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I assumed even baby Christian had enough discernment to stay away from books and movies full of lust and witchcraft, titled "Horror Romance" in the bookstore--then my boys ages 9 and 11 came home from Sunday school with stories of the Youth group kids raving about the Twilight books. (and I thought Harry Potter was bad).

A Christian's View of the Twilight Series

I assumed Christians had enough discernment to stay away from books and movies full of lust and witchcraft, titled “Horror Romance” in the bookstore–then my boys ages 9 and 11 came home from Sunday school with stories of the Youth group  kids raving about the Twilight  books.

Twilight is a series of four vampire-based romance novels by a Mormon author Stephenie Meyer. The story is about Bella Swan, a teenage girl who falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire. A group of ware-wolfs (sp?) is after the couple.

As of March 2010, the series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. The first two “Twilight” films earned more than $1.1 billion in global ticket sales,  Eclipse the 3rd in the series generated record sales of more than $30 million.

Dare I comment on this culture phenomenon? I posted on World of Warcraft and got hundreds of obscene comments I had to delete.

Do you believe there is actually  blog trying to connect “Twilight and the Bible.” It compares the Twilight gang with Christian fellowship:

That’s why being part of a community of Christians is so important. Everybody is used differently by God, but each of us is created with the same Oneness in us. In the Twilight series, we see this happen in the wolf pack [werewolf pack]

Huh? Obviously wrong to most,  but to a teenage girl it may make sense.

When vampires,  were-wolfs, mediums, witches, occult, and blood sucking people are idols among the teens in church youth groups–someone needs to say something! Even if this series wasn’t demonic– the romance view is sick– It teaches teen girls that if  a boy loves he will stalks you, abuse you and control you–over 100 million sold.

But it’s Just a Movie

Mark Driscol explains we must be discerning. Twilight is more than just a movie!  A movie is a sermon with pictures. Satan is involved in story telling. Here Mark shows the dangerous trend in the best-selling youth books:

The “promise” presented in The Twilight Saga is the same found in the garden of Eden, whispered by satan…

“You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:4-5)

Robin

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  1. I so agree with you here!! Great Post!

  2. It is so nice to see someone post this view! I am still amazed and dismayed at my Christian friends who are in love with this series. I truly feel as a christian there are just so many better choices for reading material. Here’s the question for my heart that I always ask myself. If Jesus was physically sitting next to me and watching or reading the same thing do I think he would approve? It can really put things in perspective when they may seem fuzzy. Thanks so much for the post. I just recently found your blog and L O V E it!!!

  3. Good post Robin.. I am usually for good-vs-evil movies, but sometimes the content of them and the overall message is against Christian principles and morals. For example, Star Wars is a great Good vs. Evil movie, as is Lord of the Rings.. On the other hand, I don’t like Harry Potter or Twilight because of the way it portrays evil as good, and glorifies it as acceptable.

    Keep it up, and just ignore the hate comments.

  4. Rosario

    Thank you for sharing this with all your readers. My daughter is a pre-teen also and loves to read. One day she came home with the twilight book in her hands from school. I was shocked. I took the book, back to the librarian and told her, “this is not a book for children at this school to be reading.” She took the book, and no more comments were made.

  5. Stephanie

    Thank You!!!!!

    I’ve been trying to get this across to “church people” since Harry Potter. Is this not a clear sign that we are in the last days when even His people call evil good, and good evil? We had a church in our community that actually had a Harry Potter themed VBS! It’s time the church make a stand for righteousness.

  6. I have to admit that I don’t get it either. I know so many people that are just going crazy over these movies and books. I am an avid reader, yet I can’t bring myself to even look at any vampire style books. For me personally, it isn’t the appropriate choice.

