Why Should we not Watch Twilight: A Christian's Perspective

Informal Poll

What do you think of Twilight Books/Movies

  • Loved them.
  • They were good.
  • Could take or leave them.
  • Did not enjoy.
  • Hated them.
  • Will not read/see them.
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Christian Question

Should a Christian read/watch Twilight?

  • Yes.
  • It's up to them.
  • Probably not.
  • No way.
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Twilight's Success Explored

We have seen vampires done as horror. We have seen vampires as humor. We have seen vampires on Sitcoms (Munsters). Now-a-days, we even have vampires as child-hood heroes (Cirque du Freak). Then of course the most popular vampire to day is in the genre of Teen Romance: the Twilight Series.

Twilight has done what so many others have tried to do. They have taken a subject that used to be only for the Sci Fi guys and Fantasy Geeks, and refashioned it. Today’s vampire is a story that teen age girls obsess over. And the "silver bullet" for Twilight’s success is a teen age love triangle.

Twilight had everything it needs to succeed in today’s pop culture. It has ancient mythological themes: vampires and werewolves. That is sure to bring in all the Sci Fi guys and Fantasy Geeks. There is blood and action to satisfy the lusts of the Horror crowd. So, men are sure to read or at least watch the movie.

There are the drama themes of the split family syndrom that is epidemic in America today. A distant father reconnects with a troubled teen daughter. She is in a strange place with few friends and running from long-time personal demons.

Now, that is drama!

So, adults and grandparents will probably find some dramatic appeal.

You even have the ancient culture and traditions of the Native Americans from the American North-west on display in the Twilight series. They are portrayed in a positive and powerful way. There is mystery given to their culture and lore. Who could resist that?

Then you have the latest craze in American entertainment: Super Heroes and their Powers. Twilight is in this genre because the Vampires no longer have only the traditional set of Vampire abilities. But like the Heroes TV show, they have unknown and yet to be discovered mysterious magical abilities of every imaginable description.

Super Hero worship has long been an American hobby interest with a strong niche market among the young male and the nostalgic adult male. But this has been really a niche market until recent decades. America as a whole has fallen head over heels with the fantasy world. In Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Super Hero genres, America wants men and women that are able to do things that normal people only dream of. We are obsessed with every super hero we can get. We dream of having those extra-ordinary powers. Oh if we only could do that. . . Then we could finally take control of our own lives and make it what it should be. America is living vicariously through those super heroes instead of taking control of our lives through natural means.

This vicarious living though the fantasy world can become a sad and frustrating practice. Some people are so sad and feel so powerless in their real, every day, dry, and boring lives that they run from real life to live in a fantasy. We surround ourselves with stories of regular people that discover that they have super abilities. Our super heroes, in some ways, have become modern day substitutions for the ancient mythological gods. (More on that in another article.)

Twilight has another ingredient for success. It has plenty of clever twists. Of course, there is the eternal struggle between good and evil. But in Twilight, you have Vampires as both good and evil. I know that Twilight is not the first to make the un-dead into good guys. But what happened to the days when only bad guys would do something so disgusting as to suck blood? The good guys in Twilight, as well as some other current stories (Cirque du Freak) . . . The good guys have to suck blood.

There are other twists as well. Vampires are not burned by sunlight. They are glorified in a sparkling shimmer if sunlight shines upon their cold, pasty, white skin. They have made a treaty with their traditional enemies, the werewolves. By the way, these werewolves are not European. They are Native American.

Parenting Question.

Is it healty to our children to expose them to graphic violence or horror themes?

  • Yes. It is actually helpful to them.
  • It is fine.
  • Does not matter.
  • No way.
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Christian's Perspective.


Now, if I can shift gears and give a different perspective on some of these things. I would like to reflect on Twilight’s un-dead "heroes" from a Biblical Christian’s perspective.

There are some things to say about the eternal struggle between good and evil here. The evil vampires are definitely evil, killing with joy, innocent men, women, and children. And the "good vampires" are people that have not chosen to become what they are. This has long been a theme from ancient vampire stories too. After all, that is part of the horror of it. No sane person would ever choose to become a vampire. No one would choose to live by drinking blood. . . Well, no one except Bella from Twilight. She wants to become a cold flesh Vampire so she can live with her true un-dead love, Edward Cullen.

The tradition is in this genre that all vampires (or almost all) do not choose to become blood sucking monsters. This could be seen as analogous to a fact in real life. The fact is that all of us by nature are sinners. While we choose to act in that fallen nature or not to, we did not choose to have a sin nature. This is similar to Twilight’s "good vampires."

