British Columbia, Canada
My personal testimony...
In 1988, my son (who is now 26) was beginning grade 4 in the Christian school.
I have always believed in being very involved in the education of my children.
Towards the end of summer vacation, I was at the school participating in a work
bee to get the school ready for the upcoming school year. As I was cleaning the
book room, I picked up a book from a shelf and had an immediate "check or red
flag" in my spirit. I was not familiar with the book or the author, and at the
time, I had been a Christian for only 5 years and was not completely aware of
what to do with "red flags" yet. So, I put the book back on the shelf and dismissed
the "check" I had felt, reasoning to myself that this was a Christian school with
Christian teachers. If there were a problem with the book, I reassured myself,
it would not be here.
A month into the new school year my son came home from school and told me they
were reading a new book at school and recited the title of the book to me. Again,
I received the same strong "check" in my spirit, but again, trusting my sons
teachers, I shrugged it off and let it pass. A couple of weeks later my son woke
up in the middle of the night screaming in terror because he had been having a
nightmare about the characters within this book.
The title of this book: was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. At this
point, God had definitely gotten my attention. I responded with, "Yes, okay Lord,
I'm sorry, I will get a copy of the book, I will read it, and I will find out
what's in it. So, I not only read the book, I researched the book. To my utter
amazement, the heroes, heroines, and villains are made up of the characters from
Greek and Roman mythology. C.S. Lewis' use of these characters was no mistake
as these characters all appear accurately depicted and well researched in the
context with which they appear in the story. I discovered that this fascinating
children's story (by secular, worldly standards, not mine) is filled with the
characters of Greek & Roman idolatry.
My research began an exhausting year-long battle with the Christian school board
to have these books removed from the school along with other occult and New Age
promoting books the principal had opened the door to. And yes, I received "hate
mail" from so-called Christians who supported the principal, loved the Chronicles
of Narnia, and condemned my audacity to question the writings of C.S. Lewis.
(In the end, the principal committed adultery with the father of one of the children
enrolled in the school, divorced her husband, was fired by the school board, and
married the other man).
Why did God choose to speak to me about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?
My best guess is probably because I was ignorantly oblivious to the author's credentials.
At the time, I was a blank canvas with no preconceived mindsets about C.S. Lewis.
Because I hadnt grown up in a Christian home, I had never heard of Lewis so I
didn't have him elevated to the status of an man on a pedestal who could "write"
Here are some examples from my research and a small portion of what I have discovered:
story, the first character that Lucy encounters is Mr. Tumnas the Faun. The description
that C.S. Lewis has given of Mr. Tumnas seems to bear a striking resemblance to
typical illustrations of the devil?
the waist upwards he was like a man, but his legs were shaped like a goats (the
hair on them was glossy black) and instead of feet he had goats hoofs. He also
had a tailand his skin was rather reddish too. He had a strange, but pleasant
little face, with a short pointed beard and curly hair, and out of the hair there
stuck two horns, one on each side of his forehead.
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 & the goddess Fauna.
The Greek counterpart to Faunus is the god Pan. (Pan is the horned god invoked
by many neo-pagans. Wicca, witchcraft has become the largest neo-pagan movement
in North America. Wiccans honor the old gods & goddesses of mythology). The Romans
connected their Fauns with the Greek satyrs, wild and orgiastic drunken followers
of Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry.
Early in the story, Lucy's new friend Mr. Tumnas, the Faun is reminiscing about
the "good old days." He states, "....old Silenus on his fat donkey would come
to visit them, and sometimes Bacchus himself, and then the streams would run with
wine instead of water and the whole forest would give itself up to jollifications
for weeks on end." [Emphasis added]
Silenus - In Greek mythology, a lecherous woodland deity.
The son of Hermes (messenger of the gods). Silenus was usually depicted drunk,
and he could be compelled, if caught in a drunken sleep, to prophecy the future.
- (Dionysus- the son of Zeus) In Greek and Roman mythology is the god of
wine and revelry, in whose honor immoral and drunken celebrations would be held,
at which the celebrants danced, drank, and generally engaged themselves in drunken
frenzies and orgiastic worship. Female attendants of Bacchus were known as the
Is this the sort of behaviour the whole forest would give itself up to for weeks
on end that Mr. Tumnas, Lucy's new friend is fondly reminiscing about???
In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Mr. Beaver is explaining the origin
of the white witch. He states, "She comes of your father Adam's --(here Mr. Beaver
bowed) your father Adam's first wife Lilith. And she was one of the Jinn. That's
what she comes from on one side."
