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EPUB ¸ MOBI Harry Potter and the Bible The Menace Behind the Magick õ 9780889652019 ✓ RICHARD ABANES ✓ [BOOKS] ✸ Harry Potter and the Bible The Menace Behind the Magick ⚦ Richard Abanes – Gwairsoft.co.uk Harry Potter books are flying oPedia of various occult practices with special attention to those glamorized in the Potter books an explanation of the difference between the Potter books and those written by CS Lewis or Tolkein for instanceFinally the book explains why God has forbidden involvement in the occult and takes a hard look at America's present propensities for the dark side a fact the interest in and content of the Potter books all too obviously corroborat this tome purports to explain why jk rowling's blockbuster novels are just pure eviltm you can tell by his spelling of magick that abanes is no fan skip this hysterical poorly written volume in favor of john killinger's god the devil and harry potter; it offers a glimpse into this dark side of harry without being so egregiously stoopid read fall 2004

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E uestion of this book Is it a harmless fantasy or is it a dangerous fascination? The book responds by cataloguing the various forms of occultism included in the first four books offering scriptural responses and discussing the psychological and spiritual dangers associated with the Rowling volumesThe latter half of the book includes an overview of good and evil from the Garden of Eden through cultures ancient and modern a mini encyclo Is there a rating less than one star? This book represents everything that is wrong with the fundamentalist evangelical form of Christianity that is so prevalent in the United States By taking a book that is benign in its intentions and miraculous in its ability to encourage young people to read to think to use their minds and then turning that book into the anti Christ Abanes has taken a step in the direction of the Ayatollah banning Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses and placing a mark on that author's head Everything about Rowling's work is distorted and misrepresented and her accomplishments not just overlooked but completely ignored

BOOK ì Harry Potter and the Bible The Menace Behind the Magick Ë Richard Abanes

Harry Potter and the Bible The Menace Behind the MagickHarry Potter books are flying off the shelves of secular bookstores at an astonishing rate Some evangelicals are buying them too Should Christian parents be exposing their children to these wizard in training manuals? Is there a sinister side to Harry Potter and his pals that is spiritually dangerous for young readers?Characterized by astronomical publishing statistics controversy and opposing voices the Potter phenomenon begs the titl Ahh right Where to start I have so much to say I wish that you could all see my notebook Aside from my atrocious handwriting it is 12 full size pages filled with my scribbled jotted many underlined thoughts reactions and uestions as well as uotes semi uotes references to uotes and page numbers for still uotesIt's not pretty Really But it WAS necessary So many of the things that I jotted down had me rolling my eyes thinking Is this guy SERIOUS? I just read this entire book and I still don't understand most of his claims arguments assumptions and conclusions I like Harry Potter so I am obviously one of the undiscerning readers mentioned in Douglas Groothuis's foreword in which he proclaims that I am about to read a rare voice of sanity reason and biblical discernment regarding the Harry Potter books Hmm Well Good thing he hasn't started off by annoying me or alienating me as a reader Oh Oops Anyway offended by being called incapable of reason and insane before the book even starts I still tried to read it objectively From what I could see Abanes's case comes down to several extremely repetitive points 1 The setting of the real world makes it difficult for kids to differentiate between fact and fiction Apparently because this is a fiction book that takes place in the United Kingdom where people actually live or can visit it makes it nearly impossible for the reader to understand that it's not real He makes reference to comments on message boards and letters etc which have kids saying things like Wow I wish I could do magic or I wish I could go to Hogwarts and the like and claims that these kids are dangerously close to becoming official occult followers Which is utterly ridiculous and a huge logic leap Kids whimsically wishing for something doesn't imply that they can't understand it's not real I used to WISH I had a real My Little Pony to ride but I didn't actually believe they WERE REAL Kids know how mundane and normal and boring their life is School Homework Bed Repeat They have no control over anything at this point parents decide their lives They just wish for some funAnd kids are much much smarter than they are given credit for in my opinion although apparently not in the author's Abanes seems to think that kids who read and like something will then rush off to try it with no thought And while that may be true of some people it is untrue of most He gives an