I’ve sort of hit a roadblock where my reviews are concerned. What I mean is this: there are so many books and stories out there that have magic. Wizards, witches, necromancers, fortune tellers. They seem to be everywhere, and it’s making it difficult to write blog posts about them.
Why is that, you ask?
Well, because the Bible speaks out against such things, it is a negative element to any story, where Christians are concerned.
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am The Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)
But no matter how I word my posts and my reviews, I cannot seem to get my point across about magic and such without spilling out 5 pages worth of review. And no one wants to read that.
So here is a completely separate blog post, dedicated to the discussion of this topic.
Magic and sorcery are real things, and people today still practice this. They worship the Devil and they practice witchcraft. So when you delve into that in the books that you read and the movies you watch, that can sometimes be dangerous.
People will say that fantasy is just that: fantasy. That if I read Harry Potter, I’m not going to go out and start practicing magic.
Now, that doesn’t mean we should necessarily be filling our minds with it, either.
Here are a few things to take into account:
1. The author’s intent.
On one hand, you have C.S. Lewis and his highly acclaimed series, The Chronicles of Narnia. There are elements of magic and sorcery, and the villain through it all is “the White Witch”.
But Lewis is a renowned author, known for the Christian elements he fuses into his books and stories. The Chronicles of Narnia is no exception. The whole series is metaphorical, Aslan representing Jesus, how He sacrificed himself and then was risen. In The Last Battle, Lewis’s final Narnia book, he includes references to the Anti-Christ, the Rapture, and Heaven.
On the other hand, though, you have Stephenie Meyer, who gave a disturbing account on how the idea for the Twilight series came about.
I encourage you to read the article I found on this. (https://bible.org/article/darkness-twilight) I still am unsure as to what I, myself, think of this idea, but I do know that Satan comes to us in beautiful forms and makes bad things look pleasant, and I wouldn’t discount what this woman believes.
2. Story content.
Are we talking witches who ride on broomsticks? Spells and incantations? Pentagrams and demon worship? Is the whole story focused around this aspect? Are the characters good? True? Brave?
3. Power’s origin.
Are they scientifically induced? Do they come from God? Do they come from Satan?
Because in the long run, supernatural powers only come from 2 places: God or Satan.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
Does God give people the abilities to do crazy, out-of-this-world things? Absolutely! Peter walked on water, Paul cast out demons, and Moses turned a rod into a snake. These were all things that God did through these people, however; and if you can recall, after Moses turned HIS rod into a snake, the Pharaoh’s magicians did the same thing. They also attempted to mimic some of the other plagues by way of magic.
I am quite certain they did not receive their power from God.
Never is magic a good thing. So when reading anything or watching anything from the fantasy genre, I urge you to be cautious and aware.
I challenge you to study on what the Bible talks about in the way of sorcery. I hope that it will open your eyes, because every step we take into the world of magic and witchcraft is another foothold that we give Satan to ruin us, even if we are just reading about it, not practicing it.
Because ultimately, whatever we do, it should be glorifying to God. That is a judgement you must make, though. Would you read what you are reading if Jesus were sitting next to you?