HALLOWEEN - ORIGINS
The Encyclopedia Encarta says that Halloween came from the Celtic festival, “Samhain”. Samhain was a New Year’s holiday, marking the end of harvest time for the Celtic people who lived around the first century. The Celts main religion was Druidism.
The Druid priests led the Celtic people to worship plants and animals and believed that on Samhain evening (October 31) “the spirits of those who had died… [the year before] roamed the earth” to interfere with the lives of the living, sometimes violently. This is where the violent Halloween costumes link back to.
People used to wear frightening masks or blacken their faces so that they would blend in with roaming spirits and not get noticed or attacked. The pumpkin (originally a turnip) or Jack-O-Lantern, was cut to look like a demon and was the ancient symbol of a damned soul. It was thought to frighten away evil spirits.
[Halloween is one of two major Satanic holidays that are held each year.]
Because of their superstitious fears, the Celts “built bonfires at sacred hilltop sites and performed rituals, often involving human and animal sacrifices, to honour Druid deities [pagan gods – who were actually evil spirits].” Human and animal sacrifices were put inside huge images in the shape of a person (called a wicker man) and then burnt alive!
To the Druids, the bonfire represented the sun and was used to fight dark powers. The word bonfire comes from two words “bone” and “fire”. This is because it contained the bones of human and animal sacrifices. Human sacrifices continued up till 1600 AD. The Encyclopedia Britannica says that Halloween was a day, “… on which the help of the devil was invoked [called upon]…”
THE ULTIMATE STATISTIC!
150,000 people die every day. The ultimate statistic is that 10 out of every 10 people die. That means that one day you will become part of the ultimate statistic. One day you will die. Many people get ready for the day they die. Not as many get ready for the day after.
The moment you die, what you believe about life after death will be put to the test. What do YOU believe? Some believe, “When you’re dead, your dead. You just rot in the ground and that’s it.” The moment those people die, that belief too will be put to the test. If you believe that either (1) hell is not real or (2) hell is real but you’d be good enough for heaven… AND YOU’RE WRONG… then it’s the wrong thing to be wrong about. Eternity is a long time to be wrong!
Description of Hell
THE DAY WHEN YOU COME BACK TO LIFE
"It is appointed unto man once to die and after that, the judgement" (Hebrews 9:27).
"Do not marvel at this, for the hour is coming in which ALL who are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have practiced evil to the resurrection of condemnation" (Jesus' words from John 5:28-29).
So.....if you were to die tonight, where would you go? The Bible says...
The RIGHTEOUS will be welcomed into "eternal life" (Matthew 25:46).
The WICKED will be cast into "everlasting fire" (Matthew 25:41).
Are YOU RIGHTEOUS or WICKED, GOOD or BAD - Do the Test and find out now!
Would you consider yourself a good person? Most people do. But because you will die one day, the question you need to ask is, “Am I good enough for heaven?” The way to find out is to ask yourself if you have kept God's moral law, the ten commandments. How many have YOU kept?
Here's a quick test based on just four of those commandments (Exodus 20:1-20). [CLICK HERE to do the full test based on all ten commandments]
Here's the quick test...
Have you ever told a lie, no matter how big? Have you ever stolen anything regardless of its value? Have you ever used God's name in vain (blasphemy)? Jesus taught that if you look with lust (sexually) you commit adultery in your heart. Have you looked with lust?
BE HONEST! Who can honestly say they have kept all these commandments! (Romans 3:20-23). If you have done those things (and let's be honest, we all have), then God (who is Holy) sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. And you will have to face God on Judgement Day! (Hebrews 4:12-13 and 9:27, Revelation 20:12). You will be judged for every word, deed and thought.
SHOCK! If you only told five lies (doesn't matter whether they are black, white, little deceptions, exaggerations etc... anything false is a lie) that's over 100,000 lies in an average lifetime. And that's just lies.
If God judged you by His standards, would you be innocent or guilty on the day of judgement? If you're honest, you know you’d be guilty. Would you go to heaven or hell? Again, if you're honest, you know that by God's standards (and no one else’s), you’d deserve hell. The Bible says that hell is forever - there is no escape; it is a real place of torment; we should fear God who is Holy and who alone has authority to condemn someone to hell (Matthew 10:28; Matthew 25:41 & 46; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 10:20 to 21:8).
However, while God is Holy and just and must punish sin, he is also “not willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9). In His amazing grace and undeserved mercy God did something incredible! God sent His Son Jesus (God in the flesh), to be born of a virgin, live a perfect life and die on a cross for your sins. Then Jesus rose from the grave and defeated death. You don't need to make any sacrifice yourself to overcome the curse of sin and evil in your life - the curse that brings your condemnation. God did it for you.
Jesus death was a sacrifice made in payment by God, on your behalf. You broke God's law, but Jesus paid your fine. "For God so loved the world [you] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Does this mean everyone now has peace with God and will go to heaven? No! (John 3:17-21 and 36).
Jesus said, you must REPENT and BELIEVE the GOSPEL (Mark 1:15). Repent = to change your mind (in your attitude to God - ie. admit He is Holy & you are sinful; the evidence of this change will be seen in a life that seeks to honour God in all things). Believe = personal trust / faith. Gospel = the “Good News” that Jesus died for you. When you humble yourself before God, and trust in Jesus and his death to save you, God will forgive all your sin and give you eternal life (John 5:24-29). This brings true peace on earth. It begins with personal trust in Jesus Christ, not good works - no one gets to heaven by being good! (Ephesians 2:8-10).
You can get right with God, right now - Repent & believe the Gospel. Then read the Bible daily and obey it. Trust God in all that you do. (Romans 5:8-10; John 3:1-36; 1 John 1:7-9; Ephesians 2:16; Colossians 1:20; Luke 15:11-32; Luke 18:9-14) * What are all these names and numbers in brackets? Answer: go to the contents page of a Bible: Luke = a book in the Bible, 18 = chapter in the book, 9-14 = verses in the chap. Please, check these things out before you check out. ETERNITY is forever; it’s a long time to be wrong!
If you have trusted Christ to save you from your sins, please pass the link to this page on. May God bless you for taking the time to read this. May you know peace on earth, with God.
Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
DEAD PEOPLE WALKING!
There is a story in the Bible of a time when the tombs broke open and many dead people came back to life. These were not the spirits of dead people come back to haunt the living but people who had died and (just like when Jesus brought people back from the dead during his earthly life) had come back to life. Their bodies had been restored. They were not "dead" people walking but living people who were once literally dead and buried. These people would later die and like all who ever lived, be brought before God for judgement.
To read this story in full, find a Bible and look up Matthew chapter 27 and 28. Or click AUDIO BIBLE to go to the Audio Bible and listen now.
A MAN WHO CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD - AFTER 4 DAYS!!!
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Resurrection and the life. To a woman whose brother had been dead four days, Jesus said this, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" To read the full story of how Jesus raised Lazarus from death to to a Bible and look up John chapter 11.
The following Bible passages tell of two other occasions when Jesus raised someone from death.
Matthew 9:18 -25 A young girl is raised from death
Luke 7:11-15 A widow's son is raised from death