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Using Harry Potter to promote Christianity?

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A church in England sees no problem with using Harry Potter in their youth group. 

Why is a movie about witchcraft being used in the church? It’s simple, the youth worker of this church says Harry Potter “deals with some issues–standing up for what you believe in, love, trust–are really important for our young people to be thinking about.”

But what about the occult, witchcraft, Satanism, etc. associated with this movie? Ahh, the good youth leader has an answer for that as well: “I think certainly there are [sic] some stuff within Harry Potter that the Church wouldn’t endorse but we need to teach our young people to work out what those things are and stay away from them and that’s great.” Oh, you mean stay away from them like bringing it into the Church? Woe to you young man, woe to you!

32 comments on “Using Harry Potter to promote Christianity?

  1. I am always careful when commenting on people’s sites because I do not want to offend them, but why is there such a lashing out against books like Harry Potter? Have you ever read it yourself? Have you ever read the Chronicles of Narnia? I don’t think the situation is as simple as you make it out to be.

  2. Coldfire,

    Thank you for your comment. No offense taken here. I will try to answer your question as best I can.

    Collectively, the lukewarm church that often permits all sorts of sin in their lives is usually dead set against the flavor of the month which happens to be Harry Potter. They rail against the influence of this book and movie yet many of these same people let their kids watch countless hours of the Disney Channel seeing nothing wrong with that. I’ve seen the “who we need to boycott” bandwagon ride through the center of Christiandom Town too frequently and it gets tiring.

    On the other hand, for me, I truly believe that Harry Potter is a bad influence because of what it promotes. It promotes Witchcraft; what God views as an abomination.

    If you spend a little time on this blog you’ll see that I rarely comment on what the “world” says and does. In fact, this particular post has nothing to do with unbelievers reading or watching Harry Potter. It takes issue with the Church using Harry Potter. The Church should know better. The world will act like the world. Too often, though, the Church acts like the world.

    Christians are called to live holy and separate lives from the world. We’ve been called out of the world. We are not to mix darkness with light, evil with good, the things of Witchcraft with the things of God. This is why I personally do not support, endorse, or condone the reading or watching of Harry Potter.

    Now, the biggest difference between Harry Potter and Narnia is how Witchcraft and those who practice it are portrayed. In Harry Potter it is the value system/practice of the protagonist. In Narnia it is the value system/practice of the antagonist. One portrays the evil practice of Witchcraft as good, noble, and acceptable. The other portrays it for what it truly is. The problem does not lie in the presentation and acknowledgment of things that are evil, but how those thing that are evil are portrayed.

    And finally, your question as to whether or not I’ve read Harry Potter holds no water. To say that one must read, watch, study, practice, etc. something before they can ever be opposed to it is simply not sensible.

    Do I need to be or own a slave before I can make the decision that slavery is wrong? Do I need to have or perform an abortion before I can acknowledge that it is evil? Do I need to read the Koran to fully understand that Islam is a false religion? Do I need to read Mein Kampf to completely understand that the Nazi’s were wrong? Do I need to watch a film filled with pornographic and gratuitous violence to be able to condemn it?

    Whether I’d better understand these evils is not the point. (We’re not called to understand them). The point is can I use discernment to identify the evil, and then act accordingly? To not do so would be foolish.

  3. Hi Pilgrim,
    I think we disagree at the foundational level. You are using a straw man argument to invalidate Harry Potter. Harry Potter, just like Narnia, has an inherently Christian message (in my humble opinion), but if you have not read the books, you will not understand what I am talking about. Each of your rhetorical question actually addresses totally different issues, and I will deal with them at length later on my own blog. Thanks for the reply.

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  6. I would appreciate your response to my thoughts on Harry Potter so that we can begin a dialogue on my site. Thanks so much.

  7. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

    2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV)

  8. Pilgrim. I just spent a lot of time working on this especially for you, and you are just going to ignore it?

  9. Coldfire,

    Most of the Harry Potter crap is covered here:

    http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/007/harry-links.htm

  10. How did I ignore it?

    I quoted the Word of God in reference to this matter. I hope you didn’t think that I was referring to you personally. I was addressing your desire to mix darkness (the occult) with light (Christianity).

  11. Did you read my article?

  12. Pilgrim,

    I think there is one basic difference that is largely overlooked when comparing Narnia with Harry Potter.

