Goblins, Ghouls, and Ghosts by Nelson Price

Goblins, Ghouls, and Ghosts
Nelson Price
Hebrews 9:24-28

JESUS CHRIST believed in the devil, demons, and evil spirits. Do you?

The outcome of Christ's encounters with demonic powers is summed up in Colossians 2: 15: ''Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.'' There is victory in Jesus.

In America today, there is a celebration of the spiritual underworld life style called Halloween. That holiday isn't what it was when many of us adults were children, and it isn't what it was long before that.

Fear sells. A recent survey among teens showed more of them know who Freddy Kruger is than Abraham Lincoln. What a couple of decades ago was a fun filled night of collecting goodies has changed. Today more personal property is destroyed on this day than any. Costly vandalism reaches a peak on this night. Razor blades and needles are buried in fruit. Hallucinogenics are put in candy. It is not simply the scary night it used to be. It is now a frightening night.

FROM WHERE DID IT COME?

The word Halloween comes from the event called ''All Hallows Eve.'' It is now the evening before All Saints Day. In certain parts of the country, such as our former home state of Louisiana, All Saints Day is a very special occasion when our dead loved ones are remembered and honored. It is a custom to put flowers on graves on this day. It is second only to Mother's Day in the sale of flowers.

Even before the time of Christ, the ancient Druids had a holiday honoring their lord of the dead, Samhain. It was on the last day of October, the Celtic new year.

Druids believed that on this night Samhain called forth the souls of all who had died during the last twelve months and had during the time following their death been inhabiting animal bodies. These spirits returned to their former homes where the occupants were to treat them by providing food and entertainment for them. If it wasn't acceptable, these spir ...


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