That was Plato. A secular philosopher. A man of the world who recognized music’s “otherworldly” impact on the spiritual condition of mankind.
Finding this confirms again my belief that today’s society, and specifically I mean within our “Christian” culture, does not take the spiritual significance of music seriously enough. I KNOW that music is not amoral. And I am making no reference whatsoever to the lyrics of the songs that we listen to. I should probably do some more research on it, but I have a hunch that Plato was referring solely to the music itself, not any words set to it. It’s true, people. I’m convinced of it. A person’s music–whether it be what he listens to or what he sings/plays–IS an indicator of his spiritual condition. The catch here, I think, is that (at least I don’t think) there is a clear line that can be drawn between good and evil. Discerning right and wrong in an area so far beyond “logic” and “reason” is always difficult. But this is no excuse not to strive for such discernment. Concepts beyond our own spiritual understanding can be revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.
On many occasions casual discussions among my peers and friends about the music of our generation have bothered me. When I make discoveries such as this, I worry that we are blind to the evil influence much of our music has on our lives. We are young and foolish. And I am afraid that we are unaware of the strongholds our music is claiming within our souls. How can I get my friends to see how serious this is?
I hope to read this book. http://harmonograph.wordpress.com/2009/04/14/the-spiritual-significance-of-music/ Maybe this fall, when I can afford to spend money on books again. I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts on the issue then.