questions of life, all must think of it all over the world including Bush, G8, EU, WB, IMF, UN and all living human beings. The only reality on earth is death ! So it is worthy to think of life after death. That is where religion plays its main role . It answers all question. We came from nothing created by God, going to him after death for judgment to go either to paradise or hell depending on your work. That is why we have the only them to worship God on this earth that is to follow his instructions and not to disobey him to go to hell .
Death isn't all it's cracked up to be
Who understands Halloween? This week ten million in the United States alone will visit theme parks with features designed to scare and terrify. At some level Halloween must have roots in an end of harvest festival or so I think in an attempt to block out the idea that young and old will now go to no end of visits to haunted houses with creaking skeletons suddenly appearing to frighten and shock the system.
All Saint's Day is easier to understand — November 1 as a day to commemorate the memory of dead family or martyrs of the Church with flowers and candles on graves or ceremonies at home. Samhain, the Celtic and now Wiccan celebration on the same day add to the overall activity making there something to mark this next week for most everyone in the western world.
Halloween. While we say we want peace and long life we are obsessed with terror and death. "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Cor 15:55). The answer might be: Halloween in the United States.
Nobel Prize winning author Octavio Paz says about death that the Mexican "...chases after it, mocks it, courts it, hugs it, sleeps with it; it is his favorite plaything and his most lasting love." This trenchant observation made by a man whose first name has the same origins as the month of October and whose surname means Peace, and who was awarded the Nobel in 1990 when I too was in Sweden finding some peace while mourning the death of my son. The church graveyard down the road from my refuge was a hushed memorial of candles and flowers that November 1.
On the death front, Wal-Mart, not missing a trick, has sponsored a Google ad that pops up in a search for the word death: Death at Wal-Mart: Shop Wal-Mart to Find Products at Everyday Low Prices. Is even the "last enemy" appropriated and trivialized by the "world's largest retailer? Apparently they are onto something, as U.S. consumers are expected to spend five billion dollars on Halloween-related activities.
But, experts in the field of consumer spending note with a certain wistfulness that because Halloween is not really a gift-giving holiday, it ranks sixth on the list of monies spent on holidays — but second, after Christmas, in dollars spent on decorations.
A billion and a half dollars spent on candy with 95 percent of people buying. There is a bigger agreement on candy than on the war in Iraq — so much sweeter, such a distraction from actual terror and death. While in the U.S. candy is dispensed and checked for possible danger by alert parents or caregivers, twice as many children in Iraq have died since the beginning of the military invasion than did in both U.S. bombings of Japan.
Facts can drive one crazy. And, for most, they do nothing to cause but more than a few moments reflection. No one wants to spoil "fun" if that is what highlighting death and the unknown underground, is being called this year.
Perhaps only Jung could explain the random thoughtlessness behind Halloween. When Jung visited New Mexico in 1925, one of the pueblo leaders told him: "The whites always want something; they are always uneasy and restless. We do not know what they want. We do not understand them. We think they are mad."
Now, of course, there is a Wal-Mart not far from any pueblo. Candy can be bought.
But somewhere deep within me is the hope that some native peoples are celebrating a fall harvest. The closest I can come to that is to visit the last day of the Farmer's Market this weekend, buy a pumpkin and make a pie while I light candles and say prayers, not only for the departed, but for those of us living in these times.
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Lynne Bundesen is the author of five books on religion and was adjunct professor at the Boston Theological Institute under a Templeton Science and Religion Grant. She is a three-time winner of the Religion in Media Award for her syndicated column on religion and is currently the spiritual expert for the physical and spiritual health website of Dr. Andrew Weil. Her email address is email@example.com. © copyright 2006 by Lynne Bundesen