    Narnia is about the age old story of good verses evil. Aslan is portrayed as a type and shadow of a Christ figure who gave himself for the sins of another to redeem them. It was written with a parallel of Christ character in mind.

    However, Harry Potter is about evil verses evil with the more powerful evil winning. There’s no good involved. And yes, I have seen some of the series, and probably more than I would have liked. That kills the argument of my never seeing and don’t have the right to my opinion regardless of how absurd that accusation is to begin with. For anyone with a brain, they should understand that we need not drink poison to prove we know it’s harmful. Nonetheless, my viewing shoots that empty argument right out of the water from the get go so a more sane dialogue can rise. To say a moive/book series containing any drippings of positive values is equivalent to an inherently Christian message is stretching it. Die Hard II has positive values if one sifted enough. I would hardly refer to it as having an inherently Christian message.

    But back to the question, could HP be used to promote Christianity legit? I point to the Word of God. (and agree) 2 Corinthians 6:14…how can light have fellowship with darkness? Christ has been accused of using some sort of Jewish mysticism to raise the dead and heal the sick. That is such hogwash. It would make God a liar if He was to use a means of which He condemned. It was the pure power of God because Christ is God.

    As you pointed out, this concern has nothing to do with the world’s secular choice to view HP. I leave them to their own devices. But rather this is about our brethren using HP as Chrisitian application. It simply doesn’t compute.

  13. Actually if you had read the seventh book, you would know that Harry Potter, like Aslan, is also a type and allegory of Christ. He gives his life for his friends and for the wizarding world at large (to fulfill the prophecy given that he would defeat “the evil one”), dies, and rises again to defeat Voldermort. Read the quote that Harry finds on his parents grave:

    “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”
    -I Corinthians 15:26

    If you would just READ what I wrote, and READ the article by Rowling, you would see that she MEANT for the story to have Christian appeal, and that the story is, in fact, VERY Christian.

  14. How about a spoiler alert?

    sheesh.

  15. Dear Sparrow,
    Thanks for your comments. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one out there!

    Dear Nathan (aka answeringchurchofChrist),
    For a moment there, I thought you changed you name to Coldfire. :o)
    Spoiler? Who cares? Hopefully most people who read this blog aren’t going to be interested in these occult books and movies anyway. Spoil away!

    Dear Coldfire,
    JK Rowling appealing to Christian readers? Well, duh! That was a smart move. She expands her market because, Lord knows, there’s very few Christians today who have any shred of discernment and will more than happily read her books while their Bibles collect dust. (Plus we’re told that there will be many false prophets/teachers that will arise and mislead many).

    Your argument that we should read books steeped in Witchcraft and the occult so that we can find some redeeming “Christian” value is not only ludicrous, dare I say “it’s leading people astray?” Why do you spend so much effort encouraging us to read this stuff?

    Do you realize that if you combined the vast amount of PCs (Professing Christians) out there who would agree with what you’re saying (and have welcomed this occultic garbage into their homes), with the vast amount of PCs who actually promote this kind of occultic garbage (like yourself), you’re actually in the MAJORITY! So why do you bother with us few remnants who choose to remain on the narrow path and don’t want to be bothered with the “hath God said” enticements to step off that path onto the broad road?

    The Church should be holy and blameless. (Eph. 5:25-27)

  16. dear coldfire,

    I respectfully decline the offer to read or know anymore of Harry Potter. The Bible tells us that those who are involved in sorcery, black magic arts, will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Sorcery is a work of the flesh and it appeals to the flesh. No matter what spin is tried, it comes up empty against the Word of God. The argument that HP is a type of Christ is exceedingly thin. The same argument could be used to exalt Hilter who gave his life for his cause, his people, and beliefs as well. HP is a seduction of the soul because it appeals to the flesh leading many away from Christ. If we are loving, enjoying, evil then we are not loving God and keeping His commandments.

    “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”
    -I Corinthians 15:26

    It sickens me to think Rowlings would dare to use the Word of God inconjunction with HP. Such an obsession with the love of evil is far worse than I had even dreamt.

    ““““““`

    Pilgrim,
    I think answeringchurchofchrist comment was being sarcastic. (grin)

    I know of one Christian friend who did allow her children to read and view HP while making excuses for it. She would not listen to reason. It was truly sad but I think the lack of discernment among believers today is staggering.

