Then don’t listen to that particular song that says that. Avicii is not a Christian artist - there’s no doubt about that. He also admitted to being a (swear word) alcoholic in another song and produced a song that glorified an abusive relationship. So his songs are a mixed bag of good and bad.
And personally I like keeping the good things, like the instrumental track on my computer. I don’t think that listening to it is going to make me grow horns.
Avicii is the bottom level of Buddhist hell, but since Buddhism isn’t true, it’s basically just another horrible fictional location. I think that the name is a reference to the horrible mental health problems (alcoholism is not fun) this guy had to suffer from - he felt like he was in that spot. Even if he didn’t intend it that way, I interpret it that way because that is what it turned out to be.
Also, it should be noted that corporate America is the opposite of Buddhism -corporate America is about chasing your dreams and pleasure and excess, whereas Buddhism is about ditching the desire for material things and pleasures and not even allowing yourself to feel anything toward them. Both of these philosophies are wrong - we should not “wear ourselves out to get wealth; be wise enough to desist” (Proverbs 23:4) and we should enjoy what God has given us and be grateful - but Avicii’s point that Americans live in what the Buddhists consider hell is still a valid one. That’s the point of the infamous song Levels.
It’s a boring philosophy statement on par with saying that Muslims and liberal American secular philosophy are at odds. Yawn.
I don’t think this guy is promoting Buddhism because he took a name that likely offends Buddhists. And he doesn’t seem to like corporate America as per the Levels music video, so saying they are both wrong isn’t a bad thing. It would have been better to say the Gospel is the better alternative, and maybe pick a less offensive name too, but it is what it is. He’s dead.
So what the track of Level Two means to me (and again, it’s an instrumental track) is that moment when you decide to leave hell behind, whether “hell on earth” bad stuff...or even accepting the Gospel and getting out of real hell. I basically only listen to that one track by him these days. I would agree that Wake Me Up and Hey Brother are good things this poor alcoholic has left to the world as well, and I don’t see why anyone should feel guilty for listening to them.
Buddhist hell, not the actual hell. The Bible does not say that levels of hell even exist - that concept was made up by Dante (not a Buddhist). There is some implications that those who have committed worse sins will get worse punishments in there - God is just - but we don’t actually know that takes the form of levels of hell. We made that up.
It’s basically stealing from a work of old fiction. It might be slightly worse than naming your band Legolas Returns, but that is it. Band names are silly.