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    Apart from gospel music, how often should we be listening to secular music? I know that there are songs which are not gospel songs but they can teach people on how to live in our societies. Other songs talk about different values or advise on how to live peacefully with other people.

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    Hi Francis, unfortunately, much of the music from my era was focused on sex, drugs, and rebellion in general. Much of today's music continues in that tradition but adds to it the glorification of things, like hate, murder, racism, and violence against women. As long as the secular music we choose to listen to doesn't violate the command we find in Philippians 4:8, I'd say it's probably fine to listen to almost anything you want to (PTL, there are still some things in the secular world that are truly lovely, honorable, praiseworthy, etc.).

    Or here's a thought: Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Mozart, Berlioz, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Puccini, Verdi ..................................................

    It's hard to get in much trouble if you choose to listen to those guys

    Yours and His,
    David


    "Brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,
    whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good
    repute, if there is any excellence and if anything
    worthy of praise, dwell on these things"

    Philippians 4:8
    Simul Justus et Peccator ~Martin Luther

    "We are justified by faith alone, but the faith that justifies is never alone" ~John Calvin

    "The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us." ~C. S. Lewis

    "The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances" ~Elisabeth Elliot

    "The law is for the self-righteous to humble their pride; the Gospel is for the lost to remove their despair. ~C. H. Spurgeon
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    • #3
      I don't feel like it's necessary to listen to religious music, so it's hard to pinpoint how often you should listen to it. I listen to all sorts of music. I tend to listen to religious music a few times a week, but it's definitely not the only genre that I listen to. I feel like there is no requirement to listen to music that talks about faith. It's a nice thing to do and it can definitely give you a positive message, rather than a basic message of every day life. I would say if you want to put this type of music into your routine, try and listen to it once a week or so. If anything, you could put a Christian radio station on. There are so many options out there that allow you to get in touch with your faith through music.
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      • #4
        I think a lot of the new age music is really inspirational and is very optimistic and quite meditational as well. They play a lot of acoustic,piano and flutes in this kind of music and it creates a peaceful atmosphere in your house and environment as well. There are a lot of genres of music out there though, and some of it makes you feel closer to God than others I guess?
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        • #5
          Francis I totally agree with you. I had a similar discussion with my fellow youths and we could not reach a consensus. I feel that some secular tunes advise us on how we should live with others. Others are wedding love songs whereas others talk about culture. I think it would not do any harm in listening to such songs. However, one should be conscious not to fall for other tunes that lead us from God's grace. On the other hand, one should not be such a staunch believer that even listening to a wedding song becomes a sin to them.
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