This story could be filed under “what’s wrong with people?”
Answers in Genesis is an “apologetics ministry” dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, The group claims to focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible—particularly the book of Genesis—regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.
The group recently announced a line of products geared towards the Halloween holiday. Instead of handing out candy, Answers in Genesis wants you to give trick-or-treaters fake $1 million bills that warn children of the fiery hell that awaits them.
Here’s a sampling of what appears on those fake bills:
- “Have you ever lied, stolen or used God’s name in vain?” reads part of a fake bill with Noah’s Ark on the front. “The penalty for your crimes against God is death and eternal hell.”
- Another bill features a picture of a dinosaur with the words, “Have you ever lied, stolen, hated or dishonored your parents? Have you looked with lust? God says that’s the same as committing adultery in your heart. The penalty of sin is death and eternity in hell. God knows your every thought, word and deed and your conscience confirms that.”
Along with selling packs of the Hell Money, Answers in Genesis is also selling a “Halloween Learn and Share Kit” which contains both sets of bills, a DVD with an anti-Halloween lecture and an anti-Halloween book that appears to be a printed version of an essay from the evangelical Christian organization’s website.
According to the essay, Halloween has “evil intent,” “considerable paganism” and “the glorification of sensuality, death and demons.” The group urges churches to host social functions on October 31 to prevent kids from celebrating.
I can’t imagine who would try to hand out such nonsense to little kids on Halloween.
If a household did have plans to hand out such propaganda, my guess is that the neighbors are already aware of the potential for some odd behavior from that house, and will tell their kids to skip that house.
And even if some kids do make it to the front door of such a house, I am sure word will spread quickly among the trick or treaters about the strange “treat” they just got, and people will begin to walk right past the house.
So my guess is that the product will flop, as it should.
Thankfully, I can’t think of anyone in our neighborhood who would hand out such stuff to trick-or-treaters.
Our neighborhood is the place to be if you’re looking for lots of candy, and maybe the occasional healthy snack. It’s one of the best nights of the year not only for the trick-or-treaters, but for the people who are handing out the treats.
As the saying goes, it is better to give than to receive. Just stick to candy…