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Subject: harry potter Harry_Potter
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002
From: David S Smith

A RESPONSE TO CHAR (AND OTHERS) ON “HARRY POTTER”

1. Is the pre-supposition "Harry Potter is evil" valid?

Why is Harry Potter evil? For something that is obviously evil as pointed out in God's Word, yes, we can avoid it but what about those things that are not explicit. However, no where in the Bible does it say "Don't read a book about fantasy magic and fantasy witchcraft." For this reason I think you may have stopped short of actually investigating to answer the question "Why is Harry Potter evil?" yourself and trusted other's opinions. As you wrote indicating that you never actually read a whole one of the books (I might add that you read a portion of a book in the middle of a series not the first book, "The Sorcerer's Stone", which this may not even be valid as someone could open the Bible in the middle of a book and grab a verse or section of verses out of context):

((Char wrote)) "Not wanting to be bias based on other's opinions, I decided to borrow a book from a child and read it, at least that was what I intended. Within the first three chapters of "Prisoner of Azkaban", I felt the Lord leading me away from reading the entire book to a selection of the book instead.... Nor do I have to experience evil to know to avoid it in all manners or appearances"

I would hope that you would have enough discernment and you seem to claim to be discerning in your write up--to know whether what you were reading actually contradicted God's Word so I wish that you would have simply read the book. As far as the appearance of evil, this will be discussed in a point later. Below is the only point in your summary where you actually attempt address why Harry Potter books are evil. You start with a little paragraph that ends with "When Harry is in a rough spot, he thinks about wizardry as a way out of it....Harry becomes enraged when the death of his parents and the bloodline is discussed, again, the desire for witchcraft rises in him." I've read the first book and this 'enraged' attitude is not in it at all. However, even if it does appear later on, one would expect such a traumatic experience of both your parents dying to cause anger and resentment...the thing is--what do we do with these emotions? In the fantasy world of Harry Potter, he turns to magic. This could easily be understood to be simply a fantasy world parallel to the Christian world view where when we turn to the 'magic' of the Holy Spirit and God to help us deal with these emotions. Also, I might add that if you read some of the "imprecatory Psalms" King David expresses the same type of anger towards his enemies (Ps 139:21 “Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you?”)....should we ban all these Psalms from the Bible because they show his honest anger and desire for destruction of his enemies. You then summarize and introduce the Harry Potter (HP) quotes with the following:

((Char wrote)) In the ending of the book, magic is the answer where violence and murder were desired but, could not be achieved successfully. Throughout the book there is a clear picture of the counterfeit to God's Kingdom, which is based for example on order, law, righteousness and humility. From what I have read in this book regarding Harry Potter, there is chaos, a constant struggle for power, the desire for destruction and the resorting to darkness for that power.

The Bible shows Jacob’s sons commit murder and King David commit murder but these are all shown as weaknesses and sins that need to be repented for. However, it still shows even the Godly human as a weak person who can still fall into the temptation of murder. I believe you are talking about this quote: “The taunt about his father (Harry's from Sirius Black) rang in Harry's ears as though Black had bellowed it. A boiling hate erupted in Harry's chest, leaving no place for fear. For the first time in his life, he wanted his wand back in his hand, not to defend himself, but to attack... to kill." Obviously when someone insults our heavenly Father we become insulted and maybe even a little outraged. Of course we shouldn’t want to kill but sometimes our emotions get out of check..as we see King David’s lust gets out of check enough to murder. The Bible shows us the weakness of Peter as he desires to kill in the Garden of Gethsemane…should we ban this part of the Bible then as well as the Harry Potter books? Also, you will have to defend how God actually instructed King Saul to wipe out the ungodly nations (man, woman, AND children) around Israel in the promised land. Is the desire to kill those who are evil wrong in the Old Testament? Why was this acceptable for killing in the name of God? Also if you read God’s heart in the Psalms and other places of the Old Testament, he desires to destroy those who are in rebellion towards him and has what we would call “righteous wrath towards the ungodly”. (Ps 5:5-6 “…you [God] hate all who do wrong. 6 You destroy those who tell lies”) It isn’t as clear cut as you think. As far as if evil characters in the book have this tendency, we shouldn’t be even remotely surprised about this. Because if we must ban all reading where evil characters desire to murder then we'll have to ban the entire Bible. From Cain murdering Abel until the murder of Zechariah (as Jesus phrased it) the Old Testament is filled with murders. The Gospels themselves blatantly tell us that the evil characters (Pharisees) desire murder throughout Jesus ministry. These evil characters always are in a "constant struggle for power, the desire for destruction and the resorting to darkness for that power". The good characters in the HP book that I've read look for order, law, righteousness, and humility. For example, the following Biblical attributes are exalted by the good characters in the first book: standing up to your friends for what you know is right (Matt 18), a parent's sacrificial love by dying for their son (Our heavenly father dying for us as the son so we could be children of God), submitting to authority of the Hogwart's school (as to Elders in the church), breaking of the cermonial laws in order to help and have compassion on someone in need (Jesus retelling of the showbread story), and that there IS a difference between good and evil. Although evil characters may go against these Biblical principles, this is something that the Bible has as well when evil characters (sometimes even good characters) do not always act in a Biblical way. The use of magic itself--is this evil? Well, you'll have to read on to the point below on whether sorcery in the Bible is the same as sorcery in Harry Potter. But for now, the question remains unanswered adequately. Are the Harry Potter books evil? is Harry Potter himself (and the good characters actions in the books) evil? Without any further evidence, I would say “No.”