  17. Ok. Rowling is a Christian, attends church regularly, and takes her kids to church. The story is NO DIFFERENT from the Chronicles of Narnia (as I showed on my site and you refused to see). I don’t know what else to tell you because you refuse to visit my site and read my argument for how Harry Potter really is a Christian novel.

  18. Dear coldfire,

    Is it refusal to visit your site or is it inability? You see, when I click on your name that comes with each of your posts, it doesn’t take me to your blog. However, with a little work I have uncovered your site’s location.

    For those of you who are interested in coldfire’s two gospels according to Harry Potter they can be found below:
    Part one.
    Part two.
    As for Rowling’s going to church, since when did that ever make a person a Christian? So many people honor God with their lips but their hearts are far from him. You judge Rowling by her words, I judge her fruit. (Yes, I used the “J-word” . . . twice). Actions always speak louder than words. Her books encourage an interest in the occult, they DO NOT point anyone to Christ. “A Christ” perhaps, but not the Christ.

    I honestly have no desire to become more acquainted with Harry Potter to glean “Christian” values. I get all the values I need in the pages of the Bible; not a book steeped in the dark arts.

    I also personally have no desire to debate the issue any further. If others choose to continue to do so, they can have at it, but your attempt to get people to dabble in the reading of occult material is akin to leading people astray. What you’re doing is insidious, destructive, and counter to the Scriptures. There is no other way around it.

    “I don’t know what else to tell you because you refuse to visit my site and read my argument for how Harry Potter really is a Christian novel.”

    “I don’t know what to tell you Eve, you won’t taste the fruit to see whether or not you won’t die.”

    Does it get any more clear (or chilling) than that?

    Sincerely,
    - The Pilgrim

  19. coldfire,

    Please consider this verse:
    Romans 12:21(KJV)
    Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

    Although HP and Narnia may include fantasy, their underlining foundations are far different. HP overcomes evil with more evil where as Narnia overcomes evil with good. HP is no way a Christian novel no matter how much sifting for values can be found. The character of Christ is not the center of HP; harry is the center and the applauding of evil. I pray the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to the truth instead of this insistence to embrace a way that seems right but leads to (spiritual) death.

    Proverbs 14:12 (KJV)
    There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

    Something that has troubled me all day, that you called to my attention, is knowing that Rowling used Holy Scripture in her story which deceives the reader/viewer into believing the Holy Spirit is at work in HP or that God would sanction a work of evil as a means to do good. This is undoubtedly the very same twisting of scripture that Satan does. King Saul made use of a witch to conjure a supposed spirit of a prophet from the dead. In doing so, he sealed his fate to lose his kingdom and his life. He died in battle the next day. Nothing good can come of dabbling in or condoning the dark arts.

    It would be a fearful thing to stand before God accountable for leading others astray. Please reconsider your posted article on lifting HP.

  20. Coldfire,

    In all fairness I think Narnia is crap too.

    Here’s some more info:

    http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/006/narnia-trouble.htm
    http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/narnia.htm
    http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/narnia-2.htm
    http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/narnia-3.htm

    There’s no substitute for Gods Word.If you want to call that crap entertaining that’s fine.But don’t call it evangelical.

  21. Thanks Christos, at least you are willing to admit, unlike others, that Narnia and Harry really are in the same category. If that is your basis, then I have no problem. My problem is when people like sparrow ignorantly say things like:

    “King Saul made use of a witch to conjure a supposed spirit of a prophet from the dead. In doing so, he sealed his fate to lose his kingdom and his life. He died in battle the next day. Nothing good can come of dabbling in or condoning the dark arts.

    It would be a fearful thing to stand before God accountable for leading others astray. Please reconsider your posted article on lifting HP.”

    If she had read the book, she too would have realized that Rowling condones calling people back from the dead as well, AND THIS IS THE MAIN REASON THAT DUMBLEDORE DIED. Dumbledore is blinded by trying to bring his sister back from the dead, and this ultimately leads to his death. Rowling is fairly clear that she does not think it wise for spirits of the dead to be brought into this world–it can only lead to problems. You will have to find better arguments than this to discount Potter. Read my articles Sparrow.

  22. AGAIN WITH THE SPOILERS!

    Yargh.

