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Harry Potter...the End!

How will it all end?
Is Harry Potter a trend?
Try to comprehend!

As the hype over the Harry Potter books continues, a recent press statement by the publisher suggested, that with the readership now approaching 50 million, that these books will still be read in 200 years time!

ALL good things must come to an end, the old saying goes.

So the appropriate questions to ask are....
Where will it all end?

Are these books in fact ultimately good?

Typically of the natural progression that occurs with successful book titles the next step is the release of the first Warner Brothers film "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone". Interestingly the movie makers in seeking a particularly atmospheric setting for the Hogwarts School approached, initially, Canterbury Cathedral. This request was declined by the incumbent of the Cathedral, with the point of view that because the subject of the book is a school for witchcraft & wizardry, that it would be inappropriate for the movie makers to be allowed to use this sacred Church of England establishment.

Gloucester Cathedral

Undaunted, Warner Brothers continued their quest for a suitable location choosing Gloucester Cathedral, another Church of England establishment, which has been blessed with one of the most stunningly beautiful places of worship, a site where prayers have been offered for thirteen centuries. The Dean of the Cathedral has given his blessing to Warner Brothers to use this place of Christian worship as one of the sets for this forthcoming movie.

The questions that could perhaps be asked at this juncture is:
Why has Gloucester Cathedral happily granted the use of their site for the Harry Potter movie when Canterbury Cathedral considered the subject matter inappropriate?

If the Christian Church is lead by the same Holy Spirit and adheres to the same fundamental truths, i.e. the Nicene Creed, as contained in Holy Scripture, how can two Churches, both within the same denomination, disagree over an issue which is clearly already having a phenomenal, cultural impact on those citizens... who are most in need of some spiritual guidance, i.e. Children?

Could it be that Canterbury Cathedral still represents the True Church?

......whilst Gloucester Cathedral has joined the Apostate Church?

The issue of the effect of the Harry Potter phenomenom on the minds of the young readers even generated a television poll on Carlton Television. This followed a report that as a result of the Gloucester Cathedral decision, that it be used as a film set for the forthcoming movie, some local Christians protested because of the content of the books supporting witchcraft and the choice to use a Christian Church for the movie set. The television poll went on to give over 70% confidence in the integrity of the Harry Potter books, less than 30% considered there to be anything possibly harmful regarding the subject matter.

Bearing in mind of course that issues of a spiritual nature can only be discerned by those who are spiritually minded!

"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions"
St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Gloucester Cathedral

The Dean of Gloucester Cathedral defends the use of a sacred place of Christian worship for the production of this movie on the grounds that it is in fact based on a story of good winning over evil. His opinion is that these books in themselves are good, the natural progression of logic therefore is that because the spiritual dynamic at the root of the books is witchcraft & wizardry, then these activities are also good?

Consider: All the dictators & despots of history have convinced their followers that their cause is on the side of good! (Stalin; Mao; Hitler; for example)

". . . Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight!
Isa 5:20-21

G.K. Chesterton
"When learned men begin to use their reason, then I generally discover that they haven't got any."
- ILN 11-7-08
"These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own."
- ILN 8-11-28
G.K. Chesterton

Quotation Courtesy of the American Chesterton Society

In seeking to shed some light on this issue we need look no further than the Holy Bible. The Word of God, and to Jesus Christ who is the light of the world! Through the blessing of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of the Word, which contains...
a more sure word of prophecy,
(2 Peter 1:19)
we can establish certain truths.
These truths are...

One aspect of the Harry Potter phenomenon which could merit further mention in regard to the outworking of Bible prophecy is the curious mark, that appears on the forehead, of the hero of these books. (Children are already apeing the use of this H.P. mark using face paints). Consider the prophecies related to the Mark of the Beast. Remembering that the human body is considered to be the temple of the Holy Spirit and that the marking of the body in anyway is contrary to the Law of God. Also the forehead is the most sacred part of the body with the promises of God's word having the name of God upon the forehead of His people. The masterplan of Satan the great usurper to the throne of God, and deceiver of mankind is to try and ensure that his own name is placed upon the body of all those whom he would want to spend eternity with him in the Lake of Fire. The interesting thing about this H.P. mark is that it is a red lightning bolt. In scripture red is the colour of the Dragon, which is another name for Satan. Jesus described Satan as falling like lightning from Heaven. Obviously having persuaded children to play with this H.P. mark on their foreheads, the next step of going over to the Mark of the Beast would seem a natural progression...

...draw your own conclusions!

Harry Potter

Considering the prophetic truths revealed through scripture it behooves every sincere seeker after truth to reject the things of the world, reject the Devil and all his works. Seek God, through Jesus Christ who is the way the truth and the life! Be Born Again by his Holy Spirit and Worship at at His Throne.

One aspect of the growth of the early Church was a demonstration of the repentance from sin by the public burning of books on the "curious arts" i.e. witchcraft.

And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men; and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
Acts 19:18-20

One piece of silver, a denarii in the Latin Vulgate, represented the average daily wage at that time. Relating this to the average wage in the U.K. at this time, approx. £40 per day x 50,000= £2,000,000
Clearly the early converts to the Christian faith took very seriously the demonstration of acts of repentance from their sorceries, in order to move into the blessings of God i.e. being FILLED with the HOLY SPIRIT!. Because witchcraft predates Christianity the contents of the books mentioned in this scripture would be basically the same as those found in so many occult and new-age bookshops.

In conclusion the various links included, in the above text, are there to be followed & prayerfully studied along with the following scriptures which relate to the issues discussed here...

And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Luke 16:15

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
James 4:4

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Revelation 9:20-21

And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
Revelation 16:8-11

And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Revelation 18:23-24

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 20:4

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Revelation 21:7-8

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Revelation 22:13-17

Amen, Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Revelation 22:20

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