One of the most popular topics among the religiously “devout” is the idea that video games hold some sort of “occult” hold over people.
Websites such as this one use the ever-popular religious texts collectively known as “the Bible” to justify their reaction. Taken from the website, here is the following claim in regards to what hold the occult has over those who play video games:
““Are you familiar with aviation simulators?” he asked. “They simulate the inside of a cockpit in flying a plane. You can learn how to fly a plane in a flight simulator. But in a simulator there is no risk. All personal danger has been removed. When you play these occult games, you’re doing the exact same thing that you would be dong in a flight simulator. No risk.”
So why not try the real thing?
Many players do. “These kids are easily drawn into occult groups through [role-playing] tournaments,” said Peter. “When kids transition from simulation — when they actually experience the POWER that is available to them through the rituals they are learning to perform under the guise of ‘fantasy’ — that power becomes like an addiction and they get hooked. But they don’t see that.””
Let’s take an in-depth look at the logic they’re using.
The main “evidence” for their conclusions is a particular Bible verse.
What is Bible Verse: Deuteronomy, Verse 18?
Deuteronomy is the fifth “book” of the Hebrew Bible and the Jewish Torah (also known as the Old Testament). This book contains three “speeches” from Moses on how the people of “the Promised Land” should live.
I’m sure you’re aware of the story of Moses and how he led his people to a promised land where they were no longer slaves. If not, read: http://www.bible-history.com/old-testament/moses.html
Verse (Version: New English Standard, via BibleHub.com)
“I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.”
“17“The LORD said to me, ‘They have spoken well. 18‘I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.…”
This quote is saying “God” will pick someone (a prophet) to speak for him (more on who that is in the next section). If they do not follow “God’s” will, they will be punished. What the man on the above quote on the aforementioned website is saying if we do not “obey” these laws, “we” (or the ones who indulging in video games) will be punished.
The Ten Commandments
Moses is known as the man who received the Ten Commandments from “God”. I’m sure most of you are familiar with them.
Here is the “long list” of commandments taken from lifehopeandtruth.com:
- “I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
- “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
- “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
- “Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
- “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
- “You shall not murder.
- “You shall not commit adultery.
- “You shall not steal.
- “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
I’m sure you looked at this section and said “but where in the world do video games come into play?” Or even “what about children’s imaginations?”
Well, Kjos makes some pretty wild conclusions.
Further into the article:
“Trained occultists will purge all love and all hate. They look for those who have no love or hate, but are predators. If you are part of the occult world and are not a predator, you become a sacrifice. If you demonstrate fear, or emotion, they don’t want you. Games teach you to be a predator – without risking any consequences. No one can harm you. So why not try the real thing? Many do.
“If you look at your card games, they are used to kill or incapacitate your opponent. This is flight simulation for ceremonial magick. Any form of real or ritual magick. You conjure entities that go out and attack your enemies.
“In the games, the entities pictured on the cards show the levels of power. Pokemon fans dealt with elemental beings. Yu-gi-oh and Magic the Gathering teach kids to invoke demonic entities, serviters and fallen angelics.
“In the game, you put your characters out there to be slaughtered. You sacrifice your pawn to gain some points. If an occultist aims for people power at the top, he must remove the people in front of him.
“When these predators see food — gullible, captivated players — they never ignore the opportunity. If you are not dressed for spiritual war, you become their victim.”
Thus, according to Kjos, children playing video games/card games such as “Yu-gi-oh and Pokemon” are essentially worshipping false idols.
By playing and “accepting” video games, we are letting “the devil” in.
My personal thoughts, of course, is that this notion is ridiculous. However, I’m curious: what are yours?