From very ancient times,
music expressed the composers's most lofty and noble feelings. It calmed, gave
joy and assisted in conceiving a prayerful emotion within the listener. Like
poetry, music mirrored nothing but high, "not of this world,"
We read in Genesis that the angels and saints in Heaven sing praises to God.
But does music exist in Hell? If so, it would no doubt remind one of rock and
"heavy metal" music! This type of music awakens appalling and violent
carnal emotions. It agitates the dark bottom of the listener's soul, surfacing
its cabbalistic and sinful qualities. As the words from
Revelations remind us: "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the
sea! For the devil is come down into you, having great wrath,
because he knoweth that he hath but a short time" (Rev. 12:12).
A spiritually perceptive individual cannot but see the devil's influence on
contemporary music, on the make-up of films and TV programs, on the upsurge of
enthusiasm for Eastern mysticism, transcendental meditation and yoga, the
escalating popularity of spiritism, astrology and extrasensory forms of
healing. The tentacles of the Prince of Darkness are penetrating deeper and
deeper into the lives of modern-day people. "By their fruit you shall know
Children and teenagers appear to be the main "users" of
contemporary violent music. Unfortunately, the majority of them do not
comprehend the meaning and nuance of the words that they are listening to.
Their insufficiently developed powers of reasoning makes
it impossible for them to understand the sexual allegories, the various
depraved terminologies and occult concepts embodied in such songs. Moreover,
they are not conscious of the satanic attributes of this music. All they hunger
for are powerful stimuli; something new and interesting, and exciting rhythms
of rock music that are attune with the baser instincts of their nature.
The American Academy
of Pediatrics (AAP), concluded that the majority of
modern music and rock-video is a bigger threat to the health of children and
teenagers than that posed by poliomyelitis several years ago. In the opinion of
the representatives of the AAP, prolonged listening to "heavy metal"
music can result in the spiritual mutilation of the individual, leaving
permanent scars on the psyche. Worst of all, rock music and "heavy
metal" have developed into a vanguard of anti-Christian sentiments.
But contemporary frenetic music also masks graver maladies of our modern
society. The words in rock music possibly appeal to the young because, in
rejecting the ideals of the older generation, they have not discovered any
worthy aspirations in life. They display their disappointment in their parents
by utilizing this music as a form of protest.
In this context, parents should appraise the sincerity of their faith in God
and determine whether their priorities, within the family group, conform to
Christian teachings. Do all the family members regularly pray to God; do they
attend church services; do they partake of Holy Communion; do they observe Lent
and Church Holy Days; do they read the Bible together; do they converse about
God? If not, the children will be left with a definite spiritual void, waiting
to be filled with anything that comes their way.
Naturally, the surrounding influences are quite strong, and often parents
are quite helpless in withstanding them. Consequently, there is a need to
converse with children about these contemporary problems and make them aware of
these perils. The most important thing is to pray to God, so that He may guide
them along His path toward salvation, because "what is impossible to man, is possible to God."
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