Jesus Ween...Seriously?!

Jessica - posted on 10/26/2011 ( 81 moms have responded )

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Sorry guys, I just heard about this today...how many more holidays do they think they need?! If my child gets a bible in her trick or treat bag, I will kindly ( maybe kindly) hand it back and say no thank you!

Check it out.... http://jesusween.com/

Enough is enough, if you don't celebrate Halloween, then just keep your light off so people who do celebrate it don't come to your door.

Plus! As a Pagan, I find this extra annoying....don't try and take over something your religion teaches you not to be a part of in the first place! ( ie- Pagan Holidays)

I'm very annoyed right now....lol.

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Krista - posted on 10/28/2011

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It isn't really hiding, per se. Around here, it's a pretty universal signal. If your outside lights aren't on, then you don't have anything to give out. If they are, then go to it. I don't put up any Halloween decorations -- I just don't have the time. But we still get some kids. (And I think we'll probably get more next year, considering that this year we're giving out full-size chocolate bars..)

Leigha - posted on 10/31/2011

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I'm thinking of handing out copies of "On the Origin of Species" or "The God Delusion" to as many Christians as possible during Christmastime. I wonder how that would go over.

Johnny - posted on 10/28/2011

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Our co-op is really into Halloween, but there are also several who don't participate for whatever reason. They usually just don't put out a pumpkin or put out their porch light, but they certainly don't hide. And no one has ever egged their house or anything like that. If you aren't into it, that's fine. No one should be pushed to participating in anything at all. It is actually our Muslim neighbors that don't for the most part. The Christians seem to be quite involved. But it doesn't effect anyone's relationship with the community, that's not right. But actively trying to discourage other people's cultural or religious choices is just obnoxious and rude in my opinion. It would effect my relationship with a neighbor if they opened up for Halloween and started handing out religious junk of any sort.

Isobel - posted on 10/28/2011

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ok...one. In a 1974 case, Timothy O'Bryan, an 8-year-old boy from Pasadena, Texas, died after eating a cyanide-laced package of Pixy Stix. A subsequent police investigation eventually determined that the poisoned candy had been planted in his trick-or-treat pile by the boy's father, Ronald Clark O'Bryan, who also gave out poisoned candy to other children in an attempt to cover up the murder. The murderer, who had wanted to claim life insurance money, was executed in 1984

JuLeah - posted on 10/27/2011

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Yes, Gillian ... but also, the Jews had a winter celerbration that was a big deal. Part of the timing (the reason they said Jesus was born in Dec) was to replace ours with Christmas ... it kind of worked, but we added Chanakkuah - so kind of took the season back



FYI and BTW, if any reply to this, there is no wrong way to spell חנוכה



Hanukkah

Chanukah

Hanukah

Hannukah

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Jessica - posted on 11/01/2011

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No Bibles for us...Joce did txt me last night saying one of her friends kids did get one though! We mostly thought it was funny. I don't really think it was taken seriously by people in Alberta. From the sounds of it though, the places in the states that they were promoting to big time did it quite a bit.



Edited to fix my terrible typing! :)

Becky - posted on 11/01/2011

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Nope, no Bibles here. We only went through our cul-de-sac this year though because it was cold and I know our neighbors well enough that I didn't expect anything like that. Haha, we're probably the family on the block most likely to do something like that, but we're not weird! :) Okay, so that's up for debate, lol. But we're not fanatics!

Sarah - posted on 11/01/2011

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I think it's kinda silly to make any fuss about this. I'd somebody gave us something to try and convert us I would just think it was weird. Not offensive. IMO Halloween is just a day to dress up and get candy. Nothing more, nothing less.

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@Lauralei -- one of my friends who was Baptist belonged to a church that was anti-dancing and anti-music. I don't think that's typical for most Baptist churches, but that was the norm at her church. There was no music and no dancing at her wedding. Pretty lame if you ask me.

