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All the things we love
By Berit Kjos, July 12, 2003
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"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them." Ephesians 5:11
I love Harry Potter. I'm a Christian also and I attend church. Menmay
I love to hang out with my friends
I got into anime, and yes, I love this. It is an obsession, Jon
I love anime, it rules! Ensign Shiro Amada, 14 year old otaku.
I love anime, especially Neon Genesis Evangelion. I believe it has taught me things I never could have learned in church, or anything else for that matter. Jeff Recco
...you and I see both God and reality from different perspectives. Therefore even our words take on different meanings. For example, "to be" a Christian -- someone who loves and follows Jesus -- I simply had to trust in the freedom and salvation He won for me by dying on the cross and bearing the judgment for my sins. I am not sure what your "to Be" means. Could you explain it?
Shellie Leete... there are 150 pocket monsters. You need to get all of them to have all the power. So you want to get all of them. I just love them. I love my pocket monsters!" Shellie Leete
"How do you get the power?" I asked.
"Well you have pocket monsters that you have already won. They live in poke' balls."
"What are Poke' balls?"
"That is where they stay when they aren't helping you. Whenever you need their assistance you call them and they roll out of their balls and become full size and help you."
"How do you call them?"
"By their name, silly." She laughed.
"Like how?" I inquired.
"Well, like 'Ginkachu', I need you, come and help me?"
"How do they help you?"
"They use their magic powers to do things to help you. Like for example, 'Blahblahchu' has the power to turn into a ball of fire and burn for you. And they fight the bad ones. Oh yeah, and they evolve. They can change and evolve into other things to give you more power. So you say 'Blahblahchu' help me and they come and help you, they're really cool."
"What are you called? I mean, are you just a little girl or what is your name when you play this?"
"The Master. I am the master. I call them and they do what I ask. They have to obey me."
i have been playing RPGs since i was little. and i love them ... From a high school student
I have been raised in a Christian home my entire life and have been one myself since I was eight years old. I watch Pokemon often and have read all three Harry Potter books. I LOVED them! From Stacey Fox
Lisa: I love Star Wars, I have loved it since it first came out at the movies. It was my own choice, and will continue to love it. ... I read all the books, collect mementos, read articles on Star Wars.... I don't see any conflict between me liking Star Wars and being a Christian.
Don't get me wrong, I am a Christian, and I love my religion, but I also love other religions too, and refuse to hate or try and change other people because I don't agree with them. Smirnoff
I love Sailor Moon. ... Sailor Moon even gives encouragement to young girls to be strong for themselves. Anonymous
Sam Fisher: I'm a devout Christian and i love the Lord. But its fanatical people like you that find fault with what you want to find fault with.
Anonymous: I am a 27 year old mother and I have read the first two Harry Potter books and I love them.
I also love the teletubbies, Tinky being one of my favorite, I am not a bad person, I love all the creatures of this world. "angel":
"King Cobra: I am a Catholic teenager, and a very large Dragon Ball Z fan.... I love snakes.
From Lisa Class: I was a D&D player in college. The only woman. I loved the game. What I loved about it was the intellectual stimulation that it gave me. It took my mind and pulled it to its outer limits. I had to think and react quickly. However, I started to notice that my friends were taking this as more then just a game. It became their God. It is in that I find danger. I quit playing D&D.
From Don M.: I Love Jesus and He is My Shepherd, and I reject experience as a measure or standard of TRUTH...
From Stephen: I am a devout christian, and i love the lord with all my heart, and also read harry potter. ... We live in America, why don't you read the document that layed down the foundation for it's people; i don't know if you've ever heard of it, it's called the Constitution.
From Rich: I have seen and indeed own the entire Evangelion series, as well as many other Anime movies and series. NGE is a wonderful series in so far as that is does offer up an interesting story based on religion. The series is no doubt offensive to many christians, but not to me. I love God and Jesus. Indeed I love mankind as well. I can see things in a different light than most.
Anomymous: You guys need to get it together! I can't believe there are actually idiots like you on this planet! I have to say, that quite frankly, you people REALLY scare me. ... You think EVERYTHING from Tarzan to Pokemon, role playing games to Harry Potter are evil! This is complete____! I LOVE the Harry Potter books
Your love for Harry Potter doesn't prove his goodness. Nor did I say you or anyone was worshiping Satan. And if you were to look in the section on victory and "Fun for the Family" you would see a small portion of the things I love and recommend. Or would you prefer to silence my opinion and outlaw my views. That doesn't sound very American - or Christian.
