God saves sinners by causing them to become born-again. In their new life with God, they will develop convictions about gray areas where allegedly the Bible is silent. For example, Christians, who grew up trick-or-treating, will learn biblical convictions to govern how they view Halloween. The aim of this Bible study is to highlight biblical principles for Christians to apply so that they can discern how to respond to the question of participating in Halloween. Here are some ways Christians have responded to the question, “How should a believer think about Halloween?”
- “I don’t see anything wrong with it, if you do it just to have fun.”
- The Old Testament condemns participating in anything involving the occult, therefore, God hates it and so should Christians.
- Well, Halloween does have occult roots, but if you take those out (e.g., Jack-O-Lanterns, scary costumes, etc.) then it’s okay to participate in it.
- Numerous NT passages such as 2 Cor 6:17; Rev 21:8 apply the OT command to Christians to avoid pagan practices, so Christians should avoid it altogether.
In 1Cor. 10:19-20 the apostle Paul warns, "What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons." What happens when people view occult movies, listen to music artist who are dabbling in the occult, play around with the dark side of Halloween? Why avoid all of that? Paul's answer is that demons are real and that by so-called just having fun, undiscerning participates can become partners with demons!