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Christian - Faith Families - take caution


What strikes me most as "dark" ability in this feature film is that the children are not wholly in control of their powers. The boy, for example, can scarcely control his telekinesis unless he is playing on his harmonica(tool), which is generally how demons and otherkind communicate with inanimate objects - by unconscious force, playful even.

The boy never realizes he is exercising powers that a higher being may or may not will for him to use. He uses them for play, even - the puppet scene! ...

The strangest and most disturbing part of this movie is when the children fit nrst arrive at the manor of the man who adopts them and mentally/psychically convinces the adults to leave the table through very subtle suggestion - if we look at this objectively, the children partake in mind control, without any thought of the consequences.

This movie has a great message, but it is peppered upon peppered without immoral use of ability and, quite frankly, "magic". It is one of the reasons I sit with my children whenever we are watching this video (as they love it), so that I can remind them when the children are actually ACTING AGAINST nature and god, and when they are not.

i, however, love the ending, and it is one which brings much nostalgia

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Is there any place in the Scriptures where the Devil or demons work any kind of miracles, black magic, telekinesis or great signs? All they are portrayed as doing, AFAIK, is possessing people or animals and making them mentally sick.

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Let me say this. A few years ago, I found God, or maybe He found me. I went through that whole "fanatic" phase where everything is taken literal from the Bible. That kind of behavior does no good in this world and only alienates the people from the Christian "club". A true Christian way of life exists outside the church. And it is often the church people who criticize and judge people for not being in the club. Luckily, I survived that sort of thing. Yes. There are a lot of things in this world worth protecting our children from. But the Escape to Witch Mountain movie is harmless. My kids know none of it is real. It does not make them want to become witches or aliens. It's pure entertainment and nothing else. And that is the bottom line. If a child is raised with their feet firmly on the ground, then mmagic movies will have no influence on their thoughts and beliefs. Especially not on their actions. Earth is not Heaven. The only thing in this world that matters most to God is our spiritual well being and our knowledge and understanding of what He expects from us. Nature tells us a lot about what we need to do. Not society. But nature. We know good from bad and right from wrong. It isn't hard. It is only when we get caught up in society that we forget. I have seen ths movie since I was a kid for 30+ years. It didn't make me a witch. It didn't fill me with vanity. And I am no fool when it comes to my place in this world as a servant of God. Don't be a fanatic.

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"It didn't make me a witch." It seems like you could be saying that something else might make someone a witch, but this movie didn't, in your case. That would mean that you believe in witchcraft.

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I hope your children escape to Witch Mountain.

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None of your concerns matter, since thinking people know & understand that all of the Abrahamic religions are GARBAGE!

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It is simply shocking that anyone can hold these beliefs in the 21st century. I'm still debating with myself whether this post is serious or not, but I'm hoping it's a joke

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It's a MOVIE Stop ranting about Religion. It has nothing to so with this film.

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I am a Christian but I have never had a problem with watching movies or TV shows about witches, wizards, ghosts, vampires, were-wolfs, etc. It is fiction and it should be treated as such. The only think people should make clear to their kids is that it is fiction - it's not real life. I don't think watching thinks like that takes us away from God in anyway so I don't understand why some Christians are so "funny" about it.

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Take what caution?
The mere fact that this is a Disney film, and that it's a children's fantasy? (like the countless many others)

Try not to *police* or caution against watching other films, like Harry Potter or Nanny McPhee. Again...Fantasies. Fiction. Our children know the difference. They are not out casting spells, turning neighbors or family into black cats. Get real.

Walt Disney was an atheist (as most any Disney fan knows), which is why many of his films (and the classic animations or partial) feature some sort of mysticism (or witchcraft -- hence, Trick or Treat/The Haunted Mansion) It's all fantasy or fiction, bottom line. People go the movies, or watch a movie, to be entertained. Just because I watch the Pirates of the Caribbean, does not mean I am fool enough to camp out on the south shore, awaiting the fictional Captain Jack's return from high seas...


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People with such beliefs need to get a life--like people who believe the Harry Potter films steer children into witchcraft!

The scenes with Tony and the puppets and what he did in the sheriff's office show very clearly he had exact control over the powers he was using--he would look at an object and then play appropriate music to make it do what he wanted. This is what artists do--not evil tools! Ike/Iake even said on the DVD commentary what the children did to the sheriff and their enjoyment of it seemed cruel--but in the prior scene he took sadistic enjoyment in confiscating their property and locking them in a jail cell!

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