Christians can't play violent or occult-themed video games, can they?[Our Answer]

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Christians can't play violent or occult-themed video games, can they?[Our Answer]

Post by NeoJabez » April 19th, 2017, 10:02 pm

Do violent or occult-related video games come between myself and Jesus? Are they destructive to my Christian Walk? Are they inherently sinful?

The short answer. Only you and God can answer that together. The longer, CC answer?...

We as a community are asked often why Christians would be caught playing violent video games, or games which feature occult references, or games with bad language, or anything of this sort. There are many opinions on this issue, and lots and lots of our best members have given their opinions on these questions. The following will be an amalgamation of many of the opinions and responses, with some Scriptural reference included, as well as some other resources which might help a new Christian or a non-Christian understand our viewpoint best.

Much of the following information will be compartmentalized in spoilers so that you can view headings dealing with each part of the answer in an orderly, less cluttered fashion.

Before we begin with OPINION and magniloquent rhetoric or hyperbole, we'd like to share the answers to some similar questions put together by the wonderful people of GotQuestions.org

What GotQuestions.org has to say:
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https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-video-games.html

Question: "Should a Christian play video games?"

Answer: Completed nearly 2000 years ago, God’s Word does not explicitly teach whether or not a Christian should play video games. But the Bible’s principles still apply today regarding the best use of our time. When God shows us that a specific activity is controlling our lives, we should break away from it for a time. This “fast” could be from food, movies, TV, music, video games, anything that distracts our attention from knowing and loving God and serving His people. While some of these things may not be bad in and of themselves, they become idols if they distract us from our first love (Colossians 3:5; Revelation 2:4). Below are some principles to consider, whether the question is regarding video games, TV, movies, or any other earthly pursuit.

1. Will video games edify or merely entertain me? To edify means to build up. Will playing video games build up your love for God, knowledge of Him, and ministry to others? “‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is constructive” (1 Corinthians 10:23-24; Romans 14:19). When God gives us relaxation time, we should find uplifting activities to enjoy. Do we choose permissible over praiseworthy activities? When we have a choice between good, better, and best, we should choose the best (Galatians 5:13-17).

2. Will playing video games obey self-will or God’s will? God’s will for His children can be summed up in His greatest commandment: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Luke 10:27). Our will has been polluted by sin. Because we have been saved from our selfish desires, we should surrender our will (Philippians 3:7-9). God’s will transforms our will (Psalm 143:10). Progressively, His desires for us become our deepest desires as well.

Many people believe the will of God is boring and humiliating. They picture a monk in a lonely monastery or a resentful church janitor. On the contrary, people who follow God’s will for their lives are the most joyful, adventurous people ever. Reading biographies of history’s heroes such Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom, and George Mueller will verify that. Certainly, these saints faced difficulty from the world, their own flesh, and the devil. They may not have had much of this world’s possessions, but God accomplished great works through them. At first, His will seems impossible and too holy to be any fun, but God will give us the power to perform it and the desires to delight in it. “I delight to do Your will, O my God” (Psalm 40:8a; see Hebrews 13:21).

3. Does the video game glorify God? Some video games glorify violence, lewdness, and dumb decisions (e.g., “I’m out of the race, so I’ll just wreck my car”). As Christians, our activities should bring glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and help us to grow in the knowledge and grace of Christ.

4. Will playing video games result in good works? “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10; see also Titus 2:11-14 and 1 Peter 2:15). Laziness and selfishness violate God’s purpose for us—to do good works to others (1 Corinthians 15:58; see also Galatians 6:9-10).

5. Will playing video games exhibit self-control? Many people have said that video games can become an addiction or an obsession. There is no room in the Christian life for such things. Paul compares the Christian life to an athlete disciplining his body so he may win the prize. Christians have a greater motivation to live a set-apart life of self-control—eternal reward in heaven (1 Corinthians 9:25-27).

6. Will playing video games redeem the time? You will give account for how you use your limited minutes. Spending hours at a time playing a video game can hardly be called a good use of time. “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is” (Ephesians 5:15-17). “Live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God” (1 Peter 4:2; see also Colossians 4:5, James 4:14, and 1 Peter 1:14-22).

7. Does it pass the test of Philippians 4:8? “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8). When you play video games, is your mind focused on godly or secular things?

