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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

Fantasy and Your Family: Exploring The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Modern Magick
By: Richard Abanes

Product Description
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!

17 Responses to “RICK WARREN DEFENDER RICHARD ABANES: IT IS OK FOR CHRISTIANS TO ALLOW THEIR KIDS TO READ HARRY POTTER!”

  1. Jerome M said

    Do you honestly have no better way to spend your time and energy?

  2. Job said

    Jerome M:

    No. Pardon me for asking, but what is it that you spend your time on that is so much better than serving the God who gave you life and will one day determine whether you will receive everlasting punishment or everlasting reward based on whether you served Him or not?

  3. Jerome M said

    No pardons needed.

    Is it lonely up there, on your self-righteous “Holier than Thou” pedestal?

    Is it truly “serving God” by going to great lengths to find meaning in books that isn’t really there, and needlessly vilifying all you see that does not conform to your myopic view of what people and the world “should” be like?

    If your answer is “no” to first and “yes” to the second, more power to you. I hope these endeavors result in a happier, peaceful, and more prosperous life for you and those close to you.

  4. Jonathan De Leon said

    Hey Whats wrong with Narnia?

  5. John Kaniecki said

    Job,

    Hi hope you are well.

    Keep up the good work.

    Love,

    John

  6. Jonathan De Leon said

    Job there was this game I used to play (an rpg) and it had great music (the music often contained no lyrics. Is it acceptable for me to enjoy the music?

  7. Jonathan De Leon said

    Hey Jerome,

    YOU HAVE GOT IT ALL WRONG…

    True Christians aren’t on some holier than thou pedestal (though we are on a path of sanctification having been justified by faith in Christ). Rather we have come to the knowledge that we are totally wretched and depraved and, consequently, have the desire to aid others by preaching the truth about YAHSHUA (jesus). And that is no waste of time.

  8. daughter said

    Wow! I had NO idea that JRR Tolkien was Roman Catholic, and such a staunch one at that!

  9. […] I asked in my comments on this silly post, do these people honestly have no better way to spend their time and energy than to dig for […]

  10. Jan said

    Preaching and serving would be served better maybe in the ghettos where people need food and water then online but you do make a point.

  11. Coram Deo said

    In my opinion Abanes is acting as though he is the Protestant Pope Rick Warren’s very own one-man Jesuit order as they aggressively push forward their New Catholicism, a.k.a. Warrenism.

    Apart from Mormon elders and representatives of the Oneness Penetecostal/Jesus Only I’ve never encountered anyone so absolutely committed to and deeply entrenched within their own sense of “rightness” even in the face of overwhelming scriptural and other forms of objective evidence which contradict his indefensible positions as Richard Abanes.

    Warren recently noted that the blogosphere was “uncivilized” so maybe RA took that as his cue to go into full-blown “PDL Resister Demolition Mode”. As merciless as PDL has proven to be in destroying local churches by advocating the throwing the faithful remnant out into the streets when they question Warren’s Pied Piper/Siren’s Song it should prove to be even more efficient and ruthless when the “Resisters” are nameless, faceless internet personalities as opposed to real, living, breathing long-term church members.

    To be quite honest it’s been very sad for me to watch this Saddleback apologist go supernova all over the blogosphere, but at least it gives us a rare glimpse behind the veil and allows us to behold the bitter, rotten fruit of the Purpose Driven Paradigm. I’m praying for you Richard.

    In Christ,
    CD

    Possibly related post: <a href=”http://defendingcontending.com/2008/08/04/a-few-words-on-richard-abanes-and-repentance/”A Few Words on Richard Abanes and Repentance”

  12. Coram Deo said

    Oopsie! Let’s try that again!

    A Few Words on Richard Abanes and Repentance

  13. Hi Coram Deo,

    What I found most interesting about the comments in that post of yours, is that Richard Abanes never took the opportunity to try and make amends with Ken Silva. On Phil’s blog RA claimed he was looking around the blogosphere for Ken Silva and was willing to talk. (Never mind that RA could have gone to Ken’s blog at any time and used that big “CONTACT” link.) Then when Ken Silva showed up on your blog, right there in the same comment thread as RA and I repeatedly told RA there was his opportunity, he said nothing. He replied after that on your blog to other comments, but said nothing to advance his assertion that he wanted to actually try and work things out with Ken Silva.

  14. Coram Deo said

    Spot on, IC.

    I also read your comments and your short missive at your own blog and you hit the nail on the head with your statements.

    In my mind there’s really nothing left to do scripturally but shake the dust off our feet with respect to RA. According to scripture he has thoroughly and repeatedly shown himself to be in violation of the Christ’s commands and as such he has made himself into a Gentile and a publican who must be treated as a witnessing prospect by true believers.

    I’m also not entirely convinced that because of his affiliation with and as an apologist for Rick Warren’s flesh peddling man-centered false gospel that the admonition of Titus 3:10-11 doesn’t apply to RA as well making him a heretic after multiple admonitions.

    It’s very sad, but it is also the very predictable result when the god you preach and worship is a genie who exists solely to please you and fulfill your fleshly, carnal desires. I fear that RA is the firstfruits of the bitter harvest that’s yet to come from the PDL/PDC madness.

    It’s a faithful saying that you reap what you sow, you reap later than you sow, and you reap more than you sow.

    God help us.

    In Christ,
    CD

  15. Job said

    Jan Says:
    August 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm e
    Preaching and serving would be served better maybe in the ghettos where people need food and water then online but you do make a point

    And your evidence that I am not already preaching to and serving the poor during the many hours of the day that I am not working on this is what?🙂 And just so you know, lots of low income Americans do in fact have Internet access. Just so you know, several economically disadvantaged people have visited this website, as have several people who minister to economically disadvantaged people. So even if all of my service to Jesus Christ was in fact limited to this website, I would still be fulfilling Jesus Christ’s commandments to minister to the poor. Thank you and may God bless you.

  16. CD, I think RA is exactly the type of man that Titus would have rejected, after receiving those instructions God had Paul to write.

  17. charles du toit said

    i pray for rick warren that he might also experience the real precense of the HOLY GOST in and on his body,it is not for baby boomers but for people that live to 1Peter1;23 Being born again,not of corruptible seed,but of incorruple,by the word of God,which liveth and abideth for ever.Jy moet heeltemal sterf om heeltemal te leef.

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