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'Twilight': Can even the righteous be affected by these movies and books?

Questions have arisen as to whether or not it was okay to watch horror films just for the fun of it. It was stated that it was not and the reason being that all people are affected by what they see and hear around them. Sin rubs off on people but righteousness does not do this. "Twilight" is a classic example of the kind of fare that does affect people in their heart and soul. The Lord cautions his people in his Word to "guard your heart". Also to "think on these things".

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Lot and his family

Lot chose to live in the lush and prosperous valley of Sodom and Gomorrah. 2 Peter 2:8 says that Lot, being a righteous man, was vexed by the filthy lives and conversation of lawless men. It also says that Lot was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard. The Sodomites gave themselves over to all sexual deviancy including beastiality. "Twilight" actually portrays a sexual union with a human woman and a man who has already died. This sin is called necrophillia. Most people know the story of how the lawlessness became so bad that God had to obliterate Sodom and Gomorrah off the earth. He did so as a lesson to all (Book of Jude NIV). God had told Lot to get out of Sodom lest he be consumed by the iniquity of the city (Genesis 19: 14-16 NIV).

How did this affect Lot ?

Lot was so affected by the conditions in which he allowed himself to live, his righteous thinking fell apart. The Lord sent two angels to tell him that he needed to leave the city because God was going to destroy it. While the angels were visiting him a crowd of homosexuals came to Lot's door demanding to have the angels sent out so they could rape them. Lot was so deluded in his thinking that he offered the men his virgin daughters instead. His thinking was, by what he said, that it would have been a lesser sin for them. They railed at him for his judgement of them and began to press in on his door. The angels snatched Lot to the inside of his home.

Lot's sons-in-law

When Lot went to his two son's-in-law to tell them that they had to leave because God was about to destroy the city, they laughed it off. They were so affected from living there that they did not even believe what Lot was telling them. They were betrothed to his daughters. This means that care had been taken for them to be suitable choices for them to join Lot's family. But they had slid so far away from their faith they thought it was a joke.

Lot's wife

Sodom and Gomorrah was a lush and prosperous valley. Lot and his family were well-to-do and had many friends. The angels specifically told them to leave, go up to the hills and do not look back at the city. Lot's wife looked back with longing (the Word says) and was turned into a pillar (monument to remind others) of salt. She had come to love the city and its people more than her God. She turned to gaze at what she might lose on earth and lost heaven instead.

Lot's daughters

Lot's daughters were totally affected from living in Sodom. Even though they were spared from the destruction of the city, the two daughters' thinking had also taken a dive. They had thought that because they were alone with their father, that there would never be any men around for them to marry. They devised a plan to get their father drunk and caused him to impregnate them to carry on the family name and line. The oldest daughter's child was named, Moab, and became the nation of the (godless) Moabites. The youngest daughter's child was named Ben-Ami. He became the nation of the Ammenites (enemies to God).

During the pre-flood time on the earth, man had also become given over to every evil imagination (Genesis 6:5,11 NIV). Jesus also said that society would be like Sodom and Gomorrah at the end just before his return (Luke 17:27-30 NIV). "Twilight" lends to the taking of a heart away from God by planting seeds of romantic death instead of planting seeds for new life in God.

Guard your heart

So, yes, a person can be affected by mixing it up with things that are contrary to the Word of God. God tells us in his Word to guard your heart. Proverbs 4:23: Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life (NIV).

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