Is It The Devil’s Holiday?
October 17, 2013
A forewarning and disclaimer is necessary seeing as how this article may offend some Christian based religious organizations. No worries though—we’ll try to equally offend satanically-based religious organizations as well. Ah, what the hell, let’s just try to get everybody rattled, after all, it’s Halloween. After spending time reading opinions on All-Hallows-Eve from both sides of the spectrum it seems only fair that you hear the opinion of the middle man. Being an Atheist means no ties to any religious sect (good or evil) thus making yours truly the middle man. So don’t hold FOCUS and its wonderful staff accountable for what you’re about to read. It’s just me, baby…it’s all just me.
To outright condemn Halloween as a wholly and purely satanic holiday is utterly ridiculous. Given, cultists do observe the day with some degree of reverence. There are gatherings planned, rituals preformed, and yes, in some cases, sacrifices made to honor Lucifer. Witches, some spiritualists, and followers of the occult also take note of the day, due to its obvious traditional connection to the spirit realm and the supernatural. So yes, you could say that Halloween is chock full of satanic and “evil” activity.
So what? On Super Bowl Sunday your neighbor is going to invite his friends over. They’re going to drink heavily, stuff themselves with junk food, curse and shout obscenities when a play is miscalled and hoot and holler when someone’s top gets ripped off.
I don’t think God would approve but does that mean you’ll be damned to hell if you watch the game?
Now if you’re thinking there is a big difference between Halloween and the Super Bowl you’d be wrong. There are acts of evil which counter the teachings of biblical scripture being committed on a specific day, and so the basic principle remains the same. Just because it’s not recognized by the satanic community and no one gets sacrificed at half-time doesn’t mean it isn’t just as bad in the eyes of your Lord. What it comes down to is that it doesn’t matter what others do or how they celebrate any thing on any day. What matters is what you do and how you view the events that transpire. Anything can be bad or evil depending on your perspective.
One Halloween activity in particular is victim to a lot of negative perception; that would be the traditional trick-or-treating. The concept here is simple: little kids get to dress up as their favorite cartoon character, movie hero or scary monster thing and go from door to door collecting free candy. It’s the one day of the year when it’s OK for kids to overindulge on sweets and have fun doing it. However, some view it as a dark ritual. This “candy gathering” is said to represent the devil’s minions collecting souls or sacrifices to the lord of the flies.
Uh huh, I’m sure we’ve all overheard a kid leaving a house after being treated exclaim (following an evil laugh of course) “Ah, another Snickers bar for Satan! Surely this chocolate covered caramel and nut filled treat will appease my dark lord.” Once again we have that whole evil mindset going on. Which makes one wonder, how good of a person can someone really be if they constantly seek out something dark and foreboding about everything?
The point is it is not what kind of symbolism “you” can put on trick-or-treating but what the kids perceive. They are after all the ones who participate and benefit from it. And if in a million and one chance some child does view this harmless tradition as a rite of evil I’m actually more worried about what kind of parents their going home to.
So enjoy the upcoming dark holiday. Celebrate it as you see fit and remember if it doesn’t harm you then you’re probably just jealous that you missed out on the fun.
Questions, comments and column ideas are welcome via Focus, or just E-mail me at email@example.com. Or you can FRIEND me on Facebook under Saw’s Brood!
Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!