1. Tony Breeden says:

    It really does seem that your beef is against zombies. I mean, you referred to zombies as “Halloween imagery” as if they were exclusive to Halloween and, well, that’s precisely what would be required in order for that point about “zombie Jesus” to be valid.

    Since zombies are not the exclusive property of Halloween, your argument and cautions would equally apply to speculative fiction and film. Are you prepared to aplly your cautions to horror media as well?

  2. Heather says:

    I personally detest Halloween. Not because of people wearing costumes and going out and asking for candy. I think that part can be innocent fun. I like dressing up! I love candy! I detest Halloween because of all the darkness and grossness of it. Why on earth would you want to put up tombstones in your yard? Or skeletons? Or something bloody? Why zombies? What good comes out of that? Halloween in general makes light of death and darkness. Even as Christians, it’s not something to make light or fun of. Fear? No. We have no reason to fear if God is on our side. Making light of it, laughing about it and perhaps mocking Satan in the process? As Christians, I still find that wrong. I don’t ever see God in the Bible making fun of death and Satan. In fact, He warns us about doing such things. It’s a serious matter and nothing to smirk at. For me, there’s always a sigh of relief when Halloween is done and the Christmas decorations in stores go up. It’s literally trading darkness for light and goodness.

    • Tony Breeden says:

      Elijah. Mount Carmel. Baal gets mocked pretty hard. Beelzebub (a generally agreed upon synonym for Satan) is associated with the Canaanite god Baal. I get the part about not speaking evil of dignities, but Elijah’s example still stands against a strict prohibition against mocking the devil. Context is important.

    • Tony Breeden says:

      Also Christmas is exactly as over commercialized as Halloween. Hence the admonitions to Put Christ back into Christmas and Keep Christ in Christmas. It’s all what you make of it

      • Heather says:

        I respectfully disagree. Elijah himself mocked Baal. It doesn’t say “The Lord says,” before Elijah went on mocking. I doubt everything that Elijah said came from God’s mouth. Elijah was quite human. An incredible human but human the same. In what context is it okay to mock? What would justify that? It’s a dangerous game; one I don’t think we should play. We shouldn’t be afraid of death or Satan but they are not something to be mocked in any context, in my opinion.

        Halloween’s problem isn’t being over commercialized. It’s the celebration of death. The decorations itself speaks for what the problem is. But if Halloween was just dressing up as your favorite superhero be and going out and candy, I’d be all for it. I will concede Christmas celebrated by the secular world does have its problems, but I don’t think you need less presents, a smaller tree, less decorations, and a worse house to appreciate the spiritual aspect of celebrating Christmas. We just need to remember Christmas for what it truly is.

        We’ll probably disagree but that’s okay. I enjoy these type of discussions.

    • Tony Breeden says:

      Elijah famously mocked the false god Baal during his famous contest on Mount Carmel. Many preachers have painted Baal as a satanic religion. Where does the Bible warn us specifically not to mock death or Satan?

      Notwithstanding the point you try to make (what good does it do?) falls flat. Bram Stoker infused Christianity into Dracula, a tale of a satanically animate, bloodsucking corpse. The horror and grotesqueness of Halloween displays reminds me that the horrors of death and the grave are real, and any hope of resurrection apart from Christ is equally horrifying. The horrors of a world steeped in original sin yet unfettered by the restraint of the Holy Spirit are on display in the form of serial killers and slasher flicks. Above all else, Halloween reminds us that the supernatural is very, very real, something we amplify by a holiday that protests too much that it’s all superstition and Hollywood storytelling. As one of my children once said, If the Devil is real, then there must be a God.

What do you think?