2. What are sorcery and witchcraft really, in the Biblical sense, and is Harry Potter demonstrating these?

The following entries taken (emphasis added) are from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (c)1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers.

--Occult practices, such as fortune-telling and witchcraft, which were common among the pagan nations of the ancient world. But such attempts to control evil spirits were expressly forbidden to the Hebrew people.
-- Witchcraft. The practice of witchcraft, or divination, was a means for extracting information or guidance from a pagan god.
--A sorcerer was one who professed to tell the lot of others, to have power with evil spirits…
-- Sorcery is the practice of the occult arts under the power of evil spirits, or demons, and has been common in all ages of the world's history.
-- Careful comparison of Scripture will reveal that inspirational divination is by demonic power…

I must admit that to some extent the Bible seems to prohibit magic or doing that which man is by himself incapable in ANY SENSE other than the supernatural by God’s own power. But Biblically, what is the source of such magic, according to the above definitions, regarding witchcraft, fortune-telling, sorcery, and divination? Obviously the source of any such power (besides God’s) to do above what ordinary man is capable is evil demonic spirits.

So, assuming this to be the foundation of all witchcraft and wizardry prohibition in scripture, does the witchcraft and wizardry in the fictional movie of Harry Potter automatically match with these Biblical definitions? I would say “No.” Granted they use the terminology but a lot of people today use the term “Christian” when they are no such thing.

The real witches today, called Wicca, are not very much like the witchcraft demonstrated in Harry Potter. They are more hyper-environmentalist Mother Earth worhippers. They also rely on a spiritist type power source. I think a healthy explanation to Harry Potter fans to avoid Wicca, this other type of REAL witchcraft which the modern world offers, would be in order. One hoping to do what Harry Potter does would quickly be let down by Wicca. I’m sure the typical reader of Harry Potter realizes the fact that they are reading a fantasy book and witchcraft is not real…one young enough not to know the difference should probably not be reading the books. This would be a danger from the Harry Potter books but this is a danger with all fantasy books and movies, right. This is to be discussed next.

The big question is, “Do the Harry Potter books ever insinuate the power source for their “witchcraft” and “wizardry” to be evil demonic spirits?” If so, I would be interested to see the passage in the books that describe such. You might say in response “But what else besides “evil demonic spirits” could be the power source for it? Perhaps it’s yellow sun of earth compared to the red sun of Krypton that gives them the power--the same power source of Superman? After all, Harry Potter is Fantasy and not Reality—our next point.

3. Fantasy vs. Reality (should all fantasy be eliminated or just guarded against over-fixation)

--Harry Potter…
-- Stephen King, Tales of the Dark Side, Horror movies….all thriller/horror tales.
-- Dungeons & Dragons, The Lord of the Rings, Dragonlance…all fantasy things.
-- Star Wars, Star Trek, X-files, Twilight Zone, The Matrix…all science fiction.
-- Superman, Spiderman, Plasticman, Superfriends….all comic book super-heroes.
-- Smurfs, Pokemon, Snorks, Schmoo, Mickey Mouse…all cartoon characters.
-- Out of the Silent Planet, The Chronicles of Narnia…all Christian “fantasy”.

