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TOPIC: Lesson 2: Positive Reading Choices (April 11, 2015)

Lesson 2: Positive Reading Choices (April 11, 2015) 2 years 9 months ago #45243

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You see your friend reading and ask, “What are you reading?” Your friend replies, “Oh, this is a great book! There’s this guy who comes back from the dead, like a zombie, and he goes into houses when people are asleep and he kills them. And this girl is telling the story, but she’s in a mental hospital ‘cause she’s possessed by the devil, and you can’t tell if the zombie murders really happened or if she’s just imagining them because she’s crazy. It’s the most exciting book I’ve ever read—wanna borrow it when I’m finished?”

What do you think? Sound like something you’d like to read? Sound like something that will help you grow as a Christian? Do you really think it matters what you read? And what do you tell your friend?
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Lesson 2: Positive Reading Choices (April 11, 2015) 2 years 9 months ago #45283

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Nope, I have a fear of this kind of stuff. Seriously! I literally can't sleep at night if I just saw a trailer or even read about something creepy. Grow as a Christian? Nope, not in your life. I think it does matter what you read--if you read garbage, garbage will eventually come out. You reap what you sow. I would probably reply, "No, thank you. I don't really like stuff with murdering like this." And if he rubs it in, is this person really a friend of mine?

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Lesson 2: Positive Reading Choices (April 11, 2015) 2 years 9 months ago #45388

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"Uhh.... I believe that I shall refrain from that specific type of literature... I will prioritize all my reading and decline your offer. Still i am most gratified that you considered telling me about it."
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Lesson 2: Positive Reading Choices (April 11, 2015) 2 years 8 months ago #45773

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First of all, that story plot sounds EXTREMLY satanic and just........no. Second, I wouldn't accept that book just because it sounds creepy and it'll give me nightmares for weeks and third, we've got to remember that there are other books out there that are more subtle than this one that will draw us away from God. Check this out:

"Satan knows that to a great degree the mind is affected by that upon which it feeds. He is seeking to lead both the youth and those of mature age to read story-books, tales, and other literature. The readers of such literature become unfitted for the duties lying before them. They live an unreal life, and have no desire to search the Scriptures, to feed upon the heavenly manna. The mind that needs strengthening is enfeebled, and loses its power to study the great truths that relate to the mission and work of Christ—truths that would fortify the mind, awaken the imagination, and kindle a strong, earnest desire to overcome as Christ overcame.

Could a large share of the books published be consumed, a plague would be stayed that is doing a fearful work upon mind and heart. Love stories, frivolous and exciting tales, and even that class of books called religious novels—books in which the author attaches to his story a moral lesson—are a curse to the readers. Religious sentiments may be woven all through a story-book, but, in most cases, Satan is but clothed in angel-robes, the more effectively to deceive and allure. None are so confirmed in right principles, none so secure from temptation, that they are safe in reading these stories.

The readers of fiction are indulging an evil that destroys spirituality, eclipsing the beauty of the sacred page. It creates an unhealthy excitement, fevers the imagination, unfits the mind for usefulness, weans the soul from prayer, and disqualifies it for any spiritual exercise." Messages to Young People Ch. 88 Influence of Unwholesome Reading

Yes, this is a MASSIVE pill to swallow, especially if you were like me and THRIVE on the exciting novels and story books. It was ridiculously hard for me to give up these kind of books and I'm still working on it (really its God working on it 'cause if it were up to my flesh I'd have a stack of novels in my backpack 24/7). But have courage for even though we can of our own selves do nothing (John 5:30) "[We] can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth [us]. Philippians 4:13
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Lesson 2: Positive Reading Choices (April 11, 2015) 2 years 8 months ago #45998

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What you read really does effect you. A couple months ago I was reading this book series called the mortal instruments. In the book they had diffrent types of ceremonies and that of the sort. Later on after I had finished reading the series my friends started doing the things and rituals that were in the book(they were reading it too). When I confronted them they realised what they had been doing, they were constantly talking about it and pretending they were what the book calls shadowhunters(people who are half human and half angel and find demons and kill them). Some of my friends are Christians (the others are atheists) so I told them that I don't think believing and practising these things would be good for Christians because it corrupts your mind.
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