Chronicles of Witchcraft...yes, the church has embraced things that are an abomination unto the LORD
Before walking away from this and rejecting it without hearing it out first remember what God’s word says in regards to rejecting something before hearing it first:
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. Proverbs 18:13
Essentially if you do not hear this out but instead wish to keep to your own answers without investigating it first God’s word labels you as a fool. Please take the time to avoid being foolish by walking away from the truth.
The excerpts further below in this study contain many but not all of the examples of CS Lewis’ usage of occult vernacular. In an attempt to decrease the content down as best as possible only the key points ‘...’ will be utilized to indicate portions of excluded text that did not offer substantive value towards the purpose of this study.
The purpose here is not for anyone to understand the storyline per se but to see the elements within the writings that pertain to the occult (mysticism, etc). So the context will no doubt be skewed but the intent here is not to tell the story over in any way but to demonstrate the usage of occult (mysticism) vernacular to tell supposedly tell of God’s story and to demonstrate why this is not at all anything that is approved of by God but that it stands in stark contrast against His character, against the things that God abhors.
Note: You will see this, ‘Note:’ where additional external information is added to help explain terms and concepts, etc. This, no doubt, is not a complete work as many terms and concepts were likely missed. This study, however, pulls more than what is necessary to fully demonstrate that CS Lewis was indeed not just fascinated with the occult (mysticism) but that he had a firm grasp of it. This work is solely intended to show clearly that dabbling in the occult at any level is an abomination to the one true God.
“___” will also be used to underline obvious terms and concepts of the occult (mysticism). A lot of these terms and concepts will be captured in this study but no doubt many more will have been missed due this being essentially done via a word search based off the most common occult terms that could be easily found on the web. There are many other studies by believers posted on the web that go into similar details as this one but perhaps not as exhaustive. These other studies also include much deeper dives into specific examples and they give exhaustive explanations as to how the symbolism used by CS Lewis is in fact occult in nature. The intent in this study is not to deal with this primarily although there will be occasions where this was done due to the ease in drawing it out. For the sake of time and intent of purpose, the primary objective will, as best as possible, be adhered to and that is to demonstrate the writer’s usage of things that God hates to be the primary vehicle to retell God’s redemptive plan and overall story of our souls.
Please excuse the lack of order of these excerpts. They should fall within the chapter they were pulled from but the order will not be guaranteed as this was not the purpose of this study. The purpose as already stated is to demonstrate the occult vernacular and some of the mystical ideas that Lewis used in these stories. It is to demonstrate ultimately why God does not approve of these methods, at all.
CS Lewis was and still is Satan's tool. This study will effectively demonstrate this.
One cannot take things, in this case words and concepts, that God abhors and justify them as an imaginative method in telling or in this case the retelling of "Godly" and/or "Biblical" concepts.
If God hates something, we ought not to play with it, even in our imaginations. No, especially in our imaginations. Out of the heart the mouth speaks... (Mathew 12:34). We are to think upon only pure and good things.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
Think about this, pornography, is “just imagination”. For the consumer of pornography they are only looking at pictures (still and/or moving) and images and reading words that tell of impure sexual things. A lot of people try to justify it as it is 'only in the person’s mind' and as long as they do not act on the thoughts physically then they are “OK” but Jesus emphatically declared quite the contrary!
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matthew 5:28
As for works such as CS Lewis’ work, the Chronicles of Narnia, many people want to justify these as spiritually OK. In their assessments they see them as an innocent retelling of the Biblical story, of the battle between God's ultimate good verses Satan's evil schemes. Only Satan would agree that this assessment is OK.
The following snippet was taken from chapter 14 of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. CS Lewis apparently attempts here to be humorous in stating that he supposedly held back describing certain things because if he did then “the grownups would probably not let you read this book”. He actually included more than enough throughout his works where any Bible believing, born again, sincere follower of Jesus Christ, should not allow their children to not read this work but any work from this ungodly man that the world tries to pass off as a supposed great theologian of sorts....It is not ad hominem here to say that one should look into what his closest associates described him as including his habits, etc. When discussing whether something or someone is of a Christian nature their personal walks and works are very much in need of examining (yes, judging...!). By their fruits you will know them...
But the important thing to remember here is that his works alone demonstrate enough in that he had an ungodly fixation with the darker worlds of mysticism (the occult)...
“Ogres with monstrous teeth, and wolves, and bull-headed men; spirits of evil trees and poisonous plants; and other creatures whom I won't describe because if I did the grownups would probably not let you read this book - Cruels and Hags and Incubuses, Wraiths, Horrors, Efreets, Sprites, Orknies, Wooses, and Ettins. In fact here were all those who were on the Witch's side and whom the Wolf had summoned at her command. And right in the middle, standing by the Table, was the Witch herself.”