    I don’t want to come across as though I am accusing you (or anyone else) of judging people for choosing to read/watch these, but I feel personally conflicted about discussing my views on this with my friends. It has been a true struggle. While I don’t agree that they are appropriate material, I also don’t necessarily think it is my place to call others out and question them about it. I think part of that feeling comes from the fact that I haven’t read the books or watched the movies personally, and I have always been a believer in not starting discussions on issues I am uneducated about. If that makes any sense. I should also point out that this isn’t a subject matter that I care to educate myself about. My other issue is that I have personally felt judged by others for choices I have made that they disagreed with. I knew more about the issues than they did, or cared to, and I felt that it was not their place to judge me.

    The other side of the conflict comes in where I can see how their decision to support and endorse this series can be seen and perhaps influence non-believers down a path that may not be the correct one.

    I have had a couple of discussions with others about my refusal to address my concerns with my friends interest in this subject, and I think it basically comes down to this. I have known these people for a very long time. I know they are rock solid in their faith. I also know that they have excellent judgment in general. Ultimately we all have to make our own decisions for ourselves and our families, and we are the ones who will be held accountable for said decisions. If I felt someone was making a true life threatening poor choice, I would certainly intervene, but I just don’t think it is my place in this situation, unless I were to absolutely spend the time to fully research the subject.

  7. Jennifer R

    I was so SHOCKED the other day when my daughter and I stopped at the Burger King on base while we were shopping. I like the fact that I can go there and grab a veggie burger meal and she loves their nuggets. Then I saw the toys they were giving away in the kid’s meals! Are you kidding me???? Twilight toys for little kids. My daughter is 9 but I know plenty of children younger then that get these meals. I asked the lady at the counter if they had any other toys she could have with her meal. I said I strongly objected to these toys and said I was very upset with Burger King for even thinking it was appropriate. She said she agreed with me and produced a different toy from under the counter. I could not believe it. Well actually yes I can believe it but wow! Couldn’t get away from the drink cups with vampires with glowing red eyes though. Terrible.

  8. Kristi

    There is an entire subculture devoted to vampirism. Do they grow fangs and shun the sun? Not really (well, some shun the sun…). But the basic elements of vampirism, of blood letting and drinking and the like, is very, VERY real to them. And they’re very, very serious about it.

    Every day I’m learning more and more that nothing is “neutral” in this world.

  9. I’m gonna be honest, I read the twilight series and honestly I did not see (at the time) how bad it was. This is a real eye opener and God has been pulling at my heart about this kind of stuff! thanks for sharing!

  10. I just personally feel like there are soooo many more wonderful and wholesome books for my kids to read, ones that I feel would honor God. That’s just my opinion.’>>

    Exactly this. In our church group, we have a saying: “Don’t just read good books – read only the best!”

    My BIL let his kids read Harry Potter and he wasn’t happy about it – but he said, “Rather them read it with me so I can explain it than them read it without me”. My comment back to him was, “Would you then buy him a Playboy and read it with him so that he won’t hide it under his mattress without you??” and he just froze and didn’t say a word. I think that convicted him, although I never spoke about it with him again.

  11. Well, I come from a different angle. I have read both the Twilight series and the Harry Potter series. Here’s what I discovered, as a Christian:

    Didn’t enjoy the Twilight series. It wasn’t a matter of good-vs-evil for me. It was just a mildy entertaining book series. So much so that I didn’t even want to see the movies. Too much drama! Too much unbelievability for a fiction book.

    Harry Potter I thoroughly enjoyed as a fiction book. There was never a time that I thought it was God vs. evil. It was fiction. Simple and clear. I have never desired to try “witchcraft” because I read them. Never desired to be part of that culture. Nothing. In fact, I found the butchering of latin quite entertaining/amusing. I think that J.K. Rawlings has an amazing imagination.

    For me, the Bible is a much better NON-fiction book to read than either of the above. God is truly amazing, and everything inside it is REAL! There is no question that God has an amazing imagination, just look around you. EVERYTHING HE creates is beautiful, and imaginative, and creative. God is truly the master of everything.

    I’ve read parts of the Quaran without converting to Islam. It is more so that I may comment with accuracy, rather than any desire to convert.

