The usual creationist websites have disappointed us this year. In past years, we could count on them for some dire anti-Halloween posts, warning the faithful to beware of the evil influences that are unleashed today.
The pic which adorns this post is from last year’s Halloween post — see Jack Chick and Halloween — 2013. It came from a comic by Jack Chick — the world’s greatest theologian, philosopher, illustrator, communicator, and creationist. But he’s been slowing down recently, and this year he hasn’t given us anything.
The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) also opposes Halloween, but they haven’t posted anything about it this year. However, all is not lost. We found something at the website of the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG), the online ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo).
AIG’s gift to us today was written by Bodie Hodge, who has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University. He wisely gave up his engineering career to become a speaker, writer, and researcher for AIG.
Bodie’s article is Halloween History and the Bible. It’s very long, so we’ll extract only a few excerpts, adding some bold font for emphasis and removing the scripture references. Here we go:
In the United States (and other countries), Halloween has become one of the most popular unofficial holidays. On the up side, retail sales boost the economy around this holiday. On the down side, the holiday has become a time of increased crime in many places (especially arson and other acts of violence) on Halloween night as well as the night before. Even the author’s house was robbed one Halloween by forced entry. So, although the retail industry loves Halloween, many police officers and insurance companies dread it! Of course, there is also a tremendous amount of occult activity associated with this holiday.
Yes, a lot of evil is on the loose today. That ol’ devil loves Halloween. Bodie says:
When did this holiday begin and why? Was it of pagan origins or is there something more behind Halloween history? How should Christians view this day in general? To understand these questions further, we need to go back to the roots of Halloween.
This is a splendid example of creation research, but we’ll skip a load of history about the Celts and the Romans and All Saints’ Day and All Hallow’s Eve and other goodies. Then we’re told
Though the origin of this date, specifically for the Israelites, can be traced to Moses, the day may well have been chosen by God going back to previous events, as famous Bible chronicler Archbishop Ussher pointed out (the approximate day Adam and Eve sinned, according to Ussher’s calculations, and God’s subsequent covering of their nakedness with animal skins).
Ah, that’s good to know! Let’s read on:
It seems no coincidence that cultures all around the world in both present and ancient times have had a holiday when the dead were remembered and animals were sacrificed. We can make a pretty strong argument that this holiday goes back to a time when all the peoples lived together — and then they took this holiday to various parts of the world.
Otherwise, it seems strange and difficult to explain how these cultures developed celebrations that are so similar. This would likely push the true origin of “Halloween” and these other “days of the dead” to the time before the dispersion at Babel, over 4,200 years ago, after which different early cultures began to vary in its practice.
Wow — Halloween goes back before the Tower of Babel! Isn’t this amazing? Skipping over an ark-load about Noah and the Flood, Bodie continues:
It should be obvious from a Christian perspective that many modern practices of Halloween and days of the dead have evil intent. There has been considerable paganism that has been associated with Halloween over the years. … So, a word of caution must be given to Evangelicals who promote some of the questionable modern practices of Halloween. If anything, an alternative in opposition to Halloween should be offered by Christians. Psalm 24:1 points out that everything belongs to the Lord. Therefore, there is no reason to let Satan have Halloween. It is not his day in the first place!
Yeah! Phooey on Satan! Here’s more:
Please encourage your pastors and elders to have some sort of church function to counter modern practices of Halloween. Of course, one of the only nice things that Halloween really has to offer could also be involved — sweet treats (in moderation of course)! If a Christian alternative is not possible in your location, then take advantage of this opportunity to share with people the message of the gospel … when you greet “trick or treaters.”
Right. When kids come to your door tonight, give them a Jack Chick comic or something (and blame AIG if your car gets egged). The rest of Bodie’s article is a bunch of bible stuff. Go ahead and read it. We may have skipped something important. If so, please let us know.
How will this humble blog celebrate Halloween? Let’s have an Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!
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