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According to the dictionary, a fairy is a supernatural being of folklore, often represented as a tiny person with magical powers.  They are also sometimes defined as a diminutive spirit (a disembodied spirit) dwelling in close relationship with man; a tiny, mischievous and protective creature in a household associated with the hearth.  The word comes from the Latin root “Fata”, goddess of fate.

A tale  is defined as a lie, falsehood, or fable.  A fairy tale is a fanciful story or explanation about supernatural beings (magicians, dragons and fairies); a fictitious story, often with animal characters, designed to teach a lesson; a short story about legendary persons and exploits; a falsehood meaning narration or account.

Scripture warns us to have nothing to do with fables, enchantments, charmers or such like (Exodus 7:11, 22; 8:7, 18: II Kings 21:6; Isaiah 47:9-12; Deuteronomy 18:9-13; Jeremiah 27:9-10; Ecclesiastes 10:11; I Timothy 1:4; 4:7; II Timothy 4:4; Titus 1:14 (fables turn one from truth); II Peter 1:16 declares importance of truth); Romans 1:25).

According to Strong’s Concordance fable means a tuition, doing for money, charging for instruction in a lie.  It also can mean a tale that is a lie or falsehood.  Strong defines a myth as that which pertains to gods or heroes in pagan idol worship.  Another connected reference is to a secret or mystery with the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites.

Another Strong’s definition of teraphim means family idols; images believed to be healers; to mend by stitching; to cure or cause to heal.  In Genesis 31:19, 30, Rachel stole her father’s household gods (images).

Enchantments  are defined as: to whisper or mumble a spell, as a magician or charmer muffled; to cover, an incantation; concerning an amulet – earring; charmed; a private prayer in a bad sense; covered; secret; secrecy – incantation, which is the uttering or intoning of words or syllables to produce magical results.

All mean to enwrap; a blaze from enwrapping in magic; to lick; set on fire; blaze up; to loot – unlawful seizure or taking of goods by an enemy army. The primary root word means to join – to fascinate by means of spells and a charmer.

Enchanter – hiss; to whisper a magic spell; prognosticate; learn by experience.  Deuteronomy 18:12 warns not to involve a son or daughter with an enchanter.

Enchanters –  to practice magic; the root word means to cover or cloud over; act covertly; soothsayer; sorcerer.  Enchant is defined by the dictionary as placing a spell, to bewitch.  Paul wrote to the Galatians demanding to know who had bewitched them away from the truth (Galatians 3:1).

When considering the above definitions and Scripture, it seems that reading books or watching fairy tales on TV or movies could be dangerous.  Children at a susceptible age may be opened up to spirits of fear (II Timothy 1:7); error (I John 4:6); perversity (Isaiah 19:14); lying and fantasy (I Kings 22:22, 23 and John 8:44).

The following is an excerpt from “Children and Deliverance, Booklet #10″ by Pastor Win Worley. Copyright © 1983 by Win Worley, Revised © 1992. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including storage and retrieval system, without securing permission in writing from the publisher, WRW Publications, PO Box 852626, Mesquite, TX 75185.

If you’d like to obtain your own copy of not only this, but other materials authored by Win Worley, please contact WRW Publications at www.wrwpublications.com

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