How Did Halloween Become Christian?

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Seriously. I would have been deeply offended if anyone told me so.

That was until I gathered and verified the evidence myself. Now, I really need you to correct me if I am wrong on my facts.

Historical Background *

Halloween was a ‘holy’ day to worship Samhain, the Lord of the dead.

He was the God of the ancient Celts in medieval Britain, Ireland and northern France. Their priests were called Druids, linked to Stonehenge.

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Druids dabble with the pentagram and practice child sacrifice by fire. It was to summon their gods from the underworld to gain occult powers.

Celts believe that the dead and deceased will return to the earth as ghosts and ghouls on the night of #Halloween.

Today, this dreadful night of horror is also celebrated by Wicca, witches and Satan-worshipers. After all, it is their most important ‘holy’ day.

Religious Background *

By 43 AD, the Roman Empire had conquered most of the Celtic territory. Over the years, the Romans had combined their religious festivals with the Celts.

On 13 May, 609 A.D. Pope Boniface IV converted the Pantheon into a Roman Catholic church. Before that, it was a Roman temple to worship every god in the world.

Hence, the Pantheon was renamed the Basilica of Virgin Mary. It was dedicated in the honour of St. Mary and all Catholic martyrs.

Pope Gregory III (731-741) dedicated a prayer chapel in the Basilica of St. Peter to all martyrs and saints. He changed the celebration date to 1st November.

Revering St. Mary + martyrs + saints = All Saints Day/ All Hallows Day.

Pope Gregory IV (827-844) then commanded that the celebrations must be observed and practiced by ALL the Roman Catholic churches worldwide.

Name & Date Coincidence *

31st October 2017 is Halloween Night (Hallow’s Eve).

1st November 2017 is Hallow’s Day or All Saints Day.

2nd November 2017 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead.

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Catholics pray with candles at the graves.

According to Jewish tradition and Islamic practice, the evening is the beginning of a new day which lasts until the next evening.

Refer to Genesis Chapter 1 verse 5 ~ And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the ‘EVENING’ and the morning were the first day. (KJV)

Hence Halloween which was dedicated to the underworld gods had somehow connected to the Catholic ‘holy’ day – in both name and date coincidence.

Halloween Commercialized *

On the night of Halloween, children and adults alike would disguise themselves as goblins, ghouls and ghastly zombies.

They were hoping that the roaming demons and devils would mistaken them as one of their own. Hence they would not be disturbed.

A typical Halloween would be spent visiting horror house attractions, watch horror movies or attend costume parties.

Carving Jack’o’lanterns, set alight bonfires and telling scary stories. Provoking fear is the common element in these Celtic traditions.

Some local restaurants may even serve up secret ingredients and devilish courses for spirit cooking.

In the name of entertainment and ‘innocent fun’, this horrifying practice had spread to many countries in the world.

What Are The Issues? 

Well you may ask – What’s wrong with dressing up as demons and devils?

Obviously your child (with his mask) just had a change of identity and did an impersonation of evil.

How do you know whether those same evil spirits had drifted (or not) into the soul of your children?

Satan’s rebellion against God = Children’s rebellion against their parents = ???

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Trick Or Treat?

On Halloween, children in America would hope to collect candies and chocolates as they knock on their neighbourhood house doors.

‘Trick-or-treat’ meaning if you don’t treat us with candies, we will play evil tricks and pranks on your household.

TRANSLATED — If you don’t submit to us and do our bidding, we will curse you, haunt you and cast spells on you. Terrifying, isn’t it?

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The world has gone mad. There were reports of candies being laced with drugs or having razor blades embedded in them. Collected by the children on Halloween.

In the first place, why would you allow your children to take ‘gifts’ from strangers? Ladies, do you take drinks offered to you from strange men?

Protest & Resistance *

500 years ago on 31st October 1517, another ‘coincidence’ happened on Halloween.

An Augustinian monk Martin Luther nailed 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church in Germany. Protesting the extra-biblical practices of the Popes.

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The Augustinian order of monks were an evangelism arm of the Roman Catholic church in Europe.

This act of protest and resistance would spark the wildfire of the Protestant #Reformation that swept Europe and the rest of the world.

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My Question To Christians

Has any Pope ever condemned the celebration of Halloween?

Has the Holy See ever explained the date and name coincidence of Halloween and All Hallow’s Day?

Has the Vatican ever explained the necessity of the practice of praying to (so many) dead people?

Therefore – Is the Reformation protest of 500 years still on or is it over?

To All My Christian Friends *

Let’s celebrate the real reason for the Christian Reformation on 31st Oct 2017.

We are a chosen people called to be children of light.

Happy 500th Reformation Day!

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The Story Of Malaya ~ Part 6 of 7

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The British Empire established its web of power over its colonies around the world since the 1800s. Primarily to control the supply of natural resources for trade and industry.

