Satan/World/Flesh – in contrast to the holy trinity of God/Jesus/Holy Spirit – are the unholy inverted trinity of the dark kingdom. But death is the oft-forgotten 4th evil member of this unholy trinity that we also need to remember on Oct. 31st.
Followers of Jesus should talk about death in truthful ways: we all die [Heb. 9:27], we were dead in our sins [Eph. 2:1], Christ destroyed death through his death and resurrection [2 Tim. 1:10; 1 Pet. 3:18], we are to put to death our evil ways [Col. 3:5], Christ put to death hostility between people [Eph. 2:16-20], we can help save sinners from spiritual death [Jas. 5:20], our witness is like the smell of death to those who are unresponsive to the gospel [2 Cor. 2:15,16] and Death is the last dark force, along with Hades, to be thrown into the lake of fire [Rev. 20:14].
But death becomes spiritually dangerous when we find ourselves celebrating it or when we disturbingly embrace it. Celebrating characters of death/embracing images of death focus’ our souls towards that which is hopeless, chaotic, lifelessness and dark – the opposite of what scripture says we should do [Phil. 4:8]. The scarier thing isn’t when we find these images jarring, but when we don’t. Strange is when we focus on characters/images of death, we sometimes feel more spiritually powerful from the encounter. Why? Maybe there’s something else going on here in us that we need to be careful about…
Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, our whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great the darkness!” [Matt. 6:22,23]. This Halloween, listen to your conscience about the life/death that is being allowed into your soul.