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What about Paradise Hotel?

Hi there
First of all, I just want to say that it's so good that you have such a page, really appreciate it. I have a couple of questions:
1) Does the Bible say anything about watching shows like Paradise Hotel? Is it wrong from a Christian point of view?
2) I feel like I'm getting pretty tired of the phrase, "You're a Christian, you can't do this and that..." and I feel like I just want to show them, yes, I can actually do this and that, but do you have any advice on how to deal with such comments better?
Thank you so much in advance :)


It’s so encouraging to hear that you appreciate our web page! Thanks!

The Bible doesn't say anything about TV specifically, but it says a lot about how we are responsible for ourselves and how we mature as human beings. In the same way that our body is affected by what we eat, our soul/who we are as a person is affected by who we are with, what we fill ourselves with from teaching, television, etc. Furthermore, we will refer to some Bible verses that will answer your two questions slightly overlapping.

We become what we worship/focus on (Psalm 115:8 and 135:18). By that is meant that we are influenced by what we look at. So what are you left with when you watch the various things you watch on TV? Many series have values that do not match what God thinks is best for us. Therefore, it is important to both know what God's standard is for how we can have a good life, and to be able to be aware of what is conveyed through what we see. We need to keep in mind that if we watch and listen a lot to series and people who do not agree with God, it will also make it difficult for us to hold on to what we thought was God's will. Some people say that "God is love, so everything that feels good must be good for him". But we know that not everything that feels good here and now is necessarily good for us in the long term. In Paradise Hotel and similar series, it is common for people to only do what they feel like, but deep down we know that this has negative consequences in the long term.

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Another passage in the Bible reads: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2. Even though we are in this world, we don't have to think and do the same as everyone else. In order to live the life that God knows is best for us, we need to read the Bible and get to know God. “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4.

If we only think about everything we can't do, it can quickly feel like there is nothing left that we are allowed to do. It is important to remember that the Bible says much more about what we can do than what we cannot do.“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial (is good for us). “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive." 1 Corinthians 10:23. The main commandment in the Bible is " ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22:37-40. This means that every time you are faced with things you shouldn't do because you want to do as God says, you save yourself and other people from negative consequences. Not a single commandment is based on anything other than the best for us. You can keep that in mind both for yourself and in the face of comments from the people around you.

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But more important than focusing on what we can't do is focusing on what we can do. God actually wants to know us! He wants us to have a good life and do what we can so that others can also be blessed and the world can become a better place. That's why we need to read the Bible and get to know both what is written there and what God has in His heart for us, in concrete terms. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.” John 15:4.

When we then get to see more and more of who God is and how good He is, we will both look more and more like Him, while at the same time, we will have less and less desire to do what others might think we are "missing out on".

“Even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” 2 Corinthians 3:15-16

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Ultimately, it's about a God who is perfectly good, who created us, and really knows what is best for us. The more we get to know Him and trust Him, the easier it will be to live the good life.

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