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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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    Because I Like It

    For maybe a year now I have played a computer game. I have wasted untold hours (Level 50) playing, building skills, and assaulting my mind with graphic, violent images. I did not begin playing out of ignorance; I knew full-well what the game contained. And I played, and continued to play. Because I liked it.


    I knew beforehand about occult imagery and magic inherent in the game. And for all my preaching against Christians participating in the occult (either knowingly or inadvertently), here I sit-a hypocrite in the staunchest sense. After all my writings about holiness, purity, abstaining from any hint of evil (of which there was much more than that in the game), I am humbled and in need of repentance.


    I write this to prove I’m human. I have already deleted the game (and a few more with it). The Father (Lord) has reproved me and I am already forgiven. I tried to resist at first. I put up a good fight initially. But my wall finally crumbled when I first sat down to play. I was tempted by a friend, but I ate the fruit (still remember, the serpent didn't get off scott-free). I write to explain my rationale-I played because I liked it.


    I liked it despite the violence and the gore. I looked away from the screen (usually) when graphic images or scenes presented themselves. I was careful not to play around my small children, lest they be influenced or frightened. I was careful not to become addicted like I had battled with a previous (and very similar) game. I only played to “unwind”; to take a mental break. And I prayed before I played, just to make sure it was OK with God. He never said “no” (I rationalized), I never felt anything negative or unsettled. So I played; because I liked it.


    I enjoyed the storyline, the interactions with characters, the myriad of things to do, places to go, and “people” to see. I wanted to help people out, and I was a “good” character after all. But God didn’t directly say “no”, because I already knew His will. I already knew it was not a game I should be playing as a Christian (especially one constantly preaching about the dangers of the occult!). And yet I played and continued to play. Because I liked it.


    I played until the main storyline was over, and then I was bored with it. Then I read a passage from a Christian book, and realized my sin. The authors spoke of the dangers of distractions for a soldier (Christian) during battle (spiritual battle)*.


    The very next day I was in an argument with my strong-willed, eight-year old daughter concerning a cartoon she had seen at a friend’s house. “I don’t want you watching that show anymore”, I said (for the fifth time). “But I like it!” she wailed. And so we discussed why “because I like it”, is not a good reason with God.


    *"Kingdom of the Occult" by Jill Martin Rische and Kurt Van Gorden, Chapter 16 "Spiritual Warfare", p. 602

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