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The Deadly Magic of Harry Potter MoviesPrint
Today´s love for such depravity shows that God´s warnings are as relevant as ever. Here He describes ancient Israel, which had turned from God´s loving protection to the deceptive guidance of diviners and sorcerers:
"...they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart." Jeremiah 11:8.
From enticing fantasy to demonic reality
In some ways Rowling´s wizards resemble the real wizards behind medieval alchemy. The facts and philosophy behind alchemy are rarely mentioned these days, which might explain why Biblically illiterate "Christians" are so easily persuaded to equate it with Christianity. Author John Granger first introduced this deception in his 2004 book, , published by the "Christian" Tyndale House. He argues that alchemy (plus mysticism), rather than the cross of Christ, is the pathway to redemption -- and that Potter will show us the way:
"Understanding the Harry Potter books as alchemical writing in the tradition of the English ´Greats´ will explain otherwise bizarre events, plot turns, and names in the novels.... The alchemist, like all traditional or non-modern people, understood man to be essentially spirit (as man is created by the Spirit), then soul, then physical body.... [H]is tragedy was that he was fallen, i.e., that he had lost his spiritual capacity or intellectus, by means of which Adam walked and talked with God in the garden. Alchemy was the means, in conjunction with the mysteries of the Church, by which he could regain this lost capacity....
"It is essentially a super-conscious or spiritual work that happens through correspondence with archetypes that are , individual consciousness.... Rowling clearly understands both ´alchemy in literature´ and the ´alchemy of literature.´ Her books satisfy the need in us, born in a profane culture without heroes or avenues of transcendent experience.... We get this experience in our identification with Harry.... Rowling’s novels are so popular because her works transform the human person via , catharsis, and resurrection." [Emphasis added]
Yes, Rowling obviously understands both alchemy and sorcery. And her occult wizard-world may well "transform" members of emerging and market-driven churches through "imaginative identification." But Granger´s misplaced reference to "resurrection" has nothing to do with Jesus Christ who gave His life to free us from bondage to the forces of evil.
In contrast, his usage of words such as "correspondence," "above" and "below" fit right into medieval alchemy and Rowling´s magic. The phrase, "" dates back to ancient "mystery religions" and to the mythical Greek god Hermes. The occult philosophy linked to his name also gave birth to Hermetic magic, the mystical , , and that flourished during the 19th and 20th centuries.
A former member of thewho became a Christian and renounced these works of darkness, explained it to us in these words:
"I was taught in ritual magick how to go to different planes of existence outside the physical body. I could create a realm there in which I could practice ritual magick and perfect my magical skills.... Through my will and imagination, I made things happen on the physical plane. ! This ritual magick is a manifestation of the power of your will."
His words remind me of the Wiccan author Starhawk´s formula for magic and spells. Author of The Spiral Dance and founder of the "Covenant of the Goddess" she taught her followers exactly what Harry and his young wizard friends were learning at Hogwarts. Rowling seems to know those occult principles well:
"To work magic is to weave the unseen forces into form, to soar beyond sight, to explore the uncharted dream realm of the hidden reality... to leap beyond imagination into that space between the worlds where fantasy becomes real; to be at once animal and god....
"Spells [and magic]... require the combined faculties of relaxation, visualization, concentration, and [mental] projection."
From pagan bondage to Christian freedom
To equate the wizard world with Christianity, Rowling and "Christian" Potter fans must divide thewizard population into two categories: good and evil, or light and dark. The "good" wizards can then be likened to "Christians" who fight the forces of Satan.
But this wishful logic is flawed. Unlike the "good" and "evil" wizards, Christians and occultists turn to opposite sources of strength. And while Christians trust God´s grace for victory, occultists trust their own magical skills and concentration for victory. There are no enlightening parallels between God´s people and!
Before the spread of Christianity, cultures around the world. Contrary to the modern illusions of noble, earth-loving primitives, tribal people of the past lived with constant, justifiable fears. They sought peace and healing, revenge and rewards through divination, sorcery and magic. Their shamans or medicine men could be kind or cruel, but their only source of supernatural relief was a dark pool of capricious demonic forces.
In those days, ordinary people feared angry spirits as much as they feared their jealous neighbors. So to save a sick child from a supposed angry spirit, a mother might offer a sacrifice to a "benevolent" spirit. To kill a rival, an offended warrior might rely on a powerful deity. Both might hire the services of the tribal shaman -- one who had "sold his soul" to gain his power.
That pagan world illustrates Harry´s wizard world. Rowling´s spiritual forces may seem less personal and more predictable, but neither world offers anything comparable to our Biblical God. There is no "good side" apart from knowing Christ.
The timeless results of popularizing spiritual alternatives are all around us. Our children and grandchildren are learning to --
1. Love tempting alternatives rather than God. ()
2. Enjoy evil more than good. ()
3. Trust fantasy more than Truth. ()
4. Reject God´s unchanging Truth and adapt home-taught values to changing culture. ()
5. Redefine Biblical words to support today´s thrills. ()
6. Ignore contrary suggestions and follow the crowd. ()
The solution, of course, is to , to heed His warnings, and to follow:
"There shall not be found among you anyone who... practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out..." Deuteronomy 18:10-12
"Walk as children of light ?(for ??the fruit of the ??Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), ?finding out what is acceptable to the Lord." Ephesians 5:8-10
Submitted 7/18/2007 10:29:13 PM | Author: Berit Kjos