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|I guess it makes me sad because I have always considered my talents as natural, God given and VERY life affirming. I am thinking of a child who feels like more than anything, they want to dance or create art of some kind and then to be told they can't because it is sinful. Just makes me sad for that kid.
Most find ways to express themselves. Either within the confines of their religion, or after separating from the religion as adults.
I have "Plain" friends, and for them The Arts are just not part of life. But I find no lack of creative expression and joy of life among them.
Their expressions just differ in the way they show up, and are not performed publically. They too believe that individual talents are God-given, but on that subject they believe that talents are to be used for glorifying God, and not for personal fulfillment. So they recognize talents as God-given, but channel their use into things which they believe glorify God.