Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Whys and Wherefores

Of why I have never read Narnia, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, or Harry Potter.

A little while ago on Scribblings I mentioned that I don't read Narnia and LOTR and I got a few shocked comments. I was at a history competition last week and was discussing books with someone I met there and when LOTR came up I had to say that I knew nothing about it. Not surprisingly this got a shocked response. Then Petie posted her vlog about Snow White and the Huntsman and that got me thinking about stating opinions and telling others about what you believe.

So here I am this is my second opinion post on Scribblings and my first on Rustlings and I'm beginning to think I should do this more often.    

First of all lets deal with Twilight and Harry potter. I am a christian and I believe that witchcraft and vampires and other things of evil to be off limits. The Bible says no so I won't read books about them. End of story.

LOTR and Narnia however are a different matter.  You see most people I know have read them. Most christian girls my age have read them. Most bloggers I know are looking forward to the Hobbit movie. So as you might guess I'm a little nervous that I might tread on some toes, but I am just going to be as considerate and thoughtful as I can and we'll see how it goes.

Both have magic in them. I believe that magic is not honoring to the Lord. But wait, isn't Narnia an allegory of the gospel or something?

I don't know I haven't read it. But even if it is does that make it right? The book is about another world one which God did not create and it uses a created being {a lion} to picture God. I'm sorry but to me that sounds to me a bit like violating the second commandment. Now I'm not saying that the people who read Narnia are bowing down and worshiping an idol or that C.S. Lewis was making one. What I'm saying is that it seems wrong to picture God as an animal.

Also the Bible says "what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?" now this passage is about being yoked with unbelievers but it really applies to everything. What business does an allegory about Christ have being mixed up with witches? 

So I'll get off my soap box now. But that's why I don't read Narnia & Co.

P.S I am not saying however that every little fairy tale is evil, just questioning whether Christians should be reading stuff about witches and dark magic. Oh go and watch Petie's vlog. She's talking about some of the same stuff only different.