Don't let movie manipulate youth
I would like to urge readers of the Gazette and residents of McCook to give consideration to significant information about Hollywood's latest entertainment if they're considering attending The Golden Compass.
The movie has been positioned as a must-see in the pre-holiday season. Its early December (7th) release is engineered to create the most buzz for the newly repackaged trilogy and influence its sales potential among young people during the holiday season.
The movie has been sanitized of its "hate God" theme and is being portrayed as another in a long line of fantasy movies that tell a wonderful tale. However, this story is a pernicious tale that will cause a large degree of spiritual disillusionment within the hearts of those who view it and later read the books. The film is an attempt to seduce young children and tweens (11-12 year olds) into a dark world of despair and loss of faith in a Holy God.
Philip Pullman, the book's author, declares himself to be an avowed atheist and offers no apology for his attempt to capture the minds of children who do not have the capacity to correctly discern his message.
He is an apologist for Atheism! He says that he does not profess any religion and that he does not think it possible that there is a God. Further, in a 2003 interview with The Sydney Morning Herald he commented, my books are about killing God.
His methods include the following:
* Give new meanings to old terms
* Redefine God and undermine Christianity
* Make suggestions that clash with traditional values
* Ridicule, rewrite or reinterpret Biblical truth
* Immerse readers in tempting occultism and ritual magic
* Cloak mysticism in scientific language."
We need to be vigilant and stand for biblical values against the tide of secularism being promoted by atheists as entertainment. Let's NOT allow its influence to manipulate the hearts and minds of our youth. It is imperative that we become the standard bearer of righteousness against such spiritual degradation.
Chris A. Atkins, PhD