February Third; Thoughts on Books and Opinions

Banning or burning?

It began raining before I went to bed last night. A very light drizzle that I could hear striking the leaves when I went out to get a piece of wood for the fire in the wood stove. It is now just after ten in the morning and the rain has been falling steadily. Looking through the window toward the woods behind my house, there appears a misty grey veil among the trees. It isn’t a downpour, it is one of those slow rains that soaks into the ground rather than rush down the hill and away, helping very little.

Education is like that. If you take your time to understand, allowing the information to soak in and collect in an internal aquifer. That mental pool  of knowledge that the mind draws on to understand the things going on around you. Information is out there, truth and accuracy is out there. It may be buried in a mishmash of misinformation and downright lies, but the truth is there. Ready to be discovered if one is willing to put the work and energy into the seeking.

I watched a video last night of a group who were burning items they deemed demonic. It wasn’t only books, they had a list of items they said should be burned and sent to hell. As a Christian, I understand the point they were trying to make. In the Bible we are instructed to avoid many things. As an author, I realized that my YA novel would be on their list due to some of its content.

Galatians 5:19–21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

That being said, I do understand what they were trying to accomplish. I just don’t fully agree.
If, they were attempting to draw attention to the fact that there are things out there that go against Christian beliefs, that I think they accomplished. Though that is something that has been known for a very long time.

If they were trying to tell Believers they need to avoid these things, I think they accomplished that.

However, I do not fully agree with their methods and that fire.

I am currently in a discussion with a relative about the banning of books. Banning books has been going on since the beginning of books and reading. This or that is considered inappropriate so must be banned. Believing that there has to be prevention in this sort of thing spreading. Following is a link to a list of banned books, there are over five hundred books on this list:  https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1360.Best_Banned_Censored_and_Challenged_Books

I scanned the first page of listing, I have read some of these books. Some you want to scratch your head and wonder why they were thought so wrong that banning was needed. Or have we allowed individuals who shout loud and long enough to restrict what is available?

If I don’t believe in banning books, what do I believe? I believe in education. Taking the time to understand what the book is about, what the author is trying to say. I will state up front that there are genres of books that do not interest me personally. I believe that there are genres that are definitely not for the Christian reader. There are books that I would not want children to have access. Some are not appropriate for a young age, some have story lines or information for which they would not be ready. Some they would need someone to explain and educate. To discuss what the author was trying to say and share. To discuss meanings and themes and characters. To explain why a book may be wrong for them period. Understanding that at some point this book will come up again. When we attempt to outright ban, we create a curiosity. This makes an individual sneak to read or view. In this there is a risk of a false understanding being created.

As a teenager I read The Exorcist. Everyone around me was reading  this book. I borrowed a copy and read it almost straight through. To say that this book created a lasting impression is an understatement. The fear the book created took root and was a long time in getting out of my mind. At that particular time, there was no one to explain to me the dangers and fears that thoughts implanted can create. I know that there are many books written and being written that are controversial to many. Our children need us to explain why certain books are less suitable for them. We need to educate ourselves and our children, learn what is right or not right. And why. We all need to be able to take the time to learn, to comprehend and to accept what we are reading or set it aside as not for us. Knowledge and education is key.

There is always going to be someone who comes along and demands that a book or books be banned. They will proclaim it evil, inappropriate, all manner of reasons that it should not be available to anyone..ever. My thoughts are that no one individual or group should have that manner of control. If you don’t like a book, for what ever reason, set it aside. If you get into a discussion about the book, you can share your viewpoints and reasoning. Understand though that others may not agree. It is their right.

Do I think that there are demonic things out there? Yes. There are many things that will draw in the innocent and unaware and put them at risk. I also believe that attempting to ban and bun these things will make the uneducated even more curious and likely to become involved in them.

To me, it boils down to education. It boils down to understanding what you are reading, watching, in what you are becoming involved. Understanding what it is about. Accepting that there are going to be things you do not agree with. You see it as wrong, you can share that opinion, but not through burning or banning.

The Legend has mythical beasts, shapeshifting and magic. It is the good against evil story, but still fits their definition of demonic.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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7 Responses to February Third; Thoughts on Books and Opinions

  1. Looking at the photo of my two books, I have according to the group who burned, good and evil side by side. Blessed is a book of inspirational poetry, The Legend is a Young adult novel with magic and battles..

  2. Good post and interesting topic. Although I agree that education is key, removing temptations and signs of conversion are sometimes warranted. Acts 19:18-20 records that those who once practiced magic arts, upon their conversion, burned “their books”. Many people cleanse their home/life from things they find to be against God. Now the text does not say they burned up all the magic books of the city, but it was their personal testimony that they were done with that way of life. And, although the books had significant value, they didn’t care to sell them, but preferred to see them destroyed. Just my two cents. Blessings!

    • I agree. This, as with most of what I share, is meant to be a conversation starter. Giving those like yourself the opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions rather than me fill the page with my beliefs. Yet, I do agree it is important to remove those things upon conversion. If, an individual such as you shared here, decide it is better to burn the books that are now no longer a part of their way of life, that is acceptable for those were their books and their decision.
      Thank you for your visit, reading and sharing words of wisdom.

  3. This Post led me to Post about Banned Books. Thank you so much.

  4. pkadams says:

    If we are going to ban books, let’s also ban CNN and the Washington Post and Reddit and all the porn sites and some textbooks .

    • I know right? We may not like what is said, but as my relative said, that in itself gives us the opportunity to learn and grow. It drives us to seek out what is truth, and where our preferences rest.

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