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Should Christians Burn Books

Should Christians burn books? I was raised in a church where they burned books and music they deemed evil. That scares me. What do you think?

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 ---Len_K on 12/3/05
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Hello,Family, bro.Eloy these one of those :) fun jokes! For me,agree "burning books seems rather drastic & out of the Middle ages! Woud people burn a computer??? They got a lot of crazy,evil,etc.. And also,worthwhile like Christian websites,etc..
---ELENA on 5/25/12

Only if they want to toast some marshmallows.
---Eloy on 4/30/12

It depends on the purpose. If it is a physical symbol of repentance like Helen (see below) and Act 19:19 says "...their books..." meaning they followed it but now they are running away from it. This is a good thing, not keeping it for a "rainy day" but making a clean break. It becomes bad when you do it for outward actions public or private. Even in private you are giving power and honor to the book by buying it and creating an altar to burn the book when it had no power over you in the first place.
---Scott1 on 4/30/12

everyones entitled to their opinion, even satanists, just dont read them, does it really matter as long as you dont read them, freedom of speech, right?
---zero_33 on 4/29/12

read Acts 19:19 speaks of them comming together. it says ," indeed, quite a number of those who practiced magical arts brought their books together & burned them up before everybody...."
---candice on 8/14/08


The problem with that approach is, just where do you draw the line? Just how "unorthodox" does something need to be o warrant burning?

A few centuries ago, books required an "Imprimatur" and a "Nihil Obstat" to be permitted to be read. In order for that to work, you need some kind of trustworthy authority to decide which books ought to be read and which ones's shouldn't. I tremble to put that kind of authority into ANY human hands.
---StrongAxe on 11/7/07

Christians are not to be involved in tyranity. To burn books to me looks evil. I mean the very act to me looks evil. Kinda like what witches would do. May I suggest to mind your own business. And read and study the Bible and Bible tools and be thankful for them. Amen.++
---catherine on 11/6/07

No, Christians should not burn books in general. This could be dangerous because it could backfire and set in motion a trend for others to burn good books like the Bible.
If I found a satanic book, I would burn it in private though, for obvious reasons.
---John on 11/6/07

Burning books is censorship. As a parent you should definitely have an impact on what your child reads. If you make a big deal out of it - they may just find it somewhere else. As adults we have something called free will and even God gives us the liberty to use it as we see fit. It is not up to someone else to make that choice for us.
---grace3869 on 11/12/06

I think we should only burn books if the furnace quit and you have no wood...
---Jared on 11/12/06

lee Christianity IS narrow minded. Christianity IS exclusive.
---r.w. on 7/25/06

DARLENE_1 I have known many people God has told to burn their stuff from the past that is "evil". The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak!
---ralph on 7/23/06

If you have a disgusting book to be burned, it is best in today's world to do it quietly. Some churches down my way burned the Harry Potter books (along with modern Bible versions) and as a result increased sales. Such activities make Christians look narrow minded - like those that look thru a key hole with both eyes open.
---lee on 7/23/06

Books dealing with sorcery and tarot cards should be burned--not that they have any power of themselves, but they can lead others astray should they simply be dumped in the trash and fall into the wrong hands.

As far as burning other books or records, this is a bad example. It smacks too much of the Nazis or the Inquisition.
---Jack on 7/23/06

In the Book of Acts the Christians burned all their witchcraft books. I threw all of my books out when I got saved, and sold all the music Cd's and got $450.00 for them. When I got saved I started going to a deliverance church where heaps of focus was on things being evil and burning them. Too much emphasis can be placed on the devil, rather than the focus being on Christ and Him crucified and His defeat of the devil on the Cross.
---Helen_5378 on 7/22/06

darline---so you must think it ok to go to a gentlemen's club to watch the 5 o'clock news, since you think it's ok for people to be around temptation.
---r.w. on 7/22/06

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the Lord said to my heart to get rid of the rock and country music i had collected over the years. thought maybe i'd give em away or sell em. but how can i let others have this music that had led to my demise. Lord said again He wanted "all or nothing"-so took that junk and we ran over them in the gravel parking lot at church crunch crunch
---r.w. on 7/22/06

I'm wondering about a bookburning "Christian's" walk with God.Jesus is given all power in Heaven and Earth,yet some think they must take temptation from people.Worse yet they think they are the best judge of what is good for other people.Seems they don't have faith enough to trust Jesus to take care of ,protect,and lead His own flock.The Bible says when the comforter comes He will lead you into all truth.We will need no man to teach us for the HG will(does).Bookburners usurp the HG's place.
---Darlene_1 on 12/18/05

As I said on the other post Len, I think your uncle pulled a fast one on you to get you reading more.
---NVBarbara on 12/13/05

Well Len the only books on your list I have read are 1984, which I liked, and Huck Finn, which my brother and I loved and read over and over again. If you don't like a book and don't agree with it, burning it would only bring more attention to the book, making more people want to read it.
---bethie on 12/13/05

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Anyone have specific comments on the books i listed?
---len_k on 12/9/05

