After a three week gap for the Feast of Tabernacles and a relocation to Costa Rica among other adventures we return for Episode 6 to take a look at Halloween and what a grounded, Biblical approach to it should be. Coming from different backgrounds and having different perspectives, we compare notes on some of the common christian justifications for participation in worldly observances. Do those reasons hold up to Scriptural scrutiny?We also focus on the main question: are we being intentional in our lives - basing decisions and actions on a conscious effort to do what is pleasing in the eyes of our Creator - or are we just on autopilot, following the crowd and what we've been taught.
Some of the subjects:
- Does Messiah redeem all things? Can originally evil origins be used for good?
- How do arguments hold up under their logical extremes?
- Is mixing worldly (profane) things with holy (set-apart) things acceptible to our Creator?
- What about legalism? What is legalism and is it possible to be legalistic trying to obey and please the King?
Verses referenced and discussed:
- Gen 50:20 (Joseph and what the brothers intended for evil YHWH used for good)
- Ex 32 (whole chapter, specifically Ex 32:4-5 describing the golden calf incident)
- 2 Kings 7:41 (example of people fearing YHWH and worshiping idols)
- 2 Cor 5:17 (what the Scriptures really teach about what Messiah redeems)
- 2 Cor 6:14-18 (what the Scriptures really teach about our response to the worldliness around us)
- Haggai 2 (whole chapter - homework assignment - read and see what the Scripture says about the transmission effect between holy and profane: can the holy make the profane holy? or does the profane make the holy profane?)