Where do we draw the line? Why does Harry Potter stand on the side that must go while others perhaps might be able to stay? Do all classic Disney cartoons that include magic or anything beyond the realm of normal man’s ability need to be removed? If not, why not? Mickey Mouse in Fantasia has a wizard’s style hat and a wand in his hand as the Wizard’s apprentice. Doesn’t this indict all Mickey Mouse or all Disney productions (as Mickey Mouse is their trademark and “spokes-mouse-person” as potentially promoting wizardry and witchcraft? Perhaps you agree? If so, how far do we take this removal of anything demonstrating a power beyond what humans are capable, not sighting God specifically as the source of such power. If we read a Superman comic which indicates the changing from a red to yellow sun as the source of his super-human strength…why should this be accepted while anything using the word “magic” as the explanation isn’t? Doesn’t superman’s qualities appear “magical” in that man can’t have that kind of power? In the same way Harry Potter has a source of magical power…what is the source? We are not told in the Harry Potter books that I know of…should we then assume they are demonic spirits and reject the books? Perhaps there is a comic book super-hero that has super-human abilities without explanation given…should we assume then his power source is evil demonic spirits? Why would we not assume such for a comic book super-hero but we assume it for Harry Potter right away? What about Star Wars? This is a great example. Before Episode 1 came out there was a mystical unknown power source long ago in a galaxy far far away that Jedi Knights could use simply called “The Force”. Should we assume this power source is evil demonic spirits? I wouldn’t think so. But if a power source for super-human feats can only be God even in fictional writing (I assume fictional writing about real world non-super-human type events would be acceptable) then all fantasy must go to be consistent. Is this really what God intended when he asked Israel to avoid sorcery? I don’t think so.

However, one thing we should be careful of in indulging in fantasy stories, movies, or games is that we don’t become so enamored and obsessed with fantasy that we neglect reality and God’s calling on the reality of our lives. I think this goes more generally with all things in life that are lawful but not always profitable. We can often times become so distracted with sports, games, entertainment, leisure, exercise, politics, news, work, decorating, our car/house, pets, food, etc.etc. that we neglect those things more important like God, Bible, Fellowship, Prayer, Church, and People. While none of these things are sin or wrong, they should be in balance and proper perspective to our relationship with God and what God would have us do with our time, talents, and treasure.

4. Would Jesus read/show the Harry Potter book/movie to kids?

This is a most poignant question to ask regarding the Harry Potter books. It is a good question to ask. However, it could easily be asked about “going to a football game”. I don’t think Jesus would spend much time doing either. Only weak bored fleshly unspiritual (though not sinning necessarily) men probably feel the need for entertainment at all. So for this reason I’d say that Jesus would not read/show the Harry Potter book/movie to kids. In fact the Bible never displays Jesus taking part in entertainment (in a media or observation sense) even once. But in either case, Harry Potter or attending a football game, I think if Jesus could use the football game or the Harry Potter book/movie as an object lesson for spiritual truth, that He might just do that. He probably wouldn’t waste His time reading the whole book or attending the whole movie or football game. He would be much too busy evangelizing the world. Jesus told many “fantasy” stories called parables. These were fictional, though not in a modern day “fantasy” sense showing super-human attributes without God as the source of such. They were fictional brief little stories used to relate spiritual truths. Jesus often used topics that his listeners could relate to like farming. Regarding Harry Potter, there are some Biblical spiritual type truths contained within. I’ve only read the first book but even in the first book which was rather short, it contained several (see 1. above). I’m not even close to insinuating that we should go to Harry Potter for such truths….it is merely entertainment. However, I think Jesus might become familiar with such if He knew it would give Him an opportunity to share and relate to today’s children in a way to share these or other Biblical truths with them. Just like Jesus gave parables regarding a relatable topic like farming in the 1st century, perhaps Harry Potter could be a footnote or a reference to today’s children if He was speaking with them and trying to relate with them where they were at (see also “Knowing about evil…” below).

5. Does entertainment (and Harry Potter in particular) fall under the category of food for determinations regarding "food sacrificed to idols" in 1 Corinthians 8 and 10?

