On another note: my niece used to be one of those persons who are really into decorating for Halloween. Her yard was full of skeletons, tombstones, witches, pumpkins, bats and scaredy-cats. But when I drove past her house a week or so ago, there were no decorations. She's 'found religion' recently. And not just any religion, but Baptist Religion.
From their website:
The Bible is the perfect Word of God that is the final authority for our lives.
God eternally exists in the three separate persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary and is true God and true man.
Man was created in the image of God. He chose to sin and death entered the world. Consequently, all people by nature and by choice are sinners and condemned to eternal punishment in hell.
Jesus Christ died for our sins, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and all who believe in Him are justified because of His shed blood.
After Jesus died, He rose again after three days and ascended into heaven where He now acts as a High Priest and Advocate for us.
Jesus Christ is coming again to rapture, or take away those who receive His grace by faith.
Heaven and hell are real. Those who are justified by Christ's blood will spend eternity in heaven with God. Those who choose to reject the sacrifice of Christ will spend eternity in hell, separate from God.
My niece seems happy with her new church life. But I wonder what she's giving up to be part of that church. Not that I think everyone needs to go crazy with Halloween decorations. But it was something she really enjoyed. And now it's gone. What else will her church ask her to give up, and will it all be as unimportant as yard decorations?
I wonder if anyone reading their 'beliefs' asks this question: how petty does a 'god' need to be, if he condemns all people to eternal punishment in hell, because the first man 'chose' to sin. Especially if that 'sin' was created and designated by that same 'god'.