The "good vampires" choose to not kill humans, but find other sources of food. How magnanimous of them! There is a theme of personal sacrifice there that is harmonious with a Christian virtue. We as Christians are responsible to resist temptation and evil appetites. We must control ourselves so that we do not harm others, which we inevitably do by walking after the sin nature.

There seems also to be a good theme of personal self control in the character of Edward Cullen. It appears that he controls both his vampiric blood lust and his hormonal "love" lust of the beautiful Bella Swan. This self control when they are "in love" should be practiced among the unmarried. This is a Biblical virtue. Of course, when Edward insists that they wait until they are married, every parent applauds.

In many ways, the Twilight stories appear to appease Western and American sensibilities of right and wrong, good and evil, and nobility vs. base character.

I admit that my knowledge is limited on this series. But there is one sensibility that has been lost in the Twilight stories. This is Christian and Jewish morality. This is a Western and American sensibility. This is the sensibility that says it is evil to eat blood.

Now, yes, I know there are cultures that have found their way around the Biblical sin. You can sample Black Pudding from Britain and Blutwurst from Germany. In the Orient, you can drink blood from an animal that is still writhing. Today’s American entertainment pushes the envelope with blood, gore, and torture in the name of "art."

Some of you will say, "Come on! What’s the big deal! It’s just a story!" Well, it is a story that would not have been told 50 years ago. There is no way that popular America would have consumed a story about good guys who drink blood like they do today. The story might have been told, but it would not be so popular. There is a reason for that. The first reason for it is that it is thoroughly disgusting. That’s why Black Sausage is a rare thing to see at picnics. I have never seen anyone eat it except on TV. We humans have a visceral reaction against drinking blood unless we come from a culture that re-programs the gag factor out of us.

Here is the real problem though. God’s Word, the Bible, says that eating blood is a sin and a crime. The Twilight stories makes heroes out of those that do this sin.

Genesis 9:3 "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 4 But flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. 5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. 6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."

Notice that God says that man can start eating meat for the first time, but blood is still sacred to God. Blood must not be eaten. Blood is the life of the flesh, which is why the occult emphasized devouring it.

You will probably respond, "But it just a story." "Only the bad guys are killing people." "The good guys are not drinking human blood."

Here is the thing. God does not limit the sin of eating blood to that of eating human blood or when it is done after you have killed someone. No, God said that we were allowed to eat meat, but we were not allowed to eat any blood. We are allowed to kill animals for food, but we are not allowed to take human life except in capital punishment.

Our purpose here is not to deal with the explosive subjects of eating meat or of capital punishment. That will have to be for another article. But notice God’s strict prohibition of eating blood. "[T]he blood thereof, shall ye not eat."

Some smart aleck will point their finger in my face and say that I am a hypocrite because Jesus said that we must drink his blood if we are going to go to heaven. Now, I know that most of you will know that is a ridiculous criticism. And that is a very interesting subject of study. Let me simply say that Jesus blood was different than the blood of every other human or animal that ever was. No animals sacrifice of blood could give us life. The blood of every human (other than Jesus) is poisoned with sin. Jesus blood is spiritually applied to us by the Holy Spirit. But we do not physically devour it.

God says that we are not ever to physically eat blood. This is not about the Law vs. Grace issue either. While the prohibition to eat blood was in the Old Testament, it preceded the Torah, the Law, and preceded Moses. As such, what ever you take the Law’s importance to be in this dispensation, the prohibition of not eating blood stands before the Law. I argue that it still is in force today.

So, here is my crisis when it comes to Twilight. I know it is a well done story, but I have a hard time really enjoying a story that has the heroes do something that the Bible says is sin. I know, you keep repeating that it is just a story and I just need to stop taking it so seriously. But that is what Satan always wants us to do. He wants us to suspend our religious convictions when we go into the public. Satan wants us to suspend our convictions when we read a book or watch a movie.

In a broader point of view, this is why we have heroes that torture people (whatever you think of torture in military applications). But we have movie star heroes torturing people in their vigilante justice. We have "heroes" being immoral and wicked in their personal lives. Satan gets us to sympathize with these wicked "heroes" because they save the day. And our "heroes" are the good guys when they steal from the bad guys. Wait, all thieves are the bad guys. But because one guy is "bad-er" than the other, it is okay that our "hero" steals and robs. It really makes me ashamed of our nation when the hero morally cheats by being with someone that is not his or her spouse. And we have been lulled into thinking that it is no big deal. We do not even register a complaint in our own minds anymore.