    I’ve read parts of the Book of Morman. I found it to be a rather poor attempt to copy the style of the Bible, and I do not understand why anyone would believe such an obviously fictional book.

    Now, having said all that: I do NOT think you are in any manner wrong for anything that was commented. Just my experience was different.

  12. Britney

    I must say I agree with your observation. My husband and I both work with youth at our church and some of the girls were obsessed with the series. I also found out some of there parents read and enjoyed them too. This was a total surprise to me! When they first became a craze, I felt the Lord plainly telling me that this was not God-honoring and that my family should have no part of it. I couldn’t believe that other Christians would see it differently but they do. Ultimately, that is between the person and God but I don’t mind sharing my opinion about it when asked. I also heard a rumor that the author extensively studied the occult and witchcraft to gain perspective for the books. I just personally feel like there are soooo many more wonderful and wholesome books for my kids to read, ones that I feel would honor God. That’s just my opinion.

  13. I am constantly suprised by my married Christians friends who are fans of Twilight and don’t see anything wrong with it. Everytime a book or movie comes out their FB status is filled with gushing for the ‘heroes’ in the books. It is not just an innocent story.

  14. Robin, I’m so glad someone FINALLY said SOMETHING about this!? My question to you who have asked Jesus to come into your heart is, “REALLY?! You truly see nothing wrong with this series?! ” Ahh!!!

  15. I haven’t read the books or seen the movies, and I don’t exactly equate them with Harry Potter, because to me, vampires and werewolves are completely fictional, whereas witches and warlocks are not. But I could be wrong in that.

    I have a lot of Christian friends who are “seasoned” Christians (not exactly babies) who rave over the whole phenomena, even line up outside the theater to see the next one. I simply don’t get it. I’m not interested in the least. My dd saw one of the movies because I had a momentary lapse in judgment. Honestly, I can’t say exactly why I don’t want her to see the movies or read the books, other than it just gives me the creeps and it doesn’t seem like something that would be edifying at al

  16. I just finished the whole series and I absolutely loved it. Stephanie Meyer in my opinion is an amazing writer. Literally from page one in each book I could not put them down….I read each 500 page book in about 2 days. I am an avid reader and typically read crime/suspense novels but since most of my adult friends had enjoyed these I thought I’d try. I can’t wait to get the other book she wrote prior to Twilight. I think the series is similar to Harry Potter only in that it starts out on a very “innocent” level and then by the end of the series has become much more mature and “dark.” It is not written in my opinion in a juvenile manner even though it is categorized as “juvenile fiction.” It’s the standard “good vs. evil” tale, and the main characters that are so popular are the “good guys.” While I try to respect those who become so opposed to any kind of supernatural character becoming popular with kids, I have a really hard time supporting it because IT IS FICTION. My 8 year old hasn’t read the books or seen the movies, but knows who Edward and Jacob are. She is completely clear that it is not real. Just like when she watches the Jetsons or Spiderman……they are superheroes. Characters with larger than life abilities that allow you to experience the joy of fantasy entertainment. If you are against that, that is certainly your choice. I feel that as a parent I have the responsibility to make sure the things my children are exposed to are age appropriate and most importantly to instill in them the values of right/wrong and the ability to discern truth from fiction. I would not allow my 8 year old to watch the first Twilight movie that she has begged to see simply because the werewolf would be scary to her and cause trouble here at bedtime. If I told her that some people aren’t allowed to see it because their Mommies are scared they might want to be vampires, she would look at me like I was crazy. At 8 she has a solid understanding of fantasy. I’m not trying to be sarcastic or criticize anyone’s choices, but I do think that as a parent my job is to teach my kids how to view the world realistically. Now, if Stephanie Meyer were a practicing Satanist, I would obviously not entertain the thought of reading anything she published. The fact that she is a 30 something mother of little kids just like me and and open about talking about her Mormon faith speaks volumes to me. I am pretty certain even my 85 year old grandmother would enjoy these……it’s not just a teenie bopper love story, it’s not just a murder mystery, it’s not just fantasy fiction…..it’s all of these amazingly rolled into one. I know how I feel about this simply because I’ve read it……I encourage anyone whose teen wants to read them to go get them yourselves and see what it’s about. And the referenced quote “whispered by satan”……..a lot of humor in the story comes from the fact that Edward, being a vampire, has to work really hard not to hurt Bella because she “smells so good” to him….as in he wants to eat her. But his family doesn’t eat human blood……..they are “vegetarians.” The story is a struggle between Bella wanting to become a vampire to be able to spend eternity with Edward vs. Edwards desire for her to stay human so that she will not have to live the life he has been destined to……there is a ton of depth, emotions, choices common to everyone–especially teens though I don’t think they would really understand the layers in the writing. It very clearly depicts Bella’s struggles though, between “stay with boyfriend and join his world” and “go to college and have a normal human life.” This could readily compare to realistic struggles of young love and prioritizing choices one has to make as a young adult these days………Anyway, sorry to ramble on…..I’m just saying that these are not some horrific slasher type sci-fi novels/movies and that the characters being vampires/werewolves is very secondary to the messages in these books. These are in no way “horror” and I could write some amazing term papers on these if I (pained expression) were back in college again!!