Pre-independent Malaya became the largest producer of natural rubber and tin in the world. The credit of wealth creation was due to the British’s administration. The mining of tin attracted Chinese immigrants while the tapping of rubber attracted Indian immigrants.

 

The British had never sought to convert its colony’s religion to the British Empire’s Anglican Church of England. The Sultans were the spiritual leaders of Islam in their respective states while freedom of religion was accorded to all.

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Malaysia’s 1st PM Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s 1st AGONG Tuanku Abdul Rahman, with the Last Governor of the Straits Settlements, Sir MacGillivray.

Background Of Pre-Independent Malaya

Pre-Independent MALAYA had just suffered tremendously under the brutal Japanese occupation during World War 2. After that, even the benign British rule was seen as subservient.

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It was a rallying cry for “Malaya to be governed by Malayans”; the cry could no longer to be suppressed.

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In year 1957, 9 Malay States (with ruling sultanate) and 2 States without Sultans (Penang and Melaka) formed MALAYA. Winning independence from the British.

In 1963, Malaya became Malaysia; after being joined by North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore. Singapore eventually left the federation in 1965.

The first Prime Minister of Malaysia is Tunku Abdul Rahman who is of royal blood; being the seventh son of the Sultan of Kedah.

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The Malay Sultanate

The title of “Sultan” originated from an Arabic abstract noun. Meaning authority, power, rulership and strength.

 

The nine Malay Rulers were immensely popular with their subjects. They were the living symbols of Malay identity and culture.

 

More importantly, Their Royal Majesties are the spiritual leaders of Islam in their respective states. Indeed, the religion of ISLAM is the foundation of the Malay kingdom.

Since 1957, The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong enjoys a veto power (*via his royal assent) to block “new laws” or “ammendments” to the Constitution. However, this veto power was removed in 1993 by the ruling political parties.

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Is There Anything Wrong With This Picture?

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Last Saturday, I was on my way to renew my road-tax at the Post Office at the Giant Mall in Kinrara BK5.

As I stepped out of the LRT Train, this banner greeted me warmly “Selamat Berbuka Puasa”.

The management of RapidKL was inviting its Muslim patrons to a breaking-fast treat.

Suddenly I spotted an emblem of a Christian “cross” right on top of the banner.

Of course it’s a coincidence… but it’s rather unusual and it made me think!

Muslims and Christians share the Abrahamic faith (roots) with the Jews.

While sharing many common beliefs and values, there are also areas of different interpretations.

Take the “cross” for example. Let’s examine this for mutual understanding of our religions.

 

* TO THE CHRISTIANS

Some people wear the “cross” as an ornament around their necks.

This is to stand out, to be different, or to make a fashion statement.

But to some Christian denominations (*not all), the “cross” is more than just a symbol.

It is an object of devotion, an article of adoration, being an expression of worship.

To wear the “cross” is to identify one-self as a Christian, as belonging to Christ.

 

* TO THE ROMANS

Do you still remember your history on ROME? The ROMAN EMPIRE lasted from 753 BC to 1453 AD.

Some conspiracy theorists say that the ROMAN EMPIRE had been revived, resurrected and kicking today.

But this “coming-back-to-life” story will be for another article for another day. Soon, I promise.

Coming back to the main point, the “cross” is the ROMAN EMPIRE’s most painful method of execution.

Those who dared defy the ROMANS, such rebels were to be nailed on the “cross”. It’s a gruesome death machine.

 

* TO THE JEWS

The Jews have an overwhelming aversion and antagonism to the “cross”. It is somewhat an anathema to them.

This is based on the Torah, which Deuteronomy 21:22-23 says,

“If a man have committed a capital offense, he is to be put to death. If you are to hang him on a tree (cross), do not leave his body hanging overnight. Bury his body on the same day, for he who is left hanging (overnight) is cursed of God and thus defiles your land.”

 

* TO THE MUSLIMS

As some Christians (*not all) worship the “cross”, this may be perceived as idolatry to the Muslims.

The Bible also gives an account of the ROMAN crucifixion of JESUS CHRIST on the “cross”.

However this is described differently in the HOLY QU’RAN which Muslims believe in.

Hence Muslims will usually avoid any association with the “cross”.

 

# THIS IS MY CONCLUSION.

Multi-religious harmony is a very precious commodity in our community.

Once the goodwill is lost, it may never be recovered again.

Having some basic knowledge in each other’s religion (and sensitivity areas) is one way of fostering our mutual respect and building bridges.

Our young people do not have to speak provocative words or react in fear.

Problems may occur – but an amicable solution can always be found – when goodwill exists.

THERE IS MUCH MORE THAT UNITES US than divides us.

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Is Religion To Be Blamed For Terrorism?

Manchester bombing, London Bridge knife attacks, Marawi takeover by gunmen, Baghdad suicide bombings, Afghanistan suicide vehicle, Egypt bombing.

These are lawless acts committed by criminals who murdered more than 100 innocent lives. All done in the holy month of RAMADHAN.

