Cemetery Visitation Condemned As Part Of Halloween Hysteria
In a criticism of Halloween, a pastor condemned a Scandinavian custom where loved ones visit the graves of the departed on that day to light candles of remembrance as a form of mourning.
Unless participants are expecting to communicate with the dead through this custom, what passage of Scripture expressly forbids this practice?
The pastor insisted that Christians aren't to celebrate death but rather life.
As proof, he quoted the Scripture that the death of His saints is precious in the sight of the Lord.
Once again, a Scripture or doctrine has been invoked that has little bearing on the issue at hand in order to perpetuate the fraud of happy face Christianity.
In most instances, families do not visit graves to celebrate that the departed are six feet under.
The grave is visited as a grieving mechanism to honor what the individual meant to you.
Yet, from the impression given by this fanatic pastor, you are just about committing the unpardonable sin if you do anything but blot the existence of the departed loved one from your memory and never mention them ever again.
In Christian teaching, the grave site is also visited in recognition that the human physical form also possess value as we are not Gnostics.
But even more importantly, it is from that particular spot that the interned individual will rise in their glorified state during the Resurrection.
Frederick Meekins is an independent theologian and social critic. Frederick holds a BS in Political Science/History, a MA in Apologetics/Christian Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in Christian Apologetics from Newburgh Theological Seminary.