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World of Warcraft FAQs for Christians: Introduction

World of Warcraft FAQs for ChristiansA couple months ago a question showed up in my Inbox (paraphrased):

“What is the game, World of Warcraft? I am in contact with a parent who has a son who is “addicted” to it (4 to 5 hours daily). How can I understand and place this game in a Christian context?”

World of Warcraft (known in the gaming community as “WoW”) and other Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) can be a source of confusion for those who are unfamiliar with the gaming genre, especially for Christians who are sensitive about the spiritual overtones of hexes, spells and enchantments. Over the next several days I’ll attempt to answer some common questions concerning World of Warcraft and MMOs in general, including:

  • What are MMO games?
  • What is World of Warcraft?
  • Why are MMOs addictive?
  • Are there any positive aspects of MMOs?
  • What are the negative aspects of MMOs?
  • What is an appropriate amount of time to spend playing WoW?
  • What about the curses and hexes involved? Is this demonic warfare and does it desensitize players to true evil in the world?
  • Is this whole place an area that demonic strongholds can affect a person’s life in reality?
  • Should a Christian play World of Warcraft and other MMORPGs?

If you have other additional questions you’d like to see included in this series, please feel free to contact me.

I should mention that I personally do not play World of Warcraft due to the $15/month subscription fee and the intensive amount of time required to accomplish anything significant, but I do play quite a bit of Guild Wars, a game that falls into the same genre as WoW. The two games are very similar in many ways, but my purpose here is not to compare and contrast the two games. Rather, I’d like to address the MMO genre in a Christian context.

[ Read other “World of Warcraft FAQs for Christians” in this series ]

[tags]World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, MMORPG, MMO, spirituality[/tags]


Posted on January 17, 2007

  • I’m glad to see you talking about this to parents. There are a lot of possible un-health issues with online gaming, but some people are unaware and some are just knee jerk reactions much like those in my teen years (Dungeons and Dragons).

    I do know some people who were completely addicted and it cost them friendships and emotional trauma. I also know some people who love to play and can keep it in check. Maybe there is a post in there on the possible effects of online gaming.

  • Tim

    Yeah, a lot of these issues will be covered in the series. Glad to see we’re asking the same questions here. :)

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  • Rev. Deborah Laporte

    My son, 13 years old, plays World of Warcraft and I have seen some very good things happening in his life. I think the game itself takes skill, thought, and most important decision making. It is not passive – you play your own game, not one someone else has created for you. The spiritual life happens on many levels, some of them imaginative. I think he has grown in spirit as he has become good at this game. I don’t think it is negative and I don’t look down on it.

  • BlazeEagle

    I have Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy & I’m bed ridden because I had pneumonia.

    I often play it several hours a day BUT some days not alot. I’ve met some good people in WoW & online in general. Some I met years before WoW was released & I’m still in nearly daily email contact with them.

    I think chruch, which can&should be good, often implies alot of unnecessary guilt&worry on children, teens & adults. While people need to be taught about God & how to behave in a good natured, reasonable, decent & responsible manner, sometimes religion can incapacitate a person mentally & conscientiously.

    While religion can be a good thing, Look through history how bad religion can be.

    Since I’m essentially physically incapacitated, WoW, the ‘Net & computers as a whole gives me freemdoms I’d otherwise not have.

    I use a mouse controlled point&click On-Screen Keyboard to type.

  • Adam Schramm

    As a MMO-RPG gamer, and a parent, I don’t see what most of the fuss is about. I’ve played Diablo 2 for years, and just recently got into WOW. There is an line between fantasy and real. I can see where some games try to emulate everyday life and humans like (Grand Theft Auto Series)….but you look at those MMO games and they are fantasy worlds with fantasy creates and charectors.
    W.O.W. is rated Teen by the ESRB rating system. If parents follow the ESRB system then i don’t see a problem morally with the game. At the level of teens, those who are playing the game should realized the different between fantasy and real.
    On the christian level…I am a baptized christian but am also open minded. I believe in a lot of what christianity has to say morally and respectively. I see it as this…I listen to death metal and i also listen to christian rock bands, this doesn’t make me satanic nor christian…It’s just what music sounds good to me. I believe it’s the should be the same with Video games, if you enjoy something play it, if not then “Oh well…”

  • Rottencore

    this is irrelevant to religion it’s like walking the dog it’s just part of routine and it becomes so natural after a while, you guys take life so seriously which is strange because your religion centres around so much death.

