RICK WARREN DEFENDER RICHARD ABANES: IT IS OK FOR CHRISTIANS TO ALLOW THEIR KIDS TO READ HARRY POTTER!
Posted by Job on August 11, 2008
Should Christians be reading fantasy literature? Is there really a difference between the magic and wizards in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series? What about book burning, or banning books? Isn’t it better that children read Harry Potter instead of watching television? If you are not satisfied with quick easy answers to these questions, this book will help.
Richard Abanes is a cult/occult expert. He is also a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction literature. The Harry Potter series gave him a unique chance to combine his two passions, and this book is a fascinating look at both the fantasy genre and the two series which best exemplify it. It is also an exposition of the themes, characters and spirituality in The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. (Please note: Roman Catholic J.R.R. Tolkein SPECIFICALLY, REPEATEDLY, VEHEMENTLY, AND CONSISTENTLY DENIED THAT THERE WAS EVER ANYTHING RESEMBLING CHRISTIANITY IN LORD OF THE RINGS. QUITE THE CONTRARY, TOLKEIN STATED THAT HIS GOAL IN WRITING LORD OF THE RINGS WAS TO GIVE ENGLAND A SYSTEM OF MYTHOLOGY SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE GREEK, ROMAN, AND NORSE MYTHOLOGY THAT HE LOVED! HE FELT THAT ENGLAND’S LACK OF A MYTHOLOGICAL SYSTEM LEFT THEM INFERIOR TO OTHER WESTERN NATIONS IN TERMS OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO LITERATURE AND CULTURE, AND HIS LORD OF THE RINGS UNIVERSE REPRESENTED AN ATTEMPT TO CATCH THEM UP! TOLKEIN WAS MOTIVATED BY CULTURAL NATIONALISM, NOT CHRISTIANITY, WHEN HE WROTE LORD OF THE RINGS! ANYONE THAT HAS STUDIED THE OTHER BOOKS IN THIS AREA THAT TOLKEIN WROTE BEYOND THE RINGS TRILOGY AND THE HOBBIT CAN SEE HOW DEEP INTO PAGANISM, ANIMISM, SPIRITISM, ETC. THE LORD OF THE RINGS ARE! THE STORIES OF CREATION AND THE AFTERLIFE … THE WAY THAT “THE GODS” IN HIS FANTASY UNIVERSE BEHAVE … ALL ARE DIRECT AND PURPOSEFUL IMITATIONS OF PRE – CHRISTIAN EUROPEAN TRIBAL PAGANISM AND ARE IN COMPLETE OPPOSITION TO CHRISTIANITY! ANYONE WHO CLAIMS OTHERWISE IS A LIAR! NOW I HAVE MY OWN ISSUES WITH C.S. LEWIS’ NARNIA, BUT AT LEAST NARNIA WAS IN FACT INTENDED TO BE A CHRISTIAN ALLEGORY!)
Abanes casts an educated eye on the genre of fantasy, looking at both its positive and negative aspects. He even uses child development information (another term for the secular humanist witchcraft developed by people atheist scoffers against God like Dewey and especially perverts like Kinsey and Freud … thousands of years of biblical revelation and we need to start going to atheists and perverts to tell us how to raise our kids?), to examine how fantasy affects children at various stages of development. (One effect: kids that get hooked on fantasy have a tendency to never grow up mentally or emotionally. By the way, that is my own personal testimony from my own experience, and it is only by the grace of God that I was only hooked on the books and movies … I never got into the video games or the role playing games by God’s providence, or there is NO TELLING how messed up I would have been.) He offers parents the information necessary to make wise decisions about what their children are reading.
Abanes never says that Christians should not read Harry Potter. He does point out, however, that some of the fears that have been expressed about the occultic references in Harry Potter are valid, as some children have developed a deeper interest in the occult because of Harry Potter. He has documentation that shows a significant minority of children are more interested in the occult since reading Harry Potter. The most dangerous aspect, in Abanes’ mind, is the fact that Rowling and her supporters blithely brush off reports about increased interest in the occult. (Pardon me, but why would we EXPECT Rowling, a member of the slitheryn cult whose very goal is to promote the occult DO ANYTHING BUT PROMOTE THE OCCULT? Why even expect a wicked person to do anything but wickedness? It is the job of the RIGHTEOUS to do RIGHTEOUSNESS by PROMOTING RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WARNING AGAINST EVIL! So “the most dangerous aspect” is the refusal of evangelical interests like Christianity Today and James Dobson – though Dobson later backtracked because of the pressure – to unconditionally call Potter out for the devil worshiping witch that she is. But hey, the Bible says that if you compromise one thing you will compromise on everything, and boy aren’t the Rick Warren Purpose Driven types excellent at compromising everything, including the truth!)
