SHE HAS GREAT SUGGESTIONS: I enjoyed the great imagination [in
the Harry Potter books] and it was like reading a fairy tale. The good
guys - bad guys. I didn't see where the books left out God or promoted
witches. I probably will not read any other Harry Potter books because
the last chapter of the last book was pretty scarry ... It was evil
- even for make believe. When I told my grandson (he is 8 1/2) what
the books were about he declined reading them. I have read the article
by Connie Neal. It has great suggestions.
PARENTS ARMED WITH THE WORD OF GOD: If the Harry Potter books
are to be read in the home, first by the parents, then to the children
of appropriate ages -- both parents should be there, armed with the
Word and lively discussions should ensue. We've done this in our own
family with the children's Left Behind series.
DON'T BUILD A WALL: I think literature that illustrates the
triumph of good over evil in the world has a positive affect on society.
I know people cannot build a wall around themselves and function in
meaningful ways in society. We as Christians are the salt and light
in our world. It is the spiritual equipment that you mentioned that
girds up the loins of of minds to guard and protect us in the world
in which we live. I was fortunate enough to have been reared in a Christian
home by God-fearing parents. I was taught from a very early age the
principals of my faith. If Christian parents continue to make this priority
with their children, the "equipment" to stand in the evil day will be
in place. Take courage parents and don't bow down to fear of the occult
or any other evil spiritual force. These things only have the power
that we as Christians are willing to give them in our minds.
PREPARING FOR ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ENEMY: I think your commentary
is interesting. My children are older teens and so we have not had to
address the Harry Potter issue personally. The only comment I would
make is this: Using one book of the series under your guidence and direction
to increase your children's understanding and discernment of the occult
could be very benificial in preparing them for any future encounters
with the "enemy". We are encouraged to know our enemy and his ways.
The desire to read every book of the series would to me indicate deception
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: If we rob our children of all fantasy
what is this Christian world coming to? I've never read the Harry Potter
books but I feel it may be much ado about nothing.
Other readers disagreed with the article and thought that Christians
should not have the Harry Potter books in their homes:
GUARD OUR HEARTS: I choose another way to arm my children. Just
teach them how to recognize witchcraft and sorcery and how to avoid
it. Tell them how the bible says that we were left with the authority
over the devil and his demons by the shed blood of Jesus. We do not
have to read these books to understand what evil is. Haven't we been
told to above all guard our hearts? This to me means not to expose our
minds or our children's minds, for sure, to such demonic entertainment.
Don't buy this book for you child to explain evil, take ten minutes
of your day, sit your children down and tell them what to watch for.
Then take the money that you would have spent on the book and buy a
poster board and make a sign indicating how bad these books are and
go picket the stores that are selling them.
NOT A WISE PARENTAL CHOICE: For an authority figure to purposeful
encourage a child to read a book that makes that which is clearly forbidden
in the Bible as evil seem to be fun and good is not a wise parental
choice. Why should we purposefully defile our children just so they
can relate to their culture? This is not biblical but seems very humanistic
to me. Scripture is very clear in stating that we are to be holy and
not love the things of this world. There are so many wonderful classics
that portray the reality of God and who He is without sinking to the
level of allowing the culture obsession with the occult to influence
our young peoples minds. C.S. Lewis is an example. By endorsing Harry
Potter books, which are clearly occult based, we are condoning the further
deterioration of our society. I disagree with the author's stance though
I am sure it is well intended.
KEEP THE DOOR SHUT: This series is truly demonic in every sense
of the word. I am protective of my children and I admit there are many
things out today that neither of my kids are allowed to participate
in or even look at. As a Christian parent I will do everything I can
to keep the door shut so that Satan and his minions cannot penetrate.
GO TO A CHRISTIAN BOOK STORE: I think that parents should not
let their children read any of the books. They would be better off going
to a Christian Book Store and see if there are books they are interested
in reading. I wouldn't want my money going into the pocket of such a
What do you think about the Harry Potter books? How should Christian
parents approach these and other things in our cultural that can have
an effect on our children? Where does a Christian draw the line between
fantasy and the occult in the things their children are exposed to in
us your feedback!
I: Harry Potter: What's A Concerned Parent To Do?
II: Protecting Our Kids From The Spiritual Forces of Evil.
A Christian To Do With Harry Potter?
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