Quoting ☾BizzyBee♉:" Uhhh, not quite. Halloween is traditionally linked to Samhain, the first and most important of the ... [snip!] ... and invoke the Gods through sacrifice. That's where Halloween originated from originally... there were no jack o lanterns... "
The reason people believe it's evil is because of the sacrifices...
My father HATES Halloween, when I asked why (actually I nagged him till he told me the truth) he said that pagans sacrificed people and most people who believe in that evil stuff are out and about on Halloween. :roll:
He really has gotten better about insulting other religions, I was nagging.
Quoting ☾BizzyBee♉:" Awww, but they didn't always sacrifice people, many and most times it was animals. :( I hate when people have misconceptions like that about the Pagan faiths... "
As do I! I am Christian and all but I studied Paganism and it's a beautiful religion. My sister practices Wicca (my dad has no idea! haha).
And yes, there was human and animal sacrifices, but no (old) religion is perfect and kind. Look at what Christianity has done over the years in the name of God! Extremists and fanatics ruin things for every religion ruins it for the normal ones!!
Quoting ☾BizzyBee♉:" Didn't Christianity have human and animal sacrifice as well? I'm sure I remember seeing that when I ... [snip!] ... I do Christians, and I couldn't be in a religion like that anymore. And a LOT of what Wicca says makes a lot of sense to me. "
What do you think Jesus did? He sacrificed his life for us... His human life.
Other than that though, God did say he did not accept human sacrifices even in the OT. Only animal sacrifices. Now, God has asked people to sacrifice their children, but stopped them before they actually did it. So there has never been an actual human sacrifice in the name of God in the Bible or in history that I know about (or can remember).
But, animals, yes, God demanded them to do so. But, that changed when Jesus came into the picture; he said that God no longer needed the sacrifices.
Quoting ☾BizzyBee♉:" Ah, I thought God actually had someone sacrifice their children. I missed where he stopped it. :D ... [snip!] ... stopped it. :D But yeah. Lots of unnecessary hate over something few people actually understand, because they choose not to."
People are afraid of things they don't understand or things that are different, and they just don't even bother to try to educate themselves! It's annoying.
Now, my father is a world religion teacher and has studied many religions, but he was always very, very biased when it comes to paganism.
I don't know the whole story because my dad is very private about his past, but I think something happened when he was a teenager with the occult and some "crazies" or extremists. I've heard things of it but my dad would never talk about it.
Quoting ☾BizzyBee♉:" Exactly. People hate what they can't/don't understand, and it's so sad. It's the same thing with homosexuality... ... [snip!] ... dad had a bad experience, you get crazies with every group I'm afraid. Pagans AND Christians are no exceptions to the rule. "