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Is Watching Television A Sin?
« on: August 18, 2003, 10:00:46 AM »
I'm just wondering what you all think of television?  Do you have one in your homes?  If so, how often do you watch, or allow your children to watch.  Do you feel it is wrong to have and watch TV?  Why or why not?

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Re: Is Watching Television A Sin?
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2003, 10:14:45 AM »
I'm just wondering what you all think of television?  Do you have one in your homes?  If so, how often do you watch, or allow your children to watch.  Do you feel it is wrong to have and watch TV?  Why or why not?

Thanks.  
Carol

I don't think that it is inherently wrong, but I do think that 99 percent of people use it wrongly. That is to say, watch programs that they should not, and vicariously live through these programs.

It is a evil temptation, and I feel that it probably would be best not to have a TV. At least for most people. Having said that, I do have a TV and fight a battle to watch only wholesome programs and shows. I also think that pecause Christians are so addicted to TV (though they'll never admit it), so use to it,  and love it so much, that it has become an integral part of their lives. It will take an act of God to get most of them to give it up, and I'm sure all of them/us have an excuse.

To be sure, there is very little wholesome on TV. Not even the so called family shows anymore.

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2003, 02:50:07 PM »
Thanks for your reply Diane.  I agree that television is addicting and I think it wastes time and breeds laziness, along with the fact that it exposes the one watching to so many worldly influences.  

As a Christian, I wonder what business we have even watching it.  

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Phil 4:8

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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2003, 02:59:11 PM »
Dear Carol,
The question you posed about TV is a good one and should be considered by all Christians. I do not think there is anything evil about a "television". The problem lies in how unsaved man utilizes it. I like the Television for up to date news, weather forecasts, and some children's programs. I am a documentary sort of person and do occasionally enjoy the History channel. I have known families who have chosen no TV at all. Then I have also known families who are glued to their TV's. Those of course being the extremes. With children I know there is a challenge to constantly screen what they watch. We have 5 boys and I know I have the responsibility to guard what they do or do not watch. My personal feelings about it are....if I was not married, I would probably not own a TV at all. I can get news via radio or the internet. I think most TV watching is just idle entertainment. I would prefer to spend my time reading my Bible, writing letters, or sewing. The commercials in and of themselves are pretty much horrible. I saw one that made my skin crawl, I will leave out the details so as not to spread the evil. I do not think TV is neccessity, nor do I think it is all together bad. It really can be a bit like our computers. The internat is surely full of filth that we would not want to spend our time participating in, yet a few fine ministries use it to glorify God and get the Gospel out to as many people as possible. Sorry if I sound wishy washy, just my 2 cents worth.
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Re: Is Watching Television A Sin?
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2003, 10:50:59 PM »
Sometime in the mid 90's I weaned off of television.  This is about the same time the Lord convicted me of watching it.  I was pretty well addicted to it, and much of my life was centered around watching it.  My wife or kids were allowed to speak to me only while a commercial was on.  Now I repent that I spent so many years of my life that were wasted by sitting in front of that object, and it hasn't been easy raising kids without one either.  I am certain they have been looked at rather oddly by thier friends when they have to confess they don't watch much tv, and sometimes I wonder if I have done the right thing, but I am convinced they'll appreciate the stand I took for my family someday.

By and large I feel it is has been, if not the, greatest invention for dispersing every form of evil upon mankind.  I would even go so far to say it has almost singlehandedly destroyed America's Morale Integrity, and will ultimately corrupt the world.  Had it come to this country 50 years ago in the way it is now I believe people would have revolted and stormed the stations.  As we all know, it had to come in as a relaxing, enjoyable, peaceable, even morally correct medium to ever get a foothold in our homes.

I think it falls into the category that the Lord Jesus spoke of as being the "lust of the eyes, or the lust of the flesh" when He is describing the evil that comes outof a man.  What I have found even after all these years when I am forced sometimes to be in a room and the tv is going, I am unable to turn away from it, another words it still has a "power" over my old man and I'm unable to break away from it's clutches.