Rebecca D why would you be in jail if you burnt pornographic books? Is it illegal to burn a book (even in private) where you live? Christians can never control what others read but we can take a few things out of circulation to save some from their CORRUPTIVE power just as we cannot give scripture to everyone but we can give it, and witness, to some and give them the opportunity to hear or read of the SAVING power of Jesus Christ.
---M.P. on 12/6/05

Len: As a teacher who has taught reading and tried to motivate students to read literature and open their minds to the creative writings of great authors, it horrifies me to see the list of books which your uncle burned. What is equally horrifying is to know that there are people who feel so threatened by such authors. Burning books is an act of destruction of literature which challenges the mind to think.
---Madison on 12/5/05

A warning for those who read these: Garbage in, garbage out.
---Ralph on 12/5/05

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I think it is crazy. Just because a person believes in burning a book of some sort that doesn't mean it is for everyone. We are not here to control the world or even try to, or the things therein. I think porn is the nastiest, sickest thing that people has ever done, but I don't go around burning porn books. What would that acomplish, they will just make more and my butt will be in jail.
---Rebecca_D on 12/5/05

Wes, there are books that are obvious (the Satanic Bible for instance), but others are not so obvious. When you let groups of people decide what you should and shouldn't read, you are treading on dangerous ground. MA, you certainly don't have to care that your methods don't please me. What you do in private is your business. You have to do what is in your heart.
---NurseRobert on 12/5/05

As a teen they burned book twice a year. Everyone had to bring in a paper bag, 'something that did not serve the Lord.' A lady brought some wigs, one boy brought comic books, I saw Sarte, Voltare, and Twain burned. When it was my turn, out of my bag i pulled marshmellows, they were not amused, but that's me.
---len_k on 12/5/05

wes-(and the pro-burners) Which of the books I listed would you have burned? Have the courage of your convictions, name what should be burned. I am glad to see most Christians here do NOT endorse book burning. It is personal, as i was raised around those who burned book, they called it a 'celebration.'
---len_k on 12/5/05

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One thing we learn drom history, is we dont learn from history. Wes- In an ideal society of your choosing, I put a big poster on my house, announcing I have books in my home you deem evil, (and that i intend to distrabute them freely) according to your understanding of scripture; what would happen to me?
---len_k on 12/5/05

Len_K...if you read God's word you will know what books are Satanic. Ex. Witchcraft, Magic, etc
---wes on 12/5/05

Nurse Robert I don't mind at all that my methods don't please you, we are each answerable for our own actions and not those of each other. I would never make a public display of burning anything. I have an incinerator that proves very suitable for the purpose of disposing of books which I feel God has led me to. As some others have said they are always second hand because I don't have funds to buy new ones to burn but each one burnt is one less person misled by it.
---M.A. on 12/5/05

I read and studied the Teachings OF kARL Marx and Hans ENGLESES (wonder if i am spelling his name right) poor fellow never got credit for his writings,, as a 16 year old school boy. Reading that made me move away from Communist leanings and to fully embrace Democracy,, .i WANTED A system that could embrace God fully and the Church.
I am thankful that i read as a boy, and can still do...
I am influenced to live more for God...
---guyiyae on 12/5/05

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Don't worry about these things. physical activities only can't change this world and defeat the evil men. Burning books is also coming in this varieties. Pray and left from the evil things. this will be enough. Bible only be the bible. God never allow no one to overtake his words.
---samuel_selvadurai on 12/5/05

When a boy my Uncle had a list of books the spirits said needed to be burned/banned. We weren't to read them, period. I took the list to the library, and read them all. 1.1984, George Orwell
2. Brave New World, Aldious Huxley
3. Stranger in a Strange Land, Herbert.
4. The Stranger, Camus
5. Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
6. The Stranger, Camus
7. Cats Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
8. Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis
9. Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx
10. Candide, Voltaire
---Len_k on 12/5/05

Wes-Who will be in authority as to what satans 'stuff' is? Those in a 'Godly goverment?(oxymoron) The clergy? Who? One mans literary classic is to another man the devils work. It is a fact in American history fudamentalist have been at the helm in book burning/banning due to books being 'of the devil.' The irony is those SAME books wre banned in communist and facist countries. Then is book burning really about fighting the devil, or the control of peoples minds using religion?
---len_k on 12/5/05

Quick point about the Acts 19 burning, these were oner off books, handwritten, probably by the Satanists themselves. The act of burning was to set the person free from the power of Satan, not the books itself.
---mike6553 on 12/5/05

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But, Wes, who is to determine what books are satanic ... One here has listed 1984!
---alan8869_of_UK on 12/5/05

Satan is going to burn one day so why shouldn't his stuff burn too? Of course you can just discard them in the dumpster too.
---wes on 12/4/05

There is no excuse for burning any books. 'Porn' is not lit. therefore it does fall under protection as books do. As to this Harry Potter, one cannot ban/burn one book without ban/burning everything. My relitives hate the Potter books, but they also hate Disney, teletubbies, and Barney-they would burn 'em all! Go figure.
---len_k on 12/4/05

Christians should do whatever the Bible says to do. I don't believe there's a chapter and verse, etc., about sending evil books to hell? :-)
---Leon on 12/4/05

