Events and decisions in our lives fall into three categories—biblical, nonbiblical, and unbiblical.
Halloween is nonbiblical: God’s word does not command it, which would make it biblical, or forbid it, which would make it unbiblical. However, Scripture does teach us what would be biblical to do today, such as using the day for church outreach events, getting to know your neighbors so you can build relationships for the gospel, and spending fun time together as a family. And it teaches us what would be unbiblical to do today, such as engaging in occult practices or anything that would glorify Satan.
Here’s a little experiment for you: Next Sunday at church, walk up to random people during the greeting time and say, “Trick or Treat!”
Some folks will smile, and maybe offer you a breath mint treat. These are the Christians who generally pass out the best candy on their street, dress up in fun costumes, and host the annual Fall Festival party at your church. Others will frown, and maybe offer to cast out a demon or two. These are the Christians who boycott the “devil’s holiday,” abstaining from festivities and turning off the porch lights on October 31.
Well, I’ve got a treat for both kinds of Christians today.
Regardless of whether you’re a lover or a hater, I’m betting there are at least 10 things you don’t know about Halloween. Ready to find out what you’ve been missing? Let’s go!
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It is estimated that Americans will spend $10.1 billion on Halloween this year, including $3.3 billion on costumes and $3 billion on candy. Such a popular event can be a great opportunity to reach out to those around us with Christian truth and love (Ephesians 4:15).
The celebration of Halloween creates a lot of division among Christians. Some believe we should completely boycott Halloween, whereas others view it as an outreach opportunity, whereas others want to dress up and hit the streets. This begs the question, “Can we, in good faith, redeem Halloween?”