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31816  Theology / General Theology / Halloween, Trick or Deception on: September 18, 2004, 12:51:30 AM
I want to post this in case, something happens to my computer.

How many of you allow your children to go, trick or treating on Halloween? Here is a little information about Haloween.

Halloween, Trick or Deception

We can stay away from the pagan festival of Halloween if we understanding of the spiritual danger and history of this anti-Christian feast.

Our Pilgrim forefathers knew well of Halloween's occult roots. In fact they banned celebrating Halloween in America. Halloween was not celebrated in this country until 1845. At that time multiplied thousands of Irish emigrants flooded into New York because of the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-46. They brought with them an old Druid Holiday they called Halloween. Gradually celebrating this day spread throughout the rest of the country.

We must stay away from other practices associated with Halloween, the eve of the Celtic New Year festival. The Druid priests used to instruct their faithful to extinguish their hearth fires and lights and to gather around the fire of sacrifice to make their offerings and to pay homage to the Lord of Death. This sacred fire was the fire of the new year, to be taken home to rekindle lights and hearth fires. The sacred New Year=s fire developed into the practice of the Jack O= Lantern (in the U.S.A.; a pumpkin, in older days other vegetables were used), which was carved in imitation of the dead and used to convey the new light and fire to the home, where the lantern was left burning throughout the night. Even the use and display of the Jack O= Lantern honors the Samhain, the Celtic god of death. Orthodox Christians cannot share in this Celtic activity, but must counter the secular customs by instead burning candles to the Savior, the Most Holy Mother of God, and to all the Holy Saints. They were idolaters, occult practitioners and witches of sorts. Let’s begin with the information found in the 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

    Halloween and its former attendant ceremonies long antedate Christianity. The two chief characteristics of ancient Halloween were the lighting of bonfires and the belief that of all nights in the year this is the one during which ghosts and witches are most likely to wander abroad. Now on or about the 1st of November the Druids held their great autumn festival and lighted fires in honor of the Sun-god in thanksgiving of the harvest. Further, it was a Druidic belief that on the eve of this festival Saman, lord of death, called together the wicked souls that within the past twelve months had been condemned to inhabit the bodies of animals. Thus it is clear that the main celebration of Halloween was purely Druidical, and this is further proved by the fact that in parts of Ireland the 31st of October was, and even still is, known as Oidhche Shamhna, "Vigil of Saman." On the Druidic ceremonies were grafted some of the characteristics ! of the Roman festival in honor of Pamona held about the 1st of November. The Roman Catholics call this day, All Saints Day.

Depending on your source material, the Druid Lord of Death and evil spirits was called Saman, Shamhan, Samana, Shamhain or Samhain. I have received numerous letters and e-mail from witches telling me there was no such Druid god. Yet, in the source material that I have used, (see the above quote), such as the historic 11th edition of Encyclopedia Britannica, it identifies the Druid Lord of Death as Saman and his holiday named after him as Oidhche Shamhna, translated "Vigil of Saman." Other reliable sources call his "holiday" "The Vigil Samhain" (Shamhain is pronounced so-wein). I ask you, are the protests of the occult community an effort to "white wash" the truth about Saman and how they worshipped him in fiendish, bloody worship rituals? I believe that is probable.

Suffice it to say, at this point that the pagan worship day Samhain evolved into Halloween. But what of their Lord of Death? You probably have seen a modern day version of SAMAN without even knowing it. This pagan god was shown as a ghostly, skeleton holding a sickle in his hand. He later came to be known as THE GRIM REAPER.

Paganism, idolatry and Satan worship--How then did things so contradictory to the Faith gain acceptance among Christian people? The answers are spiritual apathy and listlessness, which are the spiritual roots of atheism and turning away from God. In society today, one is urged to disregard the spiritual roots and origins of secular practices when the outward practices or forms seem ordinary, entertaining, and harmless. The dogma of atheism underlies many of these practices and forms, denying the existence of both God and Satan. Practices and forms of obvious pagan and idolatrous origin are neither harmless nor of little consequence. The Holy Church stand against them because we are taught by Christ that God stands in judgment over everything we do and believe, and that our actions are either for God or against God. Therefore, the customs of Halloween are not innocent, but are demonic, precisely as their origins prove.