Recently I was required to stay overnight in a Hotel and thinking I could watch something safe (grizzly bears on PBS) I changed the channel for just a moment and behold two women were topless and making out.  What a shock!!!  Has tv gone this far in only 8 years?  Years ago in my community they say people use to visit with each other, had community events, looked out for each other, unfortunately all you see now in the evening is the "little blue globe illuminating from their homes and people gathered together to worship this form of or possibly the image of the beast".  Strong words, yes I know, but I feel they are needed now more than ever before.

I have often wondered what would the old writers say about this device we have called television.  Would they have renamed it and called it DEVILVISION!!!

This is my opinion of what I think of television.  If I have offended anyone, my opologies - but hopefully, prayerfully, it will offend for your good.


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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2003, 06:14:59 AM »
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I have often wondered what would the old writers say about this device we have called television.  Would they have renamed it and called it DEVILVISION!!!

This is my opinion of what I think of television.  If I have offended anyone, my opologies - but hopefully, prayerfully, it will offend for your good.

Oh you've probably offended most of the people here, but it's still totally true what you've said. Television is a giant electronic septic tank that man is addicted to. Even watching the news plays to our fears, egoes and sinful nature.

Like Diane said, people have become so use to having it, that they jump to defend watching it, even though it is morally indefensible. And I don't put myself above anyone else. I confess I've been guilty of it too. I don't excuse myself for having been seduced by this medium.

If the beast is the kingdom of Satan, then TV has got to be a vivid image of the beast, because it is Satan's messenger, and is spewing forth his lies, filth and degradation 24 hours a day. It has almost singlehandedly changed the world for the worse, with no end in sight to it's destruction.

I know, we're going to get this stream of Christians scolding us on how TV is not evil, and we're some kind of religious fanatics, but they are deluding themselves. We don't need to use TV for the news, a baby sitter, or to watch nature shows. We can do all of that without watching TV. That's not the truth, the trith is that it's entertainment. But the evil it does far outweighs any half-good thing anyone could think of. It literally brings tears to my eyes to think that christians cannot see what TV has done and is doing to our children, and society as a whole. Christians are just so gullible and easily led. At least I know there is one Christian who has these thoughts, and it's not just me.

OK, I'm off my soap box.


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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2003, 01:16:40 PM »
I do not believe tv is evil why because it is an inanimate object. It is a tool to get a message out. I agree a large portion of TV is a negitive ungodly message but we Christians need to change that through our influence. Also the same point of A septic tank could be said of the internet. There are more pornography sites world wide then any other type of so called entertainment sites (games, forums, chats ect.).

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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2003, 02:20:57 PM »
I do not believe tv is evil why because it is an inanimate object.


I think everyone knows that. A torture chamber is inanimate too, but it's still evil in my opinion.


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I agree a large portion of TV is a negitive ungodly message but we Christians need to change that through our influence.

That's wishful thinking. Like Lot trying to change Sodom.


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Also the same point of A septic tank could be said of the internet. There are more pornography sites world wide then any other type of so called entertainment sites (games, forums, chats ect.).

I don't believe that, but even if it is true it doesn't change anything. It's still a holding tank for excrement. And I've been on the internet for five years and have never seen porno, and have never been to a porno site. How about you? But I could turn on my TV right now and within minutes something immoral or ungodly will be coming over the airwaves. You can't get away from it.


