Christian Hard Rock
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Asked by: vhvaughn-ga
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29 Aug 2006 16:12 PDT
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Question ID: 760621
Is there any Biblical objections or references to Christian Hard Rock Music? What are the true roots of the "guitar, bass guitar, Drum, vocal" combination in reference to whether or not it is secular or christian. Please use King James Version for Biblical references.
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Re: Christian Hard Rock
From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 30 Aug 2006 04:50 PDT
Not my personal belief, but an arguement I've heard a few times: "rock music is a product of a disoriented, despairing, drug-related sex-mad generation. There?s no question about that. The first big rock singer was Elvis Presley, who killed himself with drugs and who went through women, you know, continuously. And he gave rise to the whole rock generation. He was the first, and his whole act was sexual, sensual, you know; it was terrible. Nowadays we think he was comical because we?ve come so far. But the vernacular of rock music at this particular point represents a generation that I have real trouble identifying with. And what happens is if you put a Christian message in that vernacular, I think Christianity suffers immensely because I don?t think you can take that kind of medium and use it to propagate a Christian message. For example, in the sixteenth chapter of Acts, you have the Apostle Paul on his missionary journey, and he came to Philippi. And a demon-possessed girl came out and started following them around. And the demon-possessed girl said of Paul and his traveling companion, Barnabas, ?These men have come to show us the way of salvation.? Now, was that the truth? That was the truth. They did come to show the way of salvation. Paul turned around and rebuked that girl and cast the demon out of her, because God does not use demonic mediums even to propagate true doctrine. Do you understand? And basically the whole rock thing is tied in with drugs and sex, and the occult, the whole shootin? match. And people who come out of that scene find it very difficult to listen, say to Christian ?rock? without being pulled back into all that stuff that they had in their former life. " http://www.biblebb.com/files/macqa/1301-R-1.htm
Re: Christian Hard Rock
From: myoarin-ga on 04 Sep 2006 14:08 PDT
Vhvaughn-ga, In your last clarification, perhaps you are only thinking about the electric guitar, which was developed in the 1930s and thereafter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_guitar And as the above site mentions, it was used in the Big Band era, together with the bass and drums, as this site tells: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_band The electric guitar really came into its own with Leo Fender, a couple of years before Elvis started singing, and he originally used an acoustic guitar. It wasn't his guitar playing that upset people, and they were upset, but by his motions, so it was not the instrument but the person, as you suggest with the motorcycle. The acoustic guitar is a very old instrument: http://home.earthlink.net/~guitarandlute/gtrhstry.html The Roman Catholic Church has nothing against the guitar, of itself. Silent Night was first accompanied by a guitar on Christmans Eve, and the Singing Nun played the guitar. Now the Bible: Of course, modern instruments are not mentioned in it, but music was part of Old Testament worship, and the Old Testament was still the guide for the Christians in the time of the New Testament. Here is a site that explains: http://www.laudemont.org/index.html?MainFrame=http://www.laudemont.org/a-mawitb.htm This one continues from there, specifically about Christian Rock. Of course, it is not impartial, but then the folks against Christian Rock aren't either. http://www.metalforjesus.org/friorfoe.html This site explains the acceptance of new music over the ages, mentioning that in the Middle Ages, the Church considered instruments to be the work of the devil: http://www.coog.com/newmusic.htm Elsewhere, this bann against instruments in the church concentrated on the violin, an instrument used to play dance music. (Can't have any foot-tapping in church. ;-) The article mentions that in Bach's lifetime, things became more liberal. Fifty years ago, many people would have been upset by hearing a combo with bass and drums during a church service. Some serious church music composed since then would have upset them just as much. Times change. Older folks have trouble accepting that new music that they connect with the drug scene - maybe rightfully - can be used by other persons in their worship. But I don't think the Bible can be cited to bann modern music from the church if the content is in order. Peace, Jack. I really feel rather like you, but the older generation always has been at odds with new movements.
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