It is my opinion, the concept in 1 Corinthians of “food sacrificed to idols” is not meant to be restricted to meat of an animal that was killed by a priest in a ceremony of a pagan God’s temple. If this were true, then these passages would have little relevance today. However, I think today they are even MORE relevant since we have so many different varieties of “food”. By “food” in the phrase “food sacrificed to idols”, I believe it to mean a general definition of “anything God has provided for us in creation that can be utilized in a broad range from a God-honoring to a non-honoring to a God-dishonoring manner”. God provided “food” for us and with the New Covenant has shown us prior restrictions, like the fruit in the Garden of Eden and the ceremonially unclean foods of the Levitical law, are no longer valid. 1 Timothy 4:1-5 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith….commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. NKJV (See also in Acts where they removed Judaism restrictions for the Gentiles.) It would take a long time to really get into the passages in 1 Corinthians 8 and 10 but here are some of the key portionss…1 Corinthians 8:7-9 However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. Is entertainment something that God provided for us in creation? I think so. I think God wants us to enjoy life and what in life is more enjoyable than some of the entertainments we have? I don’t think it is a sin to want to enjoy the time that God has given each of us. Can entertainment vary in it’s measure of honor to God? Sure. There is entertainment which honors ungodly things like fornication, adultery, murder, hate, etc. There is entertainment which doesn’t really honor or dishonor God—baseball, for example. In this case it is how you partake of it, in thanksgiving to God or in a drunken self-indulgent “thanksgiving to self” of sorts. Or perhaps playing cards or strategy games is another example. You can honor God by using the brain God gave you and in thanksgiving to Him or you can dishonor God by becoming too competitive and mad or discontent at not getting the “a good hand” of cards dealt to you. There is entertainment which honors God—discipleship videos. Fiction books that relates the Gospel in a creative way like “Edge of Eternity” by Randy Alcorn or the first book in the “Left Behind” series.. Unfortunately, there isn’t much entertainment out there which honors God…perhaps this is our problem? So, where does Harry Potter and fantasy books fall in this category? I would say that they fall in the non-honoring category. The books present some biblical truths about right and wrong which might lean towards God-honoring but also shows a fantasy power source for the fantasy magic other than the God which leans towards dishonor to God. However if the book was real in that we should in reality depend on God as our power source then it wouldn’t be fantasy would it. Overall, it doesn’t really lean too far in either direction if you allow for any fantasy at all (see Fantasy vs. Reality above regarding whether any fantasy should be allowed). However, because we all have a power source that we rely on in life whether it be just our self, one can see parallels between the “magic” in Harry Potter and the “spiritual” in Christianity. In Harry Potter, one is a magician because it is something innate to your very being (Hagrid says, “You’re a wizard Harry”). In Christianity, we are “born again” and thus our whole innate being and nature is in Christ and we are children of God. In Harry Potter there is a magical world that the Muggles can’t see, accept, or understand. In Christianity, we fight not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces and spiritual things are foolishness and can’t be discerned by the natural man for they are spiritually discerned and the unsaved don’t accept the spirit of God. In Harry Potter, one must be trained and become a disciple of the magic in order to have any effectiveness. In Christianity, just becoming justified/saved is not enough to really live the Christian life. We must be trained and become an active disciple (cultivate the fruits of the spirit, die to the flesh, read the scriptures, pray, have fellowship, not neglect the gathering together as some do, study systematic theologies, take every thought captive, etc. etc.). In Harry Potter, they trust in magic. In Christianity, we trust in God. 6. Showing, reading, discussing, teaching about evil is not the same as doing evil Let’s assume for a moment for argument’s sake that the Harry Potter books illustrations and descriptions of witchcraft and wizardry does describe something that is evil. Does reading the book about this evil mean that I am actually guilty of doing that evil? Of course not. As we’ve discussed above to some extent, just because I read a Hardy Boys or Agatha Christie murder mystery book doesn’t mean I’m guilty of committing murder. Granted this could be the same as we read about murder and adultery in scripture…isn’t it possible that by reading of King David’s murder or Cain’s murder that we might become enticed to do it. Certainly not. The Bible actually says this couldn’t be true since in James 1:13-14 it explains “God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” God’s Word and the author (God) is not at fault for putting the adultery and murder on display for us to see. Obviously these are object lessons and spoken against in the Bible but nevertheless the stories are there. So reading about evil can never be blamed or equated with actually doing the evil or where the Bible is