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Harry Potter Biblical Doctrine

Denominational churches are using Harry Potter and movies to teach biblical doctrine. Now one denominational church is using The Wizard of Oz. Should pastors use pop culture to teach biblical doctrine?

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It teaches that there is good purposes for magic as well as evil purposes. Is that not true??
--Gordon 9/26/11
No, it does not. It is clearly a fictional story, a fairy tale, and was never intended to teach magic is real let alone good or evil. If you cannot separate fact from fiction, if you cannot engage "the willing suspension of disbelief" at the basis of all story telling and listening, then it is your problem, not one by the intelligent audience. There are a lot of benefits people, Christians and non-believers, can get from reading good literature and Harry Potter is great literature. Don't assume others can't separate fact from fiction just because you can not.
---Rocky on 9/26/11


The Church has the Holy Bible just chock full of Stories that teach the difference between Good and Evil. Stories that teach and admonish and warn against the wrong paths to take and the Good roads to choose. The Church does NOT need Harry Potter books to do what the Holy Bible is already at our disposal to do!
---Gordon on 9/26/11


StrongAxe, The Harry Potter series is teaching kids that "magic" is cool and awesome. Especially if the magic is used for "good". It teaches that there is good purposes for magic as well as evil purposes. Is that not true?? ALL MAGIC IS OF THE OCCULT. Whether it claims to be for "good" or evil. It is all of the Occult and of Satan. It is therefore equal, in GOD's Eyes, as the sin of Witchcraft and Rebellion!
---Gordon on 9/26/11


Donna5535 2: Satan tried to remove his tempation from the category of sin by relabeling it. Before this time Eve had thought of the forbidden action as disobedience. now she sees it as a necessity if she is to become a complete and mature person. The next step satan use was that the fruit was pleasing to they eyes. Something beautiful most of the times is sin in disguise.
In essence she swallowed the devil's lie. In effect by accepting satan's temptation, Eve was calling God a liar, even though she might not have recognized the implications of her actions. She accepted satan as the truth teller and God as the prevaricator. She was implicitly stating her belief that satan was more interested in her welfare than God was.
---Mark_V. on 9/26/11


Mat 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
---aka on 9/23/11

Well posted. More said in 21 posted words, spoken of Christ than i or we do with multiples of 125.
---Trav on 9/25/11




Jed, I agree, and cannot understand those who claim the law is defunct.

The Sermon on the Mount shows they are wrong. In Matthew 5:17,18 Jesus says He has not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets and there will not be one tiny change in the Law "until everything is accomplished.' And that has yet to happen.

Further He speaks of murder and adultery, actually strengthening the Law. In Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus says all the Law and the Prophets are summed up by "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. "Love your neighbour as yourself."

In reading that we are saved by grace, and not Law they incorrectly claim the Law is done away with. Jesus disagrees!
---Warwick on 9/25/11


MarkV, I agree totally with what you said about the law.
---Jed on 9/24/11
But now that you are born again of the Spirit, you have been bought with a prize, and are now under the Spirit of the Law, not the letter of the Law.
---Mark_V. on 9/24/11
Jed, I don't believe saying what you did complishes anything but makes you a person who gets angry for someone disagreeing with you.
---Mark_V. on 9/24/11
Jed, are you sure you understand what Mark wrote? It doesnt agree with what you have written on several threads. You also seem not to understand that "law" refers to different things in different places so you need to be sure you understand which.
---Rocky on 9/24/11


Rocky, who say that Jesus has nullified the OT
---Jed on 9/24/11
That is a lie. I said He nullified some of the commandments for followers of Christ. Anyone can see my answers in several posts on "Women Submissive to All Men" thread, among others The clearly show what I believe and that Jed is both wrong and lying about what I said. He seems intent on hijacking threads to spread his lies.
---Rocky on 9/24/11


//Denominational churches are using Harry Potter and movies to teach biblical doctrine.

There are even books written by Christian educators using what is found in Harry Potter to teach doctrine.

The Gospel according to Harry Potter by Connie Neal.

The Wisdom of Harry Potter by Edmund Kern.