  17. Shannon

    I see that Christians may not feel comfortable reading fictional stories about things they consider evil. However, your comment about the series teaching teenage girls that a boy who loves you will stalk you, abuse you and control you shows that you have not read these books. I will admit that Edward is persistent in his pursuit of Bella, but he does not abuse her and she does not let him control her in the least. Edward isn’t really trying to control Bella; he just wants what is best for her. One of the themes of the series is practicing self control; you can’t just do what you want whenever you want which is something a large number of the population could do with learning, not just teenagers. And, by the way, the wolf pack is not after Bella and Edward; in fact, they are doing their best to protect Bella.

  18. Jennifer

    Let’s “lean not on our own understanding”…

    There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times , or an enchanter , or a witch , Or a charmer , or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD…Deut. 18:10-12

    And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. Lev. 20:6

    There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Prov. 16:25

  19. Stephanie

    This whole conversation in defense of these books/movies is a little disheartening to me coming from God’s people. Not to sound too cliche’, but what would Jesus do? You can say this is harmless entertainment, but should you really find enjoyment in things of this nature? Would you feel as comfortable watching these movies or reading these books if Jesus was sitting on the coach with you? I have found that the closer I get to God, the more my spirit gets grieved by filthy language,adult situations and things that are contrary to the commandments of God in movies and on tv. Let’s not forget Phil. 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.

  20. adrienne

    I have read the first 2 books (twilight and new moon), and am getting read to read the 3rd (eclipse) and I have watched all the 3 movies. I have not seen anything wrong with these book or movies. Yes it is fiction, but aren’t most books? There are many fictional christian books out there. (Yes I no twilight is not a christian series)

    As Shannon has pointed out, Edward does not “stalk Bella” nor abuse her. In a way (and this is how I see the series) it is a view of how God is towards us. He loves us and protects us. God pursues us. The series promotes abstinence. Edward has to struggle (just like all of us) to wait until he and Bella are married. Isn’t that something every christian parent tries to teach there sons and daughters? I know my parents did with me and are with my little sisters.

    In the series Edward never harms Bella, he is actually very gentle with her and is very scared of hurting her. He does everything he can to keep her safe. There are countless times that he has actually saved Bella’s life like in the school parking lot when she was about to be hit by a van, when she had went to the city and was about to be attacked by a group of men in a dark ally, and when there was a group of “bad vampires” that wanted to “eat” her. Edward actually put his life on the line in that scene, the “bad vampires” could have actually “killed” him. (Didn’t jesus put his life on the line for all of us literally? If you think a bout it jesus died on a cross to protect us from going to Hell and the demons in it [the “bad vampires”])

    Edward only wants what is best for bella, just as God does with you and me.

