Post Reply God created melody, man manipulated it
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Posted 12/24/07 , edited 12/25/07
I love music, I love music, I love music, this I cannot say enough. Musicians will swear by their sacred coffee and hamburgers that music is of a different realm. God made music, and man discovered it.

What's music for? Entertainment? Make profits? Praising the Lord? Our motives for making music can have different effects. In the secular world, it's easy to lose focus.

Too bad we often find music being distorted into something of the secular world, to fulfil man's desires. Music is often mixed into the political world, and parts of it are being misused. Dangdut is a popular contemporary type of Indonesian music that was created by Rhoma Irama in the 1970s, mixing influences of the western and traditional indonesian styles into his music. The lyrics are simple and easy for villagers to follow and remember. Too bad the lyrics are from the Islam Quran (our Bible 'equivalent'). Being a pro-poor music genre, Rhoma had the support of the majority of the poor, which was at least 70% of the population back in the old days. Politicians saw it as a chance to gather support for themselves, by means of religious doctrine to bind these poor and uneducated people to their advantage; the evil desires of people who yearn for power.

A bad tree bears bad fruit, and soon the fruit became corrupted. Rhoma was from a poor background, but as the King of Dangdut, he became exposed to the temptation and temporary pleasure and satisfaction of power.

David created instruments to worship the Lord with, unlike some Churches today that fear using instruments that are not mentioned in the bible for fear of 'contamination'. I don't buy it. Music was created by god, he gave man the knowledge to work these. It is up to man to use them for different purposes. I believe that as long as any instrument that can create music is used to worship lord, he will bless the instruments. Man can only work with what we have, what matters is our call out to God. For he is a judge of hearts, not of appearance. He knows our intentions before we approach him, so why put our eyes on trivial things like what instrument is used?

That's why I love band music, it's a harmony of melody, instruments and no words or lyrics at all, one who can appreciate it, can appreciate the joy of heaven. I feel that lyrics limit the song to its purpose. Of course, when it's a gospel song, the words carry heavy meaning, but things like rap or hiphop? No offense to the music types though. Band music is virtually open to the human imagination to interpretation.

The Words of God speaks to you in many different ways possible, but words of man without wisdom is just one dimensional (I exaggerate). I rather listen to something that I can appreciate, than 'yo mamas', or the songs of 'why love is so painful', or 'when will I ever find destiny and fate' thank you.

At the end of it all, I just want to say that we should keep our eyes on Christ. What matters are not the tools we use, lest we forget who we are glorifying. Jesus didn't mind when the woman who was a sinner washed and wiped his feet with her tears and hair. Instead, he reprimanded the pharisee Simon, who was so focussed on the woman being a sinner under the law, he neglected honoring Christ.

Luke 7:44
Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.


(My statements appear rather shaky haha, I have got no time to plan them out carefully. I'm not feeling the best that I can, and I apologize for that.)

I'm like really lazy to put up sources right now, am sick with flu >_< on Christmas! >_> but please check against the bible for accuracy of what I posted.
Posted 12/24/07 , edited 12/25/07
I'm sorry that you are sick. I hope you get better soon, I'll be praying for you. The flu is nasty, I get a flu
shot every year.

It is hard to listen to secular music, because a lot of secular music is junk. A lot of it is ungodly. I hate how so many of my christian friends are so into all this music that is in no way pleasing to God's ears.

I don't listen to American secular music, but I listen to Japanese music, it's one of the ways I'm learning Japanese. What's sad is that I can't find any Japanese Christian music. I have to be careful to what I listen to. I make sure I find the English lyrics before listening to a song, and that I really look into them, because I don't want to be listening to something that could be unpleasing in God's ears. This is really important to me.

I want to sing out to God! I want to praise Him! He is so amazing! I love listening to Christian music, the
majority of what I listen to is Christian music.
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Posted 12/30/07 , edited 12/31/07
Hehe I thought I was like the only one who was listening Japanese music just to learn Japanese. (sorry I have shallow thinking). I really try to be careful about the songs I listen to not only for me but also for my daughter. My daughter is like a movie camera watching every move that I make and the words and songs that comes out of my mouth.
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Posted 12/30/07 , edited 12/31/07
I listen to Secular music and i think there is a degree to the typ of music i dont feel that all secular music is evil (so to say) but some of the song out there are truly appauling (for example some of the rap out there) but i would also say that ignoring what our there and ignoring the world is not the right way to go ... (i dont mean to bash or offend anyone either)

but i also am listining to Jrock to help me lear Japanese hehe + i love the way the women sound its so beautful.
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Posted 1/13/08 , edited 1/13/08
i'm currently taking a course called "Rock, Faith, & Popular Culture" we listen to secular music and talk about spiritual aspects in the music.

music is something that needs to be believed by the artist and sung with conviction. Then even the most profane song can have a very heavenly direction. Music is something that comes from the soul and it's sometimes hard to remember that with all the "crap" that's being sung. But I think that if we take the time to really study the lyrics and the meanings behind them then we'll find that the music isn't necessarily "bad" but it's face value is the only thing that's looked at.

I'll keep posting as the class goes on about things we talk about and whatnot
Posted 1/13/08 , edited 1/14/08
i used to listen to music that was popular but now i developped my own taste for certain christian music. mainly music that is slower and is more on the instrumental side.
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