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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by

C.S. Lewis

 

 

Romans 1: 22-23, 25

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things...

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
 

 

We can all breathe a little easier. Religious leaders have removed the boycott from Disney because of the movie release of the C.S. Lewis fable of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. But they will be keeping an eye on what Disney does.

 

Based on the first of the Narnia books, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe film tells the fable of four London children who are forced to stay in a country home during the Nazi air raids. They discover a mysterious wardrobe through whose doors one can step into another world. That doorway into another world concept is, of course, based on occult beliefs. There they find a world of magic (occult), talking beasts, spirits (occult), and mythological creatures (occult). This made up world is in a perpetual winter and ruled by a cruel White Witch.

According to C.S. Lewis the world of animals rightfully belongs to a lion called Aslan, who Lewis claimed is how Jesus Christ would have been if He had come to the made up world of Narnia, inhabited by all manner of mythological creatures aka occult symbolism. Aslan is described as "King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea." During the coronation scene in the film, the children are not crowned by Aslan in the name of the Emperor beyond the Sea, but rather were going to be crowned in the name of the four winds and their powers. The new age "four winds and their powers" line was removed from the film.

Walden Media made the movie and is backed by Philip F. Anschutz, a billionaire who co-founded Qwest Communications. Philip F. Anschutz,  is a member of the CNP. Disney came in as a partner to distribute and sell it. The box office debut December 9, 2005 and through the weekend netted over 67 million in the US and Canada. International figures include £9m in the UK and Ireland in its first three days, and 11 countries combined took a further $26m, says industry paper Screen International.

Dennis Rice, a spokesman for Disney's distribution arm, Buena Vista Pictures stated that only 5 percent of the marketing budget for "Narnia" targeted faith-based groups.  However, there were eight pre-release showings for church groups nationwide, including one in November for about 700 pastors and church staffers at the Colorado Springs headquarters of Focus on the Family, and which was sponsored by Mission America.

 

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported in Faithful head to 'Narnia', by Paul Asay, who stated the film was, "a classic children's fantasy that retells the Christian Easter story", reported:

"...Attendees watched the trailer and heard from Doug Gresham, Lewis' stepson, and Christian music star Rebecca St. James. Afterward, attendees received free goodie bags.

Marketers are counting on Christians, particularly the estimated 70 million Americans who describe themselves as evangelicals, to fill movie theaters Dec. 9, when "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" is to be released. Nothing would please these marketers more than to make Narnia a financial encore to Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," which became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.

Evangelicals might not need much encouragement. Christians have already embraced the movie, even though very few have seen the final cut.

 

...Mission America is actively encouraging evangelicals to see "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." The group has sponsored or participated in similar previews across the country...

"We actually find ourselves happily surprised to be involved in a movie like this, so swiftly on the heels of 'The Passion,'" Overholt said.

 

The movie's creators are wary about "Narnia" being pigeonholed as a Christian film. "We want to get the word out to as many groups as possible," Michael Flaherty, president of Walden Media, told The Gazette this summer.

 

...To capitalize on Christian interest, Walden and Disney hired Motive Movie Marketing, the same company that promoted "The Passion," to court evangelicals. Previews such as the one at Focus are a key ingredient in that push. Overholt said he hopes that churches will incorporate the film into their services and Sunday schools, and that its faith themes will give Christians a chance to chat about salvation with their more secular movie-going friends.

But he has another motive for pushing "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."

"There is the value once again of demonstrating to Hollywood that there is a market for this kind of film," Overholt said..."1

On October 17, Mission America released their screening report which started with

"We’ve seen it—and it’s magnificent!"..."We are delighted to report that the movie is extraordinary–both in faithfulness to the content and as a visually stunning experience! "...At the same time, the producers have retained the underlying themes that have endeared the book to Christians for generations as a classic metaphor for the gospel message.  They got it right—and now it’s our turn to “get it right” in using this film to communicate with a world that desperately needs the hope of Jesus Christ. 

 

Jesus said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God?  Or with what parable shall we picture it?”. . . And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it.  But without a parable He did not speak to them.  And when they were alone, He explained all things to his disciples (Mark 4:30, 33-34).

