Monday Musings are for subject matters regarding things I see today in and outside the church. Today is no different. If you had a chance to read last week’s Monday Musing’s, we looked at Christian tarot cards. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, please do so. Today, we continue to look at this subject from another angle – books sold for the purpose of connecting with the spirit world.
Last week a friend of mine sent me pictures from a local retail outlet. She went there to purchase a few things, and while looking around in the book and games section, she came across a selection of books specifically tailored toward spirit readings, tarot cards, wizardry, and spell casting.
Folks, this stuff no longer hides conspicuously. Instead, it is displayed for all to see, including children.
A name you’ll recognize.
One of the more recognizable items was “The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook.”
I know many people are into Harry Potter. They are thrilled when their child takes great delight in reading the thousands of pages of Harry Potter. I wonder, though, are they just as thrilled when they read other literary works? What about the Bible? Do kids spend as much time reading the Bible?
I imagine some parents would get offended at the suggestion, saying it’s harmless fiction. But what if it led their child to actually practice the stuff taught in the book? It can happen. I know of a teenager who has found herself in all kinds of trouble in this area because of these books.
Another question comes to mind – would the stores be stocking their shelves of these items if there wasn’t any interest? It appears there is an interest in magic, sorcery, spell books, and tarot cards.
This is one location in a chain of stores around the country. That means thousands of shoppers have an opportunity to purchase these items.
What does the Bible say about this kind of stuff? Should we be allowing our children to practice these kinds of things? Should adults be practicing these things? Should we be buying these books?
Deuteronomy 18:10-12, “There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.”
Revelation 9:20, “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the worst of their hands nor give up worshipping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
If I read the Scriptures correctly, the answer is no; we shouldn’t get involved in these types of things.
Many people are unaware of what is influencing our children and youth today. When you start noticing it, you will see the slight overtures and suggestions even in kids’ cartoons and movies. However, books aren’t the only avenue being used to reach children.
1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”
Stay alert, my friends.