From Adventist Review Online
(The blog is a little late this week, due to me feeling a little under the weather and my lovely husband spending time looking after me. Still, better late than never. I have been looking at issues relating to the time of year we find ourselves in, and learning about how people have viewed the time of All Hallows Eve, down through the centuries.)
The name ‘Halloween’ derives from the All Hallows Eve, the night preceding the Roman Catholic holiday All Hallows Day (All Saints’ Day, Feast (hallow means “to make holy” ). Celebrated on the 1st of November. The Encyclopedia Britannica, tells us the origin of Halloween goes back to a festival of the Druids, an order of pagan priests in ancient Gaul and Britain, in pre-Christian times. In ancient Scotland & Celtic Europe the festival of Samhain signalled the start of Winter.
Even after the Christianization of Britain in the fifth century it has remained popular. The Christian church in Britain added the feast of Samhain to the All Saints’ Day to the festival. (Until the eighth century, the Feast of All Saints was celebrated on May 13.)…
Halloween has became a secular festival, Children & Adults, dressed in fantastic costumes and masks, imitating supernatural creatures go door to door and the occupants of the houses offer tributes of food to them.
Since many people no longer believe in the existence of a personal devil and his demons, they feel there is no harm in making fun of these “religious relics of the past.” The children are taught that there are no such beings as witches and evil spirits and that it is fun to dress up as ghosts or goblins. The modern denial of the existence of Satan and demonic forces is clearly contrary to Scripture. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible affirms the existence of Satan and demonic spirit beings (Genesis 3:1; Job 1:6; Matthew 8:31; Revelation 12:9).
I have all my life been on a journey involving ‘bad foods’ and how to avoid them. The things they do to me include repeated migraines lasting a good few days at a time, knocking me off work and for many years leaving me the choice of losing my job, and any possible chance of a new one – or to take some very powerful medications, which for the sake of my extended family I did. Of course, sometimes you don’t know just what you’re doing wrong in the first place. So here’s a heads-up to anyone wondering how (or how not) to celebrate the time of year. I can attest to the fact that, if you’re sensing something in your life isn’t right, the only thing you can do is to go back to basics, eliminate every possible contaminant and build slowly. It’s a long path to follow but if you don’t, you might never be right again.
With many thanks to ADRA for allowing us to use your charity number and all the other support you give us. Many thanks also to all the helpers who have given their time to make ‘Cook-Inn’ a reality. 28 food bags went out this week, and we await our new kitchen with anticipation! Then hot soups will be possible again.
God bless, all.
Janine, Duncan & cats. xx
Editorial Source : Adventist Review