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WannabeSaint

WannabeSaint

Although I don’t really consider myself a goth (yet) I am interested in the Gothic Subculture as my mother is a goth and so I’ve harboured the same type of interests as her. When I was researching about it I came across the term, “Christian Goths.” It’s pretty self explanatory and personally I don’t think anything’s wrong with it; I find it very interesting but there a lot of negative views about it being an oxymoron (or just negative views about Goths in general). I’m just wondering what you think about it, whether it be about Goths in general or Christian Goths.

April 11, 2015 at 20:43
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

I don’t even know what a Goth is. My knowledge is limited to picturing people who wear dark eye makeup and black clothing.

Sorry lol!

I’d love to hear what being gothic means to you, and why you want to be so aside from the fact that your mother is gothic.

If you become gothic, what changes would you make in your lifestyle?

April 11, 2015 at 20:56
WannabeSaint

WannabeSaint

Hey, here’s a few links that are related to being goth and what it means for people:
http://www.goth.net/goth.html
http://www.goth.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=15399

I share the majority of the views with the people in the forms, I really think it’s about expressing your individuality and having a tendency of appreciating what people would usually find morbid or somewhat creepy. I definately think it’s a mindset because I can’t exactly pinpoint the moment when I started being interested in it, I just was.

I guess I want to be goth because it just fits for me as a person, it deeply interesting, it has a rich history and there are many aspects of being goth and types of goth so it’s definately diverse. I’m into a lot of stuff relevant to the Gothic subculture such as Tim Burton, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Steven King and I’m into a lot of movies that are somewhat dark; the lovely bones, Byzantium, Stonehearst Asylum etc.

There’s really nothing I would change in my lifestyle by becoming gothic, nothing would really change as I’d still be me but I would just immerse myself more into the culture and find others that are interested in it also. Although I think I’d definately have even more black in more closet.

I hope I answered your questions ^_^

April 12, 2015 at 03:14
lotr1997

lotr1997

I have never personally met a goth, but I do happen to love Abby from NCIS, does that count? xD I honestly think that as long as you are following God’s commands and living as He would want, then you should go for it! It’s what makes you who you are! 😀

April 12, 2015 at 09:08
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

Thank you for sharing those! I love learning about things I formerly knew nothing about 😀 They were very interesting, and I have another question for you.

Would you say a reason for wanting to be gothic is that you find society superficial?

April 12, 2015 at 09:19
lotr1997

lotr1997

^^^I would love to know the answer to that question as well. I also was wondering how you blend your faith with being goth. I know it is definitely possible, but I would love to know details!

April 12, 2015 at 09:22
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

As far as Christianity goes, I would just say…remember that God calls us to the light.

To be in the light, to *be light…we are the light of the world. (Do you think I should say the word “light” again? lol, sorry!)

The article I read and people on the forums mentioned repetitively their obsession with “the darker side of life”. Now, that in itself isn’t necessarily wrong, depending on your definition of darkness. The darkness in the Bible is sin; if the reason you feel drawn to Gothic culture is because they don’t gloss over the painful/deep/dark/mysterious side of life I think that’s fine. Even good, because it’s truthful.

I hate how superficial society is. This is one reason why I love God and Christianity so much, it’s so deep and meaningful. There’s so much more to life that we don’t see, because we don’t look.

Just be careful to surround yourself with people who love Jesus Christ, and keep close to Him. Then you can confidently explore every aspect of life (well you don’t want to explore sinfulness but you know…. :)), knowing God has the answer to every question, and you needn’t fit into society’s superficial “norm.”

April 12, 2015 at 09:39
Broken Vessel

Broken Vessel

You should talk to http://gothicchristian.tumblr.com and read her testimony! : http://gothicchristian.tumblr.com/about#aboutme

April 12, 2015 at 11:09
marysetrueblood

marysetrueblood

Hey, cutie, I’m a Catholic goth, and I wanna say, it’s fundamentally not an Oxymoron. Goth spawned largely out of gothic literature in the 1800s, and which inspired the subcultural movement in the 80s. Large amounts of the Dark Romantics/Gothic Writers of the 1800s? Totally Christian.
Also, the subculture largely deals with aesthetics, self-expression, literature, music, etc. None of those contradict your faith in the slightest.
Some Goth people are Christian, some aren’t. A lot of older people have fear and stereotypes floating around, but you know who you are; they do not.
Further, “Drawn to the light” is metaphorical. God doesn’t only love his followers who wear pastels. It means to strive to do good, to understand HIS light, to be ENGLIGHTENED. It doesn’t mean you can’t be fascinated with dark aesthetics or parts of nature.

April 12, 2015 at 11:49
WannabeSaint

WannabeSaint

AdventureGirl- I do find society to be superficial, there’s a lot about society that frustrates me greatly and I do tend to be the odd one out but no, I’m not goth because of that, I’m goth because that’s who I am, who I’ve always been and it’s really just a part of my identity.

lotr1997- Haha you’ve never met a goth before? Trust me they may seem wierd but in my experience there the nicest people you could meet and yes Liz, I guess Abby does count; she’s awesome ^_^ But there’s really not much to say about your question. I’m goth and I’m Catholic/Christian. I tend to wear crosses ( I had lovely black cross from Israel but unfortunately it broke -_- ) as well chokers with crosses on them and saint bracelets.i also dress pretty modestly and no one in my church really has a problem with it, there’s quite a few Chrisitian Goths that go to my church so I don’t tone it down or anything although I wouldn’t wear anything with Illumanati or Satanic symbols or go near an Ouiji board.

Broken Vessel- Thanks for the links 🙂 I’ll definately check it out!!

marysetrueblood-Thanks so much for the reply 🙂 I’m a catholic goth too and it’s good to know I’m not the only goth here, I’ve always wondered about it ^_^

April 12, 2015 at 13:27
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