The following is an excerpt from an interview in Parade magazine - Jan 8, 2012:
Q: Your dad is a protestant from Ulster and your mom is English and Jewish. Were you raised in a particular religion?
A: There was never [religious] faith in the house. I think of myself as being Jewish and Irish, despite the fact that I'm English. My dad believes in God, I think. I'm not sure if my mom does. I don't. I have a problem with religion or anything that says, "We have all the answers," because there's no such thing as "the answers." We're complex. We change our minds on issues all the time. Religion leaves no room for human complexity.
The following is the preface to the Gideon's New Testament:
THE BIBLE contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
CHRIST is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.
The Gideons International, The New Testament, National Publishing Company, 1985, preface
The Occult Agenda documentary series is designed to awaken the church and non-believers alike to the spiritual warfare happening in the world today.
Part I focuses on the Harry Potter phenomenon that has swept the world since author J.K. Rowling introduced her best-selling book series. But is Potter-mania merely the result of imaginative writing and clever marketing? Or could there be a hidden power behind the craze that has "cast a spell" on adults and children alike?
Pastor Joe Schimmel has spent nearly 25 years researching cults and the occult from a Biblical perspective. His research has led him to believe that the "seducing spirits" prophesied of in the Bible are today at work preparing the world for the coming of Antichrist. Can Harry Potter be a part of this occult agenda? We seem to think so!
Is Potter-mania merely the result of imaginative writing and clever marketing? Or could there be a hidden power behind the craze that has "cast a spell" on adults and children alike? This documentary is designed to awaken the church and non-believers alike to the spiritual warfare happening in the world today.
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