Consider this: What if thousands of famous people died in one fell swoop, leaving their parents forever childless, angry and determined to have everyone memorialize their deaths? How would they do it?
I ask that because I read about a strange connection between Halloween and the global flood mentioned in the Genesis account. It made me wonder where myths and legends originate and if the global flood has some link to a practice people are still doing.
In his book “The Worship of the Dead,” Colonel John Garnier wrote, “The mythologies of all the ancient nations are interwoven with the events of the Deluge ... the force of this argument is illustrated by the fact of the observance of a great festival of the dead in commemoration of the event, not only by nations more or less in communication with each other, but by others so widely separated, both by the ocean and by centuries of time. This festival is, moreover, held by all on or about the very day on which, according to the Mosaic account, the deluge took place, the seventeenth day of the second month — the month nearly corresponding with our November.”
Search their history and practically all ancient civilizations tell a similar legend about their ancestors surviving a global flood — people of India, China, Australia, African Pygmies, European Celts, South American Incas, New Zealanders, Greeks, Assyrians and many others.
Without the ability to conspire a global theory, these cultures have passed on essentially the same story about a worldwide flood. How could this be if it didn’t actually happen? Most archaeologists are still scratching their heads while many Christians are pointing up.
It makes sense if such a catastrophe really happened it would never be completely forgotten. Certain details differ but there are common elements to these global stories.
For example, these legends claim God was angered by wickedness. Divine warning was given. Destruction by a flood happened. Few people survived. Animals were saved. All were saved in a vessel. A bird or other creature was sent out. The vessel finally came to rest on a mountain and sacrifice was offered.
Add to this global legend the equally unsettling fact that festivals celebrating the dead, such as Halloween, are also worldwide and held during the time the Bible indicates the flood occurred. Now you have two astonishing events that seems to be linked.
The Genesis account is very precise in naming exactly when this global flood occurred, saying in Genesis 7:11, “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up and the windows of heaven were opened.”
The second month of the ancient calendar ran from what we now call mid-October to mid-November. So the 17th day corresponds approximately to the first of November. Is it just coincidence that many lands celebrate festivals for the dead at the time of the flood?
According to Genesis 6:2, “The sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.” — New King James Version.
While most Bible translations refer to the offspring of these “sons of God” as Nephilim, other translations shed more light on who they were.
For example, the Contemporary English Version translates Genesis 6:4 to read, “The children of the supernatural beings who had married these women became famous heroes and warriors. They were called Nephilim and lived on the earth at that time and even later.”
The New King James Version of that same account reads, “There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”
Greek and Roman myths of the gods coming down, having relations with beautiful women and producing half human/half god offsprings like Hercules may have been rooted in the Genesis documentation of fallen angels mating with women and producing hybrid superhumans who made others fall.
If these fallen angels lost their offspring in the flood, wouldn’t they want to honor their dead around the time it happened? Perhaps you feel it is all just a coincidence? But don’t forget the fact that all of this water on planet earth came from somewhere. It wasn’t always here. So what are the objective facts?
A common story is told worldwide, a global celebration for the dead is still held about the date given for the flood and the earth is covered by 70 percent water.
Is that enough circumstantial evidence to merit caution for Christians? You decide. It is the conviction of some, however, that the possibility of Halloween being connected with honoring those whom God destroyed because of their badness in Noah’s day is enough to let the pagan festival sink to the bottom of the ocean.
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