Thursday, June 9, 2016

Horror: Advantages

Horror is very dark. Horror can be hard to stomach. I will be the first to admit it. I have great difficulties reading or watching horror because of my overactive imagination.

Nonetheless, there are reasons to include at least a little horror in your reading diet:
  • Through the horror genre, we see evil without its mask, and when we see evil in all its ugliness, we can be deterred from doing evil ourselves. 
  • Horror forces us to confront the reality of death; this can be very helpful since we live in a society where we tend to be insulated from real death.
  • Horror provides us greater understanding into the nature of humanity. The situations in this genre are so intense that they strip away all facades and pretense, and we glimpse our truest nature.
  • Perhaps most of all, the horror genre can remind us of God’s power. No matter how hopeless the situation seems, God is greater; He will provide a way out. It may not be the way we desire, but the way will be there.

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