‘Halloween: demonic or Christian holiday?’ (October 28) considered the perspective of Reverend Chris Hudson, who seems to wonder if the devil exists as a real person. This contrasted with the perspective of the Reverend Stephen Graham, who was wary of the occult.
The New Testament teaches how the satanic kingdom is too real and dangerous. How does Reverend Chris Hudson make sense of the paramilitary violence and evil, which has so devastated Northern Ireland?
The supernatural reality of satanism and salvation is surely very real. The Cross calls us to a simple choice, fists in the air or knees on the ground: skepticism or reverence.
The Troubles saw countless young men trapped in paramilitarism, resulting in tragic suffering for themselves, their families and others.
Some of these men accepted Christ’s claims in captivity, often aided by loyal clergy who ordered them to study the Bible. Ex-prisoners who have found spiritual peace often love biblical promises like this: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Can the spiritual message, as understood or inferred by Reverend Hudson, offer any relief, if the world is ensnared by violently evil and wicked supernatural forces and beings? Our Lord’s suffering and death had a purpose. He achieved specific goals.
Saint Paul writes: “And having disarmed the powers and the authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the Cross.
Dr. James Hardy, Belfast BT5