year. There will also be people who stick  their toe into the “occult waters” just to see what happens. Those are the people whom I shall be praying for tonight.

It is more important than ever for Christians to shine the light of God’s grace and mercy into this dark night.

Be a beacon to those in our neighborhood with a winsome sharing of the gospel, be loving toward all who do celebrate Halloween, offer alternatives where possible, and sound a warning  for those who see no harm in dabbling on this night.

 

About kristinemac

Kristine McGuire is an inspirational author and speaker, sharing her testimony and encouraging others in their walk with Christ.

Comments

  1. Hi Kristine, this post reminded me of the gal whose mother got very much into spirit communication and attended a “church’ that professed this type of thing. I think the whole thing ended badly with them being harassed by these so called “friendly” entities. I believe you posted about her and her testimony before your former website crashed. Could you please remind me of her name? Thanks.

  2. I am 58 and I have seen alot of things in my life . and my life upbringing was worse than the burnning bed movie! Alot worse, god made our mother our guardian angle. Married life was really bad also for 17 years. I thought as you I was reading tarat through god. and I know things about people without them telling me, I thought and think is through god. I have always been a good person not like god. I have always been invisable, that started ever since i was little. meaning i hind under end tables ,, coffee tables , up in the hills, alone is where i speak to god alot.. Church is a building, full of alot no all of rude people, found out early in my life. So what i like to know is what reliogn you are? I am not one, I believe we all pray to the same god, just differently. I am closest to him out side! and when I am alone in the house. Hope I don’t sound too crazy, I thought about wrighting a book on how life was when you could call the police and no one cared! I someone out there had life wose than i and my siblings and mother. I just have not came accross them yet. I would appreciate if you would take the time to email me back and not someone that works for you, not sure why, any way thanks for listening, Edie By the way what made you realize when you prayed to God before doing anything that was not a bad spell, but it was not what God wanted?

    • Hi Edie. Thank you so much for sharing your story and perspective. I don’t have people who work for me, so I will do the best I can to answer your questions. :)

      I’m sorry for the pain and suffering you have experienced through your life. Truly. And I’m sorry there have (obviously) been Christians who have hurt you as well.

      Here’s the thing.

      The Church is not a building (not really), it’s just people. Unfortunately, people are flawed and can be rude or hurtful. This is true because (as the Bible teaches) “all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard”. As the Church, Christians are meant to be a reflection of God’s love in the world but people make mistakes, may call themselves a Christian when they are not, are not walking in humility or obedience to God, etc. But there are even more people in the Church who love God. People who, with all their heart, are living as disciples and following Jesus Christ’s example. All Christians are in process as we walk through this life with our Savior. Thankfully, God is all about grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

      As for your question about my religion, my salvation and faith are founded in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and that makes me part of His Church. I am a Christian.

      I believe the Bible is God’s written word which “…is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16. This is how I know we do not all pray or believe in the same God (for He is the One True Living God) but He is evident in all of His creation. His fingerprint is everywhere. His offer of reconciliation and relationship through His Son Jesus available to all. As for spells, I know God does not want me to do any spells of any kind. The Bible is quite clear on that point. I have a past in the occult as a witch, medium, and ghost hunter. Eight years were spent following that path. In 2007, I repented and turned away from all of those activities and beliefs.

      Thank you, again, for sharing your story. May God’s grace, mercy, and truth be revealed to you in all His goodness. :)

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