I’ve been making Bible study notes on old-fashioned paper lately, as I work on the back-end of my websites. I’ll be back to posting regularly soon, Lord willing, but until then, here are some links and resources that may interest you.
In this short article, Scott Aniol gives some illustrations to back the argument that music is not morally neutral. Because humans are communicating something with music, both with style and content, it cannot be morally neutral: Is music a neutral thing?
Here’s a little game to play. Let’s call it “Music Match-up”
I’ll post several pictures divided into three groups. Here what to do: Using the labels “Rock Concert“, “Worship“, and “Church Service“, match the appropriate label to the set of pictures.
I use several websites that house royalty-free image collections, for use in my own websites. One group of pictures was found searching for images about “worship”. Another group of pictures is from searching using the term “church service”. Still another group was put together from the search words “rock concert”. Can you guess which label goes to which set of pictures? Keep in mind, these aren’t necessarily the images that I would choose to match with each label — these are simply the groups of images I found when searching for each of those terms. It is said “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
I shared some Bible verses after the groups of pictures that came to mind after putting all these together.
So, can you guess which label yielded which set of pictures? Were you surprised at all, or were you expecting to see more variety in the groups? What are your thoughts? Any Bible verses come to mind?
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life–is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17 ESV
If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
John 15:19 ESV
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
2 Cor 6:14-18 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.