There are evil spirits. Devils do exist. Christ came into the world so that, through death, He might destroy him that had the dominion of death, that is, the Devil (Hebrews 2:12). Christians must see that our greatest foe is the Evil One who inspires nations and individuals to sin, and who keeps them from coming to the truth. Until we know that Satan is our real enemy, we can make little spiritual progress.

Ephesians 6:12  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world rulers of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Deuteronomy 12:31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

Leviticus 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

Have you ever wondered where the heinous pagan worship rituals of the Druids originated? I have. As it turns out it goes all the way back to Nimrod, who built Babel or Babylon. He conceived a one world government model in rebellion against Jehovah-God and went about to establish a one world government in the land of Shinar (which is today known as Iraq) and institute a pagan worship system that rejected the Lord God Jehovah. The primary false god worshipped was called Baal (Syrian & Phoenician), Bel (Assyrian), Moloch or Molech (Ammonites), Ra or Re (Egyptian) to name just a few. Here is why that is important. The American Book of Days says, "Many of Halloween's customs are derived from the ancient Baal Festivals. Other customs originate from the taking of omens from the struggles of victims in the fires of druidic sacrifices." Alexander Hislop wrote, "The worship of Bel (Moloch) and Astarte was very early introduced into Britain along with the Druids, the priests of the groves. From Bel, the 1st of May is still called Beltane in the Almanac; and we have customs still lingering at this day among us, which prove how exactly the worship of Bel or Moloch had been observed…" The reference to "lingering customs" refers to Halloween.

Now, allow me to turn your attention back to Nimrod for a moment. It is important that you know that Nimrod incorporated into his worship system the grisly practice of human sacrifice and cannibalism. Hislop says, "the priests of Nimrod or Baal were necessarily required to eat of the human sacrifices; and thus it has come to pass that ‘Cahna-Bal’ (cahna meaning priest & Bal referring to Baal), the ‘Priest of Baal’ is the established word (cannibal) in our own tongue for a devourer of human flesh." Here’s why that is important. "The god whom the Druids worshipped was Baal, as the blazing Baal-fires show and…children were offered in sacrifice to Baal." That’s what Baal (Moloch) worshippers did. We know that because of what we read in the Bible

Jeremiah 19:5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind.

There is absolutely no doubt that Samhain - Halloween, was a wicked pagan worship day. It is little wonder that even today Halloween’s focus is still on horror, mutilation, death, evil and the occult seeing that it is rooted in Baal worship! But, I come in contact with people regularly who protest, "That may have been true in the past, but that is not true today."

Witches have never given up Halloween! Occultists of all stripes still lay claim to the day and worship their pagan gods and goddesses on that day with demonic rituals.

I will state boldly that Halloween is harmful! Here are the reasons why. Many are exposed to Witchcraft and occult practices at Halloween activities

Like many others, I got my first exposure to occult practices at Halloween parties. My first experience came at a church Halloween party at our sponsor's house. A group of kids went to the basement began talking about contacting the spirits and asking them to show themselves by table levitation. I had not been exposed to anything like that before. Some of them claimed that it really worked. I became uneasy and I left the party. My second experience came when I attended the Halloween party of a classmate. When it came to "game" time, we went to the basement. Elizabeth asked us all to be seated in a circle and then placed a candle in the middle. She told us to hold hands and then turned off the lights. I asked why we were doing that and she said we were going to have a seance and to call up the devil. Not me! The last person I wanted to communicate with was the Devil. I got out of there.
31817  Welcome / Questions, help, suggestions, and bug reports / Re:NUMERO TEN...O!!!! on: September 18, 2004, 12:44:09 AM
As for me.. I might be getting older but i refuse to grow up! growin up is just to  borin for me! Wink
Amen!!