    SPOILER ALERT:

    Darth Vader is Luke’s father.
    Rosebud is the sled.
    Bruce Willis is a dead person.

    It’s not that hard!

    Thank you,
    Nathan aka answeringchurchofchrist

  23. Christos
    Narnia. Entertianment, perhaps but according to perference.
    Evangelistic tool for winning souls to Christ, no.
    As you stated, There’s no substitute for God’s Word.Absolutely.
    Only through the Word does one receive faith to believe.

    Romans 10:17
    So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

    “““““““

    coldfire,
    Excuse me, but there is nothing to admit. Any argument for a parallel of HP to the Word are thin, if not null and void. I don’t care to read or know anymore of HP than I do. I know very little about the HP books/movies and make no apologies for it. But from what I do know, it’s extremely evil any way it’s sifted. It is not Christian based. My opinion stands.

  24. Sparrow,
    Thanks. I will be using your comments on your blog. You can respond there when I have completed my “harry Potter – Part 3″ post.

  25. sparrowsong,

    You wrote:
    “Narnia. Entertainment, perhaps… Evangelistic tool for winning souls to Christ, no.”

    Actually, that’s not true. I can testify of a person who played Aslan in a staged production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” – and that experience played a part in his coming to faith. I was the director.

    Now, Narnia by itself won’t do the job, but Narnia can open the door to a person wanting to find out more about the Person in God’s Word.

    nathan

  26. hi answeringchurchofchrist,

    You’ve basically echoed my thoughts to some degree. God can use any tool to bring someone to His attention including using a donkey to speak to the prophet Balaam. But no one gets saved through Narnia. Narnia doesn’t contain the Word of God enough to give a full salvation message. In fact, I don’t think it contains any Word at all but merely an echo of a type of Christ dying for another. The point of my post being that faith comes only through the hearing of God’s Word.

    BUT, also know that if the means to get your attention is not of His truth, that portion will be weeded out eventually and Truth alone will take its place. It is all that will remain. For example, God drew my attention years ago, through the musical entitled Jesus Christ Super Star. But Jesus ended up being my main focus with all else that was false falling away as if sifting the dross. As I grew in Christ and my understanding of His Truth, He revealed the falsehood within that musical and I set it aside afterward for the pure milk of His Word alone. Only Truth will remain because His Truth is eternal.

    To clarify my thoughts more, I mean to say that we can only believe if God imparts the gift of faith to believe through grace, the unmerited favor of God. He only does that when His Word is read or heard. We don’t believe through Narnia, or HP, or any other earthly method or works. It must be His pure Word embraced. That is what the bible declares.


    Ephesians 2 NKJV)
    8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

    Romans 10
    13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

    15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

    16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

    17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

    Have a Happy New Year.

  27. J.K. Rowling’s books do not encourage an interest in the occult, nor is it a book “steeped in the dark arts.” People do have a brain to separate fantasy and reality. The sorcery and witchcraft in the book is It is also necessary to look at both sides of an issue to understand your own viewpoint, and if the issue is truly evil, how to prevent it (ex: if Islam is a false religion, study it to see how to lead others from Islam to Christianity).
    Harry Potter is a fictional book series for entertainment, not for leading people astray and there are parallels with the Bible: SPOILERS

    Harry does not desire after gold or immortality as other people did using the Sorceror’s Stone; instead he wanted a way to defeat evil (Voldemort) in book one.

    Harry is persecuted, shunned and called a liar for telling the truth by the Ministry of Magic (book five).
    (Reminds you of anyone?)

    In book five, Dumbledore tells Harry that the greatest power he posseses that Voldemort does not have is LOVE, not magical ability, sorcery, witchcraft etc.
    “God is love.”

    Redemption appears when Snape (who everyone thought was evil from books 1-6), ends up to actually be on the good side because of love for his childhood friend that Voldemort killed.

    Voldemort shows how pride and hunger for power lead to his downfall. (hint, hint)

    Actions DO speak louder than words. Dumbledore tells Harry that despite a few abilities that he shares with Voldemort, he is not evil as Voldemort is because of the CHOICES he makes.

    All humans make mistakes (Dumbledore, Ministry of Magic, Harry Potter).

    Harry Potter also refuses to leave his archenemy( Draco Malfoy) behind to die in a fire. (*coughs* Good Samaritan).

    Harry Potter refuses to flaunt his fame.

