Treatment from Tinseltown and the Therapists
Part 2 of 5
Dr. Luke, an ancient first-century physician, used the Greek word for “therapy” at Luke 12:42 when he quoted Jesus as describing the care an estate overseer would have for his fellow servants. Akin to the word “therapy” is the word “treatment.” This latter word is regularly used among Hollywood scriptwriters and others in showbiz. To them, a “treatment” is a condensed summarization of a much longer script. The word “treatment” is also something that therapists and other mental health professionals dole out to patients in their care. And when it comes to sistas (as well as other women) and supernatural sex, therapists say they have a logical explanation. What do they call it? “Sleep paralysis.”
“The clinical definition of sleep paralysis,” says the book Sex & the Paranormal, “is of a person who wakes up to find themselves temporarily unable to move any part of their body except the eyes. The person can remain paralyzed from a few seconds to several minutes, and will only be able to move after making an effort to twitch a small muscle. Once this is achieved, the state of paralysis is broken and the person can move once more.” Curiously, this explanation is devoid of the associated foreboding, creepy feeling that some sinister, terrifying unseen force is present.
Some paranormal psychologists are more forthcoming. They acknowledge the connection between the cold clinical term “sleep paralysis” and otherworldly beings they call “incubus,” as noted in my previous installment. Incubus is from “the same Latin word that gives us incubate, meaning ‘to sit’ or ‘to lie’ on something,” says the college psychology textbook Understanding Human Behavior. “The incubus is an evil spirit said...to have sexual intercourse with women at night.” Well. A refreshingly frank acknowledgement. In fact, one which the entertainment industry has capitalized on in its artful endeavor to imitate life.
Remember The Entity (1981)? It was a movie based on the actual case of “an unseen entity,” ergo “demon,” who repeatedly raped a woman who was under the care of a psychologist. Although he initially dismissed her story, he reportedly believed her when he witnessed the molestation. Then there was The Omen (1976). It was a film about the Devil impregnating a woman who then gave birth to the supposed Antichrist, Damien. And what about The Exorcist (1973)? A female, in this case a little girl, was possessed by the Devil himself. (Compare Acts 16:16, 17) And who can forget Rosemary’s Baby (1968), where, yet again, a woman was raped by the Devil and became pregnant with his child. These are just a few movies that Hollywood has spat out like green pea soup at a gullible public that continues to lap it up-especially us. They gave Dracula “ethnic” appeal by conjuring up Blacula (1972), an African prince bitten by the aforementioned! And Eddie Murphy’s Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) was from the Caribbean.
Television hasn’t escaped demonic possession either. The enticingly seductive TV show hostesses Vampira and Elvira are “the most popular female horror hosts in American television history.” Neither is music immune to the sexual exploitation of women by unseen spirits. Notice this reframe from The Eagle’s Witchy Woman: “I know you want to love her, but let me tell you brother she’s been sleepin in the devil’s bed. There’s some rumors goin round, someone’s underground she can rock you in the night until your skin turns red.” Verses from Santana’s Black Magic Woman are also telling: “She’s a Black Magic Woman and she’s trying to make a devil out of me.” And, didn’t Ben E. King tell the Black woman that her love was “supernatural,” “interplanetary,” and “extraordinary”? Not surprisingly, Greek mythology chimes in the supernatural-sex-scenario with the raping of Medusa by the “Lord of the Sea,” Poseidon. This snake-haired woman sought revenge by turning men who gazed into her eyes to stone. She was a stone cold woman. No doubt.
And speaking of eyes, the Latin word meaning “to see” is “video.” The entertainment industry is showing our children sex and violence on an unprecedented scale, and that without admitting that the ‘Devil made them do it!’
In its infancy the video game industry produced innocuous games like Pong, a slow-moving electronic version of ping pong or table tennis. However, as games became more subtle in sophistication they subsequently took on a troubling, more sinister nature. Before we knew it, earth was being invaded by otherworldly beings in Space Invaders. In the frightening Bible book of Revelation we are told: “So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth...his angels were hurled down with him...Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger.” (Revelation 12:9, 12)
Angry aliens hurled down to earth? No wonder they’re almost always depicted as enemies of earthlings! And they’re not just aliens; they’re the ultimate Illegal Aliens! This portrayal is consistent with the supernatural sex experienced by women in the Genesis account. Because demon influence, gratuitous sex and senseless violence was the order of the day. (Genesis 6:4, 5) Sounds familiar? Sex and violence, as has been seen, are the perpetual themes of music, movies, and multiple media. These themes are so egregious that after holding hearings on the offensive content of video games in particular, the U.S. Congress formed the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
One source has compiled a list of what it calls the “Most Controversial Games of All Times.” Doom, Mortal Combat, and Night Trap made the top ten. Now, in case you’re not familiar with Doom, here’s what the list’s authors said: “Doom’s demonic gore fest makes it the most notorious game on the list. It has been accused of being a combat training program used by the military and a game that helped inspire the Columbine Massacre.” Deep.
What about Mortal Kombat? “Mortal Kombat is synonymous with controversy, thanks to the bloody fighting game’s ‘fatalities’—signature finishing moves that include ripping out spines, wrenching heads off bodies or making enemies explode into a pile of gore.” And what was the ultimate effect of this game? “The over-the-top violence made this game one of the most talked about in the world, among both fans and critics, and led to the creation of the...[ESRB], the video game equivalent of the MPAA film rating system.” Whoa.
Then there’s Night Trap, which “is a campy game about girls in nightgowns trapped in a house full of vampires ... It was listed along with Mortal Kombat and Doom when Congress held hearings about offensive video games. The game is cited as a primary factor for the creation of the ESRB.” Another game is Mass Effect. It has an “alien lesbian sex scene.” That’s different. Anyway, in Part 3 I’ll talk about “A Valentine of a Different Kind.” Stay tuned!...Amen.
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