Is going to the Movie House a sin???

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  1. Bro Ben

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    Post your comments and then I will tell you what I believe!!! :D
     
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    After converting at age 9, I was hammered by well-meaning preachers and others against going to the movies.

    Used arguments such as:
    ~Evil things in the dark of a theater
    ~Money for ticket supports Hellywood
    ~Cause you to be unsatisfied with your life and wish for more
    ~Jesus might come in the rapture and miss you in the dark
    ~Set no evil thing before your eyes (like I see more now in Walmart than the X movies of the 50's)

    NEVER ONCE did I hear solid Scriptural teaching. Just the opinions of wise, godly leaders . . who I blindly followed.

    I would be so uncomfortable in a movie theater today because of this scarring emotional baggage that I choose not to attend.
     
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    I don't think it is a sin.

    I think we should be careful about what we watch. .. but that goes for television and video,too. ...
     
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    I have to agree with saggywoman- going to the theater isn't sinful- so long as what your watching doesn't cause you to sin. We do have to be VERY careful in what movies we go and see with the trash hollywood is producing.

    I saw Jurassic Park III just a little while ago. Thought it was okay. Better than the second but the first is still the best.

    Until Next Post, Adam
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Dr. Souza: Is going to the Movie House a sin???<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Not if you don't go in but distribute Bible tracts to people on their way out! ;)
     
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    "Not if you don't go in but distribute Bible tracts to people on their way out! "

    Care to elaborate a bit about your position?

    Until Next Post, Adam
     
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    Dr. Bob,

    Wow we must have grown up in the same household, I was given the same lame exuses for not going to the movies. Fact is, if you are going to do something evil in the dark you can do that in your bedroom and not the theatre. I go to the movies at least once to twice a month maybe more depending on money and the biggest complaint we now have is the price on refreshments and that the popcorn makes us sick.

    The appearance of evil can no longer be used especially if one goes into a video store instead of the theatre because you can easily get porn flicks at the video store.

    LOL Dr. Bob you mean they actually gave you the scare of the rapture coming and Jesus not seeing you? The same preachers who preach that also preach the biblical truth that Jesus is everywhere and sees what you do mmm where is his x-ray vision for the rapture? By the way, that wasn't to knock Jesus being everywhere because I believe he does see all we do even before we do it.

    Anyway, I said all that to say this, I do not believe going to the movie theatre is wrong, but I suppose others have convictions where this is concerned and that is fine.

    One more little note and then I promise this novel of a post will be done. My sister's town has a theatre which plays christian flicks on Saturdays such as Veggie Tale videos and Salt and Light films.

    Sue
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by flyfree432: Care to elaborate a bit about your position?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    If I say, you couldn't find me dead in any movie house, would that answer your question? [​IMG]
     
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    I believe that it is very difficult these days to find a decent movie.

    There is a verse that says we should do all for the glory of God. Is going to a movie honoring and bringing glory to God? If so, and it does not cause you to sin or expose you to the things that are detestable to God, then it may be O.K. but...

    in Hebrews 12, God (through Paul?) said that we are to throw off all that hinders us. I take this at meaning this: If you have a choice to go to a movie or read the bible....What would God rather have you do? What will build you up in Christ?

    Many people spend most of their lives "living for themselves" and doing things to have fun in the world. They spend more time, money, effort, etc. on the things and treasures of this world and far less on the things that will last forever.

    I think the main thing this is leading to is: The devil probably doesn't care if an activity is "sin" or not.... just as long as you are not honoring or glorifying God! W.W.J.D.?
     
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    What then? Should we never take time to sit back and relax? I know I'd lose it if I never took anytime to relax.

    Until Next Post, Adam
     
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by flyfree432: What then? Should we never take time to sit back and relax? I know I'd lose it if I never took anytime to relax.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Would you say then that you can relax only in movie houses? ;)
     
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    Not only in movie theatres but I could relax and have done so in theatres, in fact my husband has fallen asleep in them already :rolleyes: some of the best movies I've seen in theatre are Patch Adams, The Trueman Show and soon to see On The Line.