Some definitions (from occult related resources, etc on the internet) of some of the occult vernacular that CS Lewis uses are in order here for the uninformed. Keep in mind that this collection of works uses the occult vernacular throughout:
Ogre in folklore: a man-eating giant.
An incubus is a demon in male form who, according to mythological and legendary traditions, lies upon women in order to engage in sexual activity with them. Its female counterpart is a succubus.
A hag is a wizened old woman, or a kind of fairy or goddess having the appearance of such a woman, often found in folklore and children's tales such as Hansel and Gretel. Hags are often seen as malevolent, but may also be one of the chosen forms of shapeshifting deities, such as the Morrígan or Badb, who are seen as neither wholly beneficent nor malevolent.
A Wraith is a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death.
Efreets are unpredictable creatures with fiery forms and spectacular magical powers. They are a type of genie native to the Elemental Plane of Fire. The efreet are genies from the Plane of Fire. An efreeti stands about 12 feet tall and weighs 2,000 pounds.
A sprite is a supernatural legendary creature. They are often depicted as fairy, ghost and/or elf-like creatures.
In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the Ettin is a giant-like creature. The creatures' name derives from Old English eoten 'giant', a word cognate with the Jötunn giants of Norse mythology.
The point here is that we do not need to use the tools of the occult to tell God’s story that we already have the Bible. Using things that God says are an abomination to Him in order to retell His story in any capacity is an insult to God and goes contrary to His character. He hates these things.
As per God speaking through the profit Haggai, we cannot take something dead or unclean and just call it good because we want it to be good. If it is dead and we mess with it we are dead (unclean) ourselves...
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying, If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No. Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean. Haggai 2:11-14
As already mentioned, if God abhors something, we ought not to mess with it whether in our imaginations or at any level for that matter. Anything that God calls as an abomination we are not at liberty to use no matter what we try to pass it off as. For the true Christian the ends do not justify the means in this manner...
When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 18:10-13
Sadly enough, whether intentional or not, what CS Lewis has done is introduced generations of souls (whom Jesus Christ died for...) to the occult through his literature very much in the same that Francis Bacon, Shakespeare and others in the past introduced political ideals to the masses within their works...
Instead of praising the demonic works of CS Lewis we ought to be busy showing people why they are contrary to God’s character and why God hates them so. We ought to be as the believers did in the book of Acts where they stood up and denounced these evils in such a way that people became believers and rejected the evils associated with the occult such as things pertaining to sorcery and the likes. We need to see people burning the books as the converts did in Paul’s time instead of reading them.
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city. But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Acts 8:5-12
Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. Acts 19:13-20
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? Galatians 3:1
As I got deeper into the study I began to realize that essentially I was copying and pasting literally the entire book as it is riddled end to end with occult vernacular and concepts. I choose to instead stop after doing the search on the “magic” which itself yielded 192 instances of the root word magic and all it’s variants.
The word ‘spell’ was utilized directly some 41 times.
“Witch” was utilized directly 280 times. Many try to justify Lewis’ use of Jadis, the white witch as an adequate analogy of Satan but there is a fundamental error in this in that Satan began as a perfect and good Angel who fell. Jadis was a witch prior to supposedly turning evil. God never ever justifies any witch to be good but instead commands that they be put to death. There is no such thing as a good witch or good magic for that matter.
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Exodus 22:18
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Deuteronomy 18:10-12
The following are some excerpts taken from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis that demonstrate the unbiblical and ungodly nature of the writing.
Excerpts taken from The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe:
"It's - it's a magic wardrobe. There's a wood inside it, and it's snowing, and there's a Faun and a Witch and it's called Narnia; come and see."
Note: The faun is a half human–half goat (from the head to the waist being human, but with the addition of goat horns) manifestation of forest and animal spirits that would help or hinder humans at whim. (Wiki)
She did not shut it properly because she knew that it is very silly to shut oneself into a wardrobe, even if it is not a magic one.
“...I can't do it now, the magic will only work once.... “
"I see you were right and it is a magic wardrobe after all. I'll say I'm sorry if you like...”
"The White Witch?"...”...and all the Fauns and Dryads and Naiads and Dwarfs and Animals - at least all the good ones - simply hate her. And she can turn people into stoneand do all kinds of horrible things. And she hasmade a magic so that it is always winter in Narnia - always winter, but it never gets to Christmas. And she drives about on a sledge, drawn by reindeer, with her wand in her hand and a crown on her head."...and when he heard that the Lady he had made friends with was a dangerous witchhe felt even more uncomfortable.
