people's manners and altering their customs, there is nothing better than
music" (Shu Ching, 6th. Century BC).
The bible narrates that when
the Judean king Saul went into a rage, his court attendants would call upon
young David to play on his dulcimer (an ancient musical instrument) for the
king. The melodious and soothing sounds calmed the king to his normal self.
Even in those ancient days, people were aware that soft melodies had a calming
effect on a person's disposition. On the other hand, contemporary music like
rock and roll - particularly "heavy metal" - creates the exact
opposite effect on the listener: quiet people are driven to violence, rage and
malice. Rock and roll appeared approximately 40 years ago. Over this period,
the development of this music headed more and more
toward sexual lust. David Gergen characterizes this evolution in the following
way: "The difference between the music of yesterday and that of today is
the leap one makes from swimming in Sports Illustrated to the
centerfolds of Hustler" (USA Today, Oct. 11 1985).
Rock music has become a global cadence that has attracted hundreds of
millions of devotees. To many young people, rock music and its more violent
variation "heavy metal" has become their lifestyle, where perversion,
use of narcotics, violence and nihilism (denial of all reality) is encouraged.
In this pamphlet, we will say a few words about the general meaning of music in
the spiritual life of a person. We will then quote the opinions of
psychologists, doctors and public figures regarding the influence of modern
rock music on the youth, in particular - on sexual and violent behavior. We
will then expose, from a Christian standpoint, anti-Christian, occult and even
satanic elements in some forms of rock music. Finally we will how parents can
assist their children to recognize the serious consequences of the influence of
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