[quotenow if i could just get this ole body to feel young again id be all set LOL..  Cheesy
TL
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Yuppers ya surely wood bes Grin
31818  Entertainment / Laughter (Good Medicine) / Re:Things Women Don't Know on: September 18, 2004, 12:40:41 AM
well deleting satans comments left me sounding certifiable  Lips Sealed




k...now thats just funny!

No really! You sounded certifiable before then!  Grin
Just like you did??

*Sings* "I Can See Clearly Now!" Grin
31819  Entertainment / Laughter (Good Medicine) / Re:Things Women Don't Know on: September 18, 2004, 12:39:35 AM
well deleting satans comments left me sounding certifiable  Lips Sealed




k...now thats just funny!

Oklahoma Howdy to Shylynne,

 Grin   Grin  Sister, I will vouch for your sanity, but I don't know who will vouch for mine.

I will vouch for your beeps, but who will vouch for mine?? Sad
31820  Entertainment / Laughter (Good Medicine) / Re:Things Women Don't Know on: September 18, 2004, 12:38:52 AM
Thanks admin or mods for making me look totally delussional!  Tongue

*mumbles*





sings "I Can't See Clearly Now!"
Your welcome.........

for looking delussional. Are you sure you can see clearly now?? Grin
31821  Entertainment / Laughter (Good Medicine) / Re:Things Women Don't Know on: September 18, 2004, 12:35:40 AM
well deleting satans comments left me sounding certifiable  Lips Sealed




k...now thats just funny!
Okay.......................




sounding like a nut?? talking in the air??
Yes that is funny. Wink Grin

By the way, I deleted satans post. Grin
31822  Fellowship / You name it!! / Re:JudgeNot, or how to go off topic. on: September 18, 2004, 12:31:55 AM
im headed to go visit shylynne so please by all means say a pray for me eh?  Wink

later gators.........
Tigerlily....

So how did your visit go, I see you are back on the boards.
31823  Fellowship / You name it!! / Re:JudgeNot, how to go off topic. on: September 18, 2004, 12:29:44 AM
Ya’ll are so sweet I gained 25 lbs and got 7 cavities reading this thread.  God bless you every one.  
Reba – you are the queen of sweethearts and the rest of you ladies are the princesses.  
Mr. BEP, you’re the king of gentlemen and the rest of you guys are the princes.
I’ve been okay – just super busy.  Between the end of summer blues and the job, as I told Tiger in answer to an email, I’ve been busier that the proverbial one-legged man in a butt kickin’ contest.  (FYI; my money is on the one-legged man!)  Grin

Marbles:  The courthouse in the town where I went to high school had a big marbles statue out front.  The pigeons made a real mess of it.  Grin

Blue:  The color of my face in the mornings (I have sleep apnea) and a good name for a dog.   Grin

Common sense:  I’m pretty common and I have at least 5 cents.   Grin

Sanity:  Hey – I’m as clean as the next guy.  (Although, as a man, the world is my urinal.)   Grin  Grin

Your prayers:  There is nothing more powerful on earth than a prayer.  A-bombs, volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes – none can stand up to the power the Lord God Almighty has given us (His children) through the power of prayer.   Smiley

Thank you all so much for thinking of me – I’m truly blessed to have found this forum some time back.  

Yours in His name,
Jim

(PS, FYI – sometime back I gave my wife instructions to log on to this forum and let you all know if anything “untimely” happened to me.  She promised she would.)

(PSS:  Is anything “untimely” to God?  I think not! AMEN!!!)



So JudgeNot, do you have all your marbles?? Grin
Welcome back. Grin

31824  Prayer / General Discussion / Re:Memorial 9/11 on: September 18, 2004, 12:14:33 AM
I have seen this some where else, it made me cry then, and it made me cry now. Cry
31825  Welcome / Questions, help, suggestions, and bug reports / Re:Sincereheart on: September 17, 2004, 11:59:06 PM
No Symphony, sincereheart is still behind you. Shes a' closin' faster then a locomotive. Wink
31826  Entertainment / Books / Re:I'm bored on: September 17, 2004, 11:55:07 PM
That's what I meant. I wasn't quoting directly. Basically he's just saying that he has no right to demand that God only bless him.
Grin

Timber........