Brittany - posted on 11/01/2011

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So, did any kids come home with a Bible? LOL

My oldest was sick this past weekend and yesterday so we did not do any trick or treating. I let the little ones hand out juice treats, even though I think they ate more then they handed out LOL.

Hope everyone had a safe and delightful Halloween!

Hope - posted on 10/31/2011

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I a a christian living in Australia and in resent years the Halloween thing has started to take off. I don't allow my children to go out trick or treating but I do hand out lollies to the child that come to my door. Actually its my 8 year old who loves to hand out the lollies. It lovely to hear the excitement from the little ones when they get a lolly, so sweet.

Karla - posted on 10/31/2011

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Well, this advice doesn’t say to hand out Bibles… to each their own, I guess.

From the Jesus Ween web site:

Things to do:
(1) Text or Email your contacts { Happy JesusWeen Oct 31 Christian Gift Festival }
(2) Talk to your Pastors, church leaders and friends
(3) Get your Christian gifts & candy for the kids.
(4) Form a group to go door to door OR stay home and give anyone who knocks on your day a Christian gift with candy.
(5) Wear anything you like, as long as its not about witches, ghosts, demons, etc
(6) Spend quality time to pray and wear your best smile tomorrow
(7) "Fear not" but "be Courageous"

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2011

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I figured as much as well, and no, I don't actually think that we will recieve any and if I do, I will drop them off at a church. I just thought it was funny that they deleted my question. lol.

Becky - posted on 10/29/2011

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You could probably just drop them off at a church or take them to a used bookstore and maybe even make some money off them! Or leave them in the drawer the next time you're at a hotel! :)
Honestly though, I'd be surprised to actually get any.

Jessica - posted on 10/29/2011

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I would be fine with those being handed out at halloween, mostly because it is a wrapper that can be tossed. I am not willing to throw away a bible any more then I would throw away any other book. I did actually post on the Jesus Ween website...twice asking if there was some place that I could return Bibles that may find there way into Peytons trick or treat bag as opposed to throwing them out. They deleted my questions off the wall and would not reply. I didn't say anything rude, just asked a simple question so that the Bibles would find there way into hands that actually wanted them.

Becky - posted on 10/29/2011

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Some Christian denominations do say no dancing. The Baptist school I went to as a child was that way. I've never heard no singing, but I have heard, "rock is the devil's music." Hahaha!
I totally agree with your post, Laura. Handing out Bibles at Halloween, going door to door and bugging people, giving out tracts, etc, only annoys people and makes them think you're the religious freak in the neighborhood. They'll be more likely to avoid you than to seek you out if they have questions. If your love, compassion, and acceptance of people is evident in your life, then there is a better chance that people will be interested in what you have to say.

Merry - posted on 10/29/2011

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What religion says no dance or singing? That's weird!
I really don't think casual evangelism does any good. I think, and my pastor says, that to 'share' the gospel you have to first build a friendship of trust and respect and then let the other person approach you with questions in their own time as they feel the desire to know.
Proper 'evangelising' IMO, is never unwanted, pushy, casual, rude, or weird. It's just explaining and answering questions when approached.
Pushing jesus on anyone really does no good. And it only pushes them further from ever considering the belief

Johnny - posted on 10/29/2011

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I wonder if those evangelizing Halloween will soon move on to holidays of other faiths, like Eid or Diwali or Beltane or Hannukah?

Karla - posted on 10/29/2011

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Laurelai, Even though I'm fine with whatever goody people want to give for trick or treating, I'm really tired of the push to evangelize at every turn, and the need to judge activities such as dancing, singing and observing Halloween as "evil." I'm just tired of it.

Johnny - posted on 10/29/2011

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I wouldn't be upset by that Laura, just amused. A form of marketing, like all other products. Last time I went to a trade convention, I got chocolate bars from several different companies with their advertising on them. I know if you go trick or treating at the mall, some stores give out "logo" treats. They are all using a holiday to try to sell their schtick, just like cadbury's and doritos.

Merry - posted on 10/29/2011

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How would everyone feel about this being handed out?
http://www.christianexpressionsuperstore...