Negative on Harry Potter is Harry Potter & the Bible by Richard Abanes who believes that one may easily fall into witchcraft if Harry Potter series is read, but that may occur only if one is very weak minded.
---lee1538 on 9/24/11


Jed, my concern was going to far and chastising another brother. Disagree but do it by showing Scripture. This thing about the law is brough up all the time by so many. They seem to be saying that because we are saved we are saying we can sin all we want, and that is not the case for any true believer. I don't know where they get that from unless they feel it themselves. I know I never do. Just be patient. I agree with much of what you say and also agree with much of what he says. That was all.
---Mark_V. on 9/24/11




//People are just being greased up for anti-christ. Ghost Wisperer etc, along with all these tv shows promoting the supernatural.// ---kathr4453 on 9/24/11

the other night while i was channel surfing, i noticed the character from the new sitcom "whitney" flashing "el diablo" while in conversation with her love in boyfriend. you can see different stuff like this on ABC (owner disney) a lot
---aka on 9/24/11


Rhonda:

You said:
There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ.
*****

Holy Scripture contradicts that idea in its lesson from James 3, confirmed and understood knowing many will turn the grace of GOD into a license to sin Jude 1:4 by doing so will fall into condemnation 1Tim 3:6


If those contradict the above statement, scripture contradicts itself, since the above statement is verbatim Romans 8:1:
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
---StrongAxe on 9/25/11


Rhonda, again I disagree with you when you said,
"Holy Scripture contradicts that idea in its lesson from James 3, confirmed and understood knowing many will turn the grace of GOD into a license to sin Jude 1:4 by doing so will fall into condemnation 1Tim 3:6"
First of all, there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ.
Second, I've heard no genuine Christian say they can sin all they want. Those words come from people like you or some SDA's who want to talk about the Law all the time.
Third, Gal. 5:20 is speaking about those who practice those things. In Christ true believers do not practice sin. I've never heard one genuine Christian claim they now have a licence to sin, not a one. It's all in your mind.
---Mark_V. on 9/25/11


MarkV, I agree totally with what you said about the law. The scriptures I posted were for those, like Rocky, who say that Jesus has nullified the OT and that God's commandments are no longer to be followed. Jesus never said anything of the sort. To the contrary, there are several examples of both Jesus and the apostles saying not to forsake the law, and that grace does not nullify the law, but redeems us from the eternal penalty of not fulfilling the law, wich is death and hell. Jesus, by no means, told anyone that the the commandments are now irrelevant.
---Jed on 9/24/11


There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ.
*****

Holy Scripture contradicts that idea in its lesson from James 3, confirmed and understood knowing many will turn the grace of GOD into a license to sin Jude 1:4 by doing so will fall into condemnation 1Tim 3:6

Gal 5:20 teaches witchcraft is manifested as a work of the flesh YET many "christians" embrace witchcraft as a "good instruction" essentially a license to sin and reject Gods instruction Matt 6:24

teaching witchcraft (entertaining evil) to illustrate "good" is impossible Rom 3:8

ministers using evil to teach good are simply against Christ seeking to destroy John 15:5 2Corin 11:3,4, 12-15
---Rhonda on 9/24/11


Don't speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God's law.
--Jed 9/23/11
Please disregard Rocky's comments. He's obviously very immature in his faith and as a person in general. He will misqote and post blatant lies to promote his Anti-Christ liberal agenda. Pay no attention. He does not want to know truth.
---Jed on 9/23/11
The hypocrite condemns himself by his own words. And all on the same day.
It's easy to see who is lying and trying to deceive.
---Rocky on 9/24/11


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Gordon:

Note that the "leaven of the Pharisees" spoiled the whole lot BECAUSE what they were teaching ended up totally reversing what Moses was teaching (for example, the whole rule of Korban nullifying "honor your father and mother").

As I said in my previous post, what Harry Potter is teaching children is NOT the mechanics of magic (it is total pseudo-Latin gibberish), but rather many virtuous principles. Harry Potter (and most other similar works of fantasy) don't teach children to lie, cheat, steal, and murder - they in fact teaches them that these things are very wrong.
---StrongAxe on 9/24/11


Rocky, GALATIANS 5:9 "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." And in I CORINTHIANS 5:6 "Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?" And YAHUSHUA (JESUS) warned in LUKE 12:1 "...Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is Hypocrisy." The rot on one apple can spoil the rest if left therein. "Leaven" in these Verses stood for something false and evil which can affect the good ones around it. A little drop of poison in a gallon of pure drinking water will make the whole gallon unfit for drinking. Thus, the offal cookies.
---Gordon on 9/24/11


Jed, the law is very much in a effect, for all unbelievers are condemned by the law. Yes it was very good for you because you saw the sin in you through the law before Christ saved you. But now that you are born again of the Spirit, you have been bought with a prize, and are now under the Spirit of the Law, not the letter of the Law. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ. Those that are not, are condemned by it. They need the Lord Jesus to save them.
---Mark_V. on 9/24/11