Is it all clear yet?



Huh  Huh

Funny smiley, though.  Tongue
Just having a little fun. Grin

Yeah, well . . . it still doesn't make any sense.  Tongue
Okay heres how it goes

Timber, the falling bricks.

Is it all clear yet?  The guy looking out the window to see thats its clear now

No it wasn't clear for the smilie the bricks fell on, hes on cloud 9
31827  Fellowship / You name it!! / Re:John 6:66....(666 ? ) on: September 17, 2004, 11:43:51 PM
666 is the number of the name of the Antichrist...
You're getting close !

And, the Bible says that the anti-christ is here right now, in todays world.
SS your right he is, some where in the world.
31828  Fellowship / You name it!! / Re:Guest/User Ratio on: September 17, 2004, 11:42:38 PM
19 Guests, 2 Users
DreamWeaver, blackeyedpeas
31829  Prayer / Prayer Requests / Re:Septembers Prayer List 2004 on: September 17, 2004, 10:56:27 PM
Third week of Sept.

Sept 17 2004
artbyrobin is askimg for prayer for renewal of faith.  artbyrobin returned to college after her husband retired from the Navy, and unfortunately, as is normal, a secular college has a tendancy to sow doubts in faith, really is dragging artbyrobin down!
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Sept 17 2004
DreamWeaver I am asking for His_Child, she asked for prayers for an upcoming  MRI and a CAT scan. Since then she has not been seen since, Sept 2nd. I am asking for prayers for her health.
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Sept 18 2003
Psychonaut is asking for a dear friend of mine who will soon have to undergo a biopsy for masses that were found in her liver. She is a Christian also and loves Jesus very much, Psychonaut hopes that this test will be benign. Please ask the Lord in Jesus’ name if he can heal her and all others like her who may be suffering ailments and if that is not his will then Psychonaut will pray that they not suffer long and take them to Heaven to be with him, where one day we will all meet again and there we will be happy forever.
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Sept 21 2004
pam4him needs prayer for my finances. pam4him has several disabilities and cannot work outside the home. pam4him am currently helping her mother who sits for a small child, but pam4him need better employment to help with all her medical bills and the expenses of daily living. If pam4him could get an at-home job, she could still help her mom and bring in some much needed money. pam4him have a very small disability pension from her insurance.
31830  Theology / Apologetics / Re:to Blackeyedpeas on: September 17, 2004, 10:53:01 PM
The Bible was written and recorded in a tiny corner of the Earth. Mean while, around the globe at the very same time were other thriving cultures with many different belief systems. The Christian belief system came from that small area I do not deny that. However, Christianity is not the only belief system that is correct.

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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If Christianity is the only way then Billions of other people are going to Hell...can't you see how rediculous this is? In another post I quoted the guessimate of 2 billion Christians world wide. That means there are 4 billion people left. This is one reason not to believe one direction, I refuse to live life with blinders on.

Mat 7:13  Go in through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are the ones entering in through it.
Mat 7:14  For narrow is the gate, and constricted is the way that leads away into life, and few are the ones finding it.

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Exo 20:3  "You shall have no other gods before me."

There you have it: The Christian God acknowledging there ARE other gods. A jealous God? No, just a amount small people who are jealous and too proud which made their idea of God to be the correct way. Which is correct however, not for everyone.

Exo 20:5  you shall not bow to them, and you shall not serve them; for I am Jehovah your God, a jealous God[...]

Sorry but He gets the final say so, not man.

Grace and Peace!

Well, like I said, I don't wish to believe in a 'God' that lays out a plan like the one you described and quoted. If that makes you fell comfortable then thats great...I wouldn't want to live MY life like that.

Guess what.............. Your life is plaed, by God. You have a choice though. You can pick the "Lake of Fire," or "Eternal Salvation." The choice is up to you.
In the Lake of Fire you will live through eternal damnation.  Cry
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