Imagine Dragons and Mormon rock

John J. Thompson

John J. Thompson
October 18, 2012

Imagine Dragons' music has a uniquely wholesome and uplifting perspective throughout their sweeping, arena-ready modern rock.

Andy Pratt
June 28, 2013

Hi, very cool review, love their music too, blessings forever,
Andy Pratt

Damira Keagy
June 2, 2015

Being an Atheist I was very happy to hear my favorite member was agnostic.

Follower Of Christ
June 11, 2015

The music draws you in and the artist are extremely talented, but I had to stop listening to and liking a song because of the lyrics. "Welcome to the new age to the new age" is not words that honor Christ Jesus. It's about an apocalypse and not in line with what the bible says. God says, thou shall worship no other Gods but Him. New Age is more in line with witchcraft. Also the song Demons. I must admit it can touch a persons heart, but out of my reverence for God, it is not something a christian should be listening to. This group is definitely Anti-Christ (against Christ 1 John 4:3) Many people say they are Christians but don't learn the word so many "so-called" believers may like the music. I'm not here to insult anyone who likes the music(if the lyrics were different, I'd potentially love the music), only here to say this music is definitely against the truths of the bible. John 3:16

March 21, 2016

I believe the last comment takes "welcome to the new age" out of context. I am a Christian - decidedly not "new age." But if I say, "it's a new age," or "welcome to the new age" that does not mean I am into witchcraft. It is the same as saying "it's a new era." Without direct reference to Gaya or the earth mother or actual rituals, it would be premature to write off the lyrics as references to Wicca or New Age.

March 2, 2017

For those of you who have read "Follower of Christ"'s comment, I would like to clear up some misconceptions.

First, in the Mormon faith, we believe that there is a pre-mortal existence from where we came to Earth. On Earth, we live out our lives, and are tested to see if we can use our agency to live our lives obedient to God's commandments and following Jesus's example. Then after we die, we either go to Spirit Paradise or not, and those who do not go to Spirit Paradise are allowed the opportunity to be taught by those that received the gospel. Then after the Millenium, we go through Judgement and are sent to the appropriate degrees of glory.

Now, in reference to the song "Radioactive", the lyrics "welcome to the new age" could possibly be referring to any of the existences to come after mortal life. However, the lyrics could simply be referring to a large change in one's life, supported by the lyrics "I'm waking up" and "welcome to the new age", which could both be in reference to the start of a new way of life.

I feel it is unfair to jump to the conclusion that "This group is definitely Anti-Christ", and would instead invite any of those who read this post to visit mormon.org to learn more about what Mormon beliefs are all about.

Also, in response to the reference to the song "Demons" being a song about witchcraft, I invite you all to watch the official music video and realize that the song actually refers to the internal "demons" and struggles that many people face today.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this post.

April 5, 2017

Follower of Christ, a lot of these songs are open to different interpretation than what they may say literally. For example, in radioactive, the "apocalypse" that it talks about could just mean a whole new and different life than they had before, especially since it talks about boarding the prison bus. His whole life is changing, like it would If the apocalypse happened. Also, I would think that this could be turned into a song for religions, saying how much their life has changed after starting to believe in their god.

Jim McQuade
May 21, 2017

In Reply to A Mormon (comment #30091)
Hi Brother or Sister! Love your comments. Thanks for standing up for us LDS. Love you and may Heavenly Father bless you. Jim

June 20, 2017

Mormonism is not Christian. Just like Muslims are not Christian. Just because you believe Jesus was alive does not make you a Christian. Just because you were baptized you are not a Christian. So many different books out there, anyone can write anything and say it's God inspired but there is only one Holy Bible. The original law, and the good news including Paul's letters. If you mess with that and add to it or change it.... well I don't know what will happen. But I do know we will all find out one day.
To each their own, I stand firm in my Jesus, his Words and Him alone.

June 30, 2017

I had heard a couple songs by this band and I have to say as a Christian the ones I listened to caught my attention in a way that made me question if this band was Christian based. I've read the previous comments and all are great! For me personally even though I now know the band does not "identify" as a Christian band per say every song speaks to me of my Heavenly Father and this world we live in. I hear the Lord in these songs and maybe it's only because I can hear Him in just about everything!
I'm a firm believer that if you listen and think about what the Lord says to us and maybe our conversations with Him most of these words could be put into context with Him! I know the songs are not biblical but I like this band.

