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              While I will continue to teach apologetics and the basics of the bible, I feel that modern Christian faith needs to be addressed. After looking into many of the subjects that have flashed across the news reel and how this modern world shuns the politically incorrect topic of religion. At the same time, the Christian community is bombarded with issues such as Harry Potter to Catholic Priest indiscretions to Oprah starting her own new age ‘cult’ as many want to call it.

              I feel this things need to be addressed to strengthen those in the faith and push back this wave of attacks that face our religion.

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harry-potter-cover.jpgLet’s start of the week on the subject of Harry Potter. I will say up front that I am pro-Potter; but I fully understand and respect people’s right to not want to read it. The debate starts on how you define the books. The fans of Potter claim it to be nothing more than a good tale and that is it. Those against the books feel the books are filled with witchcraft and try to teach it to children; which the Bible is very much against. I think it may be easier to just jump right in and take a look at both sides:

Witchcraft

One of the biggest verses that fuel this side of the fight is Deuteronomy 18:9-14(NIV):

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How many times have you wished that you had the answers up front? I know I have! Well here is the answer to the big media vs. Christianity debate up front:  Each of us has to decide what we consider acceptable for our beliefs and families. That is the basic fact that is the true answer for all of us.

If you feel that Harry Potter promotes witchcraft to children, then by all means don’t hand the books to your children. You would not feel comfortable about your job as a parent and Christian if you did! If you think the Da Vinci Code is pure blasphemy, then don’t read it. Each of us has to decide what is best for us, our God, our families.

Over the next posts we will discuss those things that are not as clear. But keep in mind that we are not trying to divide Christians and put them against each other. We are trying to share information that we all do need to live in a world where almost every boy and girl in school is reading Harry Potter and seeing the movies. It is hard to escape, even if we do not approve of the content. If it is hard for us as adult, imagine the impact it has on your children.

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harry-potter-cover.jpgda-vinci-code-cover.jpg            We will be shifting gears away from the normal schedule to discuss a topic that we hit on last week. After posting about The Passion of the Christ last Friday, we received quite a few emails about how Christianity should look at some of the big events in books and movies today. The main focus of the questions really focused on two books/movie series: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and it’s soon prequel movie Angels & Demons and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The concern is with the mass media promoting different views from the church, how do we keep up and should we be worried about it at all?

            The second part of the question should be answered first and that answer is yes, we should be concerned about how the media portrays our religion and influences our children. We are Christians, and it should be in our very nature to help protect God’s world and defend against the untruths that come to the light in the media. But should we be fearful of fiction and fantasy writing?

            That is the real question that divides those in the flock. Some call it pure fantasy and entertainment; some call it blatant blasphemy and witchcraft. Is there a truth that we all can agree on? Probably not. But what we can do is explore these two series in some detail, and if nothing else, get some facts in the open so Christians know what is being said and how they want to react to it within their own family and community. God has given us all freewill, so it truly is up to the individual on how they want to view these works and if they want to allow their children to enter those worlds.

            So please join us in this discussion over the next few weeks and share your thoughts and feelings! You can either comment on the story pages themselves or send emails to beyondjustfaith@gmail.com.

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            When I was a non-believer, I found it rather easy to defend my point of view in a debate with a Christian about faith. They would lead off with some great argument and go into a long spiel about their best points on Christianity, and nine times out of ten, I had them fully set up to fail with one simple question.

            “Where did you get that information?” All Christians will almost always fire right back with “The Bible!” It was at this point that I would secure my victory.

            “I don’t believe in your God, so why should I believe that a book written by men that you claim is the word of a God I don’t believe in?” Then their eyes would glaze over and you could see them scrambling!

            “But….It is the word of God.” They would no doubt say.

            “How do you know that?”

            “Because it is.”

            “I see. So should I just start flapping now?”

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