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What do Christians think about this series?

Post by Garland » Wed May 14, 2008 6:39 pm

Greetings. I have a question for all of you, & I'm sorry if this has been done before, or if it offends you. I do believe this is a fanastic anime, but I am pondering this question: Is it wrong for an Christian to see Japanese anime like this? I'm quite sure that it isn't. I'm a baptist, & some people were putting thoughts into my head that it's bad to watch it, but I don't think so. I usually don't let anything that I watch or play video games with of any kind interfere with my beliefs. They're just games, & anime. They're not real, & it's not like I'm going to do anything awful! The girls never use magic, & there's good Vs. evil involved. That's why I'm asking this question. Thanks!

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Post by Tiff » Wed May 14, 2008 6:54 pm

Anime is no different than a regular cartoon. "Anime" is simply the word used to describe cartoons in Japanese, drawn in a specific style adopted by several Asian artists.

It's no different than turning on the TV, and watching many american cartoons shown daily. Just as there are different degrees of cartoons (Family Guy, for example, is nowhere close to Scooby Doo), there are different degrees of Anime (just as Sailor Moon is nowhere close to La Blue Girl).

Really, I don't quite understand why anime would somehow be "bad" for Christians, or the reasoning behind why people would tell you that. There are plenty of Christians on these forums who watch and enjoy anime.

..And you're 25 years old. You're a big boy. Can't you decide for yourself what you enjoy watching? It isn't as though you're a child.

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Post by jupiter23 » Wed May 14, 2008 9:10 pm

I think almost everyone on this board is going to have the same response here. The only reason those people find anything wrong with it at all is because it wasn't made in the United States (and if any of them want to lecture you on watching anime, then stop them by asking them what they watch when they watch TV. I'm sure that this will shut them up really quick) and the characters aren't "Christian." So in a word, there is nothing wrong at all with you watching or playing whatever you want.
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Post by DreamEmpress » Thu May 15, 2008 4:15 am

Okayyyy....my first reaction is what the ....

I can kind of see where this question is coming from. The Christian community can be a bit strict when it comes to thoughts and feelings on what you see, read and experience. Or more to the point, a bit judgemental..... Still, in the end, these are only guidelines to help you make your own choices.

Now personally, I love Sailor Moon and other anime. It's something I enjoy watching and is very relaxing after the stresses of the day. I see nothing wrong with it. If anything it has great insight into a lot of important issues. A lot more than many of the cartoons you see in the US in the last 10 years.

But in the long run, you need to decide for yourself what is right. no one else can make that call for you. And just remember that if you only listen to what other people think, in the end you'll never like anything for yourself because you'll always be sure to upset someone.

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Post by michikodesu » Thu May 15, 2008 3:38 pm

I went through something of that very nature but I went to a Church of God (pentecostal). And I remember having the same thing being thrown at me as well. And I remember having the same doubts about watching anime, playing video games, and also listening to the music (well, any kind of music that wasn't christian).

I'm not gonna break it all down for you what happened to me (it'll take too long), but I can say that I understand your dilemma because the problem is is that you ARE doing something that you enjoy and that can cause a problem if you're spending too much time with it and not leaving any alone time with God. I should know.

Do what you think is going to be pleasing to God, not other people, even if they are very spiritually mature. But, pray about it. And continue to pray about it until you get your answer. For me, I received more conviction from the people at church than I did in my spirit. And soon discovered that I was trying to please them and not God. And I want to be pleasing, not because He'll bring down fire and wrath upon my head (meaning not to keep Him calm and pacified), but because I love Him and He loves me and I, repeat I, want too.

