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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Lessons from Oblivion

    I post this with some hesitancy as this was originally written several years ago and my mind has changed quite a bit on what I believe about the game this post is based on.


    I think the moral still has much credance, but I have since come to the conclusion that no Christian ought to be playing this game. It is a highly addictive computer game (as you will read) which is a problem for a growing number of people, and it was a serious problem with me.


    This game is also replete with heavy occultic symbology, themes, and storylines (not to mention its very graphic nature at certain points) which I did not realize until God helped me quit the game addiction and had me begin studying aspects of the occult and other religions. The more I studied, the more I realized how deeply influenced many areas of the game were/are.


    With this background in mind, please understand I am in NO WAY endorsing this game, any other computer game, or the addictive nature of such games. But I am acknowledging the seriousness of computer game addiction here.


    Items in [ ] are my up-to-date annotations for this piece. This is one huge proof to me that God still speaks clearly, even while we are in perpetual (continuous, not-wanting-to- give-it-up) sin.


    To all gamers out there-this one’s for you…


    I am NOT a hard core gamer. My husband however is [was, rather], and it is an obsession that I still don’t quite understand. One leisurely afternoon he was playing some new game and I happened to look up from my reading, (sigh) “What are you playing now?


    “Before you make any comments, why don’t you try playing and see how you like it?” 

    “No thanks. I’ve already tried most of the games you play, and I just don’t get into them like you do.”

    “You never know-just give it a shot.”


    So I tried it, and that ended my “I-don’t-play-games” reverie. The game happened to be “Oblivion”, one of several games in the Elder Scrolls series.


    In one year I had reached level 43, found every place there was to find, and completed every quest in Oblivion and it’s expansion, Knights of the Nine and The Shivering Isles (save the Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, and Split quests-after all I play a good character). [I later ended up playing all those much darker quests too, though.]


    In the expansion, The Shivering Isles, the main quest eventually leads the player to become the new Lord/god/Prince of the Shivering Isles. After you attain Lordship, most characters begin referring to you as “Lord, Prince, or Your Grace”.


    You get to sit on the throne, wear special clothing, and carry special weapons. There are two races of soldiers at your beck and call who promise to fight to the death to protect you, and perhaps most flattering of all, everyone in the court stands patiently in front of you, simply waiting for your commands.


    The day after achieving “god” status I was reading an article about stewardship which emphasized making Christ our Lord, and not just our Savior. Epiphany! Just as the courtiers are in the game, so should I be to God.


    I need to make myself available to Him at all times. I must wait patiently and especially quietly in case He wishes to speak, but I also know that I may approach His throne with questions, concerns, or emergencies. He should be my Lord so that I always stand ready to hear and carry out His will. Finally, I must be as one of the soldiers, willing to fight fiercely and even to die for the sake of my God.

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