Should Christians Listen to Ghost?

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Ghost (formerly Ghost BC in the U.S.) is a hard rock/metal band from Sweden. I started listening to them when I discovered their debut album, Opus Eponymous, on iTunes; it was rated best metal album of 2010. Back then my Catholic faith wasn’t very strong, so I looked past the whole anti-Catholic/Christian/religion image of the band.

Their music wasn’t run-of-the-mill rock/metal; it was good: a retro 70s vibe, and the mood and lyrics were haunting, like my Halloween trick-or-treating experiences from my youth.

However, the more my mental illness was taking me to those dark places (as mentioned elsewhere on this blog), the more I realized that, tongue-in-cheek stage gimmick or not, Ghost’s lyrics and inverted crosses just weren’t conducive for my walk with God.

Now, before you brand me a “typical Christian right-wing-nutjob-prude,” consider this: I have been a metalhead since the 80s. My first concert was KISS, and Motley Crue’s Shout at the Devil was the first cassette (an early version of a CD for you young’uns out there) that I ever owned. One of my favorite live shows in the past couple of years was Kvelertak at a hole-in-the-wall booze hall in Dallas. My latest CD purchase was Cattle Decapitation’s The Anthropocene Extinction.

And I own all of Ghost’s CDs. I even have tickets to see them live in October.

And you still call yourself a Catholic, Topaz?

Yes, I do. And that’s why I finally came to the realization that I had to write this blog post and (reluctantly) cut off ties with this band once and for all.

Since their debut album, I have used every excuse to listen to and jam out to Ghost’s CDs.

Oh, fans say, the Satanic Pope imagery, ghoul robes, masks, and Satanic lyrics are all part of the fun. It’s no different than watching a horror movie.

Maybe. Maybe not.

But my conscience is finally taking the bull by the horns… since my intellect sure as hell isn’t.

Lucifer

We have come

For your praise

Evil one

These are the opening lyrics from “Con Clavi Con Dio,” the first track off their debut album. Oh, it gets worse than that.

I’m not here to rail against Ghost or to tell you not to listen to them. Believe me, up until today, I have found every excuse to listen to their songs. Hell, I even had two different Ghost t-shirts up until last year when my wife finally made me get rid of them.

I could quote all kinds of Bible verses about reasons not to listen to this sort of band. But I like the simple mathematic formula-style argument that my college students are so fond of:

Blatantly Satanic lyrics + anti-Catholic/Christian imagery = not a good idea for Christians to be involved with

I keep telling myself: Just go to the show. You’ve already bought the ticket. It’s on the mezzanine level! Take some Christian tracts and go under the guise of “meeting sinners where they are.”

But that’s just a bunch of BS. I would be going for my own selfish reasons whether I wanted to admit it or not.

Plus, with my fragile state of mental health, anything dark or negative sends me over the cliff. (Actually, I was just there this afternoon, contemplating suicide again.) As I said, I could quote all sorts of verses; however, there is one quote by Alice Cooper, the classic shock-rocker, that states it better than any verse I can think of:

Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s rebellion.

~t

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About Topaz

I'm a college teacher, writer, and faithful Catholic. I do my best to juggle all of these while dealing with my mental illness -- a constant thorn in my flesh. View all posts by Topaz

25 responses to “Should Christians Listen to Ghost?

  • satanicviews

    Life is about fun, why get all stressed over avoiding something legal that you enjoy? Some people take their Christian dogma too seriously.

  • Jon

    Firstly, thanks for your blog.

    Should you listen to Ghost? Of course you should, it’s entertainment. By its very nature, it is there to be consumed and enjoyed. Your musical evolution, through Motley Crue and Kiss suggest that a band like Ghost would hit your sonic sweet spot.

    Everything you have written points towards you loving the “Ghost” experience, listening to the music, buying the t-shirts, purchasing a concert ticket. This engagement with something that clearly gives you joy is too precious to cast aside. Joy is difficult to come by in this world, whether you get it from music, love, sex, friends, family, faith, it is something you should treasure.