    Harry Potter also deal with prejudice ( muggles were targeted during Voldemort’s short reign; only “purebloods” were considered as human beings) .

    Hermione, Harry’s other best friend who’s a girl, is not memorable for her looks but for her mind and character. (Appearances aren’t everything; chapter in the Bible about the selection of David as the King of Israel; Esther was not only beautiful but brave enough to help her people).

    Harry dies to defeat Voldemort, in spite of the fact that the magical and muggle world didn’t treat him too kindly (being dumped with mean relatives, accused of being crazy, put on trial for a time he used magic in front of a muggle even if it was to prevent said muggle from having his soul sucked out, sometimes rejected as an outcast at school etc.)

    At the end of the seventh book, Harry rejects the chance for more power by possesing the Elder Wand (the temptation of Jesus in the desert when Satan offered him the world and its kingdoms which is ridiculous because Jesus does own the world).

    There are many other examples but I’m typing too much. Enough Christian parallels for you?

    Harry Potter is not about evil vs. evil but rather LOVE vs. evil. The fact that magic is used in the book is merely a tool that J.K. Rowling uses for entertainment value. Harry and his friends NEVER summoned spirits or any nonsense like that. Magic is classified as an ability people can use for good or evil, the way everybody’s lives can be used for good or evil. Everyone knows magic is NOT REAL. HP is a parable of sorts, with no swear words or objectionable material (only a few kisses in the last few books). The Bible has more objectionable material in it (incest, adultery, murdering kings with rocks, prostitutes, drunk people doing not-so-smart things etc.) Of course, it’s very important to read God’s Word.

    Many other works of literature use the Scripture, but they may or may not be twisting it. The important thing is to read the verses in context.

    Nonchristians probably haven’t read the Bible cover to cover. They have, however, read Harry Potter. If Harry Potter can bring more people to God, why not use it?

    I was inclined to post this comment because I enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books.
    You can also read the Bible after reading HP.

  28. Sorry about the grammar mistake at the beginning of my comment. My mom called me down for dinner yesterday during my typed rant and I restarted it midthought. I was going to say the sorcery and witchcraft in the book series are used for convenience (transportation, fetching objects, cleaning rooms, enlarging camping tents etc.).

  29. @Christos: do not use the word ‘crap’ in view of Eph. 4: 29!

  30. Personally although the magic stuff in HP is questionable since God hates when magic is really being attempted or done, I don’t think it is any worse to read or watch than star wars or Lord of the Rings or Narnia. Narnia seems the most innocent of the bunch of course but none of them is better than another. Harry Potter certainly isn’t better for it’s values. Although they seem to have values there is also no God, Azlan is quite different than HP. Azlan was meant to be a type for Christ and was not meant to be flawed unlike Harry Potter who is more of a worldly hero like Luke Skywalker or Frodo Baggins might be. He over comes evil with his love but you see that everywhere. Personally I don’t think the problem with those books and movies has much to do with the content being of the occult or anything like that. I heard it once in a Paul Washer sermon and he struck me through the heart with an arrow. He was talking about what it does to a kid who is reading it and I had been reading it again at the time, but it had been many years since I had last read it and I was feelings some guilt for reading it, not so much for the magic (I personally think the magic used in those is as much fantasy as anything, I don’t think that it can be said to be more dark than other fantasy things, Voldemort is of course dark but he is very evil). The thing Paul Washer said is actually here, quite convenient since this person quoted the exact quote I as thinking of:
    http://mildredeemed.wordpress.com/category/paul-washer/
    Start the video at about 5:25 if you just want to hear the part about Harry Potter.
    My point is that Harry Potter will never be dangerous so much because it gives anyone interest in the occult. Maybe some people, but they were probably going to dive into evil anyways if they went for the occult, they were empty and did not come searching for anything good. But the danger of Harry Potter is exactly what Paul Washer says:
    Paul Washer
    ~Two years ago I read an article from a very well established reformed magazine. It was talking about Harry Potter….. In a way I want you to know that Harry Potter is a rebuke also to the church. When a child reads Harry Potter, they see wonder and wildness, and life, and magic, and struggle, and victory, and defeat, and everything that we’re made up to be. Now, when they see your Christianity all they see is a pew and a cold sermon. God did not come to give us merely correct thinking. He came to give us life! …. And you can experience that life even if your body is screaming with pain. To feed upon Christ!~

