Reference to Martial Arts

Five Shaolin Masters (1974), directed by Chang Cheh

We made a reference to the 1970s martial arts movies of director, Chang Cheh, in our appendix. This is our categorical statement that we do not encourage the practice of martial arts by Bible believing Christians. Owing to the roots of martial arts in zen and Taoist philosophy, we do not believe that this self-defense artform is compatible with Christianity. We were making our reference to the artform as an explanation of the origin and inspiration for the pupil-mentor relationship between the protagonists, Mishael and Michael, that was developed in the novel. Whereas we did maintain that we had used to enjoy watching these old martial arts films of our childhood, and still do on some level, we believe that each person must come to his or her own conviction concerning what film or movie he or she permits him/her self to watch.
"It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin" - Rom. 14:21-23.

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