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In a time when violence and bloodshed permeates headlines in stateside and international news, what is it that draws people to crave more violence on television?

It has been thought for decades that people watch violence for the suspense and thrill, not necessarily because they like the sight of blood. However this study says that viewers also may be drawn to violence in TV and movies, because it offers insight into the human condition.

“Perhaps depictions of violence that are perceived as meaningful, moving and thought-provoking can foster empathy with victims, admiration for acts of courage and moral beauty in the face of violence, or self-reflection with regard to violent impulses,” said Anne Bartsch of the University of Augsburg, one of the study’s researchers along with Louise Mares of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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The study on violent TV reveals more than a seeking of thrills. It shows humanity’s curiosity about their own selves and a desire to empathize with other’s pain. It even questions our own desire for others to feel pain – a desire which Jesus corrected when He said:

You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. – Matthew 5:38-39 (NIV)

While for some, watching violence comes with benefits, studies prove it also comes with disadvantages, especially for children. Viewing violence may make both adults and children more aggressive. Now that we know why people are drawn to violence, we can look for entertainment that offers suspense, thrill, and insight into human condition without all the gore.

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Pure Flix offers a number of Christian movies that are full of action and suspense. While not all the titles are completely free of violence, they keep it at a minimum making it appropriate for older children to view. Here are just some of the action and thriller films and shows available on Pure Flix right now.

The Challenger Disaster

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The night before the Challenger disaster in 1986, a hot-headed engineer leads a desperate race against the clock to stop the launch and the subsequent cover-up and whistleblowing.

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In The Blink of an Eye

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Stuck reliving the same nightmare day after day, a man discovers evidence of a worldwide event known in biblical prophecies as The Rapture.

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Rumors of War

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In a post-apocalyptic world, an officer discovers a clue from the past that may unlock the mysteries of the end times. Parental Warning: Language.

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Where Love Found Me

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A selfish young filmmaker ventures into the streets of the fourth world to document crime, but instead forms a relationship with a street kid and decides instead of just documenting, he wants to help.

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Sons of Thunder

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Combat vet Simon motorcycles across the country, working odd jobs, helping those God puts in his path, and trying to atone for past sins in a biker club. Parental Warning: Adult Situations.

Stream Season 1 of "Sons of Thunder," exclusively on Pure Flix right now.

Ties That Bind

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Hard-nosed detective Allison McLean is forced to step up when her brother is sent to prison, taking in his two teenage children. Parental Warning: Language, Violence, Mature Subjects.

Stream "Ties That Bind" on Pure Flix today.

King’s Messengers

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The King's Messengers is a mini-series about two refugees surviving in the fictional war-torn country of Zanora. Anwaar and David must learn to overcome their differences and work together to outsmart the dangerous Resistance Army.

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Getting the Whole Family on Board

Often it’s difficult to change movie habits that your family has developed over the years. It’s important to talk to your family about why you want to get rid of excessive gore on television and the harm it has been proven to cause.

By offering your family great alternatives, they will find that they actually get more out of Christian movies that offer inspiring storylines with clear depictions of good and evil that also ask questions about our humanity. Your family deserves to watch movies and TV with age-appropriate content that fosters their educational and spiritual development.

For thousands of Christian dramas, documentaries, educational films, and action packed movies, be sure to visit Pure Flix. To watch Pure Flix movies and television series for free, sign-up for a free trial today.

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