Films with Demonic Influence?


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After her unexpected rise to stardom, [Meyer] later confessed: ‘I actually did have a dream after Twilight was finished of Edward coming to visit me – only I had gotten it wrong and he did drink blood like every other vampire and you couldn’t live on animals the way I’d written it. We had this conversation and he was terrifying.'”

Many laugh when some Christians express concern about the popularization of the occult and demonic in today’s media. I know I did when a friend expressed as much concerning role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. But the quote from an article appearing in (titled the same as above) speaks of author Michael O’Brien’s latest book, Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture, in which he provides a powerful argument favoring a cautious approach or even avoidance of such depictions.

Keeping this all in perspective, the popularity of series such as The Twilight Saga and Harry Potter seem to rival the long-term popularity and influence of The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. Friends and other like-minded folk (such as the person I alluded to above) felt that there was essentially no difference between all of these fictional works citing themes such as the struggle between God and Evil and a seemingly clear division of such.

Yet there is a key difference among the similarities – namely Christianity. Both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (authors of LOTR and the Chronicles of Narnia, respectively) were devout Christians, the former being Catholic and the later Anglican in addition to being close friends. Their fantastical tales are drenched with Christian Dogma, Lewis’ more outright than Tolkien who wished to portray a world prior to the Gospels where the Truth of God was evident but not revealed as of yet.

Contrast that to Twilight and Harry Potter where there appears to be no such reference to God, Judeo-Christian or otherwise. Instead we have a celebration of the self and the self-indulgent. And while inherent and universal truths of god over evil are maintained and lauded, wouldn’t the person Jesus refers to as “the father of all lies” be a master at taking the truth and twisting it “according to his own nature” (Jn 8:44)?

Marinate on the verse in immediate context:

43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.

44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

45 But, because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. (John (RSV) 8)

In the world today we are often so ready to buy into the falsities presented by the culture of death like vampires, werewolves and sorcerers that we reject He Who is, “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John (RSV) 14:6).


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