Shrieking Sacred Words of Hymns of Praise. We should endeavor in our songs of praise to approach as nearly as possible to the harmony of the heavenly choirs. I have often been pained to hear untrained voices, pitched to the highest key, literally shrieking the sacred words of some hymn of praise. How inappropriate those sharp, rasping voices for the solemn, joyous worship of God. I long to stop my ears, or flee from the place, and I rejoice when the painful exercise is ended. Those who make singing a part of divine worship should select hymns with music appropriate to the occasion, not funeral notes, but cheerful, yet solemn melodies.
The voice can and should be modulated, softened, and subdued. No Jargon or Discord. God is not pleased with jargon and discord. Right is always more pleasing to Him than wrong. And the nearer the people of God can approach to correct, harmonious singing, the more is He glorified, the church benefited, and unbelievers favorably affected. Sing With the Spirit and Understanding. Gather together singers who will sing with the spirit and with the understanding also.
The extra display which you sometimes make entails unnecessary expense, which the brethren should not be asked to meet; and you will find that after a time unbelievers will not be willing to give money to meet these expenses. Its Almost Overwhelming Impact.
It would almost bring anybody within its scope, if they are at all conscientious, and sit and listen with the least degree of favor; because of the music that is brought to play in the ceremony. They have an organ, one bass viol, three fiddles, two flutes, three tambourines, three horns, and a big bass drum, and perhaps other instruments which I have not mentioned.
They are as much trained in their musical line as any Salvation Army choir that you ever heard. In fact, their revival effort is simply a complete copy of the Salvation Army method, and when they get on a high key, you cannot hear a word from the congregation in their singing, nor hear anything, unless it be shrieks of those who are half insane. After an appeal to come forward for prayers, a few of the leading ones would always come forward, to lead others to come; and then they would begin to play on the musical instruments, until you could not hear yourself think; and under the excitement of this strain, they get a large proportion of the congregation forward over and over again.
Haskell report to E. White, September 25, Dance tunes and Sacred Words. They have "Garden of Spices" as the songbook and play dance tunes to sacred words. They have never used our own hymn books, except when Elders Breed or Haskell speak, then they open and close with a hymn from our book, but all the other songs are from the other book. The doctrines preached correspond to the rest.
Haskell report to Sara McEnterfer, September 12, Lively Songs and Self-Induced Hysteria. There were numerous groups of people scattered all over the campground engaged in arguing and, when these fanatics conducted the services in the large pavilion, they worked themselves up to a high pitch of excitement by the use of musical instruments, such as: trumpets, flutes, stringed instruments, tambourines, an organ, and a big bass drum.
They shouted and sang their lively songs with the aid of musical instruments until they became really hysterical. Many times I saw them, after these morning meetings, as they came to the dining tent fairly shaking as though they had the palsy. White, January 12, Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise.
This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time. Better never have the worship of God blended with music than to use musical instruments to do the work which last January was represented to me would be brought into our camp meetings.
The truth for this time needs nothing of this kind in its work of converting souls. A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and perverts that which if conducted aright might be a blessing. No encouragement should be given to this kind of worship. The same kind of influence came in after the passing of the time in The same kind of representations were made. Men became excited, and were worked by a power thought to be the power of God. Published in Selected Messages, Book 2, pp.
Satan works amid the din and confusion of such music, which, properly conducted, would be a praise and glory to God. He makes its effect like the poison sting of the serpent. Those things which have been in the past will be in the future. Satan will make music a snare by the way in which it is conducted. God calls upon His people, who have the light before them in the Word and in the Testimonies, to read and consider, and to take heed.
Clear and definite instruction has been given in order that all may understand. But the itching desire to originate something new results in strange doctrines, and largely destroys the influence of those who would be a power for good if they held firm the beginning of their confidence in the truth the Lord had given them. Emphasis Supplied.
These [in Indiana] were carried away by a spiritualistic delusion. Noise No Evidence of Sanctification. In your religious meetings there have been exercises similar to those I have witnessed in connection with those movements in the past. There was much excitement, with noise and confusion. One could not tell what was piped or what was harped.
