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Post Reply Is it wierd / wrong to listen to secular music?
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Posted 6/20/08 , edited 6/20/08

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Oh wow, late coming in to the discussion? Your logic is flawed, let me reinstate then what I have been saying throughout the entire discussion.

Music created by God for worship, rather or not you believe that or agree with that is irrelevant. Music, rather your realize it or not, has an influence on your life. If your sad do you listen to really hard music? Or if your pissed do you listen to classical? No, in fact its usually quite the opposite. Unless we were trying to calm down we would have no need for soft music, and if we needed to be pumped we would listen to the theme song from Rocky. As previously stated, music is there evoke emotion, songs of greed, hostility, hate, lust, these are all things we should not feed into.

Music is not a mindless form of entertainment, it is in fact a lot more dire to our current lifestyle than I believe we sometimes realize. If they stopped one of your favorite shows on television, or if your favorite publisher went out of business, you would merely switch over to another book or program, depending on what the account warrants. However if they stopped selling an artist or they banned downloading of a particular artist we would be in fumes. Comparing the two is not probable. My analogy's may stink and my rant a little lengthy but I hope you get my drift.

"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment" (Matthew 12:36)

If it's in the gospels play close attention, the Disciples of Jesus were not ignorant of man's folly.


Yeah but like I said before its not the music itself that's the problem, its the fact that one or two people can't control themselves (and it is just one or two). It can only have a negative effect if you let it influence your real world actions. And no you need to rethink what you said about the 'soft' music- its not there just cos it helps people calm down its also there simply because it sounds good! Therefore If you like secular music and it brings you happiness because of how the beat goes or how good the guy singing is and you won't go and beat someone to death because of it then its fine to listen to it and nobody should try to stop them.
Hell, even if you still don't see my point you should just accept the fact that different people have different tastes and trying to impose your own narrow views and opinions on others about what they should and should not do is wrong.


Haha, no one is saying your in the wrong necessarily, just the emotions part was what I was focused on. And I myself prefer softer music, preferably classical in most cases. Because I like the sound, now you may say the same for a heavy artist and that is completely a legitimate claim, but subconsciously rather through back-masking, or whatever you refer to it as, or just subliminal thoughts that might come up.

the following is an exert I found by "cb" in a discussion about a jay-z song:

"Regardless of what most people think, if you are a Christian and someone is leaving negative comments about Jesus Christ in their music rather when it’s played backwards or forwards; you should not allow yourself to hear those negative things. In psychology it does say that our minds are able to comprehend things backwards and we don’t realize it. I think that this should be brought to every Jay-Z fan’s attention because when we listen to his music even though we don’t realize it, it may make us think negative things about God..."

We have all heard of the effects of subliminal tapes, we listen to a rendition of a diet program telling us we are not hungry, and we act as if we are not hungry, even if it is possible that we are. Now I am not 100% sure on the effect of subliminal messages, but it cannot be argued that in some fashion they could effect us, rather it be mood, appetite, or listening to another one bites the dust and wanting to smoke.

There was this book entitled Controversies of the Music Industry By Richard D. Barnet, Larry L. Burriss, Paul D. Fischer, but the best bet if you are still unsure about music and its impression left by us, take a psychology class or a sociology class, things that seem small in nature actually have a big impact in our lives, in this instance music.
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Posted 6/21/08 , edited 6/21/08
I'd have to say if it's something you wouldn't listen to if you thought God was standing right next to you...then don't do it.

It's a figure of speech, I know God is with you at all times, but people are not always aware of it.
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Haha, I agree 10,000 percent, i know 10,000 is a bit extreme but humor me I am exaggerating, if you are not comfortable with God watching you listening to it don't. I am amazed how simply you can address such a topic, with one sentence and be completely correct.
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I agree with what most people are saying. Although I do mostly listen to Christian music, I don't think that just because something isn't "Christian" that it deserves to be tossed out. Music can be glorifying to God simply by displaying healthy emotions and everday hardships. Love songs are also fine, so long as they don't cast an ungodly color on the nature and actions of a relationship.

When I say that secular music can be glorifying to God I mean it like this: God created all truth. If that music speaks truth about life, then it is agreeing with God. Even if it isn't planning on it, it is still presenting a picture that shows God as the real "answer" to life.
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Posted 6/25/08

Holyspark wrote:

I agree with what most people are saying. Although I do mostly listen to Christian music, I don't think that just because something isn't "Christian" that it deserves to be tossed out. Music can be glorifying to God simply by displaying healthy emotions and everday hardships. Love songs are also fine, so long as they don't cast an ungodly color on the nature and actions of a relationship.

When I say that secular music can be glorifying to God I mean it like this: God created all truth. If that music speaks truth about life, then it is agreeing with God. Even if it isn't planning on it, it is still presenting a picture that shows God as the real "answer" to life.


Well that was well thouth out. Aman
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Profound, I will concur aswell with Holyspark, but at the same time the underlying context of it. I just can't get my head around the possibility that ungodly people can be pure of heart. But in anycase yes as long as it is not blasphemous (goes against the bible) it does give glory to God in that sense.
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