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Is It Sinful to Watch Cartoons

Have you heard that it is a sin to watch Cartoon animals because animals don't really talk?

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 ---Kella8334 on 8/3/09
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I've heard people say this, but it doesn't make sense to me. Sin is described in the Bible as the "transgression of the (Ten Commandment) Law." I don't see cartoons mentioned in Exo 20. Most people don't even keep God's Ten. Why should they worry about cartoons?
---jerry6593 on 12/19/09


I hope not, cause I am a Flinstones junky.
---Pete on 12/17/09


I think I would be more concerned about human cartoons like South Park and Family Guy too many children and teens watch them.
---Friendly_Blogger on 12/13/09


The rich man. Who could this be?
The steward. Who could this be?
wasted his goods. What good?
So he called every one of his lord's debtors. Who are these?

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.


Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him, lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me
---TheSeg on 9/10/09


Nurse: What about Bill-O?
---Trish9863 on 9/9/09




No more so than watching Fox news or Glenn Beck.
---NurseRobert on 9/9/09


i am a christian and this seems to me a waste of time. i can take different versus from the bible and use them so that anything we do can be seen as a sin. these are the facts,, people are going to watch shows they shouldnt, eat foods they shouldnt and do lots of other things they shouldnt do. in the end it comes down to the relationship a person has with god. i do lots of things wrong and i try to learn from these mistakes but if we as christians go around telling people "god says you cant do this and you cant do that" or you are going to go to hell, more people are going to turn away. as for me, i look at my relationship with god as my father, as i am my daughters father.
---chuck on 9/9/09


Steveng:

Ok, I'm confused. Could you please state, in your own words, just what part of Luke 16 I am missing?
---StrongAxe on 8/20/09


StrongAxe: "I was quoting Luke 16. In verse 9, Jesus mentions "friends of the mammon of unrighteousness" and in verse 11, "unrighteous mammon"
Here, he is calling mammon itself unrighteous - but at the same time, recommending that we use it (while at the same time cautioning us not to become its servants - Luke 16:13 and Matthew 6:24)"

I suggest you read the chapters again as a diary through the eyes of a child. You are looking at it through the eyes of an educated adult. Forget about the verse numbers because most educated adults try to interpret every single verse.
---Steveng on 8/19/09


Steveng:

You are right that in Timothy 6:10, Paul said "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil" not "MONEY is the root of all evil as is commonly misquoted.

However, I was quoting Luke 16. In verse 9, Jesus mentions "friends of the mammon of unrighteousness" and in verse 11, "unrighteous mammon"
Here, he is calling mammon itself unrighteous - but at the same time, recommending that we use it (while at the same time cautioning us not to become its servants - Luke 16:13 and Matthew 6:24)
---StrongAxe on 8/19/09




It's true. God did call money "unrighteous".
Luke 16:11
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
Mammon means money.
---Donna66 on 8/18/09


StrongAxe: "Jesus called money unrighteous, yet encouraged us to use it to make friends (Luke 16). He advised people to turn the other cheek, yet on one occasion encouraged people to sell their clothes to buy a sword (Luke 22:36)."

You are surely wise in the worldly interpretations of these verses. Jesus never called money unrighteous, but instead the 'love' of money... Instead of interpreting these verses through the eyes of a worldly person, try to understand them through the eyes of a spiritual person - and in context for which the learning was suppose to be learned.
---Steveng on 8/18/09


Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report, if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name [is] better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
---MIchael on 8/18/09


Steveng:

ANYTHING that we use can be twisted to do evil. That doesn't mean we should avoid everything, just that we must be very careful when we deal with it, especially if we're prone to temptation because of it.

Jesus called money unrighteous, yet encouraged us to use it to make friends (Luke 16). He advised people to turn the other cheek, yet on one occasion encouraged people to sell their clothes to buy a sword (Luke 22:36).
---StrongAxe on 8/16/09


StrongAxe: Steveng:"Well, despite how evil you seem to find modern technology, you still seem to use the internet (at least to chat on here)"

I did not say that technology is evil, but what I did say was the human element misuses it generally. Yes, I use it in my job as an engineering technician and technical writer for the past thirty or so years. I also use graphic art programs and CAD programs like AutoCad and Solid Edge. But if you gathered all the research about how people use computers and the internet, you'll find that they use it far more for impure and ungody reasons. That's why I made the remark about how more souls would be going to the Kingdom without it.
---Steveng on 8/14/09


Steveng:

Well, despite how evil you seem to find modern technology, you still seem to use the internet (at least to chat on here) :)
---StrongAxe on 8/14/09


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StrongAxe: "If so, we might as well ban the internet and television and television, and go back to the days of horse and buggies."

