Music and humanity have always been familiarly related. Music reflects and creates inner conditions – including the factors that either facilitate or impede social change. Delimiting the influence of music on human life is not fair.
Music is not only able to affect your mood – listening to particularly happy or sad music can even change the way we perceive the world according to researchers.
Music is a paradox which has no parallel in the natural world. Yet it has a profound effect on the human brain. The core of human body; the brain is divided into two hemispheres, and the right hemisphere has been conventionally identified as the seat of music appreciation. Though, no one has found a “music center” there, or anywhere else. Studies of, musical understanding in people who have damage to either hemisphere, plus brain scans of people taken while listening to tunes; reveal that music perception emerges from the interplay of activity in both sides of the brain. Scientists are however, still trying to actuate what really goes on in our brains when we listen to music and how it produces such powerful effects on the mind. “We’re using music to better understand brain function in general,” said Daniel Levitin – a well-known psychologist from McGillUniversity in Montreal.
Music has the ability to make you happy, amused, sad, fearful or perhaps just plain irritated. Seldom will a piece of music send a shiver down your spine. But the interesting thing is that no two people have exactly the same feelings about the sounds that they hear. One person’s happiness can be another person’s vexation. Dr Harry Witchel, a Senior Research Fellow from the Department of Physiology at Bristol University has been investigating the effect that music has on mood. They found that just listening to the music, regardless of which piece it was, caused some dramatic changes. “People’s breathing rate always became more regular and slow, while they listened,” says Witchel. He interpreted this as a sign of attention and concentration. Meanwhile, when the music stopped the scientists observed a huge increase in one measure of heart rate variability. “It goes through the roof,” says Witchel.
Characteristically how do we develop love of music and how do our preferences develop? Interestingly, a preferred theory suggests that mothers are responsible for our musical development. As we develop, mothers start making special sounds to their babies such as lullabies and, as a result, humans gradually develop the ability to listen and respond to a variety of sounds.
With Biblical point of view, the above discussed mystery can be determined as:
Music either glorifies GOD or else not
Tracing Music in scriptures extends to a pre- Adamic era, when Lucifer was in charge of the pre- Adamic earth. Lucifer is a fallen angel who was the head of the ministry of music in Heaven when he was in heaven. It has been said of him he was the most beautiful of ALL angels and he was the director of the flow of music (Praise and Worship) then.
Since his fall, he no longer is, but there are several scriptural references throughout the bible, indicate his previous authority over music when he was in heaven.
Isa.14:11 – “Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.”
Ezekiel 28:13 – Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy Timbrels and of thy Pipes was prepared in the day that thou wast created.
It is evident that Lucifer, at the very least, contained musical instruments – the tambourine, the flute, and the harp all within the precincts of his own body. Since Lucifer is a created being, he was perhaps initially created with instruments to provide beautiful music for none other than the glorification of God. Probably, he was the angel of music, as being the most authoritative and superior angel.
The purpose of this study is to present Satan’s connection with and a direct influence on music, from a Biblical prospective; which has certainly become clear that he does.
While choosing what type of music to listen; bear in mind that some, not all music can come from evil sources despite the fact it may sound lovely, beautiful or pleasing it to the ears. For we know that the devil can deceive as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). Music then has a dual purpose, “To glorify God or not,” putting this in direct words. Music was made for solely one purpose, “To Glorify God” until Satan’s rebellion. The reality of how he has corrupted music from that point on sways music from its original purpose.
Analyze the music which is influenced by Satan, which can be easily distinguished; the lyrics to the majority of these songs are not worth repeating. Often times, the lyrics say or rather glorify violence, sex, drunkenness, drugs, etc. No wonder how terribly today’s ungodly music, creeps its way into our homes, our cars, and ultimately influencing our hearts and minds. As established earlier in the article, that music intensely influences our psyche and the outcome of our behaviour is reliant upon the type of music we choose to listen to.