:shrug: I’m a Christian and I like rock.
The problem with such statements as “rock=the devil’s music” is that rock is such a broad category of music. People use it to refer to anything from Simon & Garfunkle to Death (the band, not the genre). It’s hard to make any statement that applies equally to every “rock” band (except maybe to say that they are all musicians).
My question is always, what is it specifically that makes the music inherently evil (which is what I would assume it would have to be in order to be “the devil’s music”)? It seems there could only be two answers: the lyrics or the music.
If the answer is “the lyrics”, well then what about all the other genres of music with equally bad lyrics, or what about the rock bands that have Christian lyrics?
If the answer is “the music”, then is there a specific instrument that is inherently “evil” or is it only the way it’s played? For this to be true, then it would seem to imply that there are specific frequencies of sound that are owned by the devil.
To me, it all seems a bit silly. The more reasonable answer is that it is all about how it is used. Any type of music can be used for evil purposes. Likewise, any type of music can be used for good purposes. Certainly, different types of music have different psycholgical effects on the listener. But it seems far-fetched to assume that any genre of music is inherently of the devil.
Of course, we all crave what is beautiful, and, ultimately, what is beautiful is what will last. A priest I greatly admire was once approached by a college newspaper who played for him a death metal song about necrophilia and asked for his response. Obviously, they were trying to goad him into some sort of passionate condemnation. Instead, he answered simply that such things do not concern him too greatly. If it is beautiful, it will last. If it is not, it won’t.