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Re: 12 reasons to avoid Harry Potter
• Posted by: metacritic   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2002, at 3:03 a.m.
• IP Address: 139.55.49.226
• In Response to: 12 reasons to avoid Harry Potter (trial lawyer)

It is certainly hard for us to look at the Bible as a text written by men, which shares in how other mythologies and philosophies were written--not to mention recreating Mesopotamian mythology's creation and flood stories. But it is interesting to hear this argument:

> a well-planned myth with likeable characters
> can be far more memorable than the less exciting daily reality --
> especially when reinforced through books, toys and games as well as
> movies.

It's no wonder that good Christians have become absorbed into this fundamentalist attitude that anything non-Christian is "bad" when one remembers that the Bible, too, is a myth with "likeable characters" and has the most propaganda available.

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."

> 3. Each occult image and enticing suggestion prompts the audience to feel
> more at home in the dark, paranormal setting. Children identify with their
> favorite characters and learn to see wizards and witches from a popular
> peer perspective rather than from God's perspective. Those who sense that

No one can have "God's perspective." If one were omniscient, he/she would no doubt flee in madness at the realization of Truth, understanding our petty squabbles over power and religion.

> The second choice may quiet the nagging doubts, but rationalizing evil and
> justifying sin will sear the conscience and shift the child's perception
> of values from God's perspective to a more "comfortable"
> cultural adaptation. Even Christian children can easily learn to conform
> truth to multicultural ideals and turn God's values upside down - just as
> did God's people in Old Testament days:

It is more important to be good, than to be Christian. For any religion's sin is its dogma that spurs those hungry for power and a reassurance of a future life to commit inhumane acts (or, even, un-Christian acts).

> 4. God tells us to "abhor what is evil" and "cling to what
> is good." (Romans 12:9) But when Christian children and teens love
> the Harry Potter myths, delight in the movie and read the books again and
> again, they are desensitizing their hearts and minds to its evil. Turning
> God's truth upside down, they are learning to "love" what is
> evil. The natural next step is to reject God's wise boundaries and
> "abhor" what He calls good.

Ridiculous hogwash! Persecuting others and not understanding them is turning Truth upside down. What is not Christian is not evil. This binary argument, the polarized debate fueled by misguided intentions, is the real harm for our future.

> 5. Immersed in the values taught at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and
> Wizardry, children become spiritually blind. They lose their natural
> aversion for the devious spirits represented by the creatures and symbols
> in this eerie world. Caught up in the exciting story, they absorb the
> suggested values and store the fascinating images in their minds -- making
> the forbidden world of the occult seem more normal than the Kingdom of
> God.

Ahem. The children at Hogwarts cannot be any children. Those children are born with a magical gift.

> Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit,
> according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of
> the world, and not according to Christ." Colossians 2:6-9

What an appropriate clause to sustain its followers. No matter what kind of reasoning is made, no matter how sound or how just, if it does not apply to Christ, then it is "bad." Of course, it doesn't help that the Bible can be interpreted in every imaginable way.

> 6. This inner change is usually unconscious, for the occult lessons and
> impressions tend to bypass rational scrutiny. After all, who will stop,

Rational scrutiny seems to have been avoided here. This particular view is from the inside looking out, not from the outside looking in. Rationally, one should reflect on both views and arrive at some form of Truth.

> 7. The main product marketed through this movie is a belief system that
> clashes with everything God offers us for our peace and security. This
> pagan ideology comes complete with trading cards, computer and other
> wizardly games, clothes and decorations stamped with HP symbols, action
> figures and cuddly dolls and audio cassettes that could keep the child's
> minds focused on the occult all day and into night. But in God's eyes,
> such paraphernalia become little more than lures and doorways to deeper
> involvement with the occult.

You should concern yourself with commercialism and materialism, rather than a mythos. For there are many mythos available, including the Greek and Roman varieties, that have not garnered any attention. And there have been films, comic books, and even action figures made of them as well. What about Christian propaganda? How did Jesus react to the merchants in the temple?

> Many learn to see God as a power source that can be manipulated
> with the right kind of prayers and rituals -- and view his miracles as
> just another form of magic. They base their understanding of God on their
> own feelings and wants, not on His revelation of Himself.

This is the best argument made, although it has nothing to do with Harry Potter. The points made in this message's argument are also based on the author's "own feelings and wants." He/She wants to sustain Christianity by persecuting others or censoring art (which is a form of persecution), which is no doubt built on a foundation of strong feelings that it is "the right thing to do."

> 9. Blind to the true nature of God, children will synthesize or blend
> Biblical truth with the pagan beliefs and magical practices demonstrated
> in the Harry Potter movie. In the end, you distort and destroy any remnant
> of true Christian faith. For our God cannot be molded to match pagan gods.

No one knows the true nature of God. We have perceptions of the true nature, but we will never know until our deaths. Christianity is only one of many perceptions of God--a flavor, if you will.

If you want to study the blending of Pagan beliefs with Christianity, you may want to consider researching the origins of All Saints Day and even Christmas itself. Historically, they both are grounded seasonally with Pagan beliefs. (And why should that matter if it is about being good and kind?)

> 10. God tells us to "train up a child in the way He should go."
> It starts with teaching them God's truths and training them all day long
> to see reality from His, not the world's perspective. To succeed, we need
> to shield them from contrary values until they know His Word and have
> memorized enough Scriptures to be able to recognize and resist deception.
> Once they have learned to love what God loves and see from His
> perspective, they will demonstrate their wisdom by choosing to say
> "no" to Harry Potter.

Hmmm. This sounds like brainwashing--no matter what the source. You argue against the influences of multiculturalism (no doubt calling it secularism as a means of polarizing Christians and non-Christians) but cannot see that you are yourself guilty of what you oppose.

> 11. While some argue that Harry Potter and his friends demonstrate
> friendship, integrity and honesty, they actually model how to lie and
> steal and get away with it. Their examples only add to the cultural
> relativism embraced by most children today who are honest when it doesn't
> cost anything, but who lie and cheat when it serves their purpose.

Greed and Pride have been some of the seven deadly sins for a long time.

> 12. God has a better way. When His children choose to follow His ways, He
> gives them a heart to love Him, spiritual eyes that can understand and
> delight in His Word, a sense of His presence and a confidence in His
> constant care -- no matter what happens around us. Harry Potter's
> deceptive thrills are worse than worthless when compared to the wonderful
> riches our Shepherd promises those who will ignore evil and walk with Him.

How do we know the Bible isn't lying to us? Faith? There's faith in a creator or deity, but it is nameless. Only through religion and texts do we give the complex a simplified interpretation.

Metacritic




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