Most Christians don't want to take over or shut down Halloween, they mostly just want it to be less gory and gross and more lighthearted fun. I don't kne anyone who wants to do swat with Halloween and I know a lot of Christians,

Karla - posted on 10/29/2011

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I just had an image of a kid coming home from trick-or-treating with a bag full of bibles.

Isobel - posted on 10/28/2011

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actually though, I'm pretty sure there has NEVER been a case of razor blades in apples or poison in the candy...ever.

Krista - posted on 10/28/2011

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Meh, I'm not worried about it either way. He'd be a ridiculously cute Superman, but there will be plenty of years to trick or treat, so I'm not going to traumatize him over it. Besides, I only paid $3 for the costume at the thrift shop.

Merry - posted on 10/28/2011

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Krista you should dress him as a wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man!
Lol that's what it sounds like he does haha
Maybe last minute he will put it on once he sees other kids dressed up. Or maybe seeing them dressed up will scare him more :-/ hard to say

Becky - posted on 10/28/2011

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That's why I spent $40.00 freaking bucks on a Pooh costume for Zach. If I'd bought anything remotely scary, he wouldn't have worn it. He's quite opinionated for a 2 year old! I'd better be able to resell it for a decent amount! :)

Krista - posted on 10/28/2011

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Yeah, he's 2, and can be a little shy. I have no idea where he got this, but if I say that something is spooky, he'll wave his arms around and go "Wooooooo....." I'm really hoping he'll do it for our trick-or-treaters. :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/28/2011

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Awe, well he will have fun handing out the candy hopefully. He can see everyones costumes and maybe he will come around. Hopefully they don't scare the little guy.

Merry - posted on 10/28/2011

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He's 2? Eric is so scared of everything right now, I don't think he would wear a costume....

Krista - posted on 10/28/2011

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Well, we'll probably both be at home. I was hoping to bring Sam out trick-or-treating, but he's not keen on wearing a costume (I bought him a dragon costume, and he was scared of it, poor little guy. So I got him a Superman costume instead, but he's still not sold on it.)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/28/2011

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Thats awesome. We haven't bought ours yet. Not sure if we are gonna this year. We always do the parade, then walk around collecting candy. No one is ever home during prime time to give it out. It is always a waste of money, and who ends up eating it???? ME!

Krista - posted on 10/28/2011

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Well, we live out in the countryside, and tend to get fewer than 10 kids, so it's not a big deal. They had a 2 for 1 deal on full-size bars at the dollar store in town, so we bought a bunch, and whatever's left over can just go in our snack cupboard.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/28/2011

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That is awesome Krista, I love when people give out full size bars. You have to go to the rich areas for that though.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/28/2011

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That is exactly what I meant by turning out your lights, turn your front porch light off, and you will not get trick or treaters. It isn't about hiding, just not participating.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/28/2011

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It has happened in the past Cathy. It would be very hard to trace poison back to someone. Razor blades happens also. That might be easier to trace, but think about the fanatics out there. Not saying this is going to definitely happen, I just think people can boycott it instead of passing out bibles or worse.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/28/2011

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It is the fact that they are trying to STOP the holiday. And yeah, it does kinda ruin it for the kids. Kinda like if they don't do well with the bibles this year, are they gonna start putting poison in the candy or razors in apples??? I mean, this could potentially be the start of some extremists taking things into their own hands. If they don't like it, just turn off your light and ignore people. I cannot stand holier than thou individuals.

Merry - posted on 10/28/2011

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I can't see how getting a bible is going to ruin it.
Don't like it? Throw it away. It's not like you're entitled to free candy from strangers.
Sorry, I think it's stupid to pass out bibles but it's far from offensive rude or destroying Halloween.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/28/2011

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Halloween is just a fun time for kids to dress up and get treats. If you don't want to celebrate, fine. But don't try to ruin it for all the other families that enjoy it. Give me a break.

