Question (2 of 5): Is portraying sin in art sinful?
Answer: Not necessarily. Portraying sin as good is certainly sinful. But talking about sinful actions to make a point is acceptable.
Literally, the man works for God but has a mistress. The story goes on to mention promiscuity, then gang rape, and things keep going downhill from there.
This is a dark story.
But after describing terrible carnage and violence, the story ends with these words: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.”
The story doesn’t imply or claim that free sex, gang rape and all the other sins referenced were okay.
The story portrays those things as terrible, to show how corrupt Israel had become.
So, the story is not sinful. In fact, the sinful thing to do would be trying to tell that story and skip over the sinful things that happen; then, the story would have no clear moral.
So, we’ve established that sometimes portraying sin in a story (fictional or otherwise) is the right thing to do.
In that case, the story shows how us the trouble sin causes.
We can apply this same principle to modern-day art of any kind.
A painting, theatre play, novel or any other kind of art can portray sinful things and provided the art shows those actions are wrong, no sin has been committed.
Nor does anyone sin by receiving that art.
Stay tuned for Part 4a. In the meantime, do you have any thoughts about this?
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