Jed, I don't believe saying what you did complishes anything but makes you a person who gets angry for someone disagreeing with you. Many disagree with me and that is ok, it is when someone speaks heretical views concerning the essentials of the Christian faith that we say they might not be saved, and we should respond correctly. I have one person that objects the very truth just to argue. Makes up things I never said just to be heard. It only shows what kind of person she really is.
I disagreed with Rocky, and asked him if he was a Christian, he said yes, I take his word for it, and if he speaks against the Christian faith I will tell him if I read it. But you don't have to go that far. Lets hear both of you but without condemning.
---Mark_V. on 9/24/11


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steveng, teh next thing they will be using is Comic Book Hero's. Ironman, Thor, Captain America....all teach good vs evil.

The POOP in the Brownie mix is this,
A little leaven RUINS the whole lump. Leaven isn't just legalism mixed with Grace, it's ALL evil mixed with Grace.

There is no way Harry Potter can teach about Jesus death and resurrection.

These are wells without water spewing out stupidity making it sound so spiritual.

Oh dear, will the be using Dungeons and Dragons next?

People are just being greased up for anti-christ. Ghost Wisperer etc, along with all these tv shows promoting the supernatural.
---kathr4453 on 9/24/11


Please disregard Rocky's comments. He's obviously very immature in his faith and as a person in general. He will misqote and post blatant lies
---Jed on 9/23/11
Jed is actually talking about himself. Just go to the Interfaith Conferences thread and you will see multiple posts where he lied post after post. When I proved him wrong he never apologized, just launched into another lie and/or personal attack. The truth is there in black and white. Now that blog is full so he has apparently decided to continue his lies here, He must be obsessed or possessed. Jed, I feel very sorry for you but will continue to pray for you.
---Rocky on 9/24/11


//perhaps any similar Bible story about putting a little poop in the brownie mix//

not a Joyce Meter fan, but like a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump, i guess a little poop poopeth thw whole lump.

Mat 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
---aka on 9/23/11


Gordon, it's clear that Christian churches have many who are not saved inside, Jesus told us that it was mix with wheat and tares. But He never told us to condemn His church, in fact He said to edify His Church. By condemning all churches you condemn the genuine believers with it. Instead of condemning them, people should help change them as the Reformers tried so hard to do in the RCC. They didn't want to leave, they loved the Church yet they died for trying to do what was right. We should at least try. We don't have to die, we can leave, and find a good Church. But why crucify all of them? Just not right. There is believers in the RCC who need to find out the Truth, just like in any other Church. The elect comes from all corners of the world.
---Mark_V. on 9/23/11


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Please disregard Rocky's comments. He's obviously very immature in his faith and as a person in general. He will misqote and post blatant lies to promote his Anti-Christ liberal agenda. Pay no attention. He does not want to know truth.
---Jed on 9/23/11


Don't speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God's law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. -James 4:11
---Jed on 9/23/11


Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! -Galations 3:21

Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, "You must not covet." -Romans 7:7

Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. -Romans 3:31
---Jed on 9/23/11


It's like Joyce Meyer's story about putting a little poop in the brownie mix
---Donna5535 on 9/23/11
I would like to read that story. Would you please tell me the Bible citation? Or perhaps any similar Bible story about putting a little poop in the brownie mix.
---Rocky on 9/23/11


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I have never seen the movie either but I did see the commercials. That is all I needed to know what harry potter is about. Even now I see the boy who played harry potter and he still reminds me of satan.
---shira3877 on 9/23/11


Harry is potter is not only satanic, he is ugly. Why would anyone want to watch a movie full of weird ugly people? They may as well watch Rosie Odonnel's new talk show!
---Jed on 9/23/11


This is exactly how satan infiltrates people and people in churches. He gets them to believe that watching or reading Harry Potter is okay.

Cluny, no I haven't read nor seen HP movies or books. Isn't the Holy Spirit a sufficient enough teacher? First John says, "You have no need for a teacher, the Holy One, the Holy Spirit will teach you all things." Where in the bible does it say, "Give heed to worldly movies written by unsaved people and learn from them." It doesn't.

