Summary: Many Christians believe that participating in onam is a form of involvement in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness, which is forbidden in Scripture: many believers consider Onam activities of most to be harmless fun.
Many Christians believe that participating in onam is a form of involvement in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness, which is forbidden in Scripture: many believers consider Onam activities of most to be harmless fun. Refraining from Onam Celebration and its activities is the safest and most appropriate response for you as an individual. When a Christian Participating in Onam activities represent that there are some Christians faith is compromised because they could have a background in the occult. Aren’t we diluting our faith when we celebrate Onam that is associated with paganess? Onam has nothing to do with the bible or Jesus Christ. And most of the churches of Kerala competing to celebrate Onam in all splendor and opulence. Some even dressed up as Mahabali and goes around church premises followed by Onam songs and dances which shouldn’t happen in church premises nor celebrated by any Christians. Many of the Kerala churches have compromised their faith and worshipping False Gods directly or indirectly participating. There are Christian clergy and nuns who take mahabali idol inside churches or take selfie with the idols. Ultimately, Christians must decide for themselves and follow the convictions of their own heart.
Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So, live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” So be careful how you live.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, – 2 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV). See also Isaiah 52:11, Jeremiah 15:17, Revelation 18:4.
I realize this topic is embedded in controversy because people tend to defend the deceptions and traditions of man, rather than biblical principles. The truth is, the devil still wins regardless of your motive or intention for celebrating a pagan, YES PAGAN, holiday. He still got you to participate in a ritual with paganish and evil roots. Satan does not really care how he gets you to compromise, as long as you do it. So, by participating and advocating a pagan holiday, you are a part of his ritual. There is no justification for it at all. It’s kind of like saying, “a little white lie is not the same as a big lie.”
The bible makes it very clear and warns that “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2)”.
There is no doubt, a great work of deception is being wrought by seducing spirits and Satan himself. Jesus warned us: “Take heed that no man deceive you.” -Matthew 24:4. So let me ask you, have you been deceived?
Scripture teaches us that Satan is the father of lies and a deceiver (John 8:44;2 and Thessalonians 2:9) and he cleverly disguises himself as an “angel of light.” And those who follow him, practice the same deceit (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). Onam is nothing more than a pagan tradition to honor the practices of the occult. After all, our lives should mirror what GOD wants, not what the world deems acceptable, and most definitely not what Christians dream up as alternatives for celebrating a pagan holiday. Those who practice in the occult will DIE a death not by stoning, but in the everlasting lake of fire.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death -Revelation 21:8
God also gave clear instructions forbidding the mingling or associating with those who participate in any practices associated with the occult:
9 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations, the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.13 Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.-Deuteronomy 18:9-14