Harry Potter: Fun or Evil?
by Lisa Record
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In the bible, witchcraft is discussed. God has outlined very clearly that it is evil and from the pits of Hell. But is Harry Potter, boy wizard, a fictional charter who practices witchcraft at Hogwards School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, evil? A charter in a book that has children, teens, and adults all over the world turning to it in love and admiration, all that bad? What does the bible say about witchcraft?
In the bible one could find many texts on witchcraft but lets only look at a few. One in the Old Testament and two in the Testament. The first can be found in Deuteronomy 18: 10-12.
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his
son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth
divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard,
or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination
unto the Lord: and because of there abominations the Lord thy
God doth drive them out from before thee.”
A few words in here need to be looked at so we can understand it. Those words are necromancer and abomination. The rest you can understand. A necromancer is a witch, wizard, magician, enchanter, sorcerer, warlock, ext. All of these can be found in the Harry Potter books. An abomination means evil, horror, offensive, monstrosity, crime, obscene, ext. In the text it means that it is evil, offensive, a monstrosity, a crime, ext. in the sight of the Lord. God doesn’t want us to practice or help other practice these things. To God they are evil. Harry Potter is all of these things, wizard, enchanter, a charmer, a necromancer.
The next passage comes from Revelation 21: 8.
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and
Murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters,
and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth
with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
This passage is also very much self-explanatory. The lake that it taking about here is Hell. Idolatry can mean more then unfaithfulness in marriage. It can be both physical, spiritual, and mental unfaithfulness to your husband/wife and to Jesus Christ. In the Harry Potter books you find many of these things. Examples are: the charters lie to get out of trouble and to do many things, they talk of the evil you-know-who killing Potter’s parents and trying to murder Potter himself, and also the evil wizard killing a fellow school mate of Potter’s in book 4. These of just of the few of many.
The last passage also comes from Revelations but from chapter 22, verse 15.
“For without are dogs and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and
and murders, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh
In the verse before this one, it talks about how blessed the believers of Jesus Christ are, how the have the tree of life and how they can enter into the gates of the city. The city is the new Jerusalem after the end of days. Then comes this verse. Jesus here places sorcerers with dogs. Not a very nice placement, but it gives us a strong image on how God sees sorcerers. He making the point here that sorcerers do not make it to Heaven. And the only other place they can go is Hell. That’s three times that the bible says that necromancers go to Hell.
There are many more passages in the bible that show that God does want us to be involved with witchcraft. In the book of Acts, chapter 19, starting in verse 17.
“And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling
at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord
Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed
and shewed their deeds. 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. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”
Paul, by the power of Jesus Christ, could cast out evil sprits. A group of exorcists took it upon themselves to call out an evil spirit. So they said, “We adjure you by Jesus Whom Paul preacheth.” The evil spirit just replied to them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”
The spirted then proceeded to attack them. This is what caused Ephesus to fear and turn to the Lord.
In the verse those who practiced curious arts, which is witchcraft, burned their books in public. The word of God grew strong and it won. The word of God won against the witchcraft, the sin, the evil in Ephesus.
Harry Potter, a children’s book, promotes witchcraft and varies other sins. But it a children’s book, right? Wrong. Yes, it’s geared toward young crowd but so is drugs, beer, pre-martial sex, and many other sinful things. What makes it any different then those? Is it because it just a book? Is it just a book? The bible is a book, yet it the only tool we have as Christians to live life the way God wants us to. All of our Christian writings and other ministry tools came from the word, a simple book.
Harry Potter seems innocent. But God’s word speaks otherwise. Yes, it just a book, but it doesn’t matter. It contains witchcraft, lying, stealing, and other sins. Things that are evil in the sight of the Lord God almighty. Things that will be thrown into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, that lake which is Hell.
Harry Potter: Fun or Evil?
** All text was taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible
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