    • Jonny

      A drunk doesn't take driving seriously either. And I think you have the wrong religion or you are basing your case upon history and/or culture rather than Christ's teachings. Religion should encompass an entire person's life, otherwise it's just a social club. So I fail to see how choosing to spend time playing WoW, as opposed to doing something Christ-centered, is irrelevant to religion.

  • liz48

    This is something hardly ever preached…human beings are spirit beings. They are affected by what they hear see or smell. Scientific experiments were conducted on the crystallization of water where classical music was played and heavy metal was played. The crystals formed were not malformed when the classical music was played, unlike when the heavy metal was. There is what is can be described as a transference of spirit, from the sound, image or smell. You can also check the spirit (lifestyle etc.) of the creator of the song etc. Your mind emanates spiritual signals and you attract spirits that are around you. Jesus said something profound. He said man is corrupted by what comes out of his heart (mind, will and emotions) not by what he takes inside like food. Though this is often interpreted as words only, there is nothing to restrict it only to words spoken. There is reference in the Bible to the fruit of your thoughts. This is why people find that people abused will attract those like their abusers. The victim has spirits/spiritual signals that attract(s) the abuser’s spirits.

    I come from a country where witchcraft is common. I was an adult when I became a Christian, so I can watch Harry Potter and think nothing of it. On the other hand it can easily be a subtle influence on someone ignorant to accept witchcraft. I read the manual on world of warcraft and it is much more closer to the satanic than Harry Potter. The figures actually look like real demons.

    If you are a Christian ask the Lord for guidance. His peace is the guide. It will never fail you and will help you when you are ignorant. What I have seen in many US Christians is that they are in slow spiritual poisoning. The voice of the world is so loud, to them, to their children; and they have not grown in the Lord to boldly take a stand and refuse what is not of God. With the stress and pressure that they accept as part of life (they Bible tells you not to fear or worry!) they are also weary. So they accept things, that are destructive, that come in small doses.

    A very important thing is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Read the Bible for yourself (1Corinthians 14) and understand that there is a public use of tongues and a private use of tongues. The private use of tongues is to allow the Holy Spirit to pray out your protection, and future. The sound of your voice on this earth is spiritually the tool that affects the spirit world. Psalm 103 refers to the angels doing the Word of the Lord. When the Holy Spirit prays through you it is the Word of the Lord.

    The greatest deception in the “church” is where believers have been morphed into clones who only listen to a preacher who tells you what his denomination has to say. The book of Ezekiel tells you the pastors and followers will both be destroyed, so you have no excuse for being a blind follower, even if the preacher has great credentials.

    Read the Word and ask the Lord to teach you on Water Baptism, Holy Communion, praying in the Spirit etc. You can live above the cares of this world including being healed and well all the time. I do it. The Lord says He has put His laws into our hearts; Trust Him, and may everyone that reads this see the Lord!!!

    • Jonny

      "Your mind emanates spiritual signals and you attract spirits that are around you. Jesus said something profound. He said man is corrupted by what comes out of his heart (mind, will and emotions) not by what he takes inside like food"

      "This is why people find that people abused will attract those like their abusers."

      You are a brilliant woman and I love you for it!!

  • While the issue of playing th game does seem to be an issue to some, the game itself can also be utilized as a mission field. Keep in mind that World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer game and has a player base of over 10 million people. This opens a lot of people up to be able to be witnessed to.

    There are several guilds (groups of gamers) within the game that have banded together for fellowship and outreach. On the Thunderhorn server you will find Narrow Path, New Blood Covenant, Jesus Freaks, Peace, and Nothing But The Blood. Some of these guilds offer daily bible verses and devotionals on their website as well as offering a weekly bible study on vent.

    The game itself, is simply that, a game. It is up to the gamer to determine what they are going to make of it and how they are going to use it.

  • I am a Believer, and I really dont know if WoW is a good idea or not ?
    :s

  • BlazeEagle

    I believe in God & I think WOW is fine.

    While players can fight each other, players can also form a guild & work in a group. A guild promotes team work, cooperation & all that good stuff.

    I enjoy roaming around as a Hunter with my pet BEAR! That’s just plain awesome! Soon, I’ll be able to purchase a mount. One player was riding a giant tiger I think it was!

    To truly enjoy WOW, it takes imagnation, team work & skill.

    While I believe in God, I despise being preached at & being condemned to heck for playing a GAME! I know that’s a extreme example, but you get the point I hope…

    I think leading people to God in the right manner is fine, but when you can’t even play a game without someone preaching gospel at you for playing a GAME, religious folks need to chill out!

