Can you watch horror and still be religious? | The Tylt
Can you watch horror and still be religious?
Christian experts say it is wrong for followers of the faith to enjoy the horror genre because it literally goes against the Bible. They believe darkness is a real everyday threat and should not be made light of through entertainment. According to GotQuestions.org, a Christian faith-based site that answers questions about Christianity, horror is offensive to Jesus, so you probably shouldn't partake in it:
Let’s consider the horror movies that delve into the supernatural realm with a particular focus on demonic activity. Scripture makes it clear that our earthly struggle is “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). Christians are keenly aware of the evil reality of demons and how every moment of their very real existence is spent trying to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10) or to otherwise separate us from our Savior. As such, this is a subject that should hardly be taken lightly; neither should it be considered a form of “entertainment.” If something would offend Jesus Christ, it should offend His children in whom His Holy Spirit resides.
Other experts will argue the impact of horror films and dark TV shows is all about how you individually interpret it. Horror should simply be viewed as entertainment. According to Tom Talks, written by a pastor in California, this type of content helps religious people explore outside of their comfort zone:
I mean it's true that scary movies explore evil in a way that many Christians find distasteful - but isn't there evil in the world? And isn't evil supposed to be distasteful? Though we don't like to think about serial murderers and demonic force - don't such murderers and demonic forces exist?
I feel that people - especially Christians - often prefer to hide themselves in a cushy sitcom-oriented view of life and only watch films that reinforce this marshmallow reality (e.g. romantic comedies, Disney, etc.). But horror films burst this delusion and remind us that there are actually darker realities out in the world.
Therefore I believe horror movies have the potential to be edifying because they force us to explore evil and darkness in ways we wouldn't otherwise. And the reason for exploring such dark realities isn't to be masochists. Rather, as Christians, I believe understanding evil and darkness provides a better context for the Christian hope because, as one writer puts it, "Darkness makes the light shine all the brighter."