 

As Christians, we have the opportunity in Narnia to follow the example of our Lord by sharing the parables of our day through the technology of motion pictures.  In this wonderful “parable” Lewis pictured a land like Narnia and then imagined what would happen if the Son of God, as He became a Man in our world, became a lion there - a lion named Aslan..."

 

Mission America Coalition partners have developed a number of outstanding resources to help pastors and leaders increase the impact of this film in their community.  For more information about the movie and available resources, visit our Narnia Outreah Downloads page or contact our Narnia Outreach Team.

 

Aslan is on the move,"  2

Overholt neglected to include the explanation of the kingdom of heaven given by Christ, in the omitted verses of the cited passage. Those verses were:

Mark 4:30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
33 And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.

Apparently there is much confusion over the definition of a parable, a fable, and Biblical Truth, even with those in presumed leadership. Narnia is not a parable and not Biblical. Please see Have Nothing to do With Fables for further discussion on that issue.

 

As noted, the Walt Disney Co, in a sharp deviation from corporate policy, has sought out Christian evangelical groups to help shape their marketing campaign. According to various reports, several Christian marketing groups were hired to handle the film including Motive Marketing, which also ran the campaign for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.

Outreach magazine and Web site is providing Christian resources to churches and organizations on ways to use the movie as an evangelical tool. It also sells "Narnia" books and gifts and is including a recipe for the "Narnia" enchanted treat, Turkish Delight. Apparently it is lost on the Christian leadership and readers that C.S. Lewis' turkish delight is also the name of a narcotic concoction, made with hashish mixed with confections so it is more edible. If one does a simple search on the internet, you can find recipes for this highly addictive drug, which is still called Turkish Delight.

Ernest Abel wrote in his book, Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years:

"As in India, local officials in Egypt were alarmed at the large numbers of inhabitants who used hashish directly or in confections, many of which were exported to Europe. Among the variety of confectionery treats containing hashish that were sent abroad were 'Turkish Delight,' square pieces of hashish containing sugar and gelatin which were a particular favorite of the students at Cambridge University in England." 3

Of the many merchandising schemes, you will be able to buy a tiny pewter charm of a wardrobe on a chain or a sterling-silver lamppost. Corporate marketing tie-ins include Happy Meals at McDonald's and General Mills cereals with "Narnia" themes. Oral-B is offering a line of "Narnia" toothbrushes and toothpaste products, and there are paper towels, video games and other commodities which will proclaim Narnia's Aslan to a waiting and adoring world.

 

In fact, one article reported that Walden Media co-founder and President Michael Flaherty, an evangelical Christian and a 'Narnia' fan, told Christianity Today magazine that "the pressure to produce a faithful movie version of a book so beloved by many Christian readers was 'insane.'"4

'Everyone knows that the book is a little lower than angels, and that we have to be as close to perfect as humanly possible. That's where we raised the bar to,' Flaherty said."

This writer always thought that Christ was made, "a little lower than the angels", not a fable filled with occult imagery and messages contrary to the Word of God.

Hebrews 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

In an article titled Road to salvation goes via Narnia, writer Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent in the UK, noted the various 'church' events happening there, including the worship of Aslan...

"Manchester Cathedral staged a Narnia day last month that culminated in an "Aslan worship event", focusing on the Christ-like talking lion who is killed but comes back to life.

Churches Together in England, whose presidents include the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Wiliams, and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, is encouraging children to explore the film's "deeper magic".

The Methodist Church has also issued guidance to ministers on how to tailor their Christmas services to include references to Narnia and Aslan.

Congregations will be asked to consider what the world would be like if, as in Narnia at the start of the story, Christmas never came and to examine the role of gift giving and receiving.

While it is not an overtly Christian film - many of its characters are drawn from pagan mythology - its symbolism mirrors much of the Gospel story." 5

Churches are buying tickets, renting theaters, study and sunday school books written and sermons preached on the truth of Narnia and Aslan.