Some appeared to be in vision, and fell to the floor. Others were jumping, dancing, and shouting. The manner in which the meetings in Indiana have been carried on, with noise and confusion, does not commend them to thoughtful, intelligent minds. There is nothing in these demonstrations which will convince the world that we have the truth. Mere noise and shouting are no evidence of sanctification, or of the descent of the Holy Spirit. Your wild demonstrations create only disgust in the minds of unbelievers. The fewer of such demonstrations there are, the better it will be for the actors and for the people in general.
The Lord desires to have in His service order and discipline, not excitement and confusion. We are not now able to describe with accuracy the scenes to be enacted in our world in the future; but this we do know, that this is a time when we must watch unto prayer; for the great day of the Lord is at hand. Satan is rallying his forces.
We need to be thoughtful and still, and to contemplate the truths of revelation. Excitement is not favorable to growth in grace, to true purity and sanctification of the spirit God calls upon His people to walk with sobriety and holy consistency. They should be very careful not to misrepresent and dishonor the holy doctrines of truth by strange performances, by confusion and tumult.
By this, unbelievers are led to think that Seventh-day Adventists are a set of fanatics. Thus prejudice is created that prevents souls from receiving the message for this time. When believers speak the truth as it is in Jesus, they reveal a holy, sensible calm, not a storm of confusion. When Satan Takes Charge. They encourage pride of dress, pride of appearance, self-gratification, hilarity and trifling. Satan is entertained as an honored guest, and takes possession of those who patronize these gatherings.
A view of one such company was presented to me, where were assembled those who profess to believe the truth. One was seated at the instrument of music, and such songs were poured forth as made the watching angels weep. There was mirth, there was coarse laughter, there was abundance of enthusiasm, and a kind of inspiration; but the joy was such as Satan only is able to create. This is an enthusiasm and infatuation of which all who love God will be ashamed. It prepares the participants for unholy thought and action.
I have reason to think that some who were engaged in that scene heartily repented of the shameful performance. Music Put to a Wrong Use. God does not seem to be in their thoughts. Their minds are filled with nonsense. Their conversation is only empty, vain talk. They have a keen ear for music, and Satan knows what organs to excite to animate, engross, and charm the mind so that Christ is not desired. The spiritual longings of the soul for divine knowledge, for a growth in grace, are wanting. I was shown that the youth must take a higher stand and make the word of God the man of their counsel and their guide.
Solemn responsibilities rest upon the young, which they lightly regard. The introduction of music into their homes, instead of inciting to holiness and spirituality, has been the means of diverting their minds from the truth. Frivolous songs and the popular sheet music of the day seem congenial to their taste.
The instruments of music have taken time which should have been devoted to prayer.
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Music, when not abused, is a great blessing; but when put to a wrong use, it is a terrible curse. It excites, but does not impart that strength and courage which the Christian can find only at the throne of grace while humbly making known his wants and with strong cries and tears pleading for heavenly strength to be fortified against the powerful temptations of the evil one. Satan is leading the young captive. Oh, what can I say to lead them to break his power of infatuation!
He is a skillful charmer, luring them on to perdition. Satan Uses it to Gain Access. Angels of God are in tears as they write in the roll the words and acts of professed Christians. Angels are hovering around yonder dwelling. The young are there assembled; there is the sound of vocal and instrumental music. Christians are gathered there, but what is that you hear? It is a song, a frivolous ditty, fit for the dance hall.
Behold the pure angels gather their light closer around them, and darkness envelops those in that dwelling. The angels are moving from the scene. Sadness is upon their countenances. Behold, they are weeping. Music has occupied the hours which should have been devoted to prayer. Music is the idol which many professed Sabbath keeping Christians worship.
Satan has no objection to music if he can make that a channel through which to gain access to the minds of the youth. Anything will suit his purpose that will divert the mind from God and engage the time which should be devoted to His service. He works through the means which will exert the strongest influence to hold the largest numbers in a pleasing infatuation, while they are paralyzed by his power. When turned to good account, music is a blessing; but it is often made one of Satan's most attractive agencies to ensnare souls.
When abused, it leads the unconsecrated to pride, vanity, and folly. When allowed to take the place of devotion and prayer, it is a terrible curse. Young persons assemble to sing, and, although professed Christians, frequently dishonor God and their faith by their frivolous conversation and their choice of music. Sacred music is not congenial to their taste. I was directed to the plain teachings of God's word, which have been passed by unnoticed. In the judgment all these words of inspiration will condemn those who have not heeded them.
