Somebody wrote this about the article I wrote on the Twilight series. I feel bad because I wasn’t able to address it until now, but some of my friends have talked to them and they now feel that the books aren’t good and they won’t be reading them anymore. I still want to talk about it because when I wrote the previous one, I don’t think I elaborated enough on my part. And, they brought up some good points. So, here it is:
I do agree that there are many things that pull us away from God, but just because something doesn’t give out a Godly message, doesn’t make it wrong. And just because something refers or has witchcraft in it, it doesn’t make it wrong. And just because the author isn’t Christian, it doesn’t make it wrong.
What about school? It doesn’t give out a Godly message. But it isn’t wrong. On the contrary, it helps us become educated and successful with our lives. And there are also many books that don’t give out a Godly message, but they aren’t wrong.
Look at the Chronicles of Narnia series. It has witchcraft in it, but it doesn’t go against God. It actually sends out a Godly message using witchcraft. Would you say that that was wrong?
Non-Christian people have accomplished and written many things throughout time and are still. I’m sure you’ve read many, many books by non-Christian authors. So is every single one of those books wrong?
Also, vampires are completely fantasy. There is no such thing as vampires. They are simply a figment of imagination. Yes, they suck blood, but how exactly is that wrong? Well, when they suck the blood and molest their victims and/or kill them, I understand, but a lot of books and shows depict vampires as creatures that just suck the blood to survive, and then leave them alone.
I agree that just because something doesn’t put out a “Godly” message doesn’t mean it’s wrong. I mean, if it’s promoting ungodly issues like homosexuality, abortion, or what ever, that’s wrong. And while I’m talking about it, some things that claim to put out a Godly message can be wrong too.
Take The Shack for example. I haven’t read it and I don’t plan too. I have heard some people who have said that this book is better than the Bible because now they understand the Trinity. They understand a twisted version of the Trinity. The author believes in the all roads lead to heaven thing. It also puts God on our level.
No, school doesn’t put out a Godly message anymore, either. It used to, though. Until you get to things that clearly go against God’s Word, like evolution, it isn’t wrong. But, we have to go. We don’t have a choice. Unless you are homeschooled, but for some of us, that isn’t an option at the time either.
Also, witchcraft that people can try to copy is wrong. People all over the world are trying to copy the magic in the Harry Potter series. Rowling herself said that she looked up spells in a spell book or something like that to make them more authentic. That is wrong. In the Chronicles of Narnia, you can’t touch a ring and go to another world where there is an evil queen who has cast a spell over the land making it always winter. Everybody knows that. I don’t think there is anybody who is trying to copy that or anything else in those books. But that is putting too many but’s and what if’s on it. No witchcraft at all is best.
Anyway, there are a ton of things out there that aren’t bad, they just weren’t written by Christian authors for a Christian purpose. What makes it wrong is it’s content. In the Twilight series (now, this isn’t the only one that has issues. It’s just the one that everybody seems to be reading right now.), Edward, a vampire, is portrayed as a “good guy” and if he isn’t supposed to be that, he’s the character everybody is supposed to like. We all know that if vampires were real, they wouldn’t be good or that everybody would want to be friends with. Every vampire I’ve ever heard of in stories and such have been bad and scary creatures. Now, all of a sudden, we have good vampires. Isaiah 5:20 says “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” If that isn’t clear enough, I don’t know what is! If we start thinking that vampires, for example, are good, when they are clearly bad, then woe to us!
And yes, I have read books by non-Christian authors. MANY of them. But I don’t let anybody tell me that I had to read something that went against God’s Word. I don’t read the Harry Potter series or the Twilight series or anything else. And this year, I have challenged myself to read only Christian books from good, Christian authors, such as Al Lacy and his wife, Joanna. In fact, I haven’t read secular books in so long that just a minute ago, I was trying to think of an example for the books that weren’t wrong but weren’t Christian and I couldn’t think of a single one!!! I was happy to find that out! =)
So, I hope and pray that this answers some questions that some of you might have about the series and others like it. I challenge ya’ll to try what I’m trying: don’t read any secular books for a whole year unless required to by a teacher. And then, it can’t be a book that has witchcraft or other things that are out and out wrong like that in it. Refuse to read those. I’d love to hear from those of you who are doing it! Tell me of the Christian books you have read after a while of doing it! I’ll put them on the book list so other people can see it. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!!
Love in Christ,