8. Will playing video games fit in with my life purpose? Paul wrote that in the final days people would be “…lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:4). Western culture fits that description. We love to play. Non-Christians become addicted to entertainment such as movies, sports, and music because they do not have a purpose higher than to enjoy life before death. These amusements cannot truly satisfy (Ecclesiastes 2:1). When Christians become addicted to the same things as non-Christians, can we truly say that we are exhibiting the new life “in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15)? Or do we prove to others that we are really no different than they are and that Christ has not made a significant difference in our lives?

Paul considered knowing, loving, and obeying God to be his highest priority. “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ....I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,” (Philippians 3:7-10). Will playing video games be showing my love for God or my love for the things of the world? (1 John 2:15-17).

9. Will playing video games give me an eternal focus? Christians have hope of eternal rewards in heaven if they are faithful on earth (see Matthew 6:19-21 and 1 Corinthians 3:11-16). If we focus on living for eternity rather than the passing pleasures of earth, we will have surrendered resources, time, and hearts for ministry (Colossians 3:1-2; 23-24). If our possessions or activities cause us to lose our eternal rewards, of what worth are they (Luke 12:33-37)? Christians often try to serve both God and their own desires. But Jesus clearly stated, “No one can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24). God gives us joy through times of work and rest (Ecclesiastes 5:19; Matthew 11:28-29; Colossians 3:23-24). We must find that balance between labor and recreation. When we do set aside time for relaxation as Jesus did (Mark 6:31), we should choose an edifying activity.

The question is not “Can I play video games?” but “Would video games be the best choice?” Will this edify me, show love to my neighbor, and glorify God? We are to pursue praiseworthy activities, not simply permissible ones. However He leads you, passionately follow Him above all else. Prepare for eternity. Every sacrifice will seem insignificant when we meet Jesus.
Should a Christian play multi-player fantasy games like Dungeons and Dragons?
https://www.gotquestions.org/Dungeons-and-Dragons.html
Question: "Should a Christian play multi-player fantasy games like Dungeons and Dragons?"

Answer: Multi-player role-playing games (RPGs) can be played with pens and paper around a table with a group of friends or in an online world that exists 24/7, involving hundreds to thousands of other players around the globe. The goal is for each player to control a character that represents himself, interact with other players, and complete quests, missions, or tasks to gain various attributes, experience, or treasure.

Fantasy games in particular often include magic, murder, and general mayhem. In online games, female avatars (representations of characters) are often scantily dressed. Some RPGs allow players to flirt with each other or have sexual encounters. In general, many video games are structured in such a way that encourages obsessive or addictive behaviors as players attempt to reach certain levels. Of course, the same can be said of many other types of entertainment.

As the Bible was written before the internet or RPGs were even a twinkle on the horizon, there is nothing specific in Scripture that refers to playing RPGs or even engaging in the fantasy worlds presented today. However, there are plenty of principles God has laid out in the Bible for godly living. These principles can guide us in how to live our lives as believers—including how we occupy our minds for fun.

Games of any kind are a form of entertainment, whether you’re talking about Angry Birds and Farmville or Monopoly and Candy Land or World of Warcraft and Dungeons and Dragons. Biblically, we have freedom to enjoy entertainment. God never says, “Thou shalt not have fun, nor shalt thou smile in all thy days.”

Enjoying a game with friends is not a sin. Games themselves, even RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, are not sin. Sin is an action or thought performed by a human being. What we do with what we have constitutes whether or not we have sinned. But how do we know if any given choice is a sin or not?

We must weigh our choices against biblical principles. Possibly the most important one to remember in regards to entertainment is stated in Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” When we are engaged in fun activities, we should always make sure those activities are pleasing God and that we are representing Christ well in our behavior toward other players.

RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons have an element of fantasy and magic about which it may be well to be wary. But we can still apply the same principles to determine if these games will or will not detract from your relationship with God or with others.

Is the theme appropriate?

Are you able to distinguish between reality and fantasy, right and wrong, or good and evil? Would exposure to the game’s themes and ideas leave you confused about God’s views on the occult or desensitize your mind to occult lifestyles? A mature Christian may not have any issues with separating a game from life, but someone who is already wrestling with his or her faith may find the messages confusing (Romans 12:2).

Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that even a mature Christian should be exposed to a game that may cause him or the ones he loves to stumble or struggle in their faith (1 Corinthians 8:9). First Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Is evil encouraged?

In some games, evil is the goal, or characters can take on malicious or licentious characteristics that allow players to do things that would not be allowed in real life; thus, an unhealthy fantasy unfolds in the players’ minds. First Thessalonians 5:21–22 says to “hold fast to what is good” and “abstain from every form of evil”—even in how we represent ourselves in game play.

Philippians 4:8 says to dwell only on “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

How does this game affect my life and relationships?

If game play becomes more important than God, family, or work or school responsibilities, then it has become an idol or an obsession. Idols take our focus off of what is most important in life. The Bible instructs us to flee from anything on this earth that we might idolize (1 Corinthians 10:14).

Additionally, if interacting with online players begins to replace, damage, or hinder the relationships we have with other people, then the game is replacing our healthier communities. It would then be wise to draw back from these false friendships and cling to those which will be most beneficial. However, playing a game in person with close friends as a way to enjoy each other’s company can be a valuable and positive experience (Proverbs 18:24).

Whether or not you can personally, in good conscience, participate in a multi-player fantasy role-playing game is a matter to discuss between you and God. Philippians 4:6–7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

God is concerned about every aspect of our lives, including the ways we allow ourselves to be entertained, so we should give all of our worries and concerns to Him (1 Peter 5:7). After all, He knows what is best for you, and He knows exactly how a fantasy-based RPG will affect you and the people around you.
Why we feel our answer matters:
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Now, to begin with more of what would be deemed the "Christian Crew Opinion" on this issue, I'd like to tell you that, as a community, the Christian Crew began as a gaming community, a place for people to get away from foul language and pornographic graphics, primarily in the game Counter-Strike. That initial formation became and grew into a full-fledged fellowship with ministry and media. So, ironically it started as a GAMING community comprised of CHRISTIANS. Now it would be considered a group of Christians who are Gamers Second, who reach out through their games to the lives of the lost.

So, we take Christ AND gaming pretty seriously. However; gaming, technology, geek pursuits, comics, sci-fi, whatever we get into here...It is all secondary to Christ. We would drop any of these things in a MOMENT if we felt called by the Spirit to do so. For the past 14 years, the Christian Crew instead has been called to keep reaching out, and continuing to build, and continuing to witness. For all of that 14 years, the CC has been paying for and maintaining it's servers, assets, and communications with only the fruits of it's own member's donations. (Donations of money, donations of time, donations of energy, and much more!)

You should know this before you hear our answer, because we feel that we have a special place in the world of Internet Christian Gamers, as we've been at it for a little while, and have produced fruit for all that time. (A very Biblical gauge of success!)

AND PLEASE: Don't take our word for this! We are imperfect sinners ourselves, and fully capable of putting on wolf's clothing to turn aside the sheep! Always research and learn Scripture yourself, as you may read it and interpret it differently!
Scripture that supports our opinion: (All bold emphasis is ours)
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1 Corinthians 10:23 “Everything is permissible,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up." (Christian Standard Bible)

Romans 14:1-23 (ESV)
Do Not Pass Judgment on One Another

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”

So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Do Not Cause Another to Stumble

Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.


Please read into the Scripture above that these lines don't just apply to foods, but rather, our human behaviors and actions. Also, there's plenty more Scripture on this type of topic, but this seemed most prevalent to mention after the GotQuestions answers above, which covered quite a few more.
There are MANY verses of the Bible that speak on issues like these, but it all boils down to your intentions. We do all sorts of things in our lives that don't edify, uplift, or 'further the Kingdom', but if we're going to do those things anyway, let's try and make them as much about God as we can, so at least we are 'redeeming the time' we spend on them.

We feel that our community does this. We know that young teens to older adults are going to play these games, and we offer them a place where they can not only play them in a family-safe atmosphere, but we offer Bible Study, fellowship, and a Fire for Christ as well.

Some of our member opinions put it even better, here are a few of them from over the years...

