From back cover:
But several questions must be asked: Does Harry offer any positive moral lessons for today’s children? Is Harry’s magick* truly fictional or is it based on actual occultism? How do the Harry Potter tales compare to other fantasy books like those written by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien?
In this user-friendly and helpful volume, Richard Abanes answers these question, provides a hard look at society’s not-so-subtle drift toward paganism and examines the reasons why God says “no” to occultism.
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…
Part One: The World of Harry Potter
Part Two: Out of the Darkness
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