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Ghouls come from Arabian mythology. They are legendary evil beings that rob graves and feed on corpses.
I can’t figure out why anyone would want to portray such a being, or even watch movies about ghouls and zombies and such. Evil is not entertaining. it is——well, evil!
I have some ideas about why our society has become so enamored of all the horror and ugliness of Halloween. I remember it as just a fun evening after supper when we roamed the neighborhood in silly costumes, looking for as much candy as our pillowcases could hold. The neighbors enjoyed it. They always made a fuss over our costumes, and many of them baked cookies for us. No one was afraid.
Of course, the roots of Halloween go back to the worship of Satan, but that kind of got lost in the fog of mystery and history for a long time. Then, somewhere in the 60’s or 70’s, Satan worship once again became a visible and alluring thing for a lot of poor souls, and Halloween turned ugly–and became a cash cow for merchants. Odd how the worship of evil often goes hand in hand with money.
We stopped letting our kids go trick-or-treating after the Tylenol scare, the razor blades in apples, and a horrific Halloween kidnapping in central Minnesota that has only recently been solved. Instead, we hosted a party for them and their friends. Old-fashioned games, silly costumes–and safety. Other parents were delighted.
Why is this happening? There is nothing kid-friendly about monsters and skeletons hanging from trees. It saddens me that so many kids see this stuff as fun or normal. It’s not.
So I’m going to go out on a limb. Some of you will think I’m ridiculous, that all the fuss and feathers over Halloween is over the top.
I believe the problem is that as our nation turns away from God and godliness, we have turned instead to satanic entertainment. Movies, books, TV programs, decorations. Halloween has become second only to Christmas in sales, and the irony of that shouldn’t escape us.
When we remove something, whether it is good or evil, we need to replace it with something else, or it will return. It’s the old “nature abhors a vacuum” principle. We’ve removed God. He has been replaces with immorality of all sorts; with rape, murder, unspeakable evil perpetrated in the name of Satan.
You may not believe that Satan is real, or that evil lives in the heart of mankind. The Bible says that the heart is deceitful above all things, incorrigibly wicked, and beyond our own understanding (Jeremiah 17:9). When we laugh at evil, we mock the holiness of God.
Isaiah 5:20 says that good will become evil, and evil will become good. It was true in Isaiah’s time, and it is becoming more the reality in our own time.
Laugh if you like. The Bible says that we will reap what we sow. We won’t be laughing then.