And in England, The Guardian reported, "Even the Methodists have written a special Narnia-themed service. And a Kent parish is giving away £10,000 worth of film tickets to single-parent families. (Are the children of single mothers in special need of the word?). 5b

Greg Wright, senior editor for HollywoodJesus.com thinks pastors see the movie as an evangelism tool and a sign of their growing cultural influence. Because of that, he said, pastors are being “used” to help promote the film even before seeing it. 6  

That is the same marketing strategy Mel Gibson used to present another gospel and another Jesus in his occult based The Passion of the Christ, also heavily endorsed by Christian 'leadership' and their followers. In fact, one finds many of the same names doing the promotion for this admittedly occult based fable, also endorsed the occult based Harry Potter books.

One article reported on the marketing scheme targeting churches and said,

"The move is particularly remarkable because for the past decade Disney has been the subject of a religious boycott imposed by Christian organisations, who accused the company of betraying its family-values legacy by providing employee health benefits to same-sex partners, allowing gay days at its theme parks and producing what they considered to be controversial films, books and television programmes through Disney subsidiaries."

Now the wooing of evangelicals, combined with the departure of Disney chief executive Michael Eisner - described by some religious leaders as "anti-Christian" - signals the implicit end of the boycott and the beginning of a possible money-spinning franchise for the studio"

It has already received the endorsement of Focus on the Family, ... which claims two million members and which initiated the Disney boycott in the early 1990s.

A spokeswoman for the group noted: "After the success Christians brought to The Passion of the Christ, I know Disney is banking on a big Christian turnout."

As well as courting religious groups, Disney has developed one of its largest ever promotional campaigns, involving shopping malls, fast-food restaurants, retail outlets and Harper Collins, which is publishing more than 140 editions of Narnia, including six box sets and 31 audio versions.

More than 50 licensees are manufacturing items such as board games, dolls, trading cards and photo albums and, of course, a video game is due out soon." 7

Disney, in their promotion for church goers, science fiction and fantasy connoisseurs, invited Bob Waliszewski, a media specialist with Focus on the Family, who was once a backer of the Disney boycott, along with 29 other evangelical groups to see an early trailer of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.' The Southern Baptist Convention and other groups ended the boycott this summer, but warned they would be monitoring Disney products. 8 

The question would be, who is keeping an eye on all those proclaiming C.S. Lewis' false Jesus and false gospel presented in this fable, as the Truth of Jesus Christ. And who proved those claims to the very Word of God which the religious advocates of this fable would claim to be the authority they live by. One cannot claim it's 'sort of' like the Scriptures, or sort of like the gospel or sort of like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ or it is not. It either is Biblically correct and accurate or it is not.

Of the many 'leadership' quotes advocating for this fable as truth, was Lee Strobel who stated, "

....This is your church’s opportunity to have a productive dialogue with the members of your community. I encourage you to ask the question ‘How can we offer the gift of Aslan to our community?’ And I hope you’ll take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”

Lee Strobel
Author, The Case for Christ

And,

"It is a powerful film. I saw it last Friday night at a screening in New York and tears came to my eyes; not only because of the content, but because Walden Media and Disney have teamed up to give us something we can cheer and support. It is important that we do both. Buy tickets and see this film when it is released. Take family and friends. Invite nonbelievers. Make these companies a huge profit and they will make more of these types of films. It’s all about supply and demand. If we show by our ticket purchases that we demand, they will supply."

Cal Thomas
Syndicated Columnist

"At the Disney lot I recently saw a full, rough cut version of Walden Media's new film 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.' I went in with some trepidation, wondering whether the heart of the story would be left intact. I was not only satisfied that it was; I felt the redemptive message was even stronger than I'd hoped. Truly the Church has before it a fantastic opportunity to speak to the message portrayed in this great movie."

Scott Evans
Founder and President
Outreach, Inc.

  ...Evangelicals have long sought to follow the model of the Apostle Paul who employed 'all possible means that I might save some.' Here is yet another tool that many may find to be effective in communicating the message of Jesus to those who may not respond to other presentations. We hope that many churches will see the opportunity here to reach another part of their community with the story of the not-so-tame Lion who loves and lays down his life to set the children of Adam free from bondage.”...