It would definately be better as building true people-to-people relationships. This would help build a stronger relationship with God.

StrongAxe: "Then again, mortality was much higher then, so perhaps technology is a GOOD thing."

It just boggles my mind why people would want to live longer in today's evil world. Even the medications have adverse side effects. Just let me die naturally.
---Steveng on 8/13/09


Steveng:

You are right, I don't really know you very well at all (and vice versa). But even so, we can both get to know each other (and other living people) better than we can get to know Moses, Paul, etc. - because we have a fixed amount of their writings, and there is no opportunity for dialogue.

Also, the fact that some people cannot use something responsibly is not an reason to ban it for everyone. If so, we might as well ban the internet and television and television, and go back to the days of horse and buggies. (Then again, mortality was much higher then, so perhaps technology is a GOOD thing).
---StrongAxe on 8/11/09


StrongAxe: "Some technologies may have greater possibilities (and greater temptations) for misuse or addiction, and in such cases, we need to be more careful."

We are talking about humans. Are they careful? Especially during these end times when people have lost their self-control.

There is no better type of relationship than face-to-face. How much do you really know ME? Sure, you have read many of my posts, but how much do you really know ME? You have not even scratched the surface about who I am. Not only through the written word, but only through my mannerisms, my intonations of speech, my facial expressions, my body language, etc. can you really truly get to know me.
---Steveng on 8/11/09


Cartoons can have a good message, in some cases, a Christian message. I'm a woman in my late sixties but was absolutely charmed by "Vegi-tales". Each of these cartoons carries an excellent message for youngsters.

Some cartoons on TV, I'm sure (I hardly ever watch cartoons, but this is my suspicion) send messages to children we would prefer our children not absorb.

It not the genre, it's the content that matters. (Talking animals are fantasy. Children know this)
---Donna66 on 8/11/09


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As I recall, weren't Aesop's fables mostly moral tales involving talking animals?
---Cluny on 8/7/09


SusieB- I checked out Beverly Hills Chihuahua from the library and thought it was cute+it had a nice theme.
---Kella8334 on 8/6/09


Steveng:

With respect to relationships, one can use a computer and the internet to avoid people - or one can use them to communicate with people (as we do on this forum). One can use a car to visit people, or to get away from people. Similar things can be said of many other technologies and many other activities. It all depends on how we use them.

Some technologies may have greater possibilities (and greater temptations) for misuse or addiction, and in such cases, we need to be more careful.
---StrongAxe on 8/5/09


StrongAxe: "All these things (cartoons, computers, TV, ipods, internet, radio, cell phones, etc.) are just tools, neither good nor evil in themselves. What is important is how we use them."

After I posted my last post, I thought someone was going to reply as you did. It's easy to use a computer making it easy to get addicted. While there is some good in the use of them, but we are talking about human beings who misuse these "things" more than using them for good.

The most important use of a christian's time is developing personal relationships. These "things" take us away from what really matters - relationships.
---Steveng on 8/5/09


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I did watch Beverly Hills Chiahuahua with some children while babysitting them in their home. I found it to be funny and very enjoyable with no foul language and totally cute.
---SusieB on 8/5/09


part of what I said got cut off. It said that I don't believe this. I was just wondering if anyone else has heard of this ridiculous.....

More later. Just gotta clear that up
---Kella8334 on 8/5/09


Steveng:

All these things (cartoons, computers, TV, ipods, internet, radio, cell phones, etc.) are just tools, neither good nor evil in themselves. What is important is how we use them.

You can use computers and the internet to do research or embezzle funds. You can use TV for education or tittilation. You can use cell phones for communication or gossip. You can use an iPod to listen to inspirational music or thrash metal. You can watch cartoons about the Gospel, or about murder and mayhem.