I think that a lot of Christians forget that and also forget that God loves the world (John 3:15); not just what we do here in America. We are not the standard that should be followed by other countries although, sometimes we think that....heathen world that doesn't speak English is evil.... And, to be honest, from one Christian to another, what we do in America (church and some of our ideals) is peanuts compared to the awesome things that are going on in the world by true lovers of Christ. But I won't get started on that.
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Post by Cardcaptor Takato » Thu May 15, 2008 4:50 pm

The bible says to judge not lest thee be judged and if other people want to judge you just because you watch a show they don't like, remind them that the scriptures say to pick the shard out of their own eyes before they pick the shards out of others. They don't have the right to judge others because they're not perfect, either. And honestly, is the mature content in Sailor Moon any different than the content in the bible? The bible contains violence too and even sex yet you don't see people getting hung up on it too much when it comes to the scriptures yet suddenly innocent kid's shows are off limits. Sailor Moon is meant to be fictional and I've never met anyone who was lead into temptation or whatever solely because of a work of fiction.

Ask these Christians what they're so afraid of or if their faith is so weak that they'll be lead into temptation because of something they saw in a fictional show. Also, don't forget that even in Japan, Sailor Moon is considered to be a kid's show and yet Japanese kids grow up to be no different than anyone else. If Japanese kids can handle watching Sailor Moon, then adults shouldn't have a problem with it, either. Also, ask them where in the bible Jesus was ever concerned with what people read or watched for amusement. Jesus never said anything about enjoying fictional works being sinful, so wouldn't that mean the issue was unimportant to Jesus or wouldn't he have said something about it during his ministry? Surely wouldn't God have more important things to deal with than what people watch on TV?
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Post by AnimatedEvey12 » Sun May 25, 2008 5:22 pm

I do not think it's wrong to watch SM or any other anime. I agree, that I have been bashed before of what I read, watch, or even if I'm not following some traditional stuff (i.e. this year, I didn't really give up anything for Lent and my cousin bashed me and told me that I was going to hell), if people tell me this, I just simply ignore them and that what I do is none of their business.
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Post by Gamer8585 » Fri May 30, 2008 12:02 am

I can understand some of the arguments that might be thrown at a young Christan person about Anime.

1) Its use of magic.

2)Its focus on more mature themes.

3) Its level of violence.

4) Its level of sexuality.

All this seems to be aimed at children, and many feel that it is wrong. Personally I think they are being two uptight. Many times these are the same people that believed reading Harry Potter would turn kids to the Dark Arts, or that playing GTA makes kids turn into criminals.

I don't think children that grow up in a proper family environment are so weak minded as to be influenced so dramatically by media.

I say let the kids watch more Anime, many times its better then half the schlock that passes for TV now a days.

As for Sailor Moon specifically: If 6 year old Japanese girls can handle it, I think a 25 year old American man can handle it.
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Post by AnimatedEvey12 » Sat May 31, 2008 8:14 pm

Gamer8585 wrote:I
I say let the kids watch more Anime, many times its better then half the schlock that passes for TV now a days.
Well said Gamer8585.
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Post by *Eternal Moon* » Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:19 am

I'm a Christian and I view the show for entertainment purposes. What I watch on t.v doesn't influence my actions so I have no problem with it.

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Post by Iced_Cappucino » Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:16 am

I'm not a very religious person but I'm going to try and empathise with you the best I can. I understand that some religions can be very forceful and strict with their views but remember, it's not necessarily the Bible that is telling you these things but those who interpret the Bible. Make up your own interpretation to suit you after all God is supposed to love everyone right? I'm sure he's not going to send you to eternal damnation for watching a cartoon. Your not murdering anybody or stealing so just sit back and enjoy it.
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Post by Jamesares » Mon Jun 02, 2008 4:38 pm

I for the most part try to live by the philosophy of I like what I like, and ignore what other might think. So just follow your heart and do what you believe is the right thing, and just ignore those who try to manipulate you.
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Post by sailor_moon_R » Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:49 pm

*Eternal Moon* wrote:I'm a Christian and I view the show for entertainment purposes. What I watch on t.v doesn't influence my actions so I have no problem with it.
Jus like *Eternal Moon* said, I am also a Christian, and it is just a cartoon, or anime, or whatever. There are some things that my religio teacher will not like about it, but it isn't rea, so there is nothing wrong with this t.v show:)
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