    The distinction between Ghosts’ music and their lyrics is an interesting point you raise. Yes, undoubtably, the first 2 albums were designed to cause conversation, outrage, engagement, as of course were the stage costumes. It is interesting to note that their latest release, Meliora, is far less overtly “Satanic” in nature. I would put this down to pure commercial motives. The new album will have far a greater chance of more popularity and sales amongst all demographics, more likelihood of radio play etc if the lyrics are more subtle and they rely more on the image of the band, which is treading similar territory to Alice Cooper, Kiss, King Diamond even Peter Gabriel. but with a more modern, 21st century spin.

    As someone who also carried the weight of mental illness, there are somethings that I know will trigger darkness in me. I find it necessary to avoid and confront these stimuli dependant on my current strength of mind or avoid in more fragile times. As a songwriter, I like to channel the more fragile times into something creative. This has allowed me to document my feelings and has been incredibly helpful in recognising patterns in my own illness.

    I hope you come to a decision that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice joy for abstinence. Turning your back on something that, even for a time, relieves the weight that you carry, will only add more weight. Your musical enjoyment doesn’t have to be a burden.

    Kind Regards
    Jon Bennett
    The Barbarian Invasion

    • Heidi Smith

      I am Catholic, and I think Pope Francis is the Antichrist, and in some sick way, I think this band is mocking the evil Popes, ha ha, since all of their songs are about the Antichrist… Am I just making excuses for thinking the band’s music is cool? Maybe. Look up St. Malachy prophecy of the Popes, it matches with the Apocalypse in the Bible. Pope Francis is the beast, one of them at least.

  • Chris M

    I’m not Catholic or even a Christian–but I am a devout believer in God. I LOVE Pope Francis. Although I very much like Ghost–I own one album and saw them perform the other week–I too struggle with their lyrics. I don’t believe for one second that they’re Satanists. From their interviews, their live show–in which Papa Emeritus wished the audience (sans mitre) with “God bless you all!”–and even their association with Dave Grohl (who actually reminds me a lot of Pope Francis in his joy, humility, and acts of love for others), the members of Ghost seem to be genuinely nice guys and talented musicians. I understand that what they do is art and that the role of art is to provoke thought and satirize authority.

    What troubles me is that the songs inarguably promote Satanism. Is it possible not to be promoting Satan if you sing along with the (very harmonic and infectious) “Come together as one/for Lucifer’s son”? How can I pray to God if I sing along with that? I’m not even sure I believe Satan exists. But the idea of promoting Satan even as an concept bothers me.

    Let me say I don’t think “Satanism” is even in the same realm of evil as ISIS, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Jerry Sandusky, Bill Cosby, Gary Glitter–those people are/were EVIL. But by portraying worship of an evil being (whether he exists or not) and by mocking Catholicism–which, like every large, old organization of humans, has done a lot of good in the world, along with a lot of bad–is Ghost inadvertently promoting what it believes it’s only pretending to promote? Kurt Vonnegut wrote a novel based on this idea that we are what we pretend to be: “Mother Night.”

    Say there was a band that pretended to be members of the Ku Klux Klan. They wear robes lead the audience in singing racial slurs. In reality, some of the band are black an Hispanic. But their songs celebrate racism. Would that be OK? Yes, racism has done a lot more harm to humanity than satanism–but the concept is the same: If the idea being feigned is destructive, does it matter that you don’t mean it when you pretend to promote that idea?

    I will say one thing to Topaz: Despite the lyrics, the overall “vibe” is not the least bit negative, aggressive, or hostile. Almost every song is celebratory or at least hokey (“Zombie Queen”). There is no “kill/die/life is bleak” ethos.

    I hope Ghost ditches the whole satanic routine. They’re great musicians, and I think it’s a cheap gimmick.

    • Topaz

      Thank you, Chris, for your thoughtful comments and insight. I have listened to the new CD, and “He Is” pretty much encapsulates everything you said. While a Catholic, I’m not a fan of contemporary Christian music, so the cheesy, over-the-top lyrics set to an ambiguous chorus actually makes me chuckle.