Society Question.

Do Americans live in a Fantasy World?

  • Yes, we are obsessed.
  • Yes, it is unhealthy to have this level of fantasy.
  • We are fine.
  • No. We need more.
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Conclusion: the Apostle Paul's advice on Entertainment

 

I guess what I want to say to you, my friends, is this. . . You may decide to enjoy the morally flawed entertainment of this world. I mean, is there really any entertainment in this world that is not morally flawed in some way. I am not trying to put you on a guilt trip. What I want the most is to urge you to remain critical thinkers. Think, analyze what you are seeing, reading, hearing when you are enjoying your "amusement." After all, you know what the word "amusement" means, right? "Amusement" means "without thought."

Do not check your brain at the door when you sit down in front of a video or when you hand your ticket to the attendant. Realize what the writers and authors are saying about the world and life in general. If you do not recognize and label error when you see it, it can unconsciously influence how you react to life. That is why God says in Proverbs 4:23 "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life."

Do not check your morality at the door either. There is a spiritual defilement that happens in our lives when we behold evil and do not resist. We become filthy internally when we see sin and do not turn away.

There are entertainments in literature, film, radio that a Christian must classify as evil or sinful. We need to turn from them. I Thessalonians 5:22 "Abstain from all appearance of evil."

There are other entertainments that are not as clearly evil or sinful as others. You have to make decisions as Christians on whether God is pleased with you being a part of a particular entertainment or not. There is freedom in Christ. Galatians 5:13 "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another." There is liberty, but do not use that as an excuse to sin.

Let me leave you with Paul’s guideline to entertainment and thought. Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things."

So, my friends, whether you decide to read or watch the Twilight series, do not check your minds or moralities at the door. Please, keep in mind what Jesus would say or do in response to what you do, see, hear, and read.

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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Good Hub! loved the polls. Interested to see what they rank in a month or so of voting!


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PastorAndrew 6 years ago from Detroit Author

Help me spread the word. So, far only two people have voted.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Do you know what I noticed Pastor? People seem more fixated on proving that there is no God, fighting on forums over it,they are allured mostly to the chapters that I have written on demonic forces and evil, than those of anything to do with God, which should be more important!

I wish I could help you but tonight I feel sad and disappointed that when you love and want to spread the word of God and the truth, it seems that you get scoffed, ignored, laughed at or evil and untrue things are whispered behind your back!

How frustrating it is for me tonight! I am so not throwing in the towel, nor will I give up...but I am going to bed...to start again tomorrow :)

Hopefully people show up and vote. I liked your Hub and I sincerely thank you for your efforts in goodness and God!


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Guess I was the third!

Great hub and well needed, I will spread it a bit, do you know about back linking? you need to visit sites that promote this film and sort of stuff, find their comments pages, and write a little comment.... "I'm not sure this sort of stuff is good for us, I saw this article.....(insert link) and it made sense to me...."

Email me if you can't do it, I'll have a go for you!

Stay Blessed,

John


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Sanctus Vesania 6 years ago

Every time I hear or read about Twilight I'm reminded of this webcomic that goes like so:

1st Panel: Bella: OMG I'm Bella and I'm so cool, and nerds are so lame!

2nd Panel: Edward: Hi, I'm Edward, and I am a vampire. I am completely void of any emotions, and you and I have absolutely no physical chemistry.

Bella: Oooooh! You're pretty! We should frolick!

Edward: Okay.

3rd Panel: *Bella and Edward frolicking, with a rainbow in the background. Bella has the following expression =D while Edward the following - :|

4th Panel: Other Girl: Hi, yes I burned the book, but I can still feel it looking at me. Look, can you please just come over and exorcise the d**n thing?!

As you might be able to tell I'm not exactly a fan of the series, but it has more to do on the cruddy story telling, than any moral convictions I might have.


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PastorAndrew 6 years ago from Detroit Author

Carrie Wrote me:

personally, I enjoy horror/fantacy.... but I am an adult who knows the difference between real/not real and what crosses the line into demonic worship. The thought that concernes me the most about the HP and Twilight series, is that young and impressionable children are targeted - children who do not have a good foundation on real/not real or their Christian faith yet.


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PastorAndrew 6 years ago from Detroit Author

My problem with HP is that Hewlett Packard does not . . . Oh, sorry, tech problem.

NO, Harry Potter . . . My problem is that it introduces people to real, authentic Occult practices and ideas. Sure there are many in there that are pure fantasy.