These dramatic acts seized the world news headlines in part because the violent perpetrators so happened to be Muslims.

BUT REALLY, RATIONALLY, REALISTICALLY – WHY SHOULD RELIGION EVEN BE BLAMED IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Let’s turn the clock back to year 1994, starting April 6th, for 100 days.

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IT’S TIME TO REVISIT THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE

RWANDA is an east-central African state surrounded by Zaire, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

RWANDA’s population was at 7.3 million people as at April 1994. Racially comprising of Hutu 85 %, Tutsi 14 % and Twa 1%.

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In 1994, RWANDA’s official religion of the populace was Roman Catholic 57 %, Protestant 26 %, Seventh-day Adventist 11 % and Muslim 4.6 %.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_genocide

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The RWANDAN bloodbath claimed as many as 800,000 lives. Some say it was instigated by racist and extreme elements within their own RWANDAN government and military.

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Innocent victims were murdered in the 100 days of orchestrated violence. Rape survivors were infected with AIDS.

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300,000 more became refugees.

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Their perpetrators’ weapons of choice – clubs, knives and machetes. You don’t really need guns to kill.

Almost two thirds of the Tutsis population were decimated and ethnically cleansed.

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If Moderate Hutus spoke against the genocide, they were similarly eliminated.

If Moderate Hutus were discovered hiding or helping Tutsis, they too were not spared.

If Moderate Hutus refused to participate in the violence and gang rapes, they were also killed by the para-military force of Hutu extremists.

Frightening!!! It was the Moderate Hutus (the ordinary people) who were stirred up – or instigated – or forced – to be part of the gigantic killing-machine and rape-machine.

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http://unictr.unmict.org/en/tribunal

The United Nations Security Council established the International Criminal Tribunal for RWANDA (ICTR) to prosecute persons responsible for the genocide committed in RWANDA.

The ICTR opened in 1995 and had indicted 93 individuals responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in RWANDA in 1994.

The offenders included high-ranking RWANDAN government and military officials, politicians and businessmen.

Also indicted were religious leaders, militia leaders, radio station operators and media owners.

But the horrors and the dread of darkness that descended on RWANDA will never be forgotten or never ever to be erased.

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IS CHRISTIANITY TO BE PARTLY BLAMED FOR THE RWANDA GENOCIDE?

At the ICTR, witnesses say there were church leaders who resisted the killings at the risk of their own lives.

At the same time, there were also some church leaders who participated or supported the killings of the Tutsis.

HOW COULD IT EVEN BE COMPREHENSIBLE THAT THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE PROTESTANT CHURCH LEADERS HAD BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS?

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Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka (born 1958) was found guilty of rape and genocide. A military tribunal in RWANDA sentenced him in absentia to life in prison.

At the Holy Family Cathedral where he was the head priest, he herded his own congregation of adult Tutsis and children to the death squads, which brutally slaughtered them.

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Father Athanase Seromba (born 1963) was charged with the deaths of around 2,000 Tutsis who took refuge in his parish church.

He ordered his church to be bulldozed (with the refugees inside) on April 6 1994, and then shot some survivors.

WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG FOR THE HOLY SEE TO APOLOGIZE?

The Vatican maintained that the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH bore no institutional responsibility – although her priests had committed terrible crimes.

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Only recently in March 2017, Pope Francis asked forgiveness from RWANDAN President Paul Kagame – for the surreptitious role played by CATHOLIC priests during the RWANDAN genocide.

The Pope’s ‘apology’ took almost 23 years since 1994. However, the RWANDAN government felt that it didn’t go far enough.

A considerable number of the faithful had already left the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH in RWANDA.

It was an open secret that a CATHOLIC network helped implicated priests and nuns to escape to Europe and evade justice.

Father Munyeshyaka took charge of a CATHOLIC church in Gisors, France. While Father Seromba changed his name and became a parish priest in Florence, Italy.

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WHAT LESSONS HAVE WE LEARNT?

The violence, murders, rapes and plunder by lawless groups do not represent any religion.

These are common criminals who have succumbed to hatred and evil degeneration in their hearts.

Today, the world is experiencing waves of violence and terror attacks against innocent civilians.

But we can win this ideological war against the terrorists who at times hide behind a religious facade.

The war against terror is definitely not a war against any religion especially ISLAM.

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CALL TO ACTION

The RWANDAN massacre averaged 8,000 deaths every day for 100 days. Totaling an estimated 800,000 murdered souls.

In comparison, the September 11 terrorist attacks had a death toll of almost 2,996 human lives and injured 6,000 others.

Let’s stop identifying terrorism by the religion of its terrorists. Though they may be Muslims or of any other religion.

But this doesn’t mean that the world will compromise its commitment to bring the violent terrorists to justice.

Let us join our hands – Muslims and non-Muslims alike – to uproot this ideology of hatred.

CHRISTIANITY IS A RELIGION OF PEACE.

ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE.

#religionofpeace

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