    Now I could see people not liking the series if edward was trying to get her in bed, trying to keep her away from her family, trying to control her every move, or abusing her mentally or physically, but that he does not.

    Why dislike a movie that supports abstinence, caring for others and respecting others?

  21. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the Bible

    Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

    The LORD then gave these further instructions to Moses: ‘Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever. It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy. Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy. Anyone who desecrates it must die; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community. Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest. I repeat: Because the LORD considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.’ (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT)

    Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children. (Isaiah 13:15-18 NLT)

    Oh and don’t forget, God loves animal and human sacrifice. Instead of reading Twilight, Harry Potter and the like, you really should be out sacrificing animals to your God. He loves that, plus murder & rape if somebody angers him enough. Lovely God!

  22. Rebekah

    Ok, I’m a bit offended at this.

    “Huh? Obviously wrong to most, but to a teenage girl it may make sense.”

    Oh, since when are teenage girls of lower intellect, or spiritual standing? I think you have very little knowledge of young adults, and it shows in your writing. Just because we’re younger doesn’t mean we don’t need respect as well.

    Thank you for hearing me out,
    Rebekah, a 14 year old girl.

  23. Anonymous

    i am a christian and i have read these books and watched the movies and theres nothing bad about them if u dont believe they are true??

  24. I agree with all that has been said here a sto why we should not have anything to do with these types of books. For those who do not agree and see nothing wrong with it and call themselves believers, would you argue with God? Here is what He has to say about it:

    1.1 Samuel 15:23
    For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
    1 Samuel 15:22-24 (in Context) 1 Samuel 15 (Whole Chapter)
    2.2 Kings 9:22
    And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?
    2 Kings 9:21-23 (in Context) 2 Kings 9 (Whole Chapter)
    3.2 Chronicles 33:6
    And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
    2 Chronicles 33:5-7 (in Context) 2 Chronicles 33 (Whole Chapter)
    4.Micah 5:12
    And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
    Micah 5:11-13 (in Context) Micah 5 (Whole Chapter)
    5.Nahum 3:4
    Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.
    Nahum 3:3-5 (in Context) Nahum 3 (Whole Chapter)
    6.Galatians 5:20
    Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
    Galatians 5:19-21 (in Context) Galatians 5 (Whole Chapter)

    Leviticus 19:26
    ” ‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. ” ‘Do not practice divination or sorcery.
    Leviticus 19:25-27 (in Context) Leviticus 19 (Whole Chapter)
    Deuteronomy 18:10
    There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
    18Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

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    Leviticus 19:31

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    31Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

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    Leviticus 20:6

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    6And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

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    Leviticus 20:27

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    27A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

    And on and on it goes. If you do just a little research on it you will find tons of scripture that tell us to flee evil. How can you not see it other than you don’t want to. There are scriptures about that too. Prov. 9 will we be wise or foolish? Will we be lulled by Satan and please our flesh or follow our King? He didn’t ask us to stay away from it to take our joy. He wants us to not step into a snare!

    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.

    How can you argue with God?

    Also, try reading the Beautiful Side of Evil. If you can read scripture and still think you are ok, you need to re-think your walk.

  25. Phoeby

    J K Rowlings studied witchcraft to better educate herself to write Harry Potter.

  26. Please, do yourselves a favor, throw away these books and pick up God’s word. You are in a spiritual war that is getting ever more serious. Separate yourselves from that which is ungodly.

    Jesus shed His blood for us. Satan, on the other hand, is consistently exposed in scripture as desiring OUR blood. The prophets of Baal cut themselves as was their custom on Mt. Carmel when challenged by Elijah. The demonized man from the region of Gadara lived in tombs and CUT himself with stones. Even today, children are cutting themselves on account of demonic influences.

    Satanists and other occult groups perform horrible blood sacrifices on demonic altars.