concerned, even being tempted to do evil. Perhaps other books are similarly not as guilty as we might think. Obviously other books tales of murder or adultery will be tainted by the sinful writers “own desires” so we should be cautious. Granted we should ensure that by watching or reading something containing those things that we don’t find our own hearts wishing we could partake of the evil. But the point here is that the book itself is probably not a big part of being guilty if the reader follows after the evil described in the book but it is when we are “drawn away by our own desires and enticed.” A similar question that could be asked is, “If the books of Harry Potter can’t contain narrative about witchcraft and wizardry, should the Bible include historical accounts (stories) about witchcraft and wizardry like the Witch of Endor, Pharoh's magicians, demonstration of demonic powers, Simon the Sorcerer (in Acts)?” I know this point is being belabored but obviously the description of these things in scripture doesn’t imply that we shouldn’t read about them or that we should avoid them. Reading about them is not evil. Likewise reading about them in Harry Potter is not evil. It is a matter of the heart whether we are enticed to lust after sorcery or not. If we are not supposed to read about sorcery then why did God include this story about the Witch of Endor in His Word which He wants us to read? I think it should be obvious from this that there is too much emphasis on the prohibition of the reading about it and too little discussion about what the reading of it is doing inside the heart of the reader. 7. But shouldn’t we avoid even the “appearance of evil” (1 Thesselonians 5:22)? The King James Version is one of the only ones that actually translates the word “appearance” in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil”. All other version make it pretty clear that the Greek word ‘eidos’ translated “appearance” in the KJV does not mean just visual “appearance”. NIV says “Avoid every kind of evil”. NJK and other versions say “Abstain from every form of evil.” Obviously what is meant here is that no matter what form or how evil might appear in your life, avoid it. If evil appears as lust or anger or worry or discontentment or hate or whatever appearance it might take…abstain from all of them. If evil comes in the form of an angel of light or disguised as the truth, avoid it…in context just prior is the command “Test all things” which will determine after such testing between which is good and evil thus determining which we have encountered and the good should “hold fast to” and every form which is determined to be “evil” we should “abstain from”. As was discussed in 1. above, if we were to abstain from any time evil makes an appearance in a book or movie or the Bible, then we would have to avoid all descriptions and examples of idolatry, murder, adultery, etc. in the Bible which would be absurd as these are all part of the Word of God and as it says in John 10:35 “The Scripture can’t be broken” and as Jesus said that we should live by EVERY word which proceeds from the mouth of God. 8. Knowing about evil so we can show how God is different and evangelism by knowing what God has delivered you from Let’s assume for argument’s sake that Harry Potter IS evil. Ok. Should we still read it? Are the pagan religions that are in reality worshipping false God’s like Zeus and Athena evil? Yes. Did Paul study and research into these pagan Greek religions in order to give the message on Mars Hill where he referenced their gods and in particular “the Unknown God”? Yes. Did Paul then seek to know about evil? Yes. How about Gnosticism? This belief included ideas like (1) we have to have some special knowledge outside of scripture in order to be save, (2) matter is inherently , (3) Jesus is less than God, (4) legalism, (5) need for mystical experience. Is Gnosticism evil? Yes. Did John learn about the Gnosticism heresy in order to write against it in his epistles? How about Paul when he wrote Colossians? Yes. Did John and Paul seek to know and learn about evil? Yes. When different beliefs about the Trinity started milling about in the first several centuries and Aryanism became popular, were these denials of the Trinity evil? Yes. Did Athanasius have to learn about them in order to solidify and clarify his doctrine of the Trinity and determine the phrasing of the Athanasius creed? Yes. Did he have to learn about evil? Yes. Does Catholicism teach a false gospel of works based on achieving righteousness of your own by performing certain sacraments like baptism, confession, last rites, the Eucharist, etc.? Is any system of works based righteousness apart from grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone evil? Yes. When Martin Luther wrote his 95 theses describing his problems with the Catholic church’s teaching and nailed them to the door, did he research and learn about 95 teachings he was against? Yes. Did Martin Luther and the reformers learn about the evil that they stood against? You bet. Plus, we all have something which God has delivered us from. Often times we learn more about it after we’re saved than we ever knew before. For instance for me I believed in evolution before I came to Christ and now that I’ve been delivered from that erroneous evil way of viewing the world, I have researched and know way way more on the subject than I ever have. I think we should all be eager to learn about the difference between God’s world view and the false world views around us. I don’t think HP is evil, but if Harry Potter were indeed evil, perhaps we should still read it. Our goal would not be as much for entertainment purposes but as research to know what’s going on around us and to be able to reach our culture and to be able to determine the error from the truth. Should more people in the church have read Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” and realized how it’s ideas were contrary to the Biblical world-view and then stood up against him proclaiming those contradictions? Sure they should have. We shouldn’t avoid reading books that are evil. We should always have our biblical glasses on while viewing the world and then go out and divide truth from error and be salt and light when we find anything anywhere in the world that is decaying and in darkness. 