Narnia: Growing Up (Part 1)

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)[1]

gnosticism heresyThe plural form of the English word “fable” appears five times in the King James Bible, a translation of the Greek mythos (G.3454), from which we get the English word myth.[2] According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, it can mean a speech, word, saying, narrative, or story. The latter two meanings can be true or false, i.e. fiction, fable, or falsehood. However, mythos is translated only as “fable” in the New Testament, something inherently false. Peter and Paul designated as fables the “traditions and speculations … of the Jews on religious questions” (Easton Bible Dictionary). In their commentary on 1 Timothy 1:4, Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown explain fables as Jewish “legends about the origin and propagation of angels,” as well as “Gnostic genealogies of spirits and aeons.” In contrast to these fables or myths are the aletheia (truth) and logos (factual narrative) of Jesus Christ. Likewise, in contrast to Gnosticism, having “no connection to reality,” is “the knowledge of an eyewitness” of Christ’s resurrection, such as Peter or Paul (“Fable,” International Standard Bible Encyclopedia).

As an International Standard Bible Encyclopedia writer noted, “losing one’s hold on reality” isn’t “confined to the apostolic age.”[3] In our post-modern world, myths abound. What would Paul have said about the Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956), by C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)? I don’t know, but I can hazard a guess. “Turn from ephemeral, man-made fables to the everlasting truth of God’s Word.” Is Narnia a fable? It’s certainly a fantasy world. I’ve loved fantasy stories since I was a child. Narnia was no exception. I didn’t become a movie fan until seven years ago, when I re-read the Narnia books. However, like Paul, I must grow up by “put[ting] away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11).

I wish I could leave it at that, i.e. call Narnia “childish” and grow up. But the insidious things that I’ve learned about this series frighten me. Both the books and films are witchcraft, plain and simple. I didn’t know, for example, that Narnia is sold in New Age bookstores or is recommended reading on witchcraft websites. Narnia characters, plots, and phrases that I thought were biblical are really occultic, but I didn’t notice them due to my ignorance of both witchcraft and mythology. See below for some examples. Google the words “Narnia” and “witchcraft” for more information.

Chronicles-NarniaThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)

  • The faun Mr. Tumnus seems to be an innocent friend of Lucy Pevensie. However, he’s really the pagan fertility god Pan (Satan), who lures children into his lair.
  • Beaver says that the White Witch is descended from the demon Lilith, Adam’s first wife. However, Lilith is a fictional character found in the Jewish Talmud.
  • Instead of Jesus Christ, Aslan’s death and resurrection re-enact that of the Egyptian sun god Osiris. Aslan also turns winter into spring. All pagan religions celebrate solstices in their sun worship. Kathryn Lindskoog even says that Stonehenge inspired the setting of Aslan’s death.
  • The four Pevensie children sit on four thrones in Cair Paravel. Four thrones appear in Tarot cards, not the Bible.

Prince Caspian (1951)

  • Caspian’s mentor Dr. Cornelius practices astrology, as does the centaur Glenstorm.
  • Bacchus, Greek god of drunken orgies, appears as a friend of Aslan. In concluding chapters, he and other characters celebrate the witches’ sabat of Midsummer, or the summer solstice.

narnia dawn-treader magicThe Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)

  • Lucy uses a book of spells to make both Aslan and the Dufflepuds visible. This is witchcraft.
  • Coriakin and Ramandu are “fallen” stars. In the Bible, the only creature that fell from heaven is Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12, Luke 10:18, Revelation 12:10-13). [This parallel is conjecture. I’m curious about occult connections.]

The Magician’s Nephew (1955)

  • Lewis uses the phrase “a thousand points of light” to describe Aslan’s creation of Narnia. Alice Bailey (1880-1949), an occult Theosophist, Luciferian, and co-founder of the Lucis Trust (which publishes all UN material), used this phrase in The Externalization of the Hierarchy (1957) to describe the children of Lucifer who will usher in the New World Order. NWO mouthpiece George Bush Sr. (Knights of Malta) also used it in his 1988 presidential nomination speech and his first inaugural address. His foundation is called Points of Light.[4]

emeth narnia aslanThe Last Battle (1956)

  • Emeth, a servant of the demon Tash, enters Aslan’s country because of his good deeds. Aslan tells him, “I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him.” However, only faith in Christ can produce good fruit. Servants of Satan always practice evil. People can’t worship or obey him and expect to enter heaven.

The central figure in Narnia is Aslan, which is Turkish for “lion.” Although Jesus Christ is “the lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5), it’s a metaphor. He entered the world as a man, not an animal. So we’re commanded to worship the Creator, not creatures (Romans 1:23, 25). Unlike Tumnus and other half-man/half-beast characters, God’s creatures reproduce after their kind (Genesis 1:24-25). We’re also told not to practice witchcraft or let witches live (Exodus 22:18, Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

Aslan tells Emeth that he and Tash are moral opposites, but after learning about the occult nature of Narnia, I’m not so sure. New Age religion espouses the dualistic, cabalistic philosophy “As Above, So Below.” In other words, “white magic is the same as black magic.” The basic concept is a spiritual marriage or reconciliation of opposites. By mixing biblical truth with the occult in his Narnia books, Lewis produced just such a marriage. This action is itself satanic. Darkness and light cannot co-exist (2 Corinthians 6:14-16). Holiness is biblical separation (6:17-18).

In part 2, I will discuss Lewis’s occult background and the Narnia films….


[1] All scripture references are to the King James Version (KJV), unless otherwise noted.
[2] 1 Timothy 1:4, 4:7; 2 Timothy 4:4; Titus 1:14; 2 Peter 1:16
[3] The entry “fable” by Burton Scott Easton
[4] Wikipedia wrongly attributes the source of this phrase to John Winthrop but never mentions Alice Bailey.


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