From Hermione J. I love the adventures of the brave Harry Potter, the cunning Ron Wesley and the brainy Hermione Granger. In the end isn't that all that matters that we love it? I would think so anyway. Harry Potter are the stories that prove good really does conquer evil.
Don't hate what I love!
From Jammer L. Wolfwood Let me state myself first of all. I am a young college student who has been brought up Christian. Church was one of the only places where I had friends growing up. I love the members there....
While I understand the purpose of your site is to educate people on anything that may draw them away
from Christian values, the way you have done so is quite harsh at times. Sometimes it seems like you are making blind judgements calling something "occult" or "satanic." These types of judgements hurt, because many people who aren't Christian come across these, and use these views to label Christians in general as stuck-up idiots and they start to hate the whole idea of organized religion, because of the mindset they believes it creates.
Since anime is wildly attacked by some Christians (I understand why, that I do), many anime fans don't like the religion. In fact some people are falling away from BEING Christian because others don't accept that someone can be Christian and an anime fan. I've seen it happen, it's sad. I happen to love anime, in fact, my life goal since fifth grade has been to become an illustrator for a comic book. So of course I love manga and anime. That doesn't mean that I worship it. Sci-fi, fantasy, magic in general...
Don't hate what I love!
I see more clearly than you do.
From Devin: i am a christian. i love God and Jesus but i also think that you are wrong. people seem to think that Dungeons and dragons is evil or wrong because they only see what they Choose to see ...
From Jenna (TenshiWings) - Proud supporter of Shounen-ai:
I love anime. I will always love it. I will never burn anything of mine, because I have worked long and hard to earn it. I will not let anyone tell me that the things I hold dear are evil. .... I love to think, and RPGs make me think. Thinking is good. (From Berit: Actually "thinking" is neutral. What counts is what you think about.) ... I leave you with this: "Sailor Moon, you will forever be immortal. For all eternity, you will be the most beautiful, brilliant light." ... Sailor Moon is GOD! WORSHIP HER FOUL MORTALS!! <bows profusely><lights a zillion candles around her Usagi Tsukino shrine> All hail Usagi Tsukino! Sailor Moon! Neo-Queen Selenity! I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy! </sarcasm> "Heero no mane nanka shitaku wa nai ga... ore to issho ni jigoku e ikou ze!" -Duo Maxwell, my very own God of Death! <jumps on Duo> I LOVE YOU! (Anime3)
From Hedwig: I have absouloutely NOTHING against God. I love him and I pray every nigh. Harry Potter is the best book I have ever read. It is all myth and completely untrue. ...I cannot believe you. I am a christian and I love Harry Potter. ... ASK YOUR CHILDREN NOT TO HANG WITH US "WIZARDS" AND STAY OUT OF OUR BUISINESS! DON'T READ THE BOOKS OR WATCH THE MOVIES!!
From Jannie: In many of the messages I got the distinct impression they were saying "I love God with all my heart, my life is His, but I'm going to do what doesn't please Him anyway."
Anomymous: Any pile of stunted growth unaware that entertainment is just that, and nothing more, deserves to doom themselves to some dank cell somewhere for having been so stupid! ... I have friends who are DEVOUT Catholics and Christians of other denominations who love the Harry Potter books, the Lord of the Rings books, Dragonball Z, the Yu-Gi-Oh! game, and are involved in RPG's. ... Your obsession with keeping everything but the Bible in people's minds in sickening. That's almost idol-worship. ...
Please stop being such hate mongers, go out and enjoy life. Have God in your heart, and keep him there. Keep your religion to yourself, and everyone will be better for it.
From SSJ138: I read your site and I have to say that such content makes my decision to turn from the christian path all the easier. ...
I have been a very big fan of DB/DBZ for a long time now, and surprisingly enough, I got into it when I was staying at my aunt's house for a week while I taught vacation bible school in her home town. ...I sat down and watched an episode, and I couldn't stop. It was great. I loved the characters, and there are many of them that I actually relate to. ... Yes, there are many aspects of DB/DBZ/DBGT that embody a more "occult" or "unchristian" feel. Of course. It comes from an unchristian (note that I didn't say ANTI-christian...) culture. The christian god gave his creations the ability to choose for themselves, and every aspect of those creations to whom he gave intelligence turned away from him. His own angels, his own beloved humans, CHOSE to disobey him, by the very will he gave to them. What does this say about God? .... I love DBZ more than any show/art form on the planet, and I plan on getting inked with a couple of DBZ characters this week, encasing them and their qualities forever in my own flawed, free-will driven human flesh. I will even go as far as to say that the entire DB/DBZ system of gods/deities/guardians/OtherWorlds makes more sense to me as a person than christianity.
