What are some differences between secular and sacred music?

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The primary differences between sacred and secular music lie in their focal points and their use but also in varying styles.

First, sacred music is used in and is geared toward the worship of God. Secular music is not (although many people appreciate music in general as a sign that...

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The primary differences between sacred and secular music lie in their focal points and their use but also in varying styles.

First, sacred music is used in and is geared toward the worship of God. Secular music is not (although many people appreciate music in general as a sign that points to God). Further, sacred music focuses on religious subjects, spiritual realities, the things of God. It is designed as a prayer. Secular music focuses on earthly things, the realities of daily life and love on a human level.

Moreover, sacred music uses forms and styles that include hymns, chants, polyphony, and oratorio to express its prayers and meditations. Secular music offers a much wider variety of styles.

True sacred music changes little if at all over the centuries, for the things of God are eternal, and the music that expresses them should be consistently beautiful and solemn. Secular music changes almost continually as musicians and listeners experiment in styles and content.

Finally, sacred music is not, at least by nature and definition, bad or evil, for it focuses on expressing spiritual realities. Secular music can be bad or evil when it presents immoral messages.

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