As summer approaches, you may be starting to make a list of the books you want to discover at home, in the mountains, or at the beach. But, should we evaluate the works before reading them, and if so, how? Reflection.
"Everything is lawful to me, but all is not useful" (1 Cor. 6:12). The Bible does not give a list of books to read or not to read, but in this verse the apostle Paul offers us a criterion that can influence our reading choices. But how to apply it?
Beyond their literary quality, here are two elements of reflection that will help you select works.
What effect does this reading have on me?
While you firmly believe in fidelity in marriage, you suddenly regret that the hero of the story, the lover of a married woman, missed "the" date with her.
What happened to you ? The author has generated sympathy for the character in you. If we regularly feed on this kind of reading, we will be less and less shocked by certain values contrary to our own. The "bad companies which corrupt good morals" can also be books ...
How does this reading influence my discussions?
On the other hand, let's not forget that our readings also influence our conversations. When we read a book that we liked, we like to discuss it. Suddenly, our exchanges can evolve over time, either in the direction of edification (a new facet of God, an example to follow), or of general culture (historical facts, another culture), or of a adaptation of our values.
What feeds my thought?
Since we usually think about what we read, let's not forget the following injunction:
"Let whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is righteous, whatever is pure, whatever is lovable, whatever merits approval, whatever is righteous and worthy of praise, be the object of your thoughts. "(Phil. 4, 8)
What to think of compulsory readings ?
Some students will rightly say that in their course, readings that are not favorable to biblical principles are sometimes imposed on them. Certainly. But there are various ways to overcome this difficulty. For example, if a book deals with the occult in a benevolent light or the philosophy of the book is contrary to your faith, you can spend time at the same time researching the Bible texts on the subject. To nourish your reflection and your faith.
What about erotic literature?
According to relationship counselor Dannah Gresh, the hormones generated by reading erotic literature can produce a euphoric effect similar to that of early lovemaking. However, the hormones in question have only a temporary effect, and to find the same level of excitement, each time you have to "go further".
Thus is born an addiction to erotic literature, equivalent to that of men for viewing pornography.
Psychologist Juli Slatteri adds that any physical, visual, mental or emotional attachment to a person (real or imagined) other than their spouse should be avoided, as it can harm the relationship. She therefore recommends avoiding any pornography, in images or in text.
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