Is this whole area a place that demonic strongholds can affect a person’s life in reality?
It may be possible, but highly improbable. If World of Warcraft is having a negative spiritual affect on someone, my guess is that there’s something else much deeper going on that’s unrelated to the game. The root issue only manifests itself in how they play World of Warcraft and interacts with other parts of life. In other words, I strongly doubt World of Warcraft is the culprit of negative issues in a person’s life rather than just an expression of it.
I strongly doubt World of Warcraft is the culprit of negative issues in a person’s life rather than just an expression of it.
Should a Christian play World of Warcraft and other MMORPGs?
I can’t answer this for anyone other than myself. My personal conviction is that it’s fine for me to play these games for their entertainment and ministry value assuming all my other real-life responsibilities are met and balanced satisfactorily. I find nothing inherently sinful about these games or the communities they create, but I realize others may disagree for various reasons. Two verses seem to apply:
“As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.”
And 1 Corinthians 8:9:
“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.”
If World of Warcraft pricks your conscience, then don’t play it. If you do play it, make sure that exercising you freedom in this area won’t be a stumbling block to someone else.
[tags]World of Warcraft, MMORPG, MMO, Guild Wars, spirituality[/tags]
Posted on January 31, 2007