What our members have to say
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If God is convicting you with guilt for playing a certain game (or doing anything), then you need to STOP. - Nacho Cheese

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Be VEEERRRYYY careful about using "edify" when referring to entertainment. God wants us to enjoy life, yes, and socializing with people, especially other believers, can be edifying. But I know that I have fallen into a lot of wasted time and wrongful justification by claiming that playing video games with Christians is "edifying" when it's most often not.

edifying - enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement

I'm not saying get away from fun; I'm saying be careful of motivation and justification, especially in regards to entertainment.

1) Parents don't approve of you playing - Well, honor your father and mother is the bottom line. If they don't like it, you playing is disobedient (unless you aren't living at home anymore).

2) You don't approve - Pretty obvious. Don't play them.

3) You're uncertain - Simplest solution, avoid it. If you're only questioning it because of friends who tell you it's wrong, figure out why. If it's a stumbling block for them, don't play it or talk about it around them. If you really don't have a problem with it (and you're not just being ignorant) don't feel condemned or judged by others who do.

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Video gaming is a large part of the entertainment industry for many people from kids to youth to young adults and older. Personally I have seen several of my friends spend lots of time on video games as an escape. They distance themselves from the problems of real life and feel much more open and *free* when they game. I was once there myself.

In my opinion, that is the best opportunity to get through to a person. For those online there is a shield of anonymity that allows some to open up without fear of consequence, which could be good or bad, but is nonetheless useful. It's not likely that people will change their gaming habits unless they quit entirely, so why not use gaming habits to change the people?

There is a limit to that, but hopefully I got the point across. To give you a good summary:

~ We are commanded to reach people
~ We already play the games
~ Gamers are a group of people very much in need
~ Leading by example is a great way to witness
~ The atmosphere and fellowship we have is a great benefit to Christians and non-Christians, which also becomes a way to reach people - AttolloDeus

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It is not our place to say what others should or should not do (outside of the obvious and without touching on Church discipline) If you are convicted then YOU change your behavior, you need not go about making other people change theirs. - Disench4nted

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1. People will go out and buy these games because they are 'cool' and trendy in the gaming environment.

2. Parents allow their children play these games on-line.

With these facts in mind they decided that it would be better for people, especially young impressionable people, if there was a 'clean' server to go to and over the years this community has been in existence we have received many thanks for providing a safer gaming environment.

It is inevitable that these games will continue to increase in their violence and language and maybe we have set a precedent in trying to provide that safe environment. If we stop doing it it is certain that people will go elsewhere to play and be submitted to increased verbal violence and pornography.

We do not provide the games for them to play, the parents should accept responsibility for that. With that in mind I feel that we need to continue in our efforts maintain a safe environment for the new games that are available. - Clarence

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I play TF2 for fun, and I enjoy being successful when I play (perfect sniper shots can be very satisfying), but malice towards others never factors into my game experience -- I play for the community, for fellowship, and just because it's fun. Hopefully, my presence in game will help be a positive influence on others and will eventually help lead people to Christ -- that's the ultimate goal.

That said, if you feel that you can't play these games without being drawn towards malice, then it is appropriate to not play the game. Likewise, if I ever felt that I was being drawn to video games just for the pleasure of killing others, then I would stop playing. The issue isn't in the act itself; it's in the motive for the act. - EDAC

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Let's go back to the paintball analogy. You get hit you are out. You are not dead, they are not dead.

If you get shot in CS, you are not dead. You are out.

If you play paintball because you only like to inflict pain on others, then you need help. If you play CS because you get your jollies from the graphical violence, then you need help.

These games are more about skill, tactics, blind luck and camaraderie when enjoyed in healthy way.

It isn't the moral relativism, it is the way in which the games are used by different people.

Jesus was God's son. He was the Son of Man. He Felt the things we felt, lived as we lived. He felt anger and happiness. Do you think he never "played"?

Look at who Jesus ministered to. He went out of his way to hang out with those considered to be sinners. Are we no better? Why not play these games and demonstrate how to play with honor, camaraderie and good humor? - Cuda

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Matthew 28:19-20
With that verse above in mind, I wouldn't necessarily say "we play games to reach people."
I think what I would rather say is like.. "we attempt to reach people in everything we do"

Playing online games just happens to be one of those things that we enjoy doing, Not only do they give us a way to come together and build companionship with other Christians, but it also allows us to do so with Non Christians as well.

