Thursday, November 18, 2010

Let those who have ears hear...Harry*Potter?

I usually try to steer clear of controversy however this time I felt I needed to just bring forth some scripture for consideration...

 9 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  Duet 18:9-12

When we look at the new testament we see that Lord has not come to abolish the law of the prophets but to fulfill them Matthew 5:17 and he states the following....

 "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[a] 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. " Matthew 5:27-29

The literary term is suspension of disbelief which in lay terms allows the reader/watcher to suspend reality and you may join in the story. So as we watch/read about these things is it not possible we may imagine ourselves as the protagonist as a sorcerer?

Kyle you are being legalistic, I'm not so sure I am in light of this scripture asl Paul reminds us ... “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 1 Cor 10:13

As for the authoress ... Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light
and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20

I really feel that the devil has succeeded in marketing witchcraft through this popular book and movies series. Many people, many of my friends disagree with this standpoint.  But I am always brought back to to the truths of Deuteronomy (13:18, 15:5,26:16) and the consistent message that if we love God we will follow his commands and not presume on his grace.

An interesting article on Harry Potter  that uses another sin to creatively draw our attention to what I believe are the issues in Harry Potter please be sure to read all of it.

Finally, I am aware that many theologians and other Christians have come down on the opposite side of me. Still I wonder did they have the same difficulty condemning Broke Back Mountain & do the other books on your book shelves contain spells and incantations. I would truly enjoy your comments and all of them will be published and remain as long as they are in accordance to Ephesians 4:29-32, other comments will be deleted.

May the Lord fill your home and heart with grace & peace as you go through your day!

In Him Alone,
Kyle

BTW...I have not read the Harry Potter Books but several years ago we did watch two of the very engaging movies because so many of our friends were racing to read the books and see the movies. This was foolish we should have just turned to our scriptures.
This is just one Christian Mamas opinion on watching or reading Harry Potter.

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