Low Songs and Lewd Gestures. Instead of being a school of morality and virtue, as is so often claimed, it is the very hotbed of immorality. Vicious habits and sinful propensities are strengthened and confirmed by these entertainments. Low songs, Lewd gestures, expressions, and attitudes, deprave the imagination and debase the morals. Every youth who habitually attends such exhibitions will be corrupted in principle. There is no influence in our land more powerful to poison the imagination, to destroy religious impressions, and to blunt the relish for the tranquil pleasures and sober realities of life than theatrical amusements.
The love for these scenes increases with every indulgence, as the desire for intoxicating drink strengthens with its use. Israel Beguiled by Heathen Music. He decided to secure to himself Balak's reward, and the promotion he desired, by advising the Moabites what course to pursue to bring the curse upon Israel.
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He counseled Balak to proclaim an idolatrous feast in honor of their idol gods, and he would persuade the Israelites to attend, that they might be delighted with the music, and then the most beautiful Midianitish women should entice the Israelites to transgress the law of God, and corrupt themselves, and also influence them to offer sacrifice to idols. This Satanic counsel succeeded too well. Beguiled with music and dancing, and allured by the beauty of heathen vestals, they cast off their fealty to Jehovah. Musical Entertainments to Have a Religious Atmosphere.
Every talent of influence is to be sacredly cherished for the purpose of gathering souls to Christ's side. A spirit has come into them that is of a different order. We had this same spirit to meet thirty years ago, and we bore decided testimony against it in Battle Creek. A decided religious feature should be encouraged in all our gatherings. Light has been given me decidedly again and again. Thirty years ago, when certain ones would assemble together for an evening of singing exercises, the spirit of courting was allowed to come in, and great injury was done to souls, some of whom never recovered.
The Peril of Worldly Entertainments. Association with worldliness in musical lines is looked upon as harmless by some Sabbath keepers. But such ones are on dangerous ground. Thus Satan seeks to lead men and women astray, and thus he has gained control of souls. So smooth, so plausible is the working of the enemy that his wiles are not suspected, and many church members become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.
Qualities of Acceptable Secular Music. Then the musicians [on the ship] who were to leave the boat at this place entertained the impatient passengers with music, well selected and well rendered. It did not jar upon the senses as the previous evening, but was soft and really grateful to the senses because it was musical.
Written of the landing in New Zealand in February There is an extensive beer garden owned by the city and carried on by the city. This garden is made attractive with flowers and shrubs and noble trees, giving a nice shade. There are seats that will accommodate hundreds, and little oval tables are adjusted before these seats and this most beautiful instrumental music is played by the band.
An Indescribable Concert. Nine are singing, -Dutch or German or French, I cannot tell which. The voices are just splendid, quite entertaining. I think it is a Sunday-school excursion company. Ambition for Display. In the present state of society, with the low morals of not only youth but those of age and experience, there is great danger of becoming careless, and giving especial attention to favorites, and thus creating envy, jealousies, and evil surmisings. Musical talent too often fosters pride and ambition for display, and singers have but little thought of the worship of God.
Instead of leading minds to remembering God, it often causes them to forget Him. Singing for Display-Counsel to a Leader of Music. There were petty jealousies, envy, evil surmisings, and evil speaking. The heart service is what God requires; the forms and lip service are as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.
Your singing is for display, not to praise God with the spirit and understanding.
Music: Its Role, Qualities, and Influence
The state of the heart reveals the quality of the religion of the professor of godliness. Music That Offends God. There is nothing more offensive in God's sight than a display of instrumental music when those taking part are not consecrated, are not making melody in their hearts to the Lord. The offering most sweet and acceptable in God's sight is a heart made humble by self-denial, by lifting the cross and following Jesus.
We have no time now to spend in seeking these things that only please the senses. Close heart searching is needed. With tears and heartbroken confession we need to draw nigh to God that He may draw nigh to us. Music Acceptable to God. Music is acceptable to God only when the heart is sanctified and made soft and holy by its facilities. But many who delight in music know nothing of making melody in their hearts to the Lord. Their heart is gone "after their idols.
