The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. – Oscar Wilde
Today is the day we (in America) celebrate all things scary and many things candy. Does this mean it is a bad thing for those of us who believe in a Benevolent God and Savior to our souls? Like with anything else, it depends on the viewpoint.
Some people love to be scared – there is an adrenaline rush associated with being scared that can be addicting. But as with all addictions you eventually need more and more to satisfy the need. Which may mean more intense (read: violent) scary movies, games or books. But think about this – what is all that fear doing to your mind, soul and spirit? What is the constant adrenaline rush doing to your body?
For me, I spent most of my childhood being scared and I have no use for it now. I don’t want to be scared – ever again. I don’t like feeling unsafe or threatened. I don’t like feeling like someone may come through my window at any moment and hurt me. And I don’t like the feelings I have when I see it happen to someone else even if it is just a movie. As violence has been done to me I have an aversion to seeing it done to other people or creatures.
I have nothing against vampires, werewolves, ghosts, goblins and the like. They are all creatures fabricated to help people cope with things that are out of their control. What I am against (and I say this only for myself, for I have no wish to force anyone to believe the way I do) is the violence those creatures are depicted as doing. And with each succeeding generation of creatures the more violent they are created as becoming. What I am also against is the potential for inspiration to commit violent acts. I understand that if a person is going to kill another person they will do so regardless of the inspiration, but to constantly put negative thoughts and energies out into the ether, into the Universe, those negative energies have an effect on people and how they handle conflict.
So on this night of all nights, this scary holiday, it does well to remember that the God of Love and Light is not scary. Nor does He want His children to be afraid. Be circumspect, alert, and aware of your surroundings but be not fearful.
Enjoy the candy, enjoy the little kids trick or treating and enjoy the costumes. But above all, Fear not, for the God of Light is with you and will always be with you whether you want Him there or not, whether you believe in Him or not, and whether or not you choose to put your trust in the unseen. God simply Is. He is Light and Life and Love.