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Church about Halloween
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Post # 1
This is just something I found lying around in the Citizens Advice Bureau in my town. It is in no way my opinion, but that of someone named Norbert Lieth (a Christian missionary from "Missionswerk Mitternachtsruf").
So here it is:

Christians should be aware of the following facts about Halloween:
1. Halloween has become the biggest holiday for witchcraft and other forms of occultism.
2. This day is regarded as the sole day of the year, when the Devil (who is the "Lord of Death" to many) can be called for help for different matters. Therefore, this day has a special meaning for satanists.
3. On this day there were and still are human sacrifices done by satanists.
4. Participating on Halloween festivities can lead to occult activity or making people receptive to it.
5. Throughout history, this day was considered to be especially favourable for all forms of divination and conjuration of spirits.
6. Celebrating Halloween supports pagan practices and philosophies like reincarnation (that a human will be born again after death, be it an animal or a human), animism (the belief in spirits), shamanism (magic priests) and druidism.
7. Occultist use this day to gain new disciples.
8. All customs and symbols of this day have their origins in paganism and occultism.
[...]

So what do you think or it? Did you have a good laugh as I did or is it just sad to you all?
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Re: Church about Halloween
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Post # 2
The misinformation will always be there and some people will just never accept anything less.

What I find particularly amusing is that all religions actually fall into the category of "occult", yet the word is used in a negative manner.



Occult:
1. Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural influences, agencies, or phenomena.
2. Beyond the realm of human comprehension; inscrutable.
3. Available only to the initiate; secret: occult lore. See Synonyms at mysterious.
4. Hidden from view; concealed.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/occult
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Re: Church about Halloween
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 3
I kinda love the obvious influence of propaganda within this. Could have been taken out of the Malleus Maleficarum.
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Re: Church about Halloween
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Post # 4
Christian Fundamentalism makes me laugh. x)
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Re: Church about Halloween
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 5
I also found the list amusing, but only number 8 is true. I am a witch and we do not have this "halloween"" (All hallows eve). It is Samhain, when the rest of the harvest was gathered in and stored for the winter months. It is the end of the agricultural year, so November 1st is New Year's Day. It most certainly has nothing to do with devil worship. We do not even have a word for devil or satan.
These were (and are) all stories to convert people to Christianity (Catholic Church originally). As for witches getting "converts"; quite the opposite.No witch would ever try to convert anybody; people come to us, we do not go to them!
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Re: Church about Halloween
By: / Beginner
Post # 6
People fear what they do not understand. And they try to get other people fearful of it too so that when enough people have fear, its easier to point the "thats bad" finger.
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Re: Church about Halloween
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Post # 7
I would like to go to that person and give them a piece of my mind. None of this is true and although I don't care much because I know we are better than them, I still don't want people thinking this is how we are.
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Re: Church about Halloween
By: / Novice
Post # 8
People always fear what they do not understand or know -__-;;

I hate that it's crazy christians like these that get attention and not those of us who work hard to help others.
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Re: Church about Halloween
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 9
There are many Christians also who work hard helping others. There are fanatics in most religions.
But practically all Christians are taught that witchcraft is evil. It is only recently, in the UK at least, that witchcraft has been recognised as a religion. And even that name has needed to be "hidden", and so it is named "Paganism".
In the UK we have The Pagan Federation, with members all over the world.
In summer this year (Lammas), we arranged an "inter-denominational" walk in a Leeds park. It was attended by the Lord Mayor, one Christian Pastor, two Jewish Rabbis, quite a few Muslims, and a great many Pagans (witches!). We visited old shrines, a mosque, a synagogue, and a Christian (Methodist) church.There were many exchanges of views, and really it all went very well.
Catholic priests were invited. They didn't turn up! I wasn't surprised!
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Re: Church about Halloween
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 10
Further. When I wrote "we arranged" I meant,of course, The Pagan Federation.
If you have a look at the photographs on my profile most of the pictures are of the Pagan Federation conference held at Mabon this year,2010. This was just for the north east of England; the attendance was over two thousand!
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