Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Where's the discernment?

I didn't add a 'tag' of Harry Potter for this message, since it's hopefully the only message I'll ever post on the topic. But, since the blog topic is spiritual warfare, I have to post something.

I'm flabbergasted. Nearly speechless. It's a good thing I don't need to speak to type this up! I stopped by one of my favorite Christian blogs, which is also on my list of Christian blogs and websites on here. (At least it is as I'm typing this, it may or may not remain on the list, I'll have to pray about it.) And one of the articles is a review of, guess what? The latest Harry Potter movie! Biblical Christianity: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: very spoilery movie review

What's wrong with this picture? On that blog, he says: "PS — I really don't want to spend too much time on the "how-can-a-Christian-read/watch-Harry-Potter?" thing. If you want to read more along those lines, you might try here." and therefore I figured I'd spend some time on that question here on my own blog.

Here's my question: isn't Harry Potter all about 'magic', 'witchcraft' and 'wizardry' ?? How on God's green earth can ANY Christian think that it's just harmless, imaginary fun? I wasn't raised in 'the church', and spent some time in the 'new age' type beliefs, and came to Christianity by way of studying this topic of spiritual warfare, and I can guarantee you that Harry Potter is all about using demonic powers. Have I read any of the books? No! I've heard enough about them to know what they're about and I won't spend what little money I have on something so unGodly. I'm actually a big fan of the local library, and I wouldn't check one of the HP books out of the library, either. (In case anyone cares, I am reading a book by Ravi Zacharias called 'The Real Face of Atheism' right now, from the library. I'm becoming one of his newest fans, but I digress...)

That's basically my take on it, and perhaps I'll post a message or two backing that up, with some messages on witchcraft and / or deliverance from demonic spirits, from those who have had involvement in the occult and who have then come out of it. In fact, the video I linked a few days ago is a case in point. This is not harmless or wholesome fun for the kids. It just boggles my mind that a preacher of the gospel would take his children to see a Harry Potter movie in the name of 'family entertainment'. It's just so easy to compromise or justify a little here and a little there, and before you know it you're doing more to serve the dark side than the Lord. I'm not saying that's the case here, but it's a slippery slope. I pray for discernment and that I'm not deceived, and that those who have been deceived be brought back to the truth of His light. In Jesus name, amen.

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4 comments:

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Scott said...

The discernment starts with a bigger question (s): What is the Kingdom of God? What is the Emerging World paradigm?

A shift has taken place in our world. It is aligned with an energetic view of life. Pagan religions are more in tune with the new sciences because the Church has aligned itself with a Classical Scientific paradigm and not the Kingdom paradigm of the Bible.

The new sciences are not pagan
or evil. Participants in them are encountering various aspects of creation and we can speak of the God who has made this so. So we must ask, is this science or witch craft?

Cia W said...

Hi Scott, thanks for your comment. It's interesting that you would stop by and comment about an 'Emerging World paradigm' just a few days after I started reading a book about the Emergent church and it's ties to mysticism.

When you mention 'Church' with a capital C I think of the Catholic Church, of which I am not a part. Otherwise, if you mean those in the body of Christ then I would only say it contains many factions and I can't speak for them.

I'm not sure what you mean by 'new sciences' but if they involve the spiritual world, then there are those in that world that are indeed evil. If you don't believe that you do so at your own peril. If however it is based on truth and reality then it would be science. True science would not be contradictory to what would be found in the Bible. There are some in the world of 'science' that want to deny any spiritual reality, I can't agree with that.

Since you mentioned some relevance to the Kingdom of God, one of the first references to the Kingdom of God I just found when doing a search was about whether Jesus cast out demons / devils by beelzebub or by the power of the Kingdom of God. If it's by the devil, that would mean that the devil's kingdom is divided and it cannot stand. I think that helps to reveal that there is mention of the Kingdom and some spiritual entities that are in opposition to that Kingdom.

Anonymous said...

I came across this blog in search of EFT, Emotion Code, and Christianity. I am praying with you on discernment. May God grant us the discernment, in Jesus' name. Amen.