Marvel's Doctor Strange will finally be released in U.S. theaters this weekend, and so far, it has been well-received by both fans and the critics, and doing well at the box office overseas (You can read our full review here), but as the saying goes, "you can't please everyone." One critic decided to label the film "abhorrent" and cites Biblical passages in his review to prove his points.
Dr. Ted Baehr, the chair of the Christian Film & Television Commission, has given Doctor Strange a painful -4 or "Abhorrent" rating. "[Doctor Strange is] a dangerous introduction to demonic occult deception," Behr wrote in his review. "The Bible clearly warns against the kind of occult practices and sorcery the hero in this movie learns to do, in Deuteronomy 18:9-12 and Galatians 5:20. Also in the movie, the hero's New Age, occult guru teaches there may be no afterlife, that death is truly the end, and that this is a good thing."
Just in case you're not a Biblical scholar, here's Deuteronomy 18:9-12.
"When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or aa sorcerer or a charmer or ba medium or a necromancer or cone who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.
And here's Galatians 5:20, well19-21 because you need the verses in both sides to get the full context:
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Doctor Strange isn't the first fictional wizard to get bashed by Christian critics. Harry Potter books were burned, and were banned in public libraries in the deep South. Chick Publications even published a comic strip that said "the Potter books open a doorway that will put untold millions of kids into hell." Dr. Behr should be thankful that Doctor Strange didn't introduce Mephisto. He would have probably given it -99.
Doctor Strange will open in U.S. theaters tonight.