5.10.13

Spirit to spirit


You are not the same as those who don’t believe. So don’t join yourselves to them. Good and evil don’t belong together. Light and darkness cannot share the same room. ~ 2 Cor. 6:14 (CEB)

     October is the month when all things Halloween are seen everywhere, from the house next door to the neighborhood shopping centers, school campuses and even medical facilities. According to a 2012 article on CNN World, Halloween is no longer a holiday dominated by children, but today Halloween is a decidedly adult affair -- replete with raucous parties, racy get-ups and elaborate decorations. Many adults begin celebrating the holiday as early as a month in advance, says Kathy Grannis of the National Retail Federation. (1)  Ms. Grannis goes on to say that: "A large portion of the growth is coming directly from adults who begin celebrating as early as a month prior to Halloween night. We are definitely seeing that it is no longer only a children's holiday." Halloween has also grown in popularity outside of the U.S., according to Lisa Moron, author of “The Halloween Encyclopedia” and “Trick or Treat? : A History of Halloween”. (2) 

     Along with increasingly bizarre costumes, there is also a large fascination with the occult, including séances, the paranormal, psychic readings and even witchcraft.  Many Christians see nothing wrong with participating in these activities and often practice some of these things regularly, especially around Halloween. But, as worshipers and followers of Christ, should we participate in a holiday that has its origins in paganism? Are we to communicate with the spirit realm outside of what is written in the Word? Let’s see what He has to say about it:
...So why are you trying to find out the future by consulting witches and mediums? Don’t listen to their whisperings and mutterings. Can the living find out the future from the dead?
Why not ask your God?
 “Check these witches’ words against the Word of God!” He says. “If their messages are different than mine, it is because I have not sent them; for they have no light or truth in them."
~ Is. 8:19-20 (TLB)
     In other words:
·     Don’t be a Fortune Teller, Spiritual Medium or Clairvoyant
·     Beware of consulting a Fortune Teller, Medium or Clairvoyant
·     Have nothing to do with Palm Readers, Tea Leaf Readers or Ouija Boards
·     Don't follow Astrology or Horoscopes
·     Avoid Black Magic in any form (3)
Why? You may ask…
The Lord your God, who is with you, is a God who does not tolerate rivals.  Deut. 6:15 (GWT)
Never have any other god. Ex. 20:3 (GWT)
But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Matt. 6:33(CEV)
     We don't need to look too far around us to see that we are in the last days. God's Word says that the closer we get to the Lord's return, there will be more people walking away from God's ways and seeking after the dark side. There are many reasons for this, but as worshippers we cannot afford to compromise our faith to blend in with the world. We are supposed to be different...which doesn't mean walking around with an oversize Bible and a sad face, not enjoying life, but according Matt. 5:13-15, we are called to be salt and light, a purifying force of enlightened people who carry the presence of God. We can't be that if we are walking in darkness, even if we think it's just for fun. Too many people have lost their way and don't take Christ seriously, because we don't!
And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For you are God’s temple, the home of the living God, and God has said of you, “I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people.”   That is why the Lord has said, “Leave them; separate yourselves from them; don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you   and be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters.”
~ 2 Cor. 6: 16-18 (TLB)
  
Something to think about... 
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References:
3: Spiritism, Free Tract Society





2 comments:

Heather said...

Thanks you so much for this post. You made wonderful points and did so with love. Our family does not celebrate Halloween, and over the years we have endured negative responses even from followers of Christ for deciding not to participate in "fall parties" at local churches. No matter what title you add, it's still compromise. I believe out of desperation to "reach" the lost and please church members who do not see the harm in it, we have accepted those things which are not pleasing to God. We tend to be too consumed with what the world thinks and have slowly allowed darkness to creep into the congregation. Doors have been opened for the sake of entertainment purposes. Certainly this is an issue to pray and fast over. For eyes to be opened and the lies of darkness to be exposed. We must meditate on those things which are lovely.

Poetry of Motion! said...



Thanks for reading! Glad you were blessed by it.