Note: dryads (in folklore and Greek mythology) a nymph inhabiting a forest or a tree, especially an oak tree. Also in Greek mythology, the Naiads were a type of water nymph (female spirit) who presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of fresh water. (wiki)
...some magic in the house had come to life and was chasing them into Narnia they seemed to find themselves being followed everywhere...
Title of this chapter is IN THE WITCH'SHOUSE
...and there's nothing that spoils the taste of good ordinary food half so much as the memory of bad magicfood.
...were really the spirits of trees. There was the great shape of a centaurand a winged horse and a long lithe creature that Edmund took to be adragon...
Title of this chapter is THE SPELL BEGINS TO BREAK
But they were far bigger than the Witch'sreindeer... Some of the pictures ofFather Christmas in our world make him look only funny and jolly...TheWitch's magic is weakening."
And Lucy felt running through her that deep shiver of gladness which you only get if you are being solemn and still..."And now," said Father Christmas, "for your presents. There is a new and better sewing machine for you, Mrs Beaver. I will drop it in your house as, I pass."
"If you please, sir," said Mrs Beaver, making a curtsey. "It's locked up." "Locks and bolts make no difference to me," said Father Christmas.
Note: At first I thought it may have been an accidental coincidence that the following wording seemed sexual in nature but there are too many instances here to conclude otherwise. Occult vernacular is also riddled throughout. It is commonplace in the occult to utilize sexual ideologies through practices and communications as such. One may find room within some sort of twisted reasoning to dismiss the potential sexual overtones of the following but the occult vernacular is present regardless.
"Are you my councillor or my slave?" said the Witch. "Do as you're told. Tie the hands of the human creature behind it and keep hold of the end ofthe rope. And take your whip. And cut the harness of the reindeer; they'll find their own way home." The dwarf obeyed, and in a few minutes Edmund found himself being forced to walk as fast as he could with hishands tiedbehind him. He kept on slipping in the slush and mud and wet grass, and every time he slipped the dwarf gave him a curse and sometimes a flick with the whip. The Witch walked behind the dwarf and kept on saying, "Faster! Faster!" Every moment the patches of green grew bigger and the patches of spow grew smaller. Every moment more and more of the trees shook off their robes of snow. Soon, wherever you looked, instead of white shapes you saw the dark green of firs or the blackpricklybranches of bare oaks and beeches and elms. Then the mist turned from white to gold and presently cleared away altogether. Shafts ofdelicioussunlight struck down on to the forest floor and overhead you could see a blue sky between the tree tops.
There were four great centaurs.
Note: Centaurs were mentioned 34 times throughout these stories. Centaurs are mythological creatures with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a horse (see wiki).
They had been just as surprised as Edmund when they saw the winter vanishing and the whole wood passing in a few hours or so from January to May. They hadn't even known for certain (as the Witch did) that this was what would happen when Aslan came to Narnia. But they all knew that it was her spells which had produced the endless winter; and therefore they all knew when this magic spring began that something had gone wrong, and badly wrong, with the Witch's schemes. And after the thaw had been going on for some time they all realized that the Witchwould no longer be able to use her sledge.
"No," said the Witch. "There need be no flying. Go quickly. Summon all our people to meet me here as speedily as they can. Call out the giants and the werewolves and the spirits of those trees who are on our side. Call the Ghouls, and the Boggles, the Ogres and the Minotaurs. Call the Cruels, the Hags, the Spectres, and the people of the Toadstools. We will fight. What? Have I not still my wand? Will not their ranks turn into stone even as they come on? Be off quickly, I have a little thing to finish here while you are away."
Title of this chapter is “DEEP MAGIC FROM THE DAWN OF TIME
in reality the stump and the boulder were simply the Witchand the dwarf. For it was part of her magic that she could make things look like what they aren't, and she had the presence of mind to do so at the very moment when the knife was knocked out of her hand. She had kept hold of herwand, so it had been kept safe, too.
"Have you forgotten the Deep Magic?" asked the Witch.
"Tell us of this Deep Magic."
"Tell you?" said the Witch... “know the Magic”
"Fool," said the Witch with a savage smile that was almost a snarl, "...He knows the Deep Magic better than that.
“...do something about the Deep Magic..?" "Work against the Emperor'sMagic?"
