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From Times OnlineJuly 13, 2005
Pope criticises Harry Potter
By Rhys Blakely, Times Online
Pope Benedict XVI has condemned the Harry Potter books as "subtle seductions," capable of corrupting young Christians, in two letters which have now been published online.
The Pope's comments were included in two letters to Gabriele Kuby, the German religious author, who had sent him a copy of her book, Harry Potter - gut oder böse? (Harry Potter: Good or Evil?)
In one response, dated March 2003, he wrote in German: "It is good that you enlighten us on the Harry Potter matter, for these are subtle seductions that are barely noticeable, and precisely because of that have a deep effect and corrupt the Christian faith in souls even before it could properly grow."
He also thanked the author for her "instructive" book, in which Frau Kuby says the hugely popular Potter novels risk corrupting young people, preventing them from developing a proper sense of good and evil. She argued this could harm a child's developing relationship with God.
In a second letter sent to Kuby on May 27, 2003, Cardinal Ratzinger "gladly" gave his permission for Frau Kuby to make public "my judgement about Harry Potter."
He also encouraged her to send her book to the Vatican prelate.
It is not the first time Harry Potter and Pope Benedict have gone head-to-head. Earlier this year the Pope's new book Salz der Erde (Salt of the Earth) overtook advance sales of The Half-Blood Prince in the German bestseller list with a five-figure print run being ordered to meet demand.
HARRY POTTER BOOKS are filled with witchery, wizardry, and the occult—subjects that should concern Christians, knowing that God condemns these things (Dt. 18:10-11). So says a July Baptist Bulletin article, and rightly so, we believe. Paul listed "sorcery," or witchcraft, among the works of the flesh in Gal. 5:20-21, along with idolatry, heresies, murder, drunkenness, and so on.
..... it is his personal opinion and at the same time he confirms the negative attitude of the Russian Orthodox Church to the films about Harry Potter. "Why do you think the number of drug addicts, criminals and alcoholics has so considerably increased among children and teenagers? This fact is mostly explained with the lack of spirituality and much cruelty we see on TV.
"Can my child find information in a library or bookstore that will enable them to replicate what they are seeing in the film or the book?' If you go to The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings what you see in, story magic and imagination, it is not real. You can't replicate it. But if you go to something like Harry Potter, you can find references to astrology, clairvoyance, and numerology. It takes seconds to go into a bookstore or library and get books on that and start investigating it, researching it, and doing it."
Use Harry Potter to spread Christianity says
Church Joanna Sugden
As Harry Potter mania reaches fever pitch this week the Church of England is hoping to harness the frenzy to promote the Christian faith.
To coincide with the publication of J K Rowling’s final book about the boy wizard on Saturday, the Church of England is publishing a guide showing how to evangelise using the stories from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Evangelicals have been critical of the Harry Potter books and films on the ground that they glamourize the occult and attract children to the idea of witchcraft. Sensitivity to this issue led Canterbury Cathedral to reject a request to become a location for the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. But in recent years, the Harry Potter phenomenon has received backing from church figures, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr George Carey, who described the film as “great fun” and a serious examination of good and evil.
The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, today described Harry Potter author JK Rowling as a “great storyteller”. “Although the fictional world of Harry Potter is very different from our own,” he said, “Harry and his friends face struggles and dilemmas that are familiar to us all. Jesus used storytelling to engage and challenge his listeners." The Bishop said the Harry Potter books made young people think about the choices they make and their place in the world.
Hence, Are we affronting a major conspiracy of the Witchery circles to promote their style of life and their practices, that are of course clearly contrary to Christianism
12:22 Then they brought to him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute. Jesus healed him so that he could speak and see.
12:23 All the crowds were amazed and said, “Could this one be the Son of David?”
12:24 But when the Pharisees heard this they said, “He does not cast out demons except by the power of Beelzebul, the ruler of demons!”
12:25 Now when Jesus realized what they were thinking, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is destroyed, and no town or house divided against itself will stand.
12:26 So if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
12:27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason they will be your judges.
12:28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you.
12:29 How else can someone enter a strong man’s house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can thoroughly plunder the house.
12:30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
12:31 For this reason I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
12:32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
J.K. is a practicing Catholic, although in an interview she says that she struggles with her faith. Leave the woman alone, Christians are turning her books into a modern day witch hunt. And we all know how well those old witch hunts went. Guilty until proven flammable.
Originally posted by drevill
Christians and magic, in any of its forms, do not go together.
1 Corinthians 15:50-55 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—
52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."[a]
55 "Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?"
2 Corinthians 12:1-4, New International version,
1 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.
2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows.
3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—
4 was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.
1 John 4:1-4 (New International Version)
Test the Spirits
1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Originally posted by The angel of light
I am so glad to have a teen ager reader here expressing freely his feelings about this important matter.
My questions & doubts about your point are essentially:
1) If J.K is a practicant Catholic , as some body dared to say, why she didnt think in Mystics, in the Christian Esoterism that is so rich in poetic images when she decided to start this saga, instead of the Witchery tradition of Great Britain? Where were her supposed solid Catholic values at the time of inspiration? When somebody claim that she is practicant of her faith what is this person taking about? pls explain more about it.
2) She could be a appearantly practicant British Catholic but any way is not Camilla Parker Bowles also Catholic? was not that lady the one that was for more than 20 years mistress of the Prince of Wales, even being this man marriage with another woman? was her affair decissive to produce the Divorce of Princess Diana? To be baptized Catholic or member of any other Christian denomination does not give assurance concerning sin.
3) The life of Jesus is plenty of poweful facts, his miracles are the most impressive proof of comunion with God, he did things that nobody did before him in the History, and that includes his Resurecction, so is it really necessary to look for fantasy in other sources?
4) Why not to tell the wonders that were made by the Jesus being a Boy, there are gospels of the chidhood too, look in the minor Gospels, the sometimes named Apocryphes.
5) There is no more esoteric and fantastic book that Revelation, also named Apocalypsis, and no higher Mystic than St John, the beloved apostle, that by the way, he was just an adolescent when Jesus died and resurrected.
These are only my personal reflections that I want to share with you, I think there are to many other questions to answer in this discussion,
thanks for your participation,
The Angel of lightness