My main point of all of this is NOT that we shouldn't maintain some discernment about what we watch and listen to, and even what we post about on an online kid's forum. My point is that there are some of us who are naturally predisposed to enjoy certain types of media, and that we should not be insulted, condemned, declared to be EVIL and running off a cliff because we happen to enjoy something.
I was a voracious reader in 3rd grade, for crying out loud, and we have kids here. Where does the line STOP? Is The School Story evil? Is Beezus and Ramona evil? Is Adventures in Odyssey evil? Is the Aetherlight evil? Where do you draw the line in the sand? In fact, the Bible itself - which I have read cover to cover many times - doesn't flinch from covering idolatry in explicit detail. Ezekiel is more explicit than any Red song and had me raising my eyebrows for weeks.
Is all media an opportunity to let the devil in? Even Christian-labeled media can be bad - recently I was reading about a controversial Christian movie called the Shack, which portrays the theology of the Trinity incorrectly and has numerous theological errors, all of which I dare say would be more dangerous to ingest than the Hunger Games. (and I did not watch that one, let me tell you!) Where does the reactionary paranoia end?
In any event, I have not heard any argument from you as to why the Hunger Games is evil. You have data? Tell me all about it, please.
Because right now this argument has disintegrated into attacking each other's attitudes toward media, and that's not going to get anywhere. My big issue, @Hanna_Brassheart, is that you cold-insulted two people who mentioned a book they read, telling them that they shouldn't be reading it or that it was evil, then failed to give any evidence to back up your claim and instead attacked all of the people who believe differently from you. That really indicates an attitude of fear, and what you fear controls you.
I admit that I got irritated and got influenced by my emotions here because I think people being insulted for who they are is wrong, and that always makes me want to grab a flamethrower. I'm sorry.
Hanna. Yes you should.
You cannot control other people. People walk off cliffs all the time, and it's not your fault. The Bible says to walk away from the path of the wicked. It does not say to condemn the wicked and yell at them.
Only God knows the heart of me, @Xonos_Darkgrate1, and @Iliara_Mustardtop . You do not. If I'm leading people astray, God will tell me all about it. You are not his mouthpiece.
We are to turn from the ways of the wicked, not hide from people who need to hear the truth. People turn toward darkness all of the time, for all sorts of reasons, media included. You're not called to save them. It's not your job. We're called to tell the truth, not judge people for their choices.
It's possible to read a piece of media, the Hunger Games included, and not being led to the dark side or into bad choices. It's possible for someone to read a piece of media and jump off a cliff. It depends on the situation. You're making assumptions.
Matthew 7:1: Judge Not, that you may not be judged.
In that case, it's not a conspiracy theory anymore, HB. It's a fact. A theory is inherently a speculative, unproven idea about what could be true. I have no doubt that real conspiracies exist, and those that do have evidence that surfaces about their existence eventually. The plot to kill Hitler, for example.
I have done this in the past, yes. Oftencase reviews can be biased, however, so I've often gotten 2nd and 3rd opinions, and if the opinion of the person I'm dealing with is different from the review, I have little choice but to read the work and settle the matter myself.
In fact, most of the time I would have to actually read/watch the work first before I declare it evil, because I would need evidence for this fact. In the case of the Shack above I got several reviews that outlined the theological problems in detail and accordingly decided not to watch it.
I've also used reviews to correct my view of works that I've already seen - often they are good at pointing out problems with a work I've missed for further investigation.
Considering that Katy Perry actually produced a Christian album at one point...it depends on what Katy Perry songs you're buying. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katy_Hudson_(album)
And there are a whole lot worse things to be listening to than her, heh. Plugged In will tell you all about it...without exposing you to any of the evil, of course.
The Bible doesn't contradict itself, HB.
Media choices are a matter of preference. That's what the 1 Corinthians passage refers to. The 2 Timothy passage refers to matters of church doctrine.
It is. FTR, though, my previous work had to do with a kid's series called Bionicle, which is a whole different animal, and other related Lego stuff. Nothing to do with the Hunger Games.
I'll verify this. Evil can only be overcome in God's power and direction, and the Scripture is the tool to do that.
Me neither. The Twilight series is absolutely awful - it advocates abusive relationships in the context of extra-biblical entities that cannot exist. In addition to that, it has sparked a toxic fandom culture and the movies are poorly done from a creative standpoint. Not worth it.
Yep. Your social reading skills are good.
I don't believe in shutting other people down, but unless I see any new evidence here, I'm out. Here's a Plugged In review of the Hunger Games. You can debate it if you want.