Title of this chapter is “THE TRIUMPH OF THE WITCH”
Ogres with monstrous teeth, and wolves, and bull-headed men; spirits of evil trees and poisonous plants; and other creatures whom I won't describe because if I did the grownups would probably not let you read this book - Cruels and Hags and Incubuses, Wraiths, Horrors, Efreets, Sprites, Orknies, Wooses, and Ettins. In fact here were all those who were on the Witch's side and whom the Wolf had summoned at her command. And right in the middle, standing by the Table, was the Witch herself.
“...as our pact was and so the Deep Magic”
Title of this chapter is “DEEPER MAGIC FROM BEFORE THE DAWN OF TIME”
"What does it mean? Is it magic?"..."It is more magic."
"that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know: Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation...”
Note: Incantation defined: a series of words said as a magic spell or charm.
Excerpts taken from PRINCE CASPIAN:
They had opened the door of a magic wardrobe and found themselves in a quite different world from ours, and in that different world they had become Kings and Queens in a country called Narnia.
"Look sharp!" shouted Edmund. "All catch hands and keep together. This is magic- I can tell by the feeling. Quick!"
Edmund had put down his coat on the station seat just before the magic overtook them, and he and Peter took it in turns to carry Peter's great-coat.
The greatest of all the wood-people, Pomona herself, came to put good spells on it.
...more than half full of the magical cordial which would heal almost every wound and every illness
But whether by some magic in the air of the treasure chamber or not
Once there was a White Witch and she made herself Queen of the whole country. And she made it so that it was always winter. And then two boys and two girls came from somewhere and so they killed the Witch and they were made Kings and Queens of Narnia, and their names were Peter and Susan and Edmund and Lucy.
You can gather learned magicians and try to find a way of awaking the trees once more. You can search through all the nooks and wild places of the land to see if any Fauns or Talking Beasts or Dwarfs are perhaps still alive in hiding."
Note: a Dwarf is thought to be a member of a mythical race of short, stocky humanlike creatures who are generally skilled in mining and metalworking.
“Then it's true about the Kings and Queens too, and about the White Witch?...”
He learned... Alchemy, and Astronomy...Of Magic he learned only the theory, for Doctor Cornelius said the practical part was not proper study for princes. "And I myself," he added, "am only a very imperfect magicianand can do only the smallest experiments."
"I am a very minor magician but I can at least contrive a charmed sleep."
"What friend have I in the wide world except your Majesty? And I have a little magic.
"...Many terrors I endured, many spells did I utter, to find it, when I was still young. It is themagic horn ... whoever blows it shall have strange help - no one can say how strange. It may have the power to call Queen Lucy and King Edmund and Queen Susan and High King Peter back from the past, and they will set all to rights. It may be that it will call up Asian himself. Take it, King Caspian: but do not use it except at your greatest need...”
...with his sword on his left hip and Queen Susan's magic horn on his right.
This is one of the cursed Telmarines.
"I'll believe in anyone or anything," said Nikabrik, "that'll batter these cursedTelmarine barbarians to pieces or drive them out of Narnia. Anyone or anything, Aslan or the White Witch, do you understand?"
"if only we could wake the spirits of these trees and this well, we should have done a good day's work."
"We have no power over them...”
"By a little use of simple magic, ..." ..."... We must all fly from this place at once. ..."
“It lies within the skirts of the Great Woods and it is a huge mound which Narnians raised in very ancient times over a very magical place, where there stood - and perhaps still stands - a very magical Stone...”
But in the secret and magical chamber ...it was too magic a thing for any common use.
There's no good raising hopes of magical help which (as I think) are sure to be disappointed.
This, where we now sit, is the most ancient and most deeply magical of all, and here, I think, the answer is likeliest to come.
“That sometimes has an effect in operations of White Magic”
...sending me down `to the ghosts in the full ceremonial way...
"... it was the horn - your own horn...that dragged us all off that seat on the platform..."
"...if you believe in magic at all... stories about magic forcing people out of one place - out of one world - into another...magician in The Arabian Nights calls up a Jinn, it has to come. We had to come, just like that." "Yes," said Peter, "I suppose what makes it feel so queer is that in the stories it's always someone in our world who does the calling. One doesn't really think about where the Jinn's coming from." "And now we know what it feels like for the Jinn...”It's a bit uncomfortable to know that we can be”.
Note: In the above paragraph Lewis essentially by the mere mention of the Arabian Nights gives the readers justification to go and read that as well. The Arabian Nights can be researched without reading it. It is fraught with tales of magic. Jinn is essentially a magical genie. It is noted that the Arabian Nights stories contain stories of many natures which includes magic, .and “