      I agree with you that Ghost promotes Satanism, even if the individual members don’t. But, that’s all the devil needs; someone said, “Satan’s biggest accomplishment was to convince the masses that he doesn’t exist.”

      Poor Tobias Forge. He doesn’t realize he’s being played…

  • issardas sieto

    I am pleased to find any view from religious person about Ghost band. In this case, you as a christian.

    Me, as a non christian, will be more disturbed and feel uncomfortable to hear some christian songs than listening to satanic type of song like Ghost. As i heard, Papa and other nameless ghouls are atheist so i am sure they really dont care and dont feel anything about satanic image they bring to the audiences. It would feel like a fun movie play to them. Without any burden while performing it.

    And about their albums, in my opinion there are more songs that i like in Infestissumam album than in Meliora. Let alone opus eponymus, since it was a debut album, the voice quality was not really fine. Deus in absentia and He Is are among my favorite out of Meliora.

    • Topaz

      I understand your point of view. For instance, my non-religious friends feel uncomfortable listening to Stryper (a Christian metal band that I like). Totally understandable. I was like that when I was an agnostic.

      It disturbed me to read that they are now hiring women at each local venue to dress as nuns to serve beer. And, if I’m not mistaken, the “nuns” gave “communion” to audience members in the front row at the St. Louis concert. That really pains me.

      (Actually, another reader commented that Papa said “God bless you all” at the end of one show, so now I’m really confused. No matter though.)

    • Chris M

      Interesting take on it. As I said above, I’m not a Christian. But the only Christmas carols I can stand—I actually think they’re beautiful—are the religious ones, like “Silent Night,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Ave Maria,” and “O Holy Night.” But most Christian rock I’ve heard is simply just not original or interesting. That said, U2 has a lot of Christian references—e.g., the song “40” from “War” is Psalm 40—and they’re one of my favorite bands.

      After more thought, I’m not sure God cares if we listen to Ghost. Look, Ghost isn’t promoting actual evil, right? By which I mean racism, hatred child abuse, animal abuse, xenophobia, even greed. And isn’t that what God cares about? I think GNR’s “One in a Million” is in essence a truly Satanic song in that it truly promotes evil ideas.

      So what does Ghost’s music actually promote? The more I think about it, the answer is fun, satire (of the Church), escapism, and a little bit of religious discomfort in some of us. But then, shouldn’t great art make you think and be a little uncomfortable sometimes? I mean, even thinking Catholics will admit the Church, like any powerful institution, can stand to be satirized sometimes.

      Even though some of the lyrics—maybe of half the songs recently—tout a cartoonish Biblical Satan, they don’t promote truly evil beliefs or concepts. And then a good chunk of the songs are just silly fun—e.g., “Gouleh/Zombie Queen.” It’s about as Satanic as Rob Zombie. And “He Is”—that is such a great song, and the only remotely satanic thing in it is the word “beast”—which seems kind of thrown in. If that weren’t there, you’d swear is was a very catchy Christian rock song. You can always listen to it and in your mind replace “beast” with “Lord” or “God.”

      • Topaz

        I appreciate your dialogue. I slightly disagree with some things that you said, though.

        There are examples of Satanic lyrics in some of their songs. A verse in “Body and Blood” is blasphemous against the Eucharist. And Tobias — err, I mean, Papa — mocks the Our Father prayer in “Ritual.”

        Of course I don’t need to mention the whole Satanic Pope imagery (but I just did).

        On a side note, it does seem like Ghost’s record label and/or management are having them lighten up on the Satanic themes.

        I agree that Christian music is not interesting. Unfortunately, “He Is” runs circles around any CCM release, not to mention the production value being far superior.

        Anyway, I really do enjoy our dialogue on this topic. As I said in my post, Ghost’s music is good. I just *sigh* wish the Satanic imagery weren’t so prevalent.

  • Azarias

    Topaz,

    Thank you very much for this post. It’s exactly the same questions that led me to your blog, as I was looking for some other points of view to confront with mine.

