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This is not directed at anybody in particular, but at the dozen or so people who think I care about the HP fanage going on and it's going to turn us all into Satan-worshipping pagans:
  1. Do you really believe in your heart that God is so stupid He can't tell the difference between a story and reality? Do you actually see Him on His throne waiting for the day Harry and his friends are going to show up before Him so He can settle their little red wagons once and for all?
  2. Do you really believe in your heart that people in general (not counting the mentally ill) are so stupid, they think the Potter books are works of non-fiction?
  3. Do you really believe that any of the Harry Potter books are based in any form of reality at all? Yes? Here's a broom. Fly it. Here's a stick. Change this sandwich into a bar of gold. Here's my cat. Make it a familiar and have it talk. Here's a potion. Turn yourself into a wolf. Real Wiccans don't believe in this crap, so why do you insult yourself and God and do?
  4. Has Rowling at any time said the Potter books are based on any type of reality at all?
  5. There were people who read the Old Testament and because their hearts with evil, they came up with an occult system called the Kabbalah. The Old Testament also forms parts of powwow which is the name for early American folk magic. Should we ban the reading of the Old Testament? It's making people stumble.
  6. There were people who read the New Testament and because their hearts were evil, they came up with all sorts of spiritually destructive cults. Should we ban the reading of the New Testament? It's making people stumble.

Here's my bottom line:
  1. My family does not read Harry Potter, not because the books are evil, but because there are better books out there. We do occasionally watch the movies, but we do not focus on them. However, if my kids did read Potter, they are wise enough and well-trained to know they are fantasy. If they saw them as reality, I would get them professional help ASAP.
  2. If you feel that reading the Potter books are sin, STAY AWAY FROM THEM. You don't have to convince me they are evil for you. I personally believe modern dancing, tattoos, and body piercings are wrong and for all of you this is the first time I've ever mentioned it. The reason is that they are wrong for me, and if they are wrong for you, well, if you ask me my opinion, I'll share it with you, but I'm mature enough that when you show me your pierced, tattooed tongue modern dancing in your mouth I'm not going to rip off my clothes in my rage, deny Christ, and start burning churches down. I trust God to tell his own children what's right and wrong in His own good time.

Now you have a life to live and work to do, so close down the computer and go out and play.

Comments

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narumi
Jul. 26th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
My family does not read Harry Potter, not because the books are evil, but because there are better books out there

You dont know how refreshing that is to hear. I feel like I am the only one on my friends list whom just Honestly has no intrest in it. Give me Chronicles of Narnia ANYDAY <3
symphonic_rp
Jul. 26th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
The evil thing about Harry Potter is that it has encouraged thousands of children around the world to pick up a book and read. What a horrible thing. We just can't have this, can we? Children who read are a danger to the dominance of the church and the government. How dare this author revive the love of reading that has been painstakingly bread out of our society over the last couple of generations. She should be stoned. [/sarcasm]
eric_hinkle
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
There were people who read the Old Testament and because their hearts with evil, they came up with an occult system called the Kabbalah.

WHAT?

Heavy, no offense, but saying that Kabbalah is 'evil' is incredibly silly. It was studied for centuries by scholarly Christians like John Dee, among others, as a way of achieving a greater closeness to God*. It was developed by Jewish mystics in the first few centuries AD (I think) more as a way of understanding the more unusual aspects of God's universe than as a system of magic (which it did ultimately later become, at least among Christians and Muslims).

Today, New Age silliness like Zen Kabbalah Runes aside, Kabbalah is still being studied by Jewish mystics, though it's gone back to being 'spiritual exercises' rather than ritual magic.

Just wanted to straighten that out.

* -- Tons more on this in Dame Frances Yates' books, especially her The Rosicrucian Revolution, which is probably the most accessible.

PS -- The Potter books don't do anything for me either. Narnia, Hyboria, and the Prydain Chronicles were my fantasy when growing up and still are.
hearmemeep
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
I was going to comment about the Kabbalah mention myself, but I think you already did it nicely for me :)

Hyboria and Prydain Chronicles? Hmmmm.... the latter sounds very familiar, but my mind's drawing a blank. I know that my hubby and I have neither in our personal library, though..... might have to check it out :)
eric_hinkle
Jul. 26th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. Basically a series of young adult novels of increasing complexity and length, floowing the growth into maturity of the main character, Taran Wanderer.

Disney ripped the books off shamelessly (and horribly) for their animated 'Black Cauldron' film, but by the mercy of my maker I've forgotten almost everything of the film from the one time I saw it.
hearmemeep
Jul. 26th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
Ah - that's where I remember the name from. We don't have the books, but the hubby's read them all and wants them eventually. He does like the Black Cauldron just because of childhood memories, though, even though he said it butchers the books.
literary_equine
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)

In this essay, I am reacting to the Kabbalah in its silly New Age incarnation, not as a series of spiritual exercises.

I do not know enough about it to comment much more on it.
eric_hinkle
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay.

Modern 'New Age' Kabbalah has about as much to do with the authentic Jewish/Christian spiritual practice of Kabbalah as Pullman's 'Golden Compass' has with the Narnia series.
artekka
Jul. 26th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Don't even get me STARTED on the Golden Compass. THOSE are the books that Christians should REALLY be forbidding their children to read... Beautifully written and completely anti-Christianity.
stokerbramwell
Jul. 26th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Ahh, good. I was a little taken aback by the "Kabbalah as evil" thing too. ^_^;
purpurealuna
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Nice to see someone with logical views on it all. Personally, I just got bored with HP after my dad introduced me to the works of Andre Norton.

I am curious though as to why you are against tattoos and whatnot, and somewhat hoping you'll explain later (Don't worry, It's not so I can start a fight, I'm just curious)
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hearmemeep
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
*laughs!* Well, that makes me feel better ;)

I have two holes per ear, though I'm not sure if you put that in the same category as 'body piercings' (I know a lot of people who don't count ears as part of the body when referring to 'body piercings'... go figure ;) ).

But if I ever lose enough weight where I feel comfortable enough, I'd love to get a tattoo of some sort. (the idea of getting one and then loosing lots of weight that causes it to stretch and look abnormal doesn't appeal to me). Then again, part of me guesses that I'll probably change my mind the minute the needles come out ;)
literary_equine
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
>I am curious though as to why you are against tattoos and whatnot, and somewhat hoping you'll explain later

I won't because I have no desire to have people think I think less of them because of what they have on their bodies.

It's a personal "opinion" that I am going to carry to my grave unexpressed as it really isn't important.

That is unless my kids decide to get one ... ;-)
eaglesf
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
All I can say is Amen.
hearmemeep
Jul. 26th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Nicely done :)

I'm of the opinion that just because something 'sinful' is mentioned in media doesn't mean it's a sin to watch it. If that were the case, the entire Bible would be a sin to read. You got your murderers, adulterers, those who worship other gods, witches, ect. Hell - if a main character committing a sin is wrong to read about, then let's not ever mention Judges again ;)

I do believe there is a line as to what's acceptable, though. When a movie or book just down-right fails to have any redeeming value whatsoever, well.... that's where I get seriously miffed. Having media that glorifies such things and then never ever shows consequences or anything that redeems that point is where I draw the line. Sometimes the line is drawn even beforehand depending on where I feel a certain part of media is going (i.e. avoiding watching an impending trainwreck ;) ).
dennisthetiger
Jul. 28th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
Would have to disagree with you on the modern dancing bit to an extent, but I think I speak for everyone when I say...

..."werd".
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