It's like Joyce Meyer's story about putting a little poop in the brownie mix, it's just a little, but enough to spoil the whole batch of brownies.
---Donna5535 on 9/23/11


MarkV, There are very few churches, if any, that do not have phony christians in them. It is dangerously naive to think and believe that all church houses are filled with only true followers of GOD. Satan has planted pseudo-christians for the sake of deception. In order to steer GOD's lambs away from the LORD. This must be called out. Not denied as if it isn't really happening.
---Gordon on 9/23/11


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aka, I never thought you were taking shots at me. I did search andy griffith bible study. It think andy griffith show is the most moral show ever on tv and I love it still but he shouldn't be compared to harry potter, narnia or other devil inspired movies out of hollywood. Andy Griffith is one person who stands out of the millions in hollywood. From the 1960's thru 2011, we can tell how morally degenerate the world has become.
---shira3877 on 9/23/11


1) rocky, i do not know if that was an attempt at humor, but i did not even know that those were characters in HP. 2)I hope you feel better now.
Aka9/22/11
1) Yes an attempt at humor. I saw HP on TV. Hogwartz is the city near the School of Witchcraft to which HP goes and the Professor is one of his instructors. 2) Thank you. I dont recall having any issues with you. I understand doctrinal disagreements, I just dont understand the gross distortions posted repeatedly here by some. But I dont let the ignorance of others make me feel bad - it is spirit and reason not feelings that determine when I speak out against error.
---Rocky on 9/22/11


shira3877,

just search on andy griffith bible study.

i never said that all churches in the bible belt are the same. i've heard some very silly things here.

rocky, i do not know if that was an attempt at humor, but i did not even know that those were characters in HP.

i am not here to make you look bad. or take pot shots at you. i hope you feel better now. remember, God is our witness.
---aka on 9/22/11


NO. Harry Potter books are of the Occult. They are of Satan and Witchcraft. They have absolutely no place in the Church except to serve as WARNINGS of What not to associate with as Christians. This is so unreal to know that there are churches kow-towing to the world like this. I can guarantee you that these people that attend this so-called church are not in right standing with GOD. Anyone attending this "church" needs to, first, confront the Pastor about it. If the Pastor shrugs his shoulders over it, then it's time to leave that Babylonian temple lickity-split!
---Gordon on 9/22/11


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Rhonda, I don't know what kind of generic church you belong, but my baptist church surely don't preach anything paranormal, especially the likes of harry potter. My pastor has warned of dabbling in things of satan.
---shira3877 on 9/22/11


Steven G, you have spoken already many many times against the denominational churches call them places of satan including the members within, I have oppose you on calling any gathering of saints that. Now you put a question so that those from different denominations go head to head concerning your question. Your purpose is wrong Steven. Why don't you answer your own question? Lets hear what you have to say? What do you agree in? in your kind of church.
---Mark_V. on 9/22/11


Harry Potter is of the occult, period. If any biblical teaching one can teach about Harry Potter is that this character or movie is nothing but the doctrine of evil. And "pastors" who uses pop culture to justify that they are of God, get out of that place this very minute.
---christan on 9/22/11


that is why denominational churches are counterfeit they do evil and do not SEE GOD 3John 1:11

Christ said MANY would come in HIS name to deceive and many are easily duped embracing the "innocence SOLD" in VAIN

one cannot mix pagan sorcery with Holy Word of God - either one serves mammon (pagan witchcraft) or one serves GOD and HIS WORD - cannot DO BOTH Matt 6:24

one cannot mix evil with good
Matt 7:17, 18, Rom 12:9, 1Corin 15:33

Holy Scripture STATES one cannot PLAY with EVIL and expect good to come - Romans 3:8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just
---Rhonda on 9/22/11


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No, leave hollywood to hollywood, and stay with the Holy Scriptures. Please Read- II Timothy 4:3,4.
---Eloy on 9/22/11


Donna5535:

What do you think of C. S. Lewis's "Narinia" books, or J. R. R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings"? These were both very devout Christian men who used the medium of fantasy to teach profound truths.

Nobody would seriously suggest that Lewis was using Aslan to suggest that we worship animals like pagans - rather, the fact that he appears as a lion is mere window dressing over the fact that he is a type of Christ (and this becomes explicit at the end of the last book).
---StrongAxe on 9/22/11


We as born again, spirit filled believers in Jesus, should NOT open ourselves up to even reading or watching Harry Potter stuff. It is a doctrine of demons.
Donna5535 9/22/11
I disagree. I don't think the "average" Christian will reap any problems from reading or seeing the story and may benefit from the moral and ethical aspects of it. Are you against Christians seeing the movie "Cinderella"? However, if you feel your faith is weak and it might do you harm, then by all means avoid it.
---Rocky on 9/22/11


Donna, you've obviously not actually read any of the HP books or seen the movies.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/22/11


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StrongAxe, I know you are a man after God's own heart, so I'm going to say this as lovingly as possible.

