Rightly Approaching Narnia

May 19, 2008

Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian

Just last Friday I went to see the just opened “Prince Caspian” in theatres with my dad and sister. I enjoyed the movie from a movie’s perspective, and that is about it. Only about 30% of the book was in the movie, and the rest was all artistic license, added scenes, and other worthless Hollywood-esque junk.  The computer animation was absolutely breathtaking, but I had to remind myself that I was coming to see a movie that was made for enjoyment, not for any kind of Christian story telling.

But unfortunately, Christian story-telling is what most Christians make of the first book “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, even though it is very much non-Christian and heretical in many places. They are interesting books and movies as long as you understand that they are NOT Christan in any sense of the word. Coming to the point, I came across this article today about the books of Narnia and what C.S. Lewis had in mind when he first wrote them.

A great deal of the so-called “Christianity” of these books are absolutely worthless. Aslan, who is intended to be the “Christ” of the Narnian series, is sorrowfully misrepresented throughout the entire series as a lion whose entire interest is in the good of those who love him and simply helps them when they truly trust in him for help. He has no great judgment of the wicked who rebelled against his laws, and he used the magic of the world, which often takes similar form to witchcraft-like spells and powers. This is not the Christ of the Scriptures and should not be presented as an analogy of the Gospels and their aspects.

Also, the critical scene of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is when the White Witch slays Aslan instead of taking Edmund as her ‘sacrifice’. This is intended to show the sacrifice of Christ for those who believe in Him, but there is a HUGE problem. Christ did not offer His life to Satan to be killed. He laid down His own life and bore the wrath of God the Father for the sins of the elect. Had Christ offered Himself to Satan, He therefore gave up His kingdom to the power Satan, meaning that Christ no longer is sovereing over His creation and all things. Christ’s kingdom is eternal, the devil’s will perish at the final judgment.

Just as a side note, Aslan came to life is less than 24 hours, and Christ remained the grave for three days.

Not only did Aslan supposeldy rise from the dead, he did not rise by his own sovereing power as Christ did, but because of a great ‘magic’ that was laid down before the foundations of the Narnia. God does not use magic or sorcery or witchcraft to accomplish His means; He condemns them and pronounces them wickedness.

Overall, there is no possible correlation between the so-called gospel story and the true Gospel as given in Scripture. It would be wise to avoid reading the books or seeing the movies with the idea of watching a ‘Christian’ film. Literally speaking, it would be ridiculous to call it Christian. It is heretical at its core! If you do like the movies and/or the books, seeing them as novels with interesting plots and twists or movies with amazing battle scenes and computer animation is fine, but don’t call it Christian.

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