I was shown the case of Brother S. He is self-conceited. If his course is questioned he feels hurt. If he thinks another is preferred before him, he feels that it is an injury done to him. Brother S. Singing is just as much the worship of God in a religious meeting as speaking, and any oddity or peculiarity cultivated attracts the attention of the people and destroys the serious, solemn impression which should be the result of sacred music.
Anything strange and eccentric in singing detracts from the seriousness and sacredness of religious service. Bodily exercise profiteth little. Everything that is connected in any way with religious worship should be dignified, solemn, and impressive. God is not pleased when ministers professing to be Christ's representatives so misrepresent Christ as to throw the body into acting attitudes, making undignified and coarse gestures, unrefined, coarse gesticulations. All this amuses, and will excite the curiosity of those who wish to see strange, odd, and exciting things, but these things will not elevate the minds and hearts of those who witness them.
The very same may be said of singing. Ludus relationships are casual, undemanding, and uncomplicated but, for all that, can be very long-lasting. Ludus works best when both parties are mature and self-sufficient. Problems arise when one party mistakes ludus for eros , whereas ludus is in fact much more compatible with philia. Sexual attraction takes a back seat in favour of personal qualities and compatibilities, shared goals , and making it work. In the days of arranged marriages, pragma must have been very common. Although unfashionable, it remains widespread, most visibly in certain high-profile celebrity and political pairings.
Many relationships that start off as eros or ludus end up as various combinations of storge and pragma. Pragma may seem opposed to ludus , but the two can co-exist, with the one providing a counterpoint to the other. In the best of cases, the partners in the pragma relationship agree to turn a blind eye—or even a sympathetic eye, as in the case of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, or Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson.
Philautia is self-love, which can be healthy or unhealthy. Unhealthy self-love is akin to hubris. In Ancient Greece, a person could be accused of hubris if he placed himself above the gods, or, like certain modern politicians, above the greater good. Many believed that hubris led to destruction, or nemesis. As it disregards truth, hubris promotes injustice, conflict, and enmity. Healthy self-love is akin to self-esteem , which is our cognitive and, above all, emotional appraisal of our own worth relative to that of others.
More than that, it is the matrix through which we think, feel, and act, and reflects and determines our relation to ourselves, to others, and to the world. Self-esteem and self-confidence do not always go hand in hand. In particular, it is possible to be highly self-confident and yet to have profoundly low self-esteem, as is the case with many performers and celebrities. People with high self-esteem do not need to prop themselves up with externals such as income, status, or notoriety, or lean on crutches such as alcohol , drugs , or sex.
They are able to invest themselves completely in projects and people because they do not fear failure or rejection. Of course they suffer hurt and disappointment, but their setbacks neither damage nor diminish them. Owing to their resilience , they are open to growth experiences and relationships, tolerant of risk, quick to joy and delight, and accepting and forgiving of themselves and others. In closing, there is, of course, a kind of porosity between the seven types of love, which keep on seeping and passing into one another.
For Plato, love aims at beautiful and good things, because the possession of beautiful and good things is called happiness , and happiness is an end-in-itself. Of all beautiful and good things, the best, most beautiful, and most dependable is truth or wisdom , which is why Plato called love not a god but a philosopher:.
Find Neel on Twitter and Facebook. I wouldn't use the words Eros and love in the same sentence. Infatuation or "falling in love" have nothing in common. Infatuation is about what the other person can do for you, you want the other person because they make you feel great. Love flows the opposite way, it is about giving. I wish people would stop confusing infatuation for love. It's obvious Mark, that you have never "fallen in love" because yes real love does have a degree of infatuation with it!
The trick is allowing that infatuation or Eros to grow into something more deeper and profound. Hope you get to experience it. Lisa, I'm sorry you can't grasp the nuance of my argument. I've "fallen in love" many times and yes, sometimes it can lead to actual love but there is a huge difference between infatuation and real love, the two are actually opposites, infatuation is what you can do for me selfish , actual love is about what I can do for you selfless.
Sorry for not making that clearer in my original post. There are many elements to deep and genuine love, and selfless giving is definitely essential. However to have a very strong physical attraction, call it infatuation, definitely doesn't get in the way to achieving deep and long term spiritual bonding.