One of the most fascinating aspects of this book is the in-depth comparison of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Abanes focuses on several moral/religious issues, arguing that the magic in Tolkien is vastly different from the magick (the traditional occultic spelling for the term used when discussing witchcraft, divination, etc.) in Harry Potter. (Even if that were true, it is still magic, right? Look, far eastern spiritism is different from African animism, which is different from the European tribal religions which is different from the ancient Native American religions which is different from near eastern paganism. Don’t go tell a religious pluralist that … it will break his heart! BUT THE POINT IS THAT NO MATTER HOW SIMILAR OR DIFFERENT THEY ARE, THE BIBLE STILL CALLS IT SORCERY, DIVINATION, IDOLATRY, WITCHCRAFT, ETC. AND CHRISTIANS ARE NOT TO PROMOTE, ADVOCATE, OR APPRECIATE IT BUT RATHER WAR AGAINST IT! IT IS ALL ABOUT THE BIBLE PEOPLE!) Abanes also answers several important questions about fantasy, in general, and Harry Potter, specifically, that people have been asking. Finally, Abanes explains why the occult needs to be viewed as dangerous for children. (It is also plenty dangerous FOR ADULTS. King Saul was not a child when he consulted the witch of Endor, but a fully grown man. The people of Israel were not children when they refused to heed Jeremiah’s call to stop burning incense to the queen of heaven, but adults. Simon Magus of Acts, the Ephesus cult that tried to murder Paul … all adults. Bottom line: if it is dangerous for children OR adults, why indulge in it for idle – or should I say IDOL – entertainment?)
This book is very aptly named. It is designed to give parents vital information about fantasy and its related titles, so they can make informed decisions about what their children are reading. (The only decision informed by the Bible is for parents to tell their kids to hate witchcraft. Children do need to be exposed to this stuff – sheltering kids never works – but only so they can be able to discern evil so that they will know what to reject, what to flee, and what to use as evangelistic tools to get their playmates and classmates out of the darkness of the occult and into the light of Jesus Christ.) Abanes offers us the information we need, and allows us to make our decisions based on the facts. In the end, he urges parents to act as true guardians of their children, protecting them from those things which seek to harm them. (I quote: “Abanes never says that Christians should not read Harry Potter.”)
People, let me explain to you how ridiculous this is. It is no different from refusing tell children – or adults – that they cannot indulge in fornication, homosexuality, theft, and murder. Instead, it is akin to going into a detailed discussion on the various acts of sinful sexuality and crime, and suggesting that some really are not that bad, not harmful at all, if SOME forays into homosexuality, fornication, and attempted murder are just fine for some Christians so long as they are well enough schooled on the theories of perverts like Freud and Kinsey to make an informed decision for themselves and their children. I have to tell you, were Abanes to be a self professed expert of homosexuality and violent crime and a huge fan of homosexual and crime literature, evangelical Christians wouldn’t go near him. But being a expert in and huge fan of the literature of the occult/sorcery/witchcraft/cult scene that is directly associated with homosexuality/fornication and many crimes including but certainly not limited to murder and ritualistic child abuse (do research, people, just because the God – hating media doesn’t report it and most evangelical churches don’t preach about it doesn’t mean that it isn’t true!) will get your books sold by the official bookstore chain of America’s largest evangelical Christian denomination – the very same denomination to which Rick Warren is a member!
As if I already did not know this from Abanes’ initial comments on this website claiming that Rick Warren was not out promoting Roman Catholicism, Islam, and Mormonism (this despite the fact that I have read and placed on this very website official press releases signed by Council on Foreign Relations worker and business partner with the world’s biggest pornographer Rupert Murdoch Rick Warren saying the opposite), this really does put his efforts to silence Ken Silva’s Apprising Ministries into context!