    I am not a metal fan but I know when a band is good. Is Ghost a good music band ? “Hell”, yes ! 😉

    But, like you, I sense something special about music !
    Where do come inspiration in art ? If “inspiration” suggests an “air” from outside of oneself, it is still hard to answer precisely.

    Nevertheless It’s obvious that listening to music influences our moods. No need to suffer from any mental illness (I appreciate the very courageous way you talk about yours, by the way) to experience this.

    Music can also influence our spiritual states : in the Far-East they have a long time practice of sung mantras. Shamanism in Middle-Asia uses mainly percussions (without the need of psychoactive substances) for getting in altered state of consciousness. Not to mention Western religions which always used music for spiritual purposes.

    So the question about Ghost spiritual influences is very relevant.

    Like you I was tempted to not see the obvious. I read Ghost interviews , trying to get a single clue of the band true intentions not being satanic. I was almost convinced by the political intentions they seemed to put in their satanism. They want to shock the Bible Belt… Why not ?

    But by trying to guess Ghost members true intentions, I was wrong. Because whatever their true intentions are, the problem is they endorse to praise and worship Satan in their art. If Satan doesn’t exist, it’s not a big deal. If Satan exists, it’s a problem, if not *the* problem !

    Whatever the true intentions of the members may be, Ghost, taken as an artistic creation distinct from its authors, is a satanic project. Period.

    On a spiritual level, Ghost clearly opens the door to Satan… The prince of lies knows how to turn such a situation to his advantage, even if Ghost members never intent to worship Satan, should they be atheists, even christians just having fun.

    Besides, as a christian, I feel offended with the “Our Father” of Ritual song (probably my favorite Ghost song). Not because of the blasphemy, but because I understand the power of those words taught by the Word of God Himself. Indeed if you truly pray Satan with those words, you’ll never have this power, as they aren’t the words of God. But still it can lead to taking souls out to the Truth, which is exactly what Satan is looking for.

    I perfectly understand all this can be pure nonsense for a non-believer. But I would be pleased to be understood as well : they are people like me who have good reasons to firmly believe in an invisible world. A world where spiritual creatures much more powerful than us are looking for any means to take us out from our divine destiny. And I am sure that summoning Satan even for fun, opens some inner doors. It’s like playing with Ouija boards : no need to believe in anything to get into trouble.

    If for me Ghost is without any doubt a satanic band (again I am talking on a artistic project scale, not about individuals members of the group, I don’t know anything about, and never will), the biggest danger lies in the fact that, at first sight, listening to their music seems harmless, though.
    But I guess it’s actually exactly like cigarettes. Smoking only one cigarette in your life won’t kill you. Even ten packs won’t. But still : the more you smoke, the more you put yourself in danger…

    So I have quit from Ghostin’. It was actually easier to stop than cigarette. 😉

    (Please forgive my poor way of expressing myself in English. I am French.)

    • Topaz

      Well said. Even if Ghost and their music is tongue-in-cheek, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the whole project is Satanic.

      • Rocker234

        I’m having this conflict as well, as a Catholic. They don’t seem to be too serious with the Satanic image, and one of the members said in an interview that the whole thing is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek. Although they are a good music band, part of me feels that if they dropped that whole evil image, they wouldn’t be noticed. Considering that they’re Swedish, that’s kind of a huge deal, especially that their most recent album hit the top ten. They also said that their look and theme is based off of horror films that they enjoyed. Then again, I probably shouldn’t be fretting over this as much as I am, considering I own copies of Marilyn Manson’s Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals, and Holy Wood albums. (Yes, I still go to church every Sunday and refuse to take God’s name in vain.) ^^;

      • Topaz

        Actually, I have also read about this recently. I want so much to believe this so that I could listen to Ghost again.

        Still, despite all this, the image and lyrics (no matter how tongue-in-cheek) lead me into a dark place; a place that somehow saps my joy and my focus on God.

        I purposefully didn’t answer my own question in the post title: I wanted to start a dialogue and let people decide for themselves.

        Keep praying about it and continue to fight the good fight!

