Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Sin

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Great Britain’s Pagan Federation, which represents druids and witches, says the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sabrina the Teenage Witch have fueled a rapidly growing interest in witchcraft among children. The organization averages one hundred inquiries a month from kids who want to become witches. In September, the federation appointed its first-ever youth officer to counsel young people. A spokesman for the federation said his group is filling a spiritual need, picking up the baton dropped by the Christian church (Tracy Dawn, Plugged In October 2000) In fact, “66% of all teens have experimented with psychic and/or occult activities, e.g. séances, casting spells, consulting mediums, etc” (Foster Letter 2/10/04). With the examples above, it is clear that witchcraft is a serious issue. Therefore, it is crucial that a definition of terms is addressed, followed by a biblical response to these terms/practices, and a look at divination in children's Literature today. It is first to be noted that a definition of terms is essential for the reader to have an adequate understanding of divination. In the Hebrew text of the Bible the earliest writings one sees is the word Ḳeṣem (קֶסֶם), which is usually rendered "Divination". In the New American Standard translation of the Bible the term occurs twenty times. It comes from the root word divine which is related to a deity or to make out by supernatural insight. However, in the negative, the term also means soothsayer which is synonymous with divination, spiritism, and enchantment. The second term that is necessary to understand is sorcery. The Hebrew verb is kāshaph (כָּשַׁף), from a root denoting “to have a dark appearance,” or to "seek relief by magical means." In the New Testament ... ... middle of paper ... ...Web. 18 Oct. 2011. . Harris, R. Laird, Gleason L. Archer, and Bruce K. Waltke. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. Chicago: Moody, 1980. Print. Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2001. Print. Larson, Craig Brian, and Phyllis Ten Elshof. 1001 Illustrations That Connect. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008. Print. Letter, Foster. "Illustrations." Sermoncentral. 10 Feb. 2004. Web. 10 Oct. 2011. . Philpott, Kent. A Manual of Demonology and the Occult. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Pub. House, 1973. Print. Unger, Merrill F. Demons in the World Today: a Study of Occultism in the Light of God's World. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1971. Print. Unknown. "Hpotter Facts." Hpotter Facts. 8 Oct. 2011. Web. 18 Oct. 2011. .

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