I read my first ~ and probably last ~ Magic Tree House book today ... Dingoes at Dinnertime by Mary Pope Osborne. My kids had received a couple of these books and kept asking me if they could read them. Although they appear perfectly harmless ... my gut told me they were objectionable ... so I have been telling them "not yet" for the past several months. "Mommy needs to read one first!" Today was finally the day.
These books are geared for early elementary age readers. The main characters are 7 and 8 years old. They are a brother and sister named ... Jack and Annie. This hugely popular series is DANGEROUS! What is cleverly woven into its interesting storyline? Witchcraft. It is subtle ... but it is definitely there! The witch in book #20 is a librarian ... she cast a spell and turned a dog (back) into a boy! Jack and Annie helped break the spell by collecting four items. She tells her young helper (the boy who was a dog) who is "training to work in her library" and who "has a rare gift for magic" ... that she hopes "next time you'll (he'll) ask before trying the spells in my spell book". The four lessons the boy needed to learn (not Jack, but the one who was a dog for a time) were:
1. Time is very precious. It must be used wisely.
2. You should not be afraid to stand up for yourself. A small creature can be one of the bravest.
3. Nature should be respected. Nature holds many wonders.
4. Study of other times and places is important. There is magic and wisdom in the traditions of ancient peoples.
Now, there is some truth in the above list ... and I don't have time to get into all of it just now. For the moment, let me just stress that nature is overly important to Wiccans and they believe there is power in nature. Number four is eyebrow raising as well. Number two seems okay to our selfish minds ... but it doesn't really line up with Scripture. Number one is the only item that really agrees with the Bible. But remember ... something that is mostly good with just a little bad thrown in ... is bad! Brownies that are 99% brownie and only 1% dog poop ... are bad!
Also included in the book is this hooey ...
"At one time, all the continents on earth were part of one huge land mass. Australia became separated from this mass about 200 million years ago. Because it is a separate continent, its animals have evolved differently from those on other continents." AND "Kangaroos have been in Australia for 25 million years." Come on ... no one really knows this!
I also found it noteworthy that the witch is named Morgan le Fay ... while Anton le Vey is the High Priest and Founder of the Church of Satan. Hmmm ... interesting choice of a name!
Witchcraft is big and getting bigger ... and even getting to be cool! There are many books for kids that teach how to be a witch ... often with pictures of attractive people on the cover. Let's not forget that Satan is currently having his reign here ... that he is prowling around looking for someone to DEVOUR! Pray that it won't be our children! Let's wake up!!!
As always ... it doesn't really matter what I think. What does YHWH say about witchcraft???
"You shall not ... practice divination." Leviticus 19:26
"I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists ..." Leviticus 20:6
"Let no one be found among you ... who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist, or who consults the dead" Deuteronomy 18:10
So ... do you think God finds it acceptable if I just want to read about the things HE DETESTS for entertainment??? It's not as though I'm going to start casting spells or try to be a witch ... I'm just reading a story. Right? Isn't that okay?
Why, however, would I want to fill my mind with this stuff???
Harry Potter might be next :)