    Don’t be deceived. Vampires have nothing to do with the Lord or His ways. His ways are pure, perfect, and absolutely holy. If you genuinely love Him, obey His commandments; be holy, as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).

    Respectfully,
    Greg

  27. So glad you posted this view point. The administrators at Salem County Christian Academy were pushing this book on the girls. When I questioned it as demonic, citing verses, I was quickly shut down. It is kind of scary to think that adults who are supposed to me mentoring and leading our children do not see the biblical truth as it relates to this series.

  28. You are right on. How can anyone argue with scripture? If the scriptures aren’t enough to stop those from reading or watching that which is not of the Lord then ponder this: God allowed his only son to be beaten, tortured, and nailed to a cross so we could spend eternity with Him. Yet those who say they are children of God won’t turn from what is wrong in God’s eyes, and ultimately that is the only one who matters here, not me, not anyone here who has shared, only our precious Lord. We are going stand before Him one day and answer for everything. For me, when tempted by satan, and we all are, if it’s something I really am having a hard time saying no to, and of course I fall short everyday, but I picture His face and satan’s face. Knowing what the Lord has done for me nothing on this earth is worth breaking His heart for. Simply ask yourself am I making satan happy or my God. When situations come and they do, and we make the wrong decision, don’t make excuses or justify.Appreciate the person who points it out (not judges but we should hold one another accountable). I know so often we can get mad at the other person when our anger is misplaced. Look within. We need to fall on our knees and ask His forgiveness which he so willingly gives to those who ask and intend to do better. He doesn’t expect perfection, but we must strive to be obedient. The scriptures are so clear on this particular discussion. Stand for Him!

  29. Michael Stone

    AMEN! You are right on with this, Robin, just as you were with the WOW blog. True Christians, people who are truly walking in the Light, wouldn’t even CONSIDER watching or reading such poison.

    Our bodies are temporary, and we need to feed them regular healthy meals, or they become illl and eventually die prematurely. Our spirits are eternal, and that eternity is crucial. We need to feed our spirits what is good and beneficial for us. “Garbage in, garbage out.” “You are what you eat.” Such true sayings, and even more so when it comes to our eternal spirits. If we feed this sort of poison to our spirits, we cannot expect anything but eternal death. There is NO compromise in JESUS, no matter what the mainstream church and the world may want to say. NO COMPROMISE.

    Thanks for sharing. You SO rock!

  30. Annette

    Hi!
    I really enjoyed your article, many thought provoking points. Teens/children are impressionable, they are forming their worldview, if they base their worldview and consequently their thoughts/actions on such non-sense then they, along with their generation and society as a whole are in trouble! I cannot understand why any Christian parent (or any parent at all) would think it’s ok for their child to read such books. Your quote about a movie being a sermon in pictures is so true! How many of those teens could sit through a 2hr sermon on the Word of God, yet they would be glued to the silver screen?! I get that its a ‘facinating’ topic and they may well be curious, but we should be one step ahead to teach them such things are not pleasing in God’s sight and why. In our house there is a TOTAL ban on witchcraft, magic, fairies and other such matter. It is not edifying. The Word of God say ‘by beholding you become changed’. Satan is shooting out some seriously firey darts, they are going over our heads (generally through lack of knowledge) but catching our children and buring them! We are their 1st line of defence and protection until they can defend and protect themselves! Let us not make it so easy for Satan to capture our children’s hearts and minds! Isn’t their eternal destiny worth fighting for?

  31. The person who wrote this posting has a complete misunderstanding of the Bible and old testament scriptures in particular.

    Our God is a loving God who shows us unending mercy.

    As for the Twilight series, too adult themed and sensual for school age children – but children as young as 4th grade are reading it at our school (what?).

    As for Harry Potter, my children are both readers, they have read many, many book series, both Christian and non Christian starting with Magic Treehouse, then Nancy Drew, then Lemony Snickets, then the Percy Jackson series, the Narnia series, Harry Potter series, and the next one will the the Lord of the Rings, No, we will not be reading Twilight. Everything should be done with guidance of parents. My children both love the Lord and nothing we have read has shaken them from their foundation in Him.

