In favor of the now “cultivated” death cult of Halloween, some Protestant pastors step into the breach and not only consider the hauntings to be harmless, but also see a connection to Christianity. Ezekiel chapter 37 provides a fitting illustration of what the spiritual picture of such apologists might look like.
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Halloween also has a Christian background
As far apart as Reformation Day and Halloween are, this festival of the dead cannot be connected to Christianity. “But Halloween also has a Christian origin, namely the following All Saints Day,” is an often-read thesis. No, because what does Catholicism have to do with Christianity? With the adoption of the cult of the dead, it is a purely Roman Catholic tradition and is therefore just as far removed from Christianity as Hinduism or Shamanism. The only difference is that neither Hindus nor Shamans abuse Christianity according to the gospel for their cult of the dead and spirits. The large (former) Protestant churches also see no problems in accompanying the “scary festival” with Reformation Day (the order is deliberately chosen).
It’s all just harmless fun
If your faith is strong enough, you can easily join in on this mostly “harmless fun”. After all, there is also a Christian aspect, according to the “city church pastor” of Schweinfurt in Germany (Source).
One must not forget that even in the “best times” of the once Protestant churches, the origins from the Roman Catholic Church could not be overlooked. Just a daughter who has become detached from her mother. After her failed puberty, this “brat” has now returned to her mother’s womb (Info).
Ezekiel 37 – Scene for “Halloween Fans”
If there is a biblical theme that fits the increasingly popular death cult activity of Halloween, then it can be found in Ezekiel 37. The prophet receives such a “beautifully scary” picture of a vision from God that could perfectly fit the ideas of many Halloween fans. But the background of this prophecy in chapter 37 should not please the apologists of an “all-forgiving, cuddle-love God”.
A valley full of the bones of the dead, is the first glimpse in verses 1 and 2:
“The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.“
Not only was Ezekiel supposed to take a quick look only to then avert his gaze, but God was leading the prophet around. Ezekiel should therefore examine this extent of the scene very carefully.
God asked Ezekiel if these bones could come back to life, but the prophet dared not answer and said: “O Lord GOD, thou knowest.”
It was not Ezekiel who wanted to give the answer, even though he knew that God had no difficulty in carrying out what He asked. Ezekiel leaves it up to God, His word, His decision and His actions.
The scariest part in Ezekiel 37
God then announced what might delight a “die-hard Halloween fan,” verses 5 and 6:
“Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.“
Can it get any scarier?
The word “breath” stands for “ruach” in Hebrew and is therefore significantly different from the word “neshamah” in Genesis 2:7, which was also usually translated as “breath [of life]”. While God breathed the breath “neshamah” into the newly formed Adam and thus made him a living soul, “ruach” describes the Holy Spirit.
This also makes it clear that the masses of skeletons lying around are not literally dead people, but spiritually dead people. Anyone who does not have the Holy Spirit in them can also be described as dead. Just as Jesus Christ expressed it in Matthew 8:22:
“But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.“
Any person who does not have the Holy Spirit within him cannot be saved and is therefore still alive (worldly) and condemned to death. “Halloween enthusiasts” might be reminded of zombies here.
In the meantime a happy outcome
This scary vision given to Ezekiel has a good ending in the meantime, verses 9 and 10:
“Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.“
In context, the skinny bone refers to the spiritually dead people of Israel. It will be brought back to life through the gift of the Holy Spirit. But as the Old Testament shows, this is only based on the seemingly infinite love and patience of God. The previous spiritual apostasy had already been forgiven, and more was to follow.
Ezekiel 37 and the church of Laodicea
In modern times, Ezekiel 37 can therefore be compared to the epistle to Laodicea described in Revelation 3. The last church addressed at that time and, from a prophetic perspective, the last church of the world age (Info). Not described as a spiritually dead skeleton, but as “lukewarm”. Lukewarm in faith. Jesus Christ even prefers a “cold” person to a lukewarm one, although the “hot” one brings with him the only desired and saving state.
Lukewarm pastors in the churches
It is obvious that a large proportion of people who call themselves “Christians” can be equated with spiritually dead bones. “Lukewarm people” are therefore much more harmful than “cold people” because they can cause more damage with their half-baked beliefs, misleading and non-committal positions than the “ice-cold people” who are not at all interested in the whole topic. Anyone who, as a Protestant pastor, wants to see a connection with Christianity in Halloween, equates it with Catholicism in a completely indifferent manner, and describes this death cult as just harmless fun, is lukewarm.
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
2 Peter 3:17
Bible verses from King James Version