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Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« on: November 25, 2011, 05:39:50 AM »

 As a young christian and a fan of movies, after watching the Twilight series I was struck with the question. Is watching these types of movies somehow sinful? I felt really funny in watching it but am not really sure. If you say watching anything sinful on screen is a sin, then we couldn't watch any movies at all because they all show at least some sort of sin taking place. Help me out here please.

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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 06:15:29 AM »
That's a good question. Its funny because Vampire movies used to be geared towards scaring you, but now its been romanticized and become more "Teen Flick" stuff. There is a reason these filmís bias towards the young female demographic. They cater to the "bad boy" thing that a lot of girls and women alike seem to crave, for some reason.

Is it sinful? of course its sinful. You got that funny feeling because deep down inside you know that it is. That was your conscience. But then so is watching the news sinful. That's wall to wall sin going on there.  You're not going to stop watching that and become ignorant of the world around you, are you? Some things you just have to accept and just not let it change you. As long as you can keep things in perspective, you should be alright.


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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 12:13:02 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Laura,

1 Corinthians 10:31  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
This verse says it all.  If it is glorifying (uplifting) to God then do it and if it is not then donít do it.

The problem is that we want to compromise with those of the world.

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. We are simply to be conformed to the image of His Son and not to the lust of the flesh and desires of this (sinful) world.

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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011, 02:28:57 PM »
I think this is an interesting subject and the more important aspect of it is....

What does watching this stuff actually do to you OR what is it preparing you for?

This stuff isn't called PROGRAMMING for nothing!

Why are we being bombarded with zombies and vampires and aliens in the media constantly?

We got like, 5 new zombie video games every 6 months, loads of zombie movies every year....now we even got a zombie tv show!

What is satan trying to prepare us for?

Could it involve some kind of endtimes deception?

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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2011, 03:04:44 AM »
Movies like Twilight and New Moon are more romance stories than Vampire. These fantasies are by in large appealing to women rather than men. And Iíve seen reviews on some Christian sites like WorldNetDail that praise both Twilight and New Moon for chastity and the lack of sex. So at least they don't promote wanton intercourse among teens like most movies geared to these kids do.
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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 04:07:22 AM »
While I appreciate the responses I've been given so far, I really do, I don't feel that any of them have answered the question I posed. Is watching these types of movies somehow sinful? You seem to be saying, make your own decision. Billnjune came closest by saying we are simply to be conformed to the image of His Son and not to the lust of the flesh and desires of this (sinful) world. But still didn't give the affirmative yes or no

But as Christians, shouldn't you know what is sinful or not? It seems everyone is avoiding the YES/No answer, as if they don't know themselves. Correct or my misconception? I'm looking more for the "Yes, and this is why" or "No, and this is why not" answers. Is watching these types of movies somehow sinful? I'm just tired of everything being a gray area. Surely there is a right and wrong.

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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2011, 12:48:14 PM »

You're right, I should have taken a stand and said it plainly. The answer is no. Watching vampire movies is not a sin. And its not because there is no law against watching TV of any sort. Its not a sin because Vampires are not real. Its not a sin because its a play, not anyone really sucking blood. And compared to some of the other movies out there, these movies are less sinful and very mild. No one will be able to give you any passage that says watching vampire movies is bad.

 Galatians 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

You have Christian liberty to not be brought under the bondage of the law by those wishing to be holier than thou.
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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2011, 01:04:37 PM »
Rose,
  You are wrong. I believe that it is a sin. As Christians we should look at literature and movies such as Twilight as a hindrance to our spiritual growth and something that doesn't glorify God or help us grow closer to Him in any way. Therefore it is sin.  We are a sanctified people set apart for God. We should not mix with the ways of the world.

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Wouldn't a Christian's desire to watch movies about cursed people who drink mens blood be an abomination to God? Shouldn't we teach our children to fill their minds with the gospel, rather than waste their time polluting their minds with this trash? And it is a pollution.