example in his book after talking about how wormwood is used in HP and is an actual ingredient in absinthe of someone looking up a recipe for absinthe online making it and getting sick He writes it in such a way as to insinuate that the person who did this was somehow influenced by the wormwood mention in HP Another big leap He also seems to forget parents even while writing a book geared toward them It is a parent's responsibility to teach their children not JK Rowling'sHe goes on later in the book to say how Christian writers CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien both wrote fantasy stories involving magic but these are OK because their magic is not HUMAN magic and it is clearly in a fantasy world 2 The magic described and portrayed in HP is actually representative of the Occult which is denounced repeatedly and harshly in the bible Abanes's argument here seems to be that because JK Rowling researched and used real modern and historical practices ideas references and substances like wormwood above as well as mythology and legend etc that she is thinly veiling her belief in the occult and not only introducing children to it but grooming them towards it His biblical definition of occultism is extraordinarily all encompassing and ranges from astrology to conversing with spirits as a medium Anything essentially that tries to understand or influence the world or ourselves that is NOT Christian in nature or done for the glory of God is defined as being of the occult and therefore dangerous and evil He references many passages in the bible which denounce occultism but never answers the ever present WHY? uestion But hey rules are rules and the rule maker need not explain right?Moving on Abanes makes another huge leap in talking about the pets in HP stating that they are familiars to their owners Witches' familiars are defined here as a low level demon in the assumed shape of an animal He says Mrs Norris owned by the school's caretaker exhibits some of the characteristics of a familiar In Book III Hermione gets her own familiar a cat named Crookshanks He then uotes a renown Wicca practitioner Starhawk on the tradition of familiars and then uotes a passage from Witchcraft In England which rehashes again what familiars are and confirms again the belief that witches used them in the later centuries of the witchcraft belief Abanes then says Obviously Harry and his friends are indeed making contact with the spiritual world What? How is that obvious? Abanes did include a very small section each to explain Paganism Wicca and Satanism I think he kind of shot himself in the foot if he was trying to turn people away from these though He failed miserably at making them unattractive and to be honest actually succeeded in piuing my interest in learning even about them Pagan and Wicca followers have a reverence for the Earth and all it's creatures generally see all life as interconnected and strive to attune one's self to the manifestation of this belief as seen in the cycles of nature Ooooh DANGER DANGER Sorry I couldn't resistI'm not going to go into the major points and details but it is interesting and I would recommend reading about them yourself I did see a lot of my own worldviews represented in Paganism and Wicca such as my relativism a view that ethical truths depend on the individual or groups holding them wwwMerriam Webstercom which essentially means that what is good for me is not good for everyone else and what is good for others may not be what is good for me I'm OK with that Abanes is not and apparently has a problem with personal and private beliefs not in accordance with his own He seems to feel that his way is the only wayHe did portray Satanism as being bad although he made clear that modern Satanism is not technically worship of Satan but worship of the individual Satanism emerged when various aspects of all these pagan et al traditions were blended together by persons seeking to fight Christianity's growing theological and moral influence between 400s 1600s AD I got a real chuckle out of that Apparently the Crusades and mass murders in the name of Christianity represent the moral influence of the faith Best Euphemism EVER He mentioned Sean Sellers who was physically and sexually abused neglected and abandoned as a child and teen who found himself getting involved with Dungeons Dragons as an outlet and later Satanism There he found acceptance and understanding until things started getting too deep and cult like which is very different from the religion started by Anton LeVey Sellers fearing for his sanity reached out repeatedly for help his parents their Christian ministers church run support groups etc and they turned their backs on him each and every time In the end he immersed himself in Satanism completely and ended up murdering three people being arrested sentenced to death and becoming a born again Christian in prison Abanes blames the DD as the gateway to Satanism for his downfall but fails completely to mention the many many people who let Sellers down when he needed help the most This is just one of many examples of how Abanes cherry picks his arguments 3 Vulgarity profanity and general lack of biblical