Posted by: cindybythesea | October 16, 2009

A season of darkness

With Halloween just around the corner, we’re being treated to a whole new onslaught of films by those Hollywood tricksters in the name of entertainment.  For the last few days, I’ve been reading about a new film that has just been released by the name of Parnormal Activity.  Its a low budget film, first making its debut at the 2008 Sundance film festival where it was picked up for distribution by Paramount.  From most of the comments I’ve been reading, it is apparently a very frightening film similar in style to “The Blair Witch Project” a few years back.  For a synopsis of the film and some of the comments made by viewers click here:    I tried a half dozen or so times, to watch the trailer of the film, so I could get a little bit better idea of what the film was about, but, each time, about ten seconds into it, I had to hit the stop button, I just couldn’t do it.

What is our psychological fascination with fear? Why are books and movies of  this nature so popular?  I’m not sure from a biblical stand point where this strange fascination arises from, but, I do know the Bible strongly warns against it, even prohibits it.  And for good reason.  As a child, I loved a good ghost story, the spookier the better.  Why, I’m not sure.  But, as a Christian and as an adult, I’ve seen and learned much more which helps me to understand the reason behind the strong prohibition given in scripture against such things.  And its something I understand and respect  greatly.

The Bible reveals a great spiritual battle is underway and has been for thousands of years, its a battle which in these last days,  is coming to its final conclusion.  And though the battle rages, the war has been won and the victory secured at the cross of Christ for those who believe.  But,  Satan, a fallen angel and adversary to God (along with his demonic minions) seek in the course of this battle to steal, kill, and destroy God’s most precious creation, which is you and I.   Unfortunately, in the guise of entertainment, films like the one mentioned (and other paranormal activities) play into the hands of the enemy, by leading the unsuspecting in to territory best not traveled and by entering gates best left closed.  The enemy will seek and use every opportunity to his advantage –  he knows the stakes are high and the stakes are eternal;  he’s playing for keeps and he’s playing for the human soul.  

When I was a kid Halloween was a day of fun and treats, but, today it has become an even bigger holiday for adults, much of whom use it as an excuse to exercise the baser and darker sides of their personalities – ranging from the crude and the crass to the dark and demonic.   It is extremely sad and disturbing and a definate sign of the times, when churches, which should be shining lights for Jesus in a world of spiritual darkness, instead become participants in a night that celebrates the darkness by the  glorification of everything pagan and demonic.  For one incredible example, check this out: St. John’s Cathedral in NYC and their annual Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of the Ghouls: and here: (Scroll to the bottom of the website for photos from the annual Parade of Ghouls).

In this time of spiritual darkness, it is more important than ever, that we who bear the light of Jesus name, hold that light high for all to see.  People of this generation have been stripped of the knowledge of God and are “ripe for the picking” by the enemy. With the constant bombardment of media and entertainment, the need for the light of Jesus is greater than ever!   Join with me please in this season of darkness to shine the light of Jesus brighter than ever before!  

                  Jesus said,  “I am the light of the world, he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but, will have the light of life” John 8:12

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