    Do you see? The danger in Harry Potter and fantasy and magic and all of that stuff isn’t because it will make someone want to do evil, it is because they desire fantasy more than Christ! When I heard Paul Washer say that I knew I stood condemned because Harry Potter had captured my desire. It filled me with all that I wanted or needed. Now when we get all that we want or need from Harry Potter we lose Christ and gain the world. Sure don’t stand condemned for reading your Harry Potter books and don’t let your kids stand condemned for it either. It is an adventure although the content is not terribly profitable. But do you read your bible? Does Harry Potter steal your time away from it along with other fantasy books? Does it steal your childrens’ fantasies away from Christ? How can we miss that Christ is what is most wonderful and amazing in this life. How can we even spend our time on Harry Potter! When we have him we truly don’t need it. He fills us to the brim :) So lets not condemn people for their interest in a book with magic. HP isn’t about magic. It is about fantasy and imagination. It is so well written that many people would rather read it over and over again than read the bible.

    If someone is trying to fill the hole where they lack fulfillment in their life by reading a book other than the bible then they missed it. They will be filled so long as it captures their attention and they will walk away empty wishing to live in a fantasy land. But if you read the bible and find your fulfillment in it you will walk away wanting to live in a fantasy land as well…but it isn’t really a fantasy land. It tells us of heaven and of what is to come and it is splendid and beautiful. We can fantasize about the wonders that we are promised in Christ every day and share them with people. We can fantasize in the wonders of Harry Potter and spread the Harry Potter gospel as well but it won’t save people. Let us keep our minds on the savior. He is the only one who can fill us up so we need to put our energy into grasping at him and not at losing our attention to a second rate type for Christ. Harry Potter may be used as a tool to lead someone to God, but not because he is some type for Christ. That only makes them want to read more HP. HP makes people want to spend more time in lala land not with Jesus. Don’t read a book to enjoy the book. Read it to enjoy Christ, to enjoy God our heavenly Father. HP is a passing pleasure compared to what we have in the good news and in the resurrection from the dead. Those who are saved will rise from the dead just like our Lord and we will return to him.

    Coldfire, I fear that your argument is simply misguided. Our treasure and everyone’s treasure on this site is Jesus so things like HP just aren’t of a lot of value. I actually think enjoying a fantasy novel every once in a while is wonderful. God is a creative God and he made us in his image. Therefore we are creative people. We are made to love fantasy. But don’t spend your time in a place that will steal your desire for Christ. Focus on him and God will give you your desires.
    I have been playing this old game I used to play some tonight and I enjoyed it greatly but if I let it, it will become like a drug to me and an idol. We must not let good things like fantasy and imagination turn into idols. We can enjoy fantasy just like we enjoy food or a walk in the park since God meant for us to enjoy those things, but let them give us a greater desire for God :) He made us to enjoy those things so that we could enjoy him more and become even more in-vigorously attached to him. He wants us to follow him. We can see all of these good things he made for us, they should make us want the creator more because he made them for us.
    I fear that if I had not written this post I would have gone back to playing my game but I have enjoyed the game much tonight and writing this has driven me back to my Lord. Keep fighting the good fight!

  31. Just before I go for the night I want to say that I know HP has been used to raise much attention to the occult. I think Satan has used it in that way, but I mean to say in my post that I don’t think its primary danger is in that. I think a Christian reading this book who is even loosely rooted in faith knows that stuff is not something we are supposed to do and that for them it is fantasy. But the danger is that they want HP more than Christ. They want fantasy fulfillment more than him

  32. Nevermind guys :) I was in in when typing both of those posts and repented! My sin had nothing to do with Harry Potter by the way. But it did affect my thinking. I don’t think people should really spend so much time reading Harry Potter. We live in a wicked generation and things like that can pull you into a lack of obedience to God and his Word and then it is just a downhill path of disobedience. To follow Christ we need to build up obedience to his Word and he will give us what we need :) Don’t seek after HP. It truly will capture your desire away from God. Like I said, we were made creative beings since God is creative, but I think a seven book Harry Potter series maybe a little too much. We need to spend time in our bibles and appreciating God’s creativity in the world around us. If you want to read books like that make sure everything else in your life is in order first and then check if it is a wise thing to do. God Bless you!

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