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"Hoping they don't get annoyed when they see the bibles they passed out sitting in the gutter/street/garbage the next day! "

Nah, they'd love it. Then they'd get to feel persecuted and they all love that.

Merry - posted on 10/28/2011

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I agree Becky, and I know many Christian families who happily celebrate Halloween. Myself, for whatever reason I just feel I can't do it. It just feels wrong. So for me and my kids, we don't do it. For others no biggie! I seriously don't even judge in my own mind. So I respectfully bow out but I'm not making a stink trying to kiill the holiday.
I AM getting sick of the disgusting decorations by my house. Eric is scared of them, and it's no fun that they've been up for a month already and he's still scared! I try to say happy things like its just a costume! Just decorations! Is not scary! It's funny! But he's just not getting over it"


For me the beauty of Halloween is the day after chocolate sales :):):):):) THAT is my fav part

Becky - posted on 10/27/2011

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Not all Christmas carollers are Christian or are singing Christian songs though.



On the topic of Halloween, no, this is isn't going to take over. I know plenty of Christians, myself included, who tihnk it's a pretty silly idea. And I know a lot of Christians, again, us included, who celebrate Halloween. I think a holiday is only what you make it. If you want to make Halloween a celebration of evil, well, then, that's what it is to you. If you don't, it's not. Just like you can celebrate Christmas as a celebration of Christ's birth, a celebration of family and giving, a winter festival, yule, or a celebration of greed and commercialism, whatever floats your boat! For me, Halloween is all in fun. It's mostly a celebration of chocolate and overindulgence! :) I do find it disturbing when people go overboard with the images of death and demons and stuff - mainly because it scares my youngest - but if that's what they like, then fine. We keep it innocent and lighthearted, and while my kids are little, they will continue to dress in cute or funny costumes, not evil and scary ones.

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Hoping they don't get annoyed when they see the bibles they passed out sitting in the gutter/street/garbage the next day!

Jessica - posted on 10/27/2011

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Your right Cathy, it just really irked me last night. While I still find the Jesus Ween beyond silly, I also dont think it will achieve its goal of taking over Halloween traditions or ever really be taken seriously.

Karla - posted on 10/27/2011

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I have a friend who explained to me that even though many of her close Christian friends do not celebrate Halloween, she looks at it as just playing dress up.



Pagan is really just an absence of belief; it’s not devil worship or evil. Besides which, the history of Halloween sounds as though it’s not pagan.

It’s not a celebration of evil, and it’s related to All Saints’ Day.



If you want to know the facts about Halloween check this out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)". The name of the festival historically kept by the Gaels and Celts in the British Isles is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end"



My kids have always had great fun with it, and we handled it in an age appropriate manor; aka no haunted houses when they were young, and no trick-or-treating w/o an adult until they were old enough to be a baby-sitter.

Lady - posted on 10/27/2011

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Christians have taken over every other pagan festival so why not this one - Christmas and easter were both pagan too were they not?

Merry - posted on 10/27/2011

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I'm a Christian, I don't celebrate Halloween.

I find it a bad show of our faith when Christians try to overtake Halloween. It's just dumb IMO to hand out bibles or tracts. I mean seriously if you don't like it just ignore it!

We treat the day like any other day, a pleasant sign on the door saying sorry! No candy. And on we go with life.

I don't like Halloween, I hate the scary decorations and I hate my kids having to see all the nasty creepy scary stuff but if I want to keep my right to have a nativity scene at Christmas then I'm not going to try to take away anyone else's right to have disgusting decorations to celebrate evil.



Besides, most kids who celebrate Halloween are quite decent and adorably dressed. Most people don't make it into a devil worshiping day, it's just fun and it's not my place to say their wrong for enjoying it.

Krista - posted on 10/27/2011

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Yeah...I hope these people have invested in power washers for their siding. Something tells me that they may find their homes sporting more than a few eggs...

And yeah..."celebrating ungodly images and evil characters"? FFS!

My kid is going as Superman. Superman is about as UN-evil as it can get!

Superman and candy. Come on, really?

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