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LEWISTON, Maine - The Flagship Cinemas, where decorative wizards dangle from the ceiling on cardboard broomsticks, are ready for box office magic. The fantasy film ''Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'' opens nationwide today with enough cinematic witchcraft to fill three screens here, 10 times a day, until the Warner Brothers spell wears off.
But in a small ministry across this mid-Maine city, the mood is not of devilish good humor. There, in the headquarters of the Oneness Pentecostal Church, the Rev. Douglas Taylor sees the hand of the devil in the appeal of the Harry Potter books and films. A public ''book-cutting'' took place at which Taylor and five other pastors tore a copy of the J. K. Rowling book, on which the film is based, to shreds last night before a clapping audience of 100 people at a local hotel.
''It's no secret I enjoy what I'm doing now,'' said Taylor, who added that he...
there's good and bad in the Grimm's - some useful stuff, some stuff reflecting the problems of German culture in their time, but the tales are no Narnia, nor is Harry Potter. I agree about the Left Behind books though. They are breeding a generation of stupid Christians who would rather fantasize a theology than actually crack open the Bible and seee the real theology. These books kill brain cells. Though it might sound harsh, I must admit I have never yet met an intelligent, or very bible-literate person who was at the same time a Left Behind fan.
just in the way that as a christian you get appropriately creeped out or uncomfortable about dark or occultic stuff. anyway since then i thought maybe those guys criticizing the potter stuff were right.
also regarding the comment about Grimm's tales, I suggest you revisit them. There are many perfectly useful instructive or just fun tales, but there are also many very dark occultic german pagan stuff as well as nationalistic themes. For some outright filth, see what are generally called the "Omitted Tales". The Grimms were German Romantics and had all of the baggage of German Romanticism - nationalism, a fixation on mythology and German pagan roots (think Wagner, Nietzsche, etc. as well) that was a part of this period of Germans wanting to "discover" its own history, which led them, upon the discovery that sanskrit was linguistically related to the germanic languages like our own, in a very large movement to reinaugurate ancient german paganism - Wotan (norse Odin) and Frija and all the old pantheon of Gods, plus with this new linguistically binding discovery the pagan oriented Romantics of Germany also went to great lengths (e.g. Schopenhauer, Hegel, etc.) to incorporate eastern and greek polytheism, bacchanalianism, and eastern pantheism and nihilism (e.g. nirvana).
a bit of personal testimony about it - i remember when those books and movies began coming out and falwell and his ilk were roundly condemning their influence. i kind of thought such people were probably going overboard, though i knew nothing of the books or movies and remain not having read or seen them. but also at this time in college i was an assistant teacher in a kindergarten classroom and when the movie came out all the kids saw it and the next day several of them came up to me and asked me to make them some 'sticks' to play with out of paper (i would routinely make them airplanes and superhero masks and the like out of paper). This I did - just rolling up paper real tight, and lo and behold they had deliberately deceived me. what they had wanted were wands to cast spells on one another, non-english spell words and all. in no time flat they were crying, had all scared and upset each other, some of the kids were chasing others very seriously role-playing reciting and casting spells they had apparently seen the likes of in the movie. of course as soon as I saw what they were up to i took the 'sticks' (wands) back and that was the end of that, but at any rate it gave me a really creepy feeling seeing that unfold and sort of made my spider-sense go off, you know?
The fact is that the "Left Behind" series has a far greater potential for leading astray the reader, for it purports to be a portrayal of events prophecied by the Scripture. Yet, I wonder how many who burn copies of "Harry Potter" have purchased and are reading copies of "Left Behnd". If you burn "Harry Potter" but read "Left Behind", you're being hypocritical.
And, unlike the spellbooks of Acts 19:18-19, "Harry Potter" is neither a book of spells nor a manual of witchcraft; rather, "Harry Potter" is a story or tale which centers about people who practice witchcraft. Should we also burn Grimm's faiery tales?
i think we're overeacting... in a lot of things we do, we should look at the intent more than anything. i don't think anyone reading the book will turn satanic or something. it's just for entertainment!! i don't see how reading the book is doing anything wrong.
Christians who have this kind of stuff in their homes need to put it out, preferably by burning it. That's what the early Christians did. "And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. 19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver." Acts 19:18,19
Amen to Rev.Thomas for speaking out on evil.I have to kids ages 15,8 and I refuse to let them read harry potter books.They never asked me if they could but when it first came out I explained to them that that is the work of satan and they should stay away from it.My kids understand and heed my warning thank God he saved them and my husband and I from this wicked would.
Amen...query to any "christians" who bought the books, or paid for the movie...
Do we really believe that we have stewardship over "Gods money", then would we spend it to entertain our flesh with things that are clearly in direct conflict with the written will of God???
As far as the conception that Harry Potter uses his "powers" to battle evil, let me ask who defined evil, Harry and his friends lie, steal, disobey authority, and basically look no different than their enemies, who are suppossed to be evil...as far as moral tone goes this stuff is literary trash, how could us "discerning christians" be so duped by a fad as to spend money, that we say is not our own, on trash for our children. Perhaps we shoulkd have the guts to say NO to our children, and the world that seeks to enslave their hearts and minds...think about it.
At last.Others who are prepared to speak out and "Hold fast to the Word of Truth".I have spoken out even within the Body of Christ, and been accused of being closed-minded in refusing to read them or have my child read them or go with the whole primary school to see the 2nd film. She was the only one who didn't go due to me taking a Biblical stand.This is a school with a supposed "Christian Ethos".Even church leaders are reading them and saying that they need to keep up and see what all the controversy is about.Did Elijah go to the pagan services of Baal and watch them, entering into discussion? Did Paul enter pagan temples? What can you say to these leaders? May Jesus open their eyes and have mercy upon us.
Let's see what the word of God has to say about this, shall we?
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,Idolatry, WITCHCRAFT, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that THEY WHICH DO SUCH THINGS SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD" (Galatians 5:19-21.)
Christian: woe unto you if you allow that filth into your home!