TV And Truth
John 8:32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Proverbs 18:13: He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Truth is important in a kazillion ways. Without it we will be trapped in wrong, harmful, foolish and shameful decisions and actions. Without it we will have the wrong solution for every problem. If a doctor has a wrong diagnosis he will not help his patient. If an auto mechanic does not accurately know the problem he cannot solve it. If we do not know that sin is harmful we will not avoid it. Every tidbit of falsehood that we accept and act on causes some problem. Every tiny little true fact that we accept and act on helps free us from errors and entrapment.
Most of TV attempts to promote falsehood. Most of it is fiction, imagination, not reality, not truth. Much of what is on TV is flat out falsehood. The benefit or harm of fiction and imagination will depend on its source. The benefit or harm will depend upon the goals of the source. Most of what is on TV flows out of the imagination of lost men. Even the news that millions depend upon is seldom truth. It usually attempts to influence people rather than inform them. News is colored by the prejudices of the reporters. They reveal information that supports their point of view and omit information that opposes their point of view.
The most harmful falsehood promoted by TV is that spirituality is irrelevant to life. For them it is irrelevant and they try to make it irrelevant for everyone. They think that spirituality is unhelpful, unwise and even harmful. A genuine relationship with Christ will permeate and bless every area of life. The majority of TV people believe that Christians ought to confine their faith to an hour on Sunday morning. They would like to peddle their influence on us as much as possible during the other 167 hours a week.
Opponents of censorship on TV claim that scenes of sex and violence have no influence on people*s behaviour. But advertisers spend millions on commercials, believing they WILL influence behaviour. Who is right? Many times young men convicted of rape have acknowledged that they did it after watching rape scenes on TV or in a movie. The old bromide monkey see -- monkey do is really true.
Do you examine TV through the lens of the Bible or do you examine the Bible through the lens of TV?