We as born again, spirit filled believers in Jesus, should NOT open ourselves up to even reading or watching Harry Potter stuff. It is a doctrine of demons. It is satan's way of infiltrating subtly into a child's mind or even an adult's mind HIS ways, HIS theories....we are not to accept or give heed to watching anything to do with HP. Jesus said, "Be careful what you listen to." And Paul talks about a doctrine of demons. Remember, Eve was walking in the light when she got deceived. Right? So it's easy for satan to deceive even the "elect." Amen?
---Donna5535 on 9/22/11


if you wanted to see fractured Latin, you should have seen me in high school. there had to be some merit to spells...i would always fall asleep every class.
---aka on 9/21/11

Well that explains a lot. Obviously you unknowingly cast some spells on yourself, maybe even some powerful dream spells as you slept. You need to catch the train to Hogwartz ASAP and see the Professorto to learn how you can reverse those spells.
---Rocky on 9/22/11


aka, I have never killed anyone but I know what murder is. harry potter is just another paranormal attempt to lead our young people as close to satan as they can get. it seems all the movies out of hollywood are more paranormal than ever. makes me wonder why.
---shira3877 on 9/22/11


//And how would people know you CAN learn spells from the HP books unless they themselves knew spells? How about that?//

i do not disagree with you.

//Read the books themselves and you will see. All of the "magic words" are, for the most part, fractured Latin.//

if you wanted to see fractured Latin, you should have seen me in high school. there had to be some merit to spells...i would always fall asleep every class.
---aka on 9/21/11


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Lets define some doctrine that you want to discuss. (besides just throwing insults back at each other).
--Scott1 9/21/11
Wise words and informative post.
---Rocky on 9/21/11


Rocky...I see no legitimate reason to use worldly books to teach Bible stories. How about using the Bible?
---KarenD on 9/21/11
Kids, especially younger ones, can often understand a Bible story narrative better than reading the Bible text. Now I use KJV, perhaps another version might be easier for them. Adding pictures can also make it more interesting for them. Abstracting many stories that might appeal to them in one book, rather than requiring them to find each in the Bible also makes reading easier. Of course even for adults I think it is reasonable to have collections of Bible verses, like Psalms, Parables, or Proverbs in a book for easy reading. I appreciate having a book with the Gospels side by side.
---Rocky on 9/21/11


Lets define some doctrine that you want to discuss. (besides just throwing insults back at each other).
Main point in Wizard of Oz is "There is no place like home". How does this reflect our current lives. Christians are currently on earth but soon we will be in heaven. The movie does not replace doctrine but provides a visual stimulus reminding us that the world (Land of Oz in movie) is not our home. This is also a great way to show non-christians our principles in a memorable way. This is why pop culture can be used for christian reasons.
---Scott1 on 9/21/11


**//Did you know that there's not a single spell or anything about sorcery one can learn from the Harry Potter books?//

How would one know if they are not in the know? Why would in the know let the the others out know?
---aka on 9/20/11**

And how would people know you CAN learn spells from the HP books unless they themselves knew spells? How about that?

Read the books themselves and you will see. All of the "magic words" are, for the most part, fractured Latin.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/21/11


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Rocky...I see no legitimate reason to use worldly books to teach Bible stories. How about using the Bible?
---KarenD on 9/21/11


What does Harry Potter teach?

All the fluff about magic is merely the setting of the story - it is portrayed neither as good nor evil, since both the heroes and the villains use it. What the story actually TEACHES is what is deeper, beneath this thin vineer. Plus, all the spells are just pseudo-Latin mumbo jumbo. No "real" magic there.

It praises loyalty, perseverence, honesty, honor, humility, courage, justice, self-sacrifice, freeing captives, redemption of the wicked, defense of the weak.

It condemns deception, power-seeking, cowardice, prejudice, dishonesty, dishonor, cheating, self-aggrandizement, murder, subjugation of the weak.