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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2011, 01:34:54 PM »
While I appreciate the responses I've been given so far, I really do, I don't feel that any of them have answered the question I posed. Is watching these types of movies somehow sinful? You seem to be saying, make your own decision. Billnjune came closest by saying we are simply to be conformed to the image of His Son and not to the lust of the flesh and desires of this (sinful) world. But still didn't give the affirmative yes or no

But as Christians, shouldn't you know what is sinful or not? It seems everyone is avoiding the YES/No answer, as if they don't know themselves. Correct or my misconception? I'm looking more for the "Yes, and this is why" or "No, and this is why not" answers. Is watching these types of movies somehow sinful? I'm just tired of everything being a gray area. Surely there is a right and wrong.


You ask, "as Christians shouldn't you know what is sinful or not?"  Well you are a Christians are you not, and you already know the answer don't you?

It's interesting that the desert is often times referenced in the Bible as a place of seclusion and training.  God trained Paul in the desert.  Christ went to the desert where he was tempted by the devil.  The Israelties trasversed the desert where many perished before reaching to the promised land.  But God does not intend for us to remain in seclusion.  There are sects and people who seclude themselves in order to remove themselves from outside evil influences.  Yet they fail to realize it's the evil within our flesh that we must contend with.  Their seclusion can be liked (I believe) to the servant who was given a talent and hid it for safekeeping, whereby there could be no increase -- no compound of interest as occurs when the Gospel is shared (Matt 25).  We are commanded to send forth the Gospel which cannot be done in seclusion.

So we are in this world but not of the world.  Sin abounds all around us and sin still rules our flesh, and even though we may be saved , "the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak".

God knows about our daily temptations,  Christ sits at our Father's right hand and interceeds on our behalf which only He can do since He paid for our sins, and was also tempted as we are yet, emerged triumphant. Nonetheless, we are to avoid temptation -- "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord they God", and should not sin willfuly.

Romans 6:15
  "What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid."



Sin begins in the mind -- "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he".  And we need to train our minds to think on the things the Bible instructs us to think on.

Philippians 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."

1Timothy 3:7
  "Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil."

3John 1:12
  "Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true."



We bear record of the Truth to the outside world andwithin the Christian community, and our actions speak loouder than our words.

So then, vampire movies -- even ones where a symbol of evil is romanticed, have no real virtue or purity, etc., and are certainly not something we should focus our minds on for the 1-2 hours that movies take.  As I said earlier, you already know the answer. 

Having said all of this, I believe most are guilty of such sins, including myself, yet we must at least acknowledge ours sins to God, and continue to grow towards becoming more like Christ, and a more perfect example and testimony to those around us.

Psalms 32:5
  "I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah."

Psalms 51:3
  "For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me."



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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2011, 02:59:34 PM »
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Wouldn't a Christian's desire to watch movies about cursed people who drink mens blood be an abomination to God? Shouldn't we teach our children to fill their minds with the gospel, rather than waste their time polluting their minds with this trash? And it is a pollution.
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So true Melanie. The true Christian should be careful what they put into their mind to think on. And the fact that these types of movies seems harmless to so many Christians is one of the scariest things about them. For God does care what we put into your minds and that is why He's given us sound instruction concerning it.

Philippians 4:8-9
  • "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.
  • Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."

These are the things we should think on, or have our minds stayed on. We should not fill our thoughts with mindless/profitless stories of the blood thirsty cursed dead.

Having said that, the problem (as I see it) is that Christians today have so much spare time that they want to be continually "entertained." And many have lost their desire for the commission wherein they were sent. To Evangelize! Like Judy mentioned of the parable of the talents that gained no profit because they were simply taken and put away. The Christian life is like that with many. They simply say they are Christian, and they go their merry way living just like the world with no understanding of being sanctified or set apart..