Ted Haggard
President
National Association of Evangelicals

“‘Word has it, Aslan is on the move,’ is now more than a quote from 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.' The reality is that a quality film adapted from the great C.S. Lewis book, true to the book’s story and theology, ‘will move’ into millions of hearts and minds starting, this Christmas....

Lon Allison
Director, Billy Graham Center
Wheaton College

"The entire story was intact with clear themes of sacrifice and redemption…the biggest issue for me—key dialogue and thematic content--was handled beautifully. A triumph!"

Robert Smithouser
Focus on the Family
Editor, Plugged In magazine
 
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'The gift of Aslan"? "true to the book’s story and theology, ‘will move’ into millions of hearts and minds"?

What part of those thoughts reflect the Truth of Jesus Christ and being 'true' to the Word of God?

I received Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord when I was 14. I threw out books and things that either were of the occult or obviously not honoring to God. I threw out The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because of its occult content. I saw no presentation of salvation, nor did I see a parallel to Jesus Christ in Aslan or any other claimed Christian parallels. Apparently that gospel message is so hidden, distorted or contrary to Scriptural truth, that this Christian missed it and instead found the real message of Jesus Christ and the truth of the Gospel in the Word of God.

According to a report in USA Today, the author of The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis, stated there was no intent of a Gospel message or intent to win anyone to Christ by Lewis, which incidentally, goes against what we are called to do when we receive Jesus Christ as Savior:

"...He [Lewis] set out to write a children's book that would be exciting and adventurous.

"He was not trying to win anyone to Christianity with this story. And I think you can tell that by the way so many people can read it and love it without having any idea of the biblical connection." 10 

That report also noted, "Lewis, who was Anglican, is an unlikely hero for evangelicals in some respects. He smoked and drank and lived for 30 years with an older woman who was not his wife." That in spite of his writings being embraced and taught in seminaries and Lewis viewed as one of the greatest Christian apologists by many advocates. J.I. Packer called him “our patron saint.”, in an article observing the 100th anniversary of Lewis’s birth in Christianity Today and also stated that Lewis ”has come to be the Aquinas, the Augustine, and the Aesop of contemporary Evangelicalism” 10b

Christianity Today continued and continues today to advocate and glorify Lewis and his writings. April 23, 2001, they again praised him in an article titled, “Myth Matters.” Lewis, whom they called “the 20th century’s greatest Christian apologist,” and whose mythical works such as The Chronicles of Narnia, are highly recommended by Christianity Today who said that “Christ came not to put an end to myth but to take all that is most essential in the myth up into himself and make it real.” Christianity Today also included the foolish and unbiblical statement, “In Aslan, Christ is made tangible, knowable, real.”

Lewis was ecumenical, and it was also noted in the USA Today article,

"...Plans are afoot for Prince Caspian, which will be the next Narnia movie if Wardrobe succeeds. The Christian symbolism becomes more obvious in some of the later books, particularly in the last one, The Last Battle, a retelling of Revelation. Near the end, Lewis makes it clear that, in his cosmology, heaven is open to the good of all faiths.

"That's nothing new in Christian tradition, but it's not the most common view among evangelical churches," Wheaton's Jacobs says. "Some people will find that very disturbing for Lewis to have done." 11  

A retelling of the book of Revelation which is not accurately based on the Word of God is not of God. Forgotten by many are the Words found within that book, which state,

Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
...18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

The above statement that "Lewis makes it clear that, in his cosmology, heaven is open to the good of all faiths" is based on what Scripture? Did not our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ say,

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

1 John 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

According to Mission America, "Aslan is on the move", which would be an understatement. Aslan is now an acceptable name for Jesus Christ by those who believe that the fable has the gospel in it and that Aslan is Christ. According to the 'gospel' of Narnia, Aslan died one day and was resurrected the next using incantations from the 'deeper magic". 

