The Menace Behind the Magick
Below is an Excerpt from "Harry Potter and the Bible" by Richard Abanes, as well as a Radio Interview with Richard Abanes on "For Faith and Family." The Fair Use Law allows us to use this portion to teach and inform without violating copyright laws.
[T]he whole “Harry-Potter-is-a-great-series-because-it-shows-a-battle-between- good-and-evil” argument is, in truth, without merit. This oft-quoted defense of Rowling’s works is irrelevant, because the books do not contain a “battle between good and evil.” The war in Rowling’s novels is a conflict between a horrific evil (Voldemort and his Death Eaters) and a lesser evil (Harry and the “good” characters) that only appears virtuous because it is so much less offensive and frightening than the greater evil.
Biblically speaking, Harry and all the other “good” characters are simply using one set of sinful behaviors to defeat another set of sinful behaviors. Drawing concepts of morality from either side is problematic, especially for children. Indeed, the Harry Potter series is not morally compatible with Christianity, which stands in direct opposition to using evil actions to conquer evil. Christians are instructed to overcome evil with good (Rom 12:21).
The Bible also states that it is best to avoid seeking revenge (Lev 19:18; Rom 12:17,19; 1 Peter 3:9), pray for our enemies (Luke 6:27), consider others more important than ourselves (Phil 2:3), view all people as inherently equal (Acts 17:26; Gal 3:28), reject lying (Prov 12:22; Eph 4:25; Col 3:9), turn from drunkenness (Eph 5:18), live honestly (Heb 13:18), walk with integrity (Psa 15:2, 26:1; Prov 11:3), flee hypocrisy (Luke 6:42; Rom 12:9; James 3:17), refrain from using corrupt and vulgar communication (Col 3:8, 4:6; Titus 2:8), accept the rule of higher authorities (Rom 13:1-5), remain at peace with everyone if at all possible (Rom 12:18), forgive those who have hurt us (Matt 6:14-15; Eph 4:32) and avoid activities like occultism that lead away from God (Isa 44:25; Gal 5:20; Rev 21:8). In summation, Scripture tells us to behave in a way that is diametrically opposed to how Harry Potter and other “good” characters live.
Oddly, it is Rowling’s series that many public schools are now using to teach morality to students.
Now, there's nothing wrong with enjoying the books (or movies), but be careful and hide the word in your heart and prepare your mind for the things in these books (1 Peter 1:13). They are definitely not for small children, as the book proclaims, "7 and Up."
Thoughts from Michael Kelley (Bible Study Now Institute):
Witchcraft is an intricate part of the Harry Potter series, and there is no denying it after even a modicum of research. However, even laying aside that, the Harry Potter series still offers no benefit to children. Rather, it continually teaches them to lie, cheat, and steal to get their way, with little to no consequences; it teaches a disrespect and defiance to authority contrasted with the Bible, which teaches to "Honor thy father and thy mother." As Christians, we need to be implanting Godly principles of living into the lives of children, meaning to not overcome evil with "lesser" evil, but to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). Remember, Satan is the "father of lies" (John 8:44), master of the coming great deception (Matthew 24:4-5, 24, 37), who "masquerades as an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14).
We at the Institute do not advocate in any form banning these books, but rather, if you would like to read them, we encourage you to do so; it is vital for Christians to know the enemy to better explain ourselves clearly to both children and the lost of this world. However, we ask that before you pick up a copy of Rowling's work that you will do your research into the dangerous, occultic themes, to "prepare you minds for action" (1 Peter 1:13). Perhaps ordering a copy of Richard Abanes's book for your personal library. In doing so, you will both have the answers to give the world regarding the Harry Potter series (1 Peter 3:15), and you will be able to better enjoy them, being able to separate the occultic tones from the harmless fantasy.
Harmless Fantasy or Indoctrination?
--Caryl Matrisciana, Author and Expert in World Religions--
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