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ruhappy
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 Re: how many christians do not go to the cinema or watch televison or go the movies

last movie we saw was in 1994.(forrest gump)
we do have videos but they are carefully selected. no t.v. at all. we do catch news online.

 2005/9/20 8:36Profile
mloaks
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Concur; great takes!

 2005/9/20 9:21Profile
mloaks
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i am not sure Passion of the Christ helped anyone.

lifetime TV for women scares me allot, but i can understand the attraction of a network for women about abusive men.

With the US administration so out of control and mum on real news, I think CSPAN is great.

 2005/9/20 9:28Profile
ccchhhrrriiisss
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Hi mloaks...!

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i am not sure Passion of the Christ helped anyone.

I personally know of at least three unsaved people who were prompted to begin seeking God after having watched [i]The Passion of the Christ[/i]. One of them was an assistant football coach at my school, who lived next door to me in the dorms. After watching the film, he told me that he could not sleep well for a couple of weeks. He could not shake the depiction of Christ suffering in his place as depicted in the movie. The film opened a door for him to begin asking questions. I explained the truth to him, including the discrepencies between the film and truth. He is now a believer, and he is seeking God diligently. In fact, during the summer, he asked me for a Strong's Concordance. He recently moved to another school, but he still calls for prayer and asks questions.

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Christopher

 2005/9/20 13:37Profile
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I totally dig these shows :)

I got rid of cable and my home internet. With my past porn and sexual addictions the last thing I needed in my house was "The Girls Next Door" on E! or any other show.

I do miss my Stargate though :)

I used to hate this conversation. Thought it belonged to the legalists.

But it has helped my spiritual life and my marriage too. Plus I spend more time with my little girls.

 2005/9/20 14:07Profile
ginnyrose
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 Re: how many christians do not go to the cinema or watch televison or go the movies

Obviously, I am no preacher, but think will weigh in here...

We have no tv so we cannot watch any programing. It is by choise we do not have one for reason mentioned on this thread. When my dad was in the hospital a few weeks ago we enjoyed watching the continous showing of Katrina's destruction. That was the first tv programing we watched in a long time.

We do not attend theatres, either, unless you will consider the Imax which we did a few weeks ago when we visited the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. While there our GD begged to go see "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", which we all enjoyed.

We have some videos and a few DVDs that we can view on this computer but nothing at present to view the videos.

We do not have the time to watch this kind of stuff and I am not that anxious to get an instrument to make all this viewable for my grandchildren either. They need to learn to play with toys and not be entertained by a screen!!

ginnyrose


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Sandra Miller

 2005/9/20 15:01Profile
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I thoroughly plan on seeing "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" :)

And probably "King Kong". :)

And when they eventually get around to making "The Hobbit"....

 2005/9/20 15:20Profile
deltadom
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 Re: It is easy to give up something that is sin but it is much harder to give up something we like

This is the big issue that we give up something we like rather that is pleasurable to us than something that is most disastrously a sin. When I gave up Television for me it was something I liked that I put to the cross and to me is only one of many issues in my life that need to be put to the cross.
O God lead me to the cross
I do believe that people can come through any means but if the people of god do not know there any bible god has spoken to me through the hamburgers stall at Mcdonalds and will use any means possible but disregarding his word to be entertained in the world this is a sin that I have been guilty of, I do not want any if or buts.
Imagine if God did this to us if he died and rose again that we might live again so that we might live for a heavenly kingdom rather than an earthly one. I want to be wholeheartly live and die for him even thou I am a dismal failiure and I am!!
I remember talking to my housemates telling them I am not watching television and saw their reaction, and how they hated the bible. If we are to be christians let us be wholly christians devoting are whole lives rather than just parts is are entertainment to short to lose to gain something alot better. I have not reached this yet and hope to gain and not get fat spending time polluting my mind. I am not perfect but this is all I have to say I want him to have the glory Jesus even thou as a christian I dismally fail caring for each other needs.


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Dominic Shiells

 2005/9/20 16:02Profile
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 Re: how many christians do not go to the cinema or watch televison or go the movies

It was so neat to read the posts on this thread. I've wondered if there's anyone who doen't watch movies, etc.

When I was 12 the Lord convicted me about the movies. We didn't watch bad ones, but somehow my heart felt as if I was choosing the good over the best - God's permisive will instead of His perfect will. (Somehow I felt less hungry for God, His Word, and just spending real time with Him.) Some people say that it's a matter of being weak or strong. Well, then I am weak ... hallelujah!! For in my weakness, HIS strength is made perfect.

It has been a TRUE blessing to be free from all that. If only the time Christians watch movies (whether good or bad) was given to prayer and the study of God's Word...perhaps our world (and our land of America) would be different.

I have pondered over the good of movies such as the Passion of the Christ and others, which I personally feel over emphasizes His physical suffering ... but His deepest suffering, grief, and agony was (at least this is how I believe) my sin, and His Father turning away His face from Him. I do believe that people have been saved, some have been healed, and lives changed. Some in Muslim and Hindu countries have heard of Christ through a movie and would not have heard of it otherwise. But I think A.W. Tozer is right in his book on the religious movie. I think how sad it is that people have to be reached through the movies because the lives of those who claim His name don't reveal HIM in such a way that the world is stunned and turned to hunger and thirst for Him by our lives.

There have been times when I wish that God would just consume with fire every TV and movie somehow, but He has given men their choice.
I really appreciated what someone said about movies molding us into what we are or movies being a reflection of what we are. I think that both are true.

Well, I don't know if any of this makes sense, but I was encouraged and blessed by the testimonies and posts here as I have wondered if there was anyone else who doesn't watch TV, movies, etc. and do it just because they want to love the Lord with ALL their heart, mind, soul, and strength.

So anyhow, I just want to thank you for seeking the Lord and His Kingdom first. Keep on keeping on and looking to Jesus!

Phil. 3:7-14
Hebrews 11-12


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Ruth Anna

 2005/9/20 18:02Profile
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About twelve years ago, I had no fellowship with any Christians at all. This had gone on for fourteen years. At this time the Lord was bringing me out of this condition of bitterness towards Christians. Towards the end of this fourteen year period without fellowship, God started speaking to my heart again.

At the end of this time, I was not doing a lot of worldly things that I had been delivered of years earlier, however, I had started watching a tv that was in the drivers room at a truck-stop. I lived in a truck and when the weekend came I had nothing to do so I ended up watching tv in this tv room. There were adult movies, violent movies, and movies that used a lot of profanity.

As the Lord started dealing with my heart I became convicted of watching these movies and tv shows. It wasn't long that I had nothing to do with the trash any longer. I was brought to the place of choosing a time with Jesus or a time with the tv or movies.

What I noticed was that I would be in the joy of the Lord then if I watched one of these shows I ended up being grieved. It made no sense to me to watch something for entertainment then end up being depressed after watching it. It was very obvious why these wicked shows would grieve me.

One weekend there was a John Wayne movie that was going to be shown. I grew up with John Wayne movies and figured that this would be good entertainment that wouldn't harm me. When the movie was over that same feeling of grief came on me and I realized that even some of the stuff that seemed innocent to me really was not of God.

How many tv shows or movies actually have spiritual values that edify the believer? On the other hand, how many tv shows or movies are nothing more than poison to a Christians spiritual life?

In Christ,
GaryE


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