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I love to watch movies, but my wife hates movies. She insists that movies are evil and that it is wicked to watch them; she quotes verses from the Bible. I say she misapplies the verses. We fight a lot about the matter. What do you think? Is it wrong to watch movies or go to the theater?

Whether it is right or wrong to watch movies depends on the movies you watch. Some movies are educational and uplifting. I have never met a person critical of Anne of Green Gables. Other movies, however, are corrupting in their display of sinful behaviors and attitudes. The answer to your question must distinguish between movies as a category and specific movies. Movies as a category cannot be blacklisted. It is a form of media that even Christians have used to communicate biblical truth. But some movies should be avoided, if they in no way promote godliness (1 Cor. 15:33).

This issue comes up frequently, but how to deal with this and similar questions is found in Romans 14:22. Study that passage in two or more versions for clarity. Then ponder the possibility that a deeper problem is the arguing between you and your wife. That problem is greater than the simple question you pose about the merits or demerits associated with viewing movies.

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