However, the Scriptures tell us the truth about Jesus Christ, not Aslan or Narnia:

Phil 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

1 Cor 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

While many Christians claim that the story is an allegory of Jesus Christ and the gospel, Lewis himself insisted that it was never intended as an allegory. According to USA Today, "Lewis insisted the Narnia books were not allegory — where things are meant to represent something else — but were a supposal of how it might have gone if Christ had come to a world of talking animals and become one of them." 12.

In a second article, Mission America explained their support for the movie and C.S. Lewis, and noted,

"As he [Lewis] wrote to some Maryland fifth graders in 1954, “I did not say to myself ‘Let us represent Jesus as He really is in our world by a Lion in Narnia’; I said ‘Let us suppose that there were a land like Narnia and that the Son of God, as He became a Man in our world, became a Lion there, and then imagine what would happen.’” 13

In other words, Lewis was presenting what he claimed was the Son of God who visited the fictional Narnia as a lion instead of a man. And he behaved and spoke there as he actually would have in our world. Therefore what is portrayed is this lion/christ is presented with words and actions put into his mouth which are not of the Scriptures and which no one has the authority to do, since Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh. Think carefully upon that notion.

Aside from the blasphemy, the heretical teachings and putting the words and teachings as to what "Christ" would have said in this occult based fable, is there any Scripture that supports this 'other Jesus' and this new 'gospel message"?

Ted Haggard, and I am sure many others like to suggest, "the Apostle Paul employed 'all possible means that I might save some.'". Except, the Apostle Paul told the Scriptural truth and did not employ the occult as truth, myths as truth or present another gospel or another Jesus. That is the difference.

Christianity Today Movies.com provided an in-depth background to previous movie versions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and noted for the 1979 version:

"...The most conspicuous omission from this film is the scene of Father Christmas giving the Pevensie children their gifts. While we hear about Father Christmas and the gifts he gives to others, we never see him, himself; instead, it is Aslan who gives the children their gifts.

 

...And when the grown-up Kings and Queens of Narnia pursue the White Stag, ..." 14

In the 1988 version reviewed by Christianity Today, it is noted,

"...This version owes its great length partly to the fact that it has retained almost everything from Lewis's book,...Edmund heads for the White Witch's castle to give them all away, he begins to wrestle with his own conscience, depicted here as a sort of ghostly copy of himself that emerges from his body to talk to him every now and then. At one point, after talking to this doppelganger, Edmund tells it to "disappear."...

 

The BBC version includes the Father Christmas episode; however, ...it leaves out some of the mythological references in Lewis's original novel that might rub some Christians the wrong way. These include the bit where Mr. Beaver explains that the White Witch is not human because she is descended from Lilith—a demonic being who was Adam's first wife, according to medieval Jewish legend—as well as the bit where Mr. Tumnus regales Lucy with stories of how the Roman god Bacchus and his drinking buddy Silenus feasted with the forest people. (This last element becomes especially important in Prince Caspian, but the BBC eliminated it from their adaptation of that book, too.)

Seymour's script also adds a curious bit of dialogue after Aslan comes back from the dead and explains the Deeper Magic. Susan and Lucy ask why he didn't tell them that he knew he would rise again (a fair question, since Jesus had predicted his own resurrection to his disciples), and Aslan replies, "I knew of the old incantation, but it has never been put to the test, until now." The girls then marvel that Aslan took such a "risk"—as though he had been uncertain of the outcome. Some critics, like Steven D. Greydanus, have said this line is "rank heresy" against Aslan's omniscience..." 15

The definition of doppelganger is "A ghostly double or counterpart of a living person.
Alter ego; double."

 

Aslan's omniscience? Incantations, deeper magic? Aslan explained that the Deeper Magic had "never been tested".  What Scripture about Jesus Christ would that be portraying? Since when is a made up creature to be worshipped and considered omniscient according to the very Word of God?

Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Just a few of the mythological and occult creatures presented in Narnia, include:

Hags, - Dictionary Definition: "A very ugly old woman, especially one who is vicious or malicious; a witch, a sorceress; a female demon  [related to witch, fury] ." 