    Yes, evil people can deceive & hurt people through a game but at the same it, it’s up to parents for children & an adults integrity to keep one from being deceived by evil through a game. Yes, some games are bad, but if a game promotes evil, it’s because evil people created it.

    I’ve meet some nice, helpful folks via WOW, but just like in life, there’s also butt holes in WOW. The majority of folks I’ve encountered in WOW, are like I said, some nice & helpful.

    Even religion has been used for evil, so does that make religion evil too? Of course not!!

    Am I making sense?

  • Jason

    I also am a christian and i also play WoW but my mom recently looked up the people that made WoW and scince they are pegans my mom won’t let me play and before she knew that pegans made the game she didn’t mind me playing it as long as i didn’t play it in our house because she thought it would alow demons in our home. What is your opinion on this matter about it being made by pegans and it letting demons in the house?

    • alfounce

      JEsus is right…your mother is wrong on that point. find your own realtionship with him and your heart..he wil guide you….and your relationship with him is different than anyones.

      but remember you do have to follow your mothers rules….that is something Jesus did ask us to do. so no playing in your home :)

  • Jason

    Dear Jason,

    The people who designed WOW are a huge team and some of them are Christian and some are not (the group your mother is referring to as pagans). Pagan is a word that means non-Christian. There are some Christians who want to live a life isolated from all other people and who feel that the Christian path is the only way to live and the only answer. The bible teaches us not to judge others. The question your mother needs to ask is whether the game is helping you with your computer skills, decisions skills and life skills. Are you growing as a human being as a result of the game or is it keeping you from doing your best in life? My own son has learned a lot from the game but there have been times when it has just been too engrossing and he has made the decision not to play it for a while. Now that school has started he stopped playing it so that he can focus on his school work. Ask your mother to focus on your behavior and your growth instead of judging the “creators” of the game.

    Spiritual growth is like physical growth – if you eat good food, exercise and think good thoughts you will be more healthy. The same is true with your spiritual growth. Have a conversation with your parents about what you are actually getting from WOW – be honest – and make the best decision you can.

    God bless you, Jason

    Deborah

  • Steve

    Part of the issue with WOW is the amount of time that it consumes from ones day. It at times can be referred to as an addiction. In the bible addictions are referred to very often and how God can set us free from these strongholds. An addiction is something that we participate in regularly that does some harm to us. Perhaps it involves a substance that is inherently injurious. Or perhaps it is our dependence upon something or someone that causes our harm. Addictions hold us in their grip. They shuffle our priorities and restrict our freedom. They corrupt our decision-making ability and often foster a secret, guarded lifestyle. Whereas God commanded us to subdue the earth and rule over it, addictions subdue us and rule over us. We don’t control them; they control us. And the Bible clearly teaches that we should allow nothing to control us except God alone.

    Being on WOW for 8, 10, 12 hours a day is not healthy

  • BlazeEagle

    Well, I’m bed ridden from having had pneumonia which weakened my Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy & part of the fun & enjoyment I get from WOW is that I get a sense of freedom from the exploration aspects it offers.

    Those who let this game consume them have issues with addiction themselves.

    Christians are quick to throw out condemnation & that isn’t very Christian. Some Christians have an addiction to condemnation.

    While WOW can be quite time consuming, it’s just a game & those who let it utterly consume their lives have issues to begin with.

    I believe in God, but many are so busy being high & mighty preachers that they aren’t living in reality.

    I’m 29 now, but when I was much younger, when the original Nintendo was the “in” video game system, I initially was so consumed by it that my Mom had to take it away from me for a few days. BUT, She didn’t denounce it as an instrument of satanic machinations. No, She explained to me that it was unhealthy to let it so consume me & told me that I had to either learn to keep it under control or I wouldn’t be allowed to play it anymore. Initially, It was a struggle but I learned self control & learned how to keep the game under control.

    For me, religious snobbery makes religion unappealing to me. All throughout my 29 years of earthly existence, Religious folks keep pulling out their staff of condemnation & wrapping their hearts & minds in blindness.

    At a very young age, I can see where it can warp ones mind but shucks, Without proper parental guidance, even Gargamel from smurfs can negatively affect a youths mind!

    A religion that is supposedly so loving, understanding & compassionate sure is full of many who aren’t very understanding!