9. Know the source about what/who your preaching and defending against ((Char wrote)) He [Harry Potter] is orphaned and living with a worldly, dysfunctional family, the "Weasleys" This is incorrect. The Weasley’s are a (magical) family that embrace and befriend Harry in his wizard school enrollment process and beyond. The Dursley’s are the “muggle” (or non-magical) family that Harry is living with. This may seem like a minor point but we need to make sure when we represent the other side that we are accurate. Making errors in representing their materials may cause dismissal of our entire effort and arguments. When someone who likes Harry Potter would begin reading the above statement, they would say, “What does this person know? If they think the Weasley’s are the bad family, they obviously didn’t even care enough to read the book? The Weasley’s are good! They certainly don’t know what they’re talking about.” I can’t really blame them for thinking this way because there is some truth to their sentiment. I also admit that I have been very guilty of making rash assumptions and trying to defeat something before I even really know the system they believe. I’ve also made the mistake of assuming that because they are an X then they believe as an individual precisely what the organization or group X teaches systematically, which is also not necessarily true. We need to be careful when reaching those that don’t accept the Bible as our source of most authoritative truth that we accurately start with “where they are at” before we start showing the error in it and what God’s Word would say. I need this reminder as much as anyone. 10. Filtering with explanation –OR- censorship and "bubble-boy" syndrome We generally have two modes of approach when trying to protect from evil non-Biblical world-views and anti-Christian thinking in a leadership type role. We can either censor or filter. Obviously where it is physical, like the actual seeing and visualizing the error is the problem, like with pornography, or if just imbibing/eating the error (the fruit in the Garden of Eden or drugs) will be the cause of the destruction, then the approach should be censorship. However, where it is a thinking thing based on thoughts written on a page or ideas and world-views presented in a movie, should censorship be the solution? I propose that when there is time and effort put into the filtering the error with explanation of the truth, this will be a much greater discipleship method. If we choose censorship, how long can we keep it up? How long can we keep those books and materials away from someone? If we can’t for their entire life, then won’t they be able to view them eventually anyway? Why not let them view or digest them at a time while your Christian worldview can be applied to the error with an explanation showing the difference? Also, what happens when someone tells you that you can’t read or see something? Exactly, you become curious and desire even more to see it or read it! This puts divisiveness between the censor of the book and the one censored from reading the book. Now the one censored from reading or viewing will simply go out and try and read or view behind the other person’s back or when they’re not looking or paying attention…is this the kind of reaction we want? Probably not. If we take effort and time to learn about it and discuss it together, this sifting truth from error discipleship time that we spend with them can be a great unifying event rather than dividing. We show we want to know what they think and how they think rather than shutting down their thinking on the subject. Ideas and thoughts come out into the open and are discussed rather than hidden deep down inside ourselves. Error is shown for what it is and truth is proclaimed to defeat it. Also, if our answer is well thought out and stated, this answer will go with that person when we are not around and they encounter the same error later on. The bible says to “train up” a child. What kind of training is involved in simply censoring everything from them. When you train armed forces for combat you simulate and study the obstacles and foes/enemies they will come up against. We are meant to have answers according to God’s Word and to present them with love and a right attitude. 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” Let’s not stick our heads in the sand and avoid this responsibility or be so lazy we don’t want to put forth the effort it takes to research or read. Most of all let’s spend time talking with the person on the subject or materials at hand rather than avoiding it, censoring it, and being silent. Let’s never stop speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) because love rejoices in the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6).

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