  32. I have been discussing these books (as a small part of our classic horror literature studies) with my kids, but they haven’t (nor will they ever) read them. Funny how no one seems to care that a 100+ year old man is having a love affair with a 17 yr old girl. Like, ICK. Not to mention when the werewolves start imprinting on baby girls. It is suddenly OK for old men to have sexual feelings for children just because they are in young bodies?

    I feel sorry for anyone who thinks these books are well written. For a scathing but accurate review of the series by someone who isn’t even a Christian and yet sees the poor writing, plot holes, and other serious problems with these books, go to the Sparklife blog page at Sparknotes and check out the Blogging Twilight blog index.

  33. anonymous

    if you are talking about the harry potter series, i know nothing of it.
    but out of personal experience, i adored the twilight saga, it has just nothing against religion! It is a totally innocent book for crying out loud!

  34. robert donaldson

    Hi there,
    I am wondering why it is that a person who is truely following the Holy Spirits leading thinks it will not grieve Him by us feasting our eyes and hearts upon scenes of deceit, evil, magic, witchcraft, sex scenes, etel. Doesnt Jesus want us to be so filled with the Holy Spirit that our lives will reflect His Glory?
    How can this be when a confessing believer subjects his/herself to the above.
    Personally im convicted so much by any of these, that i get up and leave should any of these situations arise.
    My once upon a time life in the world i now see as all loss to me, a period of time growing closer to hell daily.
    Do you not think the Holy Sprit is so grieved by such movies as lord of the rings, harry potter etel..
    Go see them all, but do not expect our heavenly Father to use you until you repent of offending Him.

  35. Constance McNamara

    Jesus stands for love and all that encompasses that emotion. He wasn’t a biggot and he associated with people who were considered scum of the earth. The Harry Potter series is about how love, friendship, caring and kindness can destroy evil. J.K Rowling’s use of magic allowed her characters to defeat evil without being destructive. Not once does Harry Potter perform even an ounce of violence on his fellow man. Even in the end the destruction of the main villian is due to his own lack of understanding human emotions such as love. The Villians curse backfires and he destroys himself relieving our hero of the duty of having to comit the act of murder. I have also read the Twilight Series and believe it is a load of trash. There are no decent moral tales, nothing in it to promote strenght and individuality in our young women. They were stories written for desperate house wives who lack romance in their lives and who have no sense of who they are because they need a man to make them happy. I think it is important to read these books in order to understand them. It is also important not to let your mind be clouded by predjudice. Thank You.
    and P.S it is J.K Rowling not Rowlings

  36. With the constant rise of teen pregnancy, suicide, and drug abuse, it’s nice to see some Christians still have their priorities straight. Even though it’s a fictional (and completely generic) storyline, I could definitely see a 16-yr old watching this and thinking they should go out and drink people’s blood.

    Srsly, if reading Twilight causes major behavioral problems with your children, you must be raising the world’s dumbest kids.

  37. Can’t advocate the Twilight books, mainly due to Stephenie Meyer’s lack of aesthetic merit and inability to write herself out of a paper sack.

    If your children are taking this series too seriously, allowing it to grossly warp their view of Christ and faith, then perhaps there’s a deeper issue you need to address. If not, the vicious cycle of “fearing every fad” will continue.

    Discernment? Yea, verily. Get the facts, faith, and fiction straight. Live for the former two, enjoy the latter.

  38. Elbert

    Everyone does not see things the same way.If you want to see evil in something you will see it.And if you want to see good in it you’ll see it. Most here have already made up your minds on these things.However maybe you should go see these sais movies and or read these books expecting something good to come from them -READ- or WATCH- with a different mind set.

  39. Religion is the vampire. Dont let it suck the blood out of you.LOL.

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