    • Ma'am I am sorry to say you have lived a life oustide of the will of Christ and if you were to die that way you would inhereit the wages or the payment for all of the hours of sin you put in. Eternal Suffering for this measly life you have lived that God has given you to bring him praise and because of his long suffering you are still here. He keeps dealing with your heart. You need to understand that you are a sinner and everyone here to. You are not Jesus and none of you have lived a perfect life so if you die without changing your life and giving your faith in the only one who lived a perfect life and gave his life to you your life is going to crumble. When you die your soul will rest in hell for your foolishness too. The only thing that lasts forever is God. Him and your soul and he is loving and compassionate and understanding he understands that you are a sinner outside of his will set in your vile passions. So he has provided a freedom from you. The devil and all the false religion in the world could never convince you you're a sinner bound for hell. But the way the truth and the life the living word of God Jesus Christ has bared you this witness and not to condemn you but that you may inherit everlasting life. This life is death and these things have no greater fulfillment they help no broken lives they don't even deal with your messed up life but make you a worse sinner and even more on your way to hay as am I outside of Christ but through Christ I have experianced the truth and a peace within free from condemnation and evil surmisings. God bless you and please let God work on your heart that is all he wants is your heart and life to him

  • Jeff Jones

    Well isn’t that just great. Christians participating in a Satanic game and then using the Bible to justify it. The Bible is very clear in saying that Christians should not partake in the unfruitful works of darkness. If you don’t think these games are Satanic then google search “Baby Grace” on the internet. The mother, who moved after she met a men playing WoW, is in trial right now for murdering her two year old daughter. She beat her black and blue for 2 hours. During this time the little girl was telling her mother “I love you.” The man threw her across the room and pounded her head on tile. The mother plunged her head under cold water. Needless to say the little girl died. She suffered massive head injuries. So all you pseudo-Christians who use the Bible to justify your actions I say let you be accursed.

    • Alfounce

      YOU ARE not doing christians any justice. Those people who do those things are already sick and most likely drugged mentally unwell.

      I love my lord and savior Jesus Christ, And i play wow. Its a game and i run my character the same as I would run my own life.
      So think about what Jesus would really say and stop trying make your self look all mighty by condemning something with out even knowing what it really is and using two mentally ill people as basis for making a judgement on it.
      Alfounce

  • Raymond

    Well i must say Jeff Jones made one good point about Christians should not partake in unfruitful works of darkness. and yes that game has alot of darkness in it, and the kind the God once destroyed wicked people for commiting that lead to His anger being greatly provoked!

    Now since i was a Wow gamer i know first hand of the things that this game and many like it can bring people into sin against God, such as taking a character and playing as a warlock and with a warlock you are doing the very things that God hates wicthcraft, sorceries and so on. Now some try to convince them selves its just a game and all fantasy, but did they forget it is a form of reality also known as virtual reality, so its not just all fantasy and that why u have many behaving strange when it comes to these types of games. Like u have seen on previous posts like some losing friends and going insane and i even heard of some not eating and dying as a result because the addiction to this game.

    But back to why this game is really not at all for Christians. The main point is all the sin involved with this game such as many false gods and some of them appear to be based on old false gods of ancient times past which occured in reality when people would commit such actions like worshipping moon gods and owls. This game is full of those many things and armors which carry on those old traditions of old false gods, and the priest character on this game serves a godess known as elune, so many Christian parents might not even be aware that their child is serving as a false god and virtually being a pagan. Dont forget there are enemies who are devoted against The God of Israel and His will which many are aware of that are in organizations known as secret societies and many of them may be perhaps behind alot of these games and the spread of them especially the now ever becoming popular Free online games such as shaiya for example!

    Now Christians must be honest and ask them selves this question, would God if standing right by them In person and looking down upon them, would they think He would approve of them playing a game that is filled with witchcraft, enchantments, false gods and serving them, a world with out the True God, war, destruction, demons as companions and summoning them the list goes on and on, but seriously u think he would approve of any of this? Well im sure many can see the answer is pretty clear and it would be No! So why bother with satans traps such as these games? Best not to even bother and repent like i did and preach against them.

    You have been given ur answer and there really is no excuse to play these games when they contain such offenses agaist God Almighty.

    Quick scripture to observe like this one where they was angering God by all these offenses that u find in games like Wow.

    2Chronicles 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

    See God gets anry at people for doing such things so why do these kinda things in a video game? Dont bother with opinion look at the Truth!

    Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

    Repent my Fellow Christians and non believers and all who are thinking about God of the Bible and this whole world and be in Gods love and not His anger, Gbu All^^

    • Alfounce

      Another person acting all might , Jesus said we are a ll sinners, and in the book of james he sayd all sins are equal…………there fore a reyou being a liar and saying your not a sinner? because rape and murder in gods eyes is the same a s playing a game for fun.
      So stop being such a hater of things you dont grasp , get a life, and pray about it…becuase its people like you that are causing this world to hate Christians and what we stand for.
      Some battles are not worth the fight and you have chosen one you will lose every time.
      Alfounce

  • These people have no spirit of God! These people have no spirit of God

    6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7
    John 14:6-7 (KJV)

    First of all if you don't believe that Jesus is the way the truth and the life and no one is going to heaven except by him. Well you're not a Christian you are what the bible calls an Idolator. Someone who has made their own God and the bilbe says no Idolator can inherit the kingdom of God. So you can rule out anything anybody says unless they have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Romans 6:23 (KJV) If you are not saved you need to understand the vile wickness of your sin. If your not saved chances are you being an honest person couldn't prove yourself to be called good. Think I am wrong here is a simple Test
    http://www.goodpersontest.com OK and since most people in here couldn't truly say they are born again because they are so blind (as I once was but now am found because of the AMAZING GRACE OF THE LORD JESUS CHIRST) they would will and do walk straight into a door. On the other side of that door is sin. They openly accept it because they have no spiritual discernment. They are not fully to blame because "14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
    1 Cor 2:14-16 (KJV)

    But they are fully to blame for their sin because that is what seperates them from God.

    Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. 3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. 4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
    Isaiah 59:1-4 (KJV)

    If you don't think you have sinned and don't want this lecture save yourself the time take the good person test http://www.goodpersontest.com and prove in honesty that you are better than me and everyone else so you don't have to hear this or read this. If not your a coward and scared of the truth or you already know the truth. If any of you has sinned before (and believe me you have read the word take the test find it out.) Then you need repentence or you will burn in an eternal lake of fire right there with satan. It was made for him and you will bust it right open if you die in your sins. When you don't care though you will. Without Christ though you can make up any rules you want as long as a man will go for it and they will. As for Christ commanding us not to Judge that is a miss-quoted by tons of sinners who don't want to come to terms with their sin. No man can judge based on looks but they have to judge with a righteous judgement 1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
    Matt 7:1-5 (KJV)

    • 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

      31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. 33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. 34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
      John 5:30-34 (KJV)

      You have to judge sin or else no one will get saved because they won't change their attitude towards Christ or repent (meaning to turn away) from your sins ask God for forgiveness and accept the Lord Jesus Christ you need to put on the Lord Jesus Christ to save yourself from the wrath to come. Then you will experiance these spiritual discerning things as Jesus Christ will be your Lord and Savior and his spirit will rest in you as long as you seek first the kingdom of God. That simple people WOW is evil it serves the lust and the lust for murder and false God's and witchcraft and if you cannot see that you are not saved and have no SPIRITUAL discernment. You also have a problem if you play it 4 or 5 times a day and take the life God gave you and throw it way in a stupid video game and call it Christian when Christ didn't do that that is called lying and hypocracy and most the churches today have fed you with that so they are lost too. Most but not all. So you see as a sinner you cannot discern anything you keep breaking his law and then you try to claim you believe in him but have not been born again or has backsliden and will not repent (ask forgiveness and turn away from your sins) so you will eventually end up in the lake of Fire. World of Warcraft is of the devil. The number 666 always winds up in there everywhere it is full of filth like lust, murder,hatrid,theft,witchcraft(which God has called an abomination) it makes you a sloth (lazy perosn who won't do anything) and worst of all you have traded your life and soul for a stupid video game. But some of you do it so religiously it wouldn't be a shame to you if I called it your God. Because that is exactly what it has become to many people. That is idolatry and no one who lives in idolatry outside of the will of Christ caliming to be a Christian or not is going to enter heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ has given his life for you so you can be free from your sin but you would rather give it up for a fake reality and video graphics. PATHETIC PEOPLE PLEASE STOP LIVING IN SIN AS I WAS JUST AS YOU WERE BORN INTO REPENT AND PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TRUST HIM TO SAVE YOU FROM THE WRATH OF GOD JUST AS YOU WOULD TRUST IN A PARACHUTE TO SAVE YOU FROM A PLANE WRECK AND YOU WILL BE SAVED AND GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE PEACE WITHIN JOY AND HAPPINESS STRENGTH THROUGH TRIALS AND SO MUCH MORE AND YOU WON"T HAVE TO BE CONDEMNED AND ON YOUR WAY TO HELL UNDER THE WRATH OF GOD

  • Pureragon

    Well im 14 going to be 15 soon and im a strong believer in christ and try to follow Gods way everyway i can and since ive played a few MMos i think i say somthing about this topic.

