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Christians in many lands will celebrate Reformation Day on the 31st October, marking the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses against Indulgences to the door of the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) in the university city of Wittenberg, Germany. The hammer blows were felt all the way to Rome. The Theological fire thus ignited spread across Europe.
History is important because it is His story. We ignore or forget it at our peril. We need to remember on 31 October that the Protestant Reformation changed forever the history of Western civilization and quite possibly led to the establishment of the United States of America and the Republic of South Africa.
Why did Luther choose 31 October to initiate his attack on indulgences? Possibly because it was a Hallowed Eve in the Church calendar. From the 8th century the church celebrated All Hallows (All Saints) Day on 1st November to remember its martyrs who had died for their faith in Jesus Christ. It was like a Christian "Memorial Day."
A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO HALLOWEEN
"Test all things; hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
A Celebration of Evil
Halloween is a religious day, but it is not Christian. Tom Sanguinet, a former high priest in Wicca has said: "The modern holiday that we call Halloween has its origins in the full moon closest to November 1, the witches' new year. It is a time when the spirits (demons) are supposed to be at their peak power and revisiting planet earth… Halloween is purely and absolutely evil and there is nothing we ever have, or will do, that would make it acceptable to the Lord Jesus."
Day of Death
Halloween has strong roots in paganism and witchcraft. It began as the Druid festival of Samhain. The Celts considered November 1st the day of death, because, in the Northern hemisphere, this was the beginning of winter, the leaves were falling, it was getting darker earlier and temperatures were dropping. They believed that their sun god was losing strength and Samhain, the lord of death, was overpowering the sun god. The druids also taught that on 31 October, on the eve of the feast, Samhain assembled the spirits of all who had died during the previous year to return to their former home to visit the living.