In hopes that by leading by example for God, That a seed might be planted and grow to help bring others to God, so that they might be able to also enjoy his glory the way that we do.

also as stated above, it is a really nice family fun place to play,
with out all the cussing,trash talking, ridicule,and demeaning of others that you will see in most other public servers. - Thamyris
Also! A nice little rabbit trail that has some great information in general about Christians and Gaming.

An interesting aside:
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In October of 2011, a user joined the forums calling himself GameProf, and told us that he needed help with a survey he was taking for a book he was writing.

GameProf was Dr. Kevin Schut, a Professor at Trinity Western University, a Christian University in Langley, BC, Canada. He's currently the Associate Dean, School of the Arts, Media + Culture; Professor of Media + Communications.

Anyway, he came to the Christian Crew first, and we networked him to two or more other communities, where he got a total of 130 respondents to his survey, (he was hoping for 100).

He took those results and used them in a book. He published the book in 2013, and it is available for purchase here: Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games

We were honored to help springboard the effort to finish his book, and after he sent his manuscript off to his publisher, and before his next semester started, he reported back to us with his quick summary of the questionnaire responses. He warned us that 'quick summary' did not mean 'polished or short', as he was frightfully busy preparing for that next semester of teaching.

Having said that, here's the pdf, for your light reading pleasure:



The book also led to Dr. Schut speaking at Calvin College at one time (his old school), and here's the video of that talk:



We hope you find this aside interesting, and informative!
In closing, I'd like to reaffirm this doesn't just apply to video games or their content, but movies and many other forms of entertainment, and indeed, other areas of life that are not considered part of our spiritual life.

Anything "of this world" or "of the flesh" has the capacity to lead us away from Our Shepherd, but we must hope that He has his eyes on His Sheep, and that He will bring us back into the flock if we stray too far.

The least we can do is take all of those things "not of the spirit" and try to produce spiritual growth through them, despite their worldliness. Christian movies do this, Christian games and music do this, why can't secular entertainments do the same?

God can use ANYONE or ANYTHING to fulfill His Will and Purpose according to: "Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for beauty and another for menial use?" (Romans 9:21 RSV). So Scripture itself supports the idea that God can use anybody, believer or nonbeliever.

In Isaiah we are told that Nebuchadnezzar was the servant of God (Jeremiah 27:6), even though he was a Babylonian pagan. Cyrus the Persian king is called "God's anointed one," (Isaiah 45:1). God speaks of him as "my shepherd" (Isaiah 44:28), though he too was an unbeliever. If we understand life from the Biblical point of view, we must know that all people and all things can be used of God. So it is not a question of whether you are going to be used of God or not, or your gameplay, or your community. As this passage points out, the question is, How does God plan to use you? What is he going to do with you? To what purpose is he going to put you in his program? Will it be a noble purpose, or will it be, as this version says, an ignoble? Will it be for good or bad, blessing or judgment? We need to clearly understand this fact.

In the Christian Crew, we believe, truly believe, that God uses our efforts, at all times, and in all ways to reach those who would otherwise never step foot into a church, or otherwise never have a POSITIVE debate with a saved person, or otherwise come to Him.

It is our fondest hope that this Answer satisfies your Question. If it does not, we would be more than happy to pray and research this topic with you further. You have only to reach out, that's what our community is for!

With blessings and a fervent hope that we have helped, The Christian Crew.
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Re: Christians can't play violent or occult-themed video games, can they?[Our Answer]

Post by Rivet » April 20th, 2017, 11:22 am

Thank you so much for this! I think one of the main things people should get out of this is that if it is a personal stumbling block for you, if you really feel like it is getting between you and Christ, then you probably shouldn't do it. If you feel compelled by the Spirit to stop playing games, immediately stop. If you are made uncomfortable by any graphic content or imagery you fear to be intentionally against God, then do not play it. It's really a personal thing. I also highly recommend Of Games and God, and I have started reading it ever since members of the community have suggested it to me.
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Re: Christians can't play violent or occult-themed video games, can they?[Our Answer]

Post by cappiman » October 4th, 2017, 2:08 am

His book has been released. It is called "Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games". It is a very good read, and Neo You are mentioned in it :P
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