September 21, 2006

"ALL POWER IS GIVEN UNTO ME IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH" - Lord Jesus Christ
Today, a friend asked what I thought of Harry Potter. Having not read the books by J.K. Rowling, I can only comment on what I have read ABOUT them. Although they are fiction, I understand that the author uses very real descriptions of astrology, numerology, divination, mediumship, channeling, and crystal gazing which we are told in the Bible to avoid. (Deuteronomy 18:10)

One Christian author writes:
"[J.K] Rowling goes on to say that roughly one-third of the sorcery-related material appearing in her [Harry Potter] books 'are things that people genuinely used to believe in Britain.' What Rowling fails to mention is that a vast amount of the occult material she has borrowed from historical sources still plays a significant role in modern paganism and witchcraft. Consequently, her writings merge quite nicely with contemporary occultism. This could easily present a spiritual danger to children and teens, or even adults, who are either leaning toward occultism or who may be vulnerable to its attractions. Also, it is noteworthy that some of the information Rowling uses is not widely known by persons other than those who are actually involved in occultism. She, in fact, has an extremely well-developed and sophisticated knowledge of the occult world, its legends, history and nuances. In fact, Rowling’s thorough understanding of occultism’s intricacies is so obvious in her books that during one radio call-in interview show, a self-professed 'magus' (a male practitioner of magick) excitedly asked Rowling if she herself was a member of the 'Craft' (i.e., Wicca). When Rowling answered no, the caller seemed shocked and replied, '[Well], you’ve done your homework quite well.' This particular caller went on to express his love for the Harry Potter series not only because it contained so much occultism, but because its positive portrayal of magick had served to make his daughter more comfortable with his own practices as a witch-magickian.'"
(Source: Richard Abanes, HARRY POTTER AND THE BIBLE, Camphill, PA: Horizon Books, 2001:
http://www.adventistreview.org/2001-1547/story5.html)

Here's an article from Jan 06: Canada Opens First “Hogwarts” Witchcraft School

When I lived in Germany, I was told that they had many witchcraft schools, and a friend showed me one. If you google "witchcraft" or "wicca", you can see how popular this has become these days. People want power but this is from a dangerous source. Why don't they turn to the TRUE source of power: Jesus Christ?

"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28)

The New Testament says:
"For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 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. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. ( Galations 5)

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