Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Bible is a violent Book!

What are we to do with the scenes of sex & violence in the Bible?

This morning, at the ungodly hour of 6:15 am we were doing a very Godly thing; having a Bible study at the diner, we are studying the life of David. Chapter 17 is the thrilling victory of David over the mighty giant Goliath.

David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine's sword and drew it from the scabbard. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword

Somehow I don’t remember the decapitation scene in the Veggie Tales version!

The Bible is a violent book!

Read of the Violence in the Old Testament:
Annihilation of entire cities (Gen 19:23, Jos 6:21, 8:22-26, 10:34-42)
Bludgeoning of a thousand men to death (Jud 15:15-16)
Burning Victims alive (Num 16:35, Jos 7:25, Jud 9:49, Dan 3:22)
Cannibalism (2 Kings 6:28)
Cutting off of thumbs (Jud 1:6-7)
Human Sacrifice
etc. etc.

Even Jesus does not shy away from describing things in gruesome details! Check out these parables in Matthew
Matthew 7:24-26 House built on sand: destruction of houses
Matthew 18:6 Millstone tied around neck and drowned
Matthew 18:7-9 Picture of sin’s seriousness: gouge out eyes, cut off hands
Matthew 18:23-35 The Unforgiving servant: choking, torture in prison
Matthew 22:1-13 The Story of the wedding feast depicts beatings, murder, war, and arson
Matthew 24:45-51 Faithful and unfaithful slaves: Beatings, drunken parties, bodily dismemberment!
Is the Bible rated 'R' for violence?!

Worldview Question:
How does this relate to our viewing choices of movies & TV programs?

Godawa in his book “Hollywood Worldview” writes:
Although violence and sexual immorality are results of the Fall in Eden, all accounts of sex and violence are not intrinsically immoral. It is the context through which these misbehaviors are communicated that dictates their destructive or redemptive nature It is not merely the detailed acts of violence portrayed in teen slasher series like Friday the 13th, Scream, or Nightmare on Elm Street that make them detrimental to the minds of youth. It is that these acts exist within a nihilistic view of the world as survival of the fittest, with murder demythologized through diabolical detail… The devaluing of human life is realized through evil as entertainment. On the other hand, films like Schindler’s List, Braveheart, and Saving Private Ryan portray equally graphic brutality, but their context is ultimately redemptive. That is, the depiction of man’s inhumanity toward man points toward righteous resistance and ultimate redemption from such evil. Similar extremities of violence can issue from different contexts and produce opposite results.

He provides us some guidelines for making wise choices in what we watch when it comes to violence

1. Intent
2. Depiction
3. Consequences
4. Context

Here are some movies - You be the judge
Which ones are in which ones are out- What’s you list?

Saving Private Ryan
Indiana Jones
Star Wars
Fight Club
Pulp Fiction
Natural Born Killers
Silence of the Lambs
Usual Suspects

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