    Well let me start off and say since God is benevolant he wont be telling us to do somthing without a reason now practicing wicca and witchcraft is wrong and unlike in all these fantasy games or the whole fantasy genre , real life magic isnt good or bad , it is just straight up evil and comes from the devil , now if any of these genres have any reference to real life magic as in real spells signs etc like world of warcraft or orther fantasy genres like harry potter we should keep well clear away from them as they will teach or tell us about witchcraft which we really dont need in our heads , also they open a door way for satanic forces to come into ourfamilys and lives and can cause us lots of troubles and if any of you have children they might entice them into the practice , but is look at orther things in the whole fantasy genre such as Lord of the rings or orther things like it that have connotation to reall life magic and are just purely fantasy then we can play,watch,read etc, them as long as we wont go out in our life and start trying to practice wichcraft also id like to back up my statment with a bible referance

    -1 Corinthians 8:4-13
    008:004As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
    008:005For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
    008:006But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
    008:007Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
    008:008But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
    008:009But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your's become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
    008:010For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
    008:011And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
    008:012But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
    008:013Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
    (KJV)

    • Woman life is not a video game. This is seriously evil. You have been reading the KJV (which is the right bible) but even reading the right bible you have contorted some things. Your soul is not to be compromised as you grow if you recieve the spirit you will realize video games are selfsih. They have no outer worship to Christ as just sitting around watching movies. So anyway though basically this stuff has blinded you. You would grow so much more if you would be willing to put aside this nonsense for Christ then you would be able to walk a more powerful Christian path. If there is a house of prayer Christian church around your neighboorhood with the praying hands and the straight bible preachers than you should probably go hear some real preaching to you or any other church you can find that is straight bible. Those are hard to find because the world wants compromise but that is in the flesh walk in the spirit and you will be sad you ever wasted a moment on games. There are souls to win and you trod under foot the blood of Christ when you live in selfish pleasure this verse would be for you. 1 Timothy 5:6 "But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth" Read the chapter it will help you. In fact read your bible a little closer and maybe you know when you pray let God talk to you a little more then come back and try and help others. In fact stay in silence lest you usurp authorit over men. 1 Timothy 2:11-15 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.For Adam was first formed, then Eve And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

      • Pureragon

        I dont understand i gave now indicaion that my soul was compromised and i dont get how me playing video games is selfish as i still find lots of time to dedicate myself to God its not like i spend 5 hours on end playing video games and watching Tv and non of this interfers with my relationship with christ , trust me if Jesus wants me to leave video games they will be gone faster than a cheetah running in a low gravitised area , btw to your comment about women while that be a valied topic in another subject i dont see how its relevant here.

  • Jonny

    WoW (and any other MMO-RPG that follows the same template) is Satanic because it facilitates and rewards the player for self-deification, the hallmark of Satanism. The compulsion to increase one's own power is what drives an MMO-RPG, not love for one another and certainly not obedience to a higher power. Moreover the game's economy revolves around a pattern of violence. The game cannot function without it. Necromancers and magic are mere subsidiary artifacts. So in summary, yes WoW (and others like it) are Satanic, but not for the reasons one might think. The effects are far more subtle and damaging than that. I'm glad God called me away from a similar MMO-RPG when He did.

  • Shutting down comments on the entire WoW blog series here. Here's the closing comment I posted on the other WoW posts:

    I have never felt it necessary to moderate comments on my site because I really value differing opinions and viewpoints — it encourages me to think through my position on an issue and I love the ongoing dialog.

    But for some reason when it comes to WoW, Christian's can't be civil toward each other. I see nothing but name calling, judgmental attitudes, and Pharisaical condemnation on both sides of the issue in these comments and it disgusts me. Have you forgotten that regardless of whether we play WoW or not, we are still brothers and sisters in Christ? And even if you think that someone who plays WoW cannot somehow also be a Christian, I would hate to see how you treat other unbelievers around you. Seriously. It's because of discussions like the ones in the comments above that brings shame to the reputation of Christians and especially to Jesus.

    So, since you people cannot show Ephesians 4:29 maturity in your speech, I am closing down comments to this WoW post for good. And if you decide to send your rant to me via email instead, it will be promptly deleted with no response.

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