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Bob, I say thank you for picking up the trash. Both MP and Elder said it best.. what you do in your backyard is your business, but when you have group organized book burning, Christian or otherwise, you start on that slippery slope.
---NurseRobert on 12/4/05

This is a very grey area. I don't like to burn books but if I find a smut mag I tear it up so no one else will be able to read that particular mag. In other words, it's one more dirty book out of sight. Nurse len, what do you think?
---Bob on 12/4/05

MA #3: The point I'm trying to make (albeit poorly it seems), is that history has shown us that people do thing in the name of God (yes, the nazi's even did this) that have turned into horrific events. Burning books and music is but a beginning. You can't destroy evil, you can only pray for changed hearts.
---NurseRobert on 12/4/05

MA #2: The Title of this thread is "Should Christians Burn Books." The short answer is no, they should not, but there is much more to this question. You ask if it is right to destroy evil things? The short answer is it wouldnt matter if we did or not, because in the long run, Christians cannot destroy evil. Only God will be able to do that.
---NurseRobert on 12/4/05

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MA #1: I have been reading this blog and its many threads for a number of months now and the one thing I have found is that many here cannot agree as to what is right or not. People here cant even agree what version of the Bible they should be reading. You say that these answers are silly. Let me ask you this: Who determines what is evil or unGodly?
---NurseRobert on 12/4/05

I am VERY against porn. I dont burn it as it is not in my home in the first place. Well evil Harry Potter, well occult books could hurt people..false religions, they gotta' be torched....libralism, burn them... and then.. and then.. and then..and in the end, lets burn the authors of those bad books. My point here stands.
---len_k on 12/4/05

To Burn or to not Burn, that is the question, quote from Mondollia Shake-a-spear. Now the answer. If the book belongs to you and you want to burn it for whatever reason then have at it.
---Elder on 12/4/05

If you cherish your freedom, burning or banning of books or music is not something you should be for. God doesn't hide things from us. He allows us to be exposed to good and evil to gives us the freedom to be able to decide for ourselves what we are going to participate in. Who among us should decide what is evil and needs burning?
---ralph7477 on 12/4/05

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Some of the answers here are getting quite silly. The questioner was asking about burning things that his original church deemed evil and he doesn't seem to approve of that. That's his opinion, but to start talking about burning Shakespeare etc. is moving away from the point of the question rather more than we usually do here on C.N. Let me ask - is it right to destroy evil things or should we leave them circulate and corrupt people?
---M.A. on 12/4/05

You are right Len, there are always exceptions. But where does it stop? Shira doesn't like those gastly Harry Potter books. Others don't like "porn." And I loved the one who burned modern versions of the Bible!! What's to say I don't like Shakespeare becuase Hamlet was sinful, or I should should form a group to burn the classical literature becuase they are so unGodly. Once you start on that slippery slope, you end up in the swamp..
---NurseRobert on 12/4/05

Well, I have never wanted to burn a human or even hurt a human, but I would burn every harry potter book if I had access to them. Same goes for all the demonic things on tv that saturate the minds of our young people who are innocent. The devil is cunning.
---shira on 12/4/05

2. I worked, for a brief period, selling second hand books and one lady worker in the shop got hooked on wanting to contact the dead after reading a book about mediums. If I'd spotted the book first she would never have had it but, sadly I didn't and she is still trying to make her 'contacts'. Some people are very easily influenced and those of us who know of these dangers should, when possible, using any means at our disposal, remove the danger.
---M.P. on 12/4/05

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I think it depends how and why you burn a book. If a church had a public display of, for instance, burning pornographic magazines, that could backfire on them but I buy any second hand books I see that are satanic or connected with false religions and burn them privately in my own back yard. I don't make a big issue of it I just do it. I see nothing wrong in doing this because it prevents them falling into the hands of those who would be influenced by them.
---M.P. on 12/4/05

Exception; Porn; burn- thrash- destroy- tear up- cut to pieces- etc etc etc

Always an exception.

Shira-What stuff (besides porn should be burned?)
---len_k on 12/3/05

I have burned books that I considered to be trash, however, I would not participate in any book burning ceremonies. When the Harry Potter books came out, there was a group in NM and MI that burned these books but into the fire went also JW, Mormon, and modern versions of the Bible. Occult books can present a danger to the family but censorship can be carried too far in my opinion.
---lee on 12/3/05

I found a centerfold from a smut mag in my son's room when he was about 15 yrs old. We talked, then had a little burning party in the back yard. Otherwise I am in agreement with Len.
---NV_Barbara on 12/3/05

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Nazis burned books in Germany, 1933
Stalinist (communist) burned books in Moscow in 1921
In Iran, and other Islamic countries, they burn books.
Book burning is a prelude to something we know in history as 'dictatership,' be it secular or otherwise.

This philosopher said it best;

"Where one burns books, one will soon burn people."
--Heinrich Heine, German philosopher, 20 years before the holocaust

Need anyone say more?
---len_k on 12/3/05

you mean like a good Nazi??

Of course Christians shouldnt burn books.
---NurseRobert on 12/3/05

Praise God for folks who will burn the devils material. I thank God for them.
---shira on 12/3/05

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