Proverbs 6:6
  • "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:"

The meaning of Life is serve God and our neighbor rather than ourselves. The Christian life is not about being "ME, ME, ME" and being entertained by the world. It's about being a servant of God and a good steward of the talent God has given to every man, according to his several ability.

"idle hands are the Devil's workshop." -WiseManSay

I don't think that there is anything wrong with watching a movie that isn't sacrilege now and then, but watching movies or TV constantly is a (#1) waste of valuable God given time, and (#2) with ungodly movies, it is even worse. So in light of Biblical principles, I would say that it is a sin. We are not to waste our time filling our minds with this such useless prattle, but as God instructed, with whatsoever is pure, virtuous and reputable. None of these things can be found in movies like Twilight. None! Therefore, it is not glorifying to God, doesn't build up or edify the Church and certainly doesn't multiply the talent/s God has given all His Covenant people.


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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2011, 03:14:11 PM »
Foxes  searching for food would eat the grapes and spoil the crop.  The little foxes can not reach the grapes  so they chew on the vines and kill the whole vine. Not only you loose the crop but the vine itself which is more disastrous.  What we consider little or  insignificant  can be disastrous for us.Do not get ensared by curiosity or  by having just a peek. This little fox can  lead to downfall. This is one of the devil's tricks to get people ensnared. Satan, is the power behind this attraction to this sort of movies.

15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. Song of Solomon 2.
kai ean diabainhs diĘ udatos meta sou eimi kai potamoi ou sugklusousin se kai ean dielqhs dia puros ou mh katakauqhs flox ou katakausei Isaiah 43:2

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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2011, 04:32:00 PM »

 As a young christian and a fan of movies, after watching the Twilight series I was struck with the question. Is watching these types of movies somehow sinful?

Laura

 Reading the Bible, a Christian book or watching a wholesome movie is a better use of ones time, wouldn't you say? It is clear that you have doubts, therefore you should know it is sin.

 Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Don't watch them because it is sin.




 

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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2011, 12:35:35 AM »

Things have changed Melanie. But it seems that you are still living in the dark ages of Puritanism. We are independent people who are not under the heel of people who hunt witches in Salem or who try to scare Christians with warning that scary stories of the bogey man are somehow real. That's why it's called fiction people!!!

I have a daughter who likes to listen to rock music, drinks occasionally, curses once in a while and watches scary movies. Big Deal. She is still a Christian and believes in God. Watching a vampire movie can't change that or condemn anyone to hell. It's not a sin anymore than watching Dracula, War of the worlds or King Kong.


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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2011, 02:27:53 AM »
Galatians 5:1  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

You have Christian liberty to not be brought under the bondage of the law by those wishing to be holier than thou.

Rose,
  Does that chapter not also say "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13". That means don't hide your sins of the flesh and lusts for worldliness behind the cloak of Christian liberty, because it won't work. Using this same criteria you are using couldn't we watch porn movies without sin, because, according to you, these movies are covered by christian liberty? You know that's not what that liberty verse means. Neither does it mean we can watch vampire movies without sin, or any other anti God cultic movies. we cannot slip into using God's word out of context to justify ourselves. The bottom line is, it doesn't justify Vampire moves as good for Christians to watch. And if it's not good, it's bad.
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Re: Is Watching Vampire Movies A Sin?
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2011, 06:32:00 AM »
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Things have changed Melanie.

Yea, no argument there, except that God has not changed and neither has he lowered his standards for those whom he has called. Its not for no reason that we are called to be a holy people, that is , a people who separate themselves from the desires of this world.

1 John 2:15-17

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16. For all that is in the world , the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes , and the pride of life , is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.


I do believe there is a choice to be made, do we put of the old man and be transformed by the renewing of our minds , or do we just think that once we have salvation sown up , its business as usual.

1 Peter 1:13-15
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
14. As obedient children not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.
15. But as he which hath called you is holy, so ye be holy in all manner of conversation.

 


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