    Sue
     
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    Next Summer,

    I will be relaxing in a movie house with stadium seats and surround sound at about midnight enjoying the next installment of the greatest trilogy EVER made...Star Wars Episode 2...Attack of the Clones. :D

    Joseph
     
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    BJHalo said: "Would you say then that you can relax only in movie houses?"

    No, but than again that is not the issue.

    Story telling is such a wonderful human trait, and I admit I am a movie buff- but than again I avoid the "trash" out there too. [​IMG]

    Here are some of my favorite movies:

    Mrs. Doubtfire
    Les Miserables (sp?)
    The Apostle
    Beethoven
    Ants
    The Gremilins II
    Beetlejuice :D
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Selena
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
    Patch Adams
    The Truman Show
    October Sky
    First Kid
    Life is Beautiful
    Amistad
    Jack

    What are your favorites everyone?

    Until Next Post, Adam
     
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    - The Ten Commandments
    - The Robe
    - Ben Hur
    - The Sound of Music

    And than's about all. My wife and I do not go to movies. We are quite busy otherwise at church, with family, and chores. We do not get bored, ever. And our form of relaxation is to put up our feet on the sofa, read the Bible or a good book and truly relax! [​IMG]
     
  16. S. Jensen

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    Amen B.J. Halo!
    I think that Paul would agree that the best way to relax is diving into the Word!
    Before my conversion a couple of years ago, my relaxation was to participate in the lusts of the world. Now, I cannot believe the things I did. I see a lot of professing believers "flirting" with the things (customs, habits, thoughts, dress, activities, etc)of this world. A Christian in our society (American) must be very careful in how they conduct themselves. Satan has set up a number of "traps" that can cause one to stumble (Satan knows that once you belong to Christ you always will, however, I'm sure he loves to bring a person away from God). Christians have a lot of freedom and many activities may not be sinful but they also may not be beneficial (I Cor 10:23). I try to look to at the judgement I will face. What kind of account will I give my Lord? When He examines everything in my life...my language, my actions, my thoughts, my motives, etc., how will I respond? At that point in time I will not be able to take any corrective action, however, I can now choose how I live. My sin nature causes enough problems as it is, so when I have a choice I will choose Christ over the world (the world = myself) any time I can. This is the least that I can do for Him!

    God Bless ya'll.

    Steve
     
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    *shakes head*

    You are right, I must admit. I should stop watching movies...or TV. I better stop playing football with my brothers. I better count camping out all together. Better call my friends up and tell them after my baptism I won't be able to hang out at a restruant because that would be a waste of valuable Bible reading time. I also should tell my unsaved friend Anthony that I can't watch nascar races with him anymore or play playstation. Better tell my parents that bowling/family night is out.

    Thank you so much for opening my eyes guys! I am so evil I am involved in so many things that non-Christians do...what was I thinking! Like I was going to be able to reach people by forming relationships with them? HA! What a joke!

    Until Next Post, Adam
     
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    Adam,
    One day you will have to give an account to Christ as to how YOU lived YOUR life. It is a great thing that God gives us an opportunity to "choose" how we are to live the life that He gave us! Fortunately YOU will NOT have to explain how I lived MY life (or visa versa). This thread was asking for our opinions, so I gave mine.

    Also, some of the things that you listed in your post could be considered doing God's will. God wants us to reach the lost, spend time with the family, etc. I also believe that He expects us to do it in an appropriate manner. If your motive for going to nascar is to convert your friend...then do it. There may be some people that I know that would like to go and get drunk in a bar and use the "excuse" that they were there trying to "convert" someone. My point is that if the activity consists of participating in sin or giving the appearance of "sin", then it probably should not be done. A person should also be careful not to cause another Christian to stumble. Many people, primarily young Christians, can easily be negatively influenced by watching a mature Christian participate in some activities. We need to look out for the babes in Christ.

    Steve
     
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    I think the basic thing is to simply follow the convictions God has on your life in doing relaxation things. If you don't feel comfortable with movie theatres then don't go but to call it sin...the answer would be no its not sin.

    Sue
     
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    Judges Chapter 21

    25: In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

    Bro. Steve Smith


    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by myreflection26:
    I think the basic thing is to simply follow the convictions God has on your life in doing relaxation things. If you don't feel comfortable with movie theatres then don't go but to call it sin...the answer would be no its not sin.

    Sue
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
     

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