Halloween

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Halloween is an annual celebration with supernatural themes. It is often an occasion for costume parties, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. Because of its pagan origins, it is often criticised by religions, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses [1] and Christian evangelicals. Other religions and Christian denominations tolerate the festival or celebrate it with a religious emphasis.

Celebrations like Halloween are in conflict with Bible teachings. The Bible warns: “There must never be anyone among you who . . . practices divination, who is soothsayer, augur or sorcerer, who uses charms, consults ghosts or spirits, or calls up the dead.” - Deuteronomy 18:10-11 Bible-icon.png [1]

Other Bible verses cited include: Leviticus 19:31 Bible-icon.png Galatians 5:19-21 Bible-icon.png.

Skeptical perspective[edit]

Since there is no such thing as magic or demons, there are no supernatural risks involved in celebrating Halloween.

Fundamentalist Christian alternatives[edit]

In some areas of the United States, fundamentalist churches arrange an alternative to the Halloween "haunted house": a Christian "hell house" in which scenes of a person dying, being judged by God and going to either Heaven or Hell are re-enacted. [2] These productions are intended to strengthen faith and convince undecided people to commit more fully. The argument is simply avoidance of hell.

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