HALLOWEEN: WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? – Wayne S Antion – Plain Truth Magazine

HALLOWEEN: WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? – Wayne S Antion – Plain Truth Magazine


The Halloween season will soon be upon us. Stores will sell orange and black greeting cards; costumes and masks. Children will dress up as witches, ghosts, and vampires. Parents will carve pumpkins into grotesque configurations. Teens will join in the holiday spirit by engaging in pranks ranging from window-soaping to malicious destruction of property. Many people will participate in Halloween customs, but few will know why they did. What are the origins of these strange customs? And should you as a Christian take part in them? Halloween, “Eve of All Hallows,” a quasi-Christian holiday, has become well-entrenched in American and English tradition. But is it a holiday-or “holy day” -Christians should keep? Is it merely a harmless custom, or should its patently pagan origins warn us away from its observance? Halloween is an ancient tradition with complex origins. The customs of this evening began in northern and western Europe with the Celtic people. …


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About Herbert W Armstrong

Herbert W. Armstrong (July 31, 1892 – January 16, 1986) founded the Worldwide Church of God in the late 1930s, as well as Ambassador College in 1946, and was an early pioneer of radio and tele-evangelism, originally taking to the airwaves in the 1930s from Eugene, Oregon. Mr. Armstrong preached an eclectic set of theological doctrines and teachings that came directly from the Bible. His teachings included the interpretation of biblical prophecy and taught observance of God’s Laws, Sabbath (Saturday), and the Biblical “Holy Days”.
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