morality in the Harry Potter books Characters lying stealing cheating cursing drinking etc And the amount of gore in the books including Nearly Headless Nick and the Headless Hunt His point is that he doesn't feel like there is enough delineation between good and evil The good guys should be all good or if they falter they should pay for it immediately Bad guys should be all bad and should absolutely pay and fail But MY argument is that the world and life is rarely delineated in such stark black and white terms Good people do bad things bad people can do good things it's the way of the world And the real world doesn't always mete out appropriate punishment for misdeeds based on a religious belief The world is impartial Religion is notAbanes's first example of the immorality of the children is that they disobey rules I think this is the main stick in his craw because so much of organized religion centers on obeying without uestion He also really has a problem with the word git which is a derogatory word that means idiot He claims that this is profanity which I guess is subjective but to me it's slang not profanity Children are children and they ACT like children They disobey mouth off curse treat each other unkindly hold grudges make enemies make up cheat etc But even as they do so they are learning Holding them to adult standards of behavior is unrealistic and unfair especially a religious standard that was never intended to be in the euation at allHe also repeatedly laments the increase of New Age Spiritualism in modern times causing what he calls a Post Christian world which is helped along by books movies and media namely occult books like HP etc He repeatedly inserts statistical data which in itself is suspect to me as 7 out of 8 people know that 60% of all statistics are made up on the spot as this was P so I'm a little wary of just accepting his claims He acts like popularity itself is cause for alarm More than once Abanes seems to indicate that because Rowling was poor before she wrote Harry Potter that her popularity was helped along by if not evil definitely occult forces He also seems to take issue with the fact that JK Rowling has not publicly made known her personal religious beliefs As if it matters Her beliefs are personal and her books are fiction They have nothing to do with each other in my mind and opinion but Abanes thinks that because she's not proclaimed her Christianity that she's probably an Occultist Again with the black and white 'with us or against us' theme I think that's what bothered me most about this book I tried to read it objectively and fairly even though I myself am agnostic but so many of his arguments are just statements without any basis Comparisons which are ridiculous It's like he was writing this for people who think exactly as he does but just didn't know it yet and who wouldn't uestion his claims At the end of the book he gives practical advice for Christians who should now have many many concerns about the book to go forth with gentleness and kindness when discussing the books with others that they feel the need to educate Good advice yes because I do not want someone calling me a heathen for enjoying these books BUT this book only succeeded in making claims not proving them Not only that but as I mentioned before he clearly blatantly and shamelessly picked around the things that he didn't want to address and beat into the ground the few points he did For instance he mentions CS Lewis's Narnia series and spoiler Aslan sacrificing himself for Edmund spoiler but Lily's own sacrifice for Harry goes without mention And he's not unaware just to be clear as he uotes Voldemort telling Harry that his mother died to save him and that she will have died in vain as well as Dumbledore's explanation of Lily's love sacrifice He just ignores the sacrifice of the one and lauds the sacrifice of the other because it suits his theme He claims that the HP books are vulgar and full of violence etc and that they are inappropriate reading material for children yet ignores the fact that there is ridiculous amounts of violence and death in the Lord of the Rings trilogy And the bible for that matterHe also derides the use of runes in HP but makes no mention of the fact that Gandalf used them in Lord of the Rings Apparently that's OK because while runes are definitely Real Occult LOTR was not set it in the real world I could go on and on 12 pages of notes remember? but I think this is enough to get my point across In the end it seems like Abanes is saying Christianity is right and anything that doesn't shout that from the rooftops is wrong Period End of story That's an opinion but it doesn't make it the right one I think people are entitled to believe what they choose just as readers of all ages are entitled to read and enjoy what they choose Parents have a responsibility to talk to and teach their kids right from wrong and morals and ethics etc That is not the job of the Harry Potter books or ANY books Religious texts are wonderful and useful to many people but that does not mean that fiction and entertainment should seek only to rewriteretell them Read and make up your OWN mind about books PS Hi Brady ♥