Doesn’t it seem as if no matter where you go, except probably church, you see scary masks, white-sheeted ghosts, orange-and black-colored candy wrappers, and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes? You may know people who tell frightening stories filled with monsters, or use games that encourage “playing” with spirits. You may know some who dress up and go trick-or-treating, or go to Halloween parties—you may even do some of these activities.
But have you ever wondered what Jesus might think about this stuff? There are several Bible texts that tell us to be careful in what we do and who we do it with, but the one that really reminds us what we’re up against is found in Ephesians 6:12: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (NIV).
There are activities we should not participate in for they can pull us away from what is pure and good—and of God. In the October 28, 2010, Adventist Review, Wilona Karimabadi shares a story about her grandmother, Stella Rao, playing a dangerous board game with a spirit.
Granny Stella, then a young woman, worried about friends and family during a time of war, wrote the alphabet down and, with her fingers on a small drinking glass, she’d ask questions aloud. The “game,” called “Table Talk,” would move the glass to the letters and spell out answers.
Stella became an Adventist. She found out the game was evil when it spelled out who was making it work during the very last time she played. It said “I-T-H-E-D-E-V-I-L.” She and her family destroyed all the stuff used with the game. The young woman dedicated her life to Jesus—and to warning her family to stay away from such activities as “Table Talk.” And while she also made it her habit to pray and pray, especially before bedtime, Stella had nightmares for the rest of her life. Sometimes she had to cover the mirror in her room at night so she wouldn’t “see” her dreams manifested there.
Granny Stella eventually wrote the story and left this lesson: “My dear grandchildren,” she wrote. “Keep the Lord ever before you, for the devil is always ready to deceive you.”