Mark, "Falling in love" and " "infatuation" are the same things dude! They can lead to deeper more profound love, however that's not guaranteed. Infatuation and falling in love both encompass that end all, overwhelming feeling of being completely enthralled with another person. I agree that in common usage the terms are interchangeable but we really should remove the word "love" from such a completely selfish endeavour such as infatuation. A good book to read to get started understanding the difference is Erich Fromm's classic "The Art of Loving".
But Philautia was not mentioned, however Mania obsessive love was listed.
It was a very old book I found at the Lifeline Bookfest. I'd say that Mania definitely shouldn't be classified as any type of love, even if someone in the throes of obsession might believe that they're in love though it wasn't included in the above article , but at least Eros has the potential to develop into the kind of love that's about giving, e. Philia or Storge. I ever acquainted myself with eros in my youth and as i thought it was endless i ended up abusing it.
Pragma seemed like it was droll and mundane but know i see the wisdom of learning to appreciate the essentials to a structured and well balanced life. Though not as intense as eros the other forms of love do add color to my life as i meditate on them. Im not as arrogant as i once was.
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I was trying to figure out what kind of love exists between man and cat. It is not sexual, and ideally it does not involve dominance. It seems closest to storge, but doesn't fit that exactly. There is also the Greek concept of philotimo fee-loh-TEE-moh a deeply rich and complex idea which means, in its most basic definition, "love of honor. The term was used extensively in the teachings of the Blessed Elder Paisios of the the Holy Mountain, recently Saint Paisios of Athos, who reposed in My other comment is that good and long marriages are those that embrace and exhibit all of these kinds of love, evolving, growing, and strengthening.
If one were to arrange the kinds of love in an order of bearing fruit -- as in planting a seed at birth which will grow into a good life -- the foundation of all is agape love -- unconditional love. If we are given unconditional love at the foundation of life -- or we learn to receive it later on-- great goodness and Philotimo results. Thank you Neel for breaking it down the way you have in this article.
Love is different and using just one word for it can be confusing or misleading. I'll be looking into more of your writings. Thanks again! Great question! In the Greek, there are a number of words which encompass the love of God. One is Philokalia, which is a love of all things holy. It is also the title of a seminal collection of the writings and teachings of the great spiritual teachers of the Eastern Orthodox Church, from the 4th through the 15th centuries, published in Since we are God's children, icons of Him, loving mankind is also Godly love, the highest way of being like him, and that word in Greek is philanthropos.
God's love for us, the foundation of all life and the force of creation, the best love we can ever strive to embody, to emulate, to give, is Agape: loving without any regard for conditions, unconditional love. Agape is both the seed and the fruit; it is the foundation and the roof of all the forms of love, ever replenishing, creating the ongoing expansion of life and the universe.
Being a psychology major, I couldn't help but to read this and to say its amazing when we embrace the types of love. I feel the greatest is agape, unconditional love. However, as I think about humankind and their love for their pets, I feel we need to add another one that is fitting for this category. Great explanation. I would like to think I am learning even now having started a new life in my later years after a long marriage. Wish I had read stuff like this when I was much younger. An interesting read, both the article and the comments.
Landed here looking for an answer to a Mojo magazine crossword question regarding the band Love. It didn't help. I love my dog. I love my wife 24 years this coming Monday. My daughter and my granddaughters. On hearing my eldest granddaughter's first ever cry my whole self collapsed succumbed? My idol died and i cried for a week. My friend died and i still cry now. I love being able to hear music and see and feel the natural world around me. I'm not sure those two are love though as i think they are more than just that.
Unconditional love i struggle with. I find it difficult to understand, much like a selfless act, how one is not gaining something from it. But anyway, i waffle. So where do the words of my idol fit into all this? I highly recommend their book Ask And It Is Given, and the leading-edge ongoing new expansions of understanding on YouTube, recorded at their live seminars, about 50 per year.
Unconditional love means loving us the way our Source loves us—regardless of physical manifested conditions. We can learn to become aware of our higher expanded perspective self, call it soul or inner being, which is an extension of nonphysical Source energy. I liken it to being a hand in a glove. Our bodily manifestation in this time-space reality is the glove. By practicing appreciation daily, and using lots of other processes in AAIIG we raise our vibrational state.