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The Chronicles of Narnia: The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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
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.
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
Anschutz, is a member of
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.
America is actively encouraging evangelicals to see
"The Lion, the
Witch and the
Wardrobe." The group has
sponsored or participated in similar previews across
actually find ourselves happily surprised to be
involved in a movie like this, so swiftly on the heels
of 'The Passion,'" Overholt said.
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
...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
he has another motive for pushing "The
Witch, and the
"There is the value once again of demonstrating to
Hollywood that there is a market for this kind of
film," Overholt said..."
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,"
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
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
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
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."
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
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."
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?).
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
Passion of the Christ, also heavily
Christian 'leadership' and their followers. In fact,
one finds many of the same names doing the promotion for this
admittedly occult based fable, also
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
It has already received
the endorsement of Focus on the Family, ... which claims two
million members and which initiated the Disney boycott in the
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
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."
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.
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.”
Author, The Case for Christ
"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
'The gift of Aslan"? "true to the book’s
story and theology, ‘will move’ into millions of hearts and
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
Founder and President
...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
National Association of
“‘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....
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!"
Director, Billy Graham Center
Focus on the Family
Editor, Plugged In
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:
set out to write a children's book that would be exciting
"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
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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
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
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."
In a second article, Mission America
explained their support for the movie and C.S. Lewis, and
"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
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
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
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
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.
when the grown-up Kings and Queens of Narnia pursue the White
In the 1988 version reviewed by
Christianity Today, it is
"...This version owes its great length partly to the fact that
it has retained almost everything from Lewis's book,...Edmund heads for the
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."...
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
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..."
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,
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.
sorceress. 2crone, gorgon, hag, harridan, shrew,
witchcraft 1black magic, charms, enchantment,
incantations, magic, necromancy, the occult, occultism,
sorcery, spells, voodoo, witchery, wizardry [as noted in
Dwarfs, salamanders etc.
-called elemental spirits or demons and used in magic and
sorcery. [as noted in
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."
Centaurs- In Greek mythology, Centaurs have the head
and chest of a human, but the body of a horse.
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
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
The Gospel of Truth??
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ephes 6:11 Put on the whole armour
of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the
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
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,
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
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”
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
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
Is there a Scripture which speaks
of Christ needing to recite an incantation or know "deeper
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
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
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are
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
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
“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
"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."
In the first part of that interview
Gresham noted Lewis's propensity for telling obscene or vulgar
"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
Apparently many have forgotten certain
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
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
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.
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
Colorado Springs Gazette ;
Faithful head to 'Narnia', by Paul Asay
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;
Telegraph Group Limited UK
Road to salvation goes via Narnia ; by Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/11/14/narnia14.xml
represents everything that is most hateful about religion'
Polly Toynbee Monday December 5,
Disney quietly touts ‘Narnia's’
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
8. Op. cit.,
9. Outreach: Church communication
and marketing tools http://www.outreach.com/print/articlef.asp?article_name=p-narnia4testimonials&sid=439626006EB6E17F
Posted 12/2/2005 Is that
the King of Kings? By Erik Brady, USA TODAY
Surprised by Lewis,”
Christianity Today, Sept. 7, 1998
11. op.cit. USA
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Narnia's Screen History http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/commentaries/narniasscreenhistory.html
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Divorce, p. 65; Harper, San Francisco
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