Another Mormon
September 11, 2017

After doing my own personal research, I've come to the conclusion they aren't anti-Christ or anything like that. I know that Reynolds questions his feelings on certain aspects of the LDS church, but still occasionally attends as he says he is a spiritual person. Im assuming he likes the community and culture that comes from the church, but struggles with LGBTQ+ things. I saw in an older article, so I don't know if this is still true, but Reynolds still refers to himself as a Mormon. I don't know much about Sermon's feelings on the church, but I'm assuming he also disagrees woth some of the same things Reynold's does.

September 16, 2017

When I first heard this song, believer, I was extremely attracted to the music itself. I was confused about the lyrics. Whether it said pain or faith. Of course I googled it. But both fit. I love the song. I think it speaks to the soul. And my teenagers like it too.
If you can get teenagers to listen and actually think about the lyrics then you are doing good in this world. Thanks for the music.

December 7, 2017

The song “Believer” caught my attention and I really like it until I learned what it said I thought it was a Christian song since it said God in a way like he died on the cross but then the lyrics as I kept listening to a lyric video kept getting weirder than what I heard in a sample my friend was playing so I guess as long as you know right from wrong in God’s eyes then your ok but for me this doesn’t seem like something God would like me to listen to so for my opinion do what you think is right and pray about it.

April 18, 2018

I found my way here to this very comment section, because I am now researching this group and its lyrics, etc. Last night, I finally saw the Thunder video. The song is been out for over year — we just don’t watch videos like we used to! Well, needless to say, I was shocked. To be honest, I was utterly floored – because I’ve known this song for quite some time… My kids like this band, my grandson LOVES the song Thunder ( as well as many of the other Imagine Dragons songs!)
Thunder is extremely catchy — has been profoundly popular; yet, I had never seen the video, nor had my daughter! When I looked up the imagery I saw blew my mind.
There are numerous demons, lizard-type creatures and contortionists depicted and at once, I felt terribly unsettled.
This is not — I repeat — NOT a Christian band. No person who even remotely reveres the Lord would ever, ever think that having this video and its contents portray ANY song .. A God-fearing person would never think that that would be OK… and, it’s simply ok. I just think in this day and age we need to be extraordinarily careful, and mindful of what we are allowing to barrage our self conscience! It’s insidious and frightening how we are exposed to spiritual corruption. Please research for yourselves to ensure that you are not leaving yourself (and your kids) open to irreligious, unholy influence.
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

September 25, 2018

I listened to the song believer, and like so many others, the beat/progressions etc is very catchy and likeable; however, there are lines in the song that makes me question how any Christian can pass it off as just harmless. For example, we aren't to rely on ourselves as if we can put the next breath of life into our own lungs. Again we aren't to even lean on our own understanding as is written in Proverbs. Yet the line "I'm the master of my sea"... Really?

Taking my message from the veins
"Speaking my lesson from the brain
Seeing the beauty through the (pain)."

Other questionable lyrics:
Third things third
Send a prayer to the "ones" up above
All the hate that you've heard has turned your spirit to a dove, oh ooh
Your spirit up above, oh ooh.... (what spirit I ask)

One last line I will note: By the grace of the fire and the flames

Come on discerners of the Spirit.

December 18, 2018

But just an fyi, there is one song, where they swear. Which surprised me, considering they don't do it that often.

January 7, 2019

I pray the lead singer and all the band members come to know Jesus and have a relationship with Him. Not religion! Relationship! Jesus loves them and it hurts His heart because of all the real pain and trouble in his life. That indeed is the works of the enemy. Not God. I sincerely, pray for the. God can breathe life in him. Not man made rules but truth of His Word only. I pray he comes to know the real love God intended for him. Jesus truly is near the broken hearted. So Lord, I pray now he finds You, the truth and he sees the that You are the way, the truth and the life. Also, You love him and everyone in the band more than they can fathom. Amen. John 3:16

March 18, 2022

Sadly I don't think they are a Christian band and I do believe some of there songs probably aren't good songs for a Christian school, but they do have some just uplifting lighthearted songs that aren't one way or another, such as one day or on top of the world

February 26, 2023

I was doing some thinking, and I really think they aren't Christian. I mean, I love the song Believer, but some of the lyrics are/go against Jesus Christ. For more examples, "welcome to the new age, the new age," does not follow Jesus. It is related to witchcraft, and thus it is bad. If it didn't have those and other lyrics, i would love it.

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