But when we allow things into our minds without even labeling them as right and wrong, it does affect our subconscious.... See More

Too many people check their brains and Consciences at the door when it comes entertainment.

When I was a Kid, people told us that Tolkien was a Christian. I am not sure I would say the same strictly on his writing, but I do find his epic more harmonious with Christian values than most Fantasy out there (though I actually rarely read any any more.)


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PastorAndrew 6 years ago from Detroit Author

Carrie wrote Back:

(LOL, HP - Hewlet Packard) good point, Andrew. With HP, J.K. based the story material on mythological legeds, items, characters and events. (She has said as much in her interviews.)

Too, Andrew you bring up a good point, I think that much of the challenge as a modern Christian is seperating our own myth from reality (e.g. Tolkien was a Christian.) Sometimes we have the tendancy to rely on what we were told, or what we heard instead of objectively finding the facts out for ourselves. Thanks for the good post, man!!! :)


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JetterV7 6 years ago from Angola, IN

Excellent hub PastorAndrew. The more I focus on my walk with Christ, the more evident our corruptness in society is through every type of media. I feel that if it is not fit for children to view or hear, that it shouldn't be viewed or heard by adults. Most people say that children are just too young to understand but I feel that they just have not been corrupted by what society accepts these days and most adults have. The "frog in boiling water" theory you know. That includes the clothing that is worn, (our schools had to put a ban on pajamas and slippers that Jr. High and High School kids were wearing to school), to what is allowed by every type of media. I just wonder how God can be so forgiving, patient and loving not to have destroyed the Earth years ago. Praise God! I have watched minimal television for the last 2 years and don't feel that I am missing anything that I can't live without. If we ask ourselves the question, "Would Jesus watch this show or listen to this broadcast with me?", I think things would be seen in a whole different light. I am behind you all the way. Thank you.

p.s. I voted too.


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Ande Moore 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

Great hub. I enjoyed the Christian perspective. Being a realistic sci-fi and comic writer I at first hated the twilight series. From what I heard about and saw at Comic-Con was a bunch of screaming girls and the movie destroyed and "intruded" our little world. The moms would literally yell at the women dressed up a Leia or other heroes walking about in their outfits. We were told that we had to much graphic violent material out for children to see. For those who don't know Comic-Con is generally for "fanboys, geek girls" and adults. So we were upset at the fact that these people let their children watch "Twilight" but were upset at Alien vs. Predator comic books. But I digress.

I finally got around to watching the flick and enjoyed it, my mother (a devout Christian and teacher) had all four books, so I read them all in about a week. The reasoning for this is many of us caught on that this was a whole new generation of future viewers and readers for our work.

Stephanie Meyer does go into the religion and the sin. There is more into the stories than even I realized, part of the fun of the books was watching the pain throughout the books from the "good" vampires and the sins that they were committing. Believing they were going to hell and the like.

Now so much for defending the books. I do not believe that Christians should be reading or watching a majority of the things on the silver or small screen. To me if you are going to talk the talk. I have seen many things in my life working in large clubs in huge cities, mostly self righteous Christians wearing crosses and wedding rings drinking down the drunks and hitting on the girls. I have also been a FCA leader at UT and grew up with Christianity all around me. One thing I have noticed is that the more people boasted of the faith, the worse they seemed to be away from the congregation. Part of this I believe is the various medias.

Romance novels, horror/action/drama etc. movies, music, and the various other forms of media; most recently internet porn which is easier to hide than the mag or flick have given religion and the faithful a solid kick in the gut.

I would not recommend the faithful to read or later view my work because it is very hard on religion and various other things that are not for some.

I do not have a problem with faithful not watching movies and boycotting things. In fact I encourage this. The problem I do see is that human nature makes many, especially the young want to view or read it even more. I really think that religions need to take a stronger stance on their congregations and quit trying to appease the modern world.

Sorry to babble and I enjoyed the hub. Keep the coming and have fun.