According to Oxford online ...witch--hag is another name for witch--"1 woman supposed to have dealings with Devil or evil spirits. 2 old hag. 3 fascinating girl or woman. witchcraft 1 use of magic. 2 bewitching charm. witch-doctor tribal magician of primitive people.

·1enchantress, sibyl, sorceress. 2crone, gorgon, hag, harridan, shrew, virago. witchcraft 1black magic, charms, enchantment, incantations, magic, necromancy, the occult, occultism, sorcery, spells, voodoo, witchery, wizardry  [as noted in http://www.SeekGod.ca/hpsymbols2.htm]

Dwarfs, salamanders etc. -called elemental spirits or demons and used in magic and sorcery. [as noted in http://www.SeekGod.ca/hpsymbols1.htm]

Bacchus- The Roman god of wine and intoxication, equated with the Greek Dionysus. Dionysus also represents the features of mystery religions, including, ecstasy, personal delivery from the daily world through physical or spiritual intoxication, and initiation into secret rites. The Bacchanalia were orgies in honor of Dionysus, and were introduced in Rome about 200 BC. They were later banned due to their notorious sexual and criminal character. Bacchus is often portrayed as a young boy. He makes visits to Narnia every now and again, and is mentioned in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" as well as "Prince Caspian."  16

Centaurs- In Greek mythology, Centaurs have the head and chest of a human, but the body of a horse. Centaurs are the followers of the wine god Dionysus and are known for drunkenness and carrying off helpless young maidens. In Narnia, Centaurs are star-gazers that tell the future by the stars. They are all portrayed as wise creatures that are loyal to the end. Centaurs are also found in the Zodiac and promoted under the guise of Biblical Astrology. Proponents include D. James Kennedy (CNP), Noah Hutchings, J.R. Church, John Barela and David Webber, and Chuck Missler of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. “Sagittarius,” is a centaur and Kennedy teaches that this mythological beast from the Zodiac is representative of Christ. From the article Astrology: The Gospel of Truth??

"The centaur which Kennedy would align our Lord with is connected to the abominations known as false gods. The Centaur is another name for Osiris, the Egyptian god of the dead, also known as the sun god. Throughout the world and various cultures, the various names for Osiris include: The Centaur, Liber, Bacchus, Dionysus (human sacrifices), Mithras (astrology), Zagreua (underworld divinity), Sabazius (solar deity, with horns and serpent emblem)  Deouis, The Boy Jupiter, Orion, Saturn, The Boy Plutus, Iswaram, The Winged One, Nimrod, Adoni, Hermes, Prometheus, Poseidon, Butes, Dardanus, Himeros, Imbors, Iasius, Zeus, Iacchus, Hu, Thor, Bel, Serapis, Ormuzd, Apollo, Thammuz, Atus, Hercules, Shiva, Moloch, and Baal.  4 "  

Dryad- Tree nymph or the spirits of the trees. Each has a tree that is its own, and when the tree dies, the dryad dies. It can move freely outside of the tree. In ancient myth, it is portrayed as a shy being that flees from people. In Narnia, they are more mysterious than shy, and are faithful to Aslan and Narnia itself

Fauns- half-human creatures with the legs and tail of a goat. Among the Romans, fauns were wild forest deities with little horns, the hooves of a goat, and a short tail. They accompanied the god Faunus. Fauns are analogous to the Greek satyrs. In Roman mythology they were raucous creatures that followed Pan, god of the fields and woods, and Bacchus, god of wine. In Narnia the majority of fauns are presented as good and kind.

Satyr- In Greek mythology Satyrs were gods of the wood, and were similar to Fauns. They followed Pan and Dionysus, also known as Bacchus in Roman mythology. One is  mentioned in "The Last Battle," which claimed to be about the book of Revelation."

Phoenix- mythological bird symbolizing immortality, resurrection and life after death. It consumes itself in its own flame and rises again from its own ashes 500 years later. The Phoenix is mentioned in "The Last Battle," where it lives in the orchard in the true Narnia.

Maenads- female attendants of Bacchus or Dionysus in ancient Greek and Roman mythology that were believed to have occultic powers and were cruel. In Narnia they are presented as "madcap" girls that attend to Bacchus.

