Are Christians Compromising With Today's Movie Culture?

Recently a wave of Christian viewers have expressed a concern over the magical powers and mythology that this films contains. Wizardry, evil, and man-beasts have occupied the thoughts of our fellow sisters and brothers in Christ.

2 Timothy 4:4-5,
"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."

At any time that we allow our families see any kind of fantasy film, we must prepare them by explaining about computer animation, and reality. We must not ever blindly allow our children to believe in something that is false. Our honesty to our children must always maintain integrity. When we sit down to teach them about Jesus dieing on the cross and raising from the dead, they must have faith in our honesty to believe us.

Some have said that they feel this film's content of sorcery would be a stumbling block to a relationship with our Savior, yet when Saul sought out the witch, God sent Abraham to rebuke them both. I have a friend who taught me that any time an animal takes on the human personality that it is evil, yet I know of a donkey who spoke to Baalam in the book of Numbers.

The man-beasts truly are of unnatural origin, the history behind a minotaur is that "Minos prayed to Poseidon to send him a snow-white bull, as a sign of approval. He was to sacrifice the bull in honor of Poseidon but decided to keep it instead because of its beauty. To punish Minos, Poseidon caused Pasiphaƫ, Minos' wife, to fall madly in love with the bull from the sea, the Cretan Bull.[3]She had Daedalus, the famous architect, make a wooden cow for her. Pasiphaƫ climbed into the decoy to seduce the white bull. The offspring of their unnatural lovemaking was a monster called the Minotaur."(courtesy of Wikipedia) Yet, God's Word is specific about not laying with a beast in the book of Leviticus.

I wanted to point these things out and ask you to pray for the Lord to lead you in your decision regarding this film, and for all films for that matter. Yet, if we go to the extra lengths to study any film in depth, with the Bible as our text, we would be faced with leaving our televisions in the dumpster. (And I know several who have made that decision, one in particular drove to our local outlook point and tossed it over the ridge along with all their movies. They did this twice.) However God speaks to you in regards to what you place in front of the eyes of your families, be sure to follow His leading.

Have you engaged in an in depth study of today's culture?
Do you feel Christians are compromising?
Where do you draw the line with fantasy and the reality of God's Word?

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{ Californialily } at: May 26, 2008 at 8:05 AM said...

It's amazing how 2 Timothy wrote about this happening! It seems to be happening everywhere and so many people are getting addicted to fanasty movies and games. The awesome thing about God is that he's real AND supernatural!

{ Sisterlisa } at: May 26, 2008 at 9:39 AM said...

I love to think outside the box when reading the Bible. Like what was going on in their culture when God had it written. And we think that today's sin is something new, but God knew to write it so many years ago. I wonder if people in Bible times read the scrolls and thought, "Ewww who would do that?" or did they say "OH yes we need to preach about this, it's such a problem today". I'm going to ask my Pastor about this.

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