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Joshua Owens wrote:

Hi, guys —

Is listening to any sort of Rock music a sin?

My Age: 21

Joshua
  { Is listening to any sort of Rock music a sin? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Joshua —

Thanks for the question.

No it's not a sin.

We have had rock music since the 60's and while certain segments of rock music are certainly not wholesome, other portions of this spectrum of music, like Christian Rock, are fine.

You have to separate the type of music from the lyrics it contains and, even then, any culpability of sin is, for the most part, on the writer of the music, not the listener.

Mike

John replied:

Hi, Joshua —

Mike pretty much covered everything. There is nothing unholy or holy about a certain set of chords, a particular beat, or a particular melody.

I will say, that certain notes or beats evoke certain emotional and physiological responses.
Listen to the film score of a mystery movie. The music is meant to make you feel on edge.
Some melodies and beats are sensual in a different way. Some melodies are romantic and evoke that emotion.

These emotions are neutral in and of themselves. It is how these emotions are then expressed that can be potentially sinful.

John

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