Naiads- Water nymphs in ancient mythology which were thought to inspire those who drank from their waters, They were female sex symbols and they had the power to prophesy, and, like Dryads, they were shy and fled from people.

The Scriptures give many warnings about "stargazers", sorceries, divination and so on.

Isaiah 47:12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

Deut 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

Are occult creatures who represent satan and demons, today and yesterday, given to 'helping' those who belong to Jesus Christ? Can they be viewed as good?

2 Cor 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Ephes 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The question would be, how faithful is the fable or C.S. Lewis' beliefs to upholding and standing the test of the Word of God?

In The Great Divorce, Lewis taught that hell is a state of mind, and said, “...every state of mind, left to itself, every shutting up of the creature within the dungeon of its own mind--is, in the end, Hell” 16b

The Scriptures are clear:

Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Is there a prophecy in the Scriptures about 4 children , 2 sons of Adam and 2 daughters of Eve, who must save Aslan or Narnia or the earth for that matter? The sons of Adam and daughters of Eve is indicative of the 'Lilith' fable found within the Talmud and Zohar, which denies the truth of the Scriptures concerning Adam and Eve. It can also be related to the 'two seed' heresy, which is a foundational belief of the ant-semitic Christian Identity and similar beliefs. For more on these please see: Part IV... The Talmud and Demonology and The British Israel /Christian Identity Connection

Is there a Scripture which speaks of Christ needing to recite an incantation or know "deeper magic."?

Isn't the concept of 'magic' always associated with magicians, sorcery and so on in the Scriptures. As was noted in the article Harry Potter & Every Imagination of the Heart, magic and witchcraft itself is defined with terms such as alchemy, astrology, palmistry, numerology and the use of charms and magic, clairvoyance, divination, levitation, evil eye, hypnotism, necromancy, shamanism, telepathy, trance, voodoo and so on. Astrology is considered the common denominator in occultism

Doesn't Almighty God view those things as an abomination to Himself? Is it therefore not of God to suggest that this Aslan, who many would claim is representing Jesus Christ, is being presented as speaking things that Jesus Christ would never speak or having him do things which Jesus Christ would never do, according to the Scriptures? And that means another Jesus is being presented which we are to have nothing to do with.

The parallel to Scriptural Truth ends at the front cover of the book. Did Jesus Christ need 4 children to help him overcome evil? Was He killed one day and with the help of those children, rise the next, or are the Scriptures clear about 3 days and Jesus Christ was raised by the hand of the Father?

1 John 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

Matthew 17:22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:
23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

In an article published by the Charleston Post and Courier, it was reported that the movie's co-producer Douglas Gresham, who is Lewis' stepson, "argued that his stepfather, whom he called Jack, shouldn't be pigeonholed as a Christian author. Many religions and mythologies feature dying gods, including some who, like Jesus, return to life."

"Much like the book, you find in the movie as much Christian symbolism as you want to. I know lots of people who have read the book and never dreamt there was any Christian symbolism in it,' Gresham says. 'This is not a Christian movie, any more than Jack decided to sit down and write a Christian book. In fact, Jack himself said, 'We do not need more people writing Christian books. What we need is more Christians writing good books.' ' 17 

Despite that declaration by Gresham and Lewis himself, MSNBC reported that,

"There are Christian allusions throughout, from spiteful brother Edmund (Judas) and his noble brother Peter, a fellow “son of Adam.” The heroic lion Aslan, an obvious symbol of Jesus Christ, sacrifices his life to save Edmund and is resurrected the next day in plenty of time to defeat the White Witch and her evil minions."

“This is a movie based on a story told by a Christian writer who brought some of his spirituality to his storytelling,” ...“What happens (after) that point all depends on who’s watching.”

Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc., said Disney would be remiss if it did not go after a Christian audience — which is often ignored by Hollywood.