Lilith (Hebrew: Night Monster) female demon of Jewish folklore;
her name and personality come from the Babylonian-Assyrian demon called Lilit
or Lilu. According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. She
was banished from the Garden of Eden when she refused to make herself subservient
to Adam. When she was cast out, she was made into a demon figure, and Adam was
given a second wife, Eve, who was fashioned from his rib to ensure her obedience
to her man. In Rabbinic literature, Lilith is variously depicted as the mother
of Adam's demonic offspring following his separation from Eve, who left him because
of their incompatibility. A superstitious cult associated with Lilith survived
among some Jews as late as the 7th century A.D.
Jinn - (sing. Jinni) In middle eastern and Islamic mythology,
they are supernatural beings, usually a spirit or a demon lower than an angel,
able to assume human or animal form. Jinn are unique to Arab paganism. Jinn are
the "mythical bad guys" of Arab culture.
It seems that the Christian community as a whole is extremely divided on this
issue. This is a highly explosive topic, and I learned very quickly that in some
"Christian circles" questioning the writings of Clive Staples Lewis is closely
akin to questioning the Holy Spirit inspired Bible. It has completely amazed me
that Christians either openly see the dangers of this literature or they are blindly
enthralled & captivated by it. Most Christians do not realize that Lewis did not
write the Chronicles of Narnia as a Christian allegory. He wrote them because
he was genuinely fascinated with mythology.
To some degree, we've all been affected by the world's philosophies. But those
philosophies should be discarded as God leads us into a knowledge of the truth.
Yet, it's difficult to discard them when they are seen and accepted as "Christian"
allegory by so many highly respected Christians.
Seventeen years later, I am increasingly concerned with the growing popularity
of a book series that is so widely distributed and promoted as Christian literature.
What makes the situation even more dangerous is that the Chronicles of Narnia
have now been made into a movie and many unaware Christian parents are allowing
their children to gobble it up with an amazing lack of discernment. Christian
parents need to wake up! Despite the best intentions of Christian store owners
everywhere, not everything that is promoted as "Christian" material or that is
sold in a "Christian" bookstore is truly Christian.
God gives us the gift of discernment, and as Christians, we cannot take the gods
and goddesses of Greek and Roman mythology and make them into literary heroes
for our children.
Make no mistake, the Greeks and the Romans worshiped these mythological deities
as their gods. The majority of their worship however did not take place in temples
but in peoples homes. Prayers were said and an offering was made, usually of wine.
People would also think about these gods as they went about on their normal daily
However, for a particular request a worshipper would take an offering directly
to a gods temple. Each god had their own temple. Within these temples the priests
or priestesses made sure that the rules of offering were followed. The temples
were seen as the gods home on Earth. Inside the temple stood a statue of the
god to whom the temple was dedicated. Usually at the temple entrance was an altar
where worshippers would bring food, drink, or animals for sacrifice by the priest.
19:23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way. 24 For a certain
man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought
no small gain unto the craftsmen; 25 Whom he called together with the workmen
of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout
all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they
be no gods, which are made with hands: 27 So that not only this our craft is in
danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana
should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and
the world worshippeth. 28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of
wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. 29 And
the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus,
men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into
the theatre. [Emphasis added is mine,
I thought it was an appropriate & timely statement]
Van Nattan: Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry Interesting, folks-- Witchcraft in your religion
will lead you to the theater. Hmmmmmm
Diana was the Roman name of Artemis, the Greek goddess of love and fertility,
and Ephesus was the home of her great temple acclaimed as one of the seven wonders
of the ancient world. Clearly, from these verses there were craftsman who were
making considerable financial profit from the worship of the goddess Diana, and
they saw the gospel as a huge threat to their source of income.
Acts 14:8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent
in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked: 9 The
same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had
faith to be healed, 10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And
he leaped and walked. 11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted
up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us
in the likeness of men. 12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius,
because he was the chief speaker. 13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before
their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice
with the people. 14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they
rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15 And saying, Sirs,
why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach
unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made
heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:
The following is a transcribed quote by Phil Phillips, author of Turmoil in
the Toy Box as he appeared on the radio station KNTR during the program Point
of View with Marlin Maddoux, October 4th, 1988. He was responding to a 18 year
old young lady who had called into the radio program to describe how she had become
involved in the occult.
the problem with C.S. Lewis books, Chronicles of Narnia, its not that
Lewis was an ungodly man, but that he used the evil pagan gods as his heroes in
the series, and he himself said it was not a Christian allegory, and the problem
Im seeing is that kids get involved reading them, they read them over and over
and over again. Then they go into Lord of the Rings and then they go further
into the modern day literature thats available today, and it leads them into
a confusion about who God is and what Hes about, and it gives them a desire and
a taste for the occult and for Satanism.