As Halloween 2011 approaches, we can look forward to seeing the little children dressed up in adorable costumes, pre-teen children being creative and inventive with their disguises and costumes. I have always enjoyed these parts of Halloween.
However, as a shepherd and "Assistant Headmaster", I feel that I should remind people about the not-so-cute, spiritually dangerous activities that many foolish people -- teens and adults -- may be planning to have "fun" with.
My public enemy number one within this category for having a spiritually dangerous Halloween is a device that has been marketed as a toy since 1966 by Parker Brothers Games, now owned by Hasbro Games:
THE OUIJA BOARD
|From left to right: Margaret, Kate and Leah Fox|
In March 1848, the family began to to hear unexplained sounds that at times sounded like knocking, and at other times like the moving of furniture. The family began to feel frightened — since their neighbors believed the house to be haunted by a man who had been murdered in that house many years before.
Their parents and older, married sister, Leah, heard these “rappings” but refused to accept that this was a trick being played by the girls.
The parents and Leah presumed that the rappings were being created by a spirit.
On the night of March 31, 1848, the girls instructed the “spirit” to rap out the ages of the girls. It did. The Fox Family , with their neighbors, devised a code through which the raps would signify yes or no in response to a question, or be used to indicate a letter of the alphabet.
Neighbors and people all around Hydesville began to buzz about the Fox girls communicating with the spirit of a murdered man. Soon, the newspapers were trumpeting the story. And, soon after, began the movement which would later use the name, Spiritualism. The Fox girls and their Spiritualist supporters instigated a nationwide, then worldwide, fascination with the so-called phenomenon of communicating with the dead.
In the years following the Fox Sisters’ public attestations of the truth of their activities, a number of devices and oddball contraptions suddenly appeared to promote the communication between the living and the dead, the Ouija Board becoming the most popular over the years.
WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY ABOUT HE OUIJA BOARD
The Book of Deuteronomy 18:9-14 [New American Bible translation]:
"When you come into the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you, you shall not learn to imitate the abominations of the peoples there.Why won't the Lord permit the use of Ouija Boards, Seances, Mediums, etc.? Because He is trying to protect us!
Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortune-teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of spells, nor one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead.
Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the LORD, and because of such abominations the LORD, your God, is driving these nations out of your way.
You, however, must be altogether sincere toward the LORD, your God.
Though these nations whom you are to dispossess listen to their soothsayers and fortune-tellers, the LORD, your God, will not permit you to do so."
To Be Continued...