Home About us Partnership Join us Proposals Buttons


Recruitment is still open, so if you want to join us, visit page called "Join us".
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A short announcement...

I know that it`s probably not very nice to advertise somebody`s private blog, but this time it may be useful for you. On http://mylingvo.blogspot.com/ you will find a post which is about a nice tool of analyzing written texts. If you are interested in developing both your writing skills and methods of improving them, please have a look (the post written in Polish). 

My next post here will be a continuation of the article on sounds made by animals, so if you liked that one, please keep visiting Pleasure of English. 

And of course, on behalf of the whole PoE team, I wish everyone deep thoughts and a fruitful time on the occasion of All Saints` Day. But at the same time we wish you all a lot of fun derived from the lovely fact that today Halloween is being celebrated in almost all corners of the world!


  1. I am a real adversary of Halloween. Whether or not Christians should celebrate Halloween can be a very controversial topic. Some Christians celebrate Halloween simply by dressing up in a costume and having fun, seeing it as innocent and harmless. Other Christians are equally convinced that Halloween is a satanic holiday established to worship evil spirits and promote darkness and wickedness. So, who is right? Is it possible for Christians to celebrate Halloween without compromising their faith?

    Halloween, no matter how commercialized, has almost completely pagan origins. As innocent as it may seem to some, it is not something to be taken lightly. Christians tend to have various ways to celebrate or not to celebrate Halloween. For some, it means having an “alternative” Harvest Party. For others, it is staying away from the ghosts, witches, goblins, etc., and wearing innocuous costumes, e.g., little princesses, clowns, cowboys, super-heroes, etc. Some choose not to do anything, electing to lock themselves in the house with the lights off. With our freedom as Christians, we are at liberty to decide how to act.

    Scripture does not speak at all about Halloween, but it does give us some principles on which we can make a decision. In Old Testament Israel, witchcraft was a crime punishable by death (Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 19:31; 20:6, 27). The New Testament teaching about the occult is clear. Acts 8:9-24, the story of Simon, shows that occultism and Christianity don't mix. The account of Elymas the sorcerer in Acts 13:6-11 reveals that sorcery is violently opposed to Christianity. Paul called Elymas a child of the devil, an enemy of righteousness and a perverter of the ways of God. In Acts 16, at Philippi, a fortune-telling girl lost her demon powers when the evil spirit was cast out by Paul. The interesting matter here is that Paul refused to allow even good statements to come from a demon-influenced person. Acts 19 shows new converts who have abruptly broken with their former occultism by confessing, showing their evil deeds, bringing their magic paraphernalia, and burning it before everyone (Acts 19:19).

    So, should a Christian celebrate Halloween? Is there anything evil about a Christian dressing up as a princess or cowboy and going around the block asking for candy? No, there is not. Are there things about Halloween that are anti-Christian and should be avoided? Absolutely! If parents are going to allow their children to participate in Halloween, they should make sure to keep them from getting involved in the darker aspects of the day. If Christians are going to take part in Halloween, their attitude, dress, and most importantly, their behavior should still reflect a redeemed life (Philippians 1:27). There are many churches that hold "harvest festivals" and incorporate costumes, but in a godly environment. There are many Christians who hand out tracts that share the Gospel along with the Halloween candy. The decision is ultimately ours to make. But as with all things, we are to incorporate the principles of Romans 14. We can’t allow our own convictions about a holiday to cause division in the body of Christ, nor can we use our freedom to cause others to stumble in their faith. We are to do all things as to the Lord.

    1. Right, it is absolutely true that the decision is in our own interest. The same applies to what we celebrate, what we believe in, what we support and what we don`t. I think there are as many views and answers to the question: "should or can we celebrate Halloween?" as people all over the world. Sure, if kids (who are not entirely responsible for their own actions and aware of them) get involved too much in suchlike activities, parents should react. This blog was created to account for and to popularize the English language and, to some extent, English culture. And Halloween is definitely a part of this culture, whether we like it or not. That`s why this short post came up here. PoE has its readers among people coming from other nations (GB included, as far as I know), so probably it was nice just to mention the fact that we`ve just had Halloween. At the same time I didn`t forget to mention the other side of the coin, which is our, maybe closer to the Christian tradition way of experiencing this day.

      Anyways, thanks a lot for your long contribution Rafał, it`s great to exchange our ideas concerning such occasions, which I suppose still remain unclear when it comes to judging them. I hope and expect to get more comments in this respect!!:)