Now, what Christians could object to any of the above?
---StrongAxe on 9/21/11


The darkness has nobuisness potting anyone. God is the potter we are the clay. There is no darkness in God
---veronica on 9/21/11


Rocky...You know there are lots of good books and movies out there. In fact, you can probably find them in your local library.
---KarenD on 9/20/11

So? My post was about using a childs existing interest to stimulate teaching. You did not address any of the points made in my post about the advantages thereof nor the negative effects of banning the books and movies for our children as you suggest. It is better to use them to teach rather than try to use the power of taboos and secrecy to hide them, which seldom works. I have lots of good books in my library and can easily get movies on Netflix.
---Rocky on 9/21/11


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aka, all churches in the bible belt are not the same. I don't have a clue about one single church who uses the andy griffith show to teach the bible. I am sure lots of churches in the bible belt teach things that are not sound but I try to avoid them.
---shira3877 on 9/21/11


once i was invited to a bible study. when i got there, i found out it was a bible study using the Andy Griffith show.

oh, how i love the Bible belt! still makes me laugh.
---aka on 9/21/11


How many of you are against the Chronicles of Narnia series?

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 9/21/11


Rocky...You know there are lots of good books and movies out there. In fact, you can probably find them in your local library.
---KarenD on 9/20/11


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//Did you know that there's not a single spell or anything about sorcery one can learn from the Harry Potter books?//

How would one know if they are not in the know? Why would in the know let the the others out know?
---aka on 9/20/11


\\If churches use harry potter, I pray they use it to expose witchcraft and socery. \\

Did you know that there's not a single spell or anything about sorcery one can learn from the Harry Potter books?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/20/11


parents should not let their children read or watch this witchcraft stuff.
--KarenD on 9/20
Yes, ban the movies and books. Make many kids all the more interested in seeing them, wonder why you don't trust them to see or read things, give the "taboo" objects more potential power over them, perhaps question your judgment about forbidding what they might see as just a story, and contribute to alienating them. Or they could read with you, or in church, where their interest can be turned and used as a teaching device to talk about the power and blessings of Jesus, and the evils of sorcery. Oops I forgot some don't want us reading anything but the Bible.
---Rocky on 9/20/11


parents should not let their children read or watch this witchcraft stuff.
---KarenD
others include Star Wars, snow white, Lion King, Aladdin, other disney movies, superhero movies, Lord of the Rings, power rangers, the neverending story, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, almost all cartoons, star trek, any science fiction, or movies with imagination. Kids are smarter than you think when it comes to realism and a movie.
---Scott1 on 9/20/11


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The answer is simple, no! they should stick to sound scripture, not things of the world. if we are friends of the world, we are enimies of God. God wants us to be the light in the world,to show people Jesus' example.
---Candice on 9/20/11


If churches use harry potter, I pray they use it to expose witchcraft and socery. Pastors should use the bible for doctrine. I can't even imagine any church using harry potter for anything except building a fire.
---shira3877 on 9/20/11


KarenD, you will be suprised on how many so called churches use sorcery and withcraft.

They claim to be of and from God, but in reality, they are of and from Satan, 2 Corinthians Chapter Eleven.
---Rob on 9/20/11


Churches should not use witchcraft and parents should not let their children read or watch this witchcraft stuff. I'd like to know which "denomination" uses Harry Potter or the Wizard of Oz.
---KarenD on 9/20/11


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As was already noted, Paul used aspects of the local culture to witness:

1 Corinthians 9:19-22, "For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews, to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law, To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some."
---Bruce5656 on 9/20/11


\\"Should pastors use pop culture to teach biblical doctrine?" No.\\

St. Paul used the Athenian pop culture to introduce Jesus to the men on Mars Hill.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/20/11


I am not familiar with how the stories are used but it would seem to me that it depends on the age group. For children and adolecents, it might be useful as a way to engage them. For adults it should not be necessary.
---Rocky on 9/20/11


Not if they're led by God (the Holy Spirit).
---Leon on 9/19/11


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"Should pastors use pop culture to teach biblical doctrine?" No.
Scripture is all that is needed, for "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Ti 3:16,17 To go elsewhere for teaching is to worship the LORD in vain. There is no need to use the precepts of man in an attempt to teach the spiritual truth of the LORD, His Word is Truth. Jhn 17:17
---josef on 9/20/11


are you sure? i don't think this particularity comes from their denominational headquarters. do not confusse private efforts with church rule.

i had a religious teacher using the beatless to teach doctrines as well, these efforts are not good at all.
---andy3996 on 9/20/11


Yes Jesus did. So did Paul and Moses. Jesus told parables aka stories to teach lessons about God. Paul used a pagan temple to the unknown god to showcase Jesus. Moses held up a snake so that people would be healed of sicknesses. In ancient Egypt the god of protection Renenutet had an animal body of a snake. This is the snake in the headress of pharaoh.
---Scott1 on 9/20/11


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