By Theodore Shoebat
The devil loves disorder, and chaos, and violence. Look no further than “Christian black metal” music to see the truth of this observation. Those who uphold “Christian metal music” will never admit that such a genre came as a result of people taking a demonic form of “music” and putting on it a “Christian” label mixed in with some appearingly and debatable “Christian” lyrics.
In other words, “Christian metal” has demonic origins. Let me show you a comparison between true music, and destructive “music.” Here is an example of what I mean, in a video I did:
And those who try to vindicate “Christian metal” with the verse, “Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs” (Psalm 150:4), is really pushing the Scripture into their sick fantasy.
They haven’t a clue about the Middle East, especially the music of the Middle East. No Semite of the ancient world dare ever even to conceive of the idea of rock or metal. I have heard for years modern Christians rape the Bible to fit their twisted trends, and this is one of the top examples. If you want to hear how people would have done music in ancient Israel, here is an old Iraqi song praising Saddam, in a very Semitic style:
So many today put lyrics over harmony; they say that as long as the lyrics are wholesome, it does not matter how one composes the sound. It is on this idea that “Christian rap” and “Christian metal” were founded.
To those who think such things, tell me, was it not the sound of David’s harp that drove the demon who possessed Saul away? David did not sing, but play, and yet it was the very harmony of his composition that exorcised the evil spirit.
Harmony, and the order of sound, does matter in music. God loves order, and hates disorder. He took the earth when it was in chaos, and brought it sequence and organization.
The revival of Christendom begins with the arts.
True music ascends our souls to the heavens, and conveys to us but a microcosm of experience, of the Beatific Vision. It lends to us a single ray of the ineffable realm of everlasting life; it impresses upon our minds, in just a small measure, the sense of the Originator of our spirits, and that place wherein lies “unapproachable light, whom no one has even seen or can see” (I Timothy 6:16).
True music is as timeless as eternity, being composed within the finite world by mortal hands, yet first conceived in the infinite mind of God; it takes that which is “without form, and void” (Genesis 1:2), and engraves upon the human heart that very sublime concept of “In the beginning God created” (Genesis 1:1).
The flesh is struck by a darkness that fills the waters of the soul and plunges our very beings to a chasm of emptiness, and it is true music that elates our minds with the words, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3).
It is true music that, when it is done before the oppressed soul, repulses the devils away, scatters and drives them to the abyss, as what happened when David played the harp for King Saul, for “the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1:5)
True music is as harmonious as the particles of light that emanate from the sun; they gather together as birds soar over the glistening waters of the tempest, and with one brush dissipate a pillar of the harrowing shadows, assailing and returning, bringing hope and retreating from despair, like the pilgrim who leaves his country for a land more sacred, until eventually hope is established, and the spirit of truth fully illuminates the eyes of the spirit, the intellect, and the soul.
As the darkness of the night gradually evanesces before the presence of the sun’s effulgence, so do the shades of melancholy gradually fall apart through the very hearing of harmonious sound.
True music consists of transmissions, between both euphoria and anguish, order and chaos, hope and despair, and it concludes with pristine ecstasy, as immaculate rivers flow from stinging ice formed through violent storms, melted under the risen sun.
Look to the life of Christ and there you will find true music. It begins with the labor of a carpenter, and continues on only to endure scoffing and being exiled from one’s own hometown, and within such troubles there lies both hope and travails: words of eternal life and prophecies that speak of persecutions and oppressions. The life of such a holy man seems, to the earthly eyes, to end with misery and anguish, with betrayal and denial, with whips and the horror of being forsaken, and concludes with a crucifixion. And just as when the mind perceives that all hope has been terminated, there is resurrection.
Thus is the nature of true music, wherein lies a battle between order and disarray, with the soldiers of truth, at one moment, attacking with foreword movement, and in another, moving back to let the opposition think that they are retreating, and then flanking the enemies of the light, only to, in the end, be victorious, bringing the soul to God.
True music, is divine.