Anonymous 6 years ago

Oh my...where to start. Well here she goes. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! WOWWW! Okay, first, christians (I am one you know :D) Crucified HArry Potter, which is well written, and NO not EVIL it shows how love overcomes evil everytime. (the spells are latin bub. Do your research. AND J.K. is a Christian, as she has said many many times) AND you people DEFEND TWILIGHT? I have read the books, (Im a teen this is valid) all the books, and no christian child should read this garbage! it was horrible! It was written poorly, for one thing. But two, as a christian, i beg of you to see the moral indecencies of these books. Bella comes to a new town, everyone loves her, but apparently she, i dont know, hates being liked. And falls in love with a vampire. Typical story beginning for these types. Through out the series she is seen as a women dependent on her boyfriend, cant live without him, she wants toooo diiiie if she cant be him. Sob sob sob. Great example for young girls! The final installment is so indecent, full of Sex (Yes Sex) and mutant baby births that are much to gory for the age of kids that read these. The books are romance novels and glorified fanfiction. AND the celibacy they support? To be honest, in a sentence, If Edward wouldn't kill her if he did it with her, they would be getting it on. The whole of the last books are about how she wants him. READ the books. Terrible just terrible. you applaud this....its sickening.


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PastorAndrew 6 years ago from Detroit Author

Well, Mr or Miss Anonymous, I can see why you want to be anonymous. You totally did not read what I wrote. I never defended Twilight. I tried to take an even and balanced view on it. But I ended with the fact that God says that eating blood is an abomination. Twilight has many problems with it and it is not a healthy fantasy for Christians. I never defended them and I never said that I read or watched them. I did say that Paul says that we should fill our minds with what is wholesome and good. That is not what Twilight is.

So, next time you go off and attack someone about what they wrote, maybe you should read the whole thing.


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PastorAndrew 5 years ago from Detroit Author

Stories? Sure, they are all stories. But there is a vast difference between stories that everyone knows are made up and stories that are historical and verifiable. I see that you try to discount the Bible and put them in the same level of fantasy. The Bible has endured for thousands of years because it is not just stories. It is truth.

A thousand years from no one will care about Harry Potter or Twilight, but the Bible will be vindicated for everyone that is there.


Lynne Stringer 4 years ago

As comments have been made on the prohibition of blood in the bible, I feel it is important to point out that that prohibition is made in the Law of Moses, which was made redundant when Jesus died for our sins. There are many aspects of the Law of Moses which we, as Christians, do not practice, such as not touching a woman when she is menstruating, etc. Also, Levitius 3:17 declares that we should "not eat any fat or any blood". Anyone here like crackling? You are breaking the Law of Moses by eating it.

Suggesting that Twilight is evil just because of the blood prohibition in the Law of Moses is not a very good argument, especially when you take into account that the vampires in Twilight are creatures who cannot survive on anything else. They are not human. They cannot eat food like we can. Does this still mean they are evil simply because they drink blood? Are spiders and vampire bats evil? God created them, and they drink blood.


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PastorAndrew 4 years ago from Detroit Author

There is a difference between the Old Testament Laws and the New Testament Grace. This is true, and we are certainly not bound by the Law of Moses for either salvation or daily peace with God.

However, it would be simply irresponsible to not recognize that some of the OT laws were there because they are universally right and wrong.

Eating blood came before the law. It was something that God commanded man before Moses was even born. It is part of the commands that God gave to all men after the flood. As such, it is still a moral guideline that has something to teach us.

On a spiritual level, the Bible teaches us the principle that only one blood gives us the life eternal. That is the blood of Jesus Christ. And that is a spiritual partaking, not a physical one. Any other consuming of blood is a cheapening of this very important spiritual principle.

If you feel it is okay for you to drink or eat blood, go ahead. I would not want to be one that knows what God thinks about it and does it any way.

As far as animals, you missed mosquitoes and flies and countless others. But more importantly, you missed the fact that animals are not moral creatures. God has not given them the same prohibitions He has given us. They cannot sin. So, it is a moot question.


Tonise Partridge 4 years ago

As a Christ-follower, I am frankly sick to death of the debate over whether we should or should not read Twilight, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Left Behind, THE BIBLE... blah...blah...blah. Anything can be made to seem evil. The Bible has many gory and indecent stories. For example, many men in the Old Testament had multiple wives and some even had *GASP!* affairs that produced *GASP!* illegitimate children. It has murder, hatred, sex, love, commitment, ... Hmmm... Twilight has the same. Now, I'm NOT saying that the Saga is a Bible... I am saying that we tend to forget one detail in the debate. Twilight, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Left Behind Series... ALL of which I have read and loved... are LITERATURE! As a teacher, I appreciate the relevance of good YA literature and encourage my students to read from all genres. If you don't agree with something... If you feel convicted over reading it by the Holy Spirit... then don't read it. But, don't try to play someone else's Holy Spirit and convict them over it. Jesus guides me and my convictions are just fine, thank you. And for Heaven's sake...READ a piece of literature before you go off and butcher it while showing your ignorance on the matter. Bella and Edward are two of the most positive literary characters created in many years. They date... only each other. They are committed... to only each other. They don't talk to each other like dogs. They wait until they are married to have sex. They wait until they are married to have children. And... as far as Bella being a good example for young girls... I think she is certainly better of an example than SNOOKIE or any REAL HOUSEWIFE of WHATEVER COUNTY or BACHLORETTE. And... don't even get me started on all the "teenage" examples over on Nickelodean and Disney.