“It’s just a matter of being all-inclusive and bringing in as many people as possible,” he said." 18  

In an interview with Christianity Today, Douglas Gresham also stated the following when asked about the Christian content of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

"Christians are concerned that this film retains the apparent Christian imagery of …"

"Gresham: You have to bear in mind that Hinduism has a dying god who dies for his people, then comes back. Norse mythology has the dying god. Greek mythology has the dying god. This myth is not new and it's not unique to Christianity. Yes, Christians who watch the movie or read the book will look for Christian symbolism. But I think that's the wrong way to approach it. I think it's far better to read the book or see the movie and try to find out where you fit into Narnia." 19

In the first part of that interview Gresham noted Lewis's propensity for telling obscene or vulgar jokes.

"Gresham: Sometimes he'd just be telling jokes. And he wasn't averse to ribald joke, as long as it was funny for itself and not simply for its obscenity. But if he would come up with a joke that was both ribald and funny for its own sake, he would use it."

"Americans have latched on to C. S. Lewis, and yet here's a guy who was a chain smoker, who liked his pints, who told ribald jokes, and in general, wouldn't fit what we think of as the "typical evangelical." And yet we've all wrapped our arms around him. Why is that?"

"Gresham: One of the reasons is that through the—if you can excuse the expression—the bulls--- that has come to be taken so seriously in American Christianity, through all of that, they can still see the essential truth that Jack represented. The problem with evangelical Christianity in America today, a large majority of you have sacrificed the essential for the sake of the trivial. You concentrate on the trivialities—not smoking, not drinking, not using bad language, not dressing inappropriately in church, and so on. Jesus doesn't give two hoots for that sort of bulls---. If you go out and DO Christianity, you can smoke if you want, you can drink if you want—though not to excess, in either case." 20

Apparently many have forgotten certain Scriptures:

Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

 

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

 

Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

 

1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Our example is found in the Word of God of how the apostles viewed fables for presenting the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ..

2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

 

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

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Footnotes

1. http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10097521/  The Colorado Springs Gazette ; Faithful head to 'Narnia', by Paul Asay

2. http://www.missionamerica.org/Brix?pageID=16486&sid=439626006EB6E17F

3. p. 133. Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years by Ernest Abel; New York and London, Plenum Press, 1980

4. Charleston.net; The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe; C.S. Lewis fans, especially Christians, ready to hit movie theater; BY JENNIFER BERRY HAWES; The Post and Courier; SUNDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2005 12:00 AM;  http://www.charleston.net/stories/default_pf.aspx?newsID=56999

5. 14/11/2005, Telegraph Group Limited UK Road to salvation goes via Narnia ; by Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondenthttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/11/14/narnia14.xml

5b. http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5348227-103602,00.html; 'Narnia represents everything that is most hateful about religion'

Polly Toynbee Monday December 5, 2005; Guardian
6. http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10298876/ 
Disney quietly touts ‘Narnia's’ religious side
Low-key marketing via same firm that promoted Gibson's ‘Passion’; Dec. 2, 2005; COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo

7. How Narnia opened a new door for Disney- UK Telegraph- 11/11/05 News www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/ arts/2005/11/09/bfnarn09.xml

8. Op. cit., Charleston.net

9. Outreach: Church communication and marketing tools  http://www.outreach.com/print/articlef.asp?article_name=p-narnia4testimonials&sid=439626006EB6E17F

10. http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2005-12-02-narnia-main_x.htm Posted 12/2/2005  Is that lion the King of Kings? By Erik Brady, USA TODAY

10b “Still Surprised by Lewis,” Christianity Today, Sept. 7, 1998

11. op.cit. USA Today

12  Ibid

13. Why Narnia? http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=15702; Mission America.

14 Narnia's Screen History http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/commentaries/narniasscreenhistory.html
15 Ibid

16.www.pantheon.org/articles/b/bacchus.html; www.pantheon.org/articles/d/dionysus.html

16b C.S.Lewis, The Great Divorce, p. 65; Harper, San Francisco

17.  op.cit. Charleston.net

18. op cit, "msnbc.msn.com/id/10298876"

19. Narnia Comes to Life; Christianity Today,
http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/interviews/douglasgresham2.html

20. The Man Behind the Wardrobe; Christianity Today
http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/interviews/douglasgresham.html

 

 

 

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