  • Michael

    I share your dilemma to a large extent. I too am a sincere Christian, though not Catholic, and I have had an odd fascination with the dark side of life since I was very young. I grew up Southern Baptist and now consider myself to be a Christian without denominational allegiance…though I am a member of a church that is denominational. I spent most of my young adulthood agnostic and borderline atheistic, though I set that aside years ago when I realized that I truly wanted to return to faith…and I question whether I ever truly left. Who can say but the Lord?

    I’ve explained the appeal of such music to friends in the following way: a Slayer cassette is to a Southern Baptist kid is the equivalent of a Playboy magazine under the bed…it’s forbidden nature is a large part of the allure. I suppose you could call it forbidden fruit, though a function if the Fall rather than the cause.

    I first heard “Year Zero” a couple of years back and loved it, though I felt guilty listening to it. I had their second CD and absolutely loved it, though I eventually tossed it while feeling conflicted one day. One of my sister’s had recently passed, and while I know my anger was misplaced, I was furious with God for a year or so…a bit of Satanic music seemed like solid company in my rebellion. I listened to them quite a bit. I then came across their newest album and I went and saw them live. Having seen them live, and after dwelling in the lyrics of “Ritual”, I’ve come to believe they are a sham Satanic act, but also a exceptionally talented band. Does it matter that it is a sham for entertainment purposes rather than sincere? I’m not sure it matters, but to be honest, I allow myself this small rebellion. I don’t own any of their CD’s at this point, but the concert was truly exceptional and I would see them again.

    In the end, I don’t see it as being much different from the horror movies and novels I’ve always enjoyed. We all have our vices whether we admit it or not. I respect your decision but I’m also glad to know I’m not alone in my small struggle. Were it more than a trifling amusement I would feel much worse about it.

    Take care and may God bless you.

    MRM

  • Tom

    Sorry I’m months late to the post but I think there is a big distinction between evil in a story, narrative or song and the specific intent to promote evil, even if it’s tongue and cheek. In Ghosts case, for what ever reason, they have been specifically anti Catholic. Below is a press release they had read after having to postpone their Philly show because of the Pope’s visit. Now ask yourselves if the content was switched to say, anti-jew, anti-gay, anti-woman, etc… Or what if they were in support of ISIS instead of satan. This would be huge news and an even larger outcry, particularly with their Grammy. But not so much when it’s anti Christian/Catholic.

    “Children of Philadelphia, you are a special city. We have been pleased with growing unrest and incivility toward Frankie’s visit next month, and we were especially pleased to register a sold-out concert on the same day Frankie would be blathering to the minions,” the woman said with delight. All you need to know for when Francis is in town Pope is dedicated to defending migrants The unholy power of the traffic box, the perimeter designed to limit automotive traffic in Center City during the pope’s visit, and its effects on Union Transfer on Spring Garden Street, compelled Ghost to reschedule its black mass to Sept. 29. “Concession is sometimes hard. Our quest to topple a church will be won across many battles,” the woman said.”

    This is pretty specific hate. So stop trying to rationalize the degrees of demonic content that will allow you to listen to them (because they are very cool musically) and understand your discomfort comes from discrimination. And even though you likely aren’t Jewish or gay, etc. If they came out and stated “Concession is sometimes hard. Our quest to topple the homo jews will be won across many battles,” You wouldn’t be conflicted at all. You’d be appalled because you are a good Christian and better yet- just a good person.

  • Erik

    I read your post and should start off by saying I’m no fan of religion or Ghost. That said I’m a huge metal-fan.
    I think you need to distinguish message from music sometimes. I would never pop in a white power CD, but I like listening to BurzuM where I know the front man is nationalist and quasi-nazi.

    It seems you’re too far gone into religiosity to turn back, and I’m guessing it would also be detrimental to your social/family life to suddenly turn atheist. But believe me! Once you’ve truly shed religious superstition, satanism becomes totally harmless and non-sensical.

    They are just playing with the theatrical side of satanism that Anton Lavey became famous for in the 60s.

    I wish you all the best!