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PastorAndrew 4 years ago from Detroit Author

Frankly, I don't really understand why you are so angry, Tonise. I think that I made some of the same observations that you did. I am not demonizing anyone. Rather I am giving people Biblical observations. I am calling Christains to measure all things by the Bible. But that is what the Bible calls us to do.

I do not know if you just saw the title or if you read the entire hub. But we as Christians need to be more than just reactors. We need to react with the Spirit. And it is not enough for a book or movie to be good literature or film making for us as Christians. We need to analyze even the imaginations of our culture to see if they exalt themselves above the knowledge of God.


Nchadi 3 years ago

ohh please drinking humanbeing's blood its evil on its own


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PastorAndrew 3 years ago from Detroit Author

God says it is evil to drink human blood. Gen. 9:4 "But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat." God, in fact says it is evil to drink any blood, human or animal. But if you do not care about what God says, nothing I say will help.


shawna 3 years ago

I agree with the person three posts above me who is THANKFULLY and FINALLY defending and not BASHING the Twilight and Harry Potter series (which are two of my favorite series by the way.) I'm very thankful that there is finally a christian out there who likes the same books I do and is not out to bash but out to defend them like I would. THANK YOU! The only series that I've seen so far that has not received any bashing from ANYONE christian and non-christian is the Warriors Cat series (which is another of my favorite series.) Christians have bashed the Eragon series too which really bugs me. But thank you to the christian who defended Twilight and I hope you continue to do so with so many other poor, but fantastically written fantasy books that are being bashed for litteraly no reason.


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PastorAndrew 3 years ago from Detroit Author

I would like to point out that both Narnia and Lord of the Rings were written by Christian men. And both have good messages and are classics.


ANN MARIE WATERS 3 years ago

Why do some Christians allow themselves to be deceived by the devil in this way.? Stop looking for moral threads running through the story and wake up to the immoral aspects of the themes! The devil will present himself in sheeps' clothing - and that's what this Twightight series sets out to do.


annonymous 3 years ago

I think any fantasy series is better written than The Lord Of The Rings series. I read the Fellowship Of The Ring and had sooo much trouble staying with the story because of all the useless, unnecissary and boring description in more than HALF the book! The book seriously didn't need all that redicioulous, more-than-ahundred-pages-of-discription which, in my opinion, didn't even take the story anywhere. It just bogged the story down and left the reader with that I'm-gonna-go-to-sleep feeling or that I'm-gonna-chuck-this-book-in-the-fire-and-pick-up-a-REAL-WELL-WRITTEN-fantasy-like-Harry Potter attitude. That's the way I felt when I was reading The Fellowship Of The Ring. The only reason I kept reading until the end was because my mom forced me to keep reading, saying it would get better later in the book, which it did, but I ended up skimming several pages trying to passed all the stupid description and non-conflict parts which, in my opinion, there wasn't anywhere NEAR enough of. If somebody ever re-wrote the Lord Of The Rings series (which I doubt will ever happen) I'd bet it could be MUCH better written!


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PastorAndrew 3 years ago from Detroit Author

I appreciate the comment, but not sure I understand what you mean. What is the distinction you are trying to make by saying, "Stop looking for moral threads running through the story and wake up to the immoral aspects of the themes!" That sounds like a difference without a distinction. Who are you saying is allowing themselves to be deceived?


Cailey! 3 years ago

I am sick to death of this,

I am a verrrry young adult Christian, (19) and I find them okay, In harry potter I see beautiful things, I pay absoloutly NO attention to the fact its witchcraft what I see is, *Love, self sacrafice, endurance, hope,faith, and freedom. I will watch ALL of them, and while doing so write down EVERYTHING that I see Good and in the bible and EVERYTHING bad. I will watch MATILDA, LORD OF THE RINGS, HARRY POTTER, purley as a study, I will document, my thoughts on the movie as I watch it. GOD knew all along that these movies would have been out here and would of said 'Thou shant entertain yourself with fiction,' PEACE. prayy i dont go to hell if I do watch these mvoies,/L-O--V-E the biblical aspects of it.

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