cu Harry Potter is of the devil supposedly
and that it shows off magic
either way, if anyone with
a religious belief thinks Harry Potter is evil,
is quite the moron
Why cant people of the apostolic religion watch harry potter?
just curious my friend said she couldnt
- Their understanding of their religion makes them scared of their shadows...22
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- First of all, people need to acto according to their own convictions.
However, I had a former pastor who expressed a mandate that no one should watch Harry Potter, being it is full of witchcraft and such. Having watched it, I have found it is full of fantasy and special effects, none of which could promote the idea of witchcraft except to the weakest of minds who have no guidance. I found it is really little more full of magic than Lord of the Rings, which is "approved", since J.R.R Tolkien was a Christian.
While I would not specifically recommend Harry Potter to Christians, I will not preach how evil and satanic the movies are and that they should never be viewed by Christians. While their hearts may be in the right place, at least for most apostolics and other denominations who make a big deal of the Potter movies, they often come across judgmental and demanding of their own agenda.12
- As an actual Apostolic, I will answer your question. First, not all Apostolics are forbidden to watch Harry Potter. All apostolic churches have different standards. Sure they may share some, but there are others that are different. Therefore, for those that are issuing blanket statements about Apostolics, it is important to understand that we are not all the same. Secondly, my pastor doesn’t FORBID me to do anything. There are things he believes would be harmful to his congregation so he preaches against them, but he never forbids any of us to do anything. The choice is ours.
Regarding Harry Potter specifically, maybe I can explain the reasoning. I noticed some referred to it as fantasy. As Apostolics, in fact in a broader sense, as Christians, we believe that witchcraft and sorcery are REAL not fantasy. (No, I don’t think Harry is actually real). As Christians, if we believe the Bible, we then believe these things are an abomination to God (meaning God hates them). If we profess to love God, why would we want to view, make light of, use for entertainment, get any joy from, etc. something that uses witchcraft and sorcery as its main theme.
Is Harry Potter evil? No, I don’t think so. I read the books a long time ago to see what the fuss was about, and thought they were good stories. Do I think you are going to hell for reading/watching Harry Potter? No, I don’t think you are going to hell. It is, afterall, just a story.
But for us, the danger lies making these things “okay”. If Harry is okay, then what about the next thing and the next thing? Pretty soon you become numb to the things you stood against before. If we say we are against them, how can we justify sitting there for three hours watching a show about them?02
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