  • Christine Drinkard

    First: I have studied many religions and science and I believe that we have souls, there are gods, we have our God, His Son, & the Holy Spirit.
    Second: There always opposing polarities, ALWAYS.
    Third: If you feel that something is wrong for you, it is.
    Fourth: Your intuition is part of your protection–use it, trust it.

    I have been exposed to interviews w/members of Ghost and they say that this is theatrical. They are a band that has performed together in at least 2 other incarnations and could not break the world stage. Previously, they had no real show–just them and the music; they put their monies and minds together and came up w/Ghost & the stage show. They have even reportedly rearranged some of their old songs & changed the lyrics a bit to create there Ghost records. I have checked out the bands they were previously reported to have been members of & they sound a lot like Ghost. To me Ghost is very reminiscent of something like a combination of Yes, Tool, Steve Vai, & Mudvayne which to me, is an excellent combination. That being said, their talent does not outweigh the way they make you feel and as I have not heard them promote suicide, if you feel that somehow they lead you back that way, then be done w/them.

    God won’t let me listen to Judith which is a song that I quite enjoyed, but He said no and I can listen to any other APC/Tool/Pucsifier song…

  • John

    Interestingly enough, I discovered Ghost 2 months ago, when I received what was sent as a joke email from a close musician friend of the song “Ritual” on you-tube.
    I must say my first glance/impression of an older bald man in a suit with guys dressed as the Grim Reaper gave me a chuckle until the song began, and as I looked-listened closer, so my thirst for knowledge of who these masked guys actually were, began.

    Let me then say I am a Protestant Christian, not a Catholic. So lets set aside the philosophical disagreements for a few minutes, as it doesn’t matter the vehicle which you use to get to God, just get to him.

    Further, I am not into the occult, nor am I fan of Satanic genres. I began my search by first listening to as much of Ghosts music as I possibly could find online, then tried to determine the best that I could who each member was and what they had done in the past musically, and found that if my research was correct, is that 2 Swede bands comprise what we know as Ghost . The body of work reads from ultra new wave pop to light euro metal which I as a musician found intriguing because as talented as these 2 bands were , they did not find success internationally until they mixed some theatrics in with some controversial lyrics and began Ghost..

    I went to a parochial grade school in the 70’s , so I lived through the KISS bashing and this is no different. If I had a dime for every time I heard “Kings In Satans’ Service” or the variant thereof , I’d be silly rich !

    I think far too many religious folks including myself at times, are quick with knee jerk reactions & judgment on/of people , especially music. Let us not forget only one can judge !

    After much reading and listening, I take Ghost for what they are, entertainment, and clearly of the highest order of musicianship. I purchased all 4 Cd’s in one sitting and enjoy the music for what it is, 6 guys crafting contemporary metal music that touches on new wave and 70s influences with deep and sometimes dark themes. As a fellow Musician at the age of 50, I can appreciate the craft and their journey.

    What it clearly isn’t , is Satan worship , as if one takes their blinders off and actually dissects the lyrics [as I did] , they are simply an observation of how we , the human race observe religion, through it’s many strengths and many shortcomings, as well as the reverse side of that coin.

    Going by what I know of Death Metal music and other bands of that genre [which I detest] many claim Ghost to be fakes, wimpy or too pop influenced .

    I however call what they are doing pure musical genius and originality, in a world where today’s pop star is made over dinner and drinks rather than by paying their dues and working for the brass ring.

    I am so thankful my buddy sent that joke email !

  • Sketch the Bottom Feeder

    I really like what you had to say. I’m a rapper whose music you’d surely find anti-Christian, but maybe not quite as pro-Satan as Ghost’s. I personally don’t believe in God or Satan, but when I listen to Ghost I still feel like I’m doing something wrong, so I think I know where you’re coming from. They’re so fucking good, but the image/lyrical content is too much for some folks. My first encounter with them was actually at a live show. My brother took me. There were a bunch of white dudes screaming, “Hail Satan!” and I wasn’t quite ready for that haha. Being an atheist is one thing, but devil worshippers still freak out. Anyways, I like the band, I like what you had to say, and good luck with your mental health. That shit is no joke. Peace, brother.

