I happened to be on Facebook earlier today and saw a post from Charisma News. The link to the story is at the end of the article.
The article states that there are Christians who believe that we (Christians) should go see ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and use it as a teaching tool for their children.
I couldn’t disagree more. I think there are things better left unsaid (and un-watched). Now, that being said, I will be the first to admit that I have not seen the movie but I have seen some of the character depictions and read about the story line, specifically the homosexual relationship part.
I would recommend you forgo the movie and opt for the cartoon instead. While I have heard claims that there is occult symbolism throughout many of Disney’s cartoons, I have yet to explore that area and may do so for a later post. For now, I think the cartoon is the better choice.
My first issue with the movie is the character of the Beast himself. The original cartoon portrayed him without horns. The live action version of the movie does not. The character does look familiar to another character we have seen before:
The above image is that of the Baphomet. The Baphomet’s origins are somewhat murky but it was believed that the Knights Templar worshiped this idol. It was then incorporated into various occult practices. It is currently the ‘mascot’ for the Church of Satan.
Why did Disney decide that the beast should have horns? I’m not sure we will ever get a definitive answer to that question but I thought it was worth mentioning.
My second issue is with the gay scene where LeFou has a romantic interest in Gaston and is scene dancing with a man during another scene. While these may seem harmless on the surface, they go against what God has stated in Leviticus and Romans:
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with woman-kind; it is abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22 KJV).
“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Romans 1:27 KJV).
the scene, in and of itself, is completely unnecessary for the film. It was not in the cartoon version so why does it need to be in the live action version?
With all this being said, I think that movies like this should be avoided. Teach your children what is right and what is wrong in the eyes of God and they will be able to discern for themselves what the right thing to do is. Taking them to see this movie and using it as a teaching tool is, to me absurd. Where does it end? Do we show them pornography so they know what the world is like so we can teach against it? The answer to that is a resounding no.
This plays to a larger issue with the church (buildings) not feeding the church (body of Christ) proper nutrition. What I am typing in this (as good or bad as it might be) should be taught at a church service. I don’t see that happening. I see post after post of people saying that their church spends the majority of the service doing everything but praying and teaching from the Bible. We truly do need a revival.
As someone in the article stated (paraphrasing): ‘this is the world God gave us.’
Sorry, ma’am, but it isn’t. God gave us the Garden of Eden but Satan saw to it that it wouldn’t remain pure and perfect forever.
And it’s been going downhill ever since.
It’s sad that many Christians don’t care about this sort of thing will go with their children anyway.
And Satan will probably be cheering all of you on from the projection room.