Hi to those in the Vancouver
Science & Religion discussion group.
Our topic on Sun. [masked] is "Thoughts on Halloween" at 6:00 pm at Peoples Church in Vancouver. All details are here:http://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-Science-Religion-Discussion-Group/calendar/12123210/
To spark some interest, I thought I'd write about a few topics. You can discuss it at the discussion board here:http://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-Science-Religion-Discussion-Group/messages/boards/
Does celebrating Halloween have a negative impact on the lives of kids? Does it foster rebellion in their lives afterwards? One Christian viewpoint comes from Jack Chick, that makes evangelistic tracts. They have an article here:
"Turn Halloween into a night of evangelism"http://www.chick.com/seasonal/halloween/celebrate.asp
Excerpt, from a self-described former witch high priest, and now minister/author:
If you are a Christian parent, God has given you a precious responsibility in your children. Remember, their ability to resist spiritual wickedness is much less than yours. If you allow your children to participate in Halloween (Trick or Treating, costume parties, etc.) you are allowing them to play on "the devil?s turf," and Satan will definitely press his home court advantage. You are opening up doorways into their young lives for evil by bringing them into a kind of "fellowship" with these ancient "gods."
We are commanded not to become involved with the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5:11). Both from my experience as a witch, and since getting saved, as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have seen far too many examples of how breaking this command works out in lives. Remember, while we have God's promise of protection for ourselves and our children, that promise may not hold if we allow our children to celebrate this dark holiday. Case after case has come to us of children in rebellion. In many of these families, the problem can be traced back to the children being exposed to Halloween at a young age. It is hard enough to raise children these days in a Godly way without exposing them to Satan's realm.
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Feel free to leave respectful comments here:http://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-Science-Religion-Discussion-Group/messages/boards/