ANSWERS: 22
  • I see them X-ians are all flocking over to answer this question
  • Yeah, I'd read them. Not cause I'd like them, I'd read 'em for research or something...
  • I know alot of Christians who would read those books, but not read Harry Potter just because their pastor didn't mention Dracula or Frankenstein in his book burning tirade.
  • Most Christians I know, and I know many, read fantasy and sci-fi books. As for Dracula and Frankenstein, those books are all about how the sins of Dracula and Dr. Frankenstein caused nothing but misery and pain. Okay, it isn't ALL their about, but those themes are prevalent. Why? Because we are human beings and enjoy a good story like anyone else. :)
  • I'm a Christian and I'm currently reading Frankenstien, it has nothing to do with "your" religious beliefs - they are just stories! and classics for that matter!
  • Yep. I read them all the time. For me it's entertainment.
  • It's not the "drinking blood" that's a sin. It's the idea of being given immortality by someone other than God. I don't read those books. I do watch certain movies though, except for The Davinci Code, because that's a direct assault on Jesus, which the Jewish producers strayed from the actual meaning of the book, on purpose, to slander Jesus.
  • Well, Bram Stoker was a protestant for one, so I don't think Christians need to feel bad about reading books like that. Everyone likes a good story, Christian or not.
  • You need to think a little more deeply about what these books are about. If books are "against God" simply because they include a description of evil acts, then the Bible itself would fall into your definition of a book that is "against God."
  • +5. I am a Christian and do not consider going to the extream of saying Dracula and Frankenstien are going against God. Now, if I started a Cult where they were worshipped and I prayed to them, then there would be a problem. I like my steak rare but that does not mean I am against God.Be blessed
  • I would not want to read any of these. You open up a door to the enemy. he loves for us to be deceived into thinking that there is nothing wrong with thinking like the words that you are reading. GOD wants us to HIMSELF.....HE is a jealous GOD. HE has given us plenty of awesome reading in the BIBLE. I just don't understand how Christians think that it is okay to dabble in scorcery, fairtales that portray evilness and anything that talks of power other than the Power of ALMIGHTY GOD. Christians are being decieved thinking they don't have to heed the LORD'S WORD and get entertained by the enemy's dessert.
  • Sure, it's just a book.
  • I can tell you about ancient Hindu texts which talk about rituals where religious practices are followed which may sound barbaric or devilish.You say drinking blood or creating life would be anti God but they are written for readers.Sex with another partner(not married) is a part of religious ritual in left handed tantra to reach God.Now this may sound against the edicts of God but thats how it is.I am not a christian but I just shared with you how we look at it.
  • I went to a Catholic school and we read Frankenstein, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, and Brave New World in my English classes. I think it's just how you feel about fiction. I mean, Harry Potter basically teaches morals, and Brave New World is basically a social commentary.
  • I am the type of person that will read anything that interests me. Another person's opinion of what God would think of me for reading a book that went against God does not matter to me. Personally, I wouldn't read Dracula because I don't like Vampires, but I read the DaVinci Code and loved it. It doesn't mean I believed it and it doesn't in any way diminsh my relationship with God or my belief in the Bible.