Your summary leaves out much of what really happened and shows a very human view of the God who cannot be defined or explained apart from His Word and Spirit. Even so, it says that,
- God didn't want to make us mindless puppets
- He allowed us to see what we (and the world) are like apart from Him, so that we would all the more delight in the hope, freedom and abundant, eternal life we have in Christ.
- His patience and mercy toward those who turn to Him far exceeds our understanding.
- His judgment on those who continue in rebellion and refuse to acknowledge His answers and provision for all our needs is justified.
From Jocelyn: I AM FURIOUS WITH THIS SITE. Yeah, right, Harry leads us to witchcraft. I am a Catholic, a Christian, and full-heartedly believe in my religion. My fave musical is Godspell, about Jesus, and I altarserve, pray everyday, and sing songs from my religion. Also, my fave books are the Harry Potter series. ... Get a grip; we KNOW that it's fiction! ... If Satan is lurking, why would he waste his time on Harry Potter books? They're not leading us to sin; the people who believe the books are evil...they're the ones that are leading us to sin!
Jocelyn, please read what God tells us about witchcraft, divination, magic or sorcery and necromancy in Deut 18:9-12. Notice that He refers to such practices as an "abomination." In other words, He despises it.
Then read Rom 12:2-9. Here He tells us to "abhor what is evil" and "cling to what is good." If, in your imagination, you delight in what God abhors, you are not following Him. Jesus gives us an example of the importance of the imagination when He tells us, "everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart." Matt. 5:28 It's a good reminder to girls not to dress as living temptations to the guys, making it more difficult for them to follow God's ways.
Now that you've done this, kids are getting mad at Christians. People are saying I am an idiot and a fool because I'm a Christian. Kids at my school bug me and I say, "Hey listen. I love Harry Potter, and I have nothing to do with this!" I love God, I love Jesus, and I hate your stupid comments saying that if we read Harry Potter we're going to go to hell!
Stop this nonsense. Tell everyone who thinks Harry Potter books are evil about my e-mail. I will fight for this. I am a Christian. I believe in Jesus. I pray. I give to charity. And I'm not going to let people destroy the books children love!
You say you are a Christian, Jocelyn, so you may appreciate this reminder of what it means to follow Jesus and bear His name:
"If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.... If they persecuted Me they will persecute you... for they do not know the One who sent Me." John 15:20-21
From Karey: I am a Catholic.... And I love Harry Potter. ... Children need to have make believe in their life. It gives them the opportunity to exercise imagination.... Use these books as a reason to discuss religion and beliefs with your child. Make it a positive family time. fantasies and imagined experiences can be even more effective in changing beliefs and values than real experiences. By delighting in spells and magic, children learn to love what God tells us to shun -- then rationalize their moral and spiritual compromise. You cannot take a stand on God's absolute and unchanging truths with one foot resting in the world of the occult.
Anonymous: so what? has it ever crossed your mind, that MAYBE children and teenagers have their own BRAINS? maybe they think for themselves? MAYBE THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN EVERYTHING THEY'RE TOLD! cripes, you make me sick.
if you hate fantasy, harry potter, who cares? just hate it! I love it! ... everyone knows, that even The Old Testament is fake. it didn't happen. it's made up. so IT'S FANTASY!!!
They do and they can. But their brains need to be instructed and led by good values, not the capricious feelings that are natural our human nature. And their thoughts need -- according to age -- the wise guidance of facts and truth. Otherwise children and teenagers never learn true wisdom. See Proverbs 12-15.
"I believe in GOD. I go to church, I pray. I love Harry Potter. It's a fun movie, and in NO way promotes "evil" witchcraft. That is why the characters are "good" characters...." Laura
From Jon Smith in my experience, I have learned that an obbsession can be a great thing. A few years back, when I first got into anime, my life was very very troubled. My father was a pastor in an unloving, dying church, my sister was in one of the worst states I have ever seen her in, and my life at home was something I truly hated. Well, I got into anime, and yes, it became a true passion, I love this, it is an obsession, but when I watched it, it took away from the pain of my life for a short while. It didn't make me want to commit