  • Fryn

    Thank you for posting this…. Your mental struggle really resonates with my own. If only ghost weren’t so good. I too make excuses to listen to them. It’s so tough…. I’ve seen ghost twice (before being a Christian) and they’re really good…. Aah but I love their guitar riffs. Bother

  • Mike

    just discovered Ghost a while back…they are opening for Iron Maiden and I have been a maiden fan for 30 years so obviously I will be seeing Ghost this summer. I must say I love Ghost and already have their entire discography…currently still working through it.

    I myself am an atheist so I don’t really believe in either side of the equation. Don’t take the satanic angle seriously…its all in fun and really just a marketing ploy. The band themselves are not satanists and neither are the fans.

    No disrespect intended….but I am not sure you can condemn the band without being branded a “Christian right-wing-nutjob-prude”. I can totally understand that you would avoid Ghost if the music is having an adverse affect on your state of mind. Get some help for your mental issues, don’t suffer with them…we all deserve to be happy. When you get that sorted out…Papa will still be there.

  • beatlemania1989

    Hello there. I would like to preface my comment with two things: 1. I was brought up in a Pentecostal church and while I am no longer Christian I am still a spiritual person and that Christian upbringing still makes itself known at times. 2. There are three main types of Satanism, and by default Satanists: LaVeyan Satanists, Theistic Satanists, and Luciferians. I would also like to point this out: “Satanism has been routinely accused of numerous onerous practices, generally without evidence. There is a common mistaken belief that because Satanists believe in serving themselves first, they become antisocial or even psychopathic. In truth, responsibility is a major tenet of Satanism.

    Humans have the right to do as they choose and should feel free to pursue their own happiness. However, this does not render them immune from consequences. Taking control of one’s life includes being responsible regarding one’s actions.”

    Source: http://altreligion.about.com/od/alternativereligionsaz/a/satanism.htm

    I have recently (see: within the last month) started listening to Ghost. I held off for a long time because the Satanic themes rubbed me the wrong way. In hindsight, I think part of me felt guilty for wanting to listen to them even though I am no longer a practicing religious person though I am not atheist. I decided that it was time to get over myself and I gave them a chance and I’m glad I did. Their music is honestly among the best music I have heard, I am a massive Beatles fan so for me to be able to listen to a band and blatantly hear a Beatles influence makes me extremely happy.

    I would like to touch on some of the things that you spoke about above, I disagree that as a Christian, you need to feel bad for listening to a band that you enjoy. That would be like saying a Beatles fan shouldn’t listen to the Beatles because John Lennon said they were more popular than Jesus. I do understand that this is a bit of an apples and oranges situation to a point but it really isn’t. What it comes down to is this: You enjoy Ghost as a band and you shouldn’t feel bad for that nor should you have to abstain from that because of a “social norm” (in this case, your religion.)

    I also struggle with mental illness, I am on a nice few medications to deal with mine actually. Ghost hasn’t in the month that I have been listening to them daily, made me feel down or sad, or taken me to a dark place once. Their music is among the most upbeat music I have heard, it is certainly the most upbeat music in the genre. I personally don’t understand how they take you to a dark place but to each their own I suppose.

    If you really can’t bring yourself to just accept the fact that you like Ghost, and you have to make excuses to listen to something you enjoy, just because their song lyrics bother you then you have two options: Just accept this and focus on the music itself and not so much the lyrics, it is very possible. Alternatively, maybe you need to stick to the Christian stations and find some new Christian bands as most bands these days, especially rock and metal have less than wholesome lyrics and images (ie: Slipknot, Rammstein, Avenged Sevenfold just to name a few) however their music is fantastic and if this band is causing you this much mental anguish, I would really suggest seeking professional help if you aren’t already and taking a good look at your life because something like this shouldn’t cause so much trouble nor should you feel so bad about it, there is nothing wrong with it.

    I don’t mean to be rude with what I’ve said, please know that, I am just trying to provide an opinion from another point of view.

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