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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2003, 07:39:25 PM »
A television in and of itself is not evil. If that were so then the computer is evil, the radio, is evil..etc.... etc....
When people answer a post in a forum it always amazes me at those who are ready to bash their fellow Christians. Yes, I know we all think "we are right". How about we try learning from one another?It is impossible to effectively communicate in a forum. Many peoples posts are misunderstood. The point of communicating is not for a person to just "speak their mind", nor is it just for someone else "to read the post". We only truly communicate when we both leave having understood one another. This can only be done through patience. I think some very excellent points have been made that could be helpful to others who maybe do not yet see the dangers of TV...the problem arises when someone has an attitude of "I know it all" (everyone else is just decieved). We all need to encourage one another to love and obey God's commands. If a person, like myself would like to know what the weather may be, then I can check the weather station. We do not get a newspaper so occasionally, I watch the local evening news. It can be helpful when children are abducted, or when traffic is bad, which both happen frequently here in Colorado. Most news can be labeled unneccessary, or gossipy, or just plain drama. I 100% agree that TV should be avoided at all costs. We should avoid sin and it's influences at all times and in all places. It is a waste of time that could be spent doing something fruitful. May we always encourage one another to seek and do that which is pleasing to the Lord with gentleness and love. I am thankful for the posts on this subject and shall pray for a greater understanding regarding this. Peace to God's people.
Jen......
Now leaving this computer which has great potential to cause me to go astray and be idle, I could ignore my children, my husband, my housework... and make the excuse..".but I am at a Christian website"...hmmm...maybe my motives should be checked why did I just spend spend 5 minutes replying to this post .

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Re: Is Watching Television A Sin?
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2003, 10:45:03 PM »
Jen,

I agree with your thoughts on communicating with one another, and learning from each other and even especially more so if we are of the household of Faith.

As I ended my post on this subject I informed others that this was my opinion, perhaps calling it my testamony would have been more proper.  I take very seriously about offending one of the Lord's sheep, but even the Apostle Paul refused to take back what he wrote when he made the, I believe the Corinthian Church, sorrowful.

I, like everyone else should want to learn from what others are trying to teach here and profit from each other.  I also believe that there are many here that have studied much longer than I and have many articles/posts worth reading.

But to get back to the television...even the Lord Jesus referred to "foolishness" as being one of the evils that proceeds from the heart of man.  Which tv station can a person watch that isn't bombarded with this form of evil, especially most tv commercials?

Lastly, I sympathise with anyone who is trying to wean off of tv, it is a powerful medium and I'm certain the Lord will help those who are learning to live without one.  I believe it was a year or two ago when it made national news that a man was going to marry his tv.  Anyone remember this story?  I only caught it in passing and don't remember much of the details.  Sadly that story substantiated for me the profound effect television has on fallen man.




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Re: Is Watching Television A Sin?
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2003, 01:35:40 AM »
Diane, thanks for starting this thread;and R.ellis,
I very much appreciate your testimony.  At the very least,  it brings attention to something many have grown so accustomed to, that we've even stopped questioning the impact tv has on us and others.  Whether we admit it or not, tv can easily capture and control our thoughts.  And as we know, sin extends to  our thoughts and emotions, as well as our actions.  In God's view, hatred is akin to murder (1 John 3:15); lust can be  akin to fornication (Matt 5:28),  etc.   In other words, God sees the heart and intentions of men and judges them accordingly (Heb 4:12).


To the extent that tv is allowed to control our thoughts and feelings,  it impairs our spiritual growth, our relationship with God and our relationship with others.  We underestimate the power of tv, just as we underestimate the power of thought:

Phil 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Rom 1:21-22

21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,


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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2003, 09:28:18 AM »
Dear R. Ellis,
I very much agree with your post and encourage the sharing of your testimony. I think that is one of the finest ways to learn from one another, by sharing what God and His Holy Spirit have taught us. We need to seek to live lives worthy of the gospel. Not that we ever could perfectly, but it should be the desire of our hearts.
I think we should all witness to others the danger of the "box" as I call it. I was telling my oldest son who is 8 about a supposed "family show" that was on TV. I told him that the two adults who "act" like they are married and "kiss and hug" on TV are not really married and may even have spouses of their own. When we watch this, we are participating in their sin, in the sense that we are enjoying their "acting".
I know that long before TV as we know it...Christians did speak out about "acting". Any form of pretending to be someone you are not, or doing something other than reality, in my opinion, is sinful. How can we keep our minds above on heavenly things, if we are acting like we are someone else.
I know I do not want to be anyone but a Child of God and a member of Christ's body. I think often we as Christians would make very different decisions if we were constantly aware that the Spirit of God and of Christ dwells in us. I always think to myself, could I watch this with Jesus, or could I listen to this with Jesus? That is what determines my thoughts on what is appropriate. May the LORD bless His people with discernment and an obedient heart and mind.
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Jen

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Re: Is Watching Television A Sin?
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2003, 01:43:47 PM »
Dana Said:

I don't believe that, but even if it is true it doesn't change anything. It's still a holding tank for excrement. And I've been on the internet for five years and have never seen porno, and have never been to a porno site. How about you? But I could turn on my TV right now and within minutes something immoral or ungodly will be coming over the airwaves. You can't get away from it.



If I kept my tv on my local christian station all the time I would not see anything bad either, but are we talking about tv in general or the specific habbits of one user? Your point that you do not see porno does not make it true for everyone. Example durring Pres. Clintons Admin. a young girl in my son's elementary school accidentaly logged onto whitehouse.com instead of whitehouse.gov guess what happened.  You guessed a porno sight opened up. Now the school has filters but then they did not. So if you want to talk  about personal usage of computers or tv then no I have not seen porno on the net. If this is a general discussion then yes unsuspecting youngsters have. tv can be a tool for educating and getting the Gospel out or it can be used for wrong purposes.

Offenses are guaranteed to come but those by who they come will be punished.

Mt 18:7 -
Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!



Here the Bible tells us how the preaching of the Gospel turned the world upside down(shook people up) We are called to impact the world with our light. One of those ways I believe is to use any meadia outlet available to us. Paul preached from the pulpit of the unknown God.


 Ac 17:6 -
But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.



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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2003, 04:19:57 PM »

If I kept my tv on my local christian station all the time I would not see anything bad either, but are we talking about tv in general or the specific habbits of one user?

What local Christian station is it that you can turn on anytime that is Biblical or that you wouldn't see anything bad? Where do you live? I see one 1 hour program in my area that might "pass" for being christian, but it's debatable.

So I have to disagree. I find very little that I could call good on Television these days. A few years ago and I would have agreed with you, but not anymore. Television has sunk to an all time low, so that even the family programs like the ones Disney produces has become sexual and immoral. Since Walt Disney died, that place has just been going to the dogs. Even if you watch nature programs they are constantly talking about natural selection or how the animals evolved this way or that way. There really is nothing that isn't tainted by satan on Television today.

By the way, I have kids too, they use the computer, and they've never been to a porno site or accidentally come across any porno (Their email is unpublished to avoid porno junk maill). Neither has any of my neighbors kids. I'm sure it happens, but to equate that to the constant filth coming from television is a bad analogy. Because you can't avoid it on tv. It's on every station.


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« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2003, 02:12:42 PM »
I'm just wondering what you all think of television?  Do you have one in your homes?  If so, how often do you watch, or allow your children to watch.  Do you feel it is wrong to have and watch TV?  Why or why not?

Thanks.  
Carol



I haven't read the other replies, but this topic seems to be a large can of worms, for all kinds of reasons.

We have televisions in our homes, 1 for the main use, 1 for the playstation, and our 17 year old has one in her room.

The main tv, isn't on all that much.  My husband and I have a few shows that we really like, so we watch those - plus we rent movies about once a week.

The kids watch some tv during the summer, but during school days, no tv at all.

I certainly dont feel it's any more wrong to have & watch a tv, than it is to read a book, or go to a show.  It's a source of information & entertainment, and used discerningly, can be a great tool in the home.
In His love... CA

 


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