Sunday, February 13, 2011

Brief Biblical History on Dance

Dancing has a bit of a history. It is most often related to the worship of false gods, spiritualism (which is VERY different from spirituality), and, more commonly, sex (and yes, I said it). 

I do not believe that God had or has any issues with dancing, as there are several verses in HIS BOOK which point out that activity (Ecclesiastes 3:4; Psalm 30:11; Lamentations 5:15). By looking at these verses, and many more, dancing is a form of expressing great joy.
  • King David danced when the Ark of God was come back to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:14-16)
  • Miriam danced when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea unharmed (Exodus 15:20)
  • Jepthath's daughter danced when her father returned from war (Judges 11:34)
  • the father of the prodigal son held a party with "music and dancing" (Luke 15:25)
Joy. Inexpressible joy. Overflowing joy. 

However, we also have dance in the Bible in relation to idol worship-- which God has commanded against in Exodus 20:2-6-- and sensuality... 
  • The Israelites danced and sang before the golden calf which Aaron had made (Exodus 32:6, 17-19)
  • The prophets of Baal danced before their altar at the contest on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:25-26)
  • God gives a parable, in which He relates idolatry to prostitution and lewdness (Ezekiel 23:49)
  • The dancing of the daughter of Herodias "pleased" Herod (Matt. 14:6-7; Mark 6:21-22)
  • Balaam told the king of Moab to lead the Israelites into idolatry and fornication (Revelation 2:14; Numbers 25:1-2)
Paul points out in Hebrews 13:4 (by the way, I think Paul wrote Hebrews... just saying) that sexual activities (the marriage bed) should be kept pure-- in other words, only in the context of marriage. Seeing that dancing is often seen in connection to sex, it should only occur in the context of marriage, correct? I feel that most Adventists, and Christians in general, are against dancing because it can lead to sexual sin (unless you are careful; but sometimes our "careful mindset" turns off when in the presence of that special someone). Within marriage, dancing is fine. But outside of that, it can be dangerous.

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