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Christians Say the Darnedest Things: Did You Know Jack-O-Lanterns are Evil?


By Ron Allen, Charisma News, The Sick, Twisted Meaning Behind Halloween’s Jack-O’-Lanterns

The upcoming Halloween celebration dates back to the Druids, who used the holiday for various pagan religious practices including human sacrifice. There is nothing Christian about it.

Yet there is one interesting story about the Halloween celebration that illustrates how the pagans tried to appropriate the stars into their religions. It is the story of the jack-o’-lantern, that pumpkin with a face carved out and a candle inside. This seemingly benign decoration represents a much more gruesome picture from the rituals of past ages: A frightful severed head. And the picture comes straight from the Star Bible, even though the real meaning is very different.

The “jack-o-lantern” in the sky is the star Algol (“evil spirit”). It is part of the constellation Perseus, (the breaker), which is a picture of Christ who breaks open a way for us (Mic. 2:13) and breaks open the seals in Revelation 5. Algol pictures the severed evil head of the nations, the Antichrist, whose head is cut off from the nations when Christ returns (Rev. 19:20). So the frightful jack-o’-lantern is really a picture of the return and triumph of Christ.

The star Algol would have been near the zenith point on Halloween after midnight in druid times 3,000 years ago. Now it can be seen at zenith closer to 11:00 p.m. It is also an interesting object because it is a variable star decreasing in brightness about every 69 hours, with the nearest visible minimum at about 5:00 a.m. on Nov. 4.

During the first week of November the planet Venus appears in the morning sky after disappearing from the western sky into the sun on Oct. 26. The planet represents Christ, the Bright Morning Star (Rev. 22:16), and will be visible in the early morning during the minimum of Algol on Nov. 4.

Bruce Gerencser, 66, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 45 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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    Well I for one have never experienced all of the Halloween dreads that this bozo talks about. But being at the buckle end of the Christian church’s belt for over fifty years, I know who the spookiest of them all is. (Hint: it ain’t the people who carve pumpkins and put them out front of their houses every October 31.)

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      Bruce Gerencser

      Welcome To The International Star Bible Society

      We are a Christian Ministry dedicated to strengthening the faith of Christian believers by spreading God’s message about Jesus Christ which is contained in the stars. This message, which we call the “Star Bible”, compliments but does not contradict the written Bible and provides a framework for understanding the signs of Christ’s coming contained in the Sun, Moon and Stars.

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        Well…that explains everything.

        I’m confused. I thought people were using stars for predicting things and religious reasons long before Christianity? Someone might want to go back in time and tell those ancient Greeks to stop appropriating Christian ideas into their religion.

        And then there is the irony that a planet named Venus was chosen to represent this version of christian god…. 🤔🤔

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          MJ Lisbeth

          Sage–While we’re at, let’s tell Shakespeare to cut out the cliches. I mean, how many times can we hear “A rose by any other name” or “Clothes make the man”?

          Oh, and Gloria Jones owes Soft Cell for ripping off their “Tainted Love.” And Diana Ross owes them for their medley at the end of the recording.

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    These star Bible people should tale an astronomy course at a local secular community College or university so they can learn some actual science regarding the universe.

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    I second the suggestion that the folks writing about Halloween need some astronomy lessons. Venus is the morning star this season, but it will not be in the same relative situation next year. Venus is a planet; its relative position changes from one year to the next. The stars maintain their relative positions from one year to the next. (it is a running joke in our family that the best time to observe Orion is before dawn starting in September. It has held since 1975.) If I remember college astronomy correctly, Venus will be the evening star in a couple of months.

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