Just like one can use an axe to make firewood or to kill, or use religion to heal or destroy (compare Jesus with the Inquision or the Crusades) - the choices (and the consequences) are yours.
---StrongAxe on 8/5/09


While it is NOT a sin to watch cartoons, it is not profitable to the Kingdom of God. Today's technology has steered christians away from the path towards the Kingdom. Computers, TV, ipods, internet, radio, cell phones, etc. takes christians away from what matters most - communicating WITH God. I'm not talking about just praying to him, but about having a true personal relationship with Him, not just knowing He exists. Become doers not only hearers.


By the way, snakes and donkeys did talk in the Old Testament.
---Steveng on 8/4/09


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Favorite cartoons from my chidhood days:

Scooby Doo (Where Are You?)
Tom and Jerry ("silence")
Road Runner (Beep! Beep!!)
Bugs Bunny (What's Up Doc?)
Hermin and Catnip (Diddle Dee, Diddle Day)
Wacky Races (Mutley! Do Something!!)
Tennessee Tuxedo (...Does Not Fail!)
Popeye and Porky (...Popeye The Sailor Man!)

To say that my watching these cartoons was a "sin" sounds like my being told that I would "die" for eating weiners for a Good Friday supper. Laughable and nonsense!

Actually, I consider these to be "clean". Most cartoons today contain: violence, bad language, etc. that I don't think is good for ANYONE. Adult or Child.
---Augie on 8/4/09


My own personal conviction is that watching something like Family Guy would be, watching Spongebob or Mickey Mouse is fine.
---Kelly on 8/4/09


Well . . . such a cartoon would be showing what isn't really true. So, I suppose you could have an issue about this. Jesus didn't use animals talking, in order to give His message > He used people and things and how they really are, like a vine and sheep, to illustrate what He is giving and sharing. And in Revelation we see those four beasts in Heaven > they talk. But they are not cartoon animals, but real beings, I consider. But a lot of animal characters are not talking about Jesus and what is right and good for loving. They are just babysitting kids, often without being any role model, at all, of how to relate in love. Children need real people bringing them up in how to love.
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/4/09


And just exactly what sort of animal cartoons are you watchin', that it would be a sin... whether they're talkin' or not? You're referring to that kinky stuff: aren't ya?
---BruceB on 8/4/09


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I would say the fact that they don't really talk wouldn't be a factor. I would more question if a cartoon teaches violence, bad language or other bad habits.
---Mary on 8/3/09


No, it's not a sin to watch cartoons, even those with talking animals. It is likely that, prior to the Fall of Man, the animals spoke then as a matter of course. Nor do the cartoonists attempt to make their viewers believe that animals actually do have the capacity for cognizant human speech.

What would be a sin is to watch, and continue to watch cartoons that mock the gospel of Jesus Christ or blaspheme anything having to do with God. Cartoons such as "The Simpsons" are the type to which I am referring.
---Garry on 8/3/09


Cartoons are man made non fiction moving drawings!
---Carla3939 on 8/3/09


That has to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Where did you come up with that one?
---Trish9863 on 8/3/09


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No! I haven't heard that one. But, we don't watch animated shows at our house anyway cause they are pretty stupid usually.
---SusieB on 8/3/09


You'll hear all sorts of things called sins.

That doesn't make it so.
---Cluny on 8/3/09


I watched Bugs Bunny and I still love Bugs!

As long as there is no violence in these cartoons you are watching, it is okay.

By violence I mean when someone points a gun at another cartoon character or bops him on the head - that would teach children it's okay to hit someone. See where I'm going with this?

There are demonic cartoons out there, just make sure it's clean. Watch it with your child and make sure it's clean.
---anon on 8/3/09


I've heard this. I think it's nonsense. Waste of time? Maybe. Sin? no
---Donna66 on 8/3/09


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"Whatsoever [is] not of faith is sin." If one can not sit comfortably and confidently watch cartoons or any thing else on T.V. at the movie theater, or in person, knowing that the Father is forever present, than that one should not watch.

Tts 1:15-"Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure, but even their mind and conscience is defiled."

This verse is directed towards no one in particular, however "If any man have an ear, let him hear".
---josef on 8/3/09


Then you could try to make a case for not watching TV or Motion Pictures as their representations are not physical. This can get foolish very fast.

Go ahead and enjoy the Pink Panther, I think there are more problems with some of the human representations in Cartoons then most of the animals.
---Phil_the_Elder on 8/3/09


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