  • Uh ... DRACULA was an allegory for the epidemic of syphilis -- Bram Stoker said so himself. It's moral was that sexual promiscuity leads to madness, sterility, and insatiable predatory lust/hunger that enslaves the predator, moral bankruptcy, social decay, and a living death that "lives" only to spread itself to others. As for Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, it was a scathingly uncomplimentary critique/character-study of the Faustian/Promethean tendency of scientists and the dangers of science cut free from ethical and religious boundaries. As such, how were these books "against God" and what's there for Christians not to like about them? I've never met a Christian who didn't think Shelley's work a masterpiece. If they find fault with Stoker it's because he's just not that artful a writer: Dracula's a great story but not especially well written. Horror stories in general are totally consistent with Christian morality. Most horror stories are in fact a testament to the deep subconscious belief that "sexual liberation" leads only to horror and the ruin of society. Why do you think it is that in all those B-horror flicks it's the virgin who survives? Or that what sets off the escalating catastrophe is the violation of traditional and/or sexual bounds by "innocent" kids? Even ALIEN was inspired by the author's own guilt-driven nightmare about abortion (where the aborted fetus took revenge by first infesting him and then tearing him apart from the inside) and a strange unconscious phobia of oral sex. Science Fiction is a mixed issue, due to its origin in Utopian Socialism - though the vast majority of Christians are totally ignorant of this and blind to the anti-Christian bias, assumptions, and themes that run through so much Sci-Fi. None-the-less, the best examples of the genre turn out to be either religiously/metaphically neutral while ethically in line with Christianity, while others actually come out affirming and/or defending much of the Christian worldview. Fantasy has generally been accepted and even loved and sometimes written by Christians. (the Brothers Grimm, Tolkein, Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, George MacDonald, to name but a few, were all passionately devout Christians.) I never understood the moronic phobia of the Harry Potter books: they certainly aren't either "anti-God" or "pro black magic and witchcraft". Of course many American evangelicals, pentacostals, and fundamentalists (though by no means the majority of them) insist they are ... the same sorts who fret over, abominate, and boygot Halloween and Trick-or-Treating as "pagan, occultic, and Satanic" ... evidently ignorant of the fact that the tradition of scary costumes and trick-or-treating was invented in the 1930s by Methodist youth pastors, the YMCA and the Boy Scouts in the 1930s as a way of discouraging Mischief Night vandalism. This group, however, is just a very vocal - and stupid - minority. Their reaction/attitude to the Harry Potter books was just a ridiculous knee-jerk reaction against anything that hinted at or seemed to hint at a positive or even neutral view of the occult. (I even knew one pastor who even (if mildly) condemned the classic sit-com BEWITCHED because it "promoted witchcraft and the occult." He was taken aback when I pointed it was an allegory for mixed-marriages: horrifically Bourgeois American boy with a WASPish work ethic - whose family thinks they're the creme-de-la-creme of civilized society - marries into a family of uber-rich jet-setting outrageously eccentric aristocrats of the international elite who can have anything they want with a snap of their fingers. The irony was that Darren worked in advertising, i.e., created nothing of enduring value but basically just manufactured BS and glamour, so he was the actual conjuror and spinner of charms.) ... As for books that are actually anti-God or at least anti-Christian, as with most theologians and apologists, I read them if they're attracting enough attention, though I try not to buy them: I get them from the library or wait for one of my acquaintances to give me a copy thinking/hoping it will shake my faith or stump me. (None ever has. Most are so trite, inept, packed with patent errors and lies, long-since debunked, or utterly inane, that their editor's and publishers should be too humiliated to show their faces in public ever again -- many are, but they still have sales targets to make.)
  • Since when does being a Christian involve hiding your head in the sand? Reading these books does not purport doing these things, they are ideas about what if...with a MORAL. Don't Christians love those morals?
  • Yes - Its litrature and Fiction. As its a form of art I wouldn't have a problem reading it. I also wouldn't say they are 'against' god either - they are incredibly imaginitive books that don't offend god personally.
  • I've read Dan Brown's, Angels & Demons, Da Vinci Code. My faith only got stronger.
  • I'd like to know how these books are "against God." The book-burning crowd likes to rail against books that they've never even read nor truly know anything about. Is Dracula a hero? No. Stoker uses Dracula to represent all that is evil in the world and makes this quite clear in his narrative. Throughout the book it's the Christian symbols that protect and vanquish. In the end it is the evil that is defeated. Dr. Frankenstein may have attempted to appropriate a prerogative of the Creator, but it comes to no good and he pays for his folly, does he not? Both of these works are classics of literature but they are also morality tales of a sort. To dismiss them as "against God" is short-sighted and ignorant.
  • YEAH...........I suppose they are "against God"....I suppose......LoL. I read stephen King all the time. Hes alittle bit nutzo...and gross, and all weird. There is nothing wrong with reading books. They are books...."science fiction"...its not like im following their ways, hold them higher than God...or start worshipping the writter. there is alotta stuff